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NSV weekend

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Happy Sunday to all

Weekends fly by so fast huh?! I'm not ready for Monday!

Friday, zero energy after work. I drove home thinking about comfy clothes and the remote. I was listening to some Spark People radio podcasts on the way home and heard spark member ~indygirl, whose blogs I have been following for several months. If you don't know her story, I suggest you stop by her page and read some blogs. I dare you to then come up with an excuse for not getting healthy

Shortly after hearing her interview, I saw a license plate that read "psych up". So that was it, I got home and I immediately changed into running clothes and took off. I hadn't run all week. I was sore from last weekend's warrior dash for a couple days, then just got busy.

I was huffin and puffin. I told myself to forget about time and just keep running, no matter how slow. And boy did I slow down at times but I did not walk. I actually felt pretty good the last mile and only ended up two minutes over my best five-mile time! I took that as a win. Then I took the dog for her one-mile walk.

Saturday, in addition to walking my four legged friend, I went for a 40-minute interval training walk. This will knock off a square on my health challenge card for June at work. Victory! Then some yoga and very nearly fell asleep on the living room floor!

Today was the best day of the weekend. DH and I went for a bicycle ride around some trails near our house and into a neighboring suburb for lunch. We stopped at our favorite Mexican restaurant. I skipped the margarita, had an ice tea, sat on my hands after eating only five chips, then gave half of my lunch to DH. So unlike me! Score!!

At one point on the way home, I pulled over to drink some water. Here was my big moment..... DH said " I can tell you are in better shape, you never used to keep pace with me like that before."

HEAR THE ANGELS SING! He is not an active guy yet he's lean and muscular. He has not commented on my weight loss or running accomplishments. He would be fine if I was still chunky and sitting on the couch with him. He wants what makes me happy. Today he sounded proud of me and impressed which made me feel wonderful!

So that's the weekend that was. Looks like rain is coming. Time to relax before getting back to the grind of work tomorrow.

I hope everyone had great moments this weekend. Lets make it a good week!

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FUNLOVEN 6/25/2013 11:21AM

    I'm smiling emoticon for all of your success!

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TATERCAT 6/24/2013 10:32AM

    Way to go! I am always impressed at how you can turn your day around into something positive. You are very motivational to me!
What a great compliment from the hubby!

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 6/24/2013 2:15AM

    That's wonderful! Congrats!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/24/2013 2:01AM

    Great job! Keep it up!!

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SUGAR0814 6/23/2013 11:08PM

    emoticon Isn't it wonderful when you get a comment or support from your spouse!!!! emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 6/23/2013 9:59PM

    WOW! Love all of this! You really are an inspiration and I'm glad you take the time to share. Congrats on all of the reasons to celebrate. Give that hubby of yours a big hug - he sounds like a real keeper!

Have a wonderful week ahead with many more reasons to celebrate!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/23/2013 9:00PM

    That is wonderful! I'm so happy for you.

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FITFOODIE806 6/23/2013 8:39PM

    awww! What a great weekend. And what a great compliment from DH.

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/23/2013 7:17PM

    Score to you for the awesome NSV's!

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MAGGIEVAN 6/23/2013 6:08PM

    Thanks for sharing. I think that was the perfect weekend and the unsolicited compliment from hubby just the crown on it all. Moving our bodies is a privilege.

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It's Friday, Let's Dance!

Friday, June 21, 2013

IT'S FRIDAY! What is your activity for today? Let's dance.....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgP4zxg1_hE

"come on pretty baby
put your little hand in mine
things are shaking on the dance floor
everybody's feeling fine
don't waste another minute
step into the light
come on and dance with me tonight"

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmAWUxw5PQE

They had a hi-fi phono , boy, did they let it blast
Seven hundred little records, all rock and rhythm and jazz
But when the sun went down, the rapid tempo of the music fell
"C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell


I hope everyone has a movin, groovin weekend!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/21/2013 7:28PM

    Yay!

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MAGGIEVAN 6/21/2013 5:35PM

    Nice beat and it did put a smile on my face. My weekend is without a party and no rocking here but I am planning on doing my exercises tonight.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 6/21/2013 3:43PM

    I never say no to a dance. Thanks for the motivation, and great tune!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/21/2013 10:14AM

    Moving and Grooving here too! Celebrate!

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SUGAR0814 6/21/2013 9:25AM

    Love to dance especially when no one is watching!! Have a great day!! emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 6/21/2013 9:03AM

    That first song sure was a great toe tapper to start the day with! I love to dance, but unfortunately there are no dance clubs where I live. Have a fun weekend Kelli emoticon

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MADEIT3 6/21/2013 8:07AM

    Hey - I'm going dancing this weekend! Have a great weekend yourself!

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What day is it?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I love this commercial. Cracks me up every time I see it....

m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=kWBhP0EQ1lA

Happy hump day darlins!


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SUGAR0814 6/19/2013 11:41AM

    Funny! Thanks for sharing Kellie! Have a great day! emoticon

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TATERCAT 6/19/2013 10:09AM

    Happy Hump Day to you as well!


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FUNLOVEN 6/19/2013 9:19AM

    This darn computer! More likely it is Windows 8. Won't let me watch the video, but I do remember seeing it on TV and it is funny emoticon

May the rest of your week be smooth sailing for you!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/19/2013 8:53AM

    That is one of the better ones! Thanks for sharing.

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ROCKLAND2010 6/19/2013 8:46AM

    Have a great day! Thanks for making me laugh.
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LORILEEPAGE 6/19/2013 8:12AM

    Happy hump day to you, Kellie!

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Rest and Recovery

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Monday mornin to ya!

I'm still recovering from the Warrior Dash on Saturday! Sitting down, getting up and reaching overhead are challenging moves today. Recovery is going much better though than the last time I ran the Warrior Dash.

It's a beautiful day today. I was thinking about a walking break on the path here at work but didn't relish the thought of pushing myself out of my chair.

Then the times came in from the Warrior Dash. I finished 342 out of 874 women in my age group with a time of 53:35. WHOOOHOOO! That got me out of my chair. That is just under seven minutes better than the last time I did this. I am strong like bull!

I took a quick walk around the path in the sunshine and came up to a chipmunk that did not scurry past me, but sat still in front of me. I see chipmunks out there all the time but they usually sprint past me before I realize I have seen them. This one sat there so I stopped, said "good morning". He stayed put while I took a picture.

So I named him Alvin....



Have a magical Monday!

  
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SUSUSUZZZIE 6/17/2013 11:16PM

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Congrats on the beating your time by so much! And doing so well in your bracket! You are amazing and very inspiring!
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FUNLOVEN 6/17/2013 4:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I would keep going but I ran out of Emoticons I wanted to use. I think you will get the picture just the same!

BTW, when Alvin starts singing to you let me know so I can start to really worry about you emoticon

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SYDLETZIII 6/17/2013 12:17PM

    That is a big improvement, congratulations. Chip and Dale are cute, what a way to start out the day

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    You did great! emoticon emoticon Alvin is a cutie!

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TATERCAT 6/17/2013 11:24AM

    Way to go on your Warrior Dash! Nothing like seeing a PR to get you up and moving and motivated for more! (strong like a bull - emoticon hahahaha) Alvin is cute and gutsy! Maybe you'll see him again tomorrow. Say hi!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/17/2013 11:18AM

    Nice job "dashing"! Nearly 900 women in your AGE GROUP? That's one big event.
I've got to go back now and read your race report.

That chipmunk definitely has star qualities. Alvin is the perfect name.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/17/2013 11:18AM

    Awesome job on the warrior dash! So proud of you.

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CELIAMINER 6/17/2013 11:11AM

    Awwww, I love chipmunks! Glad you are up and stretching those sore muscles!
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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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HONEYBADGERRUNS 6/17/2013 3:06PM

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

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BECKYSFRIEND 6/15/2013 9:50PM

    fun

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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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