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Don't You Think It's Time We Met?

Friday, June 22, 2012

So, this is not my OFFICIAL blog for today (that will be posting shortly), but I did want to differentiate this from anything else I post because I feel it is so exciting and important. (Yes...two blogs in one day...don't you feel special? I just love ya too much!)

So, here is the deal. I've got this Spark BFF, MOM2IAN. She lives in Michigan and I live in Indiana. We have been texting fools for the past month or so. We work out "together" (at the same time in our respective hometowns) and just get along in general. Not only have we become friends, but I have successfully assimilated her into the running club - a huge victory, as she professed to HATE running the first time I ever talked to her. So she says to me, "Don't you think it's time we meet?"

We found a race that is exactly halfway - the Fort4Fitness 10k Run/Walk in Fort Wayne, IN. We decided to do it, share a hotel room that Friday night and finally meet face-to-face.

But, then something happened. Another SparkFriend that had been texting MOM2IAN (SNEVIL1) decided that she'd like to get in on the fun. So, even though it is a 10-hour drive for her (!!!), we welcomed her into our hotel room. Hey...more the merrier...and cheaper too!

This morning, a brilliant little plan hatched in my brain. I said to MOM2IAN, "Don't you think it's time we ALL meet?"

So, this is your official invitation to join me, MOM2IAN and SNEVIL1 in Fort Wayne on Friday & Saturday, September 28 & 29, 2012 for the Fort4Fitness 10k Walk/Run.

Here is a link to the main page so you can check it out:

www.fort4fitness.org/fort4fitness-10
k.asp


Here is a link to Registration:

www.fort4fitness.org/fort4fitness-re
gistration.asp


If you decide that you'd like to join us, you send me a message or comment on this blog and I will keep a running list. (Hee hee...runnning list...get it?) Perhaps, if we get enough people, I can get a deal with the hotel on a block of rooms. So...no one make your reservations yet (unless you're just anti-social and don't wanna be with all of us). We can figure it out when we have a good group established.

And, lest you worry about getting left in the dust because you're not ready to run a 10k...consider this. My mile pace is usually around 14-minutes per mile. MOM2IAN can WALK twice as fast as I can run. AND...she will probably be walking some of it (or most of it) because she JUST started running too. All I'm saying is...don't let fear of looking dumb stop you if you want to meet us. We are AWESOME and we would never ever ever make you feel like less of a person. Cool?

Come on...let's do this thing!!!!

  
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LILYPAD12311 6/24/2012 12:28PM

    That is great,,,,,, will be running a 5 k on my own to join you girl this morning! emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/24/2012 9:33AM

    Sounds like fun but I already have plans that weekend! Ft Wayne is 13 + hour drive from my neck of the plains in Kansas (no "woods" really...), and that's Googlr speaking. He apparently has a cast iron bladder and never has to get gas or eat something (and get gas.... Peeeuuuu!) so I think it would be two days drive.

But hey I plan to do a 5k virtual run for Nov 11 Sleepwalkers Across America in support for Run Her Way for Ovarian Cancer, and pretty sure I'll sign up for the 5K for the Prairie Fire here in Wichita Oct. 14th.

*gasp* did I really just say that!? Better go get myself registered!

Have fun you all!!

Julia

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123ELAINE456 6/24/2012 3:05AM

  Awesome!!! Hard Work!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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POKEMOM2THREE 6/23/2012 7:02AM

    OMGosh! You're coming to the Fort? YOU'RE COMING TO THE FORT!!! emoticon I'd invite y'all to stay here but, well, the boys bunks aren't that comfortable and the Princess would talk your ear off. lol. I can't even get my mind to wrap around this~ I CAN'T WAIT! emoticon

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EATVEGAN 6/23/2012 12:52AM

    Oh, sounds like so much fun! You all have a great time. The rest of us will cheer you on and look forward to great pictures. emoticon
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SPARKL3 6/22/2012 8:33PM

    OH!!! It is SO, so tempting!!! I just checked, and it's only about 3 hours and 45 minutes to Fort Wayne from where I live. That part's do-able.

BUT~~~ I can walk a 5K (if you give me plenty of time, that is---and note that I said WALK. Not run. LOL) However, I don't think I could possibly get ready for a 10K even in 3 months' time.

Rats!!!

But I would absolutely LOVE to come meet you all and cheer everyone on!
emoticon Go, go, GO!!!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/22/2012 8:04PM

    3 months seems like forever from now!!


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XMAS2012 6/22/2012 7:18PM

    Great Idea!!!!

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MONKEYBEE7 6/22/2012 4:51PM

    Such an awesome idea...I can not commit right now because my job situation is in transition but I might tag on a little later if things are more stable.

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LDRICHEL 6/22/2012 4:35PM

    Yeah, there is a bad side of town in Fort Wayne. I would not trust the $50 hotels. Just sayin'. I'm thinking for a decent place (I've actually stayed in the past and know a really nice place) it will be about $120/night for a room of 4 ladies...which works out to about $30/person. Not TOO bad, eh?

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SNEVIL1 6/22/2012 4:27PM

    Online hotels looked about $50 a night. Its gonna be awesomeeeeee! My first 10k.

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WONDERWOMAN 6/22/2012 4:23PM

    So if I found a way to come down, I could be doing a HM all five September weekends?! Yikes, but it is sooooooo tempting! A ma a fanatic, after all.

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JENNNY135 6/22/2012 4:18PM

    Wish they developed transporters - then I'd be there in a flash.

Have a great time everyone who's going.

"Beam me up Scotty"

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DIANNEMT 6/22/2012 4:18PM

    So--if you can't get to Indiana, find 2-3 people that live in YOUR area and pick a race--there is likely to be one SOMEWHERE handy--and get a group to run it together!
There is someone from CA and another from NM--maybe a run in Vegas??

Just suggesting that these two lovely ladies started one group--YOU can start another!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/22/2012 3:47PM

    Wow, that sounds like so much fun!! Unfortunately, Indiana is a bit far for what I can work into my schedule, but I wish I could go! You're all going to have a great time. :)

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SUNSHINEGIRLAZ 6/22/2012 2:39PM

    Ooooh! Wish i lived closer. That's a 1700 mile trek for me. Can't afford it this year! Next year, for sure!

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2BEHEALTHYME 6/22/2012 2:35PM

    What a great idea! I wish it were closer, but I just cant make it that far.

If anyone wants to do something closer to California drop me a line!!

Have fun Ladies and enjoy :)

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GOSPARK45 6/22/2012 2:03PM

    That sounds like fun. But living in NM I don't think I'll make it. What a great idea. have fun.

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KBRADFORD88 6/22/2012 1:51PM

    How much do you think a hotel room could end up being? I am seriously thinking about it? How far is that from marion? Got friends there/

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/22/2012 1:49PM

    I would LOVE to meet you and do a 10k with other Sparkers. Wish I lived closer!

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CHERRY666 6/22/2012 1:46PM

    Indiana is a bit too far for me but have fun you guys!

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DANILYNNG 6/22/2012 1:33PM

    I'd love to, but I can't. Indiana is just too far a trip for me. You all have fun!

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Slip & Slide And A 5k Before Breakfast

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I took two rest days in a row. I know...shocking. Haha. Absolutely NO physical activity whatsoever. My eating wasn't HORRIBLE...I still stayed within my calorie range, but there weren't nearly enough veggies and whole foods for my liking. This should be no big deal. In fact, my training schedule allows for two rest days if I want them.

The first day (Tues), I was out of town on business so I just didn't get a chance that morning. Then, yesterday, I meant to run. I got up to run. I even got DRESSED to run. But, there was literally SO much on my mind from the conference the day before and I just couldn't imagine not getting everything written down. I was afraid it would all slowly fall away over the course of the work day if I didn't hurry up and capture it for posterity with a pen and a pad of paper. So, I had my time with the Big Man and then I extended it for another 45 minutes to do a brain dump of the day before.

I'm glad I did this, but it's astounding how utterly out of shape I felt by the end of the day yesterday...after just TWO days of rest from my normal schedule of running.

If you want to know how fast motivation can fly out the window, take me as an example, guys. I knew without a doubt that if I did not FORCE myself to get my run in this morning, I would be in serious danger of possibly backsliding and maybe even eventually giving up.

In some ways, I do feel it could be likened to an alcoholic staying sober. It takes very little (just one or two small drinks)...or in my case, two or three days of non-activity and sub-par eating, for the ground to get very slippery underneath me.

Some people are great at bouncing back from things like this. And, as I get further in my journey, I suspect I will grow in the ability to rebound after a setback as well. But, now...in the very beginning...I need to be careful.

That is why I dragged my lazy butt out of bed this morning at 5:30am. I thought you might enjoy eavesdropping on my inner running commentary (see what I did there? eh? yep...I'm so clever)

6-MINUTE WALKING WARM-UP:

It's pretty out here. Nice and cool. Aaaah. This is SO worth it...waking up so it's not hot!

Look at all these sleepy houses. I'm pretty awesome for getting my butt out here and doing this so early.

My legs feel kind of light...maybe this run won't suck so much after all.

0.35 MILES IN

Time to start running...ugh...here we goooooo.

Ugh..again with the limping! Settle in already!

RELAX the shoulders. RELAAAAX the knees. Come on...this will get easier in a few minutes. Don't stop.

0.5 MILES IN

Yes! I love this song! Man, I wish I could text while I'm running and tell Michelle that this song is on...she would crack up!

I wonder if Michelle is running or walking right now? Doesn't matter...she walks faster than I'll ever run. Hate her for that.

OK, this is a great rhythm....SQUIRREL!

1 MILE IN

I can feel my lungs opening up and I am wide awake now!

Oh my gosh, I'm so glad I'm doing this! I am not so sure I'll be able to run the entire 3.1 miles today.

Just keep going to the first rest stop and see how it is then.

1.55 MILES IN

This is exactly halfway. I could technically take a walk break and there would be no shame in it. Nah...no breathing issues. Keep going. You can walk near the end, Leah.

I wish I could see that deer again...like that one day.

Hello, friendly runner friend! *double take from behind* God...are you there? I'd like to place an order for THAT exact body, ok?

What's this hotshot dude doing? No shirt, barely any shorts...uh...DAAAAMN. That was nice.

Haha...I'm not even sweating.

2 MILES IN

So close to being done. I could walk if I wanted to...but I might as well just keep going.

I'm kinda in a groove here...I could run for a lot longer probably. That's good news for my 5-mile LSR on Saturday!

2.5 MILES IN

I'm kind of sad this is almost over. But now I need to really think about getting ready for work.

I can't believe I get my ass out of bed at 5:30am and I'm still 1/2 late for work every single day. Why do I dawdle over my coffee after my run? I need to GET READY!

3.0 MILES IN

Guess I should actually walk for a little tiny bit to cool down. OH...I don't want to...oh, OK.

Wait for it...wait for it...aaaaaaahhhhhh...there it is...endorphin rush. TOTAL BLISS. I swear this is better than sex. YES IT IS!

3.1 MILES - RUN IS FINISHED/STRETCHING

I FEEL AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!!!!!! Why didn't I want to do this??????????????????? I want to do it again!

  
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ANGELBABIES2 6/25/2012 7:30PM

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LIFEISPURRFECT 6/24/2012 6:21PM

    What a great post. And it does feel great to do that early morning run and see the world as it's just waking up.

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LITTLEROX20 6/24/2012 6:14PM

    One of my favorite quotes: " Wow, I really regret that workout." - No One Ever

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KATHYGOULDSMITH 6/24/2012 1:51AM

    I love this blog, I am doing this too and it's really EXACTLY like that! the only difference in my schedule is when I tell myself, "youre almost there Kathy" and I am NOwhere near there! I am not as fast as you, I am much heavier and from your pic I am probably older too! I have to get off how slow I am though!!

Thanks for that great blog!

KG

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SLFGOLF 6/24/2012 1:01AM

    What a great feeling. I always take 2 days off a week, but it always feels good when I get back on my exercise schedule again.

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WALLINMW 6/23/2012 11:58PM

  Stay motivated!

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THEIS58 6/23/2012 11:06PM

    Great blog!

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CUDDLEY51 6/23/2012 11:02PM

    What a wonderful post....I could almost see you running by that SQUIRREL!!
Good for you for getting out there and completing your run! emoticon

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FITBY40-2015 6/23/2012 10:23PM

    lol..that was great!!! thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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GUCCI9300 6/23/2012 9:42PM

    emoticon GREAT JOB!

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IAMRADIOGEEK 6/23/2012 4:58PM

    Excellent blog, and I'm SO with you on the back-sliding. Coming off of a week off for injury and trying to get back into the groove, despite wanting to work out that entire week I was off...that just KILLED. I have to keep reminding myself that it's all in the past and it's time to keep looking forward.

Also, just reading about your run makes me wish I could go run now!

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SHEL_V2 6/23/2012 4:51PM

    Inspiring, maybe I should get off the treadmill and got out and see the ... squirrels emoticon

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PRICANSTINA84 6/23/2012 3:53PM

    AWESOME!!

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JESSZZ123 6/23/2012 3:48PM

    I definitely felt the rush with you just from reading this. Keep up the amazing work!

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DLDMIL 6/23/2012 3:44PM

    great blog. emoticon

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CANADAIAND 6/23/2012 3:14PM

    Great blog!! Almost like being there with you as you ran. Inspiring to those of us just starting out.

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PARKERB2 6/23/2012 1:55PM

    Yes, it makes yu feel great.

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EAGLEMOMX3 6/23/2012 11:53AM

    Too funny! This is almost me every Mon, Wed, Fri morning. And I so relate to the potential back-slide. It's what gets my behind up every morning. Thanks for the chuckle!

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CHOCOHOLIC4LIFE 6/23/2012 11:33AM

    Haha, I loved reading this blog of yours! I liked your "thought" angle, really funny.

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BRASKIN 6/23/2012 10:45AM

  Trying to motivate myself to do the same.... good work.

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MAKEITBETTER 6/23/2012 9:21AM

    Thank you. I am over 50 and 100 pounds overweight and I ran my first 5k this week and then some. Because of you I think I'll do it again today!

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BLOOMING52 6/23/2012 9:08AM

    Thanks.

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RAINBOWMF 6/23/2012 7:55AM

    What a fun blog
emoticon I was right there with you.
Glad you bounced back.

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JOYCRN 6/23/2012 7:34AM

    For MCHARLES44-try "Moving Comfort" sports bras.
And thanks for another good post LDRICHEL.

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MCHARLES44 6/23/2012 3:03AM

    Thank you , I truly enjoyed and could totally relate. I would like to start running. I never have. I walk 4 miles right now. I feel rather embrassed Im a plus size gal and pl I know about sports bras but ive yet to find one that totally controls that problem. Any advise?
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CICELY360 6/23/2012 12:30AM

  Good blog

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/22/2012 11:09PM

  Funny, I can almost she you: ))

LOL, ya almost make me wanta run.I still don't have good shoes. We'll see. emoticon

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HEARTS116 6/22/2012 7:40PM

    Awesome blog!!!

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XMAS2012 6/22/2012 6:59PM

    AWESOME BLOG!!!

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DEBK0923 6/22/2012 6:06PM

    great blog, and great job on your run

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NEWCHINELO 6/22/2012 5:08PM

    yes,we have to make attempt and see how it goes.

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DIANNEMT 6/22/2012 4:14PM

    Glad you had a good run!

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1TRULYBLESSED 6/22/2012 3:48PM

    Almost makes me want to go running today... almost! I think I'll wait 'til the temps come down a bit...

Glad to know I'm not alone in my ongoing internal dialogue when running!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 6/22/2012 2:10PM

    Hilarious! I'm so glad you had that experience. I know that feeling of backsliding and it is not good. In fact, it is downright scary. Now I need to get off my butt and do the same!

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KBRADFORD88 6/22/2012 1:05PM

    Ok, you want to bottle that and send on to us in SC.

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FRESKA 6/22/2012 11:31AM

    your funny. that was cute. glad you got back on it. :) but its good to mix it up so i'm sure your body is gonna react even better to the scale this next weigh-in! :)

Have a great weekend!

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MARYDSAN 6/22/2012 10:57AM

    Totally enjoyed the monologue! Way to motivate yourself (and others!)

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MOMMY445 6/22/2012 10:09AM

    such a great blog! have a fabulous day!

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SJKENT1 6/22/2012 9:59AM

    Thanks for the inspiration


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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/22/2012 9:39AM

    I always feel so good after a good workout too!! It helps me get to the gym even when I don't want to because I know how great I feel afterwards!

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PASKALINI 6/22/2012 9:25AM

    It sounds like you were in my head yesterday!!!! I unfortunately did not pass any eye candy though! Yestderay way my 1st FORCED day back after being sick for a week. I was so happy I made myself get out there though. I'm so happy you made yourself get out there too!!! I'm so terrified I will fall back down the rabbit hole that resting while I was sick made me more miserable. The endorphins are totally worth it. One foot in front of the other we've got this! Happy Friday!

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The Puzzle of ME: My Magic Moment

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Yesterday, I posted a wonderful, yet vaguely mysterious status on the Friend Feed:

"Single best day of my career...ever. In 12 years. Not exaggerating."

Well, I think I've kept you all on pins and needles long enough! I suppose I'll explain now.

But first...I need to take you back to last November 2011. I had recently started working in my current position with a non-profit connected with Indiana University called The Kuali Foundation. www.kuali.org

Because our business is mostly virtual (we've got people scattered all over the country and the globe), we only get to see each other face to face twice per year. Our biggest face to face is called Kuali Days and it happens in the Fall.

The day before I left for Kuali Days, I was invited to attend an all-day conference at the IU Memorial Union that was hosted by the Office of Women's Affairs. The subject was "Re-Inventing Your Career Path". Honestly, I attended because my boss was speaking in a session and...to get free food and get out of the office for a day with pay.

The keynote speaker at this event was an amazing woman named Caroline Dowd-Higgins. This woman started her career as a professional opera singer and traveled the world. But, when that wasn't working out the way she planned, she faced a difficult career transition. Caroline is now an expert on career coaching, in particular completely re-inventing your career. After a stint at the IU Career Development Center, she now helps coach students in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She has written a book called "This Is Not The Career I Ordered" and she hosts a radio show on CBS Radio called "Career Coach Caroline".

Here's a link. Isn't she pretty??? carolinedowdhiggins.com/

Why do I go on and on about Caroline? Simple...she has changed my life. After that conference, I went immediately into Kuali Days. I was brand new to this organization, as naive and shy as you could ever imagine, not knowing a thing about our software products, let alone about the organization in general. I didn't know anyone except the girl I shared an office with! It was really scary.

But...that week, something happened. I fell in love with my team and with my organization and with my job. It was the first time I ever thought (in 11 years of working!), "This is the one. This is my forever career."

When I got back, I was SO excited to tell Caroline all about it. I sent her a message on Facebook, not expecting any sort of reply. Shockingly (to me), she replied right away. She was thrilled for me and promised to be cheering me on and available if I ever needed her help. She was so warm...so approachable and so available to help me. We became fast friends.

And, a few weeks later when one of the ladies in our office left and I took on some of her work responsiblities, I approached Caroline about how to negotiate a raise in salary. This famous woman actually took time from her busy schedule and met me for coffee. We talked about raises, professional demeanor, tips for getting noticed in large meetings. It was a breath of fresh air for me and the first time I ever began to see myself as more than just a secretary. Since then, I have held Caroline in the highest esteem and frequently refer to her as my "career guru".

Fast forward to last month. I received an invitation from Caroline to attend the first annual Midwest Invent Your Future Conference for Women. Along with this invitation came a special request to attend a VIP Reception the evening before and meet all the conference organizers and speakers. Well, let's just say...if Caroline says, "Jump", I say, "How high, honey?" So I signed up.

I didn't know what to expect at all. To be quite frank, I thought it would be your typical "Yay...go women! Be happier at work and quit complaining about your job" kind of conference. You know what I'm talking about, ladies. A happy thoughts day, dedicated to getting as much free food as you can. Right?

Well....it was NOT that. And, you know, I should have KNOWN it wouldn't be that because Caroline was on the steering committee and had really talked this thing up. I should have trusted my guru, you know?

At this point, I begin to feel a bit choked up. Because I can't quite articulate everything that went down yesterday. Let me just start by saying...the speakers that were at this event were PHENOMENAL.

I'm including a link below with all their bios (seriously, if this interests you, totally get ALL these books!) But let me just give you a sampling of these ladies' achievements:

CHARLOTTE BEERS - was Undersecretary of State to Colin Powell. Was named "the most powerful woman in advertising" and has been on the cover of Fortune and Business Week.

SAM HORN - The Intrigue Expert. Has been on NPR, MSNBC and in the New York Times, Washington Post and Readers Digest

MARY LOVERDE - Work Life Balance Expert. Has been on Opray Winfrey 4 times, inducted into the National Speakers Hall of Fame and has several best selling books

BETSY MYERS (my new idol) - Former Director of the White House Office for Women during the Clinton Administration and COO of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. SHE WAS AMAAAAAAZING!!!!

Here's the official bio link: www.inventyourfuture.com/events/conf
erences/2012-midwest-iyf/midwest-keyno
tes-featured-speakers/


You know what the best part was? I would say there were only a couple hundred ladies at this event. That means that all of us got to interact, talk, ask questions and spend an entire day just being real with these remarkable women. Literally...sitting there and chatting with some of the most influential and powerful women on earth!

There were breakout sessions and every single one was fabulous. Great food. Lots of amazing networking. Not only that, but I discovered a newfound DEEP appreciation for my company and their openness to smart, intelligent women - that's not the norm in IT. And my own boss...well, she's just been so incredible in supporting me and modeling for me how to succeed as a professional woman.

But here is the best part...and the reason for my enigmatic status yesterday.

Somehow, somewhere in the middle of the day yesterday...something shifted in my mind. You see, I've always had my life segmented. There has been my home/family life, my work life, my church life, my health, etc. These things sort of overlapped...but never really melted together.

Yesterday...everything came together. Suddenly, all the amazing lessons I've been learning at church and all the discipline and hard work I've put into getting healthy translated directly into how I can do my job at work and, as a result, help to further our company brand. In addition, everything I learned about "business" yesterday was directly applicable to how I care for my family and how I use the gifts that God has given me. It's like there is this giant puzzle and pieces were missing. And, yesterday, they all linked together and formed into a beautiful, perfectly flowing image.

It's the ME Puzzle. And it's put together. And I feel indescribably complete.

Ask yourself this:

What would your life feel like if you truly understood how you were made and what your passions are AND you realized how to funnel that into your everyday job?

How would it be to work hard during the day for something you believe in and then come home and have it just be a continuation of your day...full of things you love?

I don't live in a dream world. I'm sure days will suck. I mean, we ARE talking about work here. LOL. But...the potential for this is off the charts.

I'm actually still working through it all mentally, but a friend of mine really summed it up best after I'd told him all about this. He said, "This is your magic moment, Leah."

It is. Magic. I can't think of a better word for it.

  
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JIVANA108 7/4/2012 9:44PM

    Leah...your blog was the magic i needed to hear:) Thank you so much for all the amazing links, resources and sharing your journey with us.
Keep posting you're inspiring.

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MARYJEANSL 6/30/2012 10:37AM

  You are very blessed!

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PASTORMAE5 6/23/2012 4:07PM

    Abundant life (John 10:10)

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JESSZZ123 6/23/2012 3:41PM

    Woo! It's always good to know who you are and where you stand. You're truly a remarkable woman, and you have so many great things coming. Good work!

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DEBK0923 6/23/2012 2:09AM

    great job

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Every bit of your excitement is captured in this post.... watch out world, Leah is about to take you by storm!

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SLFGOLF 6/23/2012 1:04AM

    wow, what an inspiring thing to go through.

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MANILUS 6/23/2012 12:57AM

    Thank you so much for the links, the books look really good!

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GRANDMABABA 6/22/2012 11:41PM

    Enjoy every moment!

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REENIE131 6/22/2012 11:23PM

    Awesome! Congratulations! What a powerful feeling!

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VADAVICTORIA 6/22/2012 9:11PM

    inspiring and empowering and thought-provoking post...everything does happen for a reason!

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KJISHERE 6/22/2012 7:02PM

    Your blog inspires us all, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SERENE_STAR 6/22/2012 2:12PM

    Good for you! I love days when suddenly everything makes sense...when, you finally realize that every move, every change, every step forward and even the steps backward were all preparing you for this moment. Some people realize the moment when it happens and can step up and seize it. Others wave at the moment as it passes them by. I'm glad you seized your moment.

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GROWNINOP 6/22/2012 1:25PM

  Good for you!

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DOODIE59 6/22/2012 1:01PM

    You will never know how important it was for me to come across your blog today:) Thank you so much, both for sharing and for showing the way. I am heading off to vacation with lots to think about.
Take care
Deirdre

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BBONET 6/22/2012 12:51PM

    Thanks for sharing such a great story!!

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LUCKYONE60 6/22/2012 12:04PM

    Wow, this is great. What a gift you've been given and accepted. Good for you and thanks for sharing.

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SWEETEYES0601 6/22/2012 10:57AM

    You have quite the gift for putting things in perspective for me. Thank you! I enjoy reading your blogs as often as I can.

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LIBRARYBELL1 6/22/2012 9:42AM

    Congratulations!!! Sounds like a great experience. I'm glad you took the initiative to reach out to Caroline and it led to that discovery.

I decided in January that I would start reaching out more to my women friends, particularly the older women in my theater group. They are beyond amazing and talented and I love hanging out with them. I was always afraid of bothering them, but decided that I needed to get over that fear and just let them know I was thinking about them, or feeling free to ask them questions. It's been wonderful. Closer relationships have been formed.

As always, thanks for sharing.



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CAROLZ1967 6/22/2012 9:39AM

    Very happy for you!

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THEIS58 6/22/2012 8:07AM

    Wonderful!

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REDSKINGIRL 6/22/2012 7:56AM

    Awesome!

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LOVELAUGHLIZ 6/22/2012 7:26AM

    congrats! :)

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1TRULYBLESSED 6/22/2012 7:20AM

    emoticon! Thanks for sharing the links -- the timing is perfect for me, as I prepare to re-enter the "real" workforce (have a job interview on Monday!). Sounds like just the kind of resource I need at this stage of my life!

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DEBK0923 6/21/2012 9:49PM

    great blog, liked it very much

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PCASEY7 6/21/2012 9:14PM

    Greeat blog, thanks.

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TARAH85 6/21/2012 7:10PM

    Sounds like such an amazing epiphany! Congrats!

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KAPELAKIN 6/21/2012 7:06PM

    Great blog, sounds like a wonderful experience!

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GALINAZ 6/21/2012 5:17PM

    I'm so happy for you, what a fantastic experience!

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NEWCHINELO 6/21/2012 4:19PM

    Great!

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LELERS 6/21/2012 2:55PM

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/21/2012 2:32PM

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TRACEYROCK 6/21/2012 1:37PM

    Congratulations! We all need that moment where it all comes together. I can't wait until mine!

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SAINTBETH 6/21/2012 11:29AM

    Glad you had a magic moment. Glad that it is coming together for you.

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TERRIJ7 6/21/2012 10:35AM

    Powerful, indeed, and something few of us get to experience!

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MOMMY445 6/21/2012 10:16AM

    that was amazing!

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STEADFASTNSEE 6/21/2012 10:15AM

  Sounds like some very empowering women--you included! HUGS

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TWEETIEBIRDIE 6/21/2012 9:56AM

    I am so happy for you! It sounds like you have a found a mentor who is taking you new places...with famous people!!! You are a connector!

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CBRINKLEY401 6/21/2012 9:53AM

    That's wonderful. I'm happy for you. Thanks for sharing the details of your wonderful day and the insight it brought you.

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Next time you go to a conference, can I come in your back pocket?
It's so empowering just to read about it.

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Fitness Isn't Free

Monday, June 18, 2012

So, I've been on a "motivation" kick lately, I guess. This wasn't something that was planned...it just sort of happened. It seems like this would be a good time to move off of this topic of motivation and onto the next logical step, in my mind, of a complete health journey. Can you guess what that step is?

Consistency.

Look, you can be inspired by my words and they can even motivate you to get on your treadmill or go do your workout. That is INCREDIBLE to me...that something I say when I'm just talking about my own regular everyday stuff could actually move someone (or more than one person) to DO something. Believe me...I do fully grasp how amazing and powerful that is.

Still, that's one workout. What about the rest of your life? What if my motivating blogs suddenly stopped? Would you be able to carry yourself on and do it for YOU?

I came across this cartoon several years ago...WAY before SparkPeople. I have never been able to stop thinking about it. Yeah, it's funny. But, when you really think about it...it's not funny. It's spot on.



Have you seen Jamie Oliver's show, "Food Revolution"? This man opened my eyes wider than they've ever been opened to what I was doing to my body by feeding it junk and only moving to get from my house to my desk at work, where I'd sit all day long.

I have a lot of motivators on SparkPeople. And, yes, a couple of them really were instrumental in getting me going in this particular phase of my journey. I acknowledge that I wouldn't have done it and I wouldn't have stuck to it in the beginning if I wouldn't have had them on my mind the ENTIRE first month or so.

But, at some point, I had to "leave the nest" and figure out my own stuff. A trainer is great, but he can't be here with me every single day and he can't call or text me every time I'm supposed to do a workout. And he won't always be there to post an uber-inspiring blog, which will motivate me enough to keep going.

Simply put, it clicked in my brain that I have limited time on this earth and I was wasting it being unhealthy. And, well, I don't want to let unhealthy habits slowly (or quickly) kill me and leave that legacy for my children.

I wake up ridiculously early 6 days week (yes, even Saturday). I feed my soul with some quiet time in my Bible and with my God. I feed my body with a morning run or cross-training. I feed my stomach with a healthy breakfast.

I don't LIKE to wake up at 5:30am. It's HARD for me to get out of bed. I usually DON'T WANT to exercise.

But I don't NEED a partner to force me to do it. I don't HAVE TO have perfect conditions (sunny weather, etc). I DON'T MAKE EXCUSES. I just DO what I HAVE to DO. And I do it over and over and over and over again.

And...now you know my secret. It's yours now. What are you going to do with it?

"If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work." -Beryl Markham

  
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JOANNHUNT 2/22/2013 10:51AM

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CHUM48 9/19/2012 10:32AM

    Awesome! Your writing is fantastic and straight to the point! Thanks for the motivation of motive yourself!

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SHOES17 7/3/2012 8:38AM

    definitely TRU DAT! emoticon

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CHRIS4338 6/25/2012 12:03PM

    Thank you for saying what needs to be said - it's not easy and somedays you would rather be doing something else. However, what you said about wasting your life being unhealthy really resonated. I don't know that my son can even remember me at a healthy weight. That is a darn shame and really just inexcusable. It's time to stop wasting time, stop making excuses and just get back to the business of living!

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MONKEY501 6/24/2012 6:41AM

    Fantastic advice. Thank you. Love the cartoon too, and so true emoticon

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JEANNINEMM68 6/23/2012 3:33PM

    You Go Girl!!!!

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MISSIGESWEIN 6/23/2012 3:16PM

    I love your words...I love your writing style, too! My English teacher would be proud. :) Thank you for posting.

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STAIRA1 6/23/2012 12:51PM

  TRU DAT!

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MARIJO150 6/23/2012 12:05AM

    Great blog. Sounds like you are making it work because you have cut out all the excuses. You are an inspiration to me! Thanks for the words.

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LEAHFELICITY 6/22/2012 9:59PM

    That comic really hits home. Wow. I might cut that out and put it on my wall.

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MORNINGWALKER 6/22/2012 12:46PM

    I have the same routine, up early for my bible time and then exercise......if I don't do it early I do not get it done!

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KATIEM929 6/22/2012 12:30PM

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Good things to think about. Thanks for sharing.

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ELLENSANGEL 6/22/2012 12:25PM

    Right on!

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CHEEKYKEEKY 6/22/2012 12:00PM

    But I don't NEED a partner to force me to do it. I don't HAVE TO have perfect conditions (sunny weather, etc). I DON'T MAKE EXCUSES. I just DO what I HAVE to DO. And I do it over and over and over and over again.

love it!

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4KWALK 6/22/2012 9:37AM

    Thank you.
I was quoting one of your lines to myself the other day when I didn't want to get out and walk. I remember reading on your blog "Just DO IT'
I used that one line to motivate myself to get out and DO IT.
Only my dogs heard me when I said it out loud but I recognized at that time that it was entirely up to me to DO IT.

You have motivated me by the words you posted and now I'm going to use those words as my own (hope you don't mind) and remember to JUST DO IT.

Wishing you the very best as you do it for yourself.

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THEIS58 6/22/2012 8:13AM

    Amen to that!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 6/22/2012 8:11AM

    I totally agree. No matter how much someone else motivates or inspires you to become healthy, YOU have to actually DO the work in order to accomplish it!
Consistency! Consistency! Consistency!

Thanks for sharing!

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MRE1956 6/22/2012 6:34AM

    Ya got that right!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 6/22/2012 2:00AM

  AMEN!!!

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PMFISH 6/22/2012 1:59AM

    Right on Lady!!

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FITMEDEANNE 6/22/2012 12:31AM

  Thanks for sharing! This really was encouraging and reafirming of where I need to put my priorities. I will be printing out or emailing the cartoon to my Doctor. Thank you for speaking to my heart.



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SHOES17 6/21/2012 11:54PM

    I was so excited! This motivated to be where I should in the morning... emoticon

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NWOMACKR 6/21/2012 10:27PM

    Thanks for inspiring those of us who need a little pick me up every once in a while emoticon

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AATKIN01 6/21/2012 10:26PM

    your blog is spot on. at the end of the day you can only do it for you and you have to be able to do it on your own. way to go!

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RANDOM00B 6/21/2012 10:26PM

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PATRICIAANN46 6/21/2012 10:08PM

  Your cartoon is "SPOT-ON"!!! We are here for such a short time...........we HAVE TO take care of the only body we will ever have. emoticon

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JAMER123 6/21/2012 9:02PM

    emoticon emoticon for a great blog!!

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KRYS210 6/21/2012 5:13PM

    You have a good plan and have put it into practice! Good for you!

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SWEETEYES0601 6/21/2012 3:58PM

    Yeah, that's exactly it! emoticon

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PRSPLACE 6/21/2012 2:51PM

    thanks so much for sharing!!! i too have had those thoughts about exercise and it is the consistant thought of getting healthy and reaching my goals that keeps me getting up in the morning and exercising when i don't feel like it or don't want to... emoticon

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LUCINDARW 6/21/2012 2:31PM

    Thank you for the blog a much needed reminder what works.

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TRISHMO1 6/21/2012 2:23PM

  Thanks for that

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LYNETTEMOM 6/21/2012 1:34PM

    you are very inspiring--- tks for this

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BLESSED2BEME 6/21/2012 12:58PM

    Very wise!

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BIKURGURL 6/21/2012 12:43PM

  So true - thanks! emoticon

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ALISONKRUTSCH 6/21/2012 12:22PM

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JEBARBAREE 6/21/2012 12:07PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! So many people ask what my secret is. I reply, "there is no secret." I find some way to exercise regardless of weather, emotions, mental attitude, etc. My motto - NO EXCUSES!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 6/21/2012 11:28AM

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ASTASOLEY 6/21/2012 10:51AM

  A motivating blog from someone in a similar postion as myself can do a lot for me! :) I also decided to be totally honest with my trainer an d I have gotten so many inspiratinoal - upbeat emails from him and also in the gym he picks me up if I am having a difficult day!
I΄ve got thousands of pics to motivate me :) But as you say everyone needs to motivate themselves .. in every way possible :)

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MILPAM3 6/21/2012 10:29AM

  There is peace in your blog, yet a powerful underlying determination. Keep moving on and moving the rest of us with your words.

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TONYVAND1 6/21/2012 10:25AM

  emoticon emoticonBlog You are right that is the secret Do it over and over and over again.

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_CYNDY55_ 6/21/2012 10:22AM

    Cool Cartoon!
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MOMMY445 6/21/2012 10:14AM

    thanks for the cartoon and the blog! have a terrific day!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/21/2012 10:13AM

    Thanks for the cartoon and blog :)

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JANIED10 6/21/2012 10:07AM

    you are so right. Other people can help you along the way but at some point you are the only one that can make it happen.

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GINA180847 6/21/2012 10:03AM

    That cartoon hits one right between the eyes.

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Evidence of Changes Made

Sunday, June 17, 2012

So, wait...something weird is happening. This weekend, we had very old friends (from back before we even had kids) come visit us from Iowa. We were pretty excited to see them and spend time with them. Things were going very well the first night. But things took a strange turn yesterday. And, without going into too much detail, this visit did not end well. To be quite honest, it was sort of an emotional upheaval for me. A pretty awful time. Put it this way...when you think to yourself, "I wish they would just go home", you know some serious stuff has gone down.

They finally drove off and our entire household released their collective breath and peace returned. Of course, sadness remained. It's no exaggeration to say that I'm mourning the loss of an old and dear friendship this afternoon. I hate that this happened, but I've determined not to internalize it and take someone else's dysfunction and make it my own. I've done far too much of it in my life and I'm just done with it.

My good friend, MOM2IAN, has been my texting lifeline this weekend as all of this has gone down. At one point, I said to her, "I don't feel like I should have to apologize but I'm sure I will because that's what nice little Leah always does." She responded, "No...that nice little Leah was 25 pounds ago. New Leah doesn't take any sh&t and she doesn't give false apologies just to please other people and make them feel more comfortable!" (Or something along those lines...probably not those EXACT words...haha).

You know what else New Leah did today that surprises me? New Leah DID cave in and have an ice cream cone...for the sole purpose of comfort. But, it was a small, normal-sized cone that was within the daily calorie limits. New Leah has an insatiable desire to unwind by cleaning the kitchen and then making a delicious, well-rounded, healthy meal for her family, using fresh herbs from the garden.

Who ARE you, New Leah? The Old Leah would sulk, pout, cry, and probably lay around in bed all day. The Old Leah would take the entire weekend onto herself and blame herself for things she didn't do and hold onto that horrible, icky, angry, bitter feeling for years. The New Leah is already letting it slide off of her...because she knows she did nothing wrong. And bitterness will kill the soul and, eventually, the body. New Leah is blogging out her frustrations and then letting them drop.

You know what else? New Leah has really hot legs. She just noticed that this morning after her shower. Perhaps 20 lbs of the 25 lbs lost must have come from her calves alone. LOL.

New Leah realizes that she has SO MANY WONDERFUL and AMAZING friends...and she feels sorry for a person that pushes away one of their only friends in the world instead of asking for help.

New Leah loves herself. And she's determined to make this a great week...and she's praying her dear Spark Lovelies have a great one as well!

  
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JOANNHUNT 2/14/2013 11:11AM

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CHUM48 9/17/2012 12:19PM

    It is truly amazing how when we lose weight, we seem to lose our own bad attitudes and realize how great we are. It amazes me how being fat covers us in not only unhealthy physical living as well as unhealthy mental living. Great victory for you in discovering what a wonderful person you are!

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SPSPSP1 8/31/2012 3:01PM

    So happy for you, but one thing does stick out and it's that you used ice cream as a way of comforting yourself. The justification was that it was "a small cone". I'm all for eating ice cream, but like you I have used food as a way of comforting myself and I know that it's a slippery slope. Still, you have clearly made tremendous strides and it is very inspiring.

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SHARIPAM 7/24/2012 1:52PM

  Life continues, and sometimes friendships don't. New Leah took it all in stride, and I hope she is proud of how far she has come! Kudos, Leah!

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MISSLISA1973 7/15/2012 2:19PM

    Great blog to go with your great legs. I am sorry about the lost friendship, and am proud of you for finding the new you!

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GINIEMIE 7/6/2012 2:15PM

    Good job Leah, and congratulations on the weight loss and the stronger more positive self-image.
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1STICKBLUES 7/5/2012 4:32PM

    I like this New Leah! Didn't meet the old one, but the confidence is contagious! I found myself reading this and nodding, "That's right, no apologies needed!" Good for you, and remember no matter how bittersweet the changes are, it's just growing pains as you grow down to the new you!

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MARYM1962 7/3/2012 10:46AM

  good for you! Do not blame yourself for anyone else's problems - if your friendship has ended because you bettered yourself, then it was not worth saving!

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JWOURMS 7/3/2012 7:13AM

    Change is never easy is it. But sometimes it can just about be worth it. I'm struggling with that one right now. My best friend and I in the midst of a trememdous upheaval that may be irrepairable. But despite the loss there is hope too. Thanks for sharing.

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TDWANDD2MYK9 6/26/2012 1:22AM

    Great blog. Thank you. emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 6/25/2012 2:48PM

    The New Leah sounds great. She is a person that has it all together. Enjoy the new you

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KATIE0701 6/25/2012 4:09AM

  New Leah, sounds to me like you've come a long way. I didn't know you as "old Leah" but really that doesn't even sound good. LOLOL

I'm a newbie in spark world! I haven't commented on anything except this blog. I guess it me of "old me" whose still "old me"! :( I'm working on lots of parts of me at the moment so for now, I would like to congratulate you and all other spark people who are changing their lives. I will get there, I'm just taking babysteps.

Rainbows to Everyone

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DEADEND-DREAMER 6/24/2012 3:55PM

    I think many of us can identify with moving on which almost always involves some level of pain. Good for you Leah and thank you for sharing!
Butterfly hugs,
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4RASCALS 6/23/2012 3:37PM

    Way to go New Leah. You handled the situation great. S o o happy for you and the progress you've made. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 6/23/2012 7:28AM

    You did GREAT!! Pat yourself on the back for going forward and not backward!!

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BEACHGIRL328 6/22/2012 10:09PM

    Good for New Leah! I too have been making changes in my life and I am beginning to become less willing to be the peacekeeper for the sake of everyone else, I finally am getting the fact that I have to come first for my health and sanity!

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F8CONE8 6/21/2012 2:14PM

    I like New Leah and I have been where you are. I got a phone call from a "friend" that totally ripped my face off. The reason - I was going to have a fun weekend and she had to work" The upshot of this was I cried, raged and ate my way through the rest of the weekend. She came and apologized but our relationship was pretty much different. See, I never trusted her again.

Now that I'm really able to look back I can honestly say I was lucky to be rid of the poison relationship and sorry that it ended that way. I don't blame her or me anymore. What's the point? Over is over. Come to think of it that is how I feel about my ex-husband. LOL emoticon

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DB6864 6/21/2012 11:55AM

  Go Leah!!!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 6/21/2012 6:59AM

    Welcome home, New Leah! You are doing amazing things!!!!!!! emoticon

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QQUEENB 6/21/2012 5:22AM

  What an excellent way to view a decidedly horrible situation! Good for you!

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TRESA7 6/20/2012 10:06PM

    Hello, New Leah. I hope to become a New Theresa that's a lot like the New Leah, but I'm still in the foundation stage.

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IOWEIT2ME 6/20/2012 4:18PM

    Here's to new Leah! Congrats!!

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CAMAEL100 6/20/2012 2:56PM

    I like the new Leah!! I read somewhere that bitterness is like taking poison and expecting your opponent to die (not meaning your were in a battle, but you know what I mean)

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TRISHMO1 6/20/2012 2:27PM

  an ice cream cone should factor into your healthy lifestyle once in a while if you enjoy that sort of food, just keep within your daily calorie units, as you did congratulations. emoticon

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1DERLAND14 6/20/2012 11:49AM

    Way to go NEW LEAH!! :)

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SQUIRRELLYONE 6/20/2012 9:18AM

    Good for you! It's really difficult to overcome those urges (the ones to apologise for others' mistakes AND the ones to eat because you're sad)

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CYNTSATIONAL 6/20/2012 9:06AM

    Congratulations! You deserve a HUGE GROUP HUG for so many reasons! AWESOME!

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DURANGOREDDOG 6/20/2012 2:40AM

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EBONYSOL 6/20/2012 1:59AM

    I like it that you refer to yourself as the NEW LEAH. This new person has had a cognitive shift; you think and react differently to events in your life. Good for you! Just remember that old habits are hard to break. They have a habit of sneaking up on you. So enjoy your new self and when those old habits pop up, you can use your new skill sets to set yourself free.

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SERASARA 6/19/2012 8:35PM

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ROSEBB 6/19/2012 7:32PM

    I'm sure you will be glad you made the choice you did. It is good to know you can now get it "off your chest" in a productive manner. Good for you! emoticon

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THEIS58 6/19/2012 7:16PM

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/19/2012 6:08PM

    Way to go! Sounds like you did what was right for you and took care of you aat the same time!

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EMMIELANE 6/19/2012 5:24PM

    New Leah Rocks!! Way to go, girl!

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VALANZA1 6/19/2012 4:36PM

  TOTAL INSPIRATION....
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ANGELALYNN82 6/19/2012 3:53PM

    I once heard that people come into your life for a reason, season, or a lifetime. it is unfortunate when old friends are not who you expect them to be when you see them after a very long time. I have been in the same scenario. We all change. You are becoming the person you want to be. This is a very difficult step.

Way to go for not apologizing for something you didn't do. Too many times we take others' issues and turn them into our own guilt. I do it myself, way too often. Your friend was right on. Congrats to both of you.

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KMSIMMONS1 6/19/2012 3:46PM

  Once I wake up, I have my quiet time until I'm awake enough to trot out the door - works out quite well doesn't it?

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DEBK0923 6/19/2012 3:21PM

    great blog, good for you

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DROPPINGWEIGHT 6/19/2012 2:33PM

    It is nice when we can see the changes that we are making. Good for you!!1 The new Leah is fighting back.... keep up the good work! emoticon

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IRONBLOSSOM 6/19/2012 2:09PM

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Don't let other people emotionally hijack you! Exactly! I'm still working on this with my family, but I agree with MOM2IAN, you don't need to internalize the bad.

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JENNCABA 6/19/2012 12:02PM

    Yay for the new Leah !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILDFLOWER521 6/19/2012 10:59AM

    Congrats on sticking with the new Leah and for your hard work paying off both mentally and in the form of hot legs.

As for your visiors this weekend, I'm sorry that you had to experience that. I don't know the details and I'm not claiming to know you but I'm glad that if it did have to happen that the experience is now over and can be chalked up to sh*t happens and then we move on.

I will definitely try to have a great week thank you.

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ANCLIFE 6/19/2012 10:51AM

    Good for you! I can so relate to the apology thing. It can smooth over the bumps in a relationship but it can really leave nasty feelings to put the other person ahead of yourself and then not have yourself come in at all.

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ASHLEYBOBASHLY 6/19/2012 10:15AM

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KARIN1972 6/19/2012 9:39AM

    Thank you for sharing this. It shed some light on my life - I too tend to let "drama" around me impact my actions, stress levels, and yes....eating habits! Hearing your story makes me realize that this is something that I need to tune into. Good for you for being in tune with "dramas" potential impact and preventing it from sabatoging your efforts!

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