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A Week to Go!

Friday, December 19, 2014

It's officially 8 days away. For all intents and purposes, let's call it a week.

In one week, Mr. T and I will come full circle. I met this guy and loved him when we were 16 years old. Our 7 months together as a couple were filled with youth retreats, making it to 1st base, countless laps of the Greenwood Park Mall, Jr. Prom, alcohol-free board game parties and the occasional hangout with the parents. Even after we "broke up", we were still as close as ever. Not much changed. But, sadly, we lost touch and moved on.

Somehow, by some ridiculous alignment of the heavens, we managed to reconnect after 18 years apart. But this time, we had both experienced an entire lifetime's worth of growth. I don't know how, but we still get along just as fabulously. Even with all our new neuroses and psychological issues and horrible first life baggage. Even with Little Leahs and Little Todds thrown into the mix. And bills (God, more damn bills than anyone can handle) and job changes and stress and grown up responsibilities. We are crazy about each other. Even with grey hair and stretch marks and 100 extra pounds all over. Can't keep our eyes off of each other, can't keep our hands to ourselves. It's like this should have been all along.

In a week, the circle will close on our lifetime apart, and we'll never be apart again. And no one will say it's a "rebound relationship" and anyone who thinks we are all talk will shut it and it will be legit in the eyes of the super conservative and the haters can all go be lonely and hate themselves alone.

Because, in a week, we'll be the happiest people on earth and nothing else will matter. And we will have our very nearest and dearest beside us...and we will eat, drink and be very very merry.

  
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    emoticon I am so happy for you dear friend, you deserve a happy life with the man of your dreams that all you have to do is look at and know you are home right where you are meant to be. Don't worry, be happy now, don't wait. Love will keep you two together I know it. emoticon

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    emoticon I will be celebrating the wedding of my nephew on the same day! Best wishes and congratulations!

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    emoticon What a fantastic blog!

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LINDAK25 12/19/2014 10:22PM

    One more week! Yeah! Are those your rings? They're beautiful.

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GRUMBLEGIRL 12/19/2014 7:50PM

    Wishing you both a lifetime of peace, happiness and good health!!

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    I'm lonely but i'm not a hater. emoticon Was wondering when your wedding was and how you were doing. Congrats and enjoy!

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JENNY888 12/19/2014 6:27PM

    Congratulations. It sounds like you have found happiness.

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    Best wishes! emoticon The second time can be the charm! Enjoy your day and family. emoticon

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    Best wishes for your special day and for the rest of your lives together.

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    Best wishes!!

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    awww congrats!

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Let the training begin!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Had the striking realization tonight that my first 5k race is in 4.5 weeks. Yikes. I have never been lazier or more disgusting in my life. It is time to get myself in gear.

First, I mapped out a really complicated schedule of Cross Training, Tempo Runs, Speed Work, Rest Days and Strength Training. Realized after I laid it all out on my calender....dude, there is NO WAY I'm gonna go to the Y every day. Nope. Nope. Hell no.

And I don't need to be in PERFECT C25K shape for this ONE race on Thanksgiving morning...it's just a practice run, right? So, I need to take it easy here. Once this one is over, I'll have all winter to ease back into a real training schedule for my REAL races in the Spring (probably gonna do C25k).

I remembered I have a DVD - Leslie Sansone's Just Walk: Walk It Off in 30 Days. Basically, there are two workouts - a BURN 30 workout (30 mins of non-stop cardio) and a FIRM 30 (30 mins of non-stop strength training). You're supposed to do BURN 30 on M, W, F and FIRM 30 on Tues, Thurs, Sat.

But, yeah right....I'm not going that gung ho right off the bat. However, I do own 5 lb hand weights and a yoga mat and I can definitely commit to 30 mins 4 days a week. Then, I added a cross-training workout every Saturday (more than likely swimming or the exercise bike) because I most definitely CAN commit to going to the Y once a week for the next 4 weeks. Bonus: my kids can swim and get real tired. Yes!

So, there you have it...my completely and totally REALISTIC mini training plan for the Bloomington Bagel Thanksgiving Turkey Trots 5k. No guarantees that I'll run any of it...but walking would be a good start.

(Haha! Who am I kidding?! How many races have I done? There's no possible way, on race morning...with the electricity in the air, that the starting gun will go off and I'll just take off on a leisurely stroll. LOL. It's too exciting! EVERYBODY RUNS at least the first few minutes...and the last...and anytime someone is looking. Haha.)

A super duper bonus to all of this is...this will get me halfway to my wedding. :) And if I'm in the groove, perhaps I'll just repeat the entire thing AFTER the race...and it'll take me right up to the wedding. So, I'll be feeling great and glowing for sure on the big day!

Oh oh oh! Fun story time! We were CRAZY LUCKY last weekend. I've been realllly stressed about getting Mr. T a suit for the wedding because funds have been tight. We happened into our high end Goodwill store the other day and it was a MIRACLE. He found a nearly new authentic Italian suit that fit him almost perfectly! Get this...we looked up the designer online and it usually runs $7,000!!!!!! Do you know we got it for $24.06?!?! We immediately took it to a tailor and she was taking in the jacket and she was really impressed and said to us, "Oh wow, yes. This is a real Italian suit! You were very very fortunate to find this! It is really nice!" I cannot believe that happened. Altogether, with tailoring, it will be less than $80! Thank you, God!!!!!

Had a special moment with my beloved that same night. Still just in awe over the whole suit ordeal, I told him that I've been so worried about the suits for him and the boys and now it feels like a weight has lifted. I had been almost dreading the wedding approaching because I worried we wouldn't be prepared for it financially (even though EVERYTHING ELSE is already paid for and taken care of). But, now that I have let go of that anxiety, I feel free to be excited about the day now. Our wedding planner is really going to take care of us and all we have to do is show up and take in the most beautiful day of our lives.

I said offhand, "Oh wow...I should probably start putting together a program for the ceremony because it's like 9 weeks away. Wait, no...that can't be. (grabs calendar) Wait...yes, it is only 9 weeks. Oh my gosh!"

Suddenly, I looked at him and something happened...I just started bawling!!!! I couldn't believe the day was so close. I couldn't understand how God could bless me with a man who is so in love with me, so affectionate, so kind and tender and romantic, and who knows me deeper and more intimately than anyone on earth ever has. And he tells me all the time how he's dreamed of being with me since he was 16 years old...even through all the years of no contact and when we were living completely separate lives...he always wished he could be with me. It's just...a lot to feel. And I felt it all at once and I was sobbing.

So happy. So overwhelmed with affection. And also a little sadness/bitterness when I realized that both of us spent over a decade in marriages that were not right for us, where we were unhappy and unfulfilled and miserable. It's sad...that we spent so much of our lives feeling wrong and out of place. But, mostly...I could not contain my thankfulness. I just cried and cried on his shoulder and kissed him and told him, "I love you so much" over and over and over.

What a blessing. What a man. What a life.

  
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PATTISTAMPS 11/4/2014 2:10PM

    I have a philosophy of life - If you are in a good place now, it is due to everything that has gone before. If you were to change one thing, it would change EVERYTHING, and you might not be where you are now. Would you give up any of the kids? Didn't think so. Do you think you might have appreciated each other as much if you hadn't had your prior lives? Maybe not. Take the lessons and the gifts from the past and let the rest go. But remember you would not be who you are now without it!

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Patti

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KIPPER15 10/30/2014 11:50AM

    Live for now, the past is gone. Now is good, that is why it is called the present! emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 10/28/2014 3:41PM

    No use to mourn what could have been but wasn't. Celebrate the now.

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/28/2014 3:29PM

    Wow 9 weeks away. I am so happy for both of you. I've been praying for you everyday glad to hear that the wedding is still on track and going to go perfectly for both of you.

Your wedding & fitting into your dress is more important than this one race, You will do what you need to do when you need to do it, divine order will prevail in your blessed and loved life.

Take care & be well you & your family are always in my prayers.

Many Blessings Always Debby

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/27/2014 10:35PM

    Kudos for coming up with a realistic plan for your upcoming 5k.

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JUNEAU2010 10/27/2014 3:09PM

    emoticon emoticon What a wonderful moving-forward-not-looking-back love story you two have!

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TIME4MJ 10/27/2014 3:08PM

    So glad you found each other. So happy for you both !! emoticon

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LINDAK25 10/27/2014 1:23PM

    Great plan for your training! The main thing is to be ready without overdoing it!

Those 10 years you say you wasted? Not really. Now you appreciate what you have so much more. Now you know how good life really is. When hard times come, you know you have someone there to back you and you know how hard times would be without that. Without those 10 years you wouldn't be who you are now and you wouldn't have your wonderful children. Maybe that time wasn't such a waste after all.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 10/27/2014 9:00AM

    I love your blogs! We can totally visualize the whole thing happening before our eyes! Have you ever thought about creative writing?

Great deal on that suit!!! The Lord was watching out for you there!

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ISLAMOM 10/27/2014 8:37AM

    awesome!! I'm so excited for you--in every way! Enjoy this special time in your life!

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SLIMLEAF 10/27/2014 6:11AM

    I think I'll have to wait until I get to heaven to experience that kind of love.

I'm really glad for you both and particularly glad that you are thankful and enjoying your blessings as this gives God the glory whilst also magnifying your joy.

Work hard at sticking to your training plan - it will be worth it!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/27/2014 2:26AM

    That is so beautiful :)
And good luck in your training

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Wedding Sneak Peek

Friday, October 10, 2014



  
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KIPPER15 10/30/2014 11:47AM

    Love the shoes and the dress color! Mine was a shimmery silver with silver slippers! emoticon

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GETHEALTHY83 10/22/2014 11:54AM

  congrats on the engagement and OMG I LOVE those choose and the color of that dress!!

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/15/2014 6:09PM

    Leah, You are beautiful, Your wedding is going to be just awesome just like you & Mr T emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 10/15/2014 6:01PM

    Wow, oh, wow! Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/11/2014 2:58PM

    Love the dress & shoes You are so beautiful can't wait to see your Wedding Photos, enjoy all the happy preparations to your wedding the day goes by so fast just enjoy the little things, for they mean so much once your actually married for years I've been married 43 years and can still remember little moments from that special day.

Take care & be well

Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 10/11/2014 12:53PM

    You red-hot mama, you! WOO Hoo! You are going to be making Mr. T squirm, too! The color is fabulous - I love red! And the shoes are to DIE for.

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TORTISE110 10/11/2014 6:01AM

    GORGEOUS

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JUNEAU2010 10/10/2014 9:46PM

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DAWNESS0404 10/10/2014 8:30PM

    Love the shoes!

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JENNY888 10/10/2014 8:06PM

    Love, love, love the shoes and dress. Can't wait to see the whole thing.

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WILLOW49 10/10/2014 7:22PM

    What beautiful shoes, and I love the color of the dress! My son's wedding is in 2 weeks! Think I'm ready!

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LINDAK25 10/10/2014 6:25PM

    Love the shoes. I take it the dress alterations went well! Looks fabulous--what little we can see.

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/10/2014 5:46PM

    Beautiful! I can't wait to see the whole outfit!

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REGILIEH 10/10/2014 4:22PM

    Shoes are beautiful! I LOVE the color of your dress, beautiful! I bet the kids are really getting excited for the wedding!

Just think, you will soon be writing about your DH!

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SLIMLEAF 10/10/2014 4:05PM

    Oh, wow! What shoes! Beautiful!

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JMARIES51 10/10/2014 3:32PM

    How exciting.

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Wedding Fever

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Things are starting to get REAL over here, y'all!

Came home today to find that our custom wedding bands that we ordered off of Etsy arrived!

They came in these adorable little handmade boxes!



Sorry...that's all you get.

Oh, come on! Do you really think I'm going to let the entire filthy, creepy internet population look inside my box? *snickers* I think not. (Side note, though...if you really care enough and wanna see the rings...I'll send you a pic via SparkMail!)

Tomorrow, I go to pick up my RED wedding dress and silver shoes at the dress shop. The dress was out for 4 weeks being altered and I'm hoping it actually looks good this time when I try it on. The last time I went...I almost cried because it looked NOTHING like the one I'd tried on off the rack. Same style, different color. I almost had a minor panic attack...but then the most lovely man swept into my dressing room, grabbed all the fabric around my boobs and pulled it TIGHT at the shoulder and pinned it. Then he spent several minutes painstakenly pinning the hem, which was way too long. I was AMAZED. Just those two tiny changes made such a huge difference!!! I am a believer in dress alterations now, people! I used to think they were a rip-off...just the dress shop looking to take more money. Oh no no no. They make ALL the difference!

Which reminds me...back when my Groom and I first got together, I created a "Love" board on Pinterest and he came across this pin:



He said to me, "I saw that pin about the tailored suit. I am going to lose a bunch of weight and I am going to have a much better body and I'm going to marry you. And, when that day comes...I will have a tailored suit." He's amazing. Now, almost two full years later...he has lost something like 50 lbs. You guys, I never really thought he was even overweight! But he looks wonderful and he's in perfect health now! And, by god, he's gonna get that tailored suit so he can watch me squirm at the altar! Rawr!

77 days...but, you know, who's counting??? Lol.

  
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PATTISTAMPS 10/10/2014 1:04PM

    OK, goosebumps and teary eyes... I am as excited for your wedding as I am for the one I am going to in 2 weeks! Yes, I would love you to spark mail me with the pics of the rings!

When I got married, I couldn't find a dress. I picked a dressmaker out of the phone book, and when I went to interview him, he was not in a great neighborhood. But I loved the stuff he showed me. So he made my dress for a fraction of the cost of buying one, and there was some really beautiful lace I had seen in an advertisement in a wedding magazine, and he got that for me (which was half the price of the dress!) it was not a "wedding dress" - Both of us had been married before, but it was stunning and I felt beautiful in it!

And what I wish for you, is that you feel as beautiful as you ever have in your life! And more!

You are so lucky to have found each other again! And even more, you both feel that way! (at least once a week, my dh & I still tell each other how lucky we are!)



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LINDAK25 10/10/2014 11:11AM

    Love the ring boxes!

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/10/2014 9:55AM

    My Sweet friend, You are so precious, your little boxes say there is something very special in that box, I'd love to see a wedding photo of Your hands intertwined showing the world Your wedding rings once you are Mr. & Mrs. I've seen photos like that before and they are always so precious, one had a poem about hands with it. Just food for thought, like your not thinking enough about wedding plans.

I am so proud of how far you both have come in your love story. So can't wait to see wedding photos of you & Mr. T in that suit of his on your Wedding day You both will be beautiful, You both are beautiful, you will have a wonderful life because You've got Love sweet love. emoticon

Enjoy each moment leading up to your big day, this is the day you've waited for all your life to marry the man of your dreams, he's really real & so are you. emoticon

Take care & be well

Prayers & Many Blessings Always Debby

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SLIMLEAF 10/10/2014 9:39AM

    Great to read your happy blog.

I'd love to see your wedding rings if you wouldn't mind Spark Mailing a photo to me.

Best wishes

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NHEMBERGER 10/10/2014 9:32AM

    So happy for you! December will be here in no time!
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ISLAMOM 10/10/2014 8:20AM

    awesome!! so happy for you!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/10/2014 12:28AM

    Love your excitement! The best of luck to you on all the little details!

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/9/2014 11:26PM

    I'm glad you are so excited about your dress (and the wedding)!!

Love the saying on the second poster... Sooo true!

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MM11113 10/9/2014 10:53PM

    exciting times!

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Glutton For Punishment

Friday, October 03, 2014

Apparently, I *am* a glutton for punishment, but not in the really fun and kinky way. Sorry to disappoint you.

I guess I've more or less come to terms with the fact that I'm going to be getting married in December at this current weight and I'm going to look like I do right now (sigh)...except with fancy hair, custom jewelry and professional make-up. (SIDE NOTE: OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG - MY WEDDING IS IN 12 WEEKS YOU GUYS!!!! OMG!!!!)

Ahem, anyway. I have decided it's time for me to get off my lazy ass and resume my love/hate affair with running. Here's the thing: I actually hate the running part. Because it's painful and difficult and it sucks and every second feels like an eternity, like it's never going to end.

But I love it because then it DOES end...when you least expect it (aye, when you are FINALLY starting to settle in and get used to it, it's over). And then....wait for it...the endorphins flood the body and IT'S AMAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!!!!! I've said it before...it's better than an orgasm...only because it LASTS ALL DAY! (But don't worry, sweetheart...my little hobby could never replace canoodling with you! Haha.)

So I've been checking out races to get a general schedule in my brain....cuz there's all sorts of prep required...like running a lot. I decided to lazily sidle my way back into this and make my first race the Bloomington Bagel Company Turkey Trots 5k on Thanksgiving Day. Not only is this race in my hometown, but it's FREE. And it's run by one of the most inspiring ladies I've had the pleasure to know....Ms. Suzanne Aquila, who is an Ironman athlete (and, incidentally, about to kick some major ass at Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii for something like the 6th or 7th time just ONE WEEK FROM NOW!!!!)

Lest you envision a grand return to the sport for me...let me assure you, it will be no such thing. It is 8 weeks away, people. Lol. This is what I expect from this race...my two year old worn out running shoes (which I've been walking in for two years - BIG NO NO) and probably about 2.5 miles of walking and .6 miles of running. But, hey...I'm still going to feel like they are playing "We Are The Champions" the moment I cross that finish line. LOL.

Break for WEDDING in December....then 7 Day Eastern Caribbean Honeymoon Cruise (not-so-humble brag) in late January. Seriously..do you think I'm going to be in training mode on a cruise ship??? Um, NO.

Upon my return to real life, I will actually start getting back into shape (first with walking, then gradually returning to running). The YMCA will be my best friend. All so I can prepare for the following races in the Spring/Summer/Fall of 2015:

March 14th - Pi(e) Run Bloomington
This one is actually 3.14 miles on 3/14. Their motto is "go with us the extra 0.04 miles!" AND YOU GET PIE AT THE END!!!!

March 28th - IU Habitat for Humanity 5k

April 11th - American Red Cross Superhero 5k

May 16th - Color Run Indianapolis
We will hopefully (assuming we win like $1,000,000 in the lottery to pay for all the registrations) be running this one as a family of 7. My kids have been begging to do a Color Run with me for two years. I might have to sell my body for money to afford it...but, doggone it...my precious cherubs need to have this experience!!!!

September 5th - Bloomingfoods 5k Breakaway
This is on a Kid Weekend and I will either force my children to do this with me...or make the hubs wait at the Finish Line...with five rambunctious, bored, no doubt HUNGRY kids. On second thought, I'm sensing a disturbance in the Force...I'm getting the vibe that he will probably wanna make this a family race too! Haha.

September 26th - Fort4Fitness 10k
The Grand Finale and my FAVORITE race of all time. It only makes sense that, for the last race of the season, I would double my efforts and complete 6.2 miles.

Why 5k? Why not half marathon? Well, if you've ever READ my blogs (back in my heyday when I was a veritable Spark celeb), you will know that fatass Leah is prone to injuries. And if I train too hard, too fast...I get injured. And I'm just tired of being heartbroken because I've planned on running races but I am not able to because I overtrained and hurt myself before the races actually take place.

So I'm going REALLY slowly this time. And, in the end, what does it matter? If I finish the above races, do you know that that will mean? That will mean I raced exactly 24.84 more miles than I did last year. And ran a HECK of a lot more than that in training.

That...that might make some sort of difference in this here body. Eyes on the prize, y'all. I predict a much slimmer body for my uber-romantic One Year Anniversary Trip. Gotta have goals, eh?

  
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JUNEAU2010 10/5/2014 1:58PM

    Enjoy your special day! You will be (and already are) gorgeous. Enjoy that honeymoon, too!

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KIPPER15 10/4/2014 4:06PM

    LOVE the Color Run. I was not able to run/walk it this year, so I sent my niece in my place. There will be a big pack of us running next year! Can't wait for wedding pics! emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 10/4/2014 2:15PM

    I LOVE YOUR BACKGROUND! AND SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOURS! WEDDING SOON!!! AWESOME!!!!

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JENNY888 10/3/2014 8:17PM

    Love your attitude. All of the smaller races can add up to a marathon and you will not be injured. Can't wait to see the wedding pics.

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KAREN42BOYS 10/3/2014 7:54PM

    Sounds like a plan. When I've taken a break from running, I find it usually takes a month for my body to discover it likes running.

Any chance you can get new running shoes before race day? That would make for a happier and safer journey for you.



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JMARIES51 10/3/2014 5:16PM

    Slow and easy wins the race. Maybe not the race - race, but definitely the life race. It is all about the journey, Leah. Enjoy, enjoy. BTW, what I have found from starting and stopping running is that it is much easier to get back into stride. It is like the things you learn, like the breathing, the taking it slower, etc, you don't have to learn those over again. emoticon

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LINDAK25 10/3/2014 4:45PM

    Let the Wedding countdown begin! What a great way to start the new year.

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/3/2014 4:20PM

    Loving that line-up of races! You are going to have so much fun and feel such a huge sense of accomplishment when you get through them all!

Keep us posted on the wedding prep and planning! Super excited for you!

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KENDRACARROLL 10/3/2014 4:18PM

    Leah, take your family of 7 hiking. Great family activity, great memories, great workout.

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PATTISTAMPS 10/3/2014 3:32PM

    OMG - The PI(E) RUN!!! I want to run that! LOL... That is too funny! I will have to tell my brother - he is a runner. And he might be willing to do that one, just because!

You will lose some weight when you start training. Maybe not as much as you want, but enough to make you feel good! You know how that is... 10 pounds down and you start to strut, which makes everyone think you have lost even more than that. it's true.

And I do not gain weight on cruises... and I EAT and I DRINK. But I walk a LOT, and it seems to work for me. No matter where your room is you will have a long walk to either the pool or the dining room or the casino or wherever you want to be. It's the law. emoticon Is this your first cruise? What line are you going on? I love love love to cruise.

Ok, I'll shut up now....

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UMBILICAL 10/3/2014 3:18PM

  Me too

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MJRVIC2000 10/3/2014 3:13PM

    Your talent is Godís gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God! Vic.

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