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Back to Labor Day

Monday, September 03, 2012

Thanks to everyone who posted their sympathies on my last blog and and on Nicole's page as well. It took me a couple of weeks to come back here and read them because the whole horrible thing has me all choked up STILL. To imagine delivering a beautiful daughter in September, being diagnosed with breast cancer in February, and gone from this earth in August... Well, there really are no words other than what I've already said other than make sure you give yourself a breast exam every month and take any abnormalities seriously.

August was tough for me and I backslid into some bad habits. I'm not going to lie. I ate too much and didn't move enough. I thought summer was going to be easier because I was promised a lot of help with Keira so I could get work done. My grandmother couldn't help it: she had a stroke and can't care for her like she used to, but it still kind of sickens me that my 18-year-old cousin who is able-bodied and wasn't working or doing anything productive this summer and promised to help out totally reneged. Seriously, it was a struggle getting her to keep an eye on Keira when I went to the bathroom, never mind give me any time to get meaningful work done or let me get a workout in...

But summer is over and I'm letting go. There were some great moments, like spending time outdoors with Keira, meeting my SP friend Court, having my best friends from PA and CA come and visit us...

Today is "Back to Labor Day." I have a new part-time job writing and editing immigration content for a legal website and I'm back to my solo practice and actively soliciting new clients again. Keira starts daycare tomorrow for three days a week and I'm simultaneously worried and relieved, if that's even possible. It will give me time to write and work and take care of myself again, but after being the primary caregiver for 8 months, it will be hard to let go.

I'm backing out of my half marathon I planned to run at the end of September, because I struggled to lose weight and break 5 miles this summer. I couldn't handle the additional rigors of a training schedule, sadly. I am still signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon (deferred due to last year's pregnancy) and I'm switching to the half obviously and I'm committed to at least run-walking it. But the focus needs to be on losing weight because I'm not happy with my body and how I feel.

So right now, I pledge to get some activity in every day and to resume eating healthfully, and loftier goals will follow.

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WISLNDR 9/16/2012 5:45PM

    I'm just now reading this and hope things are settling into a workable routine for you. There's a lot of us who are taking serious September looks at what we've been doing and ready to make the changes; glad you're one of them!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/16/2012 12:36AM

    I, too, know you'll fall right back into good habits and training for your race. You've taught yourself how it works and know how to do it. Fall is my FAVORITE time of year. The cooler weather, pumpkins and well, cooler weather-lol is refreshing after a long, hot summer and helps us feel ready to get back to work! You're gonna kick fall in the patootie!

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RAINTHIEF 9/15/2012 11:41PM

    emoticon It's hard to get going, but once you do, you remember why you did and why you ever stopped. That's what I'm going through now. I can't even imagine the juggling you are doing between work, home, and the baby, but I know you'll make it happen. You've accomplished many things over the last few years - can't wait to see what else you'll do! Spark on!


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SEEHOLZ 9/10/2012 5:17PM

    Happy September! Glad things are looking up!

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 9/10/2012 8:35AM

    I'm reading this late...hope you are doing well and adjusting to having the munchkin in daycare! hugs

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SAMSPARK1 9/9/2012 10:38AM

    Beautiful pics!! We can do this!! Our journies are similar in terms of weight!!

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BOOTS1221 9/5/2012 8:38AM

    Hi love!! I'm sorry you've had such a hard time with family watching Keira, that must be so frustrating. It'll be tough putting her into daycare but I think it will definitely be worth it for both your work and fitness sanity. I don't blame you for not doing the half, you don't wanna push it and injure yourself. Soooo no half = let's go see Bret Michaels at the casino and dress up like rock of love trash! That'll cheer you up hahaha It was so great to finally meet you this summer, can't wait to hang out again :)

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KITHKINCAID 9/5/2012 1:26AM

    Don't ever forget that you've been an inspiration to so many people (me included) from the get-go, and we're still looking to you because you are SO real, even in your struggles. I know, I have them too. But I have so much faith in you that you're going to push through this tough stuff and get back to that girl who was posting all those cute pics in your tiny little dresses :) They're calling your name!

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/4/2012 7:45PM

    Cute family!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/4/2012 4:50PM

    I know you will get back on track in no time. The best part of summer is that you were able to spend some wonderful time with family and friends celebrating all that life has blessed you with!!!

We got this whole fall thing...let's kick some fall, girlie!!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/4/2012 1:08PM

    Life always throws a wrench into our plans....I think this is true, because if it didn't we would become to comfortable. Attack things 1 day at a time.

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MANLEYSANDY 9/4/2012 12:29PM

    Great photos and goals! One day at at time!

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NATPLUMMER 9/4/2012 11:09AM

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LAURIETAIT 9/3/2012 7:23PM

    There are so many changes when you're blessed with a baby. They require so much of your time and attention that it's easy to get caught up in the trap of being just a mom. Sending her to daycare will be good for her but especially good for you. You deserve time devoted to only to you, your career and your fitness goals. I know you'll have a very productive Fall.
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PAPER_WINGS18 9/3/2012 2:53PM

    I know that you will do this. I really think that having Keira at daycare will really be beneficial towards your work AND weight loss/fitness. I'm sure it will take some getting used to, but you do deserve some alone time!

Let's do this !

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INBRAZILFORNOW 9/3/2012 11:36AM

    What a beautiful post and I love the theme - Back to Labor Day. It's not the falling down..it's the getting up and I'm right there with you. Amazing pics too!

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MBSHAZZER 9/3/2012 10:01AM

    Kristina, you have a lot on your plate - I think that as your gorgeous little girl gets a bit older and you are more into the swing of things, life will get easier. Having a baby is probably one of the most stressful and exciting times - be kind to yourself.

I know you will sail across the finish line in Philly with a big smile on your face!

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Rest in Peace, Nicole

Monday, August 20, 2012

My good SparkFriend, NICOLE12-01 lost her battle with breast cancer yesterday. Nicole was so dear to me even though I never met her in person. We went through so many of the same milestones at the same time. We both lost over 100 lbs at around the same time, we did C25K together and ran our first half marathons on the same day. She delivered her beautiful little girl 3 months before I delivered mine. We both had strained relationships with our moms. We both gained more weight than we wanted to during our pregnancies. Only she got the shock of her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer when the lump she thought was a clogged duct from breastfeeding turned out to be a malignant tumor.

Her last blog details what a fighter she was and the battle she was determined to win:
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My heart aches for her husband Matt and her beautiful 11-month old daughter Adelyn. The past few months we kept in touch mostly by playing Words With Friends and chatting about our daughters and every game I'd have to get up the nerve to ask how she was doing, and she was always so strong and determined, but knew that she was in for the fight of her life, especially when chemotherapy stopped working.

I'll miss you, Nicole. I remember how proud we both were on October 3, 2010 when we finished 13.1 miles "together." I remember how proud you were to become a mom to that gorgeous baby girl in September 2011. And I will never ever forget that you never gave up. I know that you are no longer suffering. I know that you are in a better place. And I know you will be missed by so many.

  
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SAMSPARK1 9/9/2012 10:35AM

    OMG! I just saw this now and am weeping. So sad! I am so sorry for your loss & my heart is breaking for her family & friends. What a terrible disease!! Seriously though reading things like this remind me to appreciate the little things and not sweat the small stuff. Sometimes I need to be reminded not to take life for granted... emoticon

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INBRAZILFORNOW 9/3/2012 11:35AM

    What a shock. I pray for her, her family, and all the people she has touched. Hugs.

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NIELSENSLADY 8/28/2012 10:24PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss! emoticon emoticon

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LEAN-N-LEXY 8/26/2012 9:22AM

    Hugs to you. Prayers to all her friends and family.

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CHICAT63 8/25/2012 7:42AM

    I just saw this Kristina, I am so very sorry to hear this. You are in my thoughts and her family as well.

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/24/2012 8:37PM

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SWAZY33 8/23/2012 7:36AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend :(

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SLPORTER1978 8/22/2012 2:57PM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Nicole's family.

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MICHELAR 8/22/2012 1:45PM

    I am so sorry and my thoughts are with you and Nicole's family. This is a wonderful tribute to her.
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FROGGERHKC 8/22/2012 1:01PM

    So sorry to hear this. Even though you never met in person, it sounds like you both went through a lot together, I am sorry for the loss of your friend.
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KITHKINCAID 8/22/2012 11:34AM

    Such sad news. I'm so sorry for your loss and for the loss of that baby girl's mother. My heart is with her family. Cancer sucks so bad!

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/22/2012 10:34AM

    Thoughts annd prayers to you and her family . Such an amazing person , and such comforting memoriers. Hugs.

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DRB13_1 8/22/2012 1:30AM

    wow, this makes me realize how very short our time is, and we never know when it will be up...
always tell the people you love how important they are to you, leave nothing unsaid.
thanks for sharing Nicole's story...what a lovely tribute. You were a good friend

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LAURIETAIT 8/21/2012 11:39PM

    How sad for her family and friends. Too many wonderful people are taken in their prime by this horrid disease. My Spark friend BARBIETEC beat breast cancer once but it's returned in her spine and brain. Her courage humbles me.

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PURPLE180 8/21/2012 9:40PM

    I am so sorry to hear this...my heart aches as well. I will be praying for her family.

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BELIEVER104 8/21/2012 8:57PM

    My thoughts go out to you and Nicole's family. What a lovely tribute. emoticon

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ANDASI 8/21/2012 7:24PM

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SEEHOLZ 8/21/2012 4:04PM

    I bet that you'll never run another marathon without thinking about her--- how cool you'll always have that very happy memory!

I am sad beyond words- what a nice tribute to your dear friend!

HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 8/21/2012 1:30PM

    Sorry that you have lost such a dear friend, wish I could have "met" that amazing person as well. My thoughts go out to you and her family.

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HEALTHYL1 8/21/2012 1:13PM

    This is so sad. My thoughts go out to her family and thank you for sharing her story. It sounds like you had a wonderful friendship.

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NATPLUMMER 8/21/2012 1:08PM

    Oh, no!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/21/2012 11:28AM

    She sounds like a beautiful woman.

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MRS.CARLY 8/21/2012 10:57AM

    That is so incredibly sad and completely unexpected I'm sure for both her and her husband and family! That poor baby, and that family. I can't even begin to imagine what they are going through. Such devastating news, I will add her family to my prayers.

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MBSHAZZER 8/21/2012 10:50AM

    Wow, how sad and horrible.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/21/2012 10:47AM

    super sad. I am so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to her daughter and husband.

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JOANIEBUG46 8/21/2012 10:45AM

    What a wonderful tribute to your special friend. Thank you so much for sharing it with us -- it is truly an inspiration. I pray that her husband will find strength to keep going and remember the many good times they shared and that her daughter will grow up learning about her terrific Mom.
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SLFRISBEY 8/21/2012 10:41AM

    My heart goes out to this family. Thanks for sharing Nicole's leacy with us.

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MISSFORTE 8/21/2012 10:40AM

    take my breath away, wish I would have met her thru Spark maybe I can now with the link you provided thank you for the opportunity.\\i hope you area and will be coping ok to.


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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/21/2012 10:34AM

    emoticonSounds like you both truly touched each others lives, what a great friendship. Sending you added strength during your difficult time.

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TARANITUP 8/21/2012 10:24AM

    This is just a sin - a baby growing up without her mother. Thank you for paying her the final compliment of directing us to her blog and her story so she can be celebrated by many.

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BRIDGIEEE 8/21/2012 10:13AM

    My prayers are with her family and friends.

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/21/2012 10:11AM

    Thank you so much for posting this. This is so sad.

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ABETTERBECKY 8/21/2012 10:04AM

    Thank you for this blog Kristina - so very very sad.

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FREES1 8/21/2012 9:16AM

    what a beautiful blog to a beautiful woman... thanks for sharing Karvy - and I am sorry for your loss.

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ALEXTRIFYING 8/21/2012 8:42AM

    i am so sorry to hear this. she sounds like an amazing person. this is a beautiful post. i'm praying for her family emoticon

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BOOTS1221 8/21/2012 8:31AM

    Beautiful words for your dear friend. I am so sorry and I will keep her friends & family in my prayers..

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/21/2012 8:28AM

    What a great tribute to your Spark friend. Even though you never met you both were connected in so many ways. Big hugs as you deal with her loss. She did sound like a fighter and it is so sad what her baby girl and husband must be going through.

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FITBECKSRN24 8/21/2012 8:20AM

    I was also one of her friends here on spark and often wondered how she was doing. This makes me so sad. Especially for her husband and daughter. I cannot even imagine. My heart aches for them.

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IBSHAUN 8/21/2012 8:15AM

    Makes my heart so sad to read your blog about your friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to her husband and daughter, her friends and family. Sending hugs your way.

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WANT2BEFIT10 8/21/2012 7:21AM

    Beautiful blog....I can't believe she's gone :(

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STFRENCH 8/21/2012 4:05AM

    My thoughts are with her family and friends xx

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/21/2012 1:05AM

    Words just don't come at a time like this. I will be praying for her husband, baby, family and friends.

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SUNSHINE084 8/20/2012 11:10PM

    Yes May she Rest in Peace. She is an Angel from heaven now looking down on all of us.

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/20/2012 10:21PM

    This is so sad... I am so sorry.

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_TRIXIE_ 8/20/2012 8:45PM

    Karvs, thank you VERY MUCH for letting us know. This is absolutely heartbreaking. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend and for that lovely baby girl. There just aren't any words...

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KOMTRIA 8/20/2012 8:27PM

  So very sad. My heart breaks for you and her family.
I went to see Nicole's blog and saw her beautiful baby pictures and I am so sad. My daughter had her first daughter this past November. I can hardly breathe thinking of Nicole's baby without her mother.

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TIME4AFITME 8/20/2012 8:12PM

    sorry for the loss of your friend.

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MANDA2424 8/20/2012 8:06PM

    so sorry for the loss of your friend

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MRSCLAUS46 8/20/2012 8:04PM

    So sorry for the loss of your friend.........don't know what else to say, but I will keep you and Nicole's family in my prayers. emoticon

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Pressure

Friday, August 03, 2012

Right now, I'm feeling insane amounts of pressure. Pressure to be a great mom, pressure to still work and bring in some money despite being a full-time caregiver (until September), pressure with deadlines and clients who want me to be 100% there all the time despite my being a full-time mom for another month. Pressure from family to visit and take care of their needs. Pressure from aforementioned family members to stay at home when I NEED TIME TO WORK and there is no other option but to put Keira in daycare three days a week. Pressure to get up to 13 miles in just about 8 weeks now when 4 miles is a struggle. Pressure to get this weight off when it just doesn't wanna.

So the accountability challenge isn't working for me, sadly. I could say I'm a failure, and sure, that's accurate in some sense, but something has gotta give and for me it's being so strict and harsh with myself.

The goal now?

Run 3x a week, don't eat so much junk, don't drink during the week, drink lots of water, and try to remain calm and positive.

That's all I can do...

  
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TARANITUP 8/15/2012 2:58PM

    I think you're so smart to reevaluate and downgrade some goals to make them more manageable. Let's face it - goals are added stressors and when you are trying to do something for your health, stressing yourself out more is not helping. You'll find your balance!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/15/2012 2:13PM

    We have to take care of ourselves and sometimes that means getting rid of the "extra" stuff. Glad you are focusing on relieving the pressure!!!

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SEEHOLZ 8/6/2012 1:02PM

    I believe 100% that taking the pressure OFF as much as possible is the BEST favor you can do for yourself! Take care of yourself!

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NANASAMM 8/6/2012 12:00PM

    Pressure and obligations happen but, you are doing the right thing...focusing on what you can and letting some things go. Good luck!
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NIELSENSLADY 8/6/2012 1:16AM

    Ugh! I can relate on the mom thing. I'm freaking sick of people telling me what I should be or should have been doing with my kid. I'm like BTFO already. LOL. I'm not good a prioritizing my time at all. You're very well organized though. You find that path that feels most comfortable and stick with that. Its tough to wear lots of hats but I know you can do it!!!

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GAELENEC 8/5/2012 1:59PM

    yep. It's time to be gentle and loving with yourself.

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LEAN-N-LEXY 8/4/2012 9:19AM

    Peace and calm wishes to you.
Enjoy the baby laughs as much as you can, they are great pressure relievers.

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LISSOME 8/3/2012 8:01PM

    Oh hon, I hear you. I think that is an excellent plan. There will plenty of time in the near future to bang out ALL the goals. Do what is necessary and most fulfilling right now and to hell with the rest.

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MANLEYSANDY 8/3/2012 7:09PM

    Those kiddos change your life! Just take it one day at time.... emoticon

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ABETTERCHERYL 8/3/2012 6:54PM

    Sounds like a much better plan given the circumstances! Hugs!

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SNEVIL1 8/3/2012 3:19PM

    Doing what you can do at this moment is a perfect plan! Doing something is better than quitting. Is the pressure to do 13 miles because you are signed up for a race?? I am signed up for a half marathon in Oct, but can only walk/run 6 right now. However, I know that I can walk 13 miles if I want to, so regardless I WILL finish that race. There are so many more opportunities for future races and to improve times. Participating in the race will be a huge first for me, so that's my current goal. Give what you can to each area of your life, but make sure to leave some room for yourself. If you are out of commission then nothing on that list gets done. Hang in there:) You're doing great.

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STSCOTT11 8/3/2012 3:17PM

    I think if you look it it as YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER THIS SITUATION...and go about figuring out ways to organize your time, politely BOW OUT of requests, demands etc...things will ease up for you.
I think sometimes it is not easy to say NO...and that can increase pressure cause you don't want to disappoint or anger the very people who help you make a living.
Nonetheless they have to know your busy too...RESPECT how you choose to manage YOUR HOME & TIME after working hours...
It might be a little uncomfortable...but if you go about sharing what YOUR PRIORITIES ARE outside of any request...and just tell them your doing this and that...they will KNOW you don't have time to take on EVEN MORE TIME with their kids and all their requests.
Another polite way of doing things is opening yourself up ONLY ONCE A MONTH for it. THAT will let them know your NOT AVAILABLE any other time.
I was feeling pressure about my weight loss goals. At one point emotionally I was being DRAINED. The only thing I knew to do was to...take a rest and HOPE I would gain some motivation and strength to keep going. I didn't stop everything, not suggeseting you ever do, but what I did was put things IN PERSPECTIVE.
I realized I was asking too much of myself.
In theory it all sound good...but in reality I couldn't do it.
What did I do? I gave myself TILL THE END OF THE YEAR.
That relieved the pressure RIGHT AWAY. I KNOW I can lose -20 lbs. by December 31st. (Hooray!)
I went in and started deleting groups I was in that I didn't participate in.
I reeled in some of MY LINES...I am always trying to encourage OTHERS...but many of those people don't even say thank you. I decreased sending messages...and for some stopped all together.
I put things in a different PRIORITY. I started focusing on NUTRITION MORE and remained CONSISTENT with exercise. THAT REALLY WORKS!!!!

Don't get me wrong...I am not criticizing but sharing my own experiences with feeling pressure. Okay.

I believe we all go through phases in different areas of life along the way where we feel pressured...and rightfully so. But I also believe sometimes it is self imposed. There is room to change those feelings...not always easy to do but it is well worth it.
Hope that all makes sense.
GOOD LUCK!

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ROCKMAN6797 8/3/2012 2:33PM

    Good for you for realizing that you need to refocus your goals to fit what you can actually do! Don't let the pressure stop you from being an awesome mom to your daughter, that, IMO, is the most important task you are faced with!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/3/2012 1:49PM

    No pressure!

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KITHKINCAID 8/3/2012 1:46PM

    Hey sweetie - I was feeling the same thing (without the kid - so you got me there, and you're amazing for it). So I stopped tracking. It's not a failure, it's just an admission that it was driving me crazy trying to lose weight that is JUST NOT COMING OFF while training for the marathon. I had to prioritize, figure out what was more important, and just do what I can. And right now that for me is marathon training, maintaining, and living my life with a few small indulgences here and there. I'm running a freaking marathon. I shouldn't have to be so worried about food. As long as my body continues to respond positively to the training, I'll get back to worrying about the weight loss later when I'm not a running super-star :)

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MAMADELIGHT 8/3/2012 11:31AM

    No pressure from me on the 13 miles part. Sometimes you just need to drop a ball to keep juggling.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/3/2012 11:24AM

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You need to either ask these people you feel are pressuring you to do more for help. Or just say I have my priorities and I will do the most important thing first and will fit the next level in as there is time.

Baby Steps.

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NATPLUMMER 8/3/2012 11:13AM

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 8/3/2012 10:56AM

    That plan sounds perfect. Do what you can. You're an amazing mom, it's ok if things aren't 100% perfect in your eyes. Nothing ever will be. Take a moment and breathe when you need to. People depend on you and you're no good to anybody if you're not taking care of yourself first. *hugs*

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/3/2012 10:51AM

    Nothing wrong with making adjustments based on what is going on in life at the moment; that's not failure, that's simply reality. Do what you need to in order to take care of yourself and your little girl and hubby; keeping it simple and taking it one day at a time is a healthy way to handle a high pressure time. We're rooting for you!

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LAURIETAIT 8/3/2012 10:41AM

    You have the right idea. Don't feel guilty about the things you have to defer for a later date. Just make sure that you make time for yourself. Take care.


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FROGGERHKC 8/3/2012 10:17AM

    It's hard when there is so much going on. Your plan sounds like a good one! When you have more time, you will get back into things more, but for now, you are doing what you need to do to get through and there's nothing wrong with that! Hugs lady!

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CHICAT63 8/3/2012 9:52AM

    First, breathe in and out my friend ! The only person you should please is yourself and the little family of course:). But I totally understand the pressures....you do what is best for you:) emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 8/3/2012 9:30AM

    Kristina, I feel ya!! It's better to identify the things that you can let go and just focus on giving 100% (or 90%) to the things that you can tackle. One thing that everyone has to deal with is that there are only 24 hours in a day.

Hang in there!

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THEANGRYGNOME 8/3/2012 9:20AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me. emoticon

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/3/2012 8:51AM

    I can't imagine having all of this pressure - you're my hero. If you lived up here you'd still be on mat leave (we get a year) so I can't imagine how hard it must be to deal with work on top of everything else.

Just do what you can do, my friend.

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BROWREN 8/3/2012 8:09AM

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You can only do what you can do. You have to figure out what is right for you and for your immediate family. They are what matter. Everything else is secondary and other people's opinions do not matter. You will find a balance that works for your unique situation. And remember it is okay to say 'No'

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WANT2BEFIT10 8/3/2012 7:59AM

    Sounds like you have a plan, don't forget to take time for you!

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TELFERS01 8/3/2012 7:57AM

  You go!

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SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK 2: JULY 23-29

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

emoticonSUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK 2: JULY 23-29

emoticonLast week I wanted to feel more like a real runner by the end of the week. Today I feel... tired, and definitely not like a real runner. I missed my long run and haven't run since Saturday.

emoticonI feel this way because I drank the world's largest margarita on Sunday afternoon and it knocked me on my ass, so I didn't run like I had planned. I've been catching up with work and chores and my body is weary from TOM.

emoticonMy big nutrition goal for last week was tracking my food everyday. I did not accomplish this goal because... I didn't track on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. I still want to give myself kudos for what I actually did accomplish... which is tracking Mon-Thurs and eating pretty well despite a couple of really bad meals.

My big fitness goal for last week was running three times last week. I did not meet this goal this week... because I only ran twice. But I did do... a 3-mile run, a 2.5 mile run and three very brisk walks and two strength training sessions.

emoticonMy big wellness goal for last week was going to bed before 10 and getting 7 hours of sleep. I was able to accomplish this because... I was super tired at the end of each day and did manage to get to bed before 10 every night.

emoticonI found it difficult to stick to the plan this week. I give myself a C+ for the work I did this week.

emoticonI feel like I did not do enough to get a reward this week because... I did not meet my nutrition and fitness goals and am already slacking on the next week's challenge.

emoticonI am not going to keep the same goals this week because... it's already Wednesday morning. Here's what I am going to do differently for nutrition, fitness and wellness... For nutrition I want to drink 10 glasses of water a day and make sure to go shopping for healthy foods this week; for fitness, I want to complete 2 runs and 2 strength training sessions; for wellness, I am keeping the same goal of bed before 10 and 7 hours of sleep a night. I can tweak something to make it work better in my life, by... not letting a bad day (or string of days!) trip me up.

emoticonMy biggest challenge this upcoming week will be my husband's long weekend off from work and my propensity to "celebrate" too much on the weekends.

emoticonI want to feel healthier and less tired by the end of next week. My reward for good behavior this week will be a nice solitary bubble bath.

emoticonI did weigh in this week. If I did, this is how I feel about the scale this week... It stayed the same, even after a really good week. I was kinda bummed but I knew I was PMSing.

emoticonI will not let a sub-par week throw me off track! I'm too good to let one bad day or week bring me down for longer than that. I'm a strong and beautiful person and no matter what my trackers say or my scale tells me, my worth cannot be measured.

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This week's template will pretty much be the same!

emoticonSUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK 2: JULY 23-29

If you miss a week, don't feel bad. Just jump right in as best as you can and let us know how you did last week (even if you didn't have specific goals).

I'm keeping it the same this week because I'm so busy! Stay strong!
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emoticonLast week I wanted to feel [X] by the end of the week. Today I feel... [X] (examples: happy, stressed out, more flexible)

emoticonI feel this way because... [X] (examples: I was busier than I thought I would be, I worked out more)

emoticonMy big nutrition goal for last week was [X]. I did/did not accomplish this goal because... [X] If I didn't, I still want to give myself kudos for what I actually did accomplish... [X]

My big fitness goal for last week was [X] I met/did not meet this goal this week... [X] But I did do... [X]

emoticonMy big wellness goal for last week was [X]. I was/wasn't able to accomplish this because... [X]

I found it [X] to stick to the plan this week. (examples: easy, frustrating) I give myself a [insert a grade: A-, C+] for the work I did this week.

emoticonI feel like I did/did not do enough to get a reward this week because... [X]

emoticonI am/am not going to keep the same goals this week because... [X] Here's what I am going to do differently for nutrition, fitness and wellness... [X] I can tweak something to make it work better in my life, by doing [X] (examples: I can give myself a little more leeway in my workout schedule, I can freeze vegetables ahead of time to make my goal)

emoticonMy biggest challenge this upcoming week will be [X]. (examples: hectic work week, anniversary date)

emoticonI want to feel [X] by the end of next week. My reward for good behavior this week will be [X].

emoticonI did/did not weigh in this week. If I did, this is how I feel about the scale this week... [X].

emoticonI will not let a sub-par week throw me off track! I'm too good to let one bad day or week bring me down for longer than that. I'm a strong and beautiful person and no matter what my trackers say or my scale tells me, my worth cannot be measured.

  
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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/28/2012 5:06PM

    The fact that you still evaluated and went with some goals you could still accomplish in the time you had left speaks volumes!! I'd probably just chuck the entire two weeks in the trash bin-lol. Hope you get the bubble bath (sounds so nice....can't remember the last time I got to just soak in peace and quiet when it wasn't an ice bath-lol). I would give you better than a C+ too. :)

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MANLEYSANDY 7/25/2012 3:32PM

    emoticon...I know you can do it!

I know all to well about "celebrating" on the weekend...one of my stumbling blocks is WINE!!!!

Can't wait to hear how the rest of your week went!!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/25/2012 2:14PM

    thank you for sharing this.

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ROCKMAN6797 7/25/2012 1:50PM

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REDRUNNER82 7/25/2012 11:22AM

    I'm right behind you - had PMS week last week, TOM this week. I hate how it can just wipe you out for no reason! Stay strong and maybe have a slightly smaller margarita next time :)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/25/2012 11:19AM

    I think you did pretty darn good! :-) I would have given you a better grade than c+! LOL But we are our own harshest critics, aren't we??? emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/25/2012 10:37AM

    Don't stress it - it isn't good for your weight either.

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MBSHAZZER 7/25/2012 10:14AM

    I was at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass on Saturday afternoon. It deflintely threw me off! All you can do is dry yourself off and jump back into the real world, which is sounds like you are doing!

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NATPLUMMER 7/25/2012 9:58AM

    I think you did great!

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FREES1 7/25/2012 9:32AM

    and the yo-yo of life keeps on going! you are doing well on your come back trail -

I can't believe how big your little'en is getting - nice profile pic!

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2BEABETTERME 7/25/2012 8:44AM

    I think you did great. Some weeks are naturally harder and are bodies are less cooperating. I admire you for doing this with a little one, I wish I wouldn't have let that excuse stop me when my boys were young.

Your attitude is great! You are worth making you a priority, yeah you!
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SWAZY33 7/25/2012 8:30AM

    Tracking over the weekend IS so hard (especially cause that's also when I go off track celebrating a little too much emoticon)

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SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK 2: JULY 16-22

Monday, July 16, 2012

emoticonSUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK 2: JULY 16-22

emoticonLast week I wanted to feel healthier, lighter and more energetic by the end of the week. Today I feel healthier and more energetic! Two out of three isn't bad!

emoticonI feel this way because I did a good job last week of staying mostly healthy without feeling deprived.

emoticonMy big nutrition goal for last week was tracking every day and no alcohol until the weekend. I did accomplish this goal because I was diligent in logging all my food for the week even the stuff I didn't want to, like that BBQ dinner and a Klondike bar. I didn't have any alcohol until the weekend, but I almost had a glass of wine on Thursday. I ended up breaking the glass and spilling it all over myself, so I actually didn't drink any... HA!

emoticonMy big fitness goal for last week was completing all my training runs. I met this goal this week because I ran three times (even if I didn't feel great during them) and had two strength training sessions and one combination workout. I had 400 fitness minutes last week and burned over 3500 calories.

emoticonMy big wellness goal for last week was getting 7 hours of sleep every night. I wasn't able to accomplish this because a couple nights this week I got to bed later than I intended and a couple of times I was awake in the middle of the night for an hour or more.

emoticonI found it not too bad to stick to the plan this week. I give myself an A- for the work I did this week.

emoticonI feel like I did do enough to get a reward this week because I was stressed out a lot of the week and I did manage to sleep better than usual even if I didn't meet this wellness goal. Plus, I feel like a pedicure will help me sleep better! ;)

emoticonI am going to keep the same goals this week because I want to continue to track until I'm totally gung ho about it again and I need that extra motivation to run three times a week and give myself the rest I need. Here's what I am going to do differently for nutrition, fitness and wellness... I am going to try to get to bed before 10pm and better plan out my meals for the week. I can tweak something to make it work better in my life, by cutting myself a little slack if I miss a run or don't feel good on a run and just getting it done the next day.

emoticonMy biggest challenge this week will be lack of sleep, stress and moving back and forth between home and the beach house.

emoticonI want to feel more like a real runner by the end of next week. My reward for good behavior this week will be buying some cherries at the market just for me!

emoticonI did not weigh in last week because I wasn't near a scale. I will weigh in this week.

emoticonI love myself enough to acknowledge my shortcomings without feeling embarrassed and never ever be afraid to praise myself for the wonderful things I do and qualities I have. I'm going to have a happy and healthy week!

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Here's your survey if you are joining me on this challenge!

emoticonSUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK 2: JULY 16-22

emoticonLast week I wanted to feel [X] by the end of the week. Today I feel... [X] (examples: happy, stressed out, more flexible)

emoticonI feel this way because... [X] (examples: I was busier than I thought I would be, I worked out more)

emoticonMy big nutrition goal for last week was [X]. I did/did not accomplish this goal because... [X] If I didn't, I still want to give myself kudos for what I actually did accomplish... [X]

emoticonMy big fitness goal for last week was [X] I met/did not meet this goal this week... [X] But I did do... [X]

emoticonMy big wellness goal for last week was [X]. I was/wasn't able to accomplish this because... [X]

emoticonI found it [X] to stick to the plan this week. (examples: easy, frustrating) I give myself a [insert a grade: A-, C+] for the work I did this week.

emoticonI feel like I did/did not do enough to get a reward this week because... [X]

emoticonI am/am not going to keep the same goals this week because... [X] Here's what I am going to do differently for nutrition, fitness and wellness... [X] I can tweak something to make it work better in my life, by doing [X] (examples: I can give myself a little more leeway in my workout schedule, I can freeze vegetables ahead of time to make my goal)

emoticonMy biggest challenge this week will be [X]. (examples: hectic work week, anniversary date)

emoticonI want to feel [X] by the end of next week. My reward for good behavior this week will be [X].

emoticonI did/did not weigh in last week. If I did, this is how I feel about the scale... [X].

emoticonI love myself enough to acknowledge my shortcomings without feeling embarrassed and never ever be afraid to praise myself for the wonderful things I do and qualities I have. I'm going to have a happy and healthy week!

  
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SUGIRL06 7/17/2012 7:44PM

    Way to go! 400 fitness minutes!!!
Good luck with the sleep thing too!!
~Ang

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_TRIXIE_ 7/17/2012 11:04AM

    You totally kicked last week's ass, FYI. Keep it up!

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NATPLUMMER 7/16/2012 7:14PM

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REDRUNNER82 7/16/2012 3:24PM

    Yay! Great week! I love it when things like that broken wine glass happen - a gentle reminder from the Universe that you probably shouldn't have had it anyway!

I'm about to post my goals... here's to a great week!

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KITHKINCAID 7/16/2012 2:50PM

    I love that you got so excited about your glass of wine that you busted it and spilled it on yourself. Haha. Totally sounds like me :)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/16/2012 2:47PM

    Rockin it hot mama!!!

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ROCKMAN6797 7/16/2012 2:41PM

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BTW, curious minds are wondering, did you break the wine glass on purpose? emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/16/2012 12:27PM

    Did an awesome job, you do deserve the reward!! It is hard to sleep all night when you aren't in control of your schedule. Keep trying and one of these days it'll happen and you'll be in the habit of going to bed at the right time to get enough sleep. Hope you have an awesome week (and get all the sleep you need)!

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FROGGERHKC 7/16/2012 11:32AM

    Great job! Keep it up!!! :)

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BOOTS1221 7/16/2012 10:24AM

    OBVIOUSLY the highlight of your week was meeting me, duh :)

I'm glad you had a great week girl! Awesome job with the 400 minutes and 3500 cals burned, that's amazing!!!

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SAMSPARK1 7/16/2012 9:30AM

    Love it!!

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MBSHAZZER 7/16/2012 9:29AM

    What a great week! I love that fate or whatever intervened and kept you on track with your alcohol goal! :D

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2BEABETTERME 7/16/2012 8:56AM

    Looks like you did great! We all need to love ourselves enough to acknowledge our shortcomings and celebrate our successes...a work in progress for me.

Have a wonderful week!
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SLFRISBEY 7/16/2012 8:50AM

    Thanks for helping to keep me accountable! Let's kill it this week!

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