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President's Fitness Test Results for MOTIVATE Challenge

Friday, January 06, 2012

I am posting this here so that I have a record of it. This is the first time I've done the President's Challenge, in past Done Girl Seasonal Challenges I avoided this test, usually done at the start of each challenge. It intimidated me and I didn't want to do the push ups or sit ups or time my run...but I'm glad I did it. It showed me areas I need to improve on, and reminded me of why I'm on this journey. I want to be healthy. It's not about the number on the scale, or any individual number below in my results. But...all of these numbers add up and they tell a story. And my story still has an unhappy ending - a high risk of disease.

My current results are:

Congratulations! You scored above average on 2 of the 4 elements of the adult fitness test. Your score was average or below average for your age on 2 of the 4 tests. You may wish to talk with a fitness or exercise professional about activities you can do to improve your performance on these tests. Keep up the good work! Remember to be active every day and work to maintain a healthy weight.

Aerobic Fitness:
1.5-Mile Run

Muscular Strength:
Half Sit-Ups (in one minute)

Muscular Strength:


Overall Score (based on percentile average):


Body Composition:

Current wt: 200
Waist measurement: 40.2

BMI: 31.3 Obesity, Very High Risk of Disease

I do need to look back and see how far I've come, if only for my pride's sake. Seriously, if I focus too much on these results I will get down on myself and ask myself the sort of questions that don't get me anywhere. Questions like, why didn't you run faster, you've run 10 minute miles before. This was ONLY 1.5 miles, couldn't you have pushed it? Gotten a final time of 15 minutes vs. 18 min. 15 seconds? Or pushups, couldn't you have done a few more?

So I'm going to look back for a moment.

At the start of my journey my results would be something like this:

My aerobic fitness - I wouldn't have been running, that's for sure.

Flexibility - don't think I would have reached far at all.

Muscular strength - maybe I would have gotten out 5 pushups and maybe half of the sit-ups I did.

Body Composition:

My highest known weight (before I stopped stepping on the scale): 298 (vs. 200 now)

Waist measurement: 52 (vs. 40.2 now)

BMI: 46.7 (vs. 31.3 now)

Still Obesity, Very High Risk of Disease, but there is an end in sight. When I was 46.7 30 seems very far away. Now I know I can reach that. I think just 10 more lbs. and I'm there.

And I scored "above average" on 2 of the 4 elements in the test! I can't overlook that.

And this test has fueled my fire. I don't like that my BMI is still obese and says that I am at a high risk for disease. I want to change that. I am even more motivated to reach my goal weight. Enough of this holiday yo-yoing in and out of Onederland. I am done with it. From now on I want to just keep going downward, and soon I will be under a 30 BMI, which will make me just "overweight" vs. "obese" (isn't that a terrible word?)

But 51%, well, I guess I'm "average". And coming from a place where I would never have made that score previously, I guess I'm ok with that - for now. It gives me room to grow, and that's always a good thing.

I know I can lower my BMI, lower my weight and ultimately reach my goals. And I can't wait to do this test again and beat my own times. After all, my biggest competition is myself. And I'm gonna win.

If you are intersted in taking the test yourself the link is below.


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KITHKINCAID 1/10/2012 3:31PM

    Nothin wrong at all with being average. For me it actually feels weird to be average since I have been so above average (and not in a good way) for so long. Congrats on even DOING the test in the first place and cranking out some great numbers. 22 pushups in a minute - ugh - I struggle with 10!

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FITFOODIE806 1/8/2012 6:16AM

    You should focus on how far you've come!! Growth is what it's about! And look how well you did. And next time you'll do even better! Thanks for sharing this. I remember it from grade school. I hated it then. Maybe I'll try now.

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AMBER281 1/7/2012 11:49PM

    Congrats on your results!
Its neat to see how far you have come, what a great NSV. That was the whole reason that I did the challenge this week, later I can do it again and see how far I have come too.
I am so proud of you.

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TEMPEST272002 1/7/2012 6:19PM

    I'm glad you talked about how very far you've come. You're in the "average" for fitness... that's amazing! The old you would have thought that an impossible dream, just as a 30 BMI once seemed so far away. You've done a great job of transforming your weight & fitness level and you're just going to continue to get fitter & fitter.

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LINDAKAY228 1/7/2012 5:58PM

    Congratulations on the test results! I didn't get it done for the challenge, but really should take it so the next time it comes up I will have something to compare it to. Great job!

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ROBYNROSE26 1/7/2012 2:38PM

    Great job Kathy! I really need to do this, but haven't gotten around to it and am wearing heels and dress pants today and having a full house tonight for hubbies birthday, might do it tomorrow, won't get the points but its a good measurement tool!

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/7/2012 11:43AM

    I'm so proud of you!! You were strong enough to take the test & face the numbers, strong enough to figure out what you needed to do, and mentally strong enough to fight your initial emotions with some TRUTH!! You have done AMAZINGLY well, and ARE CONTINUING to do so!! YOU GO GIRL!!!

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TOPAZROSE 1/7/2012 8:50AM

    You have put these results into your personal context and wow how far you have come. WTG! You are doing so well.

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SARASMILING 1/7/2012 8:25AM

    What an awesome job you're doing!! So proud!
I know, I hate being in the obese category. It's funny, in my early 20's I would have never thought my goal in my 30's would be to get into the overweight category. lol! And I thought I was fat then?! If only we knew then... :) Onward and upward...well in our case downward. :) Have a great weekend!

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WOLFKITTY 1/7/2012 1:48AM

    You are awesome!!! :D

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STARFIRE125 1/7/2012 12:04AM

    You have come a long way and should be very proud of yourself! The best is yet to be!

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ERINBEAR1876 1/6/2012 11:48PM

    Maybe tomorrow I'll have to take that test to see where I sit, but I have to say I love the attitude shift that you show in this blog, from how you show your negative thinking shifting into the positive and what you have accomplished rather than how far you have left to go and how unreachable it can "seem" sometimes. And the amount of pushups you did??? Holy cats! I think that is great! I am surprised that you didn't get a higher percentile for that. I have a feeling I'll be getting a low percentile in that area ;o}

Great job, and a great point for you to look back on!

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UNICORN212 1/6/2012 10:56PM

    I still need to do mine - and I need to find my prior results. Hopefully tomorrow. I am glad you scored so well on two of the 4 - and actually, I think you did better on ALL of them than I did last time!

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    You are amazing! I'm so proud of you!!!!

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The Joy and Abundance of our Christmas

Monday, December 26, 2011

I have had such an amazing last couple of days that I had to share with my Spark friends. I had what were possibly some of the worst days I've ever had near Christmas, almost cancelling our Christmas Eve plans, but God had other things in store for us.

Some of you may know that my daughter was to get surgery to remove a cyst in her neck this past Wednesday. That surgery got cancelled due to a fall she had on Monday; the doctors determined that it wasn't safe to put her under as she may have suffered a slight concussion and the anesthesia would worsen things, and possibly cause more problems. So her surgery is rescheduled until Jan. 25th. At first I was frustrated, but I realized that sometimes the answer to a prayer is not the answer we seek, but the one that we do need.

On Thursday I received a text message from my bank saying that we only had $50 to last us until the following week when I would get paid. We were not done Christmas shopping. We hadn't purchased food for our Christmas Eve feast that we were hosting for the first time. Doctor bills and other unexpected events had taken their toll on our wallets. I transferred what was left in our emergency fund to cover bills so that we wouldn't be withdrawn on our bank account. I should have felt panic, but instead I was left with a deep peace. I was done Christmas shopping. I hadn't decided that, but God decided for me. I refused to add any more debt to our credit card. We were done and that was it.

I did get worried about having guests for dinner the following day and cried about how we would afford it, and said we should probably cancel. But my family was looking forward to it, and I knew that if all we could do is give soup or sandwiches, we would still be happy. I prayed that we would somehow provide.

That afternoon the director of my daughter's old preschool stopped by with a gift of books for the girls. Inside of the bag was a card for us with a Trader Joe's gift card worth $100. This was amazing to me. What a gift, and what timing! It was God's perfect timing. We had also received $18 to Panera in the mail that day due to an error they had made with our order the week before. We would use that for fresh bread, and Trader Joe's for other things we needed for dinner.

A few hours later I got a text from a woman at my church that said there was a surprise on our front door. We looked and there was a 23-lb. turkey and a loaf of sourdough bread waiting for us on our doorstep. It was an answer to prayer. I cried, I was overwhelmed. I hadn't told this woman about our financial situation. I don't tell many that we are struggling, except for close family and friends, and only when they ask. I don't like getting handouts. This didn't feel like that. This felt like a huge gift, a blessing. I explained to her that we were just talking about how would we be able to afford hosting Christmas Eve dinner, and she said "God knows, honey. God knows."

We took turns hauling the huge turkey inside, the girls were dancing around it. It was fun. My husband and I have never had a full turkey before and had no idea how to defrost it, let alone cook it, but we got advice from my mom and dad. I felt like the richest woman on this earth. It was starting to feel like an "It's a Wonderful Life" Christmas - seriously. It was amazing.

The following day the Christmas Eve feast was amazing. My one sister brought wine and a cheese platter, another sister brought bacon puffs (yes you read that right!), another sister brought juice boxes for the kids, my Dad brought a ham, we had the turkey (which turned out delicious, we had basted it with olive oil and herbs), I baked my pecan chocolate pie, also made Swedish Pecans, it was just incredible. We also had lots of other goodies thanks for our Trader Joe's gift card. It was so nice to see the kids open gifts and to spend that time with family.

As our family was leaving, my husband said that someone left their gifts outside. I went out and there were two huge bags full of wrapped presents, addressed to my daughters, and simply signed, "Santa".

I called my Dad, I called my brother-in-law, I tried to figure out who had left these gifts, and I can tell you I still have no clue who. I can't thank this person, which is killing me. This was a huge, huge blessing. I don't know how else to describe it. It was going to be sparse under our tree this year and now we had these gifts for the girls on top of what we had already bought them.

You may think this is the end of the story but it's not. My husband and I couldn't afford to exchange gifts this year. He is an artist and was going to make me something for Christmas, but he didn't have time. I did buy him a few t-shirts as he loves t-shirts, and they were on sale, but he felt bad he didn't have anything for me. I told him the best gift would be if he would go to Christmas service with me at church the following morning. He sort of rolled his eyes, I knew he didn't want to go. He said he'd think about it.

The next morning, after the girls opened gifts and we had breakfast my husband was still in his pjs and Marlo was naked (due to a potty accident). It was ten minutes before I had to leave for church, and I told Lucy to get her shoes on or we'd be late. She stood, defiant, and said she wasn't going to go. (Lucy is my older daughter, 5 1/2 yrs. old, and is the only one to go to church with me). I was crushed. But I didn't want to force her to go, and on Christmas Day no less, so I let it go. I said something to my husband about it going to be lonely going to service alone (yes, us Irish can lay on the guilt thick), and Lucy jumped up and got her shoes on. I was so thankful, and told her so. She said "I wasn't going to let you go alone, Mama." So off we went, out the door.

In church we were singing Christmas carols and it was a joyous time. I saw the front of the church turn around for some reason, and wasn't sure why. I kept my eyes forward and then out of the corner of my eye I saw my husband, Jim, with my daughter Marlo on his shoulders. He came! I was so shocked and happy, and glad. I can tell you I couldn't stop smiling for the rest of the service. My heart was full, glad, and just thankful. It's so not about the gifts, but I feel like we were blessed with so many gifts this Christmas. We have love in our hearts. We have a loving and supportive community. I have an amazing family, a wonderful Spark family, and I have a church family I love. I am rich indeed.

These are just a few of my Christmas miracles this year. I wanted to capture them on paper and share them with you in case this Christmas may have been a darker one for you, or if it was an amazing one too. It's a reminder that magic does exist in this special, holy season. Whether you believe or not, the magic is there, an undercurrent under all of the glitter and baubles, underneath all the hurt and pain, there is magic. All you have to do it close your eyes. And listen.

Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas season.


May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now
And bless you evermore.
--Irish Blessings

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BRITCHES82 1/9/2012 3:18PM

    I just got a hold of this blog and I am so glad I did!! I have had those moments in my life. God is truly amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    What an incredible Christmas for you and your family! I'm so glad to hear how everything worked out for you, sounds like an incredible time!

Love you!

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TEMPEST272002 1/1/2012 4:36PM

    So beautiful to read of how your Christmas was transformed through love and kindness. I'm glad your deepest wish, about having your family in church with you, came true.

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LMLOPEZ 1/1/2012 3:55PM

    Wow, Kathy-just read this post and I am always in awe how God puts people and situations in place for us when He knows we need it most. You have many blessings and I hope these blessings continue for you through the New Year. What an awesome start to the 2012 season-may you have continued health and happiness through the year!

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KITHKINCAID 12/31/2011 4:45PM

    It is not a wonder you believe. What an incredible set of miracles. God does know, Kathy, and you are such a wonderful person, he knew that you needed and so he gave. I am so happy that you and your family had the holiday that you all deserve. Much love and many blessings for the New Year.


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MANLEYSANDY 12/28/2011 4:07PM

    God works in the best ways! Thank you for sharing your wonderful blessing with us!

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REENSKI 12/28/2011 10:10AM

    So beautiful & so full of love & so blessed!

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TOPAZROSE 12/28/2011 8:49AM

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas story.

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SHERR513 12/27/2011 5:36PM

    What an amazing story of how God can turn impossible into possible! I love how God blessed you and your family! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/27/2011 4:04PM

    I love to hear Christmas miracles! So happy for yours! I've had a really rough month and my daughters had no money and miracles worked out for us too so that my grandkids had a nice Christmas. God amazes us with His grace and gifts sometimes!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/27/2011 3:29PM

    So beautiful and amazing!

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MS_MANDA 12/27/2011 2:11PM

    Those were for sure Christmas Miracles. I'm so glad things turned around for you :)

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MOMFAN 12/27/2011 1:08PM

    We serve an emoticonGod. thanks for the reminder. We have had many of those times ourselves! Praying that God continues to work in hubby's heart!

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BABY_GIRL69 12/27/2011 11:22AM

    These are true Christmas miracle. I had a few myself & I always most grateful & try to pay that blessing forward on to others.

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/27/2011 11:06AM

    So beautiful and amazing!

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NUOVAELLE 12/27/2011 1:48AM

    God knows, honey. God knows.
You deserved each and every one of those miracles. May your family continue to be blessed.
Wishing you the best for the new year!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 12/27/2011 12:57AM

    I love how God works! Your husband needed to see these miricles and blessings from God come to you without anyone knowing what you needed. That way he could not give credit to any person. That was the best answer to prayer and a great gift from God!

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UNICORN212 12/26/2011 11:21PM

    Rich indeed. A very awesome Christmas!

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AMBER281 12/26/2011 11:03PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I am so glad you had such a wonderful Christmas.

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IGSBETH 12/26/2011 10:34PM

    That is wonderful. You had angels watching over you.

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HSMOM2FOUR 12/26/2011 10:29PM

    I'm so thankful that you were able to see & feel the tangible love of our Lord and His care for every detail of our lives!!
(((hugs))) and praising Him with you for all His wondrous works!

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KKINNEA 12/26/2011 9:53PM

    Simply amazing - so many miracles!

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FANCY-PANTS 12/26/2011 7:35PM

    Thanks for sharing that. God is so good!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/26/2011 6:11PM

    I have goose bumps reading this. What a wonderful Christmas. I wish only greater blessings for you and your family *HUGS*

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CRYSALLIS1 12/26/2011 5:53PM

    I can tell that you are a special woman. You deserve all the blessings that came your way. I'll keep your daughter in my prayers. emoticon

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KAREN_NY 12/26/2011 5:18PM

    How blessed. A holiday to remember and a holy day for all.

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Santa Hustle 5k Race Report and Pix

Monday, December 05, 2011

My family talked me into doing this one, I thought I was finished with race season for 2011, but once I heard you get a Santa beard, a hat, a tech shirt that looks like Santa's shirt, and cookies and candy on the route and Christmas music streamed in, well, I was hooked! Plus a coupon for $5 off entry and I was set.

I was so excited to run this race was going to be my sister Kris' first run since having her daughter, Stella. Kris is the one who got me into running 5ks, and I was so excited to be able to run her first race back with her! Also my husband was going to join in the race with my Dad as walkers.

Left to right, me, my hubby, my dad, Kris and Baby Stella

My sister and I

This was my second race at Montrose Harbor, and I swear this place is cursed for me - it was raining AGAIN! Really cold rain that comes down slanted. I usually never wear a running jacket running unless it's very cold out, but I took out my Hot Chocolate jacket and I was actually still cold!

Me and hubby in our beards.

Me and Kris - we are not gonna let this rain beat us!

And we met up with my cousin Kim, and her husband John, who were running it, too, along with their friends Michelle and Ed.

We met under the bait shop, which I remember well from my first 10k, huddling underneath that.

The start line was insane. There were thousands of Santas all lined up, it was amazing to see them all! The Travel Channel was there to film as it's the largest event of its kind with so many Santas.

As we started off, my headphone cord got stuck in my beard, LOL. Then some of my beard flew in my eye. I ran with the full beard for about a mile, then I'd had it.

I told my sister beforehand that I would stay with her, run or walk. She hadn't trained for it, and I knew we would be going at a slower pace, but I didn't care. She ran my first 5k with me and didn't leave my side, so no way was I gonna leave hers.

It was nice to run by the lake, and the awesome thing about this run - other than the chocolate, which yes, I did have 2 Hershey's kisses, bringing them up to the air in a fist punch and saying "hell yeah!" (I am not ashamed, lol), the awesome thing was that I was not winded at ALL. I was casually talking with my sister and my cousin throughout it. I felt FIT! I felt HEALTHY! And I realized - this was actually EASY for me! Who would have thunk it?

We ran the first mile and then stopped for water (I had to pretend I needed water, my sister was too proud to stop for herself, lol). Then we started running again, and then walked a bit and then ran. After mile 2 my sister said she was going to walk the rest and to go on ahead. I told her no. I was not there to beat any times (and, hehe, I already met two PRs in Nov) and I didn't care about my time. I really didn't. But the funny thing was, I did want to run just for running's sake, which I think is awesome and still surprises me that I like to RUN!

We saw my Dad and hubby walking but they didn't hear us screaming.

So we walked a bit, and she got a little peeved at me for not running off...and then decided that she would run to the end, and she did! I'm so proud of her!

We finished in 41:30 which I think is darn good for all the walking breaks we took and for stopping for candy and water.

It was a FUN time. It was chilly, very chilly, it took me a while to warm up afterward. But it was simply heaven to run along the lake with my family.

We waited at the finish for my dad and husband, and my cousin had already finished up.

I recommend this one. Very fun!

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HONBAD 12/14/2011 9:24AM

    That looks like an awesome race!! How festive. I want one of those shirts! That is really sweet of you to support your sister like that.

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KKINNEA 12/13/2011 4:32PM

    Love it - an awesome time indeed with walk breaks included. I love that you really felt that love of running and that you felt good the whole way through!

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/13/2011 3:38PM

    Doing it together is so cool--beats a PR any day in my book! Looks like you had a lot of fun. Way to go!

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SGTSUNNY 12/13/2011 3:31PM

    Wonderful job! I love that first picture of you, you look so happy and beautiful

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REENSKI 12/7/2011 7:24AM

    Looks like so much fun! You are a great sister.

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    You are a very sweet sister to stay with your sister during he race. Cute pics,.

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AGREENSLADE79 12/6/2011 3:45PM

    That is so great that you and your family can all get out and do these things together! Congrats too on not being out of breath! You are really an inspiration, as I have not left week one of C25K yet, and I cannot seem to even imagin myself as a person who likes running, nor one who can do it with realtive ease!

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RUNMOMRUN2 12/6/2011 3:30PM

    thanks for sharing! we were all signed up to do this race for fun, but we got sick! looks fun emoticon

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POSITIVE-FORCE 12/6/2011 3:11PM

    Loved your blog and all your pictures! Sounds like you had an amazing time!

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CHELLES_BELLS 12/6/2011 11:57AM

    Ha! I wanted to do this race (I live close to Montrose Harbor). Kinda sad I didn't. I've heard such great reviews. And I look fabulous in a Santa beard.

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AMBER281 12/6/2011 10:42AM

    Looks like so much fun!!

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MELLY3183 12/6/2011 9:01AM

    congratulations!! way to go!!

I love it that you stayed with her, thanks for sharing your pictures and your fun!!

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CARILOUIE 12/6/2011 5:46AM

    Looks like so much fun!

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ROCKINMOM77 12/5/2011 11:19PM

    emoticon What a fun day!!

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TEMPEST272002 12/5/2011 11:12PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun & you guys were too cute in your santa beards. That see of red & white must have been quite the sight.

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GOGOMAMA 12/5/2011 10:45PM

    Love this blog!! What a fun thing to do with your family, despite the cold!! Good for you and great job on your big weight loss this week!!! Yeah, girl!

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    It looked amazingly fun!

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UNICORN212 12/5/2011 8:35PM

    You make it sound like a lot of fun - even in the cold rain!

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TAZIAH 12/5/2011 8:31PM

    That looks like a super fun race, Kathy! I'm so glad that your family got to enjoy it with you! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 12/5/2011 7:53PM

    Love the pics & looks like you guys had a good time. Spending time with your family, having fun & getting fit its incredible.
You have a beautiful family.
God bless & continued success!


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CECE0330 12/5/2011 6:19PM

    So fun! I want to do the one in Chicago sometime!

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KITHKINCAID 12/5/2011 6:19PM

    Yey! Looks like a really fun race. And it was special for you which makes it that much better. I can't get over the crowd of Santas. HAHA!

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KARENDEE4 12/5/2011 6:12PM

    Love the blog....
I will look for a race like that now

What a great sis you are

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OFF938 12/5/2011 6:06PM

    I had so much fun reading about your race. Thank you for sharing your adventure!

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WINNIE1978 12/5/2011 5:54PM

    Looks like a fun race!

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November Progress Report and December Goals

Thursday, December 01, 2011

I'm starting back doing my monthly reports.


Start weight: 198
End weight: 199.5 (as of yesterday, but at my last weigh in I was 203.5...)
Weight lost: Gain of 1.5 lbs.
Total weight lost this year: 26.5 lbs.
Goal weight progress: 21.5 more lbs. to go to reach goal weight!
Total weight lost: 98.5 (WAS 102 lbs. at the end of October)


To lose 4-6 lbs. this month. (Yes, I know given my track record around holidays I should just be happy to maintain, but I will not be happy with that. The holidays are no excuse to overeat).


My yearly fitness minute goal was go reach 11,871 fitness minutes for the year.
Im at 10,448.

There are 30 more days left in December.
I need to reach 1,423 fitness minutes this month in order to reach my goal.
Thats about 48 minutes per day.
I can break that down into 24 min. in the morning and 24 in the evening on my non-running and non-boxing days.
For my running and boxing days Ill log 60 minutes vs. 48, so on those non-running/boxing days I can slack off a bit.

But I need to move every day.

I can DO THAT.


I also started back doing the Spark boot camp, Im finished Day 4 today. It is my goal to finish it out and have that trophy on my Spark page.

I also want to incorporate yoga back into my routine.


I reached 762 fitness minutes in November. My goal was 1,000 need to step it up.

Its been a month of PRs for me! emoticon

New PR met at Hot Chocolate ran a 5k race in 35 min. 25 seconds.

New PR met at Bonfield Race ran a 5k race in 34 minutes, 5 seconds.

New PR met in running group ran a 5k in about 34 minutes.

Now I have my sights set on doing a sub 30-min. 5k. I love having new goals!


I used to look at boxing as something I couldnt do. It intimidated me. Now Im in a weekly boxing class and I LOVE it and am noticing changes in my body. I actually think since boxing is an endurance sport that is what has helped my running time improve. And all the core work has helped me to stand, and run, straighter.



1200-1550 calories
8 10 glasses of water per day.
Only 2 cups of coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.
NO dairy going cold turkey. (working on this!)
Get all of my freggies in.
Popcorn break out the air popper and make it truly healthy. Then I can have 2 bowls.
Wine only 1 2 glasses on special occasions (Thanksgiving, Xmas). No more casual drinking.
Track all of my food into the fitness tracker and check my stats nightly to see where I need to tweak anything.



My size 14 jeans are too big on me.

Sweaters from last year (size 14) are too big on me.

I now wear a size small shirt.


That this is truly a journey and that the focus should be inward and outward, but not downward at the scale.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEMPEST272002 12/2/2011 1:27PM

    I had a weight gain last week too. Hey, we're supposed to be racing forward, not backwards! lol Nevermind, we've both been doing this long enough that it's nothing but a blip on the screen. Love all the personal bests with the running! Woot! How is it going with the no dairy? I've drastically reduced dairy & beef because of my fibroids, but am having a hard time giving it up entirely. Are you using soy products instead? Can't wait to see pics of you in your new jeans. Don't forget to try on some size 10's!

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KITHKINCAID 12/2/2011 10:59AM

    I think November was a really tough month for A LOT of people. I don't know where it came from (frustration likely) but I have a renewed sense of "I'm gonna DO this" this month, so I consider the fact that I've only binged ONCE this week instead of every night a huge accomplishment. Feeling like my strength is coming back, so I'm hoping that for you too. Our journeys may be our own, but I'm so glad that we're all in this together. Hugs!

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    You are SO amazing. i am so proud of you!!!!!

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GOGOMAMA 12/2/2011 9:48AM

    Love your goals and your determination!! Congrats on all your accomplishments!!! Size 14 too big??!! Awesome!!! Size 12 or size 10 soon? Yeah!! Happy December!!

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POSITIVE-FORCE 12/1/2011 11:28PM

    Great Job on everything you have accomplished! You are going to do so wonderful for the month of December!

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HSMOM2FOUR 12/1/2011 10:48PM

    Sounds like great progress & great goals!!

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MUPPETB 12/1/2011 9:18PM


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Bonfield Express 5k Race Report - a PR and a lot of Blessings

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

This year I ran my first "Turkey Trot" as they call them, people that get up early on Thanksgiving morning and brave whatever the elements may bring, and just run. I was excited to run near my hometown, and this race was HUGE for a suburban race - over 5,100 people ran it! (And my town's day after Thanksgiving 5k was cancelled due to low participation).

The Bonfield Express started 8 yrs. ago when a local High School Dean, Coach and Teacher passed away due to complications of Hodgkin's Disease. The Bonfield Express Foundation is a fast-growing local charity working to build character and community commitment in high school students. They host programs and provide scholarship assistance to high school seniors, building future community leaders.

The excitement was in the air and I was looking forward to running this route. It goes through the main streets of the town, which was all decked out for Christmas, but also goes through a nice woodsy area that you would never know was there unless you were looking. I had trained on this route with my Saturday morning running group and met up with several of them before the race. Unfortunately there was no gear check, so I had no camera to capture the group. But a local photographer was on hand and got some overall shots.

Here's the beginning of the race. It started with an actual train whistle vs. a blow horn or regular whistle, it was pretty cool. Also a High School senior sang the Star Spangled Banner before takeoff. It was beautiful.

AND in another shot I caught a glimpse of myself! I knew the pink Bondi band would come in useful some day! Here I am!

As we started off I quickly lost track of my running gals. The autumn colors were wonderful! The community really comes out for the event, too. One family gives out "Power Donuts"!

(No, I did not stop).

This race felt hard to me because it was so hilly! And while I'd run the course before, we usually take a different route - this went through the woods the opposite direction and I felt winded pretty quickly. But it was amazing to see the streets of the town next to mine filled up with so many people! At the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago there are so many people the streets are filled, you can see almost a mile ahead at the crowd running - this was very similar to me. It was surreal.

As I approached the finish line I was surprised there was such a crowd! It was very cool.

I had forgotten to start my Garmin as I started the race, so I had no clue how I did. I felt like I did pretty good though. However, it wasn't until I got home and checked results after watching the Thanksgiving parade with my girls that I realized I hit a NEW PR!!! My time was 34:05! That's more than a minute and a half better than my Hot Chocolate race (which was also a PR for me then) earlier in the month! That is an average of a 10:59 mile!!! ME!

I was so excited.

Then it was off to my parents house for Thanksgiving dinner and I realized how amazing my life is, and how blessed I am. There are so many new lives...

The Twins, Rachel and Paige

My sister Missy holding Rachel (I think, they are identical hard to tell them apart)

My God son Owen being the proud older brother!

And there's the newest baby, Stella

My sister Kris and Stella, and Ben (yes he is watching the football game, lol!)

...And also new beginnings, my sister and her boyfriend Jan just got engaged.

The happy couple!

And I have my parents who are still healthy and awesome grandparents

And an amazing husband...

Wonderful girls....

Lucy with her cousin and my nephew, Tony

Lucy and Marlo fawning over baby Stella

Lucy and Marlo playing around on turkey day

Me with the girls at the local parade

Yes, life is GOOD.

And I have an amazing support group of Spark friends who have become my family.

Thank you God for it all.

I feel healthy, strong, and just unstoppable.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AMBER281 12/1/2011 11:17AM

    Congrats on the PR!!
Thanks for sharing pictures of your wonderful family!

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TABIKATZZ 11/30/2011 4:06PM

    Congrats on the PR! And you have such a lovely happy family! It really is a blessing!

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CHICAT63 11/30/2011 8:56AM

    Woohoo on your new PR !!!! Thanksgiving was truly a celebration for you and your family, your girls remind me of mine at their ages. Today there are 18 & 20, it goes by way too fast cherish these moments.

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    This made me so happy just reading it! Love hte pictures and love you! You are so amazing and I am so proud of you! And I tell you....Marlo is mini you!

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UNICORN212 11/29/2011 11:08PM

    Great blog, great memories!

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FREDANN 11/29/2011 9:00PM

    You have a beautiful family! Great job on your 5k and on a beautiful attitude!

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BABY_GIRL69 11/29/2011 8:30PM

    Congrats! God bless & enjoy everyday! Dee

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MOTIVATED@LAST 11/29/2011 8:30PM

    Well done on the 5K!

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LOOZINITNOW 11/29/2011 6:16PM

    emoticon on your PR! Those are some beautiful memories!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/29/2011 6:08PM

    Way to go on the PR, that's fantastic! You have a beautiful family : )

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KITHKINCAID 11/29/2011 5:56PM

    Awww - LOVE. Look at you and the 5K PRs girl! You're amazing!

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