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Dream Come True!

Friday, March 29, 2013

When I first began my weight loss journey I joined a health club that is part of a local hospital near me -- I loved it because there were people of all ages and sizes, and they didn't discriminate. The classes were amazing, the facility is beautiful, always voted one of the best in our area year after year. When I started attending classes there and getting to know the instructors, I thought to myself that I would love to work there someday -- now mind you, this is when I was morbidly obese and I don't know who or what reasoning put that thought into my head, but there it was.

As the membership dues are high, as I neared closer to my weight loss goal, I needed to stop my membership since we are a single income family and I couldn't justify the cost any more -- I began going to the YMCA and for a family we could join at a fraction of a cost of this health club. But I have to admit, it broke my heart a little. The instructors had become my family, my cheerleaders. This was the track where I started running at, this was where I learned what "boot camp" is really about. This is where I tried spinning, zumba and NIA for the first time. This was my place. I told my boot camp instructor at the time that it felt worse than a breakup. But when you are on a fixed income, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

When I became a Walk Leader about a year ago, and I reached out to the fitness director at this Wellness Center, who happens to be my old boot camp instructor, I thought it would be great to teach my classes there. We went back and forth, but the timing wasn't right, however I never gave up on the dream to teach at this amazing wellness center. I began classes at a local church, but I kept her in the loop on my classes, and offered to teach free demos, etc. Well I am happy to say that a year later I am now an instructor on staff at the wellness center! Last night I had a free demo to promote my class that starts next week.

It just goes to show -- never give up on yourself-- or your dreams! They really do come true. And sometimes that little voice in your head, the one that says you can, is worth listening to.








My dad on the left, my friend LaTannya, me and her daughter Taria

  
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KAREN_NY 4/18/2013 12:18PM

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KITHKINCAID 4/1/2013 3:37PM

    Oh sweetie, I'm so proud of you. And I needed to read this blog because I need to know that good things can happen if you just keep pushing forward which is what I'm trying to do too. You look so happy! Way to go!!!

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    Congrats! How Awesome!!

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    Congratulations, I am really happy for you. emoticon

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KATHIERAE 3/30/2013 10:44PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this story!! I am really good at ignoring (or stuffing down inside me) that little voice... You are an inspiration, and I am so happy for you!! emoticon emoticon

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_JODI404 3/30/2013 10:33PM

    What an inspiration you are!!! emoticon on making another dream come true!!!! You are so right about believing in yourself, and not giving up!

So very happy for you!! Wish you great success with your new class!!

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LINDAKAY228 3/30/2013 8:32PM

    Awesome!! Congratulations!

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    Congratulations!! Awesome!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon So happy for you! What a great story! Love it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMALLERMELORIE 3/30/2013 1:13PM

    Kathy, I am so proud of you. You are right...never give up on your dreams. You are such an inspiration.

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ROBYNROSE26 3/30/2013 12:40PM

    Congrats Kathy, that is so amazing!

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LASKIE2 3/30/2013 7:11AM

    emoticon with your new endeavour & for keeping your hope alive.

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    Woohoo, congrats !!! emoticon

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/30/2013 3:03AM

    this makes me so happy! i love you!

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KPETSCHE 3/30/2013 1:19AM

    How awesome for you! Congrats!

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THENEWDARLENE 3/30/2013 12:40AM

    emoticon Congratulations on reaching this goal! Wish I lived close enough to take a Walk class with you.

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    That is so awesome!! Congrats!

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UNICORN212 3/29/2013 8:59PM

    I hope having your classes here puts more in your pocket than the other facility. The pics are amazing!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/29/2013 8:41PM

    Your story is so amazing, AND, so are you! Congratulations on your inspiring success. You are definitely an inspiration and a Sparkpeople success story!!!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/29/2013 8:02PM

    YOU ROCK! Congrats!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/29/2013 7:44PM

    That's SO awesome, congratulations!!!

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    Looking good!

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Walk Concert in The Villages, FL!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013



I have been a certified Walk Leader for almost a year now, and every year a reunion is held. This year that reunion was also combined with Walk Concerts in The Villages, FL. I didn't know if I would be able to attend as being a single income family money is tight, but my husband and I talked it over and we decided it would be a great opportunity and I didn't want to miss it. I put all $ from my walk classes to be able to afford the trip, and I also found another walk leader to room with me so that it cut the cost of the hotel room in half.

Guys, I am SO HAPPY I went!

It was such an amazing experience. I got to see Ruth Hughes again, our instructor who certified us, and she is such a strong woman, and gives us all strength and motivation. The energy and enthusiasm I have taken away from this weekend with her will last me a whole year until the next reunion (if not more)!

I also got to see other Walk Leaders, most of whom I have never met except online. They are the most amazing group of women! Most are women of faith, and all of them are the most encouraging people.





My roommate, Jodi, was amazing and such a pleasure to room with.


Jodi in the pink shirt leading some walkers (all walk leaders are in the pink - or salmon)

I formed friendships I hadn't had before. I got really close to Paula Battle (who you may have seen in several DVDs and on QVC oh, about 12 times). She is AMAZING and was my dance partner every night! (The Villages is a retirement community and they have a DJ out on the square, where we led our concert, and he teaches line dances, it was so much fun!)




Paula on the left, I'm in the middle, and then another walk leader Jacqui




Me on left with Paula in the middle and Dorothy on the right, another amazing woman!



I also met Father Scott, who you may have seen in the latest DVD telling his story, he is so cool, very funny, and not what you'd expect in a Priest. In a refreshing way!

We had two walk concerts, one on Friday where all the walk leaders led the 2 mile walk, and then another Saturday where Leslie led it. I was fortunate to be picked to be on stage leading with Leslie, it was an amazing experience.











And the cherry on top? I got to meet LESLIE SANSONE my biggest inspiration! SHE is the lady who I sweated with at 300 lbs., not able to even last 5 minutes, but her positive attitude encouraged me to keep going, She is the one who showed me how to walk in such a way that I could add miles on - I even walked my first 5k with her! This was my dream come true.





It was an amazing experience to see so many walkers come together in one place, with us walk leaders and Leslie! It was just like one big party! (at one point Leslie and the other walk leaders on stage fist pumped to "Party Rock"!) I loved every minute of it. It was a dream of mine to become a walk leader to help others, and to meet Leslie after so many years of walking with her was just too good to put into words. The camaraderie of the other walk leaders was amazing, their energy is contagious, just like Leslie's. Every one of them has the heart to serve and to help others. It's just a wonderful family to be a part of. I am so blessed to have had this opportunity.



  
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LOVESLIFE48 3/16/2013 8:48PM

    OMG!! What an amazing opportunity!! I'm so jealous!! You met Leslie!! Is she an awesome in person as she is in her videos?!?!! emoticon

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EATVEGAN 3/15/2013 3:36AM

    I didn't know there was such a thing as a Walk Leader, or that such a person could be certified. I have heard others mention Leslie Sansone, but have not seen any of her videos. Could you recommend a basic beginning one for me? It looks like you had a wonderful time at this gathering. I am really happy for you. It is wonderful to help others. You helped me with your blog.

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LINDAKAY228 3/14/2013 8:01PM

    I'm so glad it worked out for you to go and be a part of what sounds like a totally amazing experience! What a wonderful thing to be a part of!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/14/2013 3:39PM

    Your blog is especially meaningful to me because I was IN The Villages in January, visiting my parents who have a winter home there. It looks like you had an AWESOME time and it couldn't happen to a more wonderful or deserving woman. Congrats on getting to meet your idol!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/14/2013 3:33PM

    So glad you got to go and experience that, Kathy--it looks and sounds like a wonderful time all the way around. WOO HOO!

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ROBYNROSE26 3/14/2013 1:45PM

    That is so great Kathy, so glad you were able to go and that you had such a wonderful time!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/14/2013 1:25PM

    aWW this makes me so happy! I'm so glad you had an amazing time!

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KITHKINCAID 3/14/2013 10:45AM

    So happy for you. This is amazing! Glad you got to go!

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    Wow what fun!

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LASKIE2 3/14/2013 9:41AM

    emoticon On becoming a Walk Leader! Your pictures of this event are fabulous! It's always great to attend these annual events- to meet or unite with other Leaders or peers. Look like you guys had a large group of walkers. I love Lesile Sansone, I have 4 of her "Walk Away The Pounds" DVD's. Thanks for sharing your reunion pictures!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/14/2013 9:04AM

    How fantastic!!!

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FLORIDASUN 3/14/2013 8:19AM

    What an AMAZING experience! SO glad that you shared it with us. I love Leslie too...what an empire she has built for herself and the BEST part is that she is helping others along the way! emoticon emoticon

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DAWNESS0404 3/14/2013 2:59AM

    Looks like such an amazing time! I have several of Leslie's DVDs and really love her!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm so thrilled that you were able to go, by the looks of the photo's and comments you sure had an awesome time... thanks for sharing, I cheer you on, keep up the great work...Walk On emoticon

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MISSROCKABILLY 3/14/2013 2:15AM

    It sounds like you had an incredible time! I love Leslie! So glad that you were able to go and to meet her, awesome!

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    I am so glad you were able to go! It is hard to believe it has been nearly a year since you started!
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    You are looking so amazing and happy!! What an inspiration!!

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Workout Games

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

It was a sunny challenge last week to create a workout game, similar to Sparkpeople's Super Bowl game, to our favorite shows. I wanted to post here to share with spark friends.

THE WALKING DEAD GAME

Every time a zombie gets killed by a blade (knife, sword): do 25 jumping jacks

Every time Rick gets moody or throws a tantrum: do 25 jab punches

Every time Carl is on camera: jump in place/high knees

Any time a fire breaks out: do 25 push ups

Every time the gates are opened to the prison: do 25 sit ups

Every time someone kisses: do 25 knee lifts

Every time someone sobs: do double side steps

Every time the baby cries: do 25 kicks

Every time the Governor or his followers are on the scene: do a plank, 10 sets

Each time someone is bitten: run up and down the stairs

Each time Rick sees his dead wife's ghost: do 25 jump,kicks

Every time Meryl or Darryl swears: do 15 burpees

Every time a zombies skull is crushed: jog in place

Every time there is hand to hand combat: do 30 leg lifts, 15 ea leg

Every time Glenn and Maggie fight: 25 bicep curls

Every time Hershel gives a piece of wise advice or stitches someone up: overhead press

Every time Andrea gives a speech: 25 kickbacks

Every time the word "walker" is said: walk up and back, 10 sets

Every time Michonne gives a hard stare: boosted walking

Every time a gun jams or runs out of bullets: 15 triceps dips

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SURVIVOR GAME

Every time someone falls during a challenge: 25 crunches

Every time people go off to talk alone: 25 push ups

Any time someone is looking for the hidden immunity idol: jog in place for 30 seconds

Each time they are eating: bicep curls, 15 sets

Whenever they show the habitat/insects: side steps

Every time Jeff's name is said: 25 jump kicks

When Phillip is walking around in his underwear only: 25 bicycle crunches

Whenever there is a verbal fight: 25 jabs

Any time an alliance is made (or broken): 25 kicks

Every time someone lies: double side steps, 4 sets

Every time someone is talked about behind their back: run up and down stairs

When Jeff says "The tribe has spoken": do 25 jumping jacks

  
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LINDAKAY228 3/7/2013 3:11PM

    Great games!

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MELROSE13 3/6/2013 3:32PM

    I don't watch either show but great job on creating this challenge!!!
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    LOL!

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SEATTLESIMS 3/6/2013 11:18AM

    Impressive! Since I watch Walking Dead.. that one was really thought out! and fun! Enjoy!


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MOMFAN 3/5/2013 11:42PM

    I am tired!!! Wish I could do all that for Survivor, don't watch the other.

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KITHKINCAID 3/5/2013 11:22PM

    HAHA - this is hilarious. Good work!

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PPLUNICORN 3/5/2013 10:57PM

    Cool! I am soooo trying this out!

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    Awesome

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ADVENTURESEEKER 3/5/2013 10:11PM

    I *love* the walking dead! I don't know if I could remember all of these though! I may lose track somewhere in the middle of the show trying to keep up! emoticon

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Tinkerbell Half Marathon Race Report!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013



A year ago I told my very good friend Blaize (INSPIREBYNATURE), who I met here on Spark almost 3 yrs. ago, and who has been my partner on the Sunny Gals team for the past 2+ yrs., that I wanted to run a half marathon. Not just any half marathon, but a half marathon in Disney.

Back when I started running, about 3 yrs. ago, it was a dream of mine to run a 5k at Disney. I had never been to Disney, and it felt like a good goal. But after meeting Blaize, and for those of you who know her, you know what I am talking about, she makes you feel like bigger, better things are possible. In fact, when we first met online, one of the first pictures I saw of her was after she ran her own first half marathon, and I started to dream BIGGER.

So when I told her my plan, it should have been of no surprise to me at all that she said, immediately, without any hesitation (I love this girl), "I'll run it with you."

It was such a wonderful thing, such an offering up of herself, her time, well, everything. To tell someone you will run a half marathon with them is almost like getting engaged. Well, ok, not exactly, but you know what I mean. It's a commitment.

So throughout this year we had big training plans. And those plans, for both of us, fell a little short due to illness, life changes, and huge events beyond our control. Speaking for myself I had the flu 2 weeks prior, and that was followed by a terrible ear infection and two ruptured ears as a consequence. It was not the ideal conditions, and I wasn't able to go on my last two long runs. The furthest I had run was 10 miles, and that was about a month before the half.

Blaize's plan was to walk/run it, and mine was to run as much of it as I could.

But first, we had to meet!

We met at the expo, me with my family in tow (my 2 daughters, ages 3 and 6), and her with her mom and her 5 year old daughter.


Blaize and I after we first met!


Our daughters after meeting (new BFFs!) (My daughter Lucy on the left, Azali on the right)

At the expo we shopped, I lost my daughter for 10 scary minutes, and I think we were all ready to go back to the hotel to relax before dinner. For dinner we walked to Downtown Disney, but the Rainforest Cafe had a 3 hr. wait, so we had our pre-race dinner at Denny's. Hey, it wasn't that bad :) And we chose food that wasn't too fatty and had a good balance of carb/protein.



Then we went to bed by 10 PM, having an early morning wakeup call. The race had a 5 AM start, and we had to be in our corral by 4:30 AM, so we made plans to meet in Blaize's hotel room at 3:15 AM to give us time to eat a healthy breakfast of bread, natural peanut butter and a banana and then walk to the corral.


Us at 3:15 AM before the race!


Before the race



We both wore Sparkle Skirts, it was a gift from Blaize, she knew I wanted to wear a green one (thank you honey!) and of course we had to have Princess Bondi Bands, too. We looked super cute.

As we stood in the corral I was a ball of nerves. I was so nervous, I don't think I had ever been this nervous before the race. I didn't know what to expect, and the two weeks before the race being sick really rattled my confidence.

I had prepared some mantras the night before to help me in my run.

"God is Able." - I actually heard someone sing this on American Idol recently and it really stuck in my head. Where I am weak, He is strong.

"All Things are Possible Through Christ." - this is my favorite, and is even inscribed on my running ID bracelet.

Lastly, I read this one on the plane over to CA and I tore it out because I knew it was meant for me during this race.: "The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exhalt him." (Exodus 15:2)

My strength and my song. I loved that. I would praise him, even when it got hard for me. I would put my focus there, and hand that pain over to Him.

Soon it was our turn to go. Corral D stood for "Dreams Come True", and it couldn't have been more appropriate. I met one of my best friends for the first time after 3 yrs. of friendship, and we were doing something amazing together. I was running my first half marathon! I would have never thought I was capable of this.

During the Star Spangled Banner Disney lit fireworks off, and it was so breathtaking. I teared up. I was sharing this moment with Blaize, it was so surreal.

And we were off! The first 4.5 miles were through Disney, so it was nice scenery. We ran through Cars Land, past the castle, it was so cool.









Here's the most miraculous part. Blaize and I ran the entire first nine miles together!! She figured maybe 1-2 miles, and I was looking forward to running as much as we could together, but I didn't think it would be nine miles. I am so extremely proud of her. I don't recall exactly what her longest run was in her training, but I believe it was 6 miles. I know she was planning on walking much of the race, but she ran almost the whole thing! I had to take two bathroom breaks, and we walked through some of the water stations and along the course if we needed to. But at Mile 9 is when things got really hard for me. I knew that if I walked any more I would not finish running, and my goal was to run as much as I could. It was do or die. Blaize and I had agreed earlier that whenever I needed to go ahead that was fine, so I told her I needed to keep running and we agreed to try to meet up with again, and I had texts on my phone with her progress, so I would know where she was so we could meet up.

Little did I know that she would finish only 3 minutes behind me! She is just so amazing. She does not give up, and I have to tell you that her perseverance has truly changed me as a person, and as an athlete.

I finished at 2:58:54, which I am very proud of. It's funny, I got texts when Blaize hit mile markers, and so when my phone kept vibrating every mile we passed I thought someone was tracking me and it encouraged me, but it was me tracking Blaize! I didn't realize that until after the race ended, so it was like I had an imaginary cheering section, it helped me though :))


Almost to the finish line!


Me about to cross the finish line, waving to my kids after giving Minnie Mouse a high five.


A cheering sign my daughter Lucy made.


Right after finishing, and getting my "wings" medal.


Blaize and I with our medals!!! She finished in 3:01, woo hoo!!

After the race we went to the pool to relax.





And then we did something crazy - we went to Disney and walked a TON of steps. I think we logged over 30 miles on that day.

(We also had some margaritas)



And the next day? Yep. We went to Disney.

Like Walt Disney said, it's fun to do the impossible. I never, ever thought I would be a runner. I started walking, and then began the Couch to 5k program, and gradually after 5ks did an 8k, then a 10k, then a 15k, and now a half marathon. If I can do it, so can YOU!

Blaize, I'm glad I got to share this with you. Love you!







Us with our little Princesses. Just think what a good example we are setting for them!!

  
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AMBER281 2/13/2013 7:41PM

    Great job!! You both did amazing and it was so great that you got to do it together.

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LINDAKAY228 2/4/2013 7:27PM

    I'm so happy for both of you that were able to finally meet face to face, and have such a great time together and get to realize the dream of the race! WooHoo!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/31/2013 10:54PM

    Wow! I love this blog. I'm so happy for you. I also dream of running the Tinkerbell half marathon. I did the Neverland 5k this year and I was wishing I could have done the half marathon the day after my race. I will plan for another year. Next year, perhaps.

That is awesome that you committed to running this and trained for it with a good friend, met your friend at the race, got to enjoy Disney with your families and accomplished a dream of yours!

I love your running mantras and the verse you use on your running bracelet. I would like to get one like that. When I cross the finishline I think "To God be the glory" It's only because He gives me the strength and inspiration to run.

I did my second half marathon this past December and it wasn't nearly as fun as this race looks! I can't wait to wear a tutu in a race! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLY043 1/31/2013 8:30PM

    How inspiring and what a beautiful story of freindship. I have a goal to run a 1/2 marathon when I turn 55 next year. Tinkerbell might be calling me....Thanks for the inspiration.

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MIPALADY23 1/31/2013 6:40PM

    Awesome!!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/31/2013 4:56PM

    Such a great story and both of you are major inspiration!!

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SGTSUNNY 1/31/2013 2:20PM

    Love this! And you both! WTG

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FITBIZZZ 1/31/2013 1:44PM

    Very inspirational. Thanks.

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SEATTLESIMS 1/31/2013 1:12PM

    VERY VERY inspiring! You have me looking at Disney races! Thanks for sharing!


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FREES1 1/31/2013 12:00PM

    Congratulations!!! and how cool to make a virtual friend a RL one... love your daughter's sign

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IGSBETH 1/31/2013 11:11AM

    That is fabulous! Congrats!

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BEMILLER30 1/31/2013 10:30AM

    Wow! Amazing! Love it! I'm so glad ya'll had a great time and a great race. That's really fantastic!! Way to go!

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RYDERB 1/31/2013 9:21AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Fabulous blog! Thanks for sharing your amazing victory and tale of true friendship. Reading this has left me inspired.
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FIREFLY4407 1/31/2013 6:33AM

    Great blog and awesome job!! I'm am so glad to be a Sunny Gal - you are both a great inspiration and positive influences on our team. So cool that you got to meet and accomplish this together - congratulations!!
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TRAVELGRRL 1/31/2013 5:15AM

    What a wonderful experience, for ALL of you, including your daughters! I'm so proud of you, and am soooo happy you shared your pictures!

WHAT will YOU DO NEXT?

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KITHKINCAID 1/31/2013 1:27AM

    Um, margaritas that you EARNED sister! 3:15am??? Holy crap. You look HOT for 3:15am. I would just look a hot mess.

I am SO proud of you. I cannot WAIT to run the Women's Half with you in June. Step for step baby. We're doing this!

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ROBYNROSE26 1/31/2013 1:22AM

    What a great blog!

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    Great pictures. You did it! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/31/2013 12:35AM

    I am so proud of you and Blaize both! You did awesome and are truly an athlete and a half marathoner. I wish we had a chance to meet in person there, but maybe another time. Keep pressing on for those bigger dreams. You never know where God will take you when you let Him lead the way!
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INSPIREBYNATURE 1/31/2013 12:15AM

    Oh my goodness....I am over here tearing up....seriously, Kathy.....your friendship means the world to me! Over these past 3 years you have become my best friends...you are always there for me and I feel so comfortable talking to you about anything and everything. The Tink weekend was one of the best (and funnest) weekends of my life!!!!!!! I am so incredibly grateful to have you in my life. You are an inspiration...truly! You encouraged me this past year and talked me through all of the setbacks that I had.....three breakups, an unplanned pregnancy followed by an unplanned miscarriage, a jaw/tooth infection, and a serious leg injury. Yet, you kept reassuring me that I could do this and that walking and running didn't make me a failure. My longest run was 6 miles! The last 3 miles was possible only because I had you by my side. You are absolutely amazing....a fabulous mother, a loving wife, a great friend, and a true inspiration. I am beyond proud of you. Had I known that we were only three minutes apart I would have kept pushing so that we could finish together but I am so incredibly grateful that we shared this experience together!!! Azali and I love you guys so much!!!!! Thank you for everything!!! emoticon emoticon

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CRYSUNSHINE714 1/31/2013 12:05AM

    That's awesome! That's actually my dream too... Reading your blog was so inspirational. It makes me think I can do it too. Thank you so much!!! xoxoxox

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UNICORN212 1/31/2013 12:05AM

    Awwww...you brought tears to my eyes!
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(And you did not mention our honorary Sunny who was there, too!)

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My 2013 New Year's Resolutions

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I wanted to post this in my blog so that I could refer back to it:

Pay off all my credit cards by August 2013
Start saving money for next Christmas and adding to our emergency fund
Continue to save for retirement - meet with advisor, create a plan of attack.
Reach goal weight (10 lbs. to goal weight, but I may try for 20 lbs.)
Run the Disney Tinkerbell Half Marathon and the Chicago Women's Half Marathon.
Balance on my work/family life.
Strength train 3x/wk.
Box again.
Start going to the YMCA again.
Take a swimming class to learn proper form.
Enroll in a sprint Triathlon (either in 2013 or 2014).
Start a garden in the Spring.
Begin writing again and working on my drafts in progress.
Have more fun with the kids, don't be so serious (workaholic).
Juice more.
Watch less TV.
Start each day with prayer.
End each dat with one thing I am thankful for.
Eliminate clutter in my life.
Live within my means.

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GLITTERGIRL69 1/15/2013 3:53AM

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LINDAKAY228 1/7/2013 1:20PM

    A lot of great goals and all doable! You're going to have an awesome year!

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BMCKEOW1 1/7/2013 1:14PM

    All of these are great!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 1/7/2013 12:56AM

    I love all of these and I know you will achieve all of them!!!!!! I'm with you on a lot of these!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/6/2013 11:43PM

    Great list!

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MOMFAN 1/6/2013 7:28PM

    Cheering for you!! Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration!

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MPETERSON2311 1/6/2013 4:50PM

    emoticon emoticon If you need a writing buddy I would love to swap ideas and/or drafts

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NEELIXNKES 1/6/2013 2:08PM

    Good Goals. May this be a healthy and successful year for you!


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TEMPEST272002 1/5/2013 8:41PM

    You're a strong, amazing woman and you're going to rock 2013!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/5/2013 8:25PM

    Love your list! You are strong! I know you will accomplish much of your list!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/5/2013 6:23PM

    Great list!

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TAZIAH 1/5/2013 5:39PM

    emoticon If anyone can do it, you can!! emoticon

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ROBYNROSE26 1/5/2013 4:28PM

    You can do it!

Those are great goals!

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MIPALADY23 1/5/2013 4:25PM

    Looks like my journal entry!!! Lets rock 2013

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TRAVELGRRL 1/5/2013 3:50PM

    Great goals!!! I always find such clarity in my life when clutter is kept down to a minimum. And that means the clutter of stuff, debt, etc. You can do it!

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JEANNETTE59 1/5/2013 3:29PM

  Healthy, wealthy and wise goals.

Especially love the last two.......good luck with all!

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SUNSHINE99999 1/5/2013 2:53PM

  wow, that is a lot to shoot for. Success to you and your goals in 2013. emoticon

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UNICORN212 1/5/2013 2:50PM

    Wonderful resolutions! I hope you succeed at each and every one!

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