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Never say Never!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

After I ran (and walked) the San Francisco 1/2 Marathon in July 2010 I told myself that I was too old and had too many replacement parts (including a titanium hip) to run another 1/2 or any other long distant run. I decided with my doctor that 5 and 10k's would be more reasonable. My doc didn't restrict me........she loves that I exercise and run, but she is always cautionary. I appreciate that.

However.............................. I guess "reasonable" went out the window this week!!! I got a message on my page from SanDiegoJohn that he wanted to run the Palm Springs 1/2 marathon in February with me. The temptation and the fun got to me. I proceeded to get several more friends at school to join me in the challenge. We all agreed that we needed the motivation to stay healthy for the remainder of the school year. So we pinky swore to sign up and make it official.

Thank you John for Sparking me to challenge myself during the holiday eat-a-thon season. I will be less likely to gorge myself if I know I have to train. And I will feel and be more fit mentally, emotionally, and physically. My wonderful aunt calls this the "Happy-Hallow-Thanks-Mas" season of eat, drink, and be remorsefully merry. I'll just be saying, "hand me a small dessert plate, please. I have to watch my portions. I'm in training." Ha Ha Ha!!

We Sparkers are so fortunate to have a support system to keep us kicking field goals when everyone else is committing fumbles. This is my first holiday season with Spark. So Woo Hoo to all of us. Never say never!!!!

Leslie emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 11/27/2011 10:13PM

    I am SO thrilled that you have decided to run with me, and that you are bringing along your own running posse!

And SparkPeople? Oh, yeah. I'm a crazy fan myself.

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RC2CATTLE 11/21/2011 11:47AM

    Oh my gosh!!!! I am soooo excited about this. I am using this to get me thinking about in what way I can challenge myself for the some time period, since, of course, a marathon of any kind at this point in my journey is not possible. But I am thinking.....


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MY1FAN 11/20/2011 8:42PM

    This is just what I needed to keep my focus this week. We can do this!

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/20/2011 11:37AM

    YAY!!! That's great!!!

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SUNRIZING 11/20/2011 2:39AM

    That is so awesome Leslie! I wish I would get myself to do something like that, lol, but I don't know anything about walking/running marathons. I'm glad you are being causious at the same time. I tell my mom all the time to be proud of all the progress shes making but to take care to take care of herself at the same time, you know? When I work out I'm always thinking about my knees and joints. I try to be extra careful not to injure myself so I can continue doing these active things that make me so happy!
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I too am glad to be here at sparkpeople. I cant believe that this website doesn't get more publicity, you know? I've never heard of a better website for fitness than this one. The fact that its free really blows me away too! And here we are all together encouraging each other and having so many resources at our finger tips. Isn't it great?!

Hope you are having a wonderful week end emoticon emoticon

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KITTYKITTEMMING 11/19/2011 10:18PM

    What great motivation to stay on track this season. I also love "Happy-Hallow-Thanks-Mas"!

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Breathing in Happiness

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Today I kept taking deep breaths and inhaling the euphoria of my family around me. We have had some bumps in the past few years. All families do. With prayer, faith, and patience we have hurdled the cross bars in our path and come out the other end all the better for it.
We celebrated my husband's 61st birthday by gathering together, eating some great food, talking, laughing, and playing with my granddaughter.

I am attaching one of the pictures that they "allowed" me to take. I usually hear the complaining that I have the camera out again, but later they all want to see the pictures displayed around the house. It's a pretty cute "dance" we do.

I'm still breathing deeply and smiling as the night comes to an end.

Thank you, Spark friends, for sharing, caring, and supporting.

Leslie emoticon

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SHARIBEAR2 11/15/2011 1:35PM

    Love all the expressions on your faces. What a beautiful family! And best wishes to your husband for a terrific year ahead. emoticon

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CAMOGIE3 11/13/2011 10:22PM

    I love your pic! I can feel the warmth emoticon I can very much relate to folks complaining as the camera comes out. (Have camera, will shoot!)

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NOLAZYBUTT110 11/13/2011 10:09PM

    Nice family picture. Its hard to always get (my) kids in one picture unless its a Holiday and were all together, but we find it hard to get everyone all together; not since 2005, so I know how hard that can be. Enjoy them while you can! (I have oen you cant even get her ina picture withotu ehr hands coming up to her face and block the shot!) Count your blessings when your kids still let you take a shot. lol susana

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AJDOVER1 11/13/2011 9:44PM

    A beautiful, happy family! Pictures like that are priceless, aren't they?

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MEADSBAY 11/13/2011 12:05PM

    What a great picture!
It's like corralling cats sometimes, isn't it?

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SHEILA-45 11/13/2011 10:49AM

    Smiles all around! What a great pic.

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/13/2011 7:54AM

    What a great looking family!!! Leslie, you are beautiful!! You look so happy!! Glad you had a great time! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Making Progress

Monday, November 07, 2011

Tonight I met my husband at the gym after work. I left earlier than usual because I'm trying to continue on my quest to find balance. Work-a-holism......BAD..........Exercise..
......GOOD. I haven't been to the gym in several years, but my husband gifted me with a new membership to join him during the winter and standard time (early dark). I used the treadmill and, to my surprise, all my road running (jogging) has made a difference in my fitness. (Well, I wasn't terribly surprised.) I have never been able to RUN on the treadmill, but tonight I RAN 2 miles at 5.0-5.5 miles an hour. I walked a few intervals to do my usual "body check", but then picked it up and continued running.
All these small bits of progress are adding up to a new found confidence in my ability to keep getting more fit and healthy.
If I can do it, trust me, anyone can.
Leslie emoticon

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NOCALORIES 11/14/2011 5:28PM

    You are really achieving much. Enjoy your gym membership and keeep letting your husband know how wonderful he is.

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_CYNDY55_ 11/13/2011 12:34AM

    .*..✫..*..✫..*.. emoticonRun emoticonon the emoticon
emoticon .*..✫..*..✫..*.. Treadmill!!!!!
Lookin' emoticon emoticonGreat emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonwith Your Fitness!!!

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BRITTERS23 11/12/2011 12:21PM

    Woo-Hoo! 5.0-5.5 is not easy to keep up on a Tredie. 5.5-6.0 is my sprinting speed and I don't keep it at that for long.

Great job!

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RC2CATTLE 11/8/2011 3:13PM

    What a cool gift! Girl, you just ROCK! That's all there is to it!

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AJDOVER1 11/8/2011 2:41PM

    Visible progress is a wonderful thing, isn't it!

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MEADSBAY 11/8/2011 9:41AM

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You are doing so grrrrrrrreat!

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/8/2011 7:20AM

    YAY for you!!!! YAY for hubby--he is definitely a keeper!! (Mine is too! I'm blessed!!)

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Be a "B"

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Well, I finished another blog on this same subject just now, but while trying to post it, I hit something other than the "post" button and deleted the whole thing. So now my topic is very relevant!!!

I will not beat myself up about not being perfect, Type A. I am a recovering perfectionist and was reminded today by my wise, experienced, loving, and kind Auntie, that it is okay to BE A "B".

Type A has been a wonderful way to survive a chaotic upbringing, overcome many hurdles, keep a marriage in tact, be a dedicated mom and grandmother, and have a beautiful career as a special educator. However, it can be very handicapping. It can paralyze progress by not allowing failure to be a teacher. The former me would either do everything perfectly or not try at all. The choice? Be a B!!

Type B still does life with gusto, energy, competence, enthusiasm, confidence, compassion, and excellence. The difference is removing unhealthy expectations, over emphasis on details that do not make a difference, and trying to control the outcomes. I made all this up because I don't know the definition of Type B, or if there is such a thing as Type B.

"Be a B" is my story and I'm sticking to it. Now the challenge. I must live by the words I speak.

Wish me luck, here I go. emoticon



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SHARIBEAR2 11/15/2011 1:46PM

    As usual a well-written post, laying out insight and truth to which I can relate. Thanks for taking the time to do so, especially in light of the "delete" incident. I have a personal mantra, "I'm doing the best I can". I notice I have to repeat it to myself less and less as the years go on. I guess it has worked over time in convincing me that my heart is to try my best but I will always face conditions in the immediate that may prevent outcomes from being what I hoped or wanted. As the French say, "C'est la vie!" emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 11/13/2011 10:50PM

    Good .... Used to be a Perfectionist but found there is no way no how to be perfect. Only G*D can be perfect! Were lucky to just please one person, ourselves, but perfection does not come easy, so I find why bother, its way too much stress for what little we can accomplish alone! B plus has got to be enough. I am one with you! susana

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RC2CATTLE 11/7/2011 7:32PM

    What a great blog, Les.

Perfection is way overrated and it takes way too much time and energy to do it right anyway! From what I can see, you are pretty perfect just like you are and it is clear there are lots of other folks here and in your life away from here who think the same thing.

You are right. You need to get over it and keep moving toward things that will give you joy and keep moving away from those things that will bring you nothing but disappointment and pain. It is such a waste of what precious little time we have here on this earth to focus on attaining something which is impossible to attain. And who would want it even if they could get it? Remember, from perfection, there is no place to go but DOWN!!!

You are doing great and I am so glad you have realized this is an important issue you need to examine and focus upon. I know you can kick this. Look how much practice you have!!!!!

Have a great week?


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BETHGILLIGAN 11/7/2011 7:40AM

    We are so alike!! I, too, have always been a perfectionist---for me and for others! It made my life much more difficult than it needed to be and hurt many of my relationships (including my relationship with my mom). As I age, I become more forgiving of myself and others. I've realized many of the things I thought were so important, really aren't. Oh, I still struggle with this but I think I would like to be a B with you!!!

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AJDOVER1 11/6/2011 9:43PM

    I send you best wishes (but I don't believe in luck). Be a B. is such a great slogan!

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What Is This Feeling

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I will make this short. (people who know me are stifling their laughter right now)
I have been walking......then walk/jogging.......then jog/walking......and now, sometimes, jog/jogging for a year and a half. If you would have told me in January of 2010 that I would call myself a runner or even enjoy it, i would have questioned your sanity and judgement. But, here I am. Calling myself a runner and actually liking it. My knees sometimes object, but I listen to them.

Anyway, I have completed a 1/2 marathon, run several 5K races, and now regularly jog/walk 3-5 miles. I just completed the Trick or Treat Trot 10K with a pretty good time for an "older woman", 66 min. 34 secs.

Why do I feel so jubilant? Is it that I have kept an exercise commitment to myself? Maybe. Is it because I am more fit and firm? Maybe. Is it because I have so much more energy to teach my kids with special needs? Maybe. Is it because I am eating more healthy foods on a more regular basis? Maybe. Is it because my family, my friends and my doctor are proud of me? Maybe


I have landed on the feeling and the reason behind it. (I think)

I feel like Superwoman. I feel that if I can run the majority of a 6 mile course (or a half marathon) with a titanium hip and all the self inflicted health problems that I have overcome, I can do ANYTHING! I may not be able to do anything, but it feels like it!!

I am able to take on stresses that have devoured me in past years, without crumbling like a victim. There are many more factors that contribute to my increasing sense of strength and courage. I have worked diligently in the past 10 years to change my life. But, running has very simply made me feel SUPER.

I say this with humility and gratitude. I give thanks to God for granting me the time I needed to change. I now pray that I am able to continue to grow and change with each blessed day.

Peace to you all,

Leslie emoticon

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LORIENABANANA 11/5/2011 4:03PM

    Wow! Thanks for describing that feeling! I think I get a similar feeling at times! It feels great! In one of her videos, Jillian Michaels says that physical fitness translates into every other facet of your life and I think it's true! I'm glad that you're feeling strong!

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CAMOGIE3 10/31/2011 9:52PM

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SUNRIZING 10/31/2011 8:58PM

    I really loved this blog! So often I've let things get me down, but I know what you mean about changing and being able to handle things better. I don't think I'm quite to where you are, but--- I know I'll get there :) and I too pray and thank Jehovah God for letting me live long enough to make the changes I already have, and to make friends like you.

Thank you for inspiring me today emoticon

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RC2CATTLE 10/31/2011 3:34PM

    Oh Les, this is just an incredibly SUPER blog post! I read it an my heart just smiled from ear to ear. What a difference a decade can make! When I think of where you told me you were 10 years ago, I am amazed, inspired and in awe of all you've allowed the Lord to help you accomplish. I am delighted you are taking some time to bask in the joy and confidence it has given you.

I am so looking forward to a time when I can look back and see how very far I have come. Thanks so much for giving me a glimpse into the looking glass.


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AJDOVER1 10/31/2011 8:38AM

    Woo Hoo, Superwoman! You're my hero!


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BETHGILLIGAN 10/31/2011 7:44AM

    Leslie--YAY for you!!!! What a great blog......what a great feeling!!!!! Have a super week!

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