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SparkFriend Changed My Entire Outlook

Monday, November 05, 2012

My dear friend, SNEVIL1, just got into the 140s for weight. I made an off-hand comment that she is at my goal weight and I still feel like I have SO far to go. She looks and feels amazing and I'm so proud of her.

She's a math teacher and she had a quick response to my comment, which completely made my entire day. WOW. Thanks for the perspective, friend.

Thought I'd pass it along to all of you as well. You guys are making miracles happen every day, you know.

"Don't think about how far you have to go... think about how far you have come. You are a runner! You ran a freaking half marathon!

Let me hit you with some math.... in 2011 1.6 million people completed a half marathon. It is the most popular running event in the US. However, there are 314,712,000 people in the USA (as of Oct 1, 2012). That means that only 0.508% of the population has done what you have done. LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of the people in the US have accomplished what you have accomplished.

However, you may be thinking- Sara, you are being dramatic. What about babies? Ok fine... about 20% of the population is between the ages of 0-14. So that means there are 251769600 people in the US that are 15 and older. That still means only 0.636% of people 15 and older have done a half marathon. Still less than 1%.

Say you want to be really picky and exclude older people (even though we know a lot of older people run). We will be so picky to say that we are only going to include people 15-64 years old. 67% of the population is in this age group. That means that 210857040 people are between 15 and 64. That still means that only 0.759% of people in this group have done a half marathon. STILL LESS THAN 1%.

You are incredible! Look back at your old pictures and see how far you have come. You are an athlete. You have accomplished goals. You are fierce. You are doing things you never thought possible and have overcome so many obstacles. Yes, you have farther that you want to go... but you are now part of the elite. No one can take that away from you!"

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JURASSICSUE 12/4/2012 11:32AM

    That's a brilliant point of view. It's so easy to focus on what we didn't get done, what we still have left to achieve. It's very refreshing to look at it in such a positive light. Thank you!
Sue

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FAITHERSANNE 11/23/2012 10:57PM

  Positive perspective!!

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    that's a great way to look at it! emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 11/12/2012 9:39PM

    I remember thinking the same thing... " I have soooo far to go... how will I ever get it done?" But get it done I did and you will too. What you are doing now is developing healthy habits that will last a lifetime... and developing those habits takes TIME. The journey is part of the process... Spark on!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/12/2012 12:29PM

    Heck yeah!! What you've accomplished so far is nothing short of amazing and inspiring - your friend is absolutely right. It almost doesn't even matter - heck, it DOESN'T matter how far you've got to go until you reach your goal weight. You've reached so many OTHER, more important goals in terms of health and fitness and wellness.

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JOYCECAIN 11/12/2012 5:29AM

    Your friend is correct. We all do what we can. You have come a long way. Keep up the great work. lol emoticon

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WONDERFUL2BME 11/12/2012 4:40AM

    That is right!

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VIMVIGOR 11/11/2012 5:17PM

  emoticon and what a wonderful friend to point this out!!!

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1GODGIRL 11/11/2012 8:52AM

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THISTIMEMYWAY 11/10/2012 4:11PM

    Wow that is so true! Although I have done "only" a 5k, I am sure that I am one of the few out of many who have. The percentage may not be 1% but I know it is less than 50%! emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 11/10/2012 8:59AM

    Very true - this is one of my mantras and something my mother taught me as a young girl when we would be in the midst of a long project. "Don't look how far you have to go, look how far you've come."

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PATTISTAMPS 11/8/2012 1:00PM

    I am proud to count you as my friend - what an awesome accomplishment! OK, I was impressed before, but less than 1%!!!! This is truly an amazing accomplishment. You ROCK!

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SPARKFRAN514 11/8/2012 12:33AM

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GREENGENES 11/7/2012 11:01PM

    Isn't math awesome!

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COCHRANE0511 11/7/2012 9:33PM

    I like the quote:
""Don't think about how far you have to go... think about how far you have come. You are a runner! You ran a freaking half marathon! "

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PENSIEVEGAZER 11/7/2012 8:25PM

    What a FANTASTIC way to look at things!

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BRELYNNDEE1 11/7/2012 9:57AM

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BECCABOO127 11/7/2012 9:48AM

    Very nice!

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NEWMOM20121 11/7/2012 8:32AM

    Well done.

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LORELLELAURA 11/7/2012 8:25AM

    very impressive!

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MISSFORTE 11/7/2012 7:21AM

    WOW! thanks for the insight!

also the number crunching!

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MANILUS 11/7/2012 7:00AM

    You will reach your goals, you are a fighter! Yes you had the courage for a half marathon after an injury, keep pushing!!

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M_FITBY30 11/7/2012 3:10AM

  wow I never considered the math! less than 1 %!

you ARE part of the elite :)

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DALID414 11/7/2012 12:28AM

    I hate math, but this does show how awesome you are!!

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CICELY360 11/6/2012 10:54PM

  good blog

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PCASEY7 11/6/2012 10:34PM

    Wow - what a boost from a great friend! Make sure you keep her close as you go for your next goal!

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CHARTHESTAR 11/6/2012 10:22PM

    so awesome! Great friend with awesome math skills!
I have my goal for 2013. a half a marathon. I want to be part of that group! it will be walking but still- a good one to have.
Thank you for sharing!

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DESERTJULZ 11/6/2012 10:13PM

    Love to your friend the math-nerd! I LOVE MATH!

You are awesome, you have done something that I have not (yet) done. Congratulations!

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SBANSCH 11/6/2012 8:41PM

    What an awesome response!

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LINDAK25 11/6/2012 8:02PM

    Wow, that's a great way to look at it! Thanks for the perspective!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/6/2012 8:00PM

    Awesome perspective!!!! :) Thank you!

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JIBBIE49 11/6/2012 7:33PM

    emoticon Once again, you're a STAR.

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A Week Off - NOT Awesome

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I did absolutely NO workouts this week. I mean, that was a planned thing. I'd anticipated a full two weeks rest after my half marathon after this rather grueling season of injury and healing and re-injury.

I never imagined how it would feel, though. I hear stories of marathoners who get antsy during taper periods before a race. I never knew why they'd hate a taper...I mean, it's a nice excuse to relax! What's not to love?!

Oy...it's awful. Just awful. And here's another thing. I have learned that it's WAY more difficult for me to keep my eating habits in check when I'm not doing some sort of planned physical activity throughout the week. Granted, I did a hell of a lot of emotional eating this week (serious stuff going down here) and I understand why that has happened. But, it's a lot easier to stay on track when my food is truly fuel for my training. Lesson learned.

I feel so gross. Like I lost so much fitness this week. I know that's absurd and it doesn't fade THAT quickly...but, man...I don't really want to take a break this long again. It was not a smart move for me. Now I have that sluggish feeling that will make it difficult for me to get started again on Monday....even though I'm chomping at the bit, at the same time, to get back into my "normal life". Weird.

So, training schedule has got me doing 5 hours per week for the next month. I've got that scheduled as 2 one-hour spinning classes, 4 days of 30 mins swimming and 2 30-minute strength training sessions per week. THAT'LL be a BIG CHANGE. Haha. Absolutely can't wait. Can you imagine how much better and more energized I'll feel after 2 weeks of that????

Wrench in the works is that I have to travel to Denver next week so I'm "losing" 4 days of my "normal" training. Honestly, I think I'm just gonna pack some Jillian Michaels DVDs in my suitcase, slap them on my laptop a few times next week and call it a day. I'll get a great workout in on Monday morning (fly out on Tuesday) and plan on having an extra long workout on Saturday and something on Sunday. I think I can get 5 hours in that way. It won't be "the usual", but I'll still be getting it done.

Wish me luck. So much harder to motivate when I'm out of town!!! Was so spoiled in Austin with that gorgeous Hilton saltwater pool!

  
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EBURGITE 11/5/2012 10:13AM

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KATHIC2 11/5/2012 8:12AM

  I had a week just like yours! Rest is important in the training cycle but I totally over ate. Re-focused now, as are you. Here's to successful week. Happy training!

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BESSHAILE 11/5/2012 7:12AM

    I know EXACTLY how you feel - but I also know you'll stick to it .

One way I help myself with rest periods is to imagine my body rebuilding itself one cell at a time, with stronger muscles, better circulation, more streamlined digestion

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JUNEAU2010 11/4/2012 9:14PM

    Saltwater pool? I hope I encounter one (when I have a suit!)! Sounds AWESOME!

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KIPPER15 11/4/2012 7:15PM

    Travel safe. You can do it. emoticon emoticon

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SENIORSWIMMER 11/4/2012 6:53PM

    Safe travel. Good luck with your workout plan. Denver has a lot to offer.

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NSMANN 11/4/2012 2:55PM

    I too am traveling for work lately and wondering how to keep up with my fitness on the road. Luckily I have a gym membership that allows me to go to any location in the country, so I think I will be able to find a gym in Dallas. Good luck with your 5 hour /week commitment!

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HOLLYM48 11/4/2012 8:37AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan and it is so funny how addicted to exercise you become when you start this journey. I feel the same way if I miss 1 day of a workout.
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RUNNERRACHEL 11/4/2012 7:58AM

    I understand. It's amazing how quickly the body feels sluggish from not working out! I feel like I have lost all fitness ability but it is not true. You'll get back in there and feel better. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/3/2012 11:43PM

    You can do it! Getting back on track is a cinch with your positive attitude.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/3/2012 11:43PM

    You can do it! Getting back on track is a cinch with your positive attitude.

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GOING-STRONG 11/3/2012 11:28PM

    Great plan..... and good thinking. You will be back in fighting form in no time at all.



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TREYONE 11/3/2012 11:25PM

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KATHY_NATURELVR 11/3/2012 10:35PM

    I learned from a trainer we had at my work that you can do a form of Tabata training in your hotel room. It can be grueling too, without weights (you can take resistance bands if you need them). The example on this website talk about using medicine balls, but you can modify to do something else without weights. You'll be sore for days.

http://tabatatraining.
org/

A couple of women and I do a circuit twice a week (except we use one exercise for the four minute duration) for strength training. On Tuesday's we do:

Lateral arm raises
Modified push ups
Squats
Crunches or some other varied type of ab work
Forward Arm raises
Bench/chair dips
Lunges

Your arms will feel like wet noodles right after and your quads will be screaming for days.

On Thursday we do a variety of core exercises to strengthen our core.

Download a tabata timer for your smartphone, if you have one. Otherwise you can use one online (http://www.beach-fitness.com/tabat
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Here's another option:

http://www.nerdfitne
ss.com/blog/2009/12/09/beginner
-body-weight-workout-burn-fat-b
uild-muscle/

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MANILUS 11/3/2012 8:39PM

    Good luck, you can do it!!

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GUITARWOMAN 11/3/2012 7:57PM

    Schedule disruption is hard...you can get around it!

As for the emotional eating, own it, track it, and move on!

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KRYSTALLA 11/3/2012 7:45PM

    Good luck, you can do it.

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SLIMLEAF 11/3/2012 7:34PM

    Leah, you stuck to your training plan for the week! In this (unusual) case, that meant fully resting. You found it hard. You didn't feel better for it, but worse. So what? You STUCK to your training plan!

Well done!

I have faith in you. You're doing fine. Remember - just one day at a time.
God bless.

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KKINNEA 11/3/2012 6:07PM

    Taking planned time off is tough but often very necessary. You'll be the better for it! Haul Jillian along with you and you'll be back before you know it.

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FITFOODIE806 11/3/2012 5:51PM

    You've got this!!! Hope the travel and working out goes well.

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DIANNEMT 11/3/2012 4:14PM

    I was sick then away then Sandy...so not much exercise. I hear you!

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    emoticon Have a emoticon week.

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KATYDID412 11/3/2012 4:05PM

    I kind of feel like you do. I did nothing this week between Monday and Thursday, and my eating was all of whack too. So this morning, the scale was not my friend.

When I'm exercising, I'm eating well, and vice versa. I am trying like heck to get myself back on track starting today.

It's scary how easy it is for me to fall off the wagon.

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SBRAN833 11/3/2012 3:37PM

    Best of luck!! I have faith in you!! :)

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LINDAK25 11/3/2012 3:21PM

    Enjoy your trip! Hope whatever is causing you emotional eating will calm down.

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JMARIES51 11/3/2012 3:17PM

    I hope to get to the point where I feel antsy if I don't work out. I still have to push myself to get started, but it is much easier once I am doing.

Maybe there will be a workout room in the place you are staying? It seems like these days a lot of places have some sort of weight room, treadmill, stairclimber. But DVD's are great.

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AUSFAM 11/3/2012 3:00PM

    Sounds like you're doing all you can do to plan for success--best wishes! Isn't it weird to think that you feel 'weird' without working out on a regular basis! :)

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DIET_FRIEND 11/3/2012 2:59PM

    DVDs are handy for working out when you the outdoors won't do. It sounds like fitness is not a problem for you!

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MAGGIEVAN 11/3/2012 2:51PM

    Best of luck, you can do it!

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A 52-Week Training Plan

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So, I've been talking a bit about my next year's training plan, which spans 52 weeks and takes into account several different phases of training throughout the year (Prep, Base, Build and Race Phases). A lot of you have been surprised that I would plan so far out. And some have had questions about this.

I did not come up with this training plan on my own. Not at all! This is a plan carefully researched and laid out by triathlete, Joe Friel, in his book "The Triathlete's Training Bible".



If you are at all interested in triathlon, this book will take you through every aspect of the sport that you can possibly imagine. And Joe devotes two entire chapters to meticulously laying out HOW to set up a 52-week training program (tailoring it to your own personal lifestyle and training limitations). I simply went through the chapters step by step and this is the training plan I have designed (I'm sure you can't see details...but you CAN see that it is well thought out and lays a great foundation for a racing season).



Once you get past the complication of laying it all out, it's really quite simple. Each week has a number of hours assigned to it. You simply train for that number of hours. There are smaller areas of focus (i.e. endurance, muscular strength, etc). But, as a beginning triathlete, I choose to focus on getting the training done....that's most important. My ONE AND ONLY focus this year is going to be ENDURANCE. If I CAN add the extras, great. If not, I'm not going to worry about it this year.

Anyway, I'm very excited to start this plan next week. As I've said before, my Prep and Base phases will consist solely of weights/strength, spinning and swimming. Basically, I'm looking to drop some serious weight before I jump back into run training.

I'm sure there will be a lot of bumps and bruises as I work through this first season. But, at least I have a specific and detailed plan, which I can replicate next year and tweak to perfection.

Have I mentioned I'm SO excited??????

  
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KATHIC2 11/3/2012 9:25AM

  Great info and plan! I will look for the book too!

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OPTIMIST1948 11/1/2012 8:25PM

    I dropped *serious* weight when I started triathlons this summer. Its how I think I got to where I am now **the best frekin' shape of my life**

And I got to eat 85% of everything I still ate. Be careful on brick days. VERY hungry afterwards...

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/1/2012 5:22PM

    Oh wow, that is detailed!
I've actually let the idea of doing a triathlon start to maybe creep into my head. It sounds completely insane right now - I'm down to a maximum 12.5 minutes running after hurting my knee, so a triathlon?? But if I had a training plan for it then maybe it might be possible.
I may have to look up this book.

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ON2VICTORY 11/1/2012 3:42PM

    You're hired....

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FALLNTENN 11/1/2012 12:51PM

    It's really amazing how much thought and planning goes into training for a triathlon. I'm so excited for you. Good Luck.

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DR8561 11/1/2012 11:39AM

    emoticon on getting it done. Hoping all goes well over the next 52 weeks!

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GOING-STRONG 10/31/2012 10:33PM

    So very excited for you! Thanks for the info on the book... I'm going to look into it. I need to get a bit more "formal" with my training schedule.

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TREYONE 10/31/2012 9:23PM

  Congratulations on having your fitness plan for the year!!!! Good motivation!!! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/31/2012 9:14PM

    That's fantastic - you're committed to a whole year of endurance training! Sounds like you have some really well-planned goals.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/31/2012 8:26PM

    And you should be excited. I wish you the best on your goals.

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/31/2012 5:43PM

    YAY! This is so cool!

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FEMISLIM 10/31/2012 4:37PM

    Great!!!

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FITFOODIE806 10/31/2012 1:29PM

    I'm so excited for you!!!! I started my tri ST plan last night. WAY harder than I expected. Good thing it's only twice a week through the winter!
I'm curious and nosy: Are you still going to do Grandma's this coming June? Or focus on tri for now?
Enjoy the training!!!

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JUNEAU2010 10/31/2012 1:20PM

    AWESOME! I'll look for that book...

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GUITARWOMAN 10/31/2012 12:57PM

    I finished Francie Wirkus' book.

I am certainly curious and interested about what makes a triathelte do what they do.

It was a bit amusing to read about Francie's mother telling her she was going to wreck her knees, etc., but, is thee any research as to long-term harmful effects of this kind of training and competition?

It will be fascinating for me to read your updates. You are a competent, clear writer....maybe you'll write a book!

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SLIMLEAF 10/31/2012 12:26PM

    This is really exciting, Leah!

It makes me think that I need to do something like that too - having a training chart/plan. It would motivate me to stick to my goals. I have given up on myself a bit at the moment because keeping within my calorie ranges seems impossible. I NEED to do it, though. I NEED to succeed and not give up.

You are an inspiration - Spark On!

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REMEMBER2BME 10/31/2012 12:24PM

    Wow, this is so very impressive. Selfishly, I am hopeful that we will be able to tag along during this journey of yours. I am confident I can continue to learn from you. HUGS! AND GREAT JOB!!!!

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FITBIZZZ 10/31/2012 12:22PM

    Nicely done. Love it!

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HFAYE81 10/31/2012 12:18PM

    Awesome!!! Looking back over accomplished training is going to be so amazing here in a few weeks emoticon

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DANILYNNG 10/31/2012 12:17PM

    How much lee-way does the plan allow? That's key for me... I like to use a couple of plans back to back, because if I lose time or need more time, I can adjust that as I go.

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ISABELLE31 10/31/2012 12:11PM

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PATTISTAMPS 10/31/2012 11:47AM

    I know you will do well with this plan!

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JMARIES51 10/31/2012 11:07AM

    This is so awesome and you must feel soooooooooooooooooo excited! LOL. How wonderful to have your goals all laid out in front of you. You go girl!

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KIPPER15 10/31/2012 11:01AM

    So organized! Well done. I know you will do this. I need to borrow some motivation please. emoticon emoticon

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Off the Grid

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hey Sparkies.

So I haven't been around much the past week or so. I had a terribly busy week at work...just got back from Austin and now getting ready to turn right around and head to Denver in a week for another conference.

In addition, I've had some pretty rough stuff going on in my personal world. It's the kind of thing that has been lurking for years, but suddenly attacks out of what seems like nowhere and leaves you for dead. And you're kind of left shell shocked and basically putting every last bit of effort into doing the basic things like...you know...breathing. And going to work and stuff. So, I've been off the grid. Sorry for that.

Hope y'all are doing well. Make good choices this week.

  
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SATCHMO99 10/31/2012 4:24AM

    And this too shall pass. Take time to recover your balance, I'll be praying for you but we'll still be here even if you have to take time away from updating to work things out. Hugs xx

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MEH50BEWELL 10/30/2012 4:27PM

    Stay strong! Take care of you...Peace my friend

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/30/2012 2:01PM

    Hi;

Just sending you lots of prayers & positive thoughts to help you cope. You are strong & you'll get through these trials of faith.
Take care be well, be gentle with yourself
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ROSES4ME1 10/29/2012 7:16PM

    Hang in and take extra good care of you during this tough time.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 10/29/2012 5:33PM

    Sending you loving thoughts - take care!

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ISABELLE31 10/29/2012 3:29PM

    emoticon Sorry to hear things are rough. I hope things start to look brighter very soon!

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Hang in there Leah. Let us know if we can help in any way. Here's a Spark Hug to keep you going.

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DR8561 10/29/2012 12:24PM

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Wouldn't it be nice to plan for things to fall apart so it would be easier to deal with the stress! It never happens that way. I've found that you just have to take one step at a time and get through it. You can do it. Give your kids an extra hug.

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PATTISTAMPS 10/29/2012 10:40AM

    Prayers for resolution of your personal life. Yup, been kicked and stomped a few times... It does get better, and you need to be sure you are taking care of you while whatever goes on. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/29/2012 10:21AM

    Hope things get better for you and also that you have a chance to get some rest between trips.

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SENIORSWIMMER 10/29/2012 9:06AM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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REMEMBER2BME 10/29/2012 8:39AM

    Sorry to hear life has been challenging. You know that we are here for you. It sounds like you are sticking to basics being top priority. VERY smart.

HUGS to you!

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KPETSCHE 10/29/2012 5:58AM

    Take care of yourself and have a safe trip.

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JUNEAU2010 10/29/2012 5:11AM

    Travel safely! I hope things lighten up! Maybe the high altitude of Denver will deprive the bad mojo of oxygen and you will be at peace!

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    Hold on. You'll make it through this! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 10/28/2012 11:15PM

    Aw, thinking about you, kiddo. Hang in there!
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COCK-ROBIN 10/28/2012 10:16PM

    Yes, may things get better for you.

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FITFOODIE806 10/28/2012 10:04PM

    Hang in there. Spark loves you.

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POINDEXTRA 10/28/2012 9:53PM

    Hugs to you - I just hate it when old crud comes back to bite me in the but. And the healthier I get emotionally, the more it surprises me when it does happen. Thg good news is that I seem to recover more quickly when it does. Take good care of yourself during this time...

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 10/28/2012 9:33PM

    I hope you get the personal things sorted out. A lot of times the personal stressors are what are holding us back. Hugs!

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KIPPER15 10/28/2012 8:54PM

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    Take care of YOU!!
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JMARIES51 10/28/2012 8:32PM

    Thinking of you. Take care!

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DJSHIP46 10/28/2012 8:13PM

    Everybody needs a little break sometime. Take care of yourself!!!

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NSMANN 10/28/2012 8:02PM

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XTINA46 10/28/2012 7:43PM

    Im sorry to hear about your personal life, but you know what, it's best to confront all the lurking monsters in your life -- because they have to be dealt with -- otherwise your fitness plan will forever be an escape from things you are not confronting in your personal (home?) life ---the other shoe had to drop -- and it HAD to drop, no way around it, but once you deal with it, you will be wiser and stronger than ever. Good Luck, I always feel like you are my daughter & I'm so proud of you

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CINDHOLM 10/28/2012 7:10PM

    emoticon Take care of YOURSELF..

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KRYSTALLA 10/28/2012 6:41PM

    I hope things get better and calm down for you soon.

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DOTTIESPLACE 10/28/2012 6:16PM

    Leah, sorry to hear you've got icky stuff going on. It's so hard to keep your head above water when the grenades go off. Take excellent care of yourself!

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PEGGYO 10/28/2012 6:01PM

    I'll put you in my prayer jar so that your personl things get cleared up ok

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I understand.

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NITTINNANA 10/28/2012 5:50PM

    Thanks for your honesty. Hope you work things through relatively soon.

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DIANNEMT 10/28/2012 5:47PM

    This has been a great week and a horrid week so I understand...

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Hope the personal life stuff settles down, especially while you're away at another conference! This must be your busy season! Meant to let you know...love the new profile picture!! Take care!!

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KALANTHA 10/28/2012 5:40PM

    Hope you're ok and that things settle down for you.

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My, How Things Have Changed!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

OK, I lied. I said I was going to take two full weeks off from working out, in preparation for my next phase of training. I figured, my body could use a good rest before I start next year's Prep/Base phase of training.

But, the thing is...I can't NOT work out at all! It is more than just a calorie burn for me now. It's not about vain things like size and weight anymore. It's my stress relief. It's my (sexual) frustration/tension release. It's my place of serenity. And, with a week like I've had at work...I just couldn't hold out any longer.

So...I swam. Yesterday and today. Yesterday was a bit of a struggle. First time back in over a week. Got it done, but it was tiring.

But this morning...something came together and it was...heavenly. I FINALLY got the breathing down, so I don't feel like I'm gasping! Guys, it was like every single element (stroke technique, breathing, lap time, body extension) came together for a perfect gold standard swim. I got out of that pool and I felt AMAZING!

That's when I realized...nothing hurts! No osteoarthritis pain tweaking at my knee or ankle. No tendinitis issues. At this very moment (just 5 days after my haphazard half marathon heroics), my body feels perfect and there is no pain.

Why is this exciting? Because...in a week, I'm about to start a comprehensive, exquisitely planned 52-week training plan designed to prepare me for next year's racing season. The first 3 months Prep and Base Phases (November - January) do not include ANY weight-bearing training. It is simply this: swim, spin (bike), weights. Repeat over and over. A lot.

This is when it hit me...yes, this is about so much more than vanity...but can you IMAGINE how much weight I could lose in the next 3 months?! This thought had me absolutely giddy.

Honestly, I couldn't care less about the number on the scale anymore. I'm actually looking forward to the weight training, to tighten up some of these areas. Lately, I've been enjoying the rewards of the past 5 months of hard labor I've put into this lifestyle - things like confidence, joy, sexiness and an overall feeling of peace. To know that these will only increase and that there are other things like this waiting for me that I don't even know about...I could just about squeal from the anticipation.

I never thought I'd utter the words "training plan". I never imagined I'd sit down for HOURS and lay out my next 52 weeks of workouts and races. I can't believe how much has changed in such a short time. I can't believe how much I've changed. This loving myself thing is so new.

What has changed in your own life that is shocking/makes you excited for the future?

  
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SUPERSYLPH 6/29/2013 11:41AM

    emoticon What has changed for me is my increase in confidence and energy! I feel like I can take on anything!

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LBRAUN5 3/20/2013 2:15PM

  Awesome! Always great to hear when the workout goes from something we "have" to do to lose weight/fit in something/look better to something we just want to do to do it. By the way, great name! I'm a Leah too! emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/9/2013 4:54PM

    Awesome! Knowing that I'll be way healthier and more able to keep up with my baby when he arrives!

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NLYR20 11/8/2012 11:13AM

  emoticon Seems Exciting just reading thru...

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ROCKETGIRL229 11/7/2012 11:51AM

    Great job!

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ELAYNE39 11/1/2012 8:55AM

    Good Job!

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REENIE131 10/30/2012 7:48PM

    Fantastic!

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DEBK0923 10/30/2012 6:41PM

    great blog

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LUVTOBOWL 10/29/2012 9:07PM

    Very great blog. emoticon !

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 10/29/2012 5:26PM

    Love your blog and attitude!
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MONTREAL12 10/29/2012 2:58PM

  Great! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/29/2012 4:55AM

    YAY!!

emoticon Go Leah, Go Leah, Go, Go, Go Leah! emoticon

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WAMBUI7 10/29/2012 2:37AM

    i love it. You can do it. All the best in your weeks ahead . emoticon emoticon

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MRS_CIESIOLKA 10/28/2012 8:14PM

    Your so Inspiring... Good luck!!!

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LARKSONGRUTH 10/28/2012 1:24AM

    What a great feeling! Congratulations

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CICELY360 10/28/2012 12:42AM

  good blog

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CHERYLSBUTT 10/27/2012 11:33PM

    Good for you!!!
Nothing better than realizing that you have improved yourself through vision, dedication and hard work.

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ONEATATIME3 10/27/2012 11:02PM

  Good luck on your training plan. emoticon

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SARAHEGILROY 10/27/2012 7:59PM

    I am still struggling with my thinking. I hope I can get to the point you are at one day!

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WILDFLOWERMA 10/27/2012 7:56PM

    Thank you for sharing all the positive things that come from putting your all into healthy living. For those of us just getting into the exercise portion, it can be so easy to focus on how difficult it will be. I'm looking forward to the euphoria I got years ago from a challenging hike while beholding a magnificent vista :)

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THESLIMMERME1 10/27/2012 1:30PM

    emoticon you have come a long way - I'm sure on reflection you can see this too - a great motivator for the next 12 months emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IFEOMA4 10/27/2012 1:25PM

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ARUSHING2 10/27/2012 1:15PM

 
Thanks for sharing your story, I can identify with much of what you stated, thanks.

Congratulations on your realizations!

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BLACK741 10/27/2012 1:01PM

    totally awesome!

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GINA180847 10/27/2012 12:04PM

    What has changed in my life is more dependence on the power of prayer. We needed to get going to Mexico but there is always timing and finances to consider. We need to leave soon enough to not run into snow storms so as to need winter tires and we need to leave late enough so that we don't need winter tires to come back. It is a balancing act because legally we can't stay away more than 180 days. Eating healthy and getting exercise is harder traveling than when being stable but it does work out.

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NEWMOM20121 10/27/2012 10:34AM

    Good for you.

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RONALANA 10/27/2012 8:03AM

    It's a great feeling to realize that this healthy lifestyle is now part of YOU! Good luck on your training plan! emoticon

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CHSHULER89 10/27/2012 6:17AM

    You are awesome!! Love this feeling of accomplishment and new attitude. I actually took somewhat of a rest week, it was hard but not as hard cause i know i'll be back to kicking it next week. I need more sleep.
So awesome on your swimming! I still haven't got the breathing. Someday..
Totally love our new lifestyles!! Always a work in progress, but not going back! Totally get your feelings! I am loving it! I love feeling 67lbs lighter, but love having more confidence, know what we can accomplish, feeling stronger physically and emotionally. Keep rocking on!! emoticon !

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MARYJEANSL 10/27/2012 12:50AM

  What has changed in my life that makes me feel good? Well, it'll probably sound strange, but we worked and worked and got the downstairs reasonably well cleaned up. It makes me happy to have a (mostly) neat downstairs...really makes me smile, makes my heart sing. Now to tackle the upstairs! And cleaning burns quite a few calories, too.

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ISABELLE31 10/26/2012 11:36PM

    I love the plethora of benefits besides the number on a scale. emoticon

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SHIRE33 10/26/2012 10:52PM

    I've been having a hard time, and your blog today makes me smile. I'm feeling it's the right time to get back on track. Reading your plans makes me wonder if maybe I should schedule a race or two for the early spring. I haven't felt i needed it, but maybe I do. Nothing elaborate, nothing to win. Just to do it. Maybe I will!


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JERICHO1991 10/26/2012 10:26PM

    An inspiring success story. Thanks for sharing.

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NANAWOO1 10/26/2012 10:03PM

  way to go

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/26/2012 9:58PM

  Leah, I am thrilled at what you've accomplished.

When I've talked to non-Sparkers about this website; I've shared your story. It really is cool how you started, and now you are emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon raining, and teaching and inspiring others.

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GINGERVISTA 10/26/2012 8:32PM

    Good for you! You're doing absolutely WONDERFUL!!! emoticon

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