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30 Lengths in 30 Minutes

Thursday, August 23, 2012

So, my blogs have been rather down in the dumps and mysterious the past few days. I'm happy to say that I've begun to come out of the over-emotional fog a bit and am adjusting to the "new normal" of my life.

Although I've been a bit out of sorts the past few days, don't think I've been neglecting my health, skipping workouts, moping around and eating vats of fried oil. I mean, if I'm being honest, there have been a couple small food indiscretions...but nothing major.

I just realized today that I have been in the pool ALMOST every single day since I received my non-weight bearing treatment sentence from my ortho. Most of my time in the water has been deep water exercise classes (sometimes challenging, but other times not...but, I figure, at least it's SOMETHING). I have actually only done a real lap swim four times.

Today was my 4th time. Although I'm still having MAJOR issues with figuring out breathing (I swim the freestyle crawl), I have been pleased with my form and technique - especially considering I learned by watching a video on YouTube! I haven't had any soreness or strained muscles or anything. But...I just can't get the breathing pattern down, for the life of me! Ugh! And I still have to stop every 100 meters to catch my breath.

My biggest challenge has been to control my appetite after a swim. Man, my body is burning through the calories, but it takes every last bit of willpower for me not to eat continuously for the entire rest of the day and night. It's been ROUGH in that department...which is probably why I've seen no loss yet.

You might remember that I did 22 lengths (length of a sprint triathlon) in 26 minutes a week or so ago. As much as I try to slow down (so I can breathe better), I just can't get my body to slow down. I, personally, think that it's easier for me to just fly through two lengths because the faster I do it, the faster it will be over. Today, I was WAY ahead of schedule and I had really wanted to get a full 30 mins in the pool. So, I thought, "You know...I could make a little challenge for myself...30 lengths in 30 minutes and see if I could do it." It seemed impossible. That's 1500 meters and let's remember that I can barely breathe.

Well, I had just finished 28 and I was at 29 minutes. I thought, "Nah...there's no way I can do down and back in just one minute!" But then I thought, "Dammit, I'm doing this!" Fastest lap of my life and I was just about dead by the end but I DID IT! HA!

Frankly, I have no clue if this is "good form" for triathlon training. I probably ought to be more focused on swimming continually for 30 minutes and not stopping...and slowing down and breathing and such. But, I honestly don't care too much about all that right now. I have at least a year before I even sign up for a sprint triathlon. I still have to learn how to ride a bike again. And I want to run several half marathons (and maybe a full marathon) before I go for a sprint triathlon. I would hope that, if I keep up with the swimming for a whole year, it would get easier. I mean, you'd think, wouldn't you?

And crosstraining in the pool and on the bike can only be a good thing for a serious runner. It will certainly give my ankle the breaks it needs...and I hope to drop some weight and lessen the likelihood of re-injuring my ankle.

When I think about the fact that none of this would have ever come about if I wouldn't have suffered that ankle pain a month ago...it's kind of interesting.

I found that this happened with my really huge accident and injuries a couple years ago (5 broken bones on the right side of my body). I came out of that accident, 3 months later, with a renewed appreciation for my kids and the basic blessings of being able to walk and move my arm and take a shower. I actually felt, at times, that the accident was the best thing that ever happened to me. We were broker than broke...but I spent so much time with my little ones and really got to know them. It was priceless time that I never would have taken on my own.

This injury, though smaller in magnitude, seems to be having the same effect. It's less about my kids this time, and more about my own personal health and my ability to sustain my lifestyle of fitness, no matter what happens. The fact that I've been able to put in almost 1,000 fitness minutes without my exercise of choice (running) is extremely significant and a huge confidence booster for me.

And I can guarantee...if this injury had not occurred and taken me off my feet, I never, in a million years, would have even considered triathlons.

Funny how life works out sometimes. How have "negative" circumstances turned out for good in your life?

  
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CAROL494 9/5/2012 8:15PM

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MANILUS 9/3/2012 9:30AM

    Great job, keep it up! I lost 187 through my 1st negative circumstance of an abusive relationship. It is amazing what we do when times are tough!

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LIVEDAILY 8/24/2012 2:04PM

    Did you watch the Olympics? Did you watch how the freestyle swimmers breathe? They breathed on every stroke. That's hard to do if you're not conditioned, which is why you often have to stop to catch your breath. When I used to swim competatively, we were taught to swim and alternate sides for breathing, slowly blowing out our breath underwater so that you could really intake air when you next breathed. So if you dive in, and start swimming, left arm out,, turn, breathe, left, right, left, right breathe again, left, right left breathe..and so on. Try this and see if it helps.

Another thing...competative freestyle swimmers strength is almost all in their arms. They're pulling themselves through the water in freestyle, not kicking. It's different with breaststroke and butterfly, but in freestyle it's all chest/arm strength.

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LINDAKAY228 8/24/2012 12:55PM

    Congratulations on how far you've come with the swimming! You said this was your 4th time, which really isn't much to figure out the breathing. You'll get it I know. And it is amazing sometimes how somethng that seems so bad can turn out to be an open door to something new. You're doing awesome!

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ISABELLE31 8/24/2012 10:27AM

    I love how reflective you are about everything!

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TRICIAE2 8/24/2012 9:57AM

    Everything happens for a reason, whether to teach us a lesson or to force us to slow down and pay attention!

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123ELAINE456 8/24/2012 9:52AM

  Awesome Blog!!! You are Amazing. You Inspire Many People. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. This is the WAY TO GO!!!

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    emoticon You totally inspire me every day!

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    You are amazing!
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LEB0401 8/24/2012 8:18AM

    Leah, just wanted you to know that you are single-handedly responsible for my new swimming exercise program. I never did more than a doggie paddle until your blog about googling "how to swim". I did the same, and now I can swim freestyle laps without drowning! Although, I'm swallowing quite a bit of pool water...

But every time I get frustated and embarrassed that I'm not swimming with perfect Missy Frankin strokes, I think "If LDRICHEL is hanging in there and learning from scratch, then I can too!"

So thank you so soo much; everything you post is an inspiration.

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COLETTEISGREAT 8/24/2012 6:04AM

    Great swim!!

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STEADFASTNSEE 8/23/2012 11:37PM

  I do something similar (goal reaching) in Silver Sneakers class. We do something called Knee ups. It's for the abs and I love it. Well after the third set, the instructor changes to "bike riders". I can't DO them so I do more Knee Ups. ALOT more! lol. My record in 30 seconds is 36 and Mike's pushing me to do 40! After reading this, I just might!!! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 8/23/2012 11:02PM

    Hey....hitting the like button here.

I gotta see if I can get those Terry Laughlin videos uploaded to my you tube channel this weekend... There are some parts you will find really useful. I learned how to swim a solid swim for my tri with just the first few vids....

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/23/2012 10:48PM

    So proud of you! I love swimming. I learned proper form in high school, but now that it's been 10 yrs since I graduated, I can't remember sometimes. But I know HOW to do the breathing right. It's just sometimes you have to focus on other things, like your kids. That's what happens with me anyway. I'm hoping you can get your breathing worked out soon. I'm glad you have plenty of time to learn, though. You'll do great at your triathlon! And all the half marathons and marathons and whatever else you enter in. You're a great inspiration to me.

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LINDAK25 8/23/2012 10:08PM

    Good for you! I truly do believe that it's not what happens to you in your life that matters, but how you handle it and what you do with what you've learned that makes the difference.

Now about your breathing when you freestyle. Do yourself a favor and learn how to breath. Is part of the pool waist high? Stand where you can bend your upper body over and be at a level similar to swimming and do your stroke. You can even do this out of the water, but you eventually need to practice in the water. Decide which side you want to breath on, left or right. Whichever feels more comfortable. I breath on the left. (The stroke is smoother if you choose one side or another and it's less complicated to do so.) Now, practice your breathing as you stroke. Yes, just stand there and do this. I breath in through my mouth, out through my mouth and nose.

Your body naturally turns with every stroke so you're just going to exaggerate that movement and turn your head a little more. So, every time you start to turn that side of your body, turn your head, too. As your arm starts moving up, breath in. As your arm comes up over your head, your body starts to turn back into the water. Turn your head with your body and you can either breath out until the next stroke on that side comes around or hold your breath for a couple of strokes, then slowly let it out until you're ready to take your next breath.

Otherwise, ask someone for help. I'm sure someone would be willing to show you!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/23/2012 10:08PM

    You are amazing and God is certainly working in your life!

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KBRADFORD88 8/23/2012 9:44PM

    I hear you. The biggest blessings have come in crazy ways. You'll get the breathing. It just happened for me one day like the good running feeling that showed up one day

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 8/23/2012 9:14PM

    You are insane...
Love you for it though!
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KIPPER15 8/23/2012 8:54PM

    Considering I can tread water and dog paddle, I am in awe of you learning to swim from Youtube. Great job. emoticon emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 8/23/2012 8:42PM

    Great job on the swim and you have enough time to work out the kinks for sure. If you have a chance,head on over to my page and read my triathlon blog that I posted earlier this week. It is a great experience and even though it is challenging it is very doable.

Spark on!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/23/2012 7:50PM

    Great attitude!

And good thinking!



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JUNEAU2010 8/23/2012 7:48PM

    Talk about a blessing in disguise!

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CLUMBOY 8/23/2012 7:19PM

    way to go. everything is a blessing if you look at it with a blessed heart. good for you.

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FITFOODIE806 8/23/2012 7:13PM

    That is so cool. And a pretty speedy time for that distance!! It's great how things come into our lives at the right moment. You may find that training for a sprint tri is sooner in your future than you ever dreamed! I have a feeling that you are going to rocking it in no time! The swim is the hardest part for almost everyone and you are well on your way. And from everything I've read, and my own personal experience, tri training goes better with weight loss than endurance running does.

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KALEWINE 8/23/2012 6:29PM

    I can completely identify with the breathing while swimming issue. I started really swimming 4 days per week in May and it took me a few weeks to get the breathing figured out to the point that I could do more than 2 lengths without stopping. I can now do 2 miles without stopping. So keep pressing on! It's hard work, but you can do it! Oh and the hunger is normal. Make sure you get a good snack that consists largely of carbs and protein the first half hour after your swim. emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 8/23/2012 6:13PM

    You probably already are, but what makes a big difference for me on appetite after a really good workout is eating in that post-workout window and eating the right things then. (For me it's my protein smoothie - fruit juice, fruit, banana, protein powder - or a chocolate milk, of all things. Both have the carbs I need to refuel the muscles and the protein that is slower to digest and keeps me feeling satisfied for a good while until I'm down out of that "eat the kitchen" feeling.)

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WILDFLOWER521 8/23/2012 5:55PM

    They say everything happens for a reason.
Sometimes we don't really understand why at the time, but cloudy days will soon turn to clear.

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MSTWOMOONS002 8/23/2012 4:57PM

    Hi Leah;
Thanks for the goodie you sent me and the lovely words .I've read this blog all I can say is God knows what you need before you do, everything happens for a reason I have full faith that this entire journey is under a divine plan for You. You seem to be doing all the right things for yourself as you need to so you are listening to your divine guidance. You are gaining strength in body & soul & spirit You have the faith of the mustard seed. I believe if you asked the mountain to move it would.
You are such a blessing in my life, you live & walk by faith You are strong. I can only suggest when you are hungry after a swim, sometimes choosing water filled vegis can help. Like cucumber cut coins, celery with low fat peanut butter, or cottage cheese. Preparing wise choices in advance can help when the hungries hit you. I wish you the best, I'm so proud of the strides your making, just keep going you'll make it.

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STHAX10 8/23/2012 4:44PM

    I too fell victim to circumstance. I injured my back in Jan 2009. Had back surgery Oct 2009. Hysterectomy 2010. Well, I topped out at 226 pounds. Today I weighed in. I am 170.4 pounds. I went from size 20 down to current size 13. I still have another 30 to lose, but that is another chapter to write in my book. I am proud of what I have accomplished! I am strong, no matter how weak I feel. I am a survivor and I am proud of who I am. I found sparkpeople.com last year, it has been my blessing!!! May 1, 2012 was the day that I had enough, and the weight was coming off....30 pounds ago...30 to go! Now I love to ride mountain bike and walk! Previously couldn't walk around the block without crying...I walked 2.5 miles yesterday! Persistence and determination!

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LYNSEY723 8/23/2012 4:39PM

    Great job on the 30 laps in 30 min! That's awesome! Sometimes it is hard to see the good out of something less fortunate, like an injury... but we will always learn something in the process! You're doing amazing!

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MS0669 8/23/2012 4:34PM

    30 in 30 ? WOW !! Great job, you should be thrilled

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HBLACK5 8/23/2012 4:34PM

    That is awesome! I don't like to swim, so for that reason I am not planning on doing triathalons in the future unless I do it as part of a team. I would prefer to run, but I would bike too.

Several people in my boot camp class are training as a team to complete in a local triathalon that is next week. There are also a few people that are completing the triathalon on their own.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/23/2012 4:17PM

    Try breathing with every stroke on the crawl until you get comfortable with that. Then switch to every other stroke. it should help... emoticon

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ROSES4ME1 8/23/2012 4:16PM

    My swim style would be more like splashing and thrashing. Good for you to be able to swim 30 laps. I am sure you will conquer whatever problem you have with your breathing the same way you conquer other obstacles to your success. You are a strong athlete - and an incredible inspiration to me.

The negative that turned out positive for me was losing 85 lbs (so far) because I know now that I can reach my goals if I want them bad enough and work at it every day. . emoticon emoticon

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TAYGRL 8/23/2012 4:11PM

    hey lady--you help keep me fired up for my own workouts. i'm breathing in your drive.
thanks!

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SHAWWB 8/23/2012 4:02PM

    I really enjoy reading your blogs. You have come so far and are so inspirational. I have started using your protein smoothies to replace my breakfast and am working on replacing lunch too. Thanks for being you and blogging.

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For You...and you know who You are

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A good friend of mine (MOM2IAN) shared this with me because, well...it's kind of perfect at the moment. I would add to it, actually...



And some incredibly amazing people happen to be both.

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And that's all I have to say about that.

  
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THETROUT 9/1/2012 10:48AM

    Good continuation of the thought.

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DAJODU 8/31/2012 1:00PM

    Absolutly! I know I've had a few of the "lessons" but we have to learn from those mistakes. I have, and now I've recieved a blessing of my own :)

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2ABBYNORMAL 8/31/2012 12:58AM

    Truly inspirational message.


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VIMVIGOR 8/26/2012 11:01PM

  Right On!! Cheryl

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EMILYDOODLE 8/26/2012 10:10PM

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IFEOMA4 8/26/2012 12:02PM

  Awesome

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NEWMOM20121 8/25/2012 9:24AM

    Perfect

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SNOWYOGA 8/24/2012 8:53PM

    So true!

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PEGGYO 8/23/2012 4:01PM

    I agree

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PATTISTAMPS 8/23/2012 2:45PM

    AMEN!!!

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LINDAKAY228 8/23/2012 1:03PM

    Totally agree!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/23/2012 12:52PM

    Absolutely.

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ROB704 8/23/2012 11:32AM

    that's about the truth!

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DJ1SKYWALKER 8/23/2012 10:13AM

    Some Lessons took a long time to figure out :-(

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NILLAPEPSI 8/23/2012 7:38AM

    So true!!

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123ELAINE456 8/23/2012 5:12AM

  AWESOME!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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RUNNER12COM 8/23/2012 1:38AM

    Love it, and it's so, so true.

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4RASCALS 8/23/2012 1:20AM

    So true

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JUNEAU2010 8/22/2012 8:46PM

    I said goodby to a student intern who is / was both in good ways.

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KIPPER15 8/22/2012 8:38PM

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MEH50BEWELL 8/22/2012 8:15PM

    That is soooo true! The tough part is figuring out which one they represent sometimes. emoticon

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NDKARIKARI 8/22/2012 7:43PM

    Truth!

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PEGGYO 8/22/2012 5:29PM

    very nice

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 8/22/2012 4:58PM

    I changed my name...Just so you know!
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LINDAK25 8/22/2012 4:42PM

    Love it!

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ISABELLE31 8/22/2012 4:20PM

    Highly true.

I consider your blog posts to be blessings. Sometimes I wonder how you got in my head and stole my thoughts. emoticon emoticon

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MSTWOMOONS002 8/22/2012 4:10PM

    Hi Leah;
You've brought blessings to me ever since I added you as my friend & began reading your daily blogs. I wish you all the best, you've shared your friendship, knowledge & time & space in life for good things.
Take care & be well, Your an amazing strong woman I'm glad blessed my life.
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HBLACK5 8/22/2012 3:27PM

    So true!

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REGILIEH 8/22/2012 3:07PM

    How true!,

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YULLABELLE 8/22/2012 2:16PM

    SO TRUE

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WHERERMY62KEYS 8/22/2012 1:57PM

  been taught some biiiiiiggg lessons

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TAYGRL 8/22/2012 1:56PM

    been there, SO done that... emoticon

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WILDFLOWER521 8/22/2012 1:50PM

    Never thought of it like that but it is absolutely true!



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WORLDSERIES11 8/22/2012 1:32PM

    So true!!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/22/2012 1:31PM

    I love this! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 8/22/2012 1:22PM

    AMEN!

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Let Go

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wouldn't you think that SparkPeople would have made me an expert on letting go of things by now? Especially things that are not good for my body, for my soul or for my mind?

I've let go of quite a lot of unhealthy foods.

I've let go of toxic friends that couldn't handle my new joy and mental balance.

I've let go of trying to control my body and have learned to work WITH my body toward health.

I've let go of laziness, overeating, television (for the most part), sleeping in, convenience meals, fast food.

I've let go of anger, low self-esteem, self-hatred.

But no matter how many things I learn to live without or get rid of, there are always more. That's what's both wonderful and horrible about this thing we call life. Things are always changing and, usually, when we are least prepared for them to change.

That list up there is pretty impressive and motivational, eh? But, if you were me...if you had lived through each of those...you'd know how heart-wrenching it was to actually give those things up. It's nice to see it all together and draw inspiration from it. And, don't get me wrong, I am all the happier for it...but it wasn't easy.

Letting go is the hardest thing...sometimes you just have to cry, rage, pout, sulk. However...it is true that time is a great healer.

And so I wait for time to pass...and for pain to let up and healing to come.

Your wonderful support and love has really helped me throughout this whole process of letting go...I really couldn't do this without you guys. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU. For being friends. And for loving a stranger. God bless you.

  
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SNOWYOGA 8/24/2012 8:52PM

    You are a very sweet person and the same goes back to you! emoticon
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JIVANA108 8/24/2012 7:37AM

    Incredible blog.. sounds so simple and yet its not when you're going through it!
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DALEROG 8/22/2012 1:34PM

  I agree with Olivianight.... you don't feel like a stranger at all!
Keep it up! You're also helping all of us keep it up!

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    Time truely is a great healer!
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OLIVIANIGHT 8/22/2012 8:02AM

    It's funny, you don't feel like a stranger at all. emoticon

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LORELLELAURA 8/22/2012 7:37AM

    Always love your blogs xx

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HEALTHY4HIM 8/22/2012 7:10AM

    Beautiful.
You bless me every day!

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TRISTAROSE 8/22/2012 6:25AM

    Great blog .... I've got to learn to let go of some things! Keep up the good work and you will reach your goal!

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123ELAINE456 8/22/2012 4:57AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Thank You for the insightful blog. Love reading it. God Bless
You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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FRESKA 8/22/2012 4:42AM

    sounds like a LOT of life changes in the last year.

Keep your eye on the prize and keep moving forward like you have been..



KEEP ON KEEP'N ON!!!

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GOSPARK45 8/21/2012 11:45PM

    Thank you for another insightful blog. You speak so well. Strange how hard it is to give things up even when we know how bad they are for us. You're doing great. You put into words so much of what we are thinking!

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GOING-STRONG 8/21/2012 11:31PM

    As always, I love reading your blogs. Hugs, Rhonda

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COCK-ROBIN 8/21/2012 10:12PM

    And thank YOU for a wonderful blog!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/21/2012 10:12PM

    And thank YOU for a wonderful blog!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/21/2012 9:59PM

    I have learned also that you not only let go of toxic things, but you put wholesome things in their place. I hope that as you fill your life with healthier things that you become the strong, self-assured woman you are meant to be!

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KALANTHA 8/21/2012 9:20PM

    You are absolutely right about letting go; it can be one of the most painful eperiences in this life. I'm glad you're pulling through. It will make you both stronger and wiser.

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LOVEANGEL79 8/21/2012 9:09PM

    recently i had to learn the lesson of forgive and forget. i had some things that brought up bad memories of last year and things i had forgiven people for but i had not forgotten what happened and how it went wrong.

it's amazing how by not forgetting the past it brings us down and turns our mood sour.

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TMOORE073 8/21/2012 8:55PM

    I am proud of you Leah! Life is hard sometimes isn't it? It's how you are able to deal with it & having good friends & family to help pull you thru it. I am so glad I have met you thru Spark People! We keep each other positive thru our injuries, give each other support thru our everyday life journeys! I always love your stories. Keep up the good work & keep me posted on your foot. Happy swimming & hopefully running soon!



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JENNCABA 8/21/2012 8:45PM

    Thanks to you !! I always look forward to reading your blogs emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 8/21/2012 7:49PM

    We're here for you

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LINDAK25 8/21/2012 7:37PM

    We may not be you, but most of us have lived through at least some, if not all of those things. Do we find comfort holding onto things that make us miserable? Or is it that we fear change so much that we're willing to continue to be unhappy and in pain? I am the Queen of not coping with change well. Letting go may be difficult, but the pain just can't be worse than it was before. Maybe having someone to stand beside you makes it easier to let go. That's why we're all here. It's nice to have someone who has such a beautiful voice, put into words what many of us want to say. Thanks for saying it so well.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/21/2012 7:17PM

    Spark Friends are one of the reasons this whole thing works. We support, inspire, share, and commiserate! I don't think I would keep coming back without them! Hope you have a happy day!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/21/2012 6:48PM

    Thank you!

I guess working on letting go is a lifetime occupation......

You are doing great!


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ANDASI 8/21/2012 6:45PM

    I think as long as you are aware that the emotions and feeling can waver come and go you may feel really positive for a while then waver towards some negative and then come back to more of a middle ground. I think as we start to take care of our health we start learning to rider out all this stuff but it does not have to have an effect in our actions we dont have to react to life with food. At least this is what im learning.

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REGILIEH 8/21/2012 6:12PM

    I thank you! My life is better reading your wonderful blogs!

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JUNEAU2010 8/21/2012 6:09PM

    The picture at the end is a great exclamation point!

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ROSES4ME1 8/21/2012 5:37PM

    It's doggone hard to let go! There are claw marks on everything I let go of before I finally pry my fingers loose. Good to know others struggle with letting go too! Guess it's true: We can all do together what seems impossible alone.
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LANEYTHEGIRL 8/21/2012 5:36PM

    It's the letting go that makes this so hard. It's scary, especially when you are walking away from relationships that have been a support system for you in some way. Shifting directions in life can be lonely at times. But I've learned along the way, you meet new people on the same path as you. Bravo to you for doing this.

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TAMMYINPA 8/21/2012 5:33PM

    Another heartfelt blog today. I hope that the things that are causing you problems are resolved soon. Time heals all pain. It's just not always fun during that time. Just remember, you are a very strong woman. Take everything one day at a time and if need be, one minute at a time.

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GOULDSGRANITE 8/21/2012 5:25PM

    You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
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BTS323 8/21/2012 5:23PM

    I am still working on letting go of the toxic friendship/relationship I had. It's been about a month now since the fallout. I still think about them from time to time but I remember all the positive friendships I have and will make.
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OPTIMIST1948 8/21/2012 5:21PM

    Sometimes time doesnt heal all wounds, but lets them scab over so they dont hurt as much. (Just dont pick!)

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KEIPONY 8/21/2012 5:19PM

    Just what I needed to hear thanks! congrats on all of your accomplishments and the strengthn you have shown through your setbacks and frustrations

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/21/2012 5:14PM

    It's one of the hardest lessons we learn--and have to keep learning over and over. Let go and trust that it really will be okay.

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TORTISE110 8/21/2012 5:14PM

    Such a good blog. From time to time I ask myself...what do I need to let go of today... It always gets me thinking and MOVING.

Thanks for the post.

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KAREN42BOYS 8/21/2012 5:13PM

    Hang in there. You are working your way through the ooky stuff and learning to lean on God in different ways. That's uncomfortable but well worth it.

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KKINNEA 8/21/2012 5:09PM

    I needed this today - thanks.

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TAYGRL 8/21/2012 5:05PM

    In some instances, time is the ONLY healer.

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Changing on a Deeper Level

Monday, August 20, 2012

So, I know I don't usually get all religious on ya, SparkFriends. But, today...it's what's on my mind so I figured I'd share. It's OK if you don't have the same belief system as me...that's what makes our rainbow of friendship so beautiful.

This morning, as I was spending my daily time with the Big Guy, I was reading through a daily devotional that I picked up at Barnes & Noble. It's called "Come Away, My Beloved" by Frances J. Roberts. It's probably the best little devotional book I've ever worked through and today's entry really touched me pretty deeply.

THE ART OF COMMITTAL

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3

O My child, lay your heart in My hand, and let Me heal it. Yes, let me gather up your tears, for they are precious to Me (see Psalm 56:8). You have not been suffering alone, but I Myself have been near you all along the way. My heart has felt all that you have felt. You do not have a high priest who is not able to sympathize with your sufferings, but one who experienced every grief and human emotion common to all people. In the midst of these painful experiences, He did not sin. Therefore, He is one who is able to help you (see Hebrews 2:18).

He is one, who having walked the same path Himself, is able to teach you how, in the midst of these human experiences of hurts, frustrations, loneliness, and heartache, you may rise above the natural self-reproach, depression of spirit, resentment and the like.

It is not easy. Not only is it not easy, but in the natural, in the flesh, it is impossible. But the same grace I promised to the Apostle Paul to help him bear his affliction, this same grace I will give to you (see 2 Corinthians 12:9).

You may bring the whole of your burden to Me. I will help you as the days go by, and as the trials come and go; and as the learning process continues, I will teach you the spiritual secrets of the art of committal.

For in complete and repeated commital lies the key to victories that can be thus more easily won, less painfully achieved, and more quickly gained, so that valleys become less deep and less dark, and more quickly passed through.

"Man is born," it is written, "to trouble, as the sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7). This is true as surely as rain falls and snow is cold. But it is equally true, and gloriously so, that I have promised to deliver you out of all your troubles.

So will you now take the first step in this experience of commital and give Me your heart?

Make it as tangible a transaction as possible, and visualize your own hand laying the physical organ of your heart in My hands. Say to me, "Take this, Loving Master and Wonderful Lord, and do with it as pleases You."

Wow. I can't fully explain the circumstances in my life to which this applies. But I can tell you I've been placing my heart in the wrong hands...and I've known this for quite some time.

Even though I knew in my heart that I was choosing incorrectly, my stubborn will (and my fear of not feeling loved) has kept me from giving up all my vain pursuits at love...which are, in the end, insufficient to fill me and make me feel truly worthy.

So, it was kind of a breakthrough morning for me. A lot of heart change here and I don't want to struggle anymore with these things that hold me back, that make me feel like I'm worth less and that feel great for awhile, but ultimately bring me heartbreak.

This choice to move forward has come with a flood of peace that surpasses understanding...and that's really how I know that it's the right move.

So, today...I am content. And thankful. And looking forward.

  
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FARIS71 8/26/2012 7:00AM

    All I can say is thank you so much for that. He really does have all the answers.

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JMMACKIE 8/21/2012 9:20PM

    Thanks for sharing this! It speaks to a lot of issues I've been going through as well.

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MSTWOMOONS002 8/21/2012 4:06PM

    Hi Leah;
Thank you for sharing such powerful thoughts & words. It helps to remind me that I have given my problems over to the Creator; I have let go of people in my life that have left me however I feel good for awhile then in my human-ness I snatch things back because I don't see changes. That is unfair & unfaithful of me, thank you for giving me the opportunity to try again to get it right.
Have a wonderful day filled with love & peace may your heart be full of love & light.
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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/21/2012 2:45PM

    Those are powerful words. Thank you for sharing them; I could certainly use a reminder myself of the Greater Love that is out there caring for me and making all things possible and endurable for us. I don't know what exactly you've been struggling with in regard to this blog, but I am glad you have found peace. Take care of yourself!

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LINDAKAY228 8/21/2012 11:30AM

    Such a wonderful inspiration to me! Thanks so much for sharing it. I'm so glad that it brought a breakthrough to you and for the peace you are finding. We struggle so hard sometimes when He is waiting to help us if we just let Him. I know I do more often than I would like to.
Have a wonderful day today!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/21/2012 11:22AM

    That is beautiful Leah! God will not disappoint you. May He continue to bless you in ways you cannot imagine!

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NEWMOM20121 8/21/2012 8:53AM

    Thank you for sharing.

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FAERY_FACE 8/21/2012 7:02AM

    emoticon I am so happy that you have peace regarding your decision. May it serve you well! And thank you for sharing this awesome devotional.

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123ELAINE456 8/21/2012 4:23AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Thank You for Sharing This With US. We have an AWESOME GOD!!! And He Is In Control. God watchs over us and keep us safe. We need to listen to him for he knows what is best for us. So lets all of us try to for our own good. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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ANDASI 8/21/2012 2:41AM

    Thank you for sharing this. It is wonderful when we come full circle and get to the peace place. I am glad for you.

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RUNNER12COM 8/20/2012 9:53PM

    This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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JUDSTERF 8/20/2012 9:16PM

    Thank you for sharing. It really hits home. Some times we forget those things in the past that we once knew or realized. Some times it takes others to remind us who is in control and it's not us but Him and Him alone.

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LIFEISPURRFECT 8/20/2012 9:06PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. It sure is scary stepping out of that boat, as the waves are crashing around you. I know, as I'm struggling myself. Thank you again for sharing.

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JUNEAU2010 8/20/2012 8:35PM

    Thanks for sharing! I needed this!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 8/20/2012 7:26PM

    Glad you shared this with everyone...
It is truly powerful and touches many!
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THETROUT 8/20/2012 7:15PM

    May you continue to find peace and contentment in Him.

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KBRADFORD88 8/20/2012 6:31PM

    Wow. Leah. This morning I had this visual in my mind of me with my hands open and giving God the things this week that have been killing me. This same picture was what I pictured when my future husband and I were not together and I had to give him "up". My schedule for this year and all the things I want to accomplish I am holding up with my hands open...Here it is Lord. Here it is.. It's in better hands than mine. emoticon

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ZANNBEE 8/20/2012 4:22PM

    That's awesome. He brings things to the surface so He can skim it off and heal us.

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PEGGYO 8/20/2012 3:58PM

    Amen

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JENNCABA 8/20/2012 3:07PM

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STEADFASTNSEE 8/20/2012 3:05PM

  You aren't "Changing" you are "Becoming" at a deeper level.

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TMOORE073 8/20/2012 2:27PM

    Good for you Leah! You are moving on! I know it is easier said than done. I am proud of you. You deserve to be happy. Keep your chin up & keep up that wonderful swimming girl! We do love our swimming now! Triathalon here we come! Ha ha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VICKYMARIEC 8/20/2012 1:44PM

    I CANNOT even begin to tell you how i think you were meant to blog this just for me. I needed to hear this...thank you!

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GODIVADSG 8/20/2012 1:30PM

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/20/2012 1:20PM

    That happens to be one of my all-time favorite devotional books. It really is about finally putting our hearts in the right hands, isn't it?

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REGILIEH 8/20/2012 1:07PM

    Feeling content is the best feeling! Congratulations!

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TISTEN23 8/20/2012 1:00PM

    Thank you for sharing. Not religious, but I do know HE is there. :)

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MMARTHUR 8/20/2012 12:50PM

    I wish there was an "I LOVED this blog" button. Thank you for sharing. I am tired of struggling too. I am ready to turn it all over to Him and experience that peace. Thank you for sharing!

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SLIMLEAF 8/20/2012 12:47PM

    Thank you for sharing this today. I'm really glad you did.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/20/2012 12:38PM

    Peace be with you today

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OPTIMIST1948 8/20/2012 12:33PM

    The whole point of devotionals, prayers and meditation is to take some time on a daily basis to focus on yourself as a whole person. There's also sayings that God uses more than one medium to reach us.

In the end, you ARE worthy. You ARE loved. And you deserve a world of WONDER.

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I Miss You

Sunday, August 19, 2012

This is Sunday Blog - take 4. I am feeling...agitated...frustrated...ugh. All kinds of things on my mind...budget, busy schedule, no change in weight, worry about returning to running, wanting to be better at work, feeling somewhat guilty about bad parenting choices today, etc etc etc. You know...life.

If there were ever a time where I would just LOVE to go for a long, 7-mile run all on my own, it is right now. I need some sort of outlet and I just don't have it right now. I can do the toughest deep water exercise workout...swim my heart out and I still don't get the same release that I get after a good run.

I've been doing all I can to fill this four weeks with good things...to keep my body in peak physical shape. But, it's the mental and emotional that's getting to me now. Gosh, I'm halfway through...more than halfway. I just need to hang in there a BIT longer. My follow-up appointment with the doc and hopefully the removal of the boot is in just 11 days. I can't afford to lose my focus. I'm already losing precious half marathon training days...I can't let myself go in this last week and a half. That would be so sad.

No...truth be told, I know I'll keep doing what is right. There are just times that I miss running SO much, I can't quite describe it. It's so much more than just exercise or a weight loss tool for me. It's my heart.

Oh August 30th....please hurry!

  
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KIPPER15 8/22/2012 9:49AM

    I have a magnet on my fridge that asks God to give me patience, but hurry up. It pretty well describes me. Hang in there, you are a star. emoticon

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LEB0401 8/21/2012 9:14AM

    What about going for a nice massage? It'll be incredibly beneficial for both your muscles and your mind! I buy all mine from Groupon, the "nearby" section has offeres that you can only use within a short time frame, and they're usually marked way down. It would be a nice way to squeeze in YOU time while you're sidelined a few more weeks.

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SHERYL_B 8/20/2012 9:40PM

    I know the feeling. Although I was only out of commission for less than two weeks I was going stir crazy.

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JUNEAU2010 8/20/2012 8:37PM

    So many of my sparkfriends are injured and can't exercise like they want to. Me? I HATE to exercise and can't seem to get moving at all....

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RUNNER12COM 8/20/2012 12:55PM

    What a great poster to go along with this blog. Yup, we'd run, anyway. Because that's what we do. We run.

And YOU will again. Believe it.

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LINDAKAY228 8/20/2012 11:42AM

    Hang in there. I know it's so hard but we're all here supporting and rooting for you. You can do this. It always seems darkest before the dawn and the dawn will be coming soon. I know you're not going to give up and you'll stay strong. But I also know what it's like to have those thoughts and feelings and it's normal. You're doing great to get through all this!

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 8/20/2012 11:38AM

    i know *EXACTLY* how you feel. I need the brain release from a good run - but I can't and I've been told it might not ever be in my future. I like to spin in place of running, but my knee has been so gosh darn sore lately that just getting out of bed has become a chore again...

hang in there friend. you'll make it!


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SJKENT1 8/20/2012 11:33AM

    One day at a time... one hour... one minute... a second...

Praying for you. Hang on my Spark Sister - this time will end, even if it feels like forever. There will be a wonderful end to all this!!



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JOYCECAIN 8/20/2012 11:03AM

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PATTISTAMPS 8/20/2012 9:49AM

    10 days now... you CAN do that! It is going to be a GREAT feeling to know you have gotten through this and stayed in as good fitness as is possible despite the limitations. You are a FIERCE WARRIOR WOMAN!!! Let's hear that roar!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/20/2012 9:19AM

    Hang in there. I know what you mean about the release after running. I don't even enjoy running itself all that much - it's the feeling AFTER I run that I am addicted to. I can't imagine going for weeks without it! I'm impressed with how well you're handling it. I have to have surgery (outpatient, laparoscopic, but it'll still come with a recovery period of at least a couple weeks, before I can really exercise like I want to and go running again, and I'm all worried about losing my endurance and not keeping in shape and not getting that great runner's high and all that stuff. I will try to keep your excellent example in mind to keep me from worrying too much!

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NDKARIKARI 8/20/2012 8:41AM

    keep your head up, August 30 is in 10 days and thanks to the boot, you will be in a much better position to train, than you may have been if you had just pushed through your pain. You CAN and WILL do this!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/20/2012 8:02AM

    You know, whatever problem you have with one of your children it's usually not hard to make it right. Just wrap them up in a warm, fierce hug and apologize or try to explain things better. Then do something fun with them like bake a batch of cookies or curl up in front of a movie or play a board game or whatever it is that they would enjoy. Most of all they would probably just enjoy spending time with you and knowing that everything was okay again. Running is great and I know you use it as an outlet for your emotions and to clear your head, but just because you go on a good run and you now feel right with the world doesn't mean that your children have an outlet to suddenly feel okay with things as well. Use this time to embrace helping them feel better. It could be therapeutic for you too!

I do hope that this next 10 days goes by quickly for you and that you are able to start training in earnest once the boot comes off. We all need goals and we all need an outlet!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/20/2012 7:46AM

    One day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time or one foot in front of the other. Hang in there!! You're almost done. Do a countdown on your calendar to help you through. emoticon emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 8/20/2012 7:45AM

    Read my blogs.

I was off the treadmill for 6-7 weeks with recovery from foot surgery, it was hard but I found substitutes and did it.

Word of cauthion, do not expect yourself to go back to your usual speed, distance, and intensity the first day the boot is off. Doesn't happen, won't work, you have to progress up to it.

Certain plans, like your running schedule, may indeed have to be modified. Life is like that.




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Just keep taking it one day at a time, one hour at a time, one choice at a time.

We CAN do this!

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123ELAINE456 8/20/2012 5:31AM

  Hang in there. This soon will past. You have a week and one half to go til the boot comes off. You can do it. We are here for you. Keep going and push through this. This is the way to go. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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ANDASI 8/20/2012 1:49AM

    I can understand and apreciate that running is youre outlet and nothing else quite compares and is just not the same. You have done such a great job on compromising and finding ways to manage through this so for sure you know what they say dont give up before the miracle happens because thats what people often tend to do. You are so close you are almost there.

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GOING-STRONG 8/19/2012 11:09PM

    Just remember you are getting in lots of pool time and you will need that for the Triathlon!

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    emoticon You've done great so far and you WILL finish those next 11 days with yhour book on. The worst is behind you. You might have to have some physical therapy before you can begin running but you will run again before too long. Remember, baby steps will get you to where you want to be. I believe in you!! YOU CAN DO IT!!

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YOGAGIRL289 8/19/2012 10:10PM

  I totally understand your love of running. It clears my mind, brings me peace, and makes me a happier, calmer person. I have been so impressed with your creativity and motivation in taking your doctor-ordered running break! Only two more weeks - keep up your great job! You can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 8/19/2012 9:56PM

    you can do it!!

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I feel for ya, keep your chin up and concentrate on what you can do rather than what you can't do. The time will come for you to get back to running.

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KALANTHA 8/19/2012 9:38PM

    You're doing great, Leah. Just hang in a little while longer. I KNOW you can do it!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/19/2012 9:34PM

    Running will be so sweet when you can come back to it. Hold on. The days will pass quickly. Hang in there.

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TMOORE073 8/19/2012 9:33PM

    Bless your heart. I so feel for you Leah. I truely know how you feel. When I was injured with my knee I couldn't run it was terrible! I have been a runner for 30 years its my life & who I truely am! Hang in there honey your almost there! I have been praying for ya along the way. Just think positive. It's almost over & you will be as good as new. Just keep swimming. That still gives you a great workout! That's why I started swimming because of my injury. I now just love it! I swam 5 days last week. Plus I ran the days I swam. There is a Triathalon in 3 weeks at the Outer Banks, NC. It is to soon for me just yet. But friends are trying to talk me in to it. Ha ha. It's a sprint Tri. I am going to keep traing very
hard who knows maybe I will be ready. Stay positive you're almost there Leah! Will still be praying for ya! Your Spark buddie!

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    Hange in there emoticon Think of these periods as tests of your commitment to your self.

Have you done running in the pool - ie sitting on a noodle in the deep-end and running as hard as you can?

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TISTEN23 8/19/2012 9:15PM

    You can do it!!!

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WONDERWOMAN 8/19/2012 9:06PM

    Ah Leah, it is so hard when we lose something we love so much (even for a short time). But I HAVE to tell you this. I will bet we were having simultaneous thoughts; you trying to write the blog and me thinking how much I wish I were like you. I was doing some delayed stretching and rolling after today's run and berating myself for so easily succumbing to the "I can't run, so I give up" attitude. Not stealing your blog and details really don't matter, bottom line, I quit ST, most other activity, and had horrible eating habits over the past several weeks when I wasn't running because of my ankles. My point, don't be so hard on yourself, keep up what you are doing, this too shall pass, and know you ARE an inspiration to so many of us.
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DR8561 8/19/2012 8:59PM

    Feelings are fickle and fleeting. This too will pass. You're doing an amazing job and you WILL get through it. emoticon emoticon

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BTURPEN3721 8/19/2012 8:57PM

    Well, we all have those days, and if you feel like a run...go for a run!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/19/2012 8:57PM

    I wish you the best. And good running! emoticon

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