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First Obstacle 5K Run

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This past weekend my family and several friends completed our first 5K obstacle run. It was an absolute blast and definitely challenging. There were 8 of us on our team and we each paired up with a buddy. My daughter (14 ) and her best friend (15) were our team leaders and cruised through the course. I have to say it was challenging but doable. I completed obstacles that I had no idea I could do.

My 11 year old daughter was paired up with her dad and they did very well. She was nervous about several of the obstacles but overcame her fear and completed all of them. I have to say I was kind of nervous on a few of them myself!

We completed the course in about 55 minutes and were covered in mud! My partner and I ran the entire time with no walking! After crawling out of a mud pit, I think we carried an extrA 10 lbs or at least it felt like it.

We are looking forward to signing up for another event but I will definitely train harder for the next one.

I'm the one on the left.

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CARBJUNKIE83 6/6/2013 12:35PM

    OMG that is so AWESOME!!! WTG girly!! You kick BUTT!

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TACONES 4/27/2013 6:18AM

    Sounds like so much fun, family bonding and making memories.

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KSMGLASS 4/26/2013 8:26AM

    Oh what fun and to do it with your family!!! emoticon

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LRSILVER 4/24/2013 4:59AM

    Great job. emoticon

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What Is On My Mind Today?

Monday, March 11, 2013

This morning my mind is on how to get everything done this week. This week is going to be very busy. We have family coming in town Tues and then another group coming in Friday night. My graduate class starts Thurs night and then I still have grocery shopping and other things I need to do in between.

If I think about it too long, I start to feel overwhelmed. I decided it's best to look at it in chunks instead of as a whole. I'm worried about fitting in the exercise and making sure to eat healthy. I think the best thing to do is to schedule the activities and work through them day by day.

Exercising will have to be done early morning before work. I need to schedule my errands for each night and other to-do items so that I get everything done. Thankfully, this week is spring break which means extra helpers for cleaning the house and getting it ready for company.

Wish me luck because I'm going to need it this week!

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GORIANA 3/11/2013 11:45PM


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KSMGLASS 3/11/2013 12:08PM

    emoticon dear spark friend! Sounds like a busy week, but also looks like you have a good plan in place!!! Glad your girls are home to give you a hand! emoticon emoticon Grad school, good for you, I'll have to swing by when you aren't so busy and find out more! Enjoy your company! emoticon

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Adjusting My Plan to Reach My Goals

Monday, February 11, 2013

This Weekend's Challenge asked us to review our plan for this week. Am I reaching high enough? Do I need to adjust my goals or set a new one?

I feel like my goals are attainable and on track for BLC. I know what I want to achieve and I'm working hard to get there. One of the things I struggle with is weekend eating. I could come up with a million excuses but the bottom line it's my choice. I can choose to eat right or I can choose not to.

This week I'm adjusting my plan a little bit. I am planning my dinners so I'm not stuck at the last minute trying to figure out what to make. I am committed to getting up early to complete my workout so that I don't have the added stress of having to squeeze it in. Finally, I am sticking to my plan Fri, Sat & Sun. I will allow myself to eat out once this weekend but I will not overindulge. Moderation is key and I can enjoy those things as long as I don't go overboard.

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 2/15/2013 10:40AM

    Wonderful plan!

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LRSILVER 2/11/2013 9:28PM

    Great plan. Having dinners planned should make things easier. Love your panther picture.

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AEHEGE 2/11/2013 7:54PM

    emoticon and well said!

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WENDYDANCER 2/11/2013 3:48PM

    Very good plan! I need to work on mine! emoticon

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JUNEBUG160 2/11/2013 1:49PM

    Good plan. I find the exercise portion of my plan hard to attain right now. I use the excuse that I work til late in the evening so need my sleep and then I just cant get motivated. Hoping you enjoy sucess with your new plan

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GORIANA 2/11/2013 11:57AM


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Past Blog for BLC 21 Weekend Challenge

Friday, January 25, 2013

Being 16 was a challenging time in my life. My family decided to move from a small town in East Texas to a much larger City in Indiana. I was worried and anxious but at the same time I was excited. After all, the City had a real mall, restaurants and lots of new things to do. What I didnít realize was how mean people could be to outsiders and being from a small southern town moving to a northern City was a culture shock to say the least. Having a ďlovely southern drawlĒ made matters worse.

Lucky for me, I had great parents. They were a huge support and worked hard to keep me busy and to help me ďfit inĒ. The other thing I had going for me was my athletic ability. I was a strong basketball player and possessed the confidence on the court. This alone probably saved my sanity and gave me back a little control when everything else seemed to be spiraling downward. This is probably why I enjoy sports so much.

Looking back there are definitely things I would change but without those trying times I would not be the person I am today. The wisdom I would give my 16 year old self (and my own children today) is pretty simple:

1) Love yourself and donít worry too much what others think or say about you.
Be strong in who you are (or who you want to become). Do the right thing
even when itís difficult.

2) Unleash your sense of humor. Life can be very stressful and one of the best
ways to handle it is to find the humor in all situations. Donít take everything
so seriously and let things roll off your back. Is it really that important in
the grand scheme of things?

3) Life is not fair. Realize this early and make the most of every situation.
Work hard for what you want and do your best no matter what you are doing.
Give it 100% no matter how menial it may seem at the time.

4) Save money and live below your means even at 16. This was the best advice
my parents ever gave me. It will allow you to do the things you want to do
later in life.

5) Be kind and compassionate to others even when they are mean to you. Until
you walk in their shoes you donít know what they may be going through; plus,
itís better to fight back with kindness which means you keep your integrity
intact either way.

6) Take good care of yourself (this goes hand in hand with #1). Workout and eat
healthy. These good habits will carry you through your adult years and keep
you healthy. Donít neglect yourself. I wish I had maintained my athleticism
throughout instead of waiting until my 30ís to get serious again.

Learn from the past. Donít dwell on it. Move forward to the future.

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CARBJUNKIE83 1/29/2013 12:20PM

    What emoticon advice and tips! You are such an inspiration girly! I miss you! emoticon

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CAPTHAMMER 1/27/2013 9:46PM

    Your advice should be on a poster in every teenaged girl's bedroom.

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LIZARDG7 1/27/2013 5:07PM

    What a great blog! I identify with you!

Thank you! Hugs, Lizzie

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JMCADE 1/26/2013 10:03PM

    Great words of wisdom

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AEHEGE 1/26/2013 9:47PM

    Good blog -- thanks for sharing. That is advice worth reading. emoticon

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WILDNTEXAS 1/26/2013 9:22AM

    Great advice to self! emoticon

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GORIANA 1/25/2013 7:19PM

    Wow, did we have the same parent?

These are good tips. I hope your kids listen.

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Jillian Michael's Body Revolution Day 1

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I have been a slacker over the holidays. I ate what I wanted and worked out only when I felt like it. I have to say, energy wise, I felt terrible! I loved eating all the sweets and enjoyed not stressing over when to exercise, BUT, by body felt bad, I had no energy, and I lost my endurance big time!

I was lucky enough to get an Amazon gift card for Christmas and decided to spend it on Jillian's Body Revolution program. I needed structure to get back on track and I knew Jillian would motivate.

I've been sick with a stomach virus and now a sinus infection so I debated on whether to start the program right away. In the end, I decided to stop worrying about how I felt and try it. If I started to get dizzy then I would stop but fortunately, I think it made me feel a little better!

Last night was Day 1 of the Kick Start week - which means 1 workout (DVD) and 1 cardio in the same day. I really liked the first DVD. It was fun, went by quickly and was a good workout. Phase 1, Day 1 is not difficult if you've been working out; however, JM does a good job showing how to modify the moves to increase the intensity. I know the program will get increasingly more difficult so I will enjoy an easier day here and there. I'm not overly sore but definitely can tell that I worked out.

I am not following her eating plan 100%. I can't eat fish and certain shell fish (makes me sick) so I'll substitute chicken and things I have in the kitchen already. I'm keeping my calories at 1200, the fat percentage down and eating a well balanced variety. I'm already having caffeine withdrawals (as I'm limiting the caffeine) but that's ok because my head hurts from the sinus infection so might as well have it all at one time!

Wish me luck as I start this new program. It's something different and I'm looking forward to completing the 90 days!

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SOKKERNUT 1/9/2013 4:46PM

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I am on Week 2, Day 2. I did not do the Kick Start program.

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