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When "Personal Best" Becomes "Everyday Normal"

Friday, October 05, 2012

I had another rough start this morning. Alarm sounded and I had about a 5-minute inner battle about whether to go back to sleep or get up and work out, as planned. I reasoned, "I worked out yesterday, so I'm good. I can sleep a bit more today." But then thought, "Yeah, but you felt so awesome after yesterday's workout. Why wouldn't you want that again?"

Somehow, I got up and went. Swimming again. You might as well get used to it...I have planned the next 52 weeks of training and the Prep/Base phase is going to consist almost exclusively of bike/spinning, swim and weight training. No weight bearing for this chick until February.

Got in the pool and, once again, didn't want to do my swim. AGAIN, it took me TWENTY lengths to even want to be there.

But today...today...would be a special day. (The best part about regular workouts is that you never know when these days will come around. It's ALWAYS a surprise when you hit a breakthrough.)

Today, I planned on my typical 30 lengths in 30 minutes. Was right on schedule. As I've mentioned before, my biggest issue is breathing. I frequently stop to rest (usually every two lengths). The most I've ever gone without stopping is 4 lengths.

This morning, I thought to myself, "Leah...just relax and stop tensing up your body. If you think about it, your body feels just fine. There are no rules...you can breathe as much as you want. Who is stopping you? This stopping every 2-4 lengths is 100% mental. You can beat this right now."

At 20 lengths, I had 10 more to go...just 5 full laps. The most continuous laps I've swam is 2. I challenged myself to swim my last 5 laps/10 lengths without stopping. Slow and easy, Leah. Slow and easy. This is a "cool down".

So, I did it.

Yep. But I didn't just do 10 lengths. I still had 3 minutes left after 10 lengths. So I did 4 more lengths. (That's my personal best - 34 lengths - the past two workouts in the pool, I've done 34. My personal best has become everyday normal!)

So, yeah...swam 14 lengths without stopping.

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BLUE42DOWN 10/9/2012 12:51PM

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Love how much of this is mental game!

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    emoticon One of the reasons you carry on; you can do it.

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OPTIMIST1948 10/8/2012 2:24PM

    Just a little bit further every day. So Awesome!

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    So do you believe you are an athlete yet? emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4HIM 10/7/2012 5:06PM

    And the news just keeps getting better! Way to go, girl!

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PATTISTAMPS 10/7/2012 2:16PM

    WOO HOOOOOOOO!!! You ROCK!

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/6/2012 8:49PM

    Hi Leah;
Woo Hoo Good for you I am so proud of how far you've come in such a short time with your swimming. I knew you could do it, Your getting better & stronger every day. Just trust & believe in the strength you building inside of You. I am so happy & proud of you. I wish I could just hug you..... emoticon

Love Prayers & Many Blessings Always Debby
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ON2VICTORY 10/6/2012 5:13PM

    i remember when you first got started, how swimming was an activity to do because it was one of your only options and now look at you.... you will be rockin a tri before you know it.... you got da drive :)

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MLH148 10/6/2012 1:30PM

    Great job! Those olympians make it look so easy to swim but that breathing thing gets in the way. emoticon

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    Awesome job. Keep it up. emoticon

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DEDICATED2HIM 10/6/2012 10:17AM

    Wow! this blog got a lot of comments~! I guess I'll add mine to the mash. Great work....I don't think there is any joy quite like that of challenging yourself and coming out on top. Good work!! emoticon emoticon

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    You rock and you are a REAL inspiration to me... Thank you SO much for sharing!!! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/5/2012 11:31PM

    Great job on breaking your personal best! emoticon

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    That is awesome. Keep up the good work!
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LINDAK25 10/5/2012 9:20PM

    That's fantastic! Now all you have to do is to remember to relax.

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    Great Job

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    Not surprised at all. emoticon

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CHANGELIFE2016 10/5/2012 4:41PM

    i know you said you are going to take a break from running. have you ever thought of walking on incline in intervals?? It can burn calories quite a bit too. i'm at 228 and i burn about 480 calories in an hour walking on incline accordign to my hr monitor. it's in intervals so its' constantly changing speed and incline levels. I have some on a worksheet i got from my gym if your interested. :) I think you are doing awesome and love to read your blogs on your training. emoticon

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JJAQUES41 10/5/2012 4:35PM

    Great job on breath control and swimming non-stop!

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DATMAMA4 10/5/2012 4:05PM

    Wow! I'm impressed. Glad for you!

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GOSPARK45 10/5/2012 3:45PM

    Breakthroughs are so awesome! And so is improving!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/5/2012 3:29PM

    Great! I'm proud of you!

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LOVEMYBODY2012 10/5/2012 2:44PM

    You have hit the nail on the head! When we relax into exercise and stop fighting ourselves we get into that great flow state. Thanks for the inspiration and a great reminder to relax and savor exercise!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/5/2012 2:30PM

    Congratulations on this significant achievement!! Way to go, Leah!! Great blog. Great way to push yourself to greater accomplishment!! -Marsha

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GINGERHAWK 10/5/2012 2:20PM

    Nice - congrats to you on your awesome swim! emoticon

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POINDEXTRA 10/5/2012 2:18PM

    Hooray!

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NEWSGIRL2177 10/5/2012 2:10PM

    Man, I love swimming! That's awesome!

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    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh congratulations!!!!!! emoticon

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DJSHIP46 10/5/2012 1:17PM

    You are AWESOME!!! Congrats:)

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MS0669 10/5/2012 1:13PM

    WhooHoo what an awesome job - 14 lenghts is something to be very proud of !!

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VICKYMARIEC 10/5/2012 1:11PM

    GREAT job girl!

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AMANDAROX 10/5/2012 1:09PM

    Wow, this is very encouraging to hear!! I will starting swim training in January to give myself 6 months to train for next year's triathlons. I hope I have the same success you do....persistence is key! Congrats on your PR!!

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KAY-SUPREME 10/5/2012 1:05PM

    AWESOME. I need to find a pool. I miss swimming.

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HOLLYM48 10/5/2012 1:03PM

    Great job! Way to talk yourself into keep going. I do that all the time and it really works. Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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    Great job!!

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Fight Your Urge to Quit

Thursday, October 04, 2012

OK, we've ALL seen this motivational poster...



Admit it...the first time you saw it, you were all, "TOTALLY TRUE!!!! I LOVE THAT SO MUCH!"

Then you saw it a few hundred more times...to the point where you no longer get excited when you see it and you probably just vomited in your mouth a little when you saw it here on my blog. Be honest. Hey...I feel the same way about all motivational quotes that seem to make the rounds over and over.

But sometimes seasons come where you can see things in a fresh light. I've made no efforts to hide the fact in the past that I struggle with depression. It's a lovely little ailment that my Mum was kind enough to pass down to me when I was just a wee little lass (i.e. official medical term is "dysthymia").

Anyway, I've been in a bit of a slump since my race last week. As for diet, I have been in a slump since before the race. My food choices have just been awful since last Friday.

Because the 10k was so hard on my left knee, I have not attempted any workouts this week either. When you add up a horrible diet and no workouts and the low level depression that I normally feel at all times, it's kind of a recipe for emotional disaster. It seems crazy even to me that a slump of just 4 days can have such a profound impact on a person, but here is where depression is a tricky little son of a gun.

Guys, I literally had this thought yesterday: "Maybe this IS all just a phase. Maybe I should just give up. I don't feel like doing anything. I've lost my momentum and maybe I should just run this half and be done for good."

EXCUSE ME????? WHAT?????!!!!!

Luckily, I also have an inner Jillian Michaels, who immediately flared up and gave me quite a talking to - complete with bleeped out words. I'll spare you the actual dialogue because I'm sure you can imagine. It was somewhat more animated than this, but held the same basic message:



So, what do you do when you hit a slump and you don't have the DESIRE to change?

1. Get your workout stuff ready. Pack the gym bag and put it by your stuff and put your workout clothes right next to your bed.

2. Set your stupid alarm clock way earlier than you want to set it.

3. When the alarm clock goes off, get your ass out of bed and get dressed. Walk out the door.

4. Drive to your exercise destination. Even if, like me this morning, you are complaining and upset the entire way.

5. Get in the stupid pool (tailored to my particular workout this morning). Forget about HOW MUCH you DO NOT want to do this.

6. Start swimming.

7. Keep swimming. Might as well...you're already in there...and it's only 30 minutes. (FYI...it took me 20 lengths to actually feel like being in the pool was maybe a good choice for this morning...TWENTY!)

8. Do it for half an hour. Stop bitching.

That's it, folks.

And here is where the miracle is delivered. The change in my heart, mind and emotions was absolutely astounding this morning. I felt amazing physically and like I was given a fresh start with my diet. More than that, I actually WANTED healthy food after that workout! The two really go go hand in hand.

I immediately thought of the poster that had annoyed me so many times and realized the truth of those words. It is only after a slump so deep and dark that I can appreciate those words and truly understand them.

Last night, I fell asleep thinking to myself, "Someone needs to save me and pull me out of this." Well, guess what...I didn't need anyone to do it for me. I just needed to make a decision to get out there and do what I know is right. And it changed everything.

  
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VIRGO_QUEEN 10/13/2012 7:50PM

    great blog!!! everyone has those moments!

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MALA77 10/10/2012 8:36PM

    way to get yourself outta the rut!!! It's hard as heck sometimes but it is possible. Thanks for sharing this!!

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GALINAZ 10/9/2012 11:29PM

    thank you, I think I can again.

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JOYFULROAD 10/9/2012 10:44PM

  Reading this it strikes me that I have 'babied myself' for far too long! Time to kick butt!

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KARAMAC2012 10/9/2012 5:52PM

    Thank you so much for this post - love the idea of having an inner Jillian Michaels! emoticon

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FANTABULASH 10/9/2012 3:40PM

    YES! You are just what the doctor ordered for me! I was looking for an inspirational blog and YOU ARE IT! I am back after a 2 year "throwing my hands up and eating everything in sight" hiatus! Thanks for the pep talk you unknowingly gave me!

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URGETTINTHIN 10/9/2012 3:05PM

    I needed to hear this especially since it's cold now and my comforter feels so good in the mornings.I'm rearranging my work out schedule to the eves instead of morns until I get pass this wonderful change in the weather.

Thanks!

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SLIMLEAF 10/9/2012 12:33PM

    Leah, you are a Star! I thought of you this morning as I failed to get out of the house and to the gym before work. I thought "Leah would have done it - she wouldn't have made excuses."

So, as much as I don't want to, I'm going to go to the gym this evening and do half an hour of strength training. Just 30 minutes, but that's a whole lot better than 0 minutes!

Thanks for being an inspiration and encouragement.

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BAROSS 10/9/2012 11:49AM

    Thank you a very helpful post.

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REBECCA180 10/9/2012 11:38AM

    Excellent advice, just what I've needed to hear. It's what I've been telling myself, but to hear that someone else is going through the same, (and coming out the other side with flying colours) is very reassuring. Thank you.

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MASTERPIECE8 10/9/2012 10:33AM

    Excellent!

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KATHIC2 10/9/2012 7:46AM

  So very true! Love your blog!

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LUKENEMISAUNT 10/9/2012 5:50AM

  Loved your blog!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/8/2012 8:42PM

    Thanks for the kick in the ass! I need it!

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    Fabulous, fabulous blog!! emoticon

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  Thanks for sharing. Loved your blog.

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KLWALDON 10/8/2012 3:27PM

    So inspiring! I am feeling exactly as you described and I needed to hear exactly what you listed - the steps to take! I am proud of you for taking that step and getting going again. Now for me to do the same with my workout for this afternoon that I have been dreading all day. Here's to you! Congratulations!

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BMCKEOW1 10/8/2012 1:22PM

    I know that feeling. I have to remember that once I start I'll finish and I'll be so happy and proud of myself. I just have to get over that stupid hump of starting in the first place right now.

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KAREN91 10/8/2012 10:33AM

    I didnt exercise yesterday but I made myself do it today! You are right if you make yourself do it anyway youll be glad you did and you will feel better! emoticon

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MAMA_CD 10/8/2012 8:56AM

    You're blog put a smile on my face, I could relate. True, True! emoticon

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LEESHERRY 10/8/2012 8:33AM

  I too suffer from depression and have to take medication everyday. Thanks, I'm telling myself right now "Do It, Get up and get going" I'll be saying every step "You can do this even though you don't want to." Thanks again and hope you have some happy thoughts today and keep up the good work. "Because we can do it!" Even though we get in slumps we can talk ourselves into doing anything. emoticon emoticon

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HHOLT6 10/8/2012 7:26AM

    thank you! you are very right. I like the way you phrased it better than the nicey nicey blogs here. I have to get my ass up and stop my inner complainer from winning. emoticon

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THEIS58 10/8/2012 5:22AM

    Sums it up perfectly.

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    emoticon Thank you

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DRAMAJLN 10/7/2012 10:20PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. I have also make myself do workouts even when I start them in a bad mood and with a lot of negative self-talk about all the reasons I should skip it this time, especially when I am going running and I think it's too cold or hot. Yet the irony is that those are the days that I set new records for time or distance. Sometimes it seems like I do my best workouts when I start off in a bad mood. And almost always I am feeling good when I'm done. Sometimes it takes longer than other times to make the shift, but I at least feel good that I put in the effort when I'm done. Keep up the good work!

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4RASCALS 10/7/2012 6:21PM

    Thank you, just what I needed today

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DLYNN46 10/7/2012 1:17PM

    For the record, until today, I've never seen the quote in pink and I love it! It is true and I love your story, thanks for sharing it. There have been countless times I've felt the same way. Now I will remember your post the next time I start the self-whining about working out, LOL! emoticon

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NESARIAN 10/7/2012 12:55PM

    Geez, you spoke for me today also! I'll keep your wisdom in mind and get out there RIGHT NOW!

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ANNSKA 10/7/2012 8:53AM

    Really inspiring and helpful thanks

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SLFGOLF 10/7/2012 1:03AM

    Great post. You can do it!

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JO28352 10/6/2012 11:09PM

    Thanks for the motivation. Tomorrow morning, it's an early morning workout for me! emoticon

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SHIRE33 10/6/2012 11:04PM

    Thanks for this, Leah. I just blogged about something along similar lines. Maybe it's just the season. Lots of stress lately. Though I do believe you are right about this being a phase that does pass. At 50, one thing I've learned is that I get down periods, and that they do pass. I don't suffer from actual depression, but I get the moody blues periodically. They became easier to handle once I lived long enough to see them come AND go for enough years. And you're right about another thing -- fake it till ya make it. It does work. : )



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LOLAJO54 10/6/2012 10:59PM

    as always a good lesson for us all

great motivation great inspiration!

thank you

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SONITA34 10/6/2012 10:30PM

    you have put e new perspective as to how i have to handle my weekends

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PEGLEGPRINCESS 10/6/2012 9:34PM

    That's amazing! I completely relate to this! I literally just went through the exact same 'episode' to the point where I cried myself to sleep feeling utterly hopeless. I got sick and felt absolutely horrible for two weeks and still went to work completely miserable physically and mentally. I picked myself up and worked out for the first time in two weeks before work and felt absolutely liberated! It was an amazing day. What an incredible journey we are on. Nothing can stop us. NOTHING I SAY! emoticon

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/6/2012 9:09PM

    i like the quote it can always be worse

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LJOYCE55 10/6/2012 8:53PM

  I love that you said it took you twenty minutes of swimming before you truly felt good about it. I am sure this has happened to most of us. Thank you for letting me know this is normal.

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OKLAMEG1 10/6/2012 8:17PM

  Great post! Thank you for being so open with your experiences. I feel you and know exactly what you are saying. I think we all go thru these downers or "lack of motivation" at one time or another for various reasons. Your blog will stick in my mind whenever I feel like quiting.

Appreciate everyone's comments as well. Thank you, everyone.

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A Blog of No Substance (w/Pics!)

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Today is quite a day. I have so many emotions and strong words floating through my brain. Some bad news from my aunt's oncologist, plus a gray nastiness outside my window and, well...I don't trust myself to put words on a screen that will then be blasted to the masses. Knowing my luck, my blog would make the SparkMail and then I'd just have a LOT to answer for.

So, right now...I am zipping my lip. Here are some motivational pics that explain where I'm at (which is ALL OVER THE PLACE).

Oh, I guess since I'm posting motivational pics, I probably WILL make the SparkMail since that appears to be all it takes anymore these days. Doh! My bad...let one slide. WHOOPS.











Le Sigh.

  
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MITZEN21 10/10/2012 1:55PM

    Thank you so much for your honesty. You really have a way with words. I'm going to subscribe to your blog. emoticon

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    Hugs & support my friend!

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EBURGITE 10/3/2012 10:33PM

    hope tomorrow is a more uplifting day for you.

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LINDAK25 10/3/2012 10:05PM

    Your day sounds a bit like mine, but worse. I am so sorry! I've been weepy on and off all day because my best friend is going through chemo for the third time right now. It's not helping. In the future will they look back and see us as barbarians for the way we treat cancer patients? Will there be a cure for all the different types of cancer?

So the poster that says: Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option--well, it really spoke to me. I've done that. I can't decide whether to feel hurt and ashamed of myself or angry at them and glad they're gone from my life. Apparently, I've opted for them all, which is such a waste of time! How to you learn not to do that?

Tomorrow is another day. May the fairy of positive thoughts honor us with a visit!

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HEALTHY4ME 10/3/2012 8:53PM

    HUgs and I would love to double tap that cancer one. My mum passed 3 years ago this past june 1st of lung cancer. Sad as it eventually went to her brain and was just sad similar to alz.
HUGS and hope you have a better day tomorrow.

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JUNEAU2010 10/3/2012 8:00PM

    emoticon Damn C! My heart is with you - that disease has taken too many lives....

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/3/2012 6:28PM

    So, prayers lifted on your behalf. Don't even need to know what for. Just because.

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NILLAPEPSI 10/3/2012 6:24PM

    I have two words for you: "Cancer sucks!!" emoticon emoticon

I'll be praying for your family.

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    Aw, hon...I'm so sorry.
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PATTISTAMPS 10/3/2012 4:06PM

    I hear you... keep on doin' what you need to do...

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    Le Mew...

Without reading it, I knew it was a winner!
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Can't wait to wake up tomorrow and see if you won!



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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 10/3/2012 2:46PM

    Sorry to hear bout your Aunt and many hugs to you! Will keep you all in my thoughts!

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ON2VICTORY 10/3/2012 2:24PM

    oh man... my heart goes out to you Leah... be strong..Please? I know you will...

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POINDEXTRA 10/3/2012 1:53PM

    HUGS to you!

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LINDAKAY228 10/3/2012 1:47PM

    I'm sorry for the situation with your aunt and her health issues. Sending you hugs. Love the quotes.

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 10/3/2012 1:26PM

    I'm sorry for everything that is going through with your aunt. My thoughts are with you.

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/3/2012 1:25PM

    Sorry you're having a rough day, I definitely know how you feel. I've been in the dumps for days and it's so hard to know how much to put out there. You don't want to be a total attention-seeker all "woe is me" all the time, but at the same time, it feels like there's nothing else to say except doom and gloom. I went for a run last night and today I'm feeling better, I hope your exercise of choice can help you too!!

I'm sorry to hear about your aunt also, cancer seems so pervasive these days. I hope the news gets better soon!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 10/3/2012 1:13PM

    I hope you are feeling better tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation. I do wish there was no such thing as cancer. My mother fought Paget's disease of the breast five years ago and thankfully it is still in remission now, but the whole experience "aged" her. And all those commercials about childhood cancer break my heart. Hugs!

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DJSHIP46 10/3/2012 1:08PM

    Sorry for your bad news... will remember you and your aunt in my prayers. And in case your not tired of hearing it, I really love reading your blogs, so take a break but do please come back when you're ready emoticon emoticon

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CLUMBOY 10/3/2012 12:40PM

    hope things improve. all the best to you on this "down" day.

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SPARKL3 10/3/2012 12:40PM

    I will keep you, your aunt, and the rest of your family in my prayers. emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 10/3/2012 12:29PM

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COCK-ROBIN 10/3/2012 12:20PM

    I also hope things get better for you. emoticon

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ISABELLE31 10/3/2012 12:18PM

    I'm sorry you're having a rough day. Here's hoping today gets better and tomorrow is even better than that! :)

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WONDERFUL2BME 10/3/2012 12:06PM

    So sorry about the news. You are right about the pics thing but these are voted on by members, so what can you say? Some of them do have real substance as well. Take Care.

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LYNSEY723 10/3/2012 11:59AM

    I hope things get better for you! emoticon

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Did You See This News Story on Bullying?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Just caught this clip on Facebook...looks like it's making the rounds. But if you haven't seen it yet...I thought it was just perfect for SparkPeople.

What a strong woman. We can all learn from this beautiful lady!

www.blogher.com/national-bullying-mo
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MOMMACASSEY 1/4/2013 2:25PM

    Aw, I wanted to see it but the link sent me to an Error 404. Is there an alternative way to get to it?

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SUPERSYLPH 12/29/2012 9:31AM

    That was an absolutely beautiful news story.

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FRABBIT 12/16/2012 10:41AM

  Thanks for sharing!

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WHERERMY62KEYS 10/16/2012 4:51AM

  what goes around comes around.

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GOOSIEMOON 10/15/2012 11:35AM

    emoticon if we all learn and work together.

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DUTCH1811 10/14/2012 11:51PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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HYATTI1 10/11/2012 8:32PM

    Thanks for the link I will take a look when I gat a chance.

Joanna

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52114ME 10/11/2012 4:21PM

    Thanks for sharing the link.
She handled it really well.
It is a bummer that bullies get away with such awful things.

Enjoy your day.

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CINDYBEL 10/10/2012 10:09AM

    It's obvious she was hired for her talent and brains, not because she looks like a model. I don't think she looks obese, overweight maybe, but we all know the camera adds inches.
I like the fact that she turned the criticism into a constructive commentary about bullying.
And yes, she is beautiful.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/9/2012 9:26AM

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WALKINGCHICK 10/7/2012 12:27PM

    We really are a superficial society, and for those of us who don;t conform because we can't, it is very difficult. I'm 6ft 2, and about to lose all my hair, and whilst I believe that I can contribute meaningfully to society, I'm already dealing with people who think I'm 'weird'.
Brave lady!

Thanks for sharing this info, I hadn't seen it, and it is inspiring to read such stories!
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FATHINSN 10/6/2012 12:02AM

    I don't think the lady is obese - overweight, yes - and she looks cheery and strong and looking good so I don't think she's hurting herself and set bad example.

Besides, whoever wrote the email, most probably doesn't know well of her - she probably looks like no different physically after years of in the show but behind the scene, she's probably living in healthy, fit lifestyle :D Overweight doesn't mean you're not healthy!

Anyhow, applaud to her for responding the email in positive way instead of throwing fit and leash out mad, crazy words!

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REENIE131 10/5/2012 10:34PM

    I kind of wish there were a way to see the person that wrote the email. I'm guessing they must be absolutely perfect if they feel they have the right to point out another person's perceived faults.

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BANDMOM2012 10/5/2012 11:10AM

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REGSHAR 10/5/2012 10:34AM

    WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL, CREATED FROM A GOD WHO LOVES EACH AND EVERYONE. THIS IS WHY WE ARE UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL ESPECIALLY IN HIS EYES!!!
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CLEO27 10/5/2012 8:30AM

  No one should judge a book by it's cover. If you are comfortable in your own skin who's business is it?

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LEANMEAN2 10/5/2012 7:33AM

    Thanks for sharing

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HEATHER3477 10/5/2012 7:21AM

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CAM2438 10/5/2012 6:54AM

    Thank-you for sharing such a great story! emoticon

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LOVEMYBODY2012 10/4/2012 11:55PM

    She rocked it! And I loved how she found the strength when she thought about her daughters. And I loved that her husband was the first to step up for her.

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FAERY_PRINCESS 10/4/2012 11:11PM

  She's right. It's so easy to dash off comments on the internet which people would never say face to face. Unfortunately, these comments have a much wider audience than the face to face ones. As the mother of a middle school child, I dread the day when he comes to me to tell me what horrible thing is circulating about him. (Notice I said "when" not "if" - things are brutal out there and MOST children are the target negative comments that go public these days). Best thing we can do is give our kids the kind of resiliance that this lady has.

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GLMOM2 10/4/2012 8:40PM

    emoticon Jennifer on her speaking up on this issue!

She is one strong lady to be able to do that as calmly as she did on live television. She is amazing!

Thanks for sharing this with SparkWorld.

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LTURSS 10/4/2012 7:28PM

    emoticon I'm glad that she spoke up! I'm also so glad that she did it so graciously and used it as a teachable moment for all those people out there who are bullied and put down because of their weight, race, acne, etc. What an awesome story!

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LADYBUG546 10/4/2012 5:30PM

    She is inspirational along with her husband who took as stance for her as well. It also shows great admiration as an adult to speak out when bullied showing our youth how to speak out as well.

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ALEX3440 10/4/2012 4:31PM

    I wonder if there isn't a trend fast developing.....for those being bullied to no longer remain silent but to become very forthcoming and thereby garner support that they otherwise would have never had
I sure hope so........I believe the decent people in society will show their support and hopefully, we still, outnumber the bullies

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GYPSYJEWEL 10/4/2012 3:34PM

    what a wonderful woman!! emoticon

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ANNE1123 10/4/2012 1:25PM

    Great post, thank you!!

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ESME25 10/4/2012 12:28PM

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SBRAN833 10/4/2012 11:53AM

    I actually live about 25 mins away from where the news station is, and this just makes everyone so proud that while she only meant it to go locally to the dinner table conversation it is now a HUGE impact on society! She is truly an inspiration with such an powerful message to the world and I love seeing her on the news every night!!

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LOSING30TOWIN 10/4/2012 11:00AM

    So if she was thin the guy that wrote would say what a great role model she is. He would assume she eats right and exercises. The truth could of been that she is addicted to pain pills or has to sniff cocaine before she goes on the air or only eats junk food but is naturally thin.

I think she is a woman to be envied. She has a wonderful husband who she gets to work with and they both have lucrative jobs as anchors. He is loving and supportive of her and they have three healthy daughters. Ya, it sure looks like being overweight gave her a miserable life. (saying sarcastically)

A good or bad role model should be what's on the inside and not what's on the outside. I'm sure this man who is quick to criticize has an issue or two himself. We all do being human.




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LIFE-FAITH 10/4/2012 10:37AM

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ILIKETOZUMBA 10/4/2012 9:44AM

    I saw that video on CNN.com! Thought it was AWESOME. Although CNN didn't provide any additional backstory or commentary, so I didn't get the full details until I clicked on your link and then went to the woman's husband's facebook page. Did you see the interview the local station did with her after she made all this national news? It's a great interview....until they read the original d-bag's response to all of this attention where he takes the opportunity to say again that he hopes she will set a good example and lose the weight. Sigh. Way to miss the point, dude.

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AML05030 10/4/2012 9:43AM

    I grew up as the internet grew up-- I am glad my generation didn't use it's vastly accessible abilities to bully me. It's something I wonder about with my own kids; what will be the new FB or myspace when they grow up? Will they use it to hurt or harm others?

Hopefully, bullying will no longer be a problem by that time.

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THOMS1 10/4/2012 9:41AM

    emoticon for sharing.

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ANJELIA1968 10/4/2012 9:39AM

    Thanks for sharing this. I had heard a little about this story on yesterday's news but had not read the full details. I love how her husband is standing up for her too! Just proves that we aren't alone in this world, and people do still care about doing the right thing!
I do think that we sometimes take "bullying" to the extreme, and we do need to teach our children that it is a cruel reality in this life. The fact of the matter is that there are jerks in the world who enjoy hurting others and exploiting whatever weaknesses they can find. Those people are wrong, but we have to exist with them around. I think it's just as important to teach our children to stand up for themselves against the bullies, and to not let these cruel words shape their self-images. I consider Jennifer's story an even greater contribution in that respect!

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MARGARITTM 10/4/2012 9:21AM

    Good for her to stick up for herself.

Sadly we are a superficial society. .... and are judged on our looks.



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WILSON1926 10/4/2012 9:20AM

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JLEMUS1 10/4/2012 9:18AM

    I saw it too, it's a shame people resort to this type of communication.

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LEFTSOX 10/4/2012 8:56AM

    I honestly don't think the person who wrote it had bullying in mind - yes it was a stupid and mean thing to say. I don't consider this bullying I consider this down right rude which is a huge problem in our country right now. People are just becoming really rude.

That old sayings of "If you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all" Or how about "do onto others as you would have them do on to you" (sorry if the wording is off! LOL) these seam to be missing in alot of the people I have talked to recently.

I think we need a National Rudeness Awareness Month!

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NEWMOM20121 10/4/2012 8:35AM

    Well said.

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MICHELLE_H0501 10/4/2012 7:57AM

  How very graceful in how she responded to that letter. Although I doubt that the person who wrote it will learn anything from it however; the many people that go through life being bullied just might finally realize there own self worth.

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AJB121299 10/4/2012 7:43AM

    nice

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LUKENEMISAUNT 10/4/2012 7:33AM

  Great!

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MARTINGAVINSMOM 10/4/2012 7:03AM

    How hard was that for her to stand there and admit that she knows she overweight? I give her so much credit for addressing that on live t.v. I don't know if I could have done that. She is a beautiful woman and I really admire her for what she did!

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ARCHERGIRL44 10/4/2012 6:58AM

    Loved what she said. It's silly to think that a heavier person is less competent at news reporting, and she makes a great point, that she knows she is fat. It's no new revelation. I always think that myself, I know I am fat, do I need someone to tell me? No. Great post. emoticon

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NIKO27 10/4/2012 6:18AM

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DRB13_1 10/4/2012 5:38AM

    I saw it on FB too - so well said!

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IFEOMA4 10/4/2012 2:16AM

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ROCKETGIRL229 10/4/2012 2:10AM

    Love people for who they are!!!! ..... I just loved watching Jennifer respond back so intellectual and and mature to an obtuse and simple-minded person. emoticon

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Thoughts On Training & Transformation

Monday, October 01, 2012

For the past two days, I've been working late into the night on my Training Goals and Plan for the entire coming year. I figure, once I finish this half marathon, I'll take two weeks of complete rest for recovery. But then, November 1st is a great time to begin serious training and weight loss for the coming race season, which, for me, will begin in March 2013.

I've been following a very detailed process in setting up this training plan and I found it in "The Triathlete's Training Bible". There is SO much that goes into this that I never thought of, you guys! But I love that it walks you step by step through each week of the year and helps you assign total hours to each week for workouts. It practically sets it up so you CAN'T overtrain. I really needed that kind of help and those kind of limits.

The first thing I had to do was decide on my races for next year. Only then could I determine how my training should be focused and should ebb and flow throughout the year. So, I chose 10 races (two 5ks, a 10k, two half marathons, a full marathon, two 1-hour indoor triathlons and one sprint triathlon) - spaced out enough, of course, so I could avoid fatigue. If you really are desperate to know which races, I've posted them on my SparkPage.

It seems insane to plan this far in advance...but, if you think about how you need a certain number of weeks to build strength, endurance and speed before any given race, then recovery time as well and then you think that there are a total of 52 weeks in the year...and I've chosen 10 races that are pretty much packed into a 9-month time frame....you start to understand how short a year actually is!

I figured, while I'm at it (and while some of the races I just did are fresh in my mind), I should probably put together a budget too. If I know how much I need, I can just set aside a large chunk of my tax refund and have it be a race fund. No more scrounging for hotel money at the last second, you know?

I included every expense I could possibly think of in this budget (all race registration fees, any travel costs like gas and hotels, food for away races, extra spending at expos, 3 months of unlimited spinning in the winter Prep and Base Training phases, and a joint supplement that a personal trainer friend of mine has been begging me to try - she swears it will heal my tendinitis). All this...and I need to purchase a proper road bike for my triathlons. I am certain the bike I have now does not correctly fit me. Plus, it's a men's bike. Haha. Obviously, that's a big chunk of my budget (about $1500) and it's just a one time purchase. But...my grand total estimate came out to.....

DRUM ROLL

$5700 - for an entire year of racing and training

This is all individual costs and does not take into account any race coupons, roommates in hotel rooms at away races, etc. Also, I travel for my job twice a year and I rack up some pretty nice air and hotel reward points...so I'm certain that will alleviate some of these costs.

So, leaving out the bike...let's go with an estimate of $4,000. Isn't that an UNGODLY amount for a hobby?

Well...let's change tracks for a second. My good buddy, Michelle, bought me the cutest shirt for my birthday. I tried it on and put on my "skinny" jeans and happened to walk by the mirror this morning. I thought, "Hey, this makes me look nice." But then I did a little search through some old photos and I was literally floored at the difference between then and now.

My running buddy and I have talked about how our bodies are changing and, even if we don't believe it or see it ourselves, they are shrinking. I have had SO many comments lately and do you know what I think to myself while I thank the person who is gushing over my transformation???? "It's just the outfit that is an illusion. I still look the same. This person knows I've been working out so they are just saying that to try to make me feel good. I don't look that different."

And it's not even just with other people. My own mind refuses to move forward and acknowledge my size reality. I still get confused and feel like I need to order a 2XL shirt because the XL won't fit me. I have been wearing XL for quite some time now and have not worn a 2XL in months....but I can't seem to let go of that idea that I'll never lose weight.

But when I saw this photo...finally, guys....finally, I believe that I am changing.



That girl on the left was shrinking from that camera. And look how she was hiding herself under baggy clothes. The one on the right has nowhere to hide the flab. There can't be any trick lighting when the shirt is that tight. And I'll tell you something...my ass looked pretty awesome today too...but I couldn't get a good pic for ya. Sorry. The girl on the right is kinda sassy, isn't she? She is beginning to believe that she *might* be desirable and that people might actually look at her twice, rather than completely ignoring her.

How much is that woman on the right worth in dollars? How much would the woman on the left spend on diabetes or heart disease in a few short years if she didn't shape up and get with the program? How many years of life would she miss and what is the financial value of seeing her grandkids grow up? Can you put a price on her confidence and comfort in her own skin?

Is she worth $4,000/year and a whole hell of a lot of hard physical work in the gym and out on the trails?

Are you?

  
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 10/3/2012 6:15AM

    Your transformation is amazing and yes, if you have the cash I believe that this is the very best way that you could spend it. Hopefully everything will end up being cheaper in the end, but it is good to overshoot your costs and then be pleasantly surprised when they are lower. YOU ARE WORTH IT! KEEP PUSHING!

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ISABELLE31 10/2/2012 11:07PM

    Such an awesome before-and-during shot! You're definitely making great progress!

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DR8561 10/2/2012 9:35PM

    You are absolutely worth it! emoticon

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KIPPER15 10/2/2012 9:23PM

    You are so worth it. You look fantastic. I love the sassy attitude. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/2/2012 6:37PM

    the changes in you . . . PRICELESS!

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CALICOANNEFLINT 10/2/2012 3:52PM

    You are so inspiring! You look great and it's (you) are definitely worth it!

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ROSES4ME1 10/2/2012 3:16PM

    I have friends who are amazed that I pay for gym membership and even pay for a persona;l trainer weekly. But they think nothing of the cost of their medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. and surgeries for knee, hip and back problems. Consider the money you spend taking care of yourself a long-term investment in good health that will pay HUGE benefits to you and everyone you love. It is not a hobby - its healthcare!!



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AMARILYNH 10/2/2012 2:08PM

    OMG I loved your blog!!! YES you are worth it - and YES you are banking the future benefits in good health!! You look (and I'm sure FEEL!) awesome!! It would be insane NOT to plan ahead for those races - plus it gives you that much more time to look forward to them!! This is a blog for which a 'like' button isn't enough - we need a LOVE button!! emoticon

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PEGGYO 10/2/2012 1:33PM

    only you know for sure if it's worth it.

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GOULDSGRANITE 10/2/2012 1:04PM

    You're coming on strong girl!!!! Keep it up!! Fail to plan is a plan to fail! You are a winner, Leah. Really, at worst case scenario, that is under $20 a day. We are so worth it!

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GUITARWOMAN 10/2/2012 12:56PM

    What an interesting blog!

You are correct, you do look fit and firm.....

About the dollars....I think we women tend to put ourselves at the bottom of the heap when it comes to caring for ourselves......not good.

As long as there are enough resources to meet needs of family members and necessities such as food ans shelter, then you go for it girl, and spend $!

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LYNSEY723 10/2/2012 11:44AM

    Awesome blog - thank you for this!!!

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NEWSGIRL2177 10/2/2012 11:35AM

    Investing in yourself -- your goals, your spirit, your health -- is such a great message.
And you look awesome, chickadee!

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RICHILA 10/2/2012 11:23AM

    That glow of confidence is worth everything!
Spark On! You Got This! emoticon

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/2/2012 10:45AM

    Hi Leah;
WOW girlfriend you are looking Good all Your hard work & effort is changing you. You keep going strong, You are worth every penny you spend on getting healthy. Spending the money you say for a hobby is better than giving it to health conditions you don't want or need. I'm so proud of you and all the changes you've made in your life. emoticon emoticon

Many Blessings Debby

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PATTISTAMPS 10/2/2012 9:49AM

    WOW!!! You look FAB-ulous!!! Amazing what a "few" little runs, swims, biking, and strength training can do... LOL... I know you have worked hard for this, and you deserve emoticon for all that work. Yes, you are worth it. You were ALWAYS worth it!

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NILLAPEPSI 10/2/2012 8:43AM

    Wow!! You look great!!! And yes, you are worth it!! If you love your exercise program, then it's more than just a hobby.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 10/2/2012 8:33AM

    Way to go! You look so happy and confident!

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EBURGITE 10/2/2012 8:13AM

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GRUMBLEGIRL 10/2/2012 7:37AM

    Great commentary. You are investing in yourself. One makes an investment for a long- term payoff and that's exactly what you are doing. The benefits in this case far outweigh the costs, in ways that can't even be measured as you have noted above. Happy training!

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TAMMYINPA 10/2/2012 7:20AM

    emoticon As always, thanks for me making me think about "me" and want I and need in this part of my life.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/2/2012 6:42AM

    You have changed, and you look wonderful!

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TORTISE110 10/2/2012 5:54AM

    Just believe! You are awesome. Great photo and yes, worth the investment! Just think, you could have sat and eaten that money! Egads. Instead you used your resources to get healthy. emoticon

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REGILIEH 10/2/2012 5:49AM

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/2/2012 12:29AM

    You ARE worth it. You're right--you can't put a price on that kind of confidence, transformation and sassiness! Work it!

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BUBBLEJ1 10/2/2012 12:17AM

    It all adds up, but when you think of all the money you would spend on fast food and medical bills (with a different lifestyle)... I still think healthy living is cheaper!

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KRYSTALLA 10/2/2012 12:09AM

    Great blog, you are worth it. Your health and happiness are worth it.


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GOING-STRONG 10/2/2012 12:01AM

    Sometimes it is very difficult to think that we are WORTHY and we think that our time, money and energy should be spent on others. WRONG! We are worthy and are entitled to live a healthy and happy life. Yes, $4,000 sounds like a lot but you will definitely get your money's worth... go for it!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 10/1/2012 11:20PM

    Oh yeah! I feel the same way about the 2XL shirts and now I'm in an adult LARGE with room to spare! It's really hard for my brain to compute. When I catch myself in a mirror, though, I see it. I still don't BELIEVE it, but I see it. Those are GREAT pictures of you! Rock on!

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JMARIES51 10/1/2012 11:20PM

    This is truly one of your best blogs that I have read. Your energy is totally different. You are seeing your value and not just in a dollar amount. You are seeing your value in a healthy happy person. There is no amount of money that can buy or pay for the feelings you were expressing. emoticon emoticon

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/1/2012 11:08PM

    I'd bid on you in that auction!
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COLETTEISGREAT 10/1/2012 11:02PM

    Awesome job!!! Is it worth $4000 to love yourself? You bet it is!!

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-VIXEN- 10/1/2012 10:58PM

    How inspiring! Yes, we are worth investing in. Invest in health or invest in doctors, pills, treatments and the like. Sounds like you have your priorities in order. Best of luck to you. :)

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KAIMANAOC1 10/1/2012 10:57PM

    Wow! Looking great! YES....you are worth every bit of that $4000 a year!


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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 10/1/2012 10:54PM

    Love the pictures and loved how much self confidence you have in yourself. Ur goals seem amazing and with the way your planning I have no doubt you will achieve all you set out for. I must say I always say how a marathon bug hasn't hit yet but after reading your ambitious goals I am thinking there might be an itch growing.

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