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Why I Run

Wednesday, May 05, 2010



I am a person who you wouldn't look at and think "runner". I am a person who never thought of herself that way. Last year when I seriously starting Sparking after having my second daughter I looked through the Spark teams looking for inspiration. I had heard of the Couch to 5K program and had instantly disregarded it. Couch to 5K? Why in the heck would I want to get off of my comfortable couch to do a 5K - let alone RUN it. No thank you, I had better things to do. Where was that remote?

Fast forward to the present day. As I started getting healthier and making this a lifestyle change, things naturally, well, CHANGED. I began to LIKE veggies and began to eliminate things from my diet. I began to move and started challenging myself to go further. As some of you may know, I love Leslie Sansone and at the beginning could barely finish a mile. I started to do 2 miles, 3 miles, up to 5 miles. I joined a boot camp at my gym. I started running then for the first time since high school. I hated it. Boy, did I hate it. I was in a pack of about 25 girls and they were all slim runners. I was at the back of the pack. I was so far back that I had my own time - the fast ones would go first, then I would go. But instead of hurting my confidence, it built it up. Here I was, almost 300 lbs., and while I wasn't as fast as the other girls, I was RUNNING. This was a first step. This was when I first got the thrill of the run and started to see progress. The other girls helped build my confidence as well, always patting me on the back after the runs.

Then my sister entered me into an 8K race and I mistakenly thought I could walk it. It said on the application form that "walkers were welcome", however, you had to be a FAST walker. I have a separate blog with details of that (link below), www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3026454
but the main point is that I ran half of that 8K without seriously training. Where was I to go from here? How could I challenge myself? Run a 5K. That was it.

So I joined the C25K team and I have fallen in LOVE with running. Love, love, love. Now I am a working mother to two young girls and I'm sure many of you can relate - there is nothing I love more than my family. I can't wait to get home from work to see them. But, I have to fit in my training time. With my other workouts I could wait until they were in bed asleep or before they woke up to do them, but with this I sort of need daylight (not qualified yet to "night run" I don't think) and so I fit in my training when I can. I don't feel guilty about it, I make sure I leave work on time, stop at the gym or a park and get my training in, then go home. And I look forward to it. ME? I love it. ME? I can't wait to do it again. ME?



I've come up with my own Top 10 list of benefits of running. Here they are:

Top 10 Benefits of Running, or Why I Run:

1. If the world were to be taken over by zombies, I just might stand a chance.

2. I am now able to run with my daughter at the park or in our backyard, instead of just watching her wondering how she has all that energy.

3. I have increased cardiovascular health. Running not only improves my appearance, but also the overall function of my body, reducing risk of heart attack and stroke!!

4. I am slimming down. My thighs are getting smaller and stronger.

5. Increased confidence. The feeling of being an athlete.

6. Improved coordination.

7. The thrill of the race.

8. Running slows down the aging process. Need I say more?

9. The victory of being able to run three minutes straight without stopping.

10. Being able to run away from my problems - literally. When I am running I'm in the zone and not thinking about anyone or anything else.



MOST OF ALL I RUN FOR ME! I AM DONE BEING A COUCH POTATO!!!

I want to end with this quote from Nike:

"SOMEONE BUSIER THAN YOU IS RUNNING RIGHT NOW."

Make the time for yourself. Whether it's running, biking, jumping, dancing, loving, walking, hiking. Make that time because it will make you a better mother, wife, daughter, sister, lover, friend. It will make you YOU!!!

  
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GUINEAPIGMOM 6/4/2010 10:27PM

    Love this blog. I am in week 9 of C25K and never in my life have I been able to run for 30 minutes straight! Never thought I would be able to say that. Man am I slow but I am still running! Kudos to you for showing the world that us women, of all shapes and sizes, can indeed run. Keep up the awesome work! : )

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GONABFIT 5/31/2010 10:59PM

    YES! Running saved me when I was bored of regular exercising!

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DZINE4KING 5/19/2010 2:37PM

    Very inspirational blog! Thank you so much!

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HEATHIELAUREN 5/12/2010 10:28AM

    Can't wait to get back to running once Miss Priss is here! Doesn't it just clear your mind like nothing else? I'm so ready to get back on C25K!!! By that time you'll be a skinny minnie and I'll look and say, "If she can do it, so can I!!!" So proud of you!! Keep up the AWESOME work!

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ABRANDNEWKATE 5/11/2010 2:23PM

    Great blog!

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SCARLET_MUSE 5/7/2010 4:15PM

    What a wonderful blog! You have a wonderful personality that shines through your writing! Thank you (again) for inspiring and for sharing your journey. emoticon

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MANDORA3 5/7/2010 7:27AM

    Congrats to you for coming so far!!

Keep it up...you look fantastic!!

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LADYOFTHEHOUSE6 5/7/2010 7:20AM

    I needed this today!!! I'm always just too busy to exercise. But that's just an excuse. For Mother's Day this year, I'll ask for time. Time to exercise - even if it's just a 1/2 3x a week.
Thank you for your post and your willingness to let God inspire others through you and your example!!!!
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QUEENCAT25 5/7/2010 2:26AM

    So inspirational! This makes me so excited for my first 5k! emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 5/6/2010 2:36PM

    Good blog!

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MOMFAN 5/6/2010 12:35AM

    I know running is not for me, but I am glad you are enjoying it!

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TEMPEST272002 5/5/2010 11:20PM

    Laughed at #1 reason - I live with a 18 year old Zombie fanatic. I'm on W3 of the c25k and I LOVE it too! Thanks for the great blog!

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LYNZEKM 5/5/2010 10:44PM

    I absolutely love your blog!! I am one day shy of finishing the c25k. I ran my first 5k last saturday and it was such an awesome feeling. i know exactly what you mean! It's such an accomplishment and a great feeling to cross the finish line and say I DID IT!! After running in the 5k, I watched the half marathon/marathoners run in and thought I could do that too! I want to train for a half marathon eventually!! lol start small work my way up. lol if they can do it we can do it!!! you are doing great!! keep it up!! emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 5/5/2010 10:06PM

    Kathy, you absolutely ROCK! Thanks for the continued inspiration; your blogs make me believe I can do it, too!

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TES5061 5/5/2010 10:01PM

    I emoticon U

You're number one reason to run... in case of zombies.... Lol. I'm assuming you have watched Zombieland? If not, you need to...

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MAKALANI22 5/5/2010 6:04PM

    excellent blog! i agree completely. i totally disregarded the c25k program until i DID it! so proud of you. thank you for your inspiration. you rock!

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GODSCLAY47 5/5/2010 5:55PM

    I never have been a runner----but now I wonder,,,maybe one day----I too, can be a runner! Thanks for posting!!

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YATMAMA 5/5/2010 5:48PM

    One of these days? I'm going to be able to cut and paste some of your blog into my own. Walking is still difficult for me at my weight, but one day, ONE DAY, I will, will, WILL do a 5K for charity. That is an impossible dream, I know. Except for my secret weapon: with God ALL things are possible!!! You ROCK, sweetie. I sure hope your mama is as proud of you as I am!!

*hugs*

Missy

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CLALIZ 5/5/2010 4:48PM

    I LOVE your blog - you are a runner!
It took a while for me to feel like a runner, when my husband would ask if I was going to go run that afternoon, I made sure to say "I dont' run, can't run yet, I jog" well why do I take credit away? I RUN! not speed runner but I do run!
Love it! You do have to make time for it but it is kind of relaxing isn't it? :D
Zombies... why didn't I think of that, that is emoticon emoticon

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JWENZEL723 5/5/2010 3:54PM

    i love this blog! your #1 reason is by far my favorite, haha. i also like that quote. gives you a swift kick in the butt!

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PINKCHANCHITA 5/5/2010 2:47PM

    Wonderful post you inspired me to try and run!
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MILES2GOAL 5/5/2010 1:20PM

    Benefit Number 1 is key---I swear those zombies could be coming after us any day now ;). I really enjoyed reading this blog, btw!

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ISHIIGIRL 5/5/2010 12:57PM

    I wrote a similar blog yesterday about what I have learned since I started running and I was never going to run! I feel the same way about running. Great blog!

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TLAIR0468 5/5/2010 12:34PM

    I loved reading your blog! I've done several 5k's, but 2 weeks ago, I ran the whole thing for the first time. I cannot even describe the feeling when I crossed the finish line (red faced and breathing heavy)...it was awesome! I am still trying to get to the place where I love it, but after reading your blog, I have more faith that I WILL get there!

Thanks for the inspiration!!

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PELESJEWEL 5/5/2010 11:51AM

    This blog is so inspiring! I have to add you as a friend, (hope you don't mind). I just started a 10-wk C25k training. I'm loving it. I can't wait until I turn the corner and feel the exhiliration of "running". I have seen people's lives change from running. Let's motivate each other on this journery.

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KARVY09 5/5/2010 11:45AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your love of running and Couch to 5K with the world and showing everyone that us chunky runners are out there and DOING IT.

YOU ARE A RUNNER.

Work it!

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ANNA19871 5/5/2010 11:35AM

  Love your post! I've started running too - being an optimistic and competitive person I went for coach to 10km, it was all going well and I@m upto 5 miles, but have been forced to take this week off after spraining my ankle which is killing me! Like you I never thought I would like running buy now I actually miss it!

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DEBO1202 5/5/2010 11:14AM

    I love it! I've been trying to get motivated to run too! (I do lots of cardio but no actual -hit the pavement running) very inspirational! Keep up the great work, you've got lots to be proud of!

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WILDBLUEORCHID 5/5/2010 11:13AM

    So true to my heart, I felt some tears building. I too am not "runner" but I enjoy trying to be one. Its a work in progress and I'm starting the C25K next week, Looking forward to it. I will be a RUNNER! Keep on running, its not about speed its your pace - after all you're doing it for you.

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WYND10 5/5/2010 11:08AM

    Great Blog!

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LOOZINITNOW 5/5/2010 11:06AM

    Great blog! You are a true inspiration to anyone who says they can't run!

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2FUN2B_LAZY 5/5/2010 11:05AM

    I LOVED your blog!! I have been wondering if running is really for me. I went to see how far I could run, and it wasn't far. I remembered how much I hated running. It was terrible. But I wondered if I could grow to love it. No one has ever really been able to answer that for me until I read your blog. What an inspiration! Thank you!

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BLUEBAMBOO 5/5/2010 11:04AM

  Awesome and inspiring post to read!

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Thank you DONE GIRLS!!!!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I am so honored to have the Done Page of the Month! I am so inspired each month by the Done Page of the Month and the person, the creator, behind it. Itís ALWAYS a phenomenal woman, someone who I aspire to be, someone who exudes inspiration. And this month that woman is ME? I am one big goose bump today because I canít get rid of these chills!

Thank you all for your awesome, inspiring, motivating, funny, DONE GIRL comments on my spark page. I havenít been able to get any work done this afternoon because of all the DONE LOVINí! (Not complaining!)

Thank you for those that have reached out and added me as a Spark friend to their page! I love meeting new people and the introvert in me sometimes shies away from adding a person to my page because I think ďOh, sheís too cool, sheíd never want to be friends with ME.Ē Or ďSheís lost over 100 lbs., what can she learn from ME?Ē

If you are reading this and sometimes feel the same way, feel free to add me as a friend! I stand with open arms to everyone and always try to inspire my friends.

How can I thank you all? I feel like in addition to belong to an amazing team I now have even more of a built-in support system!

THANK YOU!!

I revamp my spark page every month to give myself an extra ďumphĒ! When I get discouraged on the path to wellness, thatís what I do Ė add fun quotes, new goals, or find a before picture of myself and see how far Iíve come. It helps keep the extra step in my day and keeps me focused on the positive, where Iím going, not the negative, where Iíve been.

Just like the DONE GIRLS do. This team rocks, and it always motivates me. Even looking at my spark page and seeing the Done Girls icon makes me smile. And this month itís one I created. How awesome is that??

THANK YOU DONE GIRLS! I LOVE YA!!!!!!


  
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WILDBLUEORCHID 5/5/2010 11:07AM

    Go Girl! You rock!

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MOMFAN 5/5/2010 12:57AM

    You motivate me all the time and I so understand becausee often I think the same thought, why in the world would they want to spend time with me. We are both amazing and wonderfully made and we are done!

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CUPCAKE_LIL 5/4/2010 11:33PM

    How exciting! You truly are a done girl (I love your background too!)

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YATMAMA 5/4/2010 7:21PM

    *squeeeeezzzzzzzzeeeeeee* You've earned it!!

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COLT2008 5/4/2010 7:20PM

    great job and I thank you for sharing what you have learned. I too didn't know about the spark people calendar and can't wait to use it!

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COLT2008 5/4/2010 7:19PM

    great job and I thank you for sharing what you have learned. I too didn't know about the spark people calendar and can't wait to use it!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 5/4/2010 5:52PM

    People don't always get the good recognition they deserve so it is great to see you get recognized for all you have "done".

Yesterday in your blog about your calendar, mentioning the spark calendar under my tools was an enlightenment for me. I never found that feature. Since I had been in the dark on that item, I thought perhaps my spark friends were also. I discussed it in my blog right after reading yours, giving directions how to get there.

The info was well received. And, guess what? I heard from about 10 Sparkers who did not know about that feature and were excited about the "something new" they learned. Of course I gave you the credit right up front.

So thank you again Lotus Flower for sharing and caring.

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LINDA! 5/4/2010 5:49PM

    Wonderful blog!!! I am so glad that you were honored for your Done Page of the Month. emoticon emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 5/4/2010 5:11PM

    I love your enthusiasm, and dare I say it, SPARK! You're zest for change and healthy living are helping me at this very moment. Thanks for leading in your own quiet way. You may never even know how many people you are helping along the way! You go girl!!! WOO HOO!

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MERAINA 5/4/2010 4:24PM

    Awesome Blog!!!

CONGRATS again... you are doing great and you inspire others greatly!

I was dancing on your page this morning when a couple of the team leaders sent in their "pick" for the Done page of the month and they had picked you... now how kewl is that... that I was just on your page moments before, not knowing that they had been there "lookin" too! LOL

Thanks for being involved and very Uplifting to others sparking around you!
YOU are truly a wonderful Done Girl!

Keep on dancing,
Meraina

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April Report Card and May Goals

Monday, May 03, 2010

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Weight lost: 4 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 17.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 58 lbs.
Fitness minutes: 485 (vs. 420 in March (UP 65 minutes) and UP 25 minutes from Feb. (460 minutes) BUT I had a total of 1,030 in January, my record high. I want to get closer to that.
Miles: 20 miles (same as March vs. 30 in February; 66 in January)
Measurements: Lost two inches and my waist to hip ratio has gone down from 0.96 to 0.92.
Grade for the month: B- (up from a "C") emoticon

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Non-scale victories:

I have been training for my upcoming 5Kís and I am on Week 3 of Couch to 5K
I actually enjoy running
I gave away several more bags of clothing to the resale store
At a recent wedding I had the challenge of not having anything to wear because all my dresses are too loose
A dress that hasnít fit me in 9 years fits
Leslie Sansone sent me some videos and goodies
Iím almost at the weight I was when I got married
I was actually more fit than a class I was going to join
People are noticing a difference
I notice a difference and am starting to get my sexy back
More energy for my kids

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Looking at my April calendar, I see a trend. I don't like working out or tracking my food on the weekends! I want to start doing that more.



(The blue represents the "good", the X's the days I didn't meet my goals). I didnít work out as much as I wanted to. I didnít hit my daily mile a day. I could have made time in the morning or at night, and I didn't. My goals were in 4 categories: water, exercise, stay within calorie range, and eat fruits/veggies.

I would grade myself a B- for the month, up from my C last month.

In January I did the boot camp challenge and exceeded 1,000 fitness minutes in that month. In February that number went down to 460 minutes, and this month that number went UP to 485 minutes. My goal is 500 minutes a month, and I want to aim for 1,000, but at least hit 500 minutes. So I still need some work to do here.

Iím tweaking my diet to eliminate certain foods I think may affect my skin condition, my psoriasis. I am eliminating dairy and gluten products and also adding more veggies and fruit. No junk food, fried food, processed food. I am noticing a difference in my energy and my skin and itís only been 2 days.

Iíve also changed my spark goals Ė I had wanted to lose 2 lbs. a week, but I just donít lose that way. So now I have changed it to 1.5 lbs. a week and that has given me a higher calorie goal to meet each day, which is helping me. I went from 1230- 1580 calories to 1340-1750 per day. I met with my dietitian and she said this was a good goal. She said to keep it under 1700 if I could and that I would see progress.

I am going to give it all I have in May.

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My goals for May are:

1. Lose 6 lbs. (reaching 60 lbs. total lost)
2. Train for the 5ks Iíve signed up for.
3. Have 1,000 fitness minutes again. I did it in January, I can do it again.
4. Work out EVERY day even if it is only for 10 minutes.
5. Balance my life - family, writing and work. Take my breaks at work, or at least my lunch. Get out of the office and write. Leave at 5 sharp to get home to the family. No more staying until 5:30, 6 or beyond. Claim back my life.


  
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MICKEYMAX 5/4/2010 5:16PM

    Thanks for the tips and the great suggestions. This is why I love SP. There's always someone to help light the way. Well done! Woo hoo!

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JWENZEL723 5/4/2010 3:35PM

    i love your before and after pictures! you have come so far!!! i really like the way you do your calendar and it must be so great to have at the end of the month and see what you have accomplished and what you need to work on. i just may steal that idea!

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TEMPEST272002 5/4/2010 1:18PM

    Your doing great! I especially like your before & after pictures - it's clear that you are much lighter, in body and spirit, now!

I have a suggestion for you that will up your exercise, increase your veggies consumption and allow you to have fun with your girls... if you have a yard, why not plant a sunflower-house garden for your daughters. You can log "gardening" and "digging" as cardio on the fitness tracker. We did this when our kids were young and they loved it! Here's a how to link:
http://flowergardens.suite101.c
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We did it a bit differently from the article. We built rectangular planter boxes and placed them in a square (with an opening to the center), leaving a grass patch in the middle. In addition to different sized sunflowers, we also planted peas and strawberries for the kids to snack on.



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FREELADY 5/3/2010 11:11PM

    This is absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed so much hearing about all your steps and your progress.

I am so happy for you and I am very, very proud of you!!!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 5/3/2010 9:25PM

    You are doing an amazing job. You are tackling every aspect of improving yourself and your life. Your priorities are right on. You serve as a wonderful example of honesty, finding what works for you and commitment.

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COLT2008 5/3/2010 9:14PM

    You are doing Great!

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DEBO1202 5/3/2010 7:10PM

    Those sound like some really good goals! I love your tracking system~ Keep up the great work!

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YATMAMA 5/3/2010 6:26PM

    You are doing SO well. *APPLAUSE*

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AGAINALWAYS 5/3/2010 3:32PM

    Good for you! I especially like the smile in your after picture!

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/3/2010 3:18PM

    Thanks everyone for your comments!! The calendar I bought from Sparkpeople here, I believe it's $12, it comes with stickers too and I've been using it consistently this year, since Jan. 2010 and I LOVE it. I really like how it's broken into 4 quadrants, so I can highlight each area that I do well in - if I got my water in for the day, but didn't workout, I still get "credit" for the water. It also helps me to "grade" myself and evaluate trends. Then at the end of the month what I do is I scan the page in, save it as a .jpeg picture file, and upload to my monthly report card blog.

There's also a free online version, on your home page at Spark you will see at the bottom right hand side it says "My Sparksummary Calendar" or something like that. It will show you at a glance how you've done.

I'm glad I'm giving you all ideas!!! That's awesome.

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K10BFIT 5/3/2010 3:01PM

  I'm loving the calendar idea too! Definitely going to steal that idea. I'm a visual person so I'm hoping that helps me. WOO HOO on the weight loss lady. Lookin' good and I'm proud of all the goals you've met and the ones that will be met. Definitely an inspiration!!!

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TES5061 5/3/2010 2:52PM

    Where did you get/make your calendar?! That is awesome! I'm going to borrow some of your ideas to hopefully help me get on the ball. Lol. Great job! emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 5/3/2010 2:43PM

    Your doing great!!!!!! Keep up the good work!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 5/3/2010 2:42PM

    You are doing fantastic in recording and keeping track!! Way to go girl!! It's great to see the progress you have made!!

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SHERLYN-WILL 5/3/2010 12:27PM

    Love the pic comparison. You are looking great. Love your non scale victories...seeing them in writing... wow you have had allot of them for April.
Thanks for blogging.

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FITNESSMISTRESS 5/3/2010 11:39AM

    Go GIRL! You look great! That smile on your after picture says a lot. Not to mention your hip is perched out towards the camera which is confirming your statement of "I notice a difference and am starting to get my sexy back". I am seeing the sexy girl! LOVES IT! Keep up the great work!

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HAPPYMEWAY2B 5/3/2010 11:37AM

    What a neat idea! I LOVE your report card!! :)

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SUNNYDAZE9 5/3/2010 11:30AM

    Wow-I am impressed! You are very organized and committed to your goals. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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KARENIN1DERLAND 5/3/2010 11:25AM

    WOW! I loved your blog, and how you are grading yourself. We definitely start this journey for one reason or another, not always for ourselves. But you are taking responsibility for your actions and are making great strides! Keep up the great work! I might steal your idea of report card for the month, I like it a lot! Take care!

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Thank you Leslie Sansone!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Recently I posted a blog about my 3 yr. old daughter, Lucy, working out with me to a Leslie Sansone DVD (my favorite!) - she did an entire mile with me, and of course my husband was there taking pictures of this event.

I sent the photos along to the email given on Leslie's website, not thinking she would ever see them. Well Ruth, who works for Leslie, loved the pictures of me and Lucy so much that she just had to forward them to Leslie! She knew Leslie would love them.

And guess what?? Leslie responded!

Here are portions of her response:

"oh this does make my day ... how wonderful is this ???? !!!! Would you ask this sweet Kathy ... if she would give us permission to use the pics and some of her comments in a newsletter - also could we get her address so we can send some goodies to Lucy and Marlo!.... I LOVE HEALTHY POSITIVE MOMS! Lucy is so blessed to have a mom like Kathy ... and LUCY IS A BLESSING ... I remember the days well .... when the kids would not take naps ... I miss it so much! You can send my notes right back to Kathy and send big hugs to Lucy and Marlo."

And not only did I get such a personal, wonderful response from Leslie, and not only are these pictures going to be featured in an upcoming newsletter, but she was generous enough to send us goodies!!!! She sent us several DVDs, including the Family Walk and the Kids Walk, which had been on my wish list for the longest time. She also sent me a t-shirt and 1 lb. hand weights.

Lucy did the Kids Walk over the weekend and loved it. She also LOVES the 1 lb. weights. I have the 2 lb. and they are a bit too heavy for her little 3 yr. old hands, but the 1 lb. are perfect for her. The 5K walk is awesome, I love it! It is helping me train for my upcoming 5k. Also I am looking forward to the fat burning walk and my husband is excited to do the family walk together as a family. The t-shirt fits me perfectly, now that I've lost almost 60 lbs. with LESLIE's help!!!!!!

But most importantly, I thank Leslie for what she does - inspire people to start moving. I now have the energy to run with my daughter, to swing with her without a fear that the swing will break, to PLAY with her. That is so life changing for me.

Thank you, Leslie. Thank you so very much.


  
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KAN2124 5/4/2010 4:13PM

    Rock on! That is too cool! emoticon

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 5/4/2010 2:09PM

    OMG, that is so cool!!! I love Leslie and her videos. They have been a great tool in my journey and have helped me so much. Can't wait to see the newsletter :)

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LISSOME 5/4/2010 2:05PM

    Wow! I think I love Leslie Sansone even more now.
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HAPPYMEWAY2B 5/3/2010 11:36AM

    That is SO emoticon !! You have one lucky little girl to have such a healthy mama! :)

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YATMAMA 4/28/2010 3:39PM

    That is SO exciting!!!!!!! WowwowwowwowWOW!!!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 4/28/2010 7:38AM

    Awesome!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 4/28/2010 12:56AM

    Oh how awesome was that treat!!!!!!!!

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GOING2LOSENOW 4/28/2010 12:54AM

    HOW AWESOME!

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PEPPERLEAH 4/27/2010 11:03PM

    That is just about the sweetest thing I have heard for a very long time! You most definitely ARE an inspiration to all of us! Congrats on all of your success, and for the great example you are setting for your kids!

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MOMFAN 4/27/2010 10:44PM

    That is so awesome, what a blessing and the congrats are greatly deserved! Love the new pics!

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LOOZINITNOW 4/27/2010 9:49PM

    That is so awesome! I love her DVD's!

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CRICKET217 4/27/2010 6:15PM

    How awesome is that! I love her videos, she is so encouraging throughout the work- outs. Enjoy all your goodies :)

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 4/27/2010 4:12PM

    How awesome this is for you and your family. Wonderful and good things should come your way and they have!! What a positive example you are setting for your daughter and she is adorable. When I see the photos, I will know that cute mom and daughter. This is so cool.

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KITTY1970 4/27/2010 3:35PM

    emoticonThat is so great that she actually responded personaly. My daugter use to walk w/ me when she was younger. It was a precious time together to share that w/ her.

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MERCYNGRACE 4/27/2010 2:12PM

    emoticon emoticon The Lord is loving and kind. He knew you needed that boost!

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LYNNA7499 4/27/2010 12:59PM

  That is really neat! Leslie sounds like a great woman! Love the photos!

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LKIRKENDALL 4/27/2010 12:52PM

    Awesome! I love Leslie as well. I think I have found most of her tapes/DVDs and mix them up on a daily basis. I ofcourse rope my husband, daughter, and other family and friends into her walks. It is a great thing to share your enthusiasm with your family. Enjoy your walks! I to was featured in a newsletter of Leslie's last year. Have a great day! emoticon emoticon

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WARRIORWOMAN90 4/27/2010 12:12PM

    How sweet! Good for you! WW.

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In the words of Forest Gump...I was RUNNING!

Monday, April 26, 2010

So I signed up for a class for training for a 5K, to walk or walk/run it at my gym. I figured it was perfect timing as my first 5k is 6 weeks away and would enhance my Couch to 5k training. I got there before the class started, and saw the class waiting for the instructor. They looked about 20 yrs. older than me and more out of shape than I am. SOÖI put my ipod on and decided to see how the class shaped up. (Spy, basically). I did my own training, running in intervals and then walking. I kicked butt. AND I am so happy I didnít join the group Ė I havenít had this experience often, so I hope you donít think Iím bragging or putting these ladies down, I am proud of them for being there - but I was so above their level! Now 6 months ago I was AT their level. But I am now so above it!!! They walked the entire class, I RAN half and walked half. I am still a slow, fluffy runner, but I am a PROUD slow, fluffy runner Ė and, in the words of Forest Gump, I was RUNNING!

Now I get to cancel my registration and do something else with those $24 bucks. Maybe a new sports bra.

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KAN2124 5/4/2010 4:11PM

    You're doing great! Fluffy Runners unite! emoticon

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TLAIR0468 4/27/2010 11:33AM

    Doesn't it feel great to realize how much progress you've made?? Best of luck on your 5k!!



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FIDDLER4JESUS 4/27/2010 10:51AM

    I chuckled too reading "fluffy runner" ...good for you! emoticonso can't we!
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MOMFAN 4/27/2010 2:16AM

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FREELADY 4/26/2010 11:14PM

    Fabulous! Way to go! Keep that proud feeling a long, long time!!

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CRICKET217 4/26/2010 10:05PM

    It's a wonderful feeling to know your hard work is paying off! Awesome job!!!

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YATMAMA 4/26/2010 7:12PM

    I am just SO proud of you!!!!!

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HAPPYLILIMOON 4/26/2010 6:34PM

    Woah!!! What a super nice feeling, huh??? Good for you!!!!!
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TEDDYBEARGIRL 4/26/2010 5:56PM

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LKIRKENDALL 4/26/2010 4:46PM

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P0KERS0PH 4/26/2010 4:21PM

    Good job!

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MOMTO6PLUS2 4/26/2010 3:46PM

    "a slow, fluffy runner" ---you cracked me up! So funny! When I start my C25K training, I'll need to borrow that phrase ;)

And you should be PROUD-- you are doing GREAT! Way to go!!! :)

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AGAINALWAYS 4/26/2010 3:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good for you!

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