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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Like many of us I am reflecting on things gained, lost, found, accomplished and changed in 2013 as I look to 2014. Lost: Weight, inches, and some of my insecurities. Gained/Found: My voice, confidence, peace within, another year with my husband and children. Changed: The family grew (added my MIL and BIL to our home on a full time basis), house plan picked, life. Accomplished: Over 1000 purposed miles, 39 half marathons (both virtual and live), Books From Bug ready to submit to the IRS for federal nonprofit charity status consideration. This is by no means the be all, end all list, but some of where my journey has taken me over the year. The goals for 2014: Continue the journey to being debt free, complete 40 half marathons (both virtual and live), complete 2014 purposed miles, live life fully and stay in the moment as they fly by too quickly and never can be replaced ....again - not all I want to accomplish in 2014 - but some great goals to live by, not survive by, not work by....but live by. May each of you have a year of truly and fully living. Happy New Year to you all!

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The magic of just 5 more minutes and lowest common denominator exercises

Saturday, August 10, 2013

I remember as a child asking for just for 5 more minutes lots of times - whether to stay up, watch a movie, playing outside, swimming, etc. Those 5 minutes were magical when granted. Not that they made a big difference in my life - but those 5 minutes were golden.

I am a plus size endurance athlete and have completed more than 33 half marathons since 10/5/2011 but still have the days where the training runs/walks/wogs or even the races seem to suck everything out of me and I don't want to keep moving. I want to quit. I want to say enough is enough. Today was one of those days. I was on the treadmill and wanted to quit. I wanted to be done. My body was willing but my mind had long since quit and was coming up with every reason why I should stop the session. I was changing the pace and incline on each song to avoid muscle fatigue and boredom. As each song was coming to an end I would tell myself I could quit after this song....

But the spark points for exercise are done in 5 minute increments and naturally the songs were not coinciding to the next 5 minute increment. I am also the type of person that is not going to waste minutes that won't convert into another Spark point. I know it sounds compulsive and it is. It reminds me of what I called lowest denominator eating my great great aunts did. They would have 1 bite of turkey left over but they could not eat just 1 bite of turkey - it would require a little bit of potatoes and then a little bit of stuffing and then a little bit of salad and so on and so forth. Next thing you knew these ladies had a full plate again. As a child waiting for things like Christmas presents it was maddening. Now I remember it fondly and laugh at how much these tiny ladies ate by doing just one more bite.

Today on the treadmill I did my own lowest denominator eating so to speak--- I could not just let the "one more bite" sit by itself. A song would end and the time indicator would be something like 33 minutes or 41 minutes...anything but an even 5 minute block. I kept telling myself just bring it to another 5 minute increment so I could have the Spark point. Before you know it those 5 minutes started stringing along and soon it was a 90 minute session.

Today I fully embraced the craziness of my family. I may not use lowest common denominator eating....but I easily see it as part of my exercising life. Some day I will explain to my children why they heard me muttering just 5 more minutes over and over today as they came to check on me while I ran/walked/wogged. Some day I hope to show them that the magic of "just 5 more minutes" of childhood can leap into their adult life too....and be just as magical....if not more. Today just 5 more minutes made a huge difference in my life --mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Today, I want just 5 more minutes

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/25/2013 2:10PM

    This is awesome!!!!! I love it!

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LEANNAW4 8/11/2013 11:26AM

    Great blog! Very well written and with a very compelling message. I do the same thing with my workouts - telling myself just one more song, or round up to the next five minutes or until the calorie count hits an even increment of 50 or some other combination to keep me going just a little longer. It somehow makes the session more fulfilling, doesn't it? Great job, and thanks for sharing!!

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LIVELAUFLUV 8/11/2013 9:49AM

    I too want those sparkpoints, and will go the extra time on my walks to get there!

Keep up the GREAT work!

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Proof of 18 months of believing I step at a matter how fast or how slow....proof that even big girls can be endurance athletes....proof of others belief in me...proof that I believe in me

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-PAULA 3/31/2013 12:43PM

    emoticon emoticon You have done wonderful!

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DENRNAJ 3/31/2013 4:25AM

    Amen! Good for you for pursuing that difficult path and inspiring others! emoticon

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How far is 13.1 miles?

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I started my half marathon adventures just over 1 year ago. My very first half marthon I was dead a LONG amount. The only people still at the finish line was my family and a race director. I was in tears at the end of this race. I finished out of shear determination. My legs were jello, my heart and spirit ached for the loss of my eldest daughter who I was walking in memory of, and I felt very alone as nearly the entire race every one went faster than me.

But I did not quit. Over the last year I kept taking steps, kept adding races, kept working through the depression, kept trying. Most races I ran with my heart much more than legs. I ran for me, I ran for my daughter who no longer could, I ran for my other children so that they see a healthy mom in all facets - spiritually, physically, emotionally; for my husband - most importantly for me.

I had victories and learned that it is okay to be slow - just go. I learned that I am in this for no one but me. I learned that the people at the back of the pack have some great stories. I learned that we all cross the same finish line eventually. I learned that being a fat athlete is nothing to be ashamed of....I am out there.

I began this year with a half marathon....and finished 2012 today with one last half marathon -

So how far is 13.1 miles?

It is measured in steps - LOTS

It is measured in medals - (from this year alone)

It is measured in weight - 24 Pounds gone.


But most importantly for me - 13.1 miles is the distance between life and death.

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SEABREEZE64 1/15/2013 5:44AM

    Great blog! I, too, will be participating in the St. Pete's RnR this year. Hope you enjoy it a lot.

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MOMFAN 1/6/2013 7:13PM

    You are such an inspiration and we are all proud of the accomplishments you have made in all areas of your life!!

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MOM23JS 1/3/2013 10:25PM

    You have come a long way BABY and I always marvel at the back of the packers and I am awed by their stories!!! GREAT job!!

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MSEMBERSTORM 1/1/2013 9:28PM

    Excellent! You go!!!!

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-PAULA 1/1/2013 10:30AM

    Beautiful blog, thanks for sharing!

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LIVELAUFLUV 1/1/2013 9:18AM

    WOW! Congratulations on your accomplishment! I am inspired by your perseverance! Keep up the great work!

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JEWELLE217 1/1/2013 1:23AM

    Congratulations! What magnificant victories you have won!

I'm so sorry for the loss of your daughter. emoticon I'm sure she has been on your shoulder through each and every race!

Happy New Year!

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LOVEMYBODY2012 1/1/2013 12:50AM

    Good for you! I have a magnet on my frig that I got at a race expo that says, "It doesn't matter how fast you go, it just matters that you go!"

I identify with the concern about being heavy and out there at a race. But I have promised to never refer to myself as a fat athlete. I am an athlete, period!

So best wishes for your continued athletic successes and please accept my condolences on the loss of your daughter. I send you love and peaceful healing thoughts.

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My Forrest moment

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I run for my life - physically, spiritually, and emotionally. It calms me, empowers me, clears my head, brings me to a center. When I first saw Forrest Gump (I was very pregnant with Halleigh) the scene when he just decided to run appealed to me. Today it does even more so. Perhaps that is due to having "enough" life, love and loss to understand. Forrest explained it this way "That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going....." That is what I did tonight. Sixty minutes nonstop running (which is a new personal record for me times a gazillion as I do walk/run intervals) at a very respectable 15 minute/mile pace on the treadmill. It may not be much for some - but for me was a marvel at what I could do. I still feel like I could jump back on the treadmill and keep going. I feel you loud and clear I just kept going.

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EDUCGRAD 11/12/2012 1:39PM

    Awesome!!you are amazing emoticon emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 11/7/2012 5:33PM

    I love this! You are amazing!

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-PAULA 11/6/2012 5:22PM

    Great job!

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PHEBESS 11/4/2012 4:58PM

    Good job with the running!!

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ROCKYCPA 11/4/2012 1:47PM

    Good for you - that is really great!

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DIBANANA 11/3/2012 10:17PM

  How great. By the way my son's name is Forrest who is a very fast runner. Loved the movie.

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