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Friday, September 14, 2012

If you let fear of consequences prevent you from following your deepest instinct then your life will be safe, expedient and thin. - Katharine Butler Hathaway

DISCLAIMER: If you are anti-gun and/or anti-hunting please do not read any further as I'll be talking about both. Thank you!

Wisconsin has rich history in hunting. My great grandfather, grandfather and even my dad have hunted to supply meat for the family. My husband has been a hunter since his early twenty's. He hunts deer, turkey and the occasional rabbit. Keeping in mind that we eat the meat that is shot, that's why we hunt. The extra meat has really helped the grocery budget. So anywho....I wanted to join him. We thought it best if we both took a hunter safety class. For me to become familiar with guns and safety that is so important and for him as well. Many states now require non-resident hunters to have a hunter safety certificate prior to hunting in their state. We took the class and we both learned a lot. I don't think I'll be hunting deer in the future but, I thought I'd start by doing some turkey hunting. What's holding me back. The only thing between me and that turkey is a 20 gauge shotgun. It's a big gun, with a good kickback on it. I'm afraid of the gun. I take that back; I'm not afraid of the gun, I'm afraid of that dang kickback. My fear is so great that I can't shoot the gun, confidently! I've shot the gun just two times so far and both times I was shaking so bad. I know that I'm capable of shooting the gun, I know that I'd be able to shoot a turkey with it. But, my mind is telling me otherwise. I'm amazed (and I shouldn't be) on how one's mind can control what we do. The fear of the unknown consequences is so great that I'm afraid of taking that first step. There is a little voice that is telling me that I'm capable of shooting, I've had the proper training, don't be afraid. Unfortunately, at this time the louder voice is telling me that I'm incapable, I'm going to get hurt, what the heck are you doing? I need to 'shush' that voice and listen to my confident, courageous voice.

I know when I started running, I had some reservations and maybe a little fear. What was I thinking embarking on this new fitness adventure. Would I fail? Make a fool of myself? But, you know what? I didn't do any of those things. In fact, I surpassed my expectations. I ran a half-marathon last year and I finished in a great time. And than I ran another one this year and shaved 15 minutes off of my time. I've overcome my fear and uncertainty with running and have excelled. I just need to take that same experience and apply it towards my hunting adventure.

Live fearlessly!



Thursday, September 13, 2012

I've been struggling with my faith for a few months now. I believe in Jesus the only Son of God. What I struggle with is how he could possibly love little ol' me? Me with my sins and imperfections. I'm working on my trust in Him and that he does care for me and the struggles that I go through daily. I know that the Devil is speaking to me and causing these doubts. I'm going to start setting my alarm just 10 minutes earlier so that I can do some bible meditations. I will win this battle with the Lord by my side.

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AZMOMXTWO 9/13/2012 7:56AM

  Christ died on the cross to save us all that is how much he loves me and everyone else

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AJB121299 9/13/2012 7:53AM

    just know that he does

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Smiles From Lacey 5K

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Today, I walked with a dear friend in a 5K that was held in my hometown. The event "Smiles From Lacey" is a three-day affair that starts Friday night and goes through-out the weekend. One of the events held during this time is a half-marathon and a 5K run/walk. "Smiles from Lacey" was started 3 years ago to honor a bright and wonderful person that cancer took way too soon from this life. Lacey's family wanted to give back to the community after all the community had done for Lacey during her time here on earth. This is a small town event and the friendship and love that is felt during these 3 days is overwhelming.

Today my close friend (who has been in remission from breast cancer herself for 15 years) and I did the 5K portion. I'm a runner, it's really hard for me to be at a running event and not run. But, my friend called me up and asked if I would like to join her today and walk the 5K. I hesitated for just a fraction of a second and said, sure! I'm so glad I took the time to be with her. We had a chance to talk and catch up with each other. The three miles went rather quickly. It actually was nice to not have the self-imposed pressure to have a running PR.

Maybe in my own way, I did PR; just in a different way.

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DDHEART 9/10/2012 8:24AM

    You sure did PR! and friendship especially like this is a Personal Best!

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LDRICHEL 9/9/2012 5:53PM

    So so so so beautiful!!!! Today seems to be the day for kicking breast cancer's as*s!!! My buddy is a breast cancer survivor and, as we speak, she's on the marathon course of Ironman Wisconsin (after her 2.4 miles swim and 112-mile bike ride) and she will soon claim her THIRD Ironman finish!!!! She had to bow out of last year's race because of radiation. SO PROUD OF HER.

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Just a quick post before I head out for a run.

I'm really trying hard to maintain my running mojo, since I've finished my half-marathon August 18th. I guess, overall, I've just been I'm trying to maintain my healthy mojo! My eating has begun to backslide, I'm not getting the sleep that I need, and I'm not pushing my self when I run. It has become to easy for me to walk a little bit when I'm running. Not that there is anything wrong with that but, I'm doing it for the wrong reasons. I'm not winded, I'm not gasping for breath, my legs are hurting; it's simply that little voice saying, "Go ahead and walk, no one has
to know"

So, even though a week of September has already gone by, I'm giving myself some goals for the month.

1) Find another run to do this fall. It doesn't have to be a half-marathon. Maybe a 5K and I can work on improving my speed and set a PR for the run.

2) Cut back on the sugar intake. The last couple of months, I know that my sugar intake has increased which is a contributing factor to my mood. Too much sugar is not good for me.

3) Increase my sleep time. I'm a person that needs at least 7 hours of sleep to feel good. I can manage on less but, if I listen to my body, it's not running at its optimal best. I need to walk away from the computer, TV, dishes, etc. and get back into reading a book for the last hour of my evening.

4) Get back in touch with my spiritual side. I've lost my way from God. He's there waiting for me. I just need to reach out to him more.

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PDQ1203 9/8/2012 6:23AM


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DDHEART 9/7/2012 11:02AM

    Oh so many of us have felt that post race loss of mojo...and I think you plan to get beyond this is just the thing. We need to have a goal to direct our runs and you're right, that doesn't have to be another half or the next big one...working on those smaller distances and improving our speed or form are good ways to balance things out. Part of the post race slump is that we work and work and once we cross the finish we start to sing "Is That All There Is?" By choosing another fitness/running goal, and reconnecting with God, Nature, or our Inner selves, we find the answer to that song.

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AMARILYNH 9/7/2012 7:33AM

    Maybe we need to partner up!! I began running again in January after 12+ years of not being able to run due to knee issues. I trained carefully and completed a half marathon on April 29. A week later my DH and I left for a 3 week hiking trip in the national parks out west and when we returned (we live in LaGrange, GA about 60 miles southwest of Atlanta) summer had set in with a vengeance with all its heat and humidity.

Long story short my running has totally gone to pot over the summer - I feel as if I'm starting over!! I am running the Atlanta half marathon on Thanksgiving day and the St Jude half on Dec 1 so its time to get serious again!! Want to be accountability partners for long runs? Because in my experience if you get control of long runs the rest falls into place!!

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WONDERWOMAN 9/6/2012 6:50PM

    I think there's actually some kind of term for it; some kind of post-race let-down. I know exactly how you feel. We work so hard toward that race goal, then it's kind of a "why bother trying so hard" mentality. I think working toward a 5K PR may be just what's in order. Love all your September goals.

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Everyday Blessings

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Everyday offers a new chance to look around and see the beauty and blessings that God has given us. I'm learning to focus on those blessings and the positives in my life and not the negatives.

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DDHEART 7/31/2012 9:35AM

    One of the benefits of my runs....I find myself seeing things I normally wouldn't and lot's of time to think about it!

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CMKARLS 7/31/2012 8:04AM


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ELRIDDICK 7/31/2012 7:58AM

  Thanks for sharing

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AZMOMXTWO 7/31/2012 7:58AM

  thank you for the reminder to do my best to stay positive

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