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I Am Officially a Walk Star!

Monday, July 09, 2012

I just got a copy of Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home newsletter and I discovered that I am now officially a "walk star"! I'm the second story down, and the first story is my friend Nancy, who I met at the certification in April.

www.walkathome.com/walk-stars-storie
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This is a dream come true - what initially prompted me to start her program and lose weight was seeing a WAH newsletter with a picture of a Mom who lost 100 lbs. to be healthy for her 2 kids...I printed out that newsletter and wrote on it "This is going to be me! (dated 4/18/08)" (picture below).




Now I AM that Mom!



(Disclaimer: It took me longer than 24 months to achieve my 100+ lb. weight loss, it took over 3 yrs., that is a typo.)

  
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MANILUS 8/5/2012 11:53AM

    That is amazing, congrats!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 8/4/2012 3:08AM

  emoticon emoticon such an inspiration both in the weight loss and to know that Leslie's program works! Maybe one day we will both be Walk Leaders. Haven't given up dreaming about making it a reality! Congratulations!

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XHAPPYGIRLX 7/28/2012 10:45AM

    It isn't the amount of time that is important, it is the fact that you did it! Congratulations. You are now inspiring others to do the same :)

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DEBK0923 7/22/2012 1:07PM

    great blog

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35ANGELS 7/21/2012 11:36PM

    Awesome! I've seen you on the her facebook page. Love, Love, leslie.

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JIBBIE49 7/20/2012 5:56PM

    emoticonWhat an honor to have your blog featured in the Spark Mail. Sparks claims that the mail is read by one and a half million readers, so you are a GREAT inspiration to many today. emoticon

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JSANGSTER7 7/17/2012 6:41PM

    That is awesome! You look fantastic. I have one of the 3 mile walk dvds here, I might have to go and find it.

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DOTTY7267 7/17/2012 2:30PM

    Congrats! Whether 2 or 3 yrs, it's still a fabulous thing that you have done.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/16/2012 12:27PM

    Wow! Congrats! I love walking with her too. She's so peppy! LOL

Great job and keep going!

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EMILYDOODLE 7/16/2012 11:08AM

  congrats on your weight loss, look very good!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/16/2012 7:14AM

    You are that walk star! Way to go!

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/14/2012 8:50PM

    What an incredible journey you've completed and now have made part of your every day living. Cheers to healthy living!

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MISSB8604 7/13/2012 3:46PM

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DEBK0923 7/13/2012 2:47PM

    great job, great blog

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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/13/2012 9:41AM

    Congratulations! Way to get it done!
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ELLIEFUNT 7/13/2012 8:40AM

    Congrats!!!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/12/2012 8:32PM

    Congratulations!
Way to Go!

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    That's great! Congratulations

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HAPPYWRITER7 7/12/2012 3:34PM

    Oh my goodness! That's awesome! Congratulations!!

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GBAUM0432 7/12/2012 3:32PM

  Looking Great

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    emoticon you look great keep up the great work and always remember emoticon

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SEATOWN_GAL 7/12/2012 11:43AM

    Congratulations, you are a wonderful inspiration and should be so proud of yourself!

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    Incredible!! Congrats to you and all of your hard work!!
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HEALTHYN10 7/12/2012 10:08AM

    Congratulations!!! I walk for exercise as well, and you are an inspiration!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/12/2012 9:20AM

    Great post....

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 7/12/2012 9:14AM

    WOW that's awesome! Congrats! :) :)

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/12/2012 9:13AM

    How cool is that? We give ourselves a gift when we lost weight and get healthier, but it is really nice to get some notice for it from others too. I submitted my own story on the site, after I read yours, because I used Leslie's WAH program too. She's great and so are you!

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THEIS58 7/12/2012 8:22AM

    Wonderful! I love walking!

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SBNORMAL 7/12/2012 8:10AM

  I have her dvds and they are great!! Wonderful progress!!

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AMPROSKE1 7/12/2012 7:38AM

    Congratulations! I love Leslie Sansone!

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CORGIGIRL2 7/12/2012 7:08AM

  I tried one of her videos but my knee started hurting. I think I'll give it another try! You look great!

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EWL978 7/12/2012 6:45AM

    Fantastic!! You gave a lot of folks here some reason to keep going, especially me! Thanx.

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WILSON1926 7/12/2012 5:52AM

    emoticon it might have taken you that long but YOU did it.
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TERRIJ7 7/12/2012 12:44AM

    FABULOUS! Walk ON!!

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    Super-fantastico!!!
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My RockIt! Plan For the Week

Monday, July 02, 2012

MAIN CHALLENGE: For the main challenge this week, plan 3-5 workouts through out the week and complete them. Once you have your plan picked out, either post in your team or on your blog so that it is out there and we can help support you. Having a plan is one of the many steps that you can take to help you achieve your goals. Baby steps lead the way to your goals! Rock It! Ladies!!!!! These workouts need to be at least 30 minutes long and can be either strength training or cardio. Get it done ladies! You will feel AMAZING!

I will be going to Michigan tomorrow afternoon so I wanted to plan workouts that I could do in Michigan as well as here. The run scheduled for tomorrow morning depends on how I feel, I am still exhausted from the weekend, and drinking a few too many martinis...but without the run this still equals 5 workouts.

I also have a healthy eating plan for Michigan, eat all of my lunches and dinners with a salad, or make it into a salad. For example, if it's burgers I will have it minus the bun and put it into a salad with lots of veggies. Also striving for no grazing on chips and the like.

My planned workouts:

Monday: Teach Walk Live Class
Tuesday: Run in the morning
Wednesday: Swimming in the lake
Thursday: Lead a walk at the cottage with my family.
Friday: Walk
Saturday: Run in Michigan

  
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THEEASYKILL30 7/7/2012 5:01PM

    Vacations/Travel are tough when it comes to maintaining the fitness routine... Best of luck with yours!

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KITHKINCAID 7/5/2012 3:53PM

    Hey Sweetie! Glad to see you're setting forth a kick-ass plan! You can totally do this. I think all of us have fallen into a case of the "Hot Hazy Summers". Drinking is too easy. Eating is too easy. And exercise is hard cause it's so hot. But you got this!

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LINDAKAY228 7/3/2012 5:26PM

    Great plan! Have a wonderful time on your little vacation. SOunds like so much fun!

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ROBYNROSE26 7/3/2012 4:40PM

    Great plan Kathy!

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TEMPEST272002 7/3/2012 2:17PM

    Great plan. Walking is always a great option when you're away from home.

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JENJESS48 7/3/2012 10:45AM

    Great plan! Have fun in Michigan!

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LASKIE2 7/3/2012 6:57AM

    Where are area are you planing to visit in Michigan? What is a Walk Line Class? This sounds like a great plan!

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AMBER281 7/2/2012 8:18PM

    Awesome plan!
Have a great time on your trip.

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SAINTBERNARD6 7/2/2012 8:01PM

    I will be leaving Missouri for 6 to 8 weeks in Michigan on July 23.

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PLAYBLUES22 7/2/2012 6:39PM

    Sweetie just love the way you included your exercises into your trip out of town emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 7/2/2012 5:30PM

    Awesome Plan!!! Have a great time in MI

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CANNOTFATHOM 7/2/2012 5:19PM

    Great plan Kathy! Have fun on your trip!


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TRAVELGRRL 7/2/2012 3:14PM

    Vacations are a challenge, but part of life. I'm going next week!

You have an awesome plan, now Work It, Girl!!

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HEALTHY156 7/2/2012 2:57PM

    that sounds like an awesome plan! Enjoy your trip!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 7/2/2012 2:51PM

    Great way to plan while you will be on vacation!!!!!! Love this!!!! Love you! Easy peasy!

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Reflections on SASS and my Rock It! Plan

Friday, June 29, 2012

I started off the SASS Seasonal Done Girl challenge at 196 lbs. I had recently reached 100 lbs. down and I felt like I was going to reach my goal weight during this challenge. That was not to be. I ended the challenge weighing 197.5. Well, weigh in isn't until tomorrow...and I have a funny feeling I will end the challenge at the exact same weight that I started.

I want to say it's a plateau. I've been here for a long time, and I know that in a weight loss journey such as mine, where I have so much weight to lose, I will hit a few of these potholes along the way.

But....

I've slacked off, too.

I read an article about plateaus that asked an important question: "Is it a Real Plateau or Not?"

Well, yes, this feels real enough. But I read on further.

"Just because your weight loss has stalled does not mean you have hit a “true” plateau. A true plateau is one that results from you “tapping out” the weight loss capacity of your current efforts. So, for example, if you stuck to your 1700 calorie diet and worked out 4 times a week consistently, eventually you would stop losing weight from that specific effort. That plan will only get you so far, and you will know how far when the weight loss stops. Often people hit their first plateau at about a 7-10% weight loss, and then more plateaus will follow at various increments. The most important thing to figure out though is if the plateau is real or instead being caused by your calorie intake having increased or your exercise having decreased. So, back to our example, if your 1700 calorie diet has drifted up to a 1900 calorie diet and your 4 day exercise plan turned into 2, then you are drifting not plateau’ing."

I think I am drifting. (see link below for tips on stopping a "drift")

www.fudiet.com/2011/03/catch-your-ow
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(Who else had the lyrics "Like a drifter I was born to walk alone" go through their heads? Ok, onto it).

I haven't burned my goal of 2200 calories per week in a while. I've been eating out, I've been indulging a bit too much.

I've been lazy.

I might have had a few weeks where I did give it my all and the scale didn't budge...that frustrated me so I slacked off. Why not, right? Where was all this doing things by the books going?

I looked back and the last monthly progress report blog I posted was back in March. At that time I was at my lowest weight: 193.5. Now I've drifted back up to 197.5.

I know I have mental work to do, too...Am I mentally ready to be in the 180s? I don't know.

But I'm not going to give up without trying.

So, what I am going to do is analyze my food. Log everything and stop indulging in too much popcorn or wine, my vices.

I am going to blog monthly about my progress.

I am going to workout every day.

I will not be too strict or hard on myself, as that leads to more drifting, especially for me, but I am going to be honest with myself.

WEIGHT GOALS:

Challenge Starting Weight (Your weight on 07.01.2012): 197.5
Long-Term Goal Weight (in pounds): 178
Challenge Goal Weight (in pounds): 181

Weight goal: To lose 16.5 lbs. during this 16 week challenge.

Notice that my ultimate goal weight is 178, but my challenge goal is 181. I always set goals that are too high for myself, and I don't attain them. Over time, I've remained the same. So my thinking is to set an attainable goal for me. We are all different and when I am losing, I am a slow loser. So this weight loss goal calculates to a weight loss of about 1 lb. per week. That is completely do-able.

FITNESS GOALS:

To start making running a habit. I have only been running on average 1x per week. I want to bring that up to 3x per week so that I am ready for half marathon training come September.

To incorporate yoga back into my routine.

To start boxing with my husband.

GOAL: Burn at least 2200 cals. per week:

Monday 3 Mile Walk Live Class (515)
Tuesday Run (525)
Wednesday Boxing with Jim mixed with cardio and ST (300)
Thursday: Run in the morning and 3 Mile Walk Live Class at night (1100)
Friday Walk & kickboxing (150)
Saturday Long Run (630 - 700)
Sunday walking and yoga: (125)

Total: 3415

NUTRITION GOALS:

1400 - 1750 calories
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. 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.
Start using SP meal plans again.
Start cookies recipes from the Spark Cookbook again.

  
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LINDAKAY228 7/2/2012 11:48AM

    Great blog with lots of honesty and great plan to get you going again. I know you can do this! We're gonna Rock It!!

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JENNIFER_67 7/2/2012 7:59AM

    I hadn't heard the term "drift" used in this context before. But it really fits what I end up doing too. I can feel it starting the last week or so, and I'm working hard to get back on track. Starting now.

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SLIMLEAF 7/1/2012 11:02AM

    Sounds like an excellent, structured and carefully thought out strategy. I wish you well.

I too had been 'drifting' for far too long and am now one week into the Summer 5% Challenge which is just what I needed to get myself back on track.

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TAZIAH 6/30/2012 3:47PM

    I love that drifting theory. I think you're right. We both have been plateaued during this challenge, and while initially it may have been a real plateau, it quickly became a drifting phase due to frustration, etc. Let's kick it into gear and see if we can't get it to start moving in the right direction again! emoticon emoticon

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THEEASYKILL30 6/30/2012 2:44PM

    I like the term "drift." I had read the thing about plateaus not being real plateaus either and I think being honest with yourself is the most important thing. If we lie to ourselves, how can we achieve our goals? I'm glad that you've re-evaluated and are changing up your routine. Best of luck! I know you can do it!

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HSMOM2FOUR 6/30/2012 8:01AM

    You've got this girl!! The key is to realize you are drifting!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/30/2012 2:06AM

    You WILL reach your goals, I have no doubt! "Drifting" is a good description; being honest with the food logging and following through with those fitness and nutrition goals should help move you in the right direction. You can do this!

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VICKY31MOM 6/29/2012 11:54PM

    Love this blog. I love your plan! I feel like I have been faltering, or drifting too, for way too long! Gonna read up on plateaus and check out the link in the blog!

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AMBER281 6/29/2012 9:57PM

    You have a great plan and a great attitude.
I know you can do this!

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TEMPEST272002 6/29/2012 9:22PM

    I'm also drifting in the wrong direction. Good news we already know what it takes & we've already proven to ourselves that we have it inside ourselves to do it. I've got my clean eating plan to go grocery shopping with tomorrow. I think you have a great plan too. We''ve come this far together. We just need to keep pushing through.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/29/2012 7:25PM

    Hey LF,

This is a lifetime journey; you'll be tweaking from today until the day you take the Dirt Nap! But staying true to yourself, honest with yourself, is the first step to meeting your goals. You've set out some lofty ones. I'd like to suggest that you print out your blog and post it somewhere prominent (bathroom mirror?) so you can reflect on your goals while you brush your teeth or comb your hair.

You are so worth the effort, and you WILL make it happen!



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TRACY31502 6/29/2012 7:07PM

    GREAT blog and goals!!!! thanks for sharing!!! YOU GOT THIS!!!!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 6/29/2012 7:03PM

    I think you are too hard on yourself. YOu have had A LOT going on. And as I've said before I am very proud of everything you have done in the SASS challenge. You are amazing and I know that ROck It! will have you break through this plateau of yours!!!! Great big hugs to my inspiration!

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KBRADFORD88 6/29/2012 6:28PM

    I wish you the very best, It is hard to see things for how they are, but you are looking it in the face and moving forward. emoticon

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ROBYNROSE26 6/29/2012 6:04PM

    Love your blog Kathy, I am with you, I would like to say I am doing everything right, but I don't think I am? I love your goals for Rock It and you will be at that goal weight before you know it!

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RHIANNONTHEWOLF 6/29/2012 6:01PM

    Glad to see you have a plan. I have been "adrift" too and letting my calories float high.

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A Dream Fulfilled: Walk Leader Certification

Saturday, June 09, 2012



Three years ago when they introduced the Walk Leader certification program from Leslie Sansone, I saved the postcard that my Aunt Barb gave me announcing it, and put it up on my desk. I wondered if I would be a good leader. However, at that time, I was still at the beginning of my journey. I still needed to lose 100 lbs. And I wondered, how could I lead, when I needed to be led? So I put that postcard away and shelved that dream. But as anyone knows with a dream deferred, as the poem by Langston Hughes states, it “explodes”, meaning this dream kept building in my head and it was something I would think about, then disregard. This certification is only offered once a year, so every year come certification time, as I grew closer to my weight loss goal, I would think about it, but then think of a million reasons why not. It cost too much money. Who would come to my class? Who did I think I WAS, really.

Well, no more. This past year when the class was offered I went through the usual hemming and hawing, and then I decided I was going to DO this. I got so many signs that it was the right step to move forward with this. They say you should do what would make you happy even if you didn’t make any money at it. For me, that is simple. Writing and walking. I lead walks for my family in Michigan all the time; I led my sister when she was pregnant with twins, my parents, my other sisters, my own kids and family. This was something I loved to do, and the core of my workout program during this weight loss journey. A walk always makes me feel better. Wouldn’t that transfer to other people and help them? I had to try. I wasn’t afraid of failure anymore.

Now I am just so excited to be a certified Walk Leader for Leslie Sansone so that I can teach others how to start working out and becoming stronger. I am thrilled to be able to say I am now a certified "Fitness Instructor". I lead 3 classes a week. I am still pinching myself, I can hardly believe it. And to hear my students say "I love your class!" as they are leaving? Just amazing.

And to think at the start of this journey I couldn't walk even a half mile with Leslie. The journey of 1,000 miles does indeed start with that one, first, single step.

I can't wait to inspire others to take the first step, if they haven't already.

Is there a dream out there that is deferred to you? What steps can you take to reach out and grab it?




Graduation Class of 2012 in Chicago


Picture of my class. There's my daughter Lucy in the front row!


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What happens to a dream deferred?
~ By Langston Hughes

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

  
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3G1RLS4ME 7/10/2012 1:23PM

    Wonder if I can do it too I inspired my mother in law who is 100 lbs overweight to start walking now and my nephews want to go on walks with me when I visit them too :) but I live in Tijuana Mexico.

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NASFKAB 6/27/2012 3:17AM

  congrats proud of you

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AMBER281 6/26/2012 1:48PM

    Congrats!!!
I am so happy for you!

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GLITTERGIRL69 6/24/2012 12:30PM

    Another wonderful inspiring blog! God puts dreams into our hearts and then waits for us to realize we can do whatever we want to do! When He made me a leader of our team,Can't do this on my own, I was like ME a leader! In my life prior to becoming a leader I followed not ever leading any one. I followed my morals, and was not led astray, but lead a group, no not even one person had I led. But God put this burning desire to lead the team, Can't do this on my own. I was only a member of Sparkpeople for a few weeks. Barley knew how to do everything. Yet, "somehow" the leader got my email address and asked me if I wanted to leader the team I just joined. There were 4 other members who wanted to lead this team. I surely thought she had mistaken me for another team ember, or made some kind of mistake! however, when she asked me to lead the team, I told her I would love to, but was honest and told her I just joined sparkpeople. She wrote me back and told me that she had no idea how she even received my email address, and assured me that God gave her my email address! God pouts us in placed we do not know, asks us to do things we feel unequipped for, then He gives us the wings to fly. If we fly too high and do not use Him to help balance us we will floor to the floor. If we feel we are steady enough to do it on our own, we lose balance and we start to falter. It is when we take God's gifts, treasure them and seek hIm always that we not only float effortlessly, but we soar!

Well, God put this message in my heart, it was not really me at all! I was just going to tell

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MISSROCKABILLY 6/14/2012 3:08PM

    I love this, and I'm so proud of you! You're incredible!!

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WOLFKITTY 6/13/2012 11:05AM

    Aww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's fabulous!
HUGS!!!!
Jocelyn

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KROLES55 6/12/2012 3:57PM

    emoticon Kathi! You are inspiring!

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CHICAT63 6/12/2012 4:52AM

    So awesome, congrats on your certification !

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KITHKINCAID 6/11/2012 9:32PM

    I cannot even tell you how PROUD I am of you. Go get em girl - you're amazing!


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LOOZINITNOW 6/11/2012 4:50PM

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/11/2012 10:40AM

    I teach in the Western Suburbs of IL for those interested, send me a spark message for details!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 6/11/2012 10:21AM

    You are so amazing sweetie! You inspire everyone you meet!

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ELLIEFUNT 6/11/2012 8:22AM

    Awesome! Are you teaching in the Chicagoland area?

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/10/2012 8:17PM

    Congratulations on becoming a Walk Leader and fulfilling your dream! That is awesome and I know you are going to make a great leader!!! I love the Walk Away The Pounds dvds and have been doing them for years!!!

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Well done - and thanks for the encouragment to the rest of us.

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LINDAKAY228 6/10/2012 5:50PM

    Congratulations on making one of your dreams come true! I know you are doing an awesome job with the classes and if I lived near you I'd come to them! I'm so excited and proud for you. Glad the classes are going well. Your daughter looks so cute!

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THEEASYKILL30 6/10/2012 12:25PM

    You're a walk leader for Leslie Sansone? Do you know how much I LOVE those workouts? That is so fricking cool! emoticon

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FABN50S 6/10/2012 10:49AM

    That is so cool. I too love to walk and have always dreamed of teaching a LS walking class. I have been working out to her DVDs for years. Maybe I should work towards getting my Walking Certification here in Missouri

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FABN50S 6/10/2012 10:49AM

    That is so cool. I too love to walk and have always dreamed of teaching a LS walking class. I have been working out to her DVDs for years. Maybe I should work towards getting my Walking Certification here in Missouri

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CHIPLEY_FL 6/10/2012 7:49AM

    That is so cool. I can just imagine how many people would be more willing to start getting fit with you because you have been there. Congratulations.

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_AIYANNA_ 6/10/2012 3:32AM

    Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and proud. It takes true guts to follow your dream and achieve it too. If I didn't live half-way round the world, I'd love to join on of your classes :)

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 6/9/2012 10:00PM

    WOOHOOOO!!!!

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KBRADFORD88 6/9/2012 9:59PM

    emoticon emoticon I know you are on top of the world

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TEMPEST272002 6/9/2012 9:20PM

    I'm so proud of you! I think you'll be an amazing leader & I'm sure your students will be just as inspired by you as I am.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/9/2012 8:56PM

    I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!! You will be an awesome leader!

I use to enjoy walking but walking for me is soooooo painful physically that it has ceased to be anything but enjoyable......it is something I have to do to get from point A to point B in everyday life but I have not walked for exercise in several months due to the lower back pain and pain in the bones in my feet now.

My dreams?????? wow I pretty much stopped dreaming when just getting through every day tasks became a challenge. But I am slowly beginning to learn to dream again. My passion is outdoors and sports......I am a true tomboy at heart. My body just does not match my heart and mind LOL.

I am the odd one who watches a pro soccer game and thinks about how much fun it would be to be able to run like they do for 45 mins non-stop, or watch a mountain bike event and wish i could do that too etc.

I dream of a day that I have to work SUPER hard to get out of breath, not getting out of breath walking across the street to the mail box.

So i am glad you did not give up on your dream!!!!!!!!! I had never heard of that poem but I like it.

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VICKY31MOM 6/9/2012 7:35PM

    Congrats!!!! That is amazing!!!

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BRIGHTSUN4 6/9/2012 7:29PM

    Be proud. How exciting!!! Keep up your inspiration---it sure helps me. emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 6/9/2012 6:44PM

    WOOHOO!!

God bless & congrats!

Dee

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DUXGRL1 6/9/2012 5:03PM

    Good for you!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 6/9/2012 4:23PM

    Congratulations! How awesome for you! Have FUN!

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JEANNETTE59 6/9/2012 4:04PM

  emoticonaccomplishment. I love that you chose this Langston Hughs poem; you rock!

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LYNNA7499 6/9/2012 3:51PM

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emoticon on making your dream come true! You are an inspiration! Good luck with your classes.

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PRESBESS 6/9/2012 3:35PM

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I am so happy for you! Thanks for the inspiration.

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LASKIE2 6/9/2012 3:13PM

    emoticon on your new endeavor! You have a great drive and determination. Good luck with your classes.

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IGSBETH 6/9/2012 2:48PM

    Congrats! That's super!

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NADINEL 6/9/2012 2:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That's just so great!!!

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SHRINKINRUNNER 6/9/2012 1:48PM

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ROBYNROSE26 6/9/2012 12:45PM

    Kathy, you are so Amazing emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/9/2012 12:33PM

    emoticon on pursuing your dream, you look confident and happy.

Good luck with your classes emoticon

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GAMEON123 6/9/2012 12:16PM

    Very inspiring! Thanks for writing about it.

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_JODI404 6/9/2012 12:16PM

    emoticon Way to go on pursuing your dream!!!

You are looking just beautiful, HAPPY, healthy and fit in every photo!!

Best wishes for much fitness fun in your classes!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/9/2012 12:12PM

    This FANTASTIC news! Love your drive and determination.

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MAGGIENCALI 6/9/2012 12:08PM

    Amazing!!! Congratulations on such a wonderful acheivement. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIRDLSLAURIE 6/9/2012 11:54AM

    Fantastic! Congratulations!

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UNICORN212 6/9/2012 11:43AM

    You are just awesome!

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NFSISTER 6/9/2012 11:31AM

    Amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Made me start thinking.

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JOYCRN 6/9/2012 11:27AM

    Well done! Congratulations! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 6/9/2012 11:07AM

    I am so proud of you! Your blog brought tears to my eyes. The power of a dream...the power and confidence you are demonstrating and teaching to your daughter...you are really an inspiration, LF!



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Run For the Kids 5K Race Report - May 5, 2012

Friday, June 08, 2012

This race report is a little late in getting posted, but that doesn't make it any less important. This was my baby sister Missy's FIRST 5k. Missy is a mother to 4, having had twins a year ago. After she had the twins (2 beautiful baby girls to balance off her two toddler boys) she made a commitment to run a 5k. I told her about the Couch to 5K program and she trained with that program on her treadmill at home, along with her husband, my BIL, Tony.

One weekend in Michigan we went for our first run together:


Before our run.


After :)

A week before the race her and I took a test run outside, she hadn't run outside often during her training and it can be intimidating. It's different than running on the treadmill. She did awesome, she is faster than me, which I knew she would be, and I was so proud of her!

This race benefits the mission of Easter Seals, to enable infants, children, and adults with disabilities to achieve maximum independence and to provide support for the families who love and care for them.

On race day I met my sister and Tony at their house and we walked to the race.


Me (left) with Missy (right) - See the twin walkers behind her? She's a rock star!


Missy with Tony at the house


Me with my workout partner, Jackie!


Missy with Tony before the race

And we're off!


See us in the front? You can't miss my pink skirt/leggings :)


(See my pink leggings? LOL.)

The start of the race had an actual gun (shooting blanks of course). But it threw me off, and I think a live gun makes people run faster. So while my plan was to stay with my sister, once that gun went off I ran as if I was running for my life! I honestly thought she was in front of me anyway, since she's faster. I saw her husband book ahead, too.

About 5 minutes into it my sister comes running up to me and wasn't very happy with me. She said something like "Nice job waiting for me." I felt about as big as a tack. I felt terrible, her first 5k and my plan was to stay with her! So from that point on we were together. Both of us started too quickly due to the nature of the start (did I mention we were in the front of the pack? Not a good idea it turns out). Both of us were feeling a pain in our side. I told her to go ahead, I felt like I was slowing her down. She did for a bit, but then around the 2 mile mark was waiting for me, turns out her side was hurting her as well. We started to do a bit of walking and running. I reassured her that this was completely fine for her first 5k, and I didn't want her to feel bad about it.

We ran/walked the rest of the race, but truly we only walked for a few minutes over all. Then the finish line was in sight!


Coming toward the finish line!


After the race! Victory!

Final time: 34:21. I actually got 7th place in my age group! It was a smaller race, but still, what a victory! I almost PR'd, this was my second fastest 5k. And for Missy's first 5k this is a great time! I am so proud of her!


And just for fun, here's a picture of me (left) with Missy (right) at my sister's recent wedding all dolled up. I just love this girl!

  
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RESTORED_ME 6/10/2012 9:05AM

    Fantastic!!!! How amazing!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 6/9/2012 10:38PM

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Super job - BOTH Of you!!! Rock on!!! and WOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!

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RUNNINGOMA 6/9/2012 8:11AM

    Great job!
So I'm interested in your skirt - it is attached to the leggings? Where did you get it? I have looked and looked - but would like something not attached that I can put over my running pants.
Awesome time!

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MOMFAN 6/9/2012 5:56AM

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/8/2012 9:18PM

    Awesome

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BRIGHTSUN4 6/8/2012 7:45PM

    Great job. Be proud of yourselves.

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SUE_2U 6/8/2012 6:41PM

    That's awesome! You both rocked it. You guys are beautiful!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/8/2012 5:32PM

    What georgous, beautiful, strong, loving women! You two look amazing and I'm so proud of both of you for doing this together. Thank you, LF, for sharing this amazing race with us!

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KITHKINCAID 6/8/2012 5:16PM

    Yey - I love race reports! And this is a great one for sure!!! Congrats you guys!

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ROBYNROSE26 6/8/2012 1:32PM

    Awesome! Looks like you had fun.

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JENJESS48 6/8/2012 1:19PM

    Kathy, it's so great that you run with various family members! What an inspiration! And Easter Seals is such an appropriate charity to run for for you two supermoms!

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NEW-CAZ 6/8/2012 1:03PM

    emoticon emoticon I love the leggings.

Loved the pics!

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JEANNETTE59 6/8/2012 12:21PM

  emoticon emoticon love the photos.

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THEEASYKILL30 6/8/2012 12:08PM

    emoticon job to both of you! I LOVE the pink leggings. That's a very smart idea - it makes you easy to spot. I can never seem to remember to take pictures before and after the race so I'm impressed that you have so many!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 6/8/2012 11:39AM

    Nice job! Great pics too! You two (and BIL) look great!

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LINDAKAY228 6/8/2012 11:37AM

    Awesome job by both of you!!! Congratulations to her on her first race and for you for placing 7th and also for running your second fastest race! You both look so awesome!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/8/2012 11:07AM

    Way to go--you BOTH are rock stars! It can be hard to stay together in a race, especially if you aren't expecting an actual GUN to go off to start things out. Well done; you both look great.!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 6/8/2012 10:56AM

    Way to Go! What an outstanding result and what a treasure to be able to share that with your sister. By the way, you both look beautiful.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 6/8/2012 10:55AM

    I love all the pictures!!!!!!! Amazing!! And I'm so proud of you! You look amazing sweetie...so FIT!

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