Tuesday, January 01, 2013
It was on New Years' Eve 2009 after the recent birth of my second daughter when I announced to my family that my New Year's resolution was to lose over 100 lbs. When I said it, even I didn't believe it.
(I'm on the left with my two sisters)
Oh I wanted to lose the weight. I just didn't think I could. So I expected the slightly awkward silence after I dropped my New Years resolution like a bomb in the room. It was funny. My family fully supports me, but even I don't think that they knew what I was capable of. I think we all tend to underestimate our own powers that exist within us. But that power is there. I had struggled with my weight since the 3rd grade, it was just my burden to carry - literally. But that moment changed my life. I had something new - spark (and SparkPeople), and determination.
But three years later, and no, I'm not the fastest loser on the block. But a loser I am. 110 lbs down and 10 lbs away from my goal weight of a total of 120 lbs lost. I'm not only running my first half marathon later this month and meeting a very dear spark friend for the first time, who is also doing the half, but I'm running another half marathon later this year. I am living out my dream to be a healthy weight (I'm no longer obese!) and setting a good example for my young daughters.
I am facing this new year with such excitement and anticipation. I am giddy and feel FREE.
For anyone that doubts that you can do this, too, don't doubt. Just do.
(Here I am pictured with all of my sisters this New Years, I'm the second from the right)
(In the middle, Christmas Eve with my sister and my Mom)
Christmas Eve - I was wearing sexy black boots I could never wear before, but they aren't pictured :)
Sunday, December 02, 2012
Here is my vision board for the Sunny Gal challenge. It is focused on the half marathon I'll be running in January.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I'm catching up on some race blogs...
SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE 4 CURE 5K - 9/23 (33:30 NEW PR!)
This is an emotional race for me. I lost my mother-in-law to breast cancer many years ago. She never got to see me walk down the aisle next to her son, or see our children. On this race I left my earbuds at home, which was a blessing in disguise. I was able to spiritually connect to the cause, to the survivors and advocates running next to me, some who had lost loved ones, too. Others still fighting the disease. It let me fully embrace the experience, and to focus on why I was there. For her. And so that one day there would be a cure. The fact that I hit a new PR was just icing on the cake.
I was also honored as one of the top fundraisers on the Pink Honor Roll.
RUN FOR HER LIFE 5K (34:42)
This was a race for the local women's shelter, a place that is one of my top causes. You could dress as a super hero, so my friend Caitlin and I dressed up. I was Wonder Woman. I felt very strong in this race, and motivated those around me to keep running. It was awesome to hear cheers of "Go Wonder Woman!"
And I got to meet Jerry and Estella Hayes from Biggest Loser Season 7 and we talked about plateaus! We exchanged emails, too!
The best part? Lucy participated in a kids run, she is usually afraid to do these things on her own, but at the last minute she got the courage to run! I was (and am) so proud of her!
HOT CHOCOLATE 15K - 11/4 (1:53:39)
My first 15K! It was so wonderful. I felt strong the whole race, the last half mile was difficult, but up until then I was just on cruise control and knew that I could finish.
Before the race with my cousin Kim, and her husband John.
After the race with my cheerleading squad
After the race with Jenn (KITHKINCAID), we always run the Hot Chocolate together (we met on Spark and that was our first race), she couldn't run it this year due to an injury, but came to cheer me on, and I saw her right in that last half mile when it got difficult. It was so awesome to see her!!! Perked me right up. Jenn, you rock!!
At the hotel afterward, I felt so strong!
Official photo from Marathon photo, taken after I crossed the finish line.
BONFIELD TURKEY TROT (39:38)
This race gets really packed. It's a Thanksgiving tradition, a "turkey trot". My friend Caitlin and I ran it, and it was so great to start the day that way. Afterward we got free leg massages and had some Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Yum!
I also ran into my good friend Tom, who coincidentally, I ran into on my first 5K. He commented that he didn't know if it was me or not, he's known me since before my 110 lb. weight loss. He said that I've done a complete 360 and he's proud of me.
Just writing this blog makes me smile. I think back to 3 years ago, I wouldn't have done any of this. I am a new person, in and out.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
For our Sunny challenge this week we have to post 7 days of gratitude. I keep a family gratitude journal at home and it's a wonderful way to wrap up the day with my girls. Here are 7 days of thankfulness.
Today I am grateful for...
☆ That people who want to be free are going to get help...a long time coming. - Jim
☆ To go outside, and God, and really, really, really, really, really morning time, and I thank you for God again. -Marlo....and for Mama gone...
☆ I am thankful for God and I am thankful for my Jesus. - Lucy
☆ I am thankful for my church, and no matter how long I've been away I am always welcomed back home. - Kathy
☆ I am also thankful for Jim, he's the most understanding husband and accepts me exactly as I am...bad stuff and all. - Kathy
☆ I am thankful for resale shops. -Kathy
☆ I am thankful for my daughters and even though most times I feel like a failure as a mom I get a chance to learn and grow every day, and every day is an adventure. -Kathy
☆ I am thankful for you here at my house. - Marlo (she changed her mind and decided she wants her mom at her home now.) - Marlo
☆ I am thankful for my awesome mom and my awesome dad and of course my awesome awesome sister and get walking people. - Lucy
☆ I am thankful for my amazing daughter Lucy who goes to walk class with me and is a super walker! She inspires me to be better (and brave) every day. - Kathy
☆ I am thankful for God and the park and I'm thankful for my dogs and my dad and mama and myself and then louie and sleep a lot and for Lucy. - Marlo
☆ I am thankful for my self and I am thankful for the whole wide world. - Lucy
☆ I am thankful for 6 AM wake up calls even though they are hard...I get to spend more time with my girls. - Kathy
☆ I am thankful for my friends. I have so many good friends. - Kathy
☆ I am thankful for my family. They are always there for me and support me. - Kathy
☆ I am thankful that in January I will get to meet one of. Y best friends, who I met right here on spark, and run a half marathon with her. I feel like I'm in a dream, pinch me! - Kathy
And I am always thankful for the chance to start over.
What are you thankful for this season of thankfulness?
Sunday, August 05, 2012
As some of you may know, a good friend of mine from high school passed away recently. After this happened, it made me look at my own life closer, and I wanted to live it more. So many times we say we don't have time for things, or say, "Oh, we will do this or that later." Well for the cup of coffee that my late friend and I kept saying we would grab, that time never came.
After this happened, I made a lot of calls to my best friend since freshman year of H.S., Cheri, and I brought up the Terrapin. A few months back I mentioned it to her since it is a race we talked about doing often - she is a big Grateful Dead fan and this race is not only named after a Dead song, but hosts a concert during and after the 5k and the headliners are a Grateful Dead cover band. But at the time she was planning a big move out of state to Colorado and I was interviewing for a new job and packing up my old office. It wasn't, as they say, good timing. So we had sort of shelved it.
But after our friend died, we decided that life was short and we should do it. I told her that I would pay for half of her plane ticket, but she wouldn't let me, so instead I bought our hotel room to stay in that night and bought our race entries. As the race grew closer the timing got even worse - the Monday before the race she moved to Colorado into her new dream home, and I started my new job. I told her I would understand if she had to cancel. She wouldn't hear of it. She said if it was anyone else, yes, but that she would never let me down like that. I have the best friend ever. I really don't know many people who would do this.
Well I have to say it was all worth it! To say we had a great time would be an understatement. (I'm waiting for the official pictures to come in, but I'm hoping they captured her dancing to "I'm Sexy and I Know It" while running, people came up to her afterward and said it was the highlight of the race for them!
It was hot out, it was supposed to cool down to 75 from 90, but I don't think it cooled down much, it's the hottest race I've done, I had beads of sweat all over me and even sweat dripping from my ears when it was over with, and I don't sweat easy! But worth it.
Us before the race.
The view at the turnaround spot
The goodies after the race - a donut and a veggie quesadilla
Cheri taking a balloon off the post for a young boy - you should have seen his face light up when she handed it to him!
Us after the race - official time was 39:29
We also each got a free beer and Nuts on Clark mixed popcorn - yum!
The moon was beautiful! Later it turned white.
Mr. Blotto - music and dancing.
Then Cheri took me to a yummy Mexican restaurant and we had dinner and a margarita.
Afterward at the hotel in our Terrapin shirts enjoying some wine and sharing laughter.
Having this time together in the city brought back great memories of one of the best years of my life when we both were single and lived together in the city. It was so nice to have that time without the kids and husbands.
Is there something that you've been putting off? Just get out there and do it. Life is short.
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