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My First Half Marathon

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My First Half Marathon and so much more....

The night before:


I finished my first half marathon on Sunday….what a journey!

I got to California on Friday. It was pouring down rain…..Saturday came….it was still raining…all I could think about was here we go….I get to run my first half marathon in the rain….I live in the rainiest state in the country so it shouldn’t matter, but being from California I went there to get away from the rain! It never rains in California…well I guess it does sometimes…lol!


Fast forward to Sunday morning……it was absolutely gorgeous…. 20,000 runners were entered in the marathon or HM so we decided to get to the race by 5:30am….I was there with Chuck and Liz – friends I met through my husband 20 years ago. The sunrise was beautiful; the sky clear, it was cool but not too cold….I was in heaven….it was going to be a great run. I was not nervous at all just excited.


It was finally close to race time so we walked up to get in our wave. I had signed up for the 2:10 to 2:20 wave figuring I would finish in about 2:16. Chuck and I were about the same pace. Liz started a couple of waves later (and I might add she is somebody who has never been a runner, just started training two months ago, and ran the race in an 11mm pace….she’s amazing!!)


Before we knew it we were off…..the first 3 or 4 miles felt great….we were clipping along at about a 8:40 to 9 mm pace…about mile 4 there was a hill…no problem we both flew up it then we got to run down it…..at mile 5 there was a water station and I should have taken some water, but I felt great so I didn’t……that’s when the trouble started for me….right after I passed the water station both calves instantly cramped….wow…I’ve never felt anything like that before…..my stomach also was not cooperating. I ran another mile before I finally had to wave Chuck on and stop to use the restroom….got past that and could hardly walk let alone run, but there was no stopping me….I tried running a little differently so my calf would stretch…..it helped a little.

It was all a mind game from there. I decided that I was not going to stop unless they carried me off the course…so I kept going….it hurt more to walk then to just keep running.….I made sure I grabbed a water and vitalite at every station and as long as I kept moving I knew I would make it. I was running through my mind that a 2:30 finish would be respectable for my first HM and at least I didn’t quit….I couldn’t let myself and all my wonderful friends who have been so supportive down. My music helped me get lost in the moment too….by mile 10 I did walk a little…again it was torture to start running again…I don’t remember much from mile 10 until mile 13….My splits for those miles were a little over a 10mm so I must have still ran more than walked.

I remember looking up and seeing the finish line….I was going to start to walk again, but then I heard the crowd. As I approached the end there were so many people cheering us on I couldn’t stop so I just kept running…..then I looked at the time….2:10….I quickly looked at my watch and it said 2:07 it has an auto pause feature that probably stopped when I went to the restroom… .I still didn’t believe it, I thought there was a mistake….I was in so much pain I didn’t really enjoy the moment, but I had to get to the expo area and find the results tent. They had it set up so you walk over a sensor and a computer flashed your time…..it said 2:10!!! Wow- I finished 6 minutes faster than my goal for the race….

My first half marathon was one of the most physically and mentally challenging things I have done due to the pain ….but more rewarding than you can imagine….I did it….13.1 miles…..!!! Those weight loss demons are now behind me….I just have to make sure they never catch up again…..I now know I can prevail no matter what tries to stop me….. I just have to keep moving forward.

I just signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon on July 25th……..I get to run across the Golden Gate Bridge……and I’m going to do the Vernonia Half in April….ok….yes….I’m addicted….and a great high it is!!!

Oh by the way…..I have a renewed appreciation for Marathoners….you rock!!

Sorry...I don't have a finish picture...I did get a cool surfboard medal!!

Kim
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SYNCHRODAD 5/10/2010 6:56PM

    A killer in-the-moment story. Thanks for the tremendous inspiration. Hope you don't mind the horrible California weather going across the Golden Gate (for real, it gets foggy and cool that time of year through "the Gate.") I live 50 miles south where the weather stays nice! Thanks again!

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TEXZAN 5/10/2010 10:27AM

    That is a great First Marathon story,, I will get to tell mine in Novenber after I finish the Philly 1/2,, I cant wait,, Thanks again emoticon

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BARBIE66 5/10/2010 9:15AM

    That was aesome.. you motivated me to start running as of today..

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DAVEW175 5/10/2010 6:31AM

    Kim,

Great Job. You're an inspiration!


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ROGUE_1 3/5/2010 12:08PM

    p.s Hope you don't mind, I am going to add you as a buddy. Thanks again.

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ROGUE_1 3/5/2010 12:08PM

    I found your page through Kayakids and am so thankful I stopped by to read this blog. It was so uplifting and absolutely inspiring! I started running in May of last year and will be running my first half on 3/14. It frightens me to think about that distance and how the race is coming up so soon. I haven't run that far ever and my 10 week training did not have me run the full distance so I feel quite apprehensive. But after reading this, I am so excited and can't wait to cross that finish line. Thank you for the inspiration. Happy running and best wishes to you on all your goals now and in the future!

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ZMONEY 2/15/2010 11:13PM

    Awesome job Kim! Congrats! If my body's up for it, I might join you in Vernonia :)

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MASRITE 2/11/2010 9:09PM

    Great job Kim. You did an amazing job, especially by finishing faster then you thought. It's an amazing feeling to accomplish something like you did. Keep up the good work. I'm subscribing to your blog so I can read about all of your accomplishments. so proud of you. You inspire me!!

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GAYEMC 2/11/2010 7:49PM

    Way to go KIM, congratulations! I have so been waiting for this blog! Sorry you had leg problems, but YOU DID IT! emoticon

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TREESA57 2/11/2010 6:15PM

    Absolutely mah-velous dah ling! oh so proud of you!

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MEADSBAY 2/11/2010 5:59PM

    OMG- how amazing!
You took a licking and kept on ticking.
I am so impressed, Kim.
Congratulations on a great HM and for your perseverance!
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TOWHEE 2/11/2010 4:52PM

    Kim,

What can I say that hasn't already been said? You did an awesome job running through the pain and sticking with your plan.
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JADERUNNING 2/11/2010 2:38PM

    You are a machine! Great job!

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SIM2008 2/11/2010 1:18PM

    WOW, that is amazing!!! Congratulations on running a half AND beating the time you set for yourself and pushing through to finish the race!!!! You are an inspiration!!! I've started running and have done a 10k (which was to me much the same as your story here) and one day I hope to do a half. Your story lets me know that I can do anything I want if I put my mind to it and keep on going. Thanks for sharing!!!! :)

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/11/2010 11:24AM

    WOW!!! what a fantastic finish and great run!!! I can't wait to run my first half...some day! I'll be watching for your future race reports~

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MARATHONMOM26.2 2/11/2010 11:12AM

    emoticon on your 1st HM and an amazing PR!! I wish I had known you were down here for the race, I ran it too, as did a group of Sparkers who had flown in from all over the country! We would have welcomed you with open arms!

I had a similar experience last year at this same race - serious electric-shock type cramps in my calves ... I was unable to push through them and had a somewhat disappointing finish. I am so impressed with your tenacity! Not only did you push through the pain but you did it faster than you thought possible. emoticon

Did you know if you run Long Beach in October you will qualify for the CA Dreamin' medal and jacket as well? Since you're already signed up for SF I thought I'd mention that... I did it last year and it was so much fun!

Good luck on your upcoming races, and congratulations again.

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RUNTRILAUGH 2/11/2010 11:06AM

    Awesome job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, are you addicted???? emoticon

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RDARLING 2/11/2010 11:02AM

    Great job, Kim! I'm even more nervous and excited about running my first 1/2 in May.

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KAYAKID 2/11/2010 10:45AM

    Kim, You rocked it but I have already told you that! Great job! I ove the one picture of you in the racing pose with one had on your garmin. so cool. I am so proud of you! I look forward to more training runs and of course Vernonia and possibly Victoria. I ove your new profile picture too. thanks for yopur friendship and I hope that it helped you on your half I know it did because my spark friends inspire me to do greater than I could do on my own. See ya Saturday


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KASHMIR 2/11/2010 10:02AM

    Holy WOW!!! WAY AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing your accomplishment with us...Can't wait to hear what your time is for the NEXT one!

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CDNTRIGIRL 2/11/2010 9:35AM

    Kim, your blog is a perfect inspiration for me. I am a sprint triathlete and I'm trying my first 1/2 marathon this spring and lately I've been freaking out about the distance. Running is not YET my favourite sport. I loved reading about your determination to finish even if you have to walk. Thanks for your perspective and motivation. Blessings, Jennifer

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LISA0307 2/11/2010 9:34AM

    Congratulations on your finish! You should be so proud of yourself. Your next half-marathons will be even better because you always learn from mistakes and you get to enjoy the moment even more. Keep running!

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KEAKMAN 2/11/2010 8:32AM

    Oh Kim, I am in tears here. What a wonderful accomplishment. You are such a determined woman - to run half of your race in great pain.....wow! I am so proud of you, and wish I was going to be there on Saturday to see you and give you a big old hug! Way to go Running Woman! (and by the way, 2:10 is an AWESOME time!)
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CHICKIEMAUI 2/11/2010 6:00AM

    Such a huge, amazing accomplishment! I have heard about a wall that you hit but somehow you make it through and well, you did amazing! Every time I see a photo of you, ou look smaller and smaller and now you look so tiny! I bet it feels wonderful! Congrats to you on all of your success!

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2/4/10 - The Girl in the Picture

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Girl in the Picture…….

In three days I run my first half marathon….I’m not scared; I have put my training in (thank you Mike – KAYAKID)….I’m just truly amazed that I’m doing it…it is a culmination of a 1-1/2 year journey that has proved to be something beyond my wildest imagination…….you see, I had finally stopped imagining that I could actually see a picture of myself and not want to cry…..where the image in the picture wasn’t somebody I didn’t recognize.

We took a family portrait for the first time this Thanksgiving and I finally recognized the girl in the picture……now I’m running a half marathon and I love to run! As many of you have heard before “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey” well this journey has only just begun…and I’m 1-1/2 years into it!! I have already reached several destinations along the way, but there are so many more to explore: A full Marathon, my last 10 lbs, achievements at work, getting stronger through strength training, improve my running times, hiking with my kids, running in the cold and rain (thank you Mike ;-) emoticon, travel…….. Amazing what confidence does for you…….I now feel like I have the power to accomplish anything….it doesn’t mean that it’s easy. I still struggle with my eating, the aches and pains; the motivation to get up at 4:30am to workout everyday….but it has given me the strength and confidence to keep conquering the weight demons that have haunted me since childhood….and most of all NOT GIVE UP!!!

So I’m off to run a half marathon in Huntington Beach, CA on Super Bowl Sunday – Yep….13.1 miles….. luck would have it it’s supposed to rain….I think the rain just follows me now that I live in the rainiest state in the country….:-) but that’s ok because I’m doing something that is far beyond running a half marathon…..I’m proving to myself that I CAN do it!!

I love you guys….you have truly been an instrumental part of my journey, and

I hope you will continue to be for the rest of my life…..

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/11/2010 11:28AM

    You look fabulous and what a handsome bunch of guys you've got! I'm going to be following your blogs now-you are truly a motivator! Kayakid talks about you alot-now I see why! What a woman!

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TEAMDIRTDOGS 2/10/2010 4:21PM

    congrats on the half! your bf and after pics are amazing.
ps---re cramping calves, check out zensah calf sleeves. i haven't had calf cramps yet but they help your legs feel less fatigued, and my running partners (kid, dh, buddies) all love em. i wore em for the SF full last yr and kiddo and i wore em for the carlsbad half last mo. they're available at quite a few places online, i get mine from zombierunner.com or roadrunnersports.com.

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ZEESPARROW 2/6/2010 10:05PM

    Good luck tomorrow! Can't wait to hear about your awesome run!!!

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WENESTRADA 2/6/2010 3:56PM

    Good Luck on your marathon. You look great and have a beautiful family!

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GAYEMC 2/5/2010 2:05PM

    Kim, you have come so far! I can't wait to hear about your first half. Enjoy the ride!

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MIAMIA7 2/5/2010 1:40PM

    Good luck on your half! I did mine in Sept 09. I can't believe I actually ran 13.1 miles. And you will too! Isn't it amazing what we are able to achieve with just the right motivation whether by spark people, our spark friends or just our own achievements! Anne

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MEADSBAY 2/5/2010 10:38AM

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat blog, Kim!
Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring journey.
I love the pictures, too.
What a beautiful family.
Good luck on your HM and have FUN!
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IPA-RAY 2/5/2010 9:59AM

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Good luck in your half marathon Sunday!
Looking at how great you look in the family picture makes it clear that you are already a winner!
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KASHMIR 2/5/2010 9:33AM

    Kim,
what a fantastic journey, and I'm so glad I am one of those friends so I can see what comes next for you!!

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    Go Girl! Inspiring. emoticon

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RINSKY3 2/5/2010 12:42AM

    Great job Kim! You look great =)
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KAYAKID 2/5/2010 12:09AM

    Your family picture looks great! I didn't recognize that other lady in the blog. you have come so far and we have alot more journey to go. I want to wish you a great race on sunday. We will miss you at the run on Saturday, but you have a wonderful time with friends.

take care
Mike


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SUPERDELUXE 2/5/2010 12:04AM

    Great Job! GOod luck in your first marathon! You will become addicted for the medals :)

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GONNAGETGOAL 2/5/2010 12:01AM

    Gorgeous!!!!!
Good luck this weekend! You will do great!
I am so proud of all of your accomplishments

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CHICKIEMAUI 2/4/2010 11:56PM

    So much to be proud of! You are amazing!! & you look wonderful! Have a wonderful run on Saturday!

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KEAKMAN 2/4/2010 11:52PM

    Kim, you are GORGEOUS in that photo! I LOVE IT!

I will be cheering you on Saturday morning! I know you are going to have a great race, and you will be so thrilled to say you did it. I hope you have someone/s there to take lots of pics for us so we can share in the adventure. We will miss you on Saturday morning (Mike especially - now who is fast enough for him?!?!) but we know that you will be having the time of your life!

I AM SO PROUD OF YOU KIM!

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1-4-10 ~ Happy 2010!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010



2010 ~ Happy New Year!

Sorry this is a little past the 4th (my usual monthly blog date)!!!

I’ve always been a person who sets goals as that has been engrained in my life after being in sales for over 20 years.….but I’ve never really been much for New Year’s Resolutions …are they one in the same?

Some people might think so, but I always thought of New Year’s Resolutions as being very vague….I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to work harder, I’m going to be happier, etc……there are no specifics of how we plan to achieve these resolutions. One example is at my gym. This will be my third January and the last two it was very crowded for the first two weeks and then after that it was back to normal. So what happened? I think it is simply a New Year’s Resolution to get fit without a plan….buy a gym membership or start using the one they have; workout for a week and ouch…get sore muscles and quit…..

So this year I’m going to set some specific goals instead of making New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Keep logging my food everyday on Spark (this has been my secret to success for 1-1/2 years)

2. Keep my calories to 1300 to 1400 calories per day

3. Win my company trip to Miami (It will be in September)

4. Achieve a weight of 115 lbs by the end of next August (so I look good on my company trip!)
a. That will be an average of 2 lbs per month

5. Lower my body fat to 25% (I’m at 31% right now) by doing Strength Training a minimum of 3 times per week with a goal of 4 times

6. Do cardio 5 to 6 days a week for 60 minutes per day

7. Run 3 Half Marathons
a. Surf City – Feb 7th (Will be my first!)
b. San Francisco – July 25th
c. Long Beach – October 17th

8. Run a 5k or 10k race at least once a month

With the tools and camaraderie on this site I have every intention of making my goals in 2010…..SparkPeople is the best tool around...all of you are amazing….but as with any tool you have to use it….the gym is a great tool too, but if you don’t go and put forth the effort the fat will not magically melt off…There is no magic pill (wouldn’t that be nice:-) …it is hard work, but I can honestly say it is worth the effort…I have never felt so fulfilled as what I have accomplished this year. Not only the weight loss, but being an inspiration to so many of my Spark Friends…the heartfelt comments and kudos has helped me achieve one goal that has eluded me all my life….keeping the weight off!!!

Happy 2010 everybody….may it bring Health, Happiness, and Prosperity!!!

Hugs to all!

Kim

  
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TREESA57 1/19/2010 7:02AM

    GEE there is nothing more to add to that but amen sister!

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KEAKMAN 1/13/2010 8:22PM

    I love your goals Kim! (but you forgot "run Hood to Coast in August"!)

Here's wishing you a year full of PRs and that trip to Miami this fall!

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MEADSBAY 1/12/2010 9:23PM

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat goals, Sparky!
Have a wonderful, happy, healthy 2010!
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KAYAKID 1/12/2010 9:03PM

    Kim, I love your goals! They are specific and I know you will achieve them. I will help you stay motivated on the running. Not that you really need any help. Its just easier doing it with a friend. as for you being an inspirtation. Yes you are!! Good luck to you!

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WAZZU.REN 1/12/2010 7:07PM

    Happy 2010 to you too! You are so motivated and dedicated that I know you will make each and everyone of those goals! I hope to see you when you are making one of them here in San Fran!
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12/4/09 ~ Thankful!!

Friday, December 04, 2009



Being Thankful for what I have.....

I guess it is fitting to write this month’s blog about being Thankful. I was able to spend the week with my friends in Southern California for Thanksgiving. I really needed a friend fix and it was just that!

The next thankful item on my list is a double edge sword……I had my body fat tested in September and again today. I am at exactly the same weight and the same body fat percentage as I was then. On one hand I’m frustrated because I work out so much and have followed all the suggestions of mixing it up adding strength training etc. I track everything I eat and it’s still the same. It’s not added muscle because the test I had done measures that…..on the other hand……nothing changed!!! I didn’t gain an ounce!!! This is the first time in my life that I have lost weight and kept it off….I have been toying with my current weight since July and haven’t gained!! So for now I will take it and be thankful….doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying to reduce my body fat; I will just be thankful that I am conquering a demon that has plagued me all my life.

Health ~ I am very thankful for our family’s health ~ 2009 has been a tough year for my family. We moved up here to open up a business and had to shut is down at the beginning of the year. It had been my husband’s lifelong dream and was a huge financial blow, but through it all we have persevered. It also truly made me remember what is important in life. I have a beautiful family that is healthy and thriving. I think many of us sometimes take for granted our health. It can be taken away in an instant and no amount of money can give it back, but a healthy lifestyle can help prevent so many of the diseases that plague us today.

Sparkpeople ~ This journey has been truly incredible…I know I have said this many times, but it has changed my life……at Thanksgiving I was asked if I had had weight loss surgery or what “diet” I was on….I was able to say neither…I just found a great support system and tool to help me conquer the demon that has plagued me since childhood. No secret anything…..

There are so many other obvious things I am thankful for, but I know you came to read a blog not a book so I will leave it at that…….

Merry Christmas and I will talk to you next year!!

My running up date:

Ran Turkey Trot 10k in Dana Point California 58:22 minutes (12,000 runners were there!)


Running my first Half Marathon on February 7th in Huntington Beach CA

Kim
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HEALTHYBIZ 12/9/2009 3:41AM

    Great blog! Yes, you have a lot to be thankful for. I understand the struggle between wanting to lose more and yet being thankful for not gaining. It's really a great place to be. (I'm not quite there yet, but hoping to get back there!) Maybe I'll get to see you for the Half Marathon! What a milestone. I trained for one, but never ran it, so I'll 'run' vicariously with you!

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GEORGANNE39 12/6/2009 10:53AM

    I think you look terrific! Well done!

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CHICKIEMAUI 12/5/2009 12:38PM

    You are so amazing! And you look wonderful, I enjoyed your blog today. Thank You emoticon

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KEAKMAN 12/5/2009 8:59AM

    Kim, I am so glad that you got to run in sunny southern CA...sorry about the cold and yuck up here this weekend.

And yes, you do look fantastic! Having only ever known the skinny you, the runner you, the healthy you, it is so hard to imagine you as ever anything but the you that you are today! Congrats on being so successful, and so good to yourself. I am proud of you and so happy to know you Kim.

Looking forward to seeing you next Saturday at Glendoveer....I am not in any position to run, but I will be there to see you all!

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TREESA57 12/5/2009 3:41AM

    You look mah vah less mah friend! I love ya!

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KAYAKID 12/5/2009 2:31AM

    Kim, Your blog was good! You know we are in the same place! nothing has changed since July for me too, but you already know that. I am also thankful for having a healthy family. Don't worry too much about the scale, It will take care of itself. continue with the St it will begin to show results. It took me almost a year before it actually began to help. I am sure that is not what you want t here, but it is reality. Its hard Work!!!!thanks for being my Spark Friend!

Mike


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GONNAGETGOAL 12/4/2009 10:23PM

    Where is your "Turkey Hat"?
You look great.
You are truely remarkable.
Merry Christmas!

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11/4/09 ~ Challenges!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


I hit 80 lbs lost this month!! emoticon


Challenges!!

I like to have a theme for my monthly blogs and this month has been challenging for me to come up with one……but then again this month has been challenging…….not the kind where we take on something we want to accomplish…..but the kind that just happen and throw our normal routine into turmoil……..

For the first time in ALL my weight loss endeavors, I still managed to keep on plan or what I like to call “my” forever plan that works for me during my challenges this month….and where I needed to deviate it really was ok and it didn’t send me into some long ago stratosphere I used to fall into when challenges were presented…..So…..this month’s theme is Challenges….

# 1 – I got a Kidney stone about 3 weeks ago – I rarely if ever get sick and this sent me over the deep end. I missed working out for a week and the next week was very hard…..but….there was a next week. I just kept plugging away and didn’t get into my usual “all or nothing mentality”. I’m back to 100%, doing my normal exercise and eating routine, and feel great!

#2 – My Mother in Law passed away. Last minute plans and the sadness of someone passing was just that. I dealt with it without eating

#3 – The realization that winter is quickly approaching. As some of you know I hate the winters here. I moved to Washington State in 2005 from Southern California. I have had a very difficult time making this home…….I missed my friends and the sunshine!

#4 I was dreading that races will cease to exist for awhile (no I will not run in the rain or freezing temps) but my Spark friends have come to the rescue. We are planning weekly runs for our Hood 2 Coast adventure next year. I might even brave a cold day run…(no rain though..lol!!)

What helped me get past all this: Sparkpeople!!

Who would have ever thought the camaraderie and incredible friendships that could come from a website? It has been well over a year that I have been on this site and it never ceases to amaze me how many real friendship that I have made. SparkPeople has giving me back my life…..

Despite all of this I lost a couple of pounds and hit my 80 lb lost mark!!!!

Who said Challenges have to derail us!!!!!

See you next month!!

Kim
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CHICKIEMAUI 12/5/2009 12:41PM

    You are so amazing Kim! I am sorry to hear about your mother in law, I lost my father a few months back and it was difficult to get through, that is when I gained this 30 pounds back and I wish I would have been as strong as you during that time.

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MEADSBAY 11/6/2009 10:29AM

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You just continue to inspire and amaze me, Kim.
What a month you had, yet still reached another milestone.
So sorry to hear about your MIL.
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JILLWILSON2102 11/5/2009 10:06AM

    Kim I think you are amazing. You have been so successful and yet you are always thanking others, when we need to thank you. You are wonderful!

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KEAKMAN 11/5/2009 9:42AM

    WOOHOO! 80 pounds banished FOREVER! You are an amazing woman Kim! I bet your CA family and friends will be so impressed by how the new you looks.

We'll do our best to keep the rain away from our HTC runs, but this IS the Pacific Northwest you know!

Have a great time in the sunny part of the world and soak up some extra rays for me...

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MNSCHAAF 11/5/2009 9:33AM

    Way to go! emoticon

I look forward to your monthly updates!

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HICALGAL 11/5/2009 1:59AM

    congratulations on losing 80 lbs and for overcoming your personal challenges. you are and continue to be an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYAKID 11/4/2009 10:55PM

    Kim, I think you should blog more often - You are such an inspiration to me and many others! congrats on the 80 pounds!

We will get through the winter, doinf stuff as a HTC team! We are going to do some training runs and look forward too them. I take it you are not up for the end of year run on the 31st of December at 12:00. Bring in the new year with a run! I am actually thinking about! I guess alot of it depends on the weather. Remember we have Jun 13 for HM in Hillsboro. if I had a good january I would love to run Hm in february with you, but that is a big if!!!

Have a great week and your monthly pic looks good! all that St is doing you good!

Mike


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MORGANLAFEE 11/4/2009 10:45PM

    Congratulations on the 80lb loss and not being derailed.

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