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I like running. No, I LOVE IT!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Goodness knows I would have never thought to like it so much during my fitness journey--now I am not fast admittedly, and I do slow down when I need to--but I like to run and honestly feel the difference mentally when I don't. It's a beautiful thing indeed!


Now there are others who run and have been runners in our family, my late uncle ran 2 marathons and I always was amazed at that kind of endurance; looking back now he was the around the age I am now so it is never to late to enjoy something new. Oh I still love my heavy weight lifting, kettlebells, Jillian, Zumba and Shaun T--but I'm becoming a runner!!!! emoticon

Who also appreciates stretching even more now..... emoticon


  
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FITGIRL15 8/19/2014 11:44PM

    Way to go! Finding your "happy place" when you exercise is the key to success in health!

Sounds like you've found yours!!! emoticon

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/18/2014 12:46PM

    I am right there with you - nothing better than a great run! emoticon

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KRISKECK 8/18/2014 11:31AM

    Totally get the love of running - I do too!

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/16/2014 12:08PM

    Always great finding something new that you love. emoticon emoticon

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144AUTUMN 8/15/2014 10:38PM

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I ran a whole minute today without stopping! Yes that is big for me!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

I love to sprint, LOVE to sprint--going all out for 20-30 seconds is wonderful for fat loss and endurance. But going longer than 30 seconds just was NOT going to happen--dropping back down to a walk or stopping on the side of the treadmill during Tabata sprints was doing me just fine, thank you very much. But run..run? Noooooooooo way.

Now we recently had a marathon in our fair city, and last year I'd vowed to run it, but in taking care of my Dad before he passed that dream had not been visualized (and I regret not a moment of taking care of him, that was far more important). So again I'd made the vow to run the next marathon..but still was only sprinting or walking back and forth from work.

Well I joined the YMCA yesterday and my kids are going too--but today along with my beloved interval sprints(and legs, back, chest, biceps and triceps) I decided to run a mile (6 mph is running for me, sprints are 8-9 mph)without stopping-and I did it. I did it!!! I kept playing the Rocky theme on my music player to inspire me but I did it--and it felt great! I liked it so much that while I was there at the Y in the morning with my daughter, I went back in the evening with my son--and did some more!!


Am I tired? Yes --but I feel blessed that I was able to do it and put words into action finally-I DID IT!!!!!!!!

  
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CORIENDOPARAMI 7/30/2014 12:48AM

    Awesome!!

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MSILVER94 6/29/2014 10:22AM

    You can do anything when you put your mind to it! Great job!

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FITGIRL15 6/28/2014 10:50PM

    Your excitement is infectious! emoticon

You rock! Keep pushing yourself, and you will be amazed at how far you can run!!!!

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SCOUTMOM715 6/28/2014 12:51PM

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MSBOOTCAMP 6/27/2014 11:35PM

    Congratulations, MsKiz!! Keep on going.

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NDKARIKARI 6/27/2014 11:03PM

    this is amazing! great job! you must feel tired in a GREAT way emoticon

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If she can do it, I can!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

In the gym at work this week as I was doing my insane sideways treadmill there was a woman doing heavy deadlifting. Now I mean as in 35lbs on each end of the bar. It was so inspiring! But I pouted as I finished my workout-- because of my wrists being weak because of the carpal tunnel I couldn't do those deadlfts and I was irritated at my weakness.


I told her that it was incredible what she did and how I wanted to do that but my wrists were too weak. She told me she had tendonitis in both arms and it took her a long time to build up to it but she could do it-and showed me her gloves that helped her. We talked about our buddy ibuprofen helping us along -but what's more--I am going to build up to it! If she can do it I can!!!!!

  
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FITGIRL15 6/2/2014 12:03PM

    I have hook grips that really help to perform a heavy deadlift without much wrist strength required at all!!! Worth the investment and I bet you'll be deadlifting heavy in NO TIME!!!

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ANDREAG89 4/28/2014 9:54AM

    As inspirational as you are, it's good to read that you continue to be inspired by others. Make that deadlift happen!
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VALIENDRA 4/28/2014 9:02AM

    Of course you can do it. There's nothing beyond your reach =)

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AUNTRENEE 4/28/2014 8:33AM

    You can do it. That is what you need to tell yourself all the time.

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MERRYMARY42 4/27/2014 11:24PM

    you bet you can

we can do it,

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KST1969 4/27/2014 10:37PM

    That's right. You can do it! Go for it. :)

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My 4th year at Spark--changes and hopes and dreams for my 5th.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Once upon a time there was a woman in her early forties who decided to take her life back one step at a time by dropping diet soda cold turkey--a small step but it was an important one. And though she smiled sometimes it was not a truly happy smile because of the feeling she had for her body and health. Not the least of which when her sister remarked that her rear was so wide it was scaring her.





Yes she tried to look nice and wore makeup to look the best she could but the displeasure of how she felt emotionally and physically after recovering from the accident in 2007 showed plainly.




But trudge on she did. At home with tape and DVDs, then at the gym at work. Low carb was the eating style and it did help with weight loss--ah, the days of steak, butter and heavy cream were weekly preparations.





She discovered a wonderful website called SparkPeople--others like herself who wanted to be healthier as she was trying to do. Learning that it was okay to laugh, to make misteps and to appreciate the journey rather than rush to the destination.






Going from low carb to pescatarian to vegan was also a part of this voyage--and the ability to share it and the visuals made the journey all the happier:




























4 years ago she dreamed of wearing a swimsuit-she reached that goal too:





Four years of Spark have been wonderful..and that woman....me...is so blessed to be here and looking forward to 5 years and more! God bless you all--and remember that weight loss and fitness is not a sprint(even though I LOVE sprinting...and kettlebells, and Zumba, and bench pressing, and Jillian Michaels...it's a marathon.. And one of my goals this year is complete a half marathon-God give me the strength to do so! ~Priscilla emoticon



  
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FITGIRL15 6/2/2014 12:05PM

    Inspiring!!!!! Thank you for writing this blog!!!

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PLANTAGO 4/8/2014 12:53PM

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing your story.

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COOKWITHME65 3/7/2014 12:55PM

    You Rock! Such an inspiration to all. emoticon

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JUSTCHANDA 2/27/2014 8:56AM

    Wow!!!

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NDKARIKARI 2/15/2014 3:23PM

    You are SUCH an inspiration! Good luck with training for the half marathon!

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OVERHAULING-ME 2/14/2014 11:13PM

    emoticon and VERY Inspiring!

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JET150 2/12/2014 8:42PM

    I know it's what everyone says, but you truly are amazing, inspiring, and beautiful, inside and out!

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LUVTOBOWL 2/8/2014 9:47PM

    emoticon on your 4 years with spark emoticon

I know you will keep inspiring me and others in years to come.

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ROYALTY1022 2/8/2014 6:52PM

    Congrats on your progress you look awesome! Stay strong you have great deterination. Keep up the great job that you are doing. When I need motivation to continue I visit your spark page and other Sparkies to give me inspiration to keep pushing forward. Peace & blessings to you... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURENANNE315 2/1/2014 8:22PM

    This is such an amazing post!! You are a great inspiration to me!! Keep up the amazing work emoticon emoticon

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-SHOREIDO- 1/31/2014 2:25PM

    Thanks for sharing your journey!! Remarkable job! Your a true inspiration to anyone who's will to work at ANY challange!!
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SVAN13MARTINS 1/30/2014 8:43PM

    Thank you for this wonderful inspirational piece about your journey. Thanks for the pics which really are motivating. I'm just starting at the gym with a trainer, and I sometimes wonder whether I can get there. You showed us all that this is possible!!!

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HOTTEXAN 1/30/2014 12:18PM

    So happy for your success, which you earned, earned, earned!!!!
I TOTALLY count on your presence here to remind me of what I can do!

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LILMISSRED79 1/30/2014 12:43AM

    I just LOVE that pic of you with your kettlebell! You look so strong, so confident, so happy! You can just see the self love emanating out of you.

Thanks for being such a great example and an inspiration to your fellow Sparkers!

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ANDREAG89 1/25/2014 4:01PM

    I hope you have a REALLY good understanding of how motivational this is to ME, and it absolutely must be to others as well.

After working out this morning, I used my phone to log in and saw my friend feed where your statement about having a popular blog post was on it. So I clicked it to go to your page. This was after I had worked out.

My 8-year-old son was sitting with me. He asked me if I'd lost any weight yet. I told him I had, and told him how much because he asked. When he asked how much, I told him ~8 lbs. Then I showed him your page. I said, "Look at THIS lady." He said, "Wow Mom!" I said, "Yes, she's worked really hard, hasn't she?"

And this blog is a reminder to me that it takes a little bit at a time, a step at a time, and even the "smallest" steps can be of paramount significance. That we shouldn't give up. That every little thing we do to improve will get us to our goals, whatever that might be.

So thank you. I love seeing the pictures, as those really are worth a thousand words.

Thanks for your constant energy and daily status posts. They really are uplifting!

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ARUNNINGKAT 1/25/2014 2:27PM

    You inspire us all! I love to read your enthusiastic status updates about what workout you are about to do or have done! emoticon

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SAPHRAEL 1/25/2014 12:03PM

    Fierce! Love following your progress :)

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FITWITHIN 1/21/2014 8:27PM

    Congratulations on your emoticon ! As always your a true inspiration. You have done a marvelous job on your journey. We will complete our emoticon in 2014. emoticon emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 1/20/2014 8:37PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!

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DESYACV2 1/20/2014 3:32AM

    way to go, congratulations and thank you for being an inspiration.

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LISASGONNADOIT 1/19/2014 11:39PM

    Amazing! Your hard work and dedication has paid off. You look amazing and are an inspiration to me. Great job!!! Proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUVGOODMUZIK 1/19/2014 5:20PM

    Everytime I decide to "get serious" again and log onto Spark, your pic is one of the few I see on my status feed on a consistent basis. You are definitely the epitome of hardwork and dedication. You look great and I could imagine feel great as well. Hats off to you my dear. emoticon

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    Congrats on this incredible journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    You are truly an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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MAMAJAHMAI 1/18/2014 10:19PM

    Just Amazing!! You are a warrior and champion! thanks for sharing ((hugs))

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    You are an inspiration to us all!

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You look so beautiful and firmed and toned up! That's what I need to do! Congratulations on the hard work you have put in and the change in your attitude about yourself. I'm so excited for you and motivated even more as I continue to lean up my body and maintain this lifestyle change. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful journey with us. Keep going strong after all of your goals whatever they may be! You are a WINNER!
God Bless You!
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VEROISME 1/18/2014 7:11PM

    You look fabulous and sounds like you feel just as great!

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KELLIEBEAN 1/18/2014 6:25PM

    What an amazing transformation! Your determination shows. You made great things happen!

Congratulations!


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JENNYMARIEC 1/18/2014 4:54PM

    Wow! Congrats on your fabulous journey!

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    Enjoy the journey!!

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Conquering my final fear at the gym one row at a time.

Friday, December 13, 2013

I like being challenged at the gym-lifting heavier weights thrills me, sprinting at higher speeds-without damaging major body parts is cathartic! Yes I like to live on the edge so to speak especially being 44 now-but age is just a number! Yet...

The rowing machine. I admit to shuddering at it all these years as I walked by them. Who in their right mind found that medieval device fulfilling to exercise on? Nevermind that the people that were on it were extremely fit and enjoyed it from what I could see while I was over in the weight section or treadmilling my heart out. No, no, those insanely fit people didn't have my weak wrists so they could do it so effortlessly. I had an excuse to keep away!

But thinking back to the earlier part of my fitness journey I remembered how I'd never thought I could learn to lift heavy weights with my carpal tunnel braced wrists-but I did. It took determination and building up to it but I did do it-so how was this different? Could I let my own cowardice keep me from trying something new? The answer is finally NO.

So the past couple weeks I have been doing short sessions on the rowing machine--no longer than 5 minutes with plenty of breaks and praying and water and gasping for air --but I am doing it. The final frontier is still a bit away for me-but I am adding this to my goals. Fear (and carpal tunnel)will NOT keep this dream from coming to fruition!

  
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FITWITHIN 12/15/2013 11:29AM

    That's great! Our gym had recently purchased a couple of row machines, and till this day I've done the same thing. Just walk by and look at them. I haven't mustard the courage to get on one of them, but thanks to you will make sure that I try something new this week. You have done an amazing job on your journey. I'm so proud of you and hope to been in the best shape of my life come 2014.

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NDKARIKARI 12/14/2013 11:44PM

    great job!

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K-GETTING-FIT 12/14/2013 7:55AM

    I am so proud of you! It is amazing and beautiful that you conquered that fear. Yes, you conquerED it! I was just thinking about something similar. Running (or waddling in my case) is my nemesis and then combine it with doing it in front of people in a race is terrifying to me. I am not good at it, my body doesn't particularly like it, but I continue. Crazy really, but there is something very cool about the act of plugging along and continuing to try. Someone asked me why I would continue to do it and I pretty much said that all the reasons why I shouldn't do it are exactly the reasons why I want to conquer it (may mean my idea of "conquering" is different than others. lol). It is wonderful when we do something that "tests" us, be it emotionally or physically.

No doubt in my mind that you are going to be a PRO rower! Can't even imagine what that already awesome back of yours is going to look like:)
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YOURRIDICULOUS 12/14/2013 3:50AM

  Keep it up. You can do it!

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/14/2013 3:47AM

    emoticon The rowing machine won't know what hit it when you are done with it!

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NESHAMA123 12/13/2013 11:36PM

    The rowing machine is one of the few I really like. It is great you are giving it a try.

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