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Warrior Dash 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What started out an overcast and storm-threatening day turned out to be AWESOME!

This was the second year I've done this with my kids. The last time was two years ago. At that time, I was working out but nowhere near as intense as I have for the past eight or nine months. I also was not running 5Ks at that time, I was lucky to run two blocks then. I thought the Warrior Dash would just be something fun to try. It turned out to be my AHAH moment to get stronger.

I hesitated doing it this year because I REALLY HATE the mud pit you have to crawl through at the end but the rest of it... YEAH BABY! What a rush. My friend's teenage son really wanted to try it with me so I signed up again.

The forecast called for scattered thunderstorms just about the time we were scheduled to run. As I drank my morning coffee I thought, "I just want to stay home and watch movies." But I didn't want to disappoint the kids.

On the way there, it misted then misted a little harder as we checked in. Just before we started running, the sun came out and smidge of humidity!

The course was AWESOME, walking up muddy 2X4s over a wall, down another 2X4, walked across a 2X4 over water to get to a wall to climb over, pulling myself up steep muddy hills with ropes, climbing up walls of rope covered in mud and I ran more than I did last time. It's intense and scary (for me, I'm slightly afraid of heights, some of the walls are a smidge high) but what a rush when I finish and I can say OH YES I DID! I DID THAT!

Everybody is so nice during the race. One woman behind me fell trying to get over the wall I had just climbed over. A bunch of people helped her up and over, then I held my hands out for her to put her foot in on the next wall to give her a boost. What was I thinking?? I thought I was going to lose her so I put my arm and shoulder into the back of her leg to keep us both from going backward. We high-fived several times throughout the race.

The steep, slippery, muddy hill was difficult for me. I pulled myself up by the ropes, slipping and sliding. I was almost at the top and kept slipping back, didn't think I was going to get there but there was nowhere else to go. Two guys at the top of the hill kept talking to me... "you've got this", "dig your heels in and pull", "you're almost there". It was a great feeling to hit the top of that hill.

I was happy to see the mud pit at the end wasn't as gross as the last time. It was just dirty water this time. Still had the barbed wire just over your head so you have to stay low. The woman I had helped earlier reached the end with me. She looked at me and said "let's just get in there!" we both slid in and "swam" to the end. No, my face does not go in there. My chin just touches the top of the water so my head stays under the barbed wire.

The times haven't posted yet. I'm not all that concerned with times. This is not something to race through, well for most of us anyway. Some paths and obstacles are quite slippery and treacherous! It would be nice to beat my time from two years ago. We shall see. I'm just thankful I made it through without falling or hurting myself!

Below are some pics. The blonde boy is my best friend's son. The other two are my kids, my inspiration! We had a great day! I'm glad I signed up again. I'm totally going to sign up again next year.

I have just taken the longest shower ever and hey look at the time... BLACKHAWKS BABY YEAH!

Rock on everyone!


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    thanks for stopping by my blog! Love this recap and you look great in the photos!

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TATERCAT 6/17/2013 11:33AM

    You look fantastic! I am glad that you can do this with your kids - what a fun experience. I would love to do this with my mother but I know she is not able.
I never thought of doing a Warrior Dash, but reading your story and seeing your photos is tempting me.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/17/2013 11:21AM

    Great report! You all look fantastic!

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SYDLETZIII 6/16/2013 3:44PM

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FUNLOVEN 6/16/2013 3:14PM

    emoticon WAY TO GO ! ! ! You all look pretty fit and buff to me emoticon AND pretty clean ! Are you sure you did the Dash?! Hope you know I'm just kidding you. Congrats on a job well done emoticon You continue to be an inspiration to me and many here on SP. I am soooo jealous I just better keep working to get in shape. I would love to do this with my DD too - next year.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/16/2013 12:31PM

    Sounds wonderful, I'm doing this race in Aug in Indianapolis. I'm grateful for your report!

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TDEMAIO2 6/16/2013 9:49AM

    emoticon What fun and what an GREAT way to spend time with your kids LOVE IT :D

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MAGGIEVAN 6/16/2013 6:30AM

    It is great to do this with your kids and your friends son. I am sure they think you rock! I think so too! I will not be able to do that.

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SUGAR0814 6/15/2013 11:13PM

    emoticon !! Sounds like you had a fun day with the kids!! emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 6/15/2013 9:40PM

    So fun!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/15/2013 9:09PM

    Wahay for you! Cute, cute family + one!

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Friday Sing-a-long

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Friday baby dolls!

It's time for a Friday sing-a-long. Click the link below and come on get happy!

"We're one step short of our heaven
And we won't stop short till we get there together
Together, baby we're better
On our own we're fine but united we're dynamite"

Let's unite in making it a dynamite weekend!


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FUNLOVEN 6/15/2013 11:10AM

    OMG - The Partridge Family! He used to be sooo cute back then (can't say the same about now ). Kelli, you are always seem so upbeat and happy. Thanks for putting a smile on my face for today emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 6/15/2013 7:56AM

    Some of the young ones won't remember the partridge family BUT I do :D Totally LOVE it :D emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 6/15/2013 1:46AM

    Thanks for sharing. It is a very sweet song and I have never hears it before.

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SYDLETZIII 6/14/2013 5:46PM

    You have a good weekend as well.

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/14/2013 12:37PM

    not available in Germany. bummer.

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SUGAR0814 6/14/2013 12:31PM

    emoticon Happy Friday!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/14/2013 11:57AM

    I'm with you. Let's get going!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/14/2013 10:18AM

    Awesome! Let's do it!

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LORILEEPAGE 6/14/2013 9:58AM

    Thanks Kellie! I needed to get this weekend off on a positive "note"!

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MIMIDOT 6/14/2013 9:57AM

    Let's go! Thanks for the push.

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New Food Labels?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How do I deal with a stressful day? Read an article on on a break of course!

The above article talks about the possibility of using pictures of runners or walkers on food labels to signify how many minutes of activity it would take to work off the calories of that food item.

It was a real eye opener for me when restaurants started posting nutritional information on the web. No more whining 'I'm watching what I eat, why am I not losing weight?!'

Now that I'm working out more than I ever have, the "activity labels" would give me a new perspective when deciding which foods I choose.

I wonder though about the people that are not active, that do not pay attention to such information for whatever their reasons may be. Would this make a difference to them?

I'm curious about what you all think. Would you like the "activity label"? Think of the people you know that lead sedentary lives. Do you think this information would spark something in them or would they roll their eyes?

Deep thoughts by kelliebean.



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TRAVELGRRL 6/14/2013 8:18PM

    I believe this: people who are interested, can find the info on their own. People who are not, ignore it. Now, I'm pretty in-tune to calories so when I saw the calorie count listed on MacDonald's menu board? I was shocked and left for Subway. But I see plenty of super-obese people ordering super-sized value meals, so it's not even on their radar screens!

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PHEBESS 6/14/2013 8:06PM

    Interesting idea!

I too have found that nutrition labels on food items in cafes and restaurants will help me make a better choice.

So activity level to burn off a serving is an even more graphic image of that same information!

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WATERMELLEN 6/14/2013 7:27PM

    I think this is a great idea --

Even watching the calorie burn at the gym on the elliptical reminds me of just how much effort it takes to burn (very few!) calories

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/14/2013 12:04PM

    A very interesting article. I don't know if I would need an activity label on everything, but it helpful to keep the general relationship in your head.

For general measurement I use: one mile = one chocolate chip cookie

This eliminates the "I worked out, now where's that ice cream" rationalization.

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NUOVAELLE 6/14/2013 10:42AM

    A great article, thank you for sharing! And the idea of the activity labels sounds great to me. But I believe it would only work with the already conscious consumers on the amount of calories and fat contained in their food. Those who eat whatever comes in front of them without too much thought would probably pay no attention to it. But maybe the repeating appearance of a runner or an athlete on the food packages could make a few persons stop and think, who knows? Anything that could work even with a small number of people is definitely worth trying!

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HAKAPES 6/13/2013 2:03PM

    Wow, very interesting article, thanks!
I would totally support it!
I have experience in knowing how much calories a food item is about, and how much I burn with 30 min walking, running, biking. But, not always I make the link in my head - if I eat it, it's like 30 min walking.
This would encourage me to eat less, and move more!

There are foods that you think wouldn't choose?
Or choose?

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KELLIEBEAN 6/13/2013 8:17AM

    Thanks everyone for weighing in. I always love a good discussion!

I figured a visual like this is similar to the display of caories burned on a treadmill or elliptical machine... pretty much just a guideline more than a hard and fast fact. Every body is different, there are many variables to consider.

This monring, out of nowhere, I had a HUGE craving for a pulled pork sandwhich and french fries. I mean a SERIOUS CRAVING, at 6:15am. What is that?! At the next red light, I saw a woman jog past my car, a good song was on the radio and craving gone!

Visuals work for me, but not everyone.

Rock on!

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FUNLOVEN 6/13/2013 7:51AM

    I can only think of my DH in this instance. He watches what I eat, he listens to my yack about SP and my weight loss goals, he sees me working out, he sees me checking labels, he hears me comment about his poor food choices or amounts when we are eating either at a restaurant or at home. Does it make a difference ? NO ! Left to his own devices he reverts right back to his unhealthy self the minute I am not around.

I think the people who are interested in nutrition, like us here on SP, already know what they are suppose to eat. Those people who are interested in making healthier choices, like us here on SP, have already taken steps to educate themselves about it. We really do not need a picture to tell us a particular food is not good for us. Even if we are not sure about an item, I think we probably have our suspicions about it and know enough to stay away from it.

Boy, did you open a can of worms here, Kelli emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 6/13/2013 7:13AM

    Not so sure about that?

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/12/2013 6:38PM

    Activity labels on prepared food wouldn't bother me a bit - but I hardly ever see anyone reading the nutrition labels so I'm betting they would ignore the activity label as well.

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MAGGIEVAN 6/12/2013 5:26PM

    A very interesting issue. People who are activity conscious will benefit from such labels. I know I will take notice and make choices based on that information. People who are inactive might not care. It is like the horrible images on sigarette packets here in New Zealand, smokers don't even look at it, they just continue smoking. Non active people who are not yet at the desperate stage to a healthy life don't even read the normal labels and don't know the serving size of say the biscuits they just bought. It is of no interest to them. There are always the exceptions but just think back at your "fat and happy" days. Would you have taken notice?

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SUGAR0814 6/12/2013 5:01PM

    I think it would be a waste of time to add an activity label because everyone's bodies are different. What might work for a smaller body type won't work for a larger body type. emoticon

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MADEIT3 6/12/2013 5:00PM

    I think the more information you give people, the more likely they are to have an aha moment, which can lead to making changes. We've used posters at work to compare the calories in - for example - a hamburger and fries with a "healthy" salad, then paired with how long a walk or run it will take to offload the calories. But put a box of donuts in the kitchen - or a bag of cookies - and the food silently, secretly disappears.

I wish it was possible to show people what can happen to them five years or fifty years down the road if they pick up that donut today and tomorrow and tomorrow ... I also wish it was possible to somehow present a picture of how long it takes to lose a pound for the "average" person compared with someone who has yo-yo dieted.

While I think it's important to know nutrition and fitness facts, we don't seem to have a way to teach people that they need to choose what's right for them to maintain a healthy weight at least 80 percent of the time. The only "teacher" seems to be hard, and too often hurtful experience.

Sorry for the downer.

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SYDLETZIII 6/12/2013 4:54PM

    You, your children, nor their children will ever see that on any food. The food companies are promoting how easy or quick something is too make. There are entire websites designed to you show people how to take shortcuts and now you what them to walk off that easy to cook quick meal. Based on 3 mph, you would need about 45 minutes to walk off breakfast, about 40 minutes to walk off the calories for lunch, and about 60-100 minutes for dinner. But any information on the cans would be inaccurate, because we need to keep some calories for repairing the body and for energy. Also how many calories you burn walking depends on the weight of the individual and several other physical and medical parameters of the individual.

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It Goes So Fast

Monday, June 10, 2013

The weekend. I need one more day!

Friday.... challenging afternoon, some issues brought back bad memories. I forced myself to let it go, went for a five-mile run after work, walked the dog then did some upper body ST videos.

Saturday... went to my nephew's little league game, did a little shopping then impulsively got a pedicure. It's a great mood lifter! A couple brisk walks and then ab videos. Flipped channels in the evening between the Blackhawks and Fire games, saw my son on TV at the Fire game five or six times. Exciting!

Sunday... enjoyed a quiet morning in the yard, short motorcycle ride with DH, big waffle breakfast, three hours planting flowers.

Had a bit of a scare Sunday afternoon, my cell phone called the house phone. I was the only one at home, the cell phone was sitting on the kitchen table, nothing laying on it, so I was quite unnerved.

That old movie line popped in my head... "The call is coming from inside the house!" I popped in the SP 28 Day Bootcamp DVD and did the 12 min cardio and 30 min total body workouts.

And here we are at Monday. Everything hurts. Three hours of gardening and the 30 minute total body workout.... not a great combination. But I am woman hear me roar!


Okay I feel more like... emoticon

I need a rest day today. Five days until the Warrior Dash. Need to rest the muscles this week.

Onward with the Monday.


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MJREIMERS 6/11/2013 7:58PM

    Wow, good job on the workouts! Yes, you need to rest those muscles in preparation for your Warrior Dash! You will do emoticon !

As for the phone, think of it as someone is thinking about you! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/11/2013 6:19PM

    awesome weekend full of exercise sorry about the ghost phone happens to a lot of people

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TDEMAIO2 6/10/2013 10:29PM

    Great way to stay active : )

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SYDLETZIII 6/10/2013 4:26PM

    maybe there are ghost in your machine (cell phone) lol. Have a great weekend

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CAT-IN-CJ 6/10/2013 11:52AM

    Good way to use up a weekend . . . . and ya have something to show for it.

Oh, the spooky phone call was a fright! Glad it was nothing . . . . but when I read about it, it brought back memories of one I had many years ago, after my late husband had just passed away. It was a ringback (from electrical power surge???) which initiated the voice mail he had recorded when he first set up the phone . . . . I can chuckle about it now . . but back then, it was very not good !!!

Have a relaxing day, maybe a good hot soak in the tub???

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/10/2013 10:29AM

    Wow, just about every part of your body got a workout. Good for you!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/10/2013 10:04AM

    It does go by fast - and we can look forward to the next one!

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FUNLOVEN 6/10/2013 9:58AM

    Your right about needing a rest !

Can't wait to hear all about your Warrior Dash. Good Luck emoticon

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DIANAOR1 6/10/2013 9:42AM

    Weekend definitely went too fast. It seems like you made the best of it! emoticon Kellie!!!! You managed to do it all!!! emoticon

The call would have unnerved me too!!!! Moving on -

Have a great sparkie day!!!! Diana

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SUGAR0814 6/10/2013 9:29AM

    OMG! I had one of those calls before! It was my DH's cell calling me & he was in the bed next to me! WTW!!! I asked if he had lost his phone & it was on the charger. Glad I got up though because my blood sugar levels were low. Still scary though. I know what you mean, I need another day off too but I'm at work hoping to make it through! Have a good day! emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 6/10/2013 9:23AM

    It's a good sore! (Keep telling yourself that!).

Have a great week!

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LORILEEPAGE 6/10/2013 8:36AM

    Crazy weekend!

Have a good Monday, Kellie!

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MJRVIC2000 6/10/2013 8:36AM

    Wisdom is knowing when to let go of some things and when to hold on to those that are really meaningful. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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A Beautiful Sunday

Sunday, June 09, 2013

This is a great way to start a Sunday... enjoying the sunshine with my Labrador, a beautiful breeze, coffee, sparking and looking at the results of yesterday's pedicure.

I was never into what I considered "high-maintenance" activities such as manicures, pedicures and massages. I always thought that was for women with nothing better to do.

DH started buying me gift certificates a couple years ago for salon services and I came around. I don't go often but it's a nice mood lifter once in a while.

The plan for today is to take the dog for a walk, plant some flowers and maybe hit the elliptical later.... of course after I enjoy the quiet of an early Sunday morning!

Happy Sunday!

Edit... I've tried this twice, not sure why the picture looks correct when I upload it but goes upside once I post it. Oh well. The world can be an upside down place.


Spark on!

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MAGGIEVAN 6/10/2013 1:51AM

    You dog will have a hard time walking on it's head! Ha- ha. Silly me.

Pedicure etc. It is bliss. I love all the titivating. It is just a pity it don't last. Enjoy it while it is still perfect.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/9/2013 8:47PM

    Enjoy your day and get a good laugh out of the though of all us craning our necks to see the picture correctly.

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SUGAR0814 6/9/2013 6:55PM

    Enjoy your day! emoticon

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SYDLETZIII 6/9/2013 1:31PM

    The nails look great

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SUSUSUZZZIE 6/9/2013 1:05PM

    I love the upside down pic! :) Your toes are cute! Have a wonderful and beautiful Sunday!

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TDEMAIO2 6/9/2013 11:17AM

    Enjoy your Sunday :D having pedicures are GREAT! I am older and just started about a year ago and WOW was I missing out :O

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/9/2013 10:13AM


Look @ you and your darling dog!

I've not yet had a pedicure - maybe one day!

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FUNLOVEN 6/9/2013 9:29AM

    What - no run !

Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday. Love the color on those tootsies emoticon

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