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BLC22 - My S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Saturday, June 08, 2013



Here are my top three S.M.A.R.T Goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevent, Time-Bound) for the BLC 22 challenge.

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S-pecific ~ I will reduce my maximum heart rate during a 1.5 mile run
M-easurable ~ I will reduce maximum heart rate by 10 points.
A-ttainable ~ I will research ways of reducing my heart rate during runs by following a different training plan if necessary, improving breathing and running technique.
R-elevant ~ Iím concerned that my maximum heart rate is a little too high during runs, so I plan to monitor and record it. I also plan to review the results at my next physical with my doctor.
T-imely ~ My maximum HR will be reduced on my final fitness run test.

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S-pecific ~ I will NOT make any excuses for not eating healthy or exercising
M-easurable ~ My SPY peeps are my measurable. I want my team to Ďcall me outí when I make an excuse on the SPY chat thread. The only excuse allowed for me would be illness or injury related.
A-ttainable ~ If I keep a positive attitude this is very attainable.
R-elevant ~ Iím tired of excuses.
T-imely ~ No excuses for me for during the next 12 weeks.

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S-pecific ~ I will hit my goal weight and start maintenance.
M-easureable ~ If I lose .9lbs a week, I will hit my FINAL goal weight.
A-ttainable ~ If I consistently track my food and exercise this is attainable. Tracking is the key for me!
R-elevant ~ It is time to become a MOM (Master of Maintenance)
T-imely ~ I will be making an announcement on August 28th.

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FITAT50 6/10/2013 1:37PM

    Reducing your HR is a tough one. Mine would hit 190 when I'd d a 5k, not good. Training in different zones is the key.

I'm ready to celebrate both of us becoming MOM's this round! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/8/2013 9:24PM

    emoticon You can absolutely achieve these things! Can't wait to hear your final report.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/8/2013 4:03PM

    Great goals and awesome way to outline! I know you can do anything you set your mind too!

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SHERREE66 6/8/2013 12:57PM

    Lori, You are such an inspiration! I know you can do it! emoticon

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SANDLADY48 6/8/2013 12:49PM

    Wow, using the scientific method! Love it!

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NEWSTARTGIRL 6/8/2013 12:44PM

    Great goals, Lori! There was never any doubt. Can't wait to help you celebrate achieving goal weight! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 6/8/2013 12:31PM

    Way to take charge! You can do it emoticon

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Because We Can ~ My first Half Marathon!

Monday, April 29, 2013



I crossed the finish line at my very first half marathon at the young age of 50. Two years ago if someone had told me I would become a runner, I would have laughed and said "I will only run if being chased by a bear (a big bear)".

At the beginning of the week I wasn't sure if I was going to do it. I had a very difficult month with losing a family member and the Boston Marathon tragedy just knocked the wind out of me.

I decided the day before the race that I needed to be strong and just do it.



On my lonely drive to the event I was nervous. I was uncomfortable with doing my first race all by myself. I kept thinking in the car "Why am I doing this?" Well, the answer came to me on a sign. I looked up and saw a billboard advertising a concert which I will be seeing. It's the Bon Jovi "Because We Can" tour. "BECAUSE WE CAN" was in bright hot pink. That was my sign! At that moment I felt energized.



"Because We Can" is my new motto.

It was cold at the starting line. When I left home it was in the upper 30s so I dressed warm (four layers). Other racers where wearing shorts and tanks. I'm sure everyone could tell I was a newbie.

I spotted the pacers, the last one was the 2:45 pacer. I kept looking for the 3:00 and 3:15 pacers. HmmmÖnow I was a little more uncomfortable since the last time I walked 13 miles (in November on a treadmill) it took me close to 3 hours and 40 minutes

Starting Line:
The starting gun sounded and everyone started running except for me and a couple of others. It was my plan to start off with my fast-paced walk. Right off the gate, both of my shins were cramping which I've never experienced before. Yikes!

Mile 2:
At mile 2 my shin pain went away. Whew! I noticed at this time that I was walking faster than some of the runners, which was a great feeling. I decided just to keep the pace going.

Mile 3:
At mile 3 the 2:45 pacer was in sight. I made a decision to try and keep up with her to the half way point so I picked up my pace and started to run. The cat and mouse game began.

Mile 5:
I passed my pacer and told her that I just wanted to pass her just once. She laughed and said I would be passing her multiple times. At this time I was getting really warm. The stripping began and my race lessons started (dress lighter next time).

Mile 6.5:
I hit my goal by keeping up with my pacer. At this moment I realized that if continued to keep up with her to the finish line I could beat my daughter's time from last year. I had a new goal. Iím such a mean mom. emoticon

Mile 9:
At mile nine I passed my pacer at least 4 times. I was now doing a run/walk interval. The one thing I noticed is that I felt better running. When I stopped to walk my legs started cramping.

Mile 10:
I was feeling really good at mile 10 and thought I would attempt to run the rest of the way.

Mile 11.5:
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Mile 12.5:
I hit the wall close to the finish line. It felt like I was going to pass out and vomit which had me really scared. I looked behind me and there she was breathing down my neck. It was mind over body at this point.

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Letís Move Race Results:

Time 2:44:20 (beat my daughterís time)
Placed 17th out of 25 in my age group (not bad for a newbie)
Placed 647 out of 717

Detroit Free Press International Half is next unless I find another one before it. emoticon

And once again thank you my spark friends for all your support. emoticon

  
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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 6/4/2013 9:31AM

    Congrats on the accomplishment!

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PKCTTS 6/3/2013 9:25PM

    emoticon Such an accomplishment - and a really enjoyable blog.

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TWNOMWE 5/13/2013 7:17PM

    emoticon Lori and emoticon

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MIPALADY23 5/9/2013 8:53AM

    YEAH!!! born and raised Michigan here!!! AND I'm running my first 1/2 Marathon this year!! YOu give me hope and motivation!!!

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GETTINGMEBACK2 5/8/2013 2:41PM

  That it awesome! A group of coworkers and I just completed a 5k! I never would have thought but I enjoyed it so well that I am going to do another one in June. emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 5/7/2013 10:59PM

    WOw!! That is fantastic!! YOu should be so proud! Bon Jovi - worth it to ME! :-D HA! Great job!!!

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MAPLECANDY3 5/7/2013 6:17PM

    Thats so exciting! Congrats!!!!!!!

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KATHIC2 5/6/2013 7:37AM

  You rock!!!! Congratulations!!! And great blog.

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BOPPY_ 5/6/2013 1:01AM

    Congratulations. A great accomplishment.

Lee

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FLANAGANSH 5/5/2013 9:25AM

    I really enjoyed reading this! Great job!

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IRON_RESOLVE 5/4/2013 3:41PM

    Loved reading this. I did my first Marathon, Walking, 6 months ago, for Breast Cancer Research. It took everything I had to cross that finish line. I am going to do it again though. With friends, we are making a team.
I just walked the Camino de Santiago in the northern Basque region of Spain summer 2012. I felt so strong afterwards, and jump at the chance to do the Marathon, after seeing a flyer for it at my Dr's office, only 3 days before the Marathon. And still gathered the $500 entrance fundraising. It was amazing to be feted with fundraising dollars from my friends and family. I was so lucky to have their support both cheering me on, and financial, to reach my goal. It was certainly awesome. I was so lucky to have my husband waiting for me at the last 3 miles. He walked me into the finish line. It was at that point, that I felt I needed him to literally drag me along! :) It was truly a great experience, and your blog reminded me of my great feat. Now, to accomplish the weight loss I joined Spark for, is my one true Goal.
I will take steps today, to eat less, and exercise more, until that happens. YOU ARE an inspiration!

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EMMACORY 5/4/2013 12:23AM

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing... emoticon

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SPWITHSPIRIT 5/3/2013 11:13AM

    I loved this blog, and I loved your progressive descriptions. I began running when I was 50 also, and that year ran my first race of any kind (5miles), then ran my first half the next year. I've run 4 halfs to date, and hope to run another half this september.
Good running to you!!!!
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LIFEFOUNDONARUN 5/2/2013 11:32PM

    Congratulations!!!! I loved this blog!! Such a great job :) I am so happy for you emoticon

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MERRYMERRY6 5/2/2013 3:50PM

    Great accomplishment! emoticon

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THEMRSH 5/2/2013 1:37PM

    emoticon Lori!!! emoticon emoticon Loved reading this blog and had a huge smile on my face for you the entire time!!!

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MANILUS 5/2/2013 1:05PM

    Wow, great job! Good luck on the next!!!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 5/2/2013 12:51PM

    Way to go!

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AGINNETT 5/2/2013 9:03AM

    I really loved this story! I'm almost 40 and have always wanted to run a half marathon. I feel inspired by your example.

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KLMEIRING 5/2/2013 4:43AM

    Wow! I am so impressed! emoticon

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LUCYLU22 5/1/2013 4:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your accomplishment!!! Fabulous job, and I LOVE your "new" mantra!!!

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NANA2TWINS 5/1/2013 9:46AM

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Congratulations on accomplishing your first half marathon. Great blog too!!!

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SP_COACH_NANCY 5/1/2013 8:38AM

  WOO HOOOOOOO Lori!!! What a way to start my day! I am sooo happy and proud of you!!!! You have just accomplished what less than 1/10th of 1% of the world's population will ever accomplish--WELCOME TO THE CLUB!!!

Nancy

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CAROLCRC 5/1/2013 8:02AM

    Bravo! I also did my first half at age 50... it is certainly an empowering feeling, isn't it!

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BOILHAM 4/30/2013 6:58PM

    What a wonderful first half marathon blog! You did it (you meanie) and beat your daughter's time, too. Congratulations!!!

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JAYMELYNN5 4/30/2013 4:49PM

    emoticon Very awesome!!! one day I'd like to do this as well, your are very inspiring!! emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 4/30/2013 1:59PM

    Woo Hoo! Way to go, Lori! emoticon

I think it's awesome that you beat your daughter's time. What a great way to put that whipper-snapper in her place. LOL.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/30/2013 12:42PM

    That is so awesome! I love your descriptions! How fabulous!

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SIMONEKP 4/30/2013 10:43AM

    Nice!

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LESLIELENORE 4/30/2013 10:15AM

    Awesome time! You did great. Thanks for the race report.

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CHEMCHIC2006 4/30/2013 8:54AM

    Congrats!! I remember my first half.. what an exhilerating experience crossing the finish line! Good luck training for your next one!

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FITFOODIE806 4/30/2013 7:35AM

    Congrats! What a great blog. I live reading race reports and feeling the joy. Glad you had such a good experience!

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PMRUNNER 4/30/2013 4:50AM

    Awesome! Way to go on the race ans a fun report.

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DALID414 4/29/2013 9:55PM

    You are SO inspiring!

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TEALHAWK 4/29/2013 9:33PM

  Super and high fives to you

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SANDLADY48 4/29/2013 9:25PM

    Awesome! And it's kind of like chilebirth. You quickly forget the pain and want to repeat the experience.

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HAYBURNER1969 4/29/2013 9:24PM

    Way to go on your first half marathon! I can tell you have been bitten by the bug!

I was going to tell you to check out Runner's World "dress the runner" online tool, but it looks like it no longer exists. Too bad; that was very helpful when I was a newbie.

After some experience, you'll learn what you like best. As far as cold temps before a race go, there was the trash bag advice given by someone else. Another thing you can do, particularly before a large race, is buy some sweats at Goodwill and wear those. You can ditch them at the starting line and often they will have volunteers gathering them up to donate (back to) Goodwill.

I've done the trash bag thing too, but I don't cut holes for my arms. I keep them inside the bag and only my head sticks out!

It's not bad to be a little chilly at the start of a race because you know you will warm up. Even after all these years, I still have to remind myself of that because I hate to be cold! LOL

Congratulations again on your race and I wish you well in future events! Happy Trails to you!! :)

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SHANTODD420 4/29/2013 8:30PM

    Wahoo that is awesome way to go. Good luck with your next goal.

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CHANGINGHORSES 4/29/2013 8:16PM

    Way to go! I enjoyed reading this and hope to run my first half this year. I also am a new runner of 3.5 years and will be 50 this year. My birthday gift to myself is going to be a half! (Who woulda thunk it!)


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LCDM83 4/29/2013 8:07PM

    I LOVE your new mantra (have to love Bon Jovi) and the inspiration it gave you on the way. WTG beating DD- how fun (ha!) and keeping ahead of the pacer! Sounds like a great race!!!!

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KKAZEBEER 4/29/2013 7:19PM

    Excellent job! As a somewhat seasoned marathoner I love hearing stories and continue to be inspired by the experiences such as yours. Living in Florida, I am used to running in the heat, however I have found that some races are much colder at the start line... I ran a race this past winter that started in 30 degree weather. All the women were huddled together in the ladies restroom trying to keep warm up until 5 minutes before the gun went off! LOL- I was not the only one who was underdressed. I highly recommend arm warmers! As you warm up during your race you can push them down or even take them off and simply tie them around your race belt. Another great tool is trash bags. Just make a hole at the top for your head and a hole on each side for your arms... voila Plastic Poncho! You can rip it off at any point and dump it. Hope you find these tips helpful. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with!
I am always so excited about new marathoners! Maybe because I love the sport so much... or maybe because I love the running community... Running makes me happy and I feel like if everyone felt as good as I do when I run the world would be a better place!
Run Run Run!!!


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PIXIEMOM13 4/29/2013 7:15PM

    Shoot, your time is better than my best 1/2 marathon time!! (Which also happened to be my first)... 2:48:35 (The only other one I did was a 3:07 something... and a 3:02 in training)

Awesome job!

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WONDERWOMAN 4/29/2013 7:14PM

    How VERY, VERY impressive!

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50 lbs gone FOREVER!!

Monday, February 11, 2013



When I look down at the scale and instead of thinking "it's never going to happen"; Iím thinking "holy cow, itís right there in front of me". And truth be told, I never in a million years expected to be looking down at the scale and be seeing a 50 pound loss.

I hit my 50 pounds and still canít believe it. I was happy when I hit 20, elated when I hit 30, shocked when I hit 40 and thrilled when I hit 45. Now Iím just doing the happy dance ~ gangnam style.

I didn't lose 50 pounds over night; it has taken me 19 months of hard work. During this time I've hit some major setbacks but I never gave up. I have to admit there were days I didn't want to weigh in, didn't want to exercise, didn't want to weigh and measure, didn't want to participate in challenges, but I just kept going. If I gave up I would never be where Iím at today.

So here are 15 reasons why I love my Spark Journey:

BEFORE SP: High cholesterol
TODAY: Cholesterol is at a normal level (without medication)

BEFORE SP: Blood pressure was elevated
TODAY: Blood pressure is normal

BEFORE SP: Visited chiropractor at least twice a month
TODAY: Visit once a quarter for a routine tune-up

BEFORE SP: Could not walk a mile without feet or hip pain
TODAY: Iím training to walk my first half-marathon in April

BEFORE SP: I would just say NO to lunges, squats, military push-ups and chair dips
TODAY: I say bring them onÖthe more the better

BEFORE SP: Was only comfortable doing gentle yoga
TODAY: Loving my power yoga!!

BEFORE SP: Would only run if being chased by a bear
TODAY: Working on interval running

BEFORE SP: Lost my inner athlete
TODAY: My inner athlete is back and stronger than ever

BEFORE SP: Size 14 pair of jeans
TODAY: Comfortably wearing size 8 and Iím gunning for size 6

BEFORE SP: Would avoid all mirrors
TODAY: I stop and check out my booty and legs in the mirror (just like my daughters do)

BEFORE SP: Didn't know what kale looked like
TODAY: Kale is a staple in my refrigerator

BEFORE SP: Low energy
TODAY: There are days I feel like the energizer bunny

BEFORE SP: Liked staying in my comfort zone
TODAY: Doing whatever I can to step out of it

BEFORE SP: 3 person support system (husband and 2 daughters)
TODAY: Over 300+ spark buddies! I could not ask for a better support system

BEFORE SP: Dreaded turning 50
TODAY: I embrace being 50!!!!!

So was 19 months of hard work worth itÖ.ABSOLUTELY. Sure there are things I still need to work on and challenges ahead, however I have the tools and support I need to continue on my wonderful Spark Journey.

If I can do this. You can too!




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TWNOMWE 3/4/2013 5:56PM

    emoticon emoticon what a difference!!!!
You look fabulous Lori

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KSW1963 2/13/2013 10:18AM

    You look just beautiful! Congrats on reaching such an impressive goal!!!

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FITTEACH87 2/12/2013 4:15PM

    Lori, you are absolutely amazing. You look sensational!!! You inspire me to do more and more everyday. Congratulations!!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/12/2013 4:00PM

    That is AWESOME!!! You look fabulous. Congrats!!

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What a great success story! You're so inspiring! Thank you for sharing it!

-in my best Billy Crystal voice! "You look Maa va lous!" emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 2/12/2013 2:48PM

    Wow! Thank you for sharing your success! You look amazing!
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LANG80312 2/12/2013 2:16PM

    Awesome!!! emoticon

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MICYWALTON 2/12/2013 11:54AM

    AMAZING JOB!! WTG Lori!! emoticon

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NANA2TWINS 2/12/2013 11:52AM

    emoticon Awesome job and you look great in hot pink!!!

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LUCYLU22 2/12/2013 11:34AM

    I am so proud of you for achieving NOT only your wonderful accomplishments, but also for the courage it took for you to write it down along with pictures!!! You look absolutely fabulous! I LOVE the hot pink shirt, goes right along with the HOT mama wearing it!!!

Way to emoticon some BOO-TAY!!

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DOOBRIE 2/12/2013 10:24AM

    You look wonderful - I'm very impressed by your blog! Fantastic achievement - well done!

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MELWUP 2/12/2013 9:41AM

    emoticon You look amazing! Great job!

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B-FLAT 2/12/2013 9:29AM

    You look amazing...thanks for the inspiration!! Your before weigh is right where I'm at. I just need to suck it up and do it!

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SHARON2014 2/12/2013 7:50AM

    Hard work and persistence pays off. Maybe, just maybe, I can do it too!! Way to Go!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LCDM83 2/12/2013 6:26AM

    How about how YOUNG you look (and feel!). So happy to see you shine! You've worked hard and look at those results!!!

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WATCHMEGO! 2/12/2013 6:05AM

    WOW!!!! Look at you! What a great accomplishment!

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FITAT50 2/12/2013 1:02AM

    You look fabulous!! Congrats on all your hard work! Oh, and I happen to love the pink emoticon

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NEWSTARTGIRL 2/11/2013 9:54PM

    Way to go, Lori! Love the pictures. Proud of my teammate! Hopefully I can be just like Lori one day! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 2/11/2013 9:24PM

    Way to go! You look slim, trim, healthy, and...HAPPY! I emoticon Sparkpeople!

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CUPKAKE137 2/11/2013 9:21PM

    You look amazing! I wanna be like you some day :)

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You look awesome!

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KATES1970 2/11/2013 9:09PM

    Thanks for this great post! I needed this today. I'm hitting a hard point and I'm only 6 weeks in. If you can do it, I can too! Thank you!

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TEALHAWK 2/11/2013 9:01PM

  thanks I need this! i am stuck

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WONDERWOMAN 2/11/2013 8:37PM

    An amazing blog by an amazing woman!!!!

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JUSTLIKEALICE 2/11/2013 8:34PM

    You are absolutely inspiring and incredible! Thank you for being you!

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DALID414 2/11/2013 8:13PM

    emoticon You look SO good!!

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SHANTODD420 2/11/2013 7:45PM

    Wow you look amazing keep up the hardwork and dedication.

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BESCATS 2/11/2013 7:43PM

    Congratulations !! You look great. Isn't it nice to feel so good ?

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READYBETTY 2/11/2013 7:41PM

    Awesome results!

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DIXIEDOLL87 2/11/2013 7:18PM

    Way to go lady!! That is so awesome and you look absolutely amazing! You are such an inspiration to us all! I am so proud to call such a terrific lady my friend!

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KASHMIR 2/11/2013 7:08PM

    YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!
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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 2/11/2013 6:53PM

    Wonderful incentive for the rest of us. Way to go!
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LOSE2CRUIZE 2/11/2013 6:49PM

    I LOVE this post!! I am so happy for you..!!!!! What an inspiration to us all out there. I hope to follow in your footsteps :)
Keep up the fantastic work.. you look fabulous !!!

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SUCCESS looks FABULOUS on you!! Congratulations!!

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GIGI1953 2/11/2013 6:42PM

  Way to hang in there! I think we learn from every setback how not to give up. Pictures really show off your new bod, be proud!


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DEE797 2/11/2013 6:34PM

    You look Awesome! Love the comparison pics and the belt one. YOU GO GIRL!! emoticon

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EWL978 2/11/2013 6:30PM

    That is WONDERFUL!!! You worked hard, but you got the results that you deserve for that....and you look great!!

I particularly love that the only time you would run was if you were being chased by a bear!!! I am saving your blog...you make so much sense that I need to keep it for incentive.

Thank you so much.

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GOPINTOS 2/11/2013 6:30PM

    emoticon Love the visual with the belt.

Great job!!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/11/2013 6:29PM

    absolutely awesome!

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HEALTHY4ME 2/11/2013 6:25PM

    OH OH what incentive!!! I need to lose 50 lbs so if you can , I can too. Thanks and bw you look awesome!
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just back to say after looking at your page, we weighed the same when we started so it is just what I need to do too! But I am 56 lol so happy 50th when it comes!

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LESLIELENORE 2/11/2013 6:24PM

    Wow! You look terrific! Way to go!

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    Awesome job!! emoticon

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TRACYLYNN853 2/11/2013 6:22PM

    Wow thats amazing! You look wonderful!

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JUSTCHELLE75 2/11/2013 6:19PM

    You are incredible and you look fabulous

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Registered for my 1st Half-Marathon

Monday, January 07, 2013

I love the saying: ďSTOP talking about it and just DO IT!Ē I give this advice to others all the time. Now itís time for me to stop talkingÖ.

Last year I kept mentioning to my DD that I wanted to walk a half-marathon. Iíve cheered her on running her half-marathons and Iím ready get off the sideline.

I just registered for my first half-marathon!!!!!

Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon Ė October 20, 2013
www.freepmarathon.com/

This marathon you traverse both downtown Detroit and Window, Ontario, crossing the border at both the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. I plan to walk most of it but will be running like crazy through the Windsor Tunnel. I hate tunnels.

My only goal is to stay ahead of the 4 hour pacer.

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LOSINGITBECKY 1/23/2013 3:59PM

    Hi Lori! I am so encouraged by your example. As one who is just beginning this journey to good health, I took a peek at your 1st blog entry, saw where you were when you started and am so excited about how far you've come! I'm right behind ya! emoticon

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EXPOGIRL50 1/22/2013 6:11PM

    You're emoticon ! Thank you for your support and motivation.

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MSNEL2012 1/19/2013 5:07PM

    emoticon Awesome! My son asked me to do the Columbus Ohio Turkey Run (?) but I was to chicken! Hmmmm....maybe this year!

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DJSQUISHIE 1/15/2013 9:52PM

    Good luck with your marathon, and your training! You seem like an unstoppable force once you put your mind to something! emoticon

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JUSTLIKEALICE 1/13/2013 5:59PM

    WOOOHOOO!! You can do it! I'm *planning* my first half for this July. I'm so excited for you!!

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SHEWANDERS 1/11/2013 12:00AM

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LINZSUCCESS 1/10/2013 8:22AM

    Good for you!!!! emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/9/2013 2:24PM

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TWNOMWE 1/9/2013 11:48AM

    Good luck emoticon

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MCONFESSOR 1/9/2013 1:30AM

    Fantastic! Cannot wait to hear about your experience with it. emoticon

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GARDEN1027 1/8/2013 10:07PM

   

Good luck! :)

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LUVS2BIKE101 1/8/2013 7:39PM

    You are a great inspiration to all of us! Good luck with your half-marathon.
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TRAVELGRRL 1/8/2013 1:58PM

    Congrats to you! I would LOVE to walk across the Ambassador bridge, but agree with you about the tunnel -- I don't even like to DRIVE through it! Keep blogging as you work on your training.

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REFINING_LIFE 1/8/2013 11:06AM

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That's so exciting! I kept saying I was going to do one "one day" and I finally bit the bullet and registered for the one I did last weekend. It was tough but I am SOOOO glad I can finally say I met my goal!!

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GRACE927 1/8/2013 7:18AM

    Good for you! You are amazing!

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FITAT50 1/7/2013 9:58PM

    Awesome!!! Great goal to work towards! Is your DD going to do it again with you?

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LOSE2CRUIZE 1/7/2013 9:01PM

    Yay!! So excited that you are doing it too!! I KNOW you have this in the bag! October is just a run around the corner!

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BEACHLVRMI 1/7/2013 3:55PM

    emoticon emoticon I am SO excited for you! Good luck!

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READYBETTY 1/7/2013 1:19PM

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/7/2013 11:39AM

    How exciting!!! I use to live in Windsor & the walk you'll be doing in Windsor is nice!!! I loved looking at the skyline when I drove down that road.

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COOP9002 1/7/2013 11:39AM

    Excited for you. Let us know about your experience.

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DAWN14163 1/7/2013 10:56AM

    How exciting! A great goal to keep you busy for the next few months!
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LEVELPATHS 1/7/2013 10:36AM

    You've got plenty of time to train for that. Well done you!

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SHANTODD420 1/7/2013 10:11AM

    Wahoo go Lori and good luck to you. I have to friends that run that marthon every year. My friend hates the tunnel as well.

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PJBONARRIGO 1/7/2013 10:09AM

    Wow, I'm impressed! You have a good plan and great motivation! I'm sure you can do this! Enjoy the journey! emoticon emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 1/7/2013 9:57AM

    How awesome! You'll do great - I'd probably run through the tunnel too. I haven't been in the tunnel in years, and it always creeped me out in the car, so I don't think I'd like to go through it on foot.

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BIGPAWSUP 1/7/2013 9:44AM

    That is awesome!! You'll be great!

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DRB13_1 1/7/2013 9:35AM

    ABSOLUTELY!!! Go for it! emoticon

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DALID414 1/7/2013 9:35AM

    How exciting!!! Good luck!

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LESLIELENORE 1/7/2013 9:26AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I have been considering walking one in Niagara Falls.

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Woo Hoo...I've been awarded Spark Motivator

Friday, January 04, 2013



OMG....I'm doing the happy dance right now (gangnam style). I just received the following email:

Subject: You Are A Motivational Member

The SparkPeople Community thinks you are a motivation to others!

SparkPeople Members can vote for SparkPages that are motivational, based on Community involvement, personal accomplishments and more. You have received enough votes to become a "SparkPeople Motivator." Congratulations! For recognition, your SparkPage now has a special "SparkPeople Motivator" icon, and your SparkPage will be featured more prominently on the main SparkPages section of the site.

Thank you for inspiring other members through your own hard work and dedication!

Sincerely,

The SparkPeople Team



My spark buddies you made my day! I'm so excited to be given an award for doing something that I love.

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POKAFLYZ 1/7/2013 6:08PM

    You ARE a motivator! Iíve been on SparkPeople for less than a week and you are always so supportive and encouraging. Iíve really appreciated your comments on my page. Congratulations on a well-earned honor!
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LIVELYGIRL2 1/7/2013 12:36AM

  That is so, so totall emoticon emoticon emoticon y awesome!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/5/2013 9:47AM

    You received this award because you truly are motivational!!! Keep on keeping !!!

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IWEARBGPANTIES 1/5/2013 9:44AM

    Congrat's that is just awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the great job.

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/5/2013 2:17AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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SHAMROCKY2K 1/4/2013 11:47PM

    emoticon How exciting!! LOL at your happy dance.. I would be doing that too.. if I was coordinated enough.

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TEALHAWK 1/4/2013 8:22PM

  Way To Go!!!!!!!!!! That is great

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MACNMAMA 1/4/2013 6:55PM

    Congrats!! that is wonderful!!! :) emoticon

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DIXIEDOLL87 1/4/2013 6:09PM

    yay!!!!

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STLW27 1/4/2013 3:26PM

    Congratulations!!!

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LOSE2CRUIZE 1/4/2013 3:05PM

    Congrats!!! Definitely feel you deserve this! You have been a great motivator for me and I've only been on the site for less than a week!!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/4/2013 2:58PM

    emoticon That means you've done some hard work and a lot of people noticed you! Keep up the great work!

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FLEURGARDEN 1/4/2013 2:45PM

    Congrats! Very much deserved.

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DRB13_1 1/4/2013 2:37PM

    emoticon I voted emoticon Well deserved emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 1/4/2013 2:18PM

    Congratulations!!

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    Congratulations to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YO~YOLANDA 1/4/2013 1:45PM

    That is most excellent! Congratulations to you...enjoy your moment in the spotlight you have earned it.

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BUGSMIMI 1/4/2013 1:41PM

  Congratulations!

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LESLIELENORE 1/4/2013 1:39PM

    emoticon emoticon You definitely deserve it!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/4/2013 1:29PM

    Congrats!!! emoticon

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FITTEACH87 1/4/2013 1:26PM

    Congrats Lori!!! You definitely deserve it! emoticon

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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 1/4/2013 1:25PM

    Congrats!

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KARRENLYNN 1/4/2013 1:02PM

    Congratulations, how cool is that!

Karen

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GEMINISUE 1/4/2013 12:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Linda

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FITAT50 1/4/2013 12:57PM

    Way cool, congratulations!!! Oh yeah, I'm jealous, LOL!

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GRACEANAQAH 1/4/2013 12:51PM

    Congratulations!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/4/2013 12:25PM

    Well deserved!

( I try to remember to vote when I'm on the SparkPage of someone who motivates me in any way and they aren't already. )

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 1/4/2013 11:57AM

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BABIESTEPS 1/4/2013 11:48AM

    YAY!!! It's about Time!!!! You DESERVE IT!!! CONGRATULATIONS my Friend!!!
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TRAVELGRRL 1/4/2013 11:48AM

    Congratulations, ML! It's a WELL DESERVED honor! You do Michigan gals (and former Michigan gals, in my case) PROUD!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/4/2013 11:45AM

    We love you and you SOOO deserve it!

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DALID414 1/4/2013 11:40AM

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That is SO emoticon
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LUCYLU22 1/4/2013 11:38AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon YAY I am so happy for you!! That is truly well deserved, fellow Spy!!!!

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