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15 months on Spark so I created 15 reasons how Spark has inspired me to be a better person

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

When I checked my e-mail this morning, I saw so many Spark e-mails! I can't believe I was featured as a Popular Blog on the Spark mailer! Woohoo!

THANK YOU so much to everyone who has posted on my blog, sent me a message, and commented on my page. Usually I get 10-20 posts on the blogs I make. I appreciate every single one, and I try to write back and read other blogs when I can! If I get the chance, hopefully I get through all of them later tonight or tomorrow! Halloween was postponed from last week, so kids may come around tonight. However... it has been snowing all day! So parents may not want their kids out in the snow. First it was Hurricane Sandy. Now there is Nor-easter Athena!

I honestly cannot say thank you enough to every single person on this site who I have come in contact with! Every member has been supportive, kind, caring, and unique in their own way. I have never met an online community like this before. Each of us has our own programs, techniques, and goals - yet we are all here because we are trying to better ourselves!

I have some free time at work today, so I am going to write some reasons how the great tools on this site have changed my life - for the better! I wouldn't be how I am today without this website! I used to have no goals and felt negative all of the time. I feel more alive now than I ever did before. There are many goals I reached already, and there are more I KNOW I Will reach because of Spark!

I have had 15 months on Spark so far so I created 15 reasons how Spark has made me to be a better person:

1. Happiness Articles – I now feel more confident with myself. Somehow I am more approachable by people I don't know. I walk around with a smile more often now! These articles have opened my eyes & helped me become happier on a daily basis. I have figured out many ways to relieve stressful situations, and I have tried to stay positive instead of being negative all the time!

2. Food Tracker – I rely on this tool the most! I have so many favorite foods saved, but I also have a lot of different foods I look up all the time! I even use the Smartphone App constantly when I can’t get to the computer! Even while I was sick and not on the computer, I used my phone to make sure I was eating enough. I don’t just track my calories. The other ranges (fat, protein, carbs, etc) are hard to master, but I am still tweaking my diet to try to stay within all of them every day!

3. Fitness Tracker & Articles & Videos– I use this much more now. A couple of months ago, something changed within me again & I wanted to exercise more! My daily eating habits were mostly under control, and I wanted to start working out more. It was harder to lose weight, and the working out has helped me a lot more! I want to be more fit instead of just “skinnier”. The Fitness Articles provide some awesome information too! The SparkVideos have really helped me at home. I have been doing the 6 minute butt buster & 15 minute ab workout a lot more recently! Thanks Coach Nicole!

4. Spark Teams – I am on several Spark Teams. I mostly just focus on three of them right now, but I do enjoy them all. The forum posts, team spirit, and challenges have really helped me create new goals for myself the past few months!

5. Challenges – I was invited to my first Spark Challenge not too long ago. I was set in my ways before I started the challenge – and they really opened my eyes to becoming more dedicated to myself! Not just with losing weight, but with other aspects too! I had to replan my days to have less calories, more workouts, and new goals! Even if I don’t reach my goals, I am much happier because of the support of my teams!

6. Map Routes – I have so many saved routes now! Even if I go somewhere new, I love the fact that I can come home and track the mileage of where I was just at!

7. Nutrition Articles - I actually read the articles and share my knowledge with my friends, co-workers, and family members. Reading these articles actually give me more reason to eat the healthy foods. They are fresh in my mind, so I am more likely to eat them!

8. Success Pages – Whenever I am feeling down about myself, I read other member’s stories. So many of us have made super transformations! We all have highs & lows in our journeys, and reading about others really helps me out!

9. Recipes & Recipe nutrition calculator – I use the Spark recipes all the time! I don’t use every one, but I do get a lot of great ideas. I tweak each one to my own. I love the recipe nutrition calculator also! This definitely helps track things easier!

10. Water Tracker – I don’t use this as much anymore, because I naturally go for water. When I first started with Spark, I used to track each cup! It definitely helped me have enough each day!

11. My Own Blogs – My blogs are a way for me to express myself. Sometimes I try to give advice while other days I ask for some! I love the encouragement from all of the members! Without the push from other members, I don’t think I would ever have done a 5K or Zumba! Thank you! There are so many things I don't talk to the people in my daily lives about - but I can talk about all of my nutrition and fitness ideas with Spark!

12. Member Blogs – Member blogs are the best! Some blogs contain one sentence while others have 20 pictures – I enjoy all of them! Even the ones that just have cute cat pictures – they are all great! I don’t always have the best advice, but if I do have some I try to give it where I can! Every comment I get on my page keeps me pushing harder, so I try to return the favor when I can!

13. Virtual 5K – I love this part of the site! I have a nice log of all of my 5K times! It definitely pushes me to start doing 5K on my own (without going to an event).

14. Trophies – This part of the website helps me in a strange way. Some of my goals now include receiving the 1,000 fitness trophy! It does sound a bit odd, but I am glad it helps me out! I also appreciate all of the support from my friend feed comments & likes!

15. Spark points, Login & Bonus Wheels – I know it sounds silly, but Sparkpoints really do push me to do more! I get points for using most features on this site. The more things I do, the more points I get! I can use the points to buy other members Sparkgoodies! I also love the different Spark Levels from the points you get! I won 1,000 SparkGoodie points on the wheel before! I bought all of my Sparkfriends a goodie to show my support!

There are so many other things I use on this site so much. I feel like I am only addicted to the food tracker! I am definitely not ready to go out on my own and eat without the tracker! I also like to know what my Sparkfriends are up to!

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week. I get to go home in 30 minutes & drive in the snow. It was melting before, but now the sun went down. I can see it sticking to the ground and cars now. Booo. Oh well! It happens!

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FAIRLIGHT914 11/9/2012 10:39AM

    You are such an inspiration!!! Have a beautiful day! emoticon emoticon

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BRONZNCOLOR 11/9/2012 12:47AM

    Thanks for the message I truly enjoyed it. Congratulations on your success I can't wait to right my I did it blog.

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ALICIALYNNE 11/8/2012 9:50AM

    LOVE YOU!!!

I am very proud of you for all that you have accomplished! Spark has been the tool, but YOU are the one who harnessed that tool to help you get to YOUR goals! You're awesome!

Oh- and I'm with you on all of your 15 points, but especially the points thing! Why on earth does it become so important to get to spin that bonus wheel every day?? Seriously, if I don't get enough points to spin it, it's sad!

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What a great idea! You are doing so well, and you look FANTASTIC!

I'm so happy for you!!

Pattie

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    You inspire us all. Thanks emoticon emoticon

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MCJULIEO 11/7/2012 8:27PM

    Congrats on your being chosen as a Featured Blog! You SO deserve the honor!

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MICKEYH 11/7/2012 7:57PM

    emoticon too !! We may not know each other and never met in life, but when I read people's blog, I can relate to it and understand what they are going thru. I feels that I am yours and their friend. Thanks for the great blog and so inspiring to Spark community.

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KARASU_888 11/7/2012 6:41PM

    You and your blogs are a big source of motivation and inspiration for me. I may not say it much because I don't have a lot of time to send notes, but I'm so glad I stumbled across your page! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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LIVINGFREE19 11/7/2012 6:24PM

    I can't believe there's another storm cming in the Northeast again!
SP is awesome, and I'm glad it has helped you in so many ways also!
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EPATTEN79 11/7/2012 5:59PM

    SparkPeople is awesome. I'm glad I've stumbled upon your blog. Keep up the good work.

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/7/2012 5:46PM

    Sparkpeople is an amazing site and it has helped me in soooo many ways too. And yes, all the people on here are very supportive and encouraging. emoticon emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/7/2012 5:36PM

    Well said!!!
Many of us of so much to thank SP for.
Have a great day.

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    emoticon You do have a great blog!

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CEKNIGHT 11/7/2012 5:07PM

    You are just too cool little lady! Happy for you!!! Way to go!!!
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Happy Tuesday everyone! 83.4 lbs gone so far!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Hi-ya Sparkfriends!

November 5th already! Wow! I feel so behind in my exercise for this month because of being sick. I am on my second round of antibiotics. I missed Zumba last week because I was sick & also because the facility had no power. I don't think I am going this Thursday either because I don't want to over-do it. I have been walking a bit, but nothing too crazy until I get all better!

While I was sick, I mostly laid around and caught up on TV shows. My back was bugging me a bit, so I baked cookies one day and muffins another! I tried out this pumpkin spice muffin weight watchers recipe from a co-worker. (RECIPE BELOW). They turned out pretty good, and I even had one! I didn't have any cookies! I made baked apples last night as a snack for my parents and myself. They really enjoyed it. I also stopped at Redbox and rented Snow White & The Huntsman because my parents never saw it. I picked up some flowers and the tea bags my Mom likes the best to cheer her up a bit. She has been feeling down lately, and since I was actually out of the house, I wanted to do something nice for her.

Yesterday was tough at work. I didn't have a ton to do, but I was still tired at the end of the day because of lounging for so much over the weekend. It also stunk because of how dark is was at 5:30!!!! I remembered why I don't like the time change - it is dark when I leave work now! I am still coughing and clearing my throat a lot, but I do feel a lot better. Mentally I feel awesome. I have a lot of energy in my mind & I feel pretty happy and upbeat. I just want to get all of the sickness out!

I now weigh-in at 166.6! I may actually reach my 5% weight loss goal by Dec 1st! I have to be at 162.5 to get my Fall Challenge goal! Four more pounds! yikes! My BIG goal is still 155 - healthy weight for my height! I know I will get there one day. I don't have a set date yet of when I want to reach this goal... once the fall challenge is over, maybe I will sit down and really figure out a real goal date! I just don't want to push myself too much and then feel discouraged if I don't make the goal! I have reached most of my goals so far, but to be at 155 lbs is what is really motivating me the most!

I hope everyone has a lovely rest of the week! Keep Sparking!
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Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe:
1 box Spice Cake Mix
15 oz non-spiced pumpkin puree
1 cup water or 1/2 water with one egg

Blend together the cake mix, pumpkin, and water (and egg). Spray the muffin tin and fill each halfway. You could use liners, but the muffins are very moist, and they usually stick to the liners. The egg makes the muffins more cake-like. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.






  
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SUPERSYLPH 7/4/2013 11:47AM

    Yummy!

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  Your goodies look delicious! Congrats on the weightloss!

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NLYR20 12/3/2012 4:30PM

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    emoticon the cookies looks good! emoticon

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FRABBIT 11/19/2012 7:57PM

  Muffins look delicious!

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BANNERMAN 11/19/2012 3:05PM

  great job. Cookies look great and taste good as well.

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    Keep pushing!

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HYATTI1 11/13/2012 12:47PM

    It looks great will have to try the them out.

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DANIELLE2013 11/11/2012 3:30PM

    The muffins and cookies look delicious

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TEACHING1ST 11/11/2012 2:35PM

    Congrats on a job well done...and I made muffins/cookies using a chocolate fudge cake mix because I had one on hand last week....all the teachers raved about it!

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POSITIVEMARINA 11/11/2012 2:30AM

    proud of you and thanks for the recipe! xx

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AMBREGOFF 11/10/2012 9:45PM

    I am going to try your cookie recipe. Looks Yummie

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GRAMMAP1 11/10/2012 12:09AM

    I would be so pleased to make the progress you are.

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JPANNELL0 11/9/2012 4:55PM

    Great blog and very inspiring! Keep up the great work! Those muffins look yummy by the way!

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SLIMLEAF 11/9/2012 12:01PM

    What a great achievement! emoticon

I can only begin to imagine what it must feel like to have lost so much weight and be so close to your goal. It's really encouraging to hear about people who have proved that 'very difficult' might still be 'possible'.

Keep up the good work!

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LEANMEAN2 11/9/2012 6:46AM

    Thanks for sharing. Those muffins and cookies look too good!

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    Thanks for sharing!

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CHARTHESTAR 11/8/2012 8:02PM

    have to give our bodies time to heal themselves. Be patient- and your time will come!

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DANABYTHESEA 11/8/2012 2:54PM

    emoticon Keep up the great work~ Your muffins sound yummy. I'm going to try them today~

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    You are looking great, Kim! I can't wait to be where you are. emoticon

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ME_B4_INSANITY 11/8/2012 10:31AM

    how inspiring

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    You look so beautiful!!! Woo Hoo!!! emoticon

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    God bless your positive efforts emoticon

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52114ME 11/8/2012 9:06AM

    Great job!
Feel better soon.


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WALLINMW 11/8/2012 8:53AM

  Congrats! Stay motivated!

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  Congrats! Stay motivated!

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NEWTINK 11/8/2012 7:14AM

    I will have to try that recipe , sounds yummy... I think you will make your goal when you are ready and when you least expect it. Good luck

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JERICHO1991 11/8/2012 6:22AM

    Thanks for the recipe and pics. Great job reaching your healthy weight goal also.

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Thanks for serving as a positive example! I'm on SparkPeople tonight filling my mind with inspirational stories to help me get my mind right. Thanks for being one of those stories!
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LIBBYL1 11/7/2012 10:38PM

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WHITEANGEL4 11/7/2012 10:27PM

    Things seem to be going in your Direction. Keep it up, we all have challenges and they are best worked out in time

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ROCKYCPA 11/7/2012 9:59PM

    Good for you - congrats on the weight loss!

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Happy November Sparkfriends! More updates

Thursday, November 01, 2012

November already!? Oh my! I definitely missed out on the last few days of October. We have to change the clocks this weekend!

Here is another quick update. Thank you for the support from my last few blogs. I really need it - especially since I am feeling so yucky. I will try to catch up with all of you soon!

I went to the hand Dr last Friday to get the results of my thumb tests. The Dr didn't see any tears or reasons as to why my thumb is giving me problems. She said I could keep wearing the brace, or I could get a bone fusion done. They would tie the two bones of the joint together, and they would eventually fuse together. It would take a month of recovery, and I wouldn't be able to use that joint anymore. It may not even fix the problem! So I don't know where to go from here. Sigh!

I woke up this morning feeling even worse. It is so hard to talk, and my head still hurts so much. I finally went to the Dr because I know I wasn't going to get any better on my own & got lots of meds. You know it isn't good when the Dr looks in my nasal passages and says "WOW" and then feels my neck glands and says "oh my gosh!" I have a sinus infection, throat infection & fever. The Dr said the bad headache is the sinus buildup. Yuck. At least my Drs office always gives me compliments every time I go. They say I am the happiest sick patient they get. I am friendly & still laugh even though I am in pain. They can tell I am hurting just from looking inside.

Even though I missed work Mon & Tues due to no power at work from Hurricane Sandy, I am out again tomorrow. Boo. I do need to rest and get better though. My work understands, so that is a plus.

I slept most of the afternoon, but I still woke up with another fever. I am eating some yogurt & a banana now and I will head back to bed soon! I am also trying to have a lot of liquids, even though my throat doesn't like the feeling. Oh well - I definitely need to stay hydrated!

To my teams: Even though I haven't been exercising much, I am still tracking my food. I will update my weight for the Firecrackers tomorrow. I am down another pound - go team! Sorry I haven't had a ton of time to post on the forums. Hopefully I have some more time tomorrow since I will be home all day. Mostly resting, but my back will start hurting if I am laying in bed ALL day! It will be fun re-starting my 5K training once I am better. I didn't sign up for a turkey trot yet because of everything going on. I don't know if I will now. I still have the one 5K on 12/8. I will see how long it takes for me to get better!

Have a wonderful weekend & keep Sparking!

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BKNOCK 11/8/2012 2:31PM

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FAIRLIGHT914 11/4/2012 9:08AM

    Feel better, sweetie! Be kind to yourself!

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MCJULIEO 11/2/2012 5:59PM

    Hang in there! You know we're rooting for you!

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    emoticon Take care of yourself so you can mend quickly.
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    Take good care of yourself. I hope you get to feeling better soon.
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ALICIALYNNE 11/2/2012 8:13AM

    Yikes, hope you feel better soon!!!!

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Glad to see you've got power back on at your place!!

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NEWNAC304 11/2/2012 6:38AM

    Feel better. Have you tried sugar free Popsicles? When I had a really bad sore throat they felt good and help keep you hydrated.

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TATTER3 11/2/2012 6:05AM

    Heal fast and keep Sparkin'!!!

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EATVEGAN 11/1/2012 11:49PM

    Hi, At least you are a happy sick person. I always feel I have to be "up" and "entertaining" at the doctor's office. It seems to run in my family. Anyway, I hope you are better soon. Maybe (just maybe now, I'm not giving advice) after you are better you might think about doing a cleanse of some sort. That is a lot of infection, and a lot of meds. I hope your thumb heals soon. God bless you. emoticon

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    I hope you feel better soon!
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FITBIZZZ 11/1/2012 10:28PM

    Godspeed on a healthy recovery. Sorry you're sick.

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LORIANNIE70 11/1/2012 10:23PM

    I sure hope you get better. I am so so sorry you are sick.

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Quick Update - Happy Halloween! and no power still!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween! It definitely doesn't feel like Halloween. I heard some townships are postponing trick-or-treating until next Wednesday because of so many trees down & power outages.

We lost power at home at 5pm on Monday. It is still out! We lost one tree & a lot of limbs. At least we didn't have the tree branches hit our house/fence/anything! I am not sure when we will get power again. I feel bad because my parents had to throw out a lot of food already. We don't have a generator at home. My Mom works from home, so she can't do that either! It was weird driving through town last night with no street lights & most of the traffic lights were out too! It is definitely dark in my county! Everyone at work still has no power except one lucky person who didn't lose it at all!

I am back at work today, although we didn't get internet until 30 minutes ago. At least I have some work to do now that the web is back up! I just wanted to get a quick update in! I won't really get a chance to read other blogs or status updates until tomorrow probably. Hopefully everyone is doing well!

Sorry to my teams - I haven't had the chance to update much because I had no internet& no phone! I will try to update when I can. I haven't exercised too much because of the sickness and how cold it has been in the house with no heat!

The wedding was pretty good over the weekend. I got sad during some spots, and I was sick - but I still managed to have a good time. I am still sick today. I keep clearing my throat & losing my voice. Yuck! I posted one pic of me & my parents from the wedding.

Hopefully everyone is doing well who is affected by Hurricane Sandy!




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EATVEGAN 10/31/2012 10:06PM

    Hope you have power soon. Are the stores able to keep their food cold?

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    Sorry to hear about your power being out.
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JAXMOMMY 10/31/2012 7:35PM

    I don't remember where you live! Anyhow, thanks for checking in! Hang in there! Do stay warm and take care of yourself with being sick. It was a horrible storm! Glad you are OK and that you enjoyed the wedding despite everything! Happy Halloween my friend! Take it easy!

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2HAMSDIET 10/31/2012 5:08PM

    You are quite the beauty! Love your dress. Sorry about losing your power and hope it is back on soon.

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BRENDABUNNY 10/31/2012 4:12PM

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FRAN0426 10/31/2012 3:56PM

    So sorry for all on the east coast dealing with this tragic weather. Hope you have electricity back real soon, but since you are withot phone or internet your teams will be undestanding and waiting to hear from you when they work once again. A very lovely picture of the three of you.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/31/2012 2:14PM

    I'm glad you're okay and that you had minimal damage. I hope your power gets restored soon. That's a great picture of you!

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BCARSON11 10/31/2012 2:07PM

    Sorry for your hurricane problems. We got it with Irene last year. We were able to keep our food ok by buying dry ice. It lasts pretty long. You just had to get to the store when they got a shipment because it sold out fast!

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NEWNAC304 10/31/2012 1:29PM

    I'm sorry you're without power but glad to hear you're okay. Feel better soon.

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ALICIALYNNE 10/31/2012 1:23PM

    Yikes! Hope the power comes back soon!

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    You look great! Stay warm and well. emoticon

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FITBIZZZ 10/31/2012 1:02PM

    Ugh, I feel your pain. We had some tornadoes come through 2 springs ago and we were out of power for 9 days. Stay strong, and keep warm and dry!.

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Running Groups - do they exist? Any advice?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Some of my Co-workers know I run 5Ks. They ask about it semi-frequently & asked if I train with a group. I just run by myself. They keep asking if I joined a running group yet. My Mom also has suggested I find a group of people to run with....Does this exist?

I will do some research, but I am curious about this now. Does anyone happen to know if there are groups like this? How do they work? How can I find one?

Well, I don't really know if I want to join a new group. When I do exercise, I try to stick to my plan... but I wouldn't want to disappoint a group if I couldn't make it one day. I guess I will look into it & see if I find anything. I have one person I train with sometimes, but he doesn't do the 5K runs or anything like that. Plus, he only goes sometimes when I ask. He doesn't ever suggest it, so I don't get the extra push to train harder/more often.

Speaking of groups and getting to know people... I always had a tough time keeping friends. Who knows why. I think that is part of why I don't really want to look for a GROUP. I am a great listener, and I try to be a good friend. I am silly at times, but maybe that puts people off? Who knows? Oh well - it doesn't really matter. I am trying to embrace how I am instead of complaining and trying to change things I am not too worried about. Over the years I gained and lost many friends. I still have a select few people who are really awesome. Even if we don't get to talk all the time, I know they are there for me! I am not really looking for new friends. I don't go to bars.. I am 27 and single. I like board games, movies, music, and cute things haha. It isn't like I have a ton to talk about with married people who have children! If someone asked what the hi-light of my night was last night.. it would have been spending 30 minutes in a pet store looking at all of the cats, dogs, mousies, ferrets, and bunnies! =)

Oh well - I am definitely off topic with all of that jazz! On another note, hopefully I decide soon which 5K to do! Eep! Zumba tomorrow night! Woohoo!

Have a wonderful rest of the week! My weekend is coming & will be here so soon! My cousin is getting married on Saturday. I still have funky feelings about weddings (because I was supposed to get married on the 13th and I didn't). BUT I won't let that stop me from having a nice time. Hard situations happen all the time - how I act and react is the most important part. Life will always have crazy times!


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RACEWELLWON 10/26/2012 9:54AM

    I am sure that there are plenty of groups by you that you can get involved with if you choose. No hurry , in your time - I would choose the pet store over a bar. Just not my thing. I think you are very brave for sharing the wedding with us , and that must be very difficult. Sometimes we just have to move forward and attending your cousins wedding although may seem awkward now but, I believe later in life you will realize it was a good thing you attended with no regrets. Still need to hook up with you - I have been very busy taking care of my dad and DH has to have another open heart surgery - do not know when - will keep you posted- Hugs

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BISCO_ 10/26/2012 1:44AM

    Can't add to any info on running groups.. but can say I know where you're coming from with the rest - single, never married, no kids... and when I was your age - I didn't seem to "fit" with others my age because I wasn't married with kids... so I kinda know... But you got it!! Keep striving for who you are.......

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HERE2BME 10/25/2012 4:01PM

    I am married with children and even I don't want to hear about everyones families all the time. Mine is the most interesting (hahahaha). I keep few friends, but they are friends for life. No we don't talk everyday, not even every month some times, but they are there when it counts and vise versa! Keep being you, you derserve it!

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2HAMSDIET 10/25/2012 10:28AM

    I am married with kids and grand kids and one day one of my single friends said she was so thankful that I don't talk all the time about them. I never thought about it but I guess I do talk about lots of other things with her. So don't give up the right friend is some where out there.

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USMAWIFE 10/25/2012 9:40AM

    If you can't find them any other way, contact the groups who set up the big races in your area and they will refer you to all them. also look on meet dot com where you can find teams in your area

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TATTER3 10/25/2012 6:50AM

    Several of my co-workers run marathons..not a club..but all go together and have a blast.

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KAPELAKIN 10/24/2012 9:55PM

    Here we have Boise Run/Walk, which is more of a training club, with a coach. I am thinking about joining their marathon group in January, and it's very reasonable. $55 for the 5-month marathon program. They do 5k, 10k and half marathon programs too. Maybe there is a Run/Walk club near you?

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SHRINK_U 10/24/2012 8:27PM

    I don't have any information on running groups but I see that others have given you some great info! I have never been big on bars and I love movies, music, board games.. etc .. :) Have a nice time at the wedding.

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JAXMOMMY 10/24/2012 7:34PM

    AS others mentioned, check with your local running or sports store. A group can help motivate you like you said..... But, try to step away from the mentality of letting them down and think of missing a run as letting yourself down! I think, in what I've read from you that you may give too much of yourself! Good luck with whatever you decide about running with a group! Whatever you do, you will rock it!

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LIVINGFREE19 10/24/2012 4:42PM

    Sorry, I wish I could be of help, but you don't need my help. You have gotten lots of information from the other posters ahead of me. How awesome. I hope you find a group.


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PEPPYPATTI 10/24/2012 4:38PM

    Yes life will always have crazy times. But there are the good times too. Love your attitude!
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KIMPY225 10/24/2012 4:23PM

    Wow thank you for all of the responses so far! I will definitely look into it. I can't think of any Running Stores around here, so I will look into that too. I didn't mean to rip on Married Couples - I just had some Blah experience lately with new people "bragging" about their family. I know most people aren't like this - it just really bugged me! I am getting over it now. =)

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KBARRY23 10/24/2012 3:26PM

    I joined my local community running club (Evanston, IL) and it was $25 for the year. Honestly, I prefer to run mostly by myself or with 1 other person. I joined when I decided to train for a marathon, so I had them as a back up on my long runs (so I wasn't along). I've only run with them twice since the beginning of summer, but it's nice to have the option to run with a group of people. They have plenty of evening, morning and weekend runs. Good luck!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/24/2012 3:21PM

    I was in a running group for a little while, and it was AWESOME! I had to stop due to job craziness, and then they changed locations to over a half hour away (NOT willing to do that, since they met at like 7 a.m.). We ran around a small lake, in small groups of 2s or 3s. Basically, you went to the start of the session and told everyone how fast you are, how far you can go by yourself... and people who were similar to you came up and started chatting with you. It was organized by a church group, but they didn't care that I didn't go to their church. They invited me to go, I said "no thanks, we're catholic" and life moved on. Some were really slow like myself and only ran a couple miles; others were much faster who would run around the 7 mile lake.
I ran MUCH further with them than I did on my own. Now I can't find a group like that close enough to my house. I'd join it in a heartbeat if I found one.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/24/2012 3:18PM

    Here ya go:

http://www.runningintheu
sa.com/Club/List.aspx?State=PA.

Also check out your local running store, as they usually have lots of good information about groups, or may even have their own group runs.



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FITBIZZZ 10/24/2012 2:53PM

    Give married people with or without kids a chance. There's plenty to talk about. When I'm with friends (variety of married, single, divorced, etc), we talk a little about the husband and kids but that's a very small percentage of topics. www.meetup.com is a great way to meet other people for any activities from running, hiking, to drinking beer. You can even start your own group there. Most friends happen in seasons. Don't fret whether it's "you." It's not. Hardly anything in this life is personal.

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CANES4EVER63 10/24/2012 2:52PM

    Does your city/town have a prominent running store? I recently found one in my area (where I got fitted for new running shoes!) and they have running groups/training programs that you can sign up for. You can also try googling "running groups in _____" (city/town). Maybe there is something on craigs list (sketch, I know). Or your neighborhood might have something if they have a group somewhere (my apartment complex just created an online community and one of the interests is "fitness". I can communicate with all those people and ask if they know of or want to create a running group). I hope these ideas help!

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