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Six miles!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I did it, I pushed myself to run six miles this morning. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I was going to try this Friday after work but unexpected rain rolled through and I cut it down to four miles. I have to say, it was kind of fun to run in the rain for a few blocks, I felt like a kid for a few minutes.

DH went out on a group motorcycle ride this morning. I am on call for work so I had to stay behind. After he left early this morning, I grabbed my coffee and the remote ready to settle in for some veg time. But I said to myself, "okay, let's do this", and got dressed to run.

It was a bit windy in spots, making me tire out. I had to keep telling myself this is good training for the 10K I will be doing in November along Lake Shore Drive (Chicago, Il).

After three miles, I was toast with the wind so I made a deal with myself, go ahead and walk for a few seconds at the end of each song, then pick it back up. That worked really well. The last half mile was very difficult. I tried a trick to distract myself that I learned during the SP four-week stress busting challenge. I looked around and identified colors of the trees, cars houses, anything I saw around me. That helped.

When I got home, my Labrador was anxiously awaiting her 20-minute walk. Ugh! I got that done and then I did the SP nine-minute seated upper body video, then a wonderfully long shower.

I was all set to sit and read when DH sent me a text message that the people he was riding with were coming back to our house. Ugh! Thanks to the SP Flylady team, I didn't have too much to do to make the house welcoming.

I finally sat down to read my book in the back yard with a cup of green tea. It's a beautifully mild, sunny day here in the Chicago area.

DH came home alone. Everybody decided to head home. So it will be a nice, quiet evening before the crazy work week begins again.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and a great end of June.

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TATERCAT 7/2/2013 4:38PM

    6 miles!!! Wow that is amazing. Great job! You are inspiring me to go for a run tonight.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/1/2013 7:33PM

    Congratulations! Lucky to have Lake Shore Drive as a route.
We were in Chicago only once (2011) for a wedding and I planned to run along the lake. I was turned back by the POLICE. It was too windy. Runners and bikers were being knocked over by crashing waves. It was even on the national news. Just my luck.

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KANOE10 7/1/2013 8:50AM

    Great job on running for 6 miles! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your evening. You are staying focused and positive and healthy!

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TDEMAIO2 7/1/2013 8:38AM

    emoticon Great way to push yourself : )

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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/1/2013 12:51AM

    Congrats on your 6 mile run! Fantastic!

LOVE your "trick...looked around and identified colors of the trees, cars houses, anything" - I'm borrowing this from you. This makes sense and I can tell already that it's a terrific idea in many situations!

Have a wonderful week!

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MJREIMERS 6/30/2013 8:47PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep it up, but remember gradually!! (Learn from my mistakes!) emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 6/30/2013 7:46PM

    A great run and a clean house to boot ! Who could ask for more on a Sunday afternoon emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/30/2013 7:26PM

    What a productive for you!

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FITFOODIE806 6/30/2013 6:48PM

    whoa! That's a lot in one day! Congrats on 6 miles. Such a major accomplishment. Celebrate it!!

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KRISKECK 6/30/2013 6:39PM

    Hey there! Thanks for your support on my blog! Sounds like a you'll be ready for that race in no time if you're running most of the 6 miles now! I miss running races...I may have to sign up for one soon. Great job!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/30/2013 6:04PM

    Congrats on your run! How awesome!

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LORILEEPAGE 6/30/2013 3:54PM

    Kellie, that's a great run! I noticed that if I get tired after thirty minutes on my bike, it helps to pedal slowly for a minute or so. Then it's easier to pick up the pace again. I've done that on the elliptical as well. It really helps physically and mentally.

I'm happy your evening turned out more relaxing!

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Be Brave

Friday, June 28, 2013

I'm having a challenging week to say the least! I've kept focus on watching my portions and getting workouts done.

This is the last week for a 26-week health challenge I'm doing for charity. Couldn't falter now just because I'm stressed! Tonight's workout will be my final day for the challenge! That feels really good.

It was tough to focus on my healthy habits this week but it really helped with the stress.

Yesterday I heard this for the fist time on the radio while driving home. IT'S FRIDAY! Click the link below and LET'S DANCE AND BE BRAVE!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUQsqBqxoR4

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NEW-CAZ 6/29/2013 5:32PM

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MJREIMERS 6/29/2013 9:57AM

    emoticon Yay, you did it!

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TDEMAIO2 6/29/2013 9:38AM

    WOW totally love that video :D Thank you emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 6/29/2013 7:03AM

    Have a great w/e emoticon You deserve it !

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SUSUSUZZZIE 6/28/2013 11:38PM

    Your focus in challenging times is inspirational! Very proud of you!
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MAGGIEVAN 6/28/2013 4:18PM

    Rock on, my friend. I love your positive spirit.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/28/2013 2:06PM

    Great job!! Congratulations are in order! Celebrate!

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TATERCAT 6/28/2013 12:55PM

    Congratulations on finishing the challenge! 26 weeks is a long time.

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/28/2013 12:28PM

    You're definitely a rock star!

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TORTISE110 6/28/2013 11:19AM

    So sweet to accomplish such a big goal as a 26 week challenge. Congratulations and good for you for finishing strong and BRAVELY!!



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DESERTJULZ 6/28/2013 11:11AM

    Wow! A 26-week challenge! I'm impressed. Congrats!

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SUGAR0814 6/28/2013 10:46AM

    Congrats on completing the challenge! YOU ROCK! emoticon

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There's Always Tomorrow

Monday, June 24, 2013

It was definitely a Monday. A certain group of people will not take accountability for their own actions so they blame others. My department is guilty until proven innocent. So I left work a little late producing documentation to prove them wrong.

The weather was nice driving home, sunny and humid but I decided to go running since I still have not run in hot weather yet this season. It would be a great way to release my frustrations! No clean running pants, bummer. Okay, put the shorts on, its warm and humid after all. Who cares what I look like. So unlike me!

I walked out the door while setting up the MapMyRun app and noticed it was suddenly dark. I looked up, lightening, large, dark clouds. Okay, back inside. As soon as I shut the door, BAM, big thunder and driving rain. If I had left work on time, I would have been out in that! Phew!

Okay, plan B. I got the SP 28 Day bootcamp 30-minute total body challenge set up to go after I finished 15 min on the elliptical. Five minutes into it, the power blipped out. Internet, phone and cable out for a few minutes.

Then work paged me. Yikes, no Internet. I called a co-worker to take care of the call for me. The Internet came back but my work applications, not so much! I spent three hours working with my network staff trying to help me and also trying to figure things out on my own. Nothing! I was missing the Blackhawks game. Grrrr!

I finally heard from my director that I'm not the only one with this issue. They are trying to figure out what happened. So I finally sat down for the last five minutes of the Blackhawks game... Whooohooo! Blackhawks are the Stanley Cup champions! Sorry Boston friends!

So my workout plans were squashed BUT I did not get caught in an unexpected, horrible storm AND I got to see the best part of the hockey game.

I was quite the grump all day and this evening so I kept repeating in my head a line I read once... "You did not have a bad day. You had a few bad moments that you held onto all day."

Tomorrow is another day.

Spark on!

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FUNLOVEN 6/25/2013 11:17AM

    It sounded like a Monday! When I worked I hated Mondays. When I worked Critical Care at the hospital and cut back my hours every day I worked seemed like a Monday! I couldn't stand my job and so it led me to the Home Health department to lighten my load. Way to shake it off Kelli emoticon !

I signed up for the MapMyRun app you use. Earlier I signed up for the BeatRun app but I can't figure out how to use it and I keep getting notices that I can't use my songs from iTunes for some reason. I was very frustrated and haven't tried using it again. Do don't be surprise if you don't get some e-mails from me asking for help. I am not savvy about these things at all!

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SUGAR0814 6/25/2013 11:01AM

    Hoping today is better for you! emoticon

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TATERCAT 6/25/2013 10:42AM

    I love that saying! I am hoping that today will be a better day.

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JAXMOMMY 6/25/2013 10:25AM

    Hey, I don't always know the why in it all, but it seems to me that everything happens for a reason! You being held up at work allowed you to avoid being struck by lightening! So, work hassles saved your life, right? I like that quote! When workr depends on the Internet all kinds of problems can happen! I know. Congrats on your hockey team winning! Glad you caught the good parts of the game!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 6/25/2013 9:16AM

    I had the same storm pass through. If I hadn't been dragging my feet, I would have been on the treadmill when the power went out. Instead, I went to bed, because I had a lousy day yesterday too.

I'm positive that today will be a much better day for both of us! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 6/25/2013 8:53AM

    emoticon Blackhawks!!! emoticon

Sorry you had a "YUCK" day yesterday. Hope today is smooth sailing!

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KANOE10 6/25/2013 8:33AM

    Hope you have a better day today. It sounds like a rough time at work. Good for you staying positive even while your exercise plans were thwarted! Also using alternatives and not giving up showed strength!

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MJREIMERS 6/25/2013 8:04AM

    You are right and a good outlook. Tomorrow will be better! emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 6/25/2013 7:27AM

    emoticon GREAT statement "a few bad moments you held onto all day"

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MAGGIEVAN 6/25/2013 3:18AM

    I love the quote. So much time is getting wasted at office just TP proof that allegations are not true. It is so silly, the whole thing.

You are right, tomorrow is another day! I am glad that you have not been running in that storm.


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NUOVAELLE 6/25/2013 2:22AM

    I love your positive attitude! I hope today is a much better day for you with no bad moments at all!
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TLG71567 6/24/2013 11:35PM

    Cheer up. I truly believe things happen for a reason, even if we don't understand it at the time. Let the grumpiness pass. Tomorrow is another day. Have a good one and go for that run. emoticon

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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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