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Three Years? Lots of Struggles and Victories!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

So - Tuesday I will be on Spark for 3 years. In that time I have lost 30 pounds - and then gained most of them back - as I have continued to grieve my husband and then the loss of my father too.

But there have been lots of victories, as well. I began running. And ran my first 5K - as well as many more. I ran my first 5 miler - and many more. I did my first triathlon - a Sprint Tri - and have completed 2. I even ran a half marathon this past April.

I also almost died this past Ocotober from a rare condition and have been struggling with weight and fitness after major emergency surgery since then.

I guess the good news st that I am still here. I survived my health conditon and my surgery and I am here on Spark almost every day. I keep trying. I haven't given up. I have one 5K under my belt since surgery and another panned for this Sunday. And 2 5 milers are in the works. Maybe a half marathon again this fall or next spring. Now if I coulod only get the scale backl in line...

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READY4CHANGE81 3/7/2014 12:17AM

congrats on all you've accomplished.

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ELSCO55 3/15/2013 11:25AM

    I am also celebrating 3 years. Sorry to hear of your losses, but congrats on your successes.

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LYNNWILK2 3/14/2013 5:31PM

    emoticon Happy sparks anniversary... You have been through a great deal in the time you have been on sparks... Yeah you for hanging in there and accomplishing so much. Peace be with you

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LESLEYANNE11 3/14/2013 4:06PM

    emoticon You go girl.Congrats on staying on this amazing journey for 3 years.
I'm sorry to hear about your husband and your illness lovey.
You are in my prayers emoticon Good luck for the next 5k and for all your goals and dreams.lesleyanne.

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First blog in a while!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

So. It's really been a while since I posted a blog. But a lot has gone on. I have a few more Sparkfriends and I also have visits and Sparkmails occasionally from people sharing grief stories and grief journeys. It is so wonderful when people reach out and share. It's makes me feel less alone!

So what's been going on?

Well- things with the scale have not been great. Since I started training for and completing serious races, the scale has just been creeping up. And it's NOT all muscle, I know that. But I have some health issues and medications that are partly to blame. And I also like to eat. Sigh! But, I am fitter than I have ever been and know that I will need to keep with this lifestyle forever so who cares how long it takes to get to goal weight, whatever that is. And I have stalled the scales upward creep and making it creep down a little, so, progress, however small!

Meanwhile, after my 2 triathlons, I did a half marathon in April. Finished in just under two and a half hours, which was my goal. Woo-hoo! I have also done a few five milers and lots and lots of swimming and cycling and running. I know I should strength train more. Working on it!

I even got past the first dating experience as a widow. Only took me almost 4 years - LOL! Fun for a while but then got weird. Taking a break from that for now.

Lately I have been completely consumed with planning a Sweet 16 for my oldest that will happen this Saturday night. It's going to be fun and then it's going to be fun that it is done!

After that I get back to serious training as I am doing another half marathon in October.

Life is good!

Thanks to Sparkpeople for keeping me inspired!

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KATD13 7/26/2012 11:30PM

    Welcome back to blogging!


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Pfun and Pfabulous Challenge 3!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Pfive things I love about my body.

1. I did 2 Sprint Triathlons this summer! And this body met all the goals I had for those tris!
2. I have beautiful blue eyes and cute freckles.
3. My smile is pfabulous! Gorgeous gleaming white teeth!
4. I am having pfun dressing this body these days - I can even fit in some 8s!
5. This body gave birth to 2 bright, talented, beautiful girls!

Luvin' my Sparkteams!

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    Very impressive! emoticon

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Triathlon Number 2!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Who would have thought?

Sunday I do another Sprint Triathlon. Seriously! Me. I could't run 30 straight seconds 2 years ago. Yet I am going to swim half a mile, cycle 12 miles and run a 5 K all in a row this Sunday. And I have trained so hard - I can do it. My first tri was a little shorter. I did it - with all the transitions- in under 1.5 hours. We'll see how this one goes. I hear this one has some crazy transitions too.

But the victory is starting. I'll finish. I always do. But I can't believe I have the guts to start. And that I am fit enough. But I am! I really am!

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SUPER3800 9/7/2011 3:37PM

  Great job! I think you are surprising yourself! Keep it up!

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Can a Triathlon be a tribute?!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

So the journey continues...

When I joined Sparkpeople in March of 2010 I was down about 28 pounds from my high. That includes baby weight lost and the weight I lost (and then some was regained) due to despair and grief and anxiety when my husband died. My annoyingly healthy, triathlete husband died of sudden, massive heart attack at age 47 - leaving me a 42 year old widow with 2 young girls to raise alone.

My fitness journey began in earnest in July 2009. Before then I walked and walked (and I always swam but just as, almost, meditation). I began a program to turn the over 40 walker into a runner. I could run 30 seconds at a time. 30 second run - 4 minutes walk. By October I
could run 3 miles in 45 minutes. And I have not looked back. I have lost 20 more pounds. I kept working on pace and stamina. And I joined Spark for the information and motivation. Since then I have run quite a few races - my fastest 5k was 28 minutes and fastest 5 mile run was 48 minutes. A coworker encouraged me to try Triathlons.

When I finally got over feeling like a Tri would be too emotional - it was, after all, my late husband's sport - I signed up. For some women's triathlons - and I did my first in 8/7. To train I kept up my running, intensified my swimming - fewer meditative swims- and then I had to cycle. So I modified my late husband's tri bike and got to it.

8/7 was quite a day . High surf. REALLY high surf. Rain. And humidity. But I finished. 300 yd ocean swim, 10.5 mile bike, 3 mile run plus all the transitions in 1:29:35. Very middle of the pack but MORE than ok with me. And it was emotional. I guess that's what I get for attempting my late husband's sport while using his bike. But it was great, too!

And in a couple more weeks I do another, longer one.

I think of my husband through all of it - the training, the planning, the competition. Does he see me? Does he know? Initially it just seemed like a good health goal. I mean, it should help keep me healthy and present for our children. I want to see them to adulthood. But has it become a tribute? Maybe...


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