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Shamrock Shuffle - 5K

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Today I walked a 5K (in Chicago called "The Shamrock Shuffle" around the lakefront).

Last year I barely made it. This year I could tell the difference in my health and walked much quicker. I was actually passing people up! I walked with my father who is a very fast walker and he told me later he had to work to keep up with me. He said he was proud of me, and I was proud of myself, too. Last year my time was 1 hr. 20 minutes to finish 5K (about 3 miles). This year I made it in 58 minutes, 58 seconds. 58:58!!! Over 20 minutes quicker. Other stats include:

Total steps: 10,584
Aerobic steps: 7,090 of those steps were aerobic
Calories burned: 521
Miles walked: 4.17 (total with walking from parking garage, race, etc.)

Since January I've been walking with Leslie Sansone at home, and I have lost almost 15 lb. I am only 3 lb. away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I feel exhilarated, excited and hopeful that I will regain my health. I love working out now and look forward to it.

I'm going to continue to make myself proud, and my family.

- Kathy

(I'm the one in the middle. On the left is my sister, who ran in the 8K portion and on the right is my dad).

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BABYBIRD_77 4/7/2008 3:11PM


I walked in the Shamrock Run this year too!!! I used to do it every year with people from work, left that job for two years, and then came back to the company last May. So I went again this year with everyone. Ours is 2.2 miles for the "Walk for fun" ----I jogged half of it!!, and then the 5 mile Run...I would love to do that, but it will be a while I think....lol We will see where I am at for the Turkey Run in November!!

I'm so proud of you though!!!! Way to go!!! Ya-Ya!!!!

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RAJAHKITTY 3/30/2008 11:45PM

    I am so amazingly proud of you! What a huge accomplishment! To cut 20 minutes off your time! And to maintain less than a 20 minutes mile walking is a big deal!

You are inspirational and I also think it is wonderful that you have a dad and sister who are there to support you as well! And just imagine what you'll be able to do next year!


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So Inspired!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The past week or so I had been a little depressed. I think the weather was getting to me - the cold, the snow, etc. Maybe I was going through Seasonal Depression. That and the onset of the flu that has infiltrated my family a few times now.

I recommitted to exercising, and also have started taking my vitamins and St. John's Wort, and the difference is like night and day. The past two days I have worked out in the morning, and it's like a blast of energy. I feel hopeful and have faith that I CAN do this and through God all things are possible.



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TURTLE_MOM 3/25/2008 8:25PM

    I hope you are still doing well! I get the seasonal depression too but now it's Spring and it's getting better :)

Happy Spring!

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RAJAHKITTY 3/9/2008 10:42PM

    congrats on your recommitment, Kathy! You've had a pretty stressful couple of weeks and sometimes it take a little bit to sit back and remember to prioritize. That is great that you are finding time to work out in the morning & get your extra energy in!

Here's to staying healthy all week this week!

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  Glad you are feeling better.


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Meditations for the New Year - God's Word

Monday, February 04, 2008

I found this online and thought I'd share:

Begin the New Year meditating on these encouraging Bible verses chosen to inspire a fresh new walk with God and a deeper commitment to living the Christian faith.

New Birth - A Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (NIV)

Hope for the Future

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (NLT)

A New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (NKJV)

A New Heart

Ezekiel 36:25-27
"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean.

Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command. (NLT)

Forgetting the Past

Philippians 3:13-14
No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. (NLT)

Learning from Past Mistakes

Hebrews 12:10-11
Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (NIV)

Wait on the Lord

Psalm 37:7
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. (NLT)

Isaiah 40:31
Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (NASB)

God's Timing is Perfect

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (NIV)

Each New Day is Special

Lamentations 3:22-24
The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!" (NASB)

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MYPINUPWITHIN 2/5/2008 10:25PM

    Very inspiring!

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JOEYD76542 2/4/2008 10:27PM

    Thank you very much for sharing those!

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I am so motivated!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

I feel so motivated and happy! I am walking on air today. Things are coming together in my life - emotionally, spiritually and physically. I feel content, and as far as my weight-loss journey goes, I'm not even halfway there. Yet I am HAPPY. I feel beautiful, and I feel like I can do this. When I look at things in terms of the blessings I have, instead of the way I look, the pounds I weigh, the material things, I am happy. It is enough.

It is when I focus on what I DON'T have, what I am NOT that I get down on myself and depressed. I am going to strive to continue to focus on the positive and keep making the changes that will take me where I need to be.

And as the saying goes, it's not the destination that matters. It's the journey that counts.

~ Kathy

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  Something that my OA sponsor has me do is to write 5 things I am grateful for and 5 things I like about myself. I do this every day in my journal. It has blessed me greatly !


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BABYBIRD_77 2/4/2008 9:42AM

    Hey..on a side note, your blog reminds me of the quote I picked new for February...

Stop living life for what's around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street.

- Grant L. Miller, motivational guru

Ya-Ya minds think a like...lol

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BABYBIRD_77 2/4/2008 9:33AM


I love it!! You are so right!!

Princess Baby Bird

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TABALICIOUS 2/4/2008 1:51AM

  Great positive thinking! Good luck, you can do it!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 2/3/2008 2:35PM

    Good thinking!!

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LUCRECE 2/3/2008 1:03PM

    Great post! Make a point of remembering this feeling because motivation, like emotions, come and go. You know what to do. And good for you for finding bliss BEFORE you reach goal!

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A New Year

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

I am excited for the New Year. I know that resolutions are so easy to make, and harder to follow through on. But this is my year. I won't have forever to count on to make these changes. The time is now, and I can't avoid it any longer. I won't call them "Resolutions", since that can be a big, scary word, and make the tasks seem like climbing a mountain. My small, easily attainable goals are:

I will workout at a minimum of 3x a week.
I will aim to eat at least 35g. of fiber to help with my health issues and to promote weight loss.
I will not overeat, I will remain abstinent from overeating.
I will spend less time on the couch and more time playing with my daughter.
I will remain a positive outlook, no matter what life throws my way.
I will drink 8-10 glasses of nice, cold water.
I will love myself, my body and my abilities.
I will be creative and express myself in other ways than eating, or blowing up at family members, and then hating myself.
I will live a purposeful life.
I will create an eating plan that suits my life and doesn't stress me out.
I will not strive for perfection, I will strive to do my best, and take things one day at a time.
I will stress less, and laugh more.
I will let things go instead of holding onto them.
I will write more letters and less email.
I will live, and remember that I am blessed to have my family, friends and health.

Happy New Year, everyone. 2008 has a nice ring to it.

~ Kathy

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WILLOWS_RAYVEN 1/3/2008 11:49PM

    Awesome goals and I hope you are able to attain all that you have set out to do. Sending you strength and best wishes.

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BKP4166 1/2/2008 3:33AM

    Very good goals Kathy. Keep posting and let us know how you are doing with them. Kathy/Katy from Sparkies.

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