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Wednesday, May 05, 2010


I am soooooo *Excited* I bought two of my best friends gym passes that came in the mail today. $299 for a 2 year membership to 24 Hour Fitness from

I need more motivation and didn't want to buy Personal Training Session. SO.... I bought my two best friends a pass and asked them to each meet me there at least once a week and that was the ONLY catch. LOL!!! SO *Excited*

Plus... I am hoping that this will be a therapy session too. I am looking forward to being able to spend more time together. YAYAYYAYAYAY!!!

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KGPOSSIBLE 5/9/2010 11:17PM

    What a great idea!! I love that one and much more fun too....I've been a member of 24 hour fitness for about 2 years now and got my membership through Costco too....I love it...I'm there 5 days a week at 5am...the 6th day I run....good luck to you ...I hope your friends take you up on it. I have met some great people there.


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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

I find it interesting that the only thing that really is awful when I feel like I am eating healthy and exercising regularly is that my sleep patterns turn AWFUL!

When I am overeating especially at night, then I sleep so well!!! WEIRD???

Does anyone else have this problem?

I must admit my 1 bad habit is drinking SF Rock Stars. BUT.... I have tried to only have 1 or maybe 2 and NOT after 3 PM. Sometimes just one before my afternoon exercise.

With that said... I am trying to stop drinking them, but I really enjoy them and I've justified it by not drinking alcohol, over~eating, or eating sugary treats. ALL of which are addictions for me and can lead to far worse things than drinking Rock Star.

So... I am about ready to try maybe an over~the~counter sleeping aid. Any, Any, suggestions???

Thank you!!!

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ELFITZPA 5/5/2010 12:24PM

    I've struggled my entire life with getting to sleep and especially STAYING asleep. For me, I'm a borderline insomniac when something is wrong, like last summer when I was having my light-headed issues. Have you tried tweaking your workouts at all? I have the hardest time getting to sleep when I work out later in the day. The other thing to do is to look at the combinations of foods you eat and do some research, as often times it's the COMBINATION of certain foods, minerals, etc. that causes problems or even helps us. I'd be a bit weary of any supplements, especially anything not regulated, but hopefully you can find something that works for you. Best of luck!!

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CALGALFOX 5/5/2010 10:55AM

    Yes! I have suggestions that I would LOVE to share with you. I have spent a life time trying to figure out how to fix my screwed up biorhythms and I've learned some important lessons. There is a natural supplement (melatonin) that has been found to be better for you than the over the counter stuff. Here, let me shoot you a couple of links. has great information on sleep. You can read research articles and find a lot of good, solid information. The are a non-profit organization, research centered.



One of the biggest things I've learned is that I should eat most in the morning and taper foods down to very little at dinner. I make sure I get some good fats at dinner to hold me through the night. I upped my water intake, but try to taper that down at the end of the day too.

Good luck, this is a tough one. I think it's especially tough for women.


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Ironman Cozumel 2010

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I signed up for the Ironman in Cozumel. November 28, 2010. My mom and dad are very excited and are going to come with us. My husband is already planning a deep sea fishing escapade. I am ready to hang out at the beach and get pampered before my I.M.

I can't believe it!!! Dream Vacation and Ironman!

And... the coolest thing. My 30 week training plan for the I.M STARTS today!!!! So AWESOME!!!

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ZIRCADIA 5/4/2010 12:29PM


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WENDALL125 5/3/2010 12:03AM

    You go, girl!!
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RHALES199 5/2/2010 10:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You go, girl!!1 You can do it!!

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LILPAT3 5/2/2010 9:21PM

    Too cool. My PA-C did Cozumel last year. She said it was okay, beautiful swim, but many hotels/etc. are a long way from town. Biggest complaint: Mosquitos--very numerous and about ate her alive!

Good luck!

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NETTYBREAD 5/2/2010 9:00PM

    Yes, it will be my First Full~IM . The training starts pretty easy. Today I did 30 minutes swim (2000 yards) and 15 minute run. SOoooooooooooo EXCITED!!!

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TENISWHIZ 5/2/2010 8:40PM

    That is SOOOOOOOO awesome!!!! Will this be your first IM? You are going to have a blast! What did you do today for your first training day?

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St. George Ironman

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Don't be mislead by the Blog Title....

Sadly, I am NOT doing the St. George Ironman. I can give you excuse after excuse (1 or 2 that really are valid) but I'll spare ya. Truth is... it's LIFE. We all live it. I truly feel we all have similar feelings of: joy, sadness, depression, excitement... I am no different.

BUT... today I am cheering on my brother and all those that ARE participating in the St. George Full ~ Ironman, and I am picking my beautiful ASS up off the ground and establishing new life~goals. One of which is... I WILL continue to sign up each year for a Full Iron~Man until I conquer it!!!

I've also signed up for and am TRAINING for fun and consistently for:
The Utah 1/2 Ironman on Aug. 28, 2010
The St. George Marathon on Oct. 2, 2010... this is a lottery and I will find out if I got in on May 7.
And... Full Ironman ~ Coeur d'Alene June, 2011

The St. George Iron~Man today is a VERY tough one. My brother was telling me that if I wasn't sure about my decision to not compete, the course can re~iterate that I made the right decision.

INSPIRING / Positive People....

Another goal I have for this year and for my life is to surround myself with inspiring, encouraging, positive people. I get dragged too easily into the negative and of course it's a spiral from there.

Life is difficult for EVERYONE! Who am I to think my problems are any more difficult than the next person's???

What I DO know what works for me... Be nice, Live, Serve, and LOVE myself and others.

I also know... I feel better inside and outside when I am eating healthy and exercising.

I enjoy setting goals, and I learn a LOT from NOT reaching my goals. I must continue to strive for something rather than settle for nothing.

I hope to reach out and encourage others even when I am feeling less than encouraged.

Good Luck to my brother today and all those amazing, inspiring people that are out to conquer the Iron~man. I hope to join them one day.

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ZENRUNNING 5/2/2010 8:06PM

    Good for you! That's all we can do...set goals, do all we can to meet them, and hope everything else falls into place.

I'm still working on getting that first triathlon completed! I have a lofty goal of completing a half ironman next year!

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ELFITZPA 5/2/2010 6:52PM

    It's great to see you back around here!!

And congrats on putting those goals out there!! Sometimes taking a step back and ensuring that you can train yourself properly is a far better move than trying to just jump in. Besides, I LOVE having goals to work towards, they just make life more interesting.

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NETTYBREAD 5/1/2010 11:46PM

    Thanks you two!!! So much :) Today was a very bitter~sweet day :)

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CALGALFOX 5/1/2010 8:58AM

    Good luck to your brother from me too!

It's SO good to see you. Life can get in the way of so many things...but then...I guess it wouldn't be much of a life if that weren't the case. I'm really excited for you Coeur d'Alene June, 2011 tri because I love that area.

How is life going for you?


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KATHERYNP 5/1/2010 7:50AM

    It is always good to set goals regardless of whether you attain them. Keep visualizing the Ironman and taking it in babysteps and you will get there. You have the right idea! Way to go!

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*Help or Inspire You TOO*

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A friend of mine sent me this email asking me a few questions about my weight loss journey. I hope it may inspire or help anyone of you out there too.

This is what my friend asked me in an email:

Hello there my strong, amazing, beautiful friend!

I have been looking through your photos and the amazing ones of you in the triathlon and I am so inspired and amazed by you! So I wanted to ask you how a few things:

1) when did you finally decide that you wanted to turn your life around?
2) did you have any health problems you were dealing with?
3) how did you work up to the triathlons? where did you start?
4) any suggestions for me? I'm trying to motivate myself to get active again....

I've so fallen out of health and I'm just generally trying to figure out where to begin again. I've gotten so lazy since swim team and I just don't have the patience for gyms, I don't have the money either, honestly, and I need to start out slow since I have a lot of weight related health problems. I'm at the point where I just don't love myself anymore and I want to get back to being able to do that! You are such a wonderful inspiration I thought I'd start with you!


And this was my reply:

My dear friend.... Big *HUGS* you are the sweetest and....

I have to begin with... by your attitude you MUST be on the right track. Being nice and seeing life as the cup half FULL rather than Half empty is a huge part in feeling better about ourselves and taking better care of our body.

Thank you also for reaching out to me... Boy oh Boy do I have a story to tell, but right now that would take way too long. It will come out little by little.

There is a great, great website that is a health and fitness support group. IT is AWESOME!!! People there will encourage, support, and answer questions too.

This is my website:

This will tell you a little more about my weight loss journey.

Basically I weighed 227 about 10 years ago now. I lost a lot of weight on Weight Watchers back in 1999-2000

I kept it off for about 2 years, and then I got pretty active and did a few triathlons back in 2001-2002.

BUT... then I got injured and quit. My weight started going back up a little, and I tried to keep dieting and I started Yo-Yo dieting really badly.

Then... in about 2002-2003 I started developing an Eating Disorder. It was AWFUL and still IS awful.

About 2 years ago I realized that my Eating had gotten completely, completely out of control. I wasn't even losing weight, it had become a terrible coping skill.

So... I started trying to get better. I've had times of success and times of failure, but the most important thing is:

Never give up HOPE that you can have a healthier lifestyle. Truly... the best book I've read on Nutrition is that book Intuitive Eating. It helped me understand how destructive and terrible diets were. Dieting is what really messed with my head. I thought that was what normal women ate and how they maintained weight loss. It is NOT... It is a form of starving your body and NOBODY can maintain that.

Ok... so there's a little history.

Now... here are a few things that work for me:

#1 LOVE your body as it is now. Do NOT focus on losing weight. Focus on taking better care of your body. Listen to when you are hungry, Love and Encourage your body.

#2 Journal: I try to keep my thoughts in my journal positive. The things that are going well. If I write negative in my journal, I write it, then rip it up and say F*** it! It's over I forgive myself... Forget about it. My journal is just a cheap 5 x 7 Mead notebook.

#3 Learn how to meditate or clear your mind. Slow down... especially when things are out of your control. Try to meditate and let them go. There's nothing you can do about it.

#4 (Actually this is #1 for me) This is like and AA or for me OA (overeaters anonymous) concept that I've learned. Turn it over to God or a Higher Power or Mother Nature or some other thing. For me... I turn to God. He helps me with all my problems and especially my out of control eating. He forgives me and loves me no matter what. He wants me to be happy and forgive myself too.

#5 Exercise... Yes! Start SLOW... and make it something you enjoy. And after most workouts think about how much you enjoyed it and how easy it really was (even if it kind of wasn't lol) The only way I've been able to train consistently for triathlons is by backing off. Listening to my body and making it FUN. If you like to run. Then run / walk starting out. If you like to swim swim a lap, then go easy a lap. Whatever you need to do to make it fun.

K... this is kind of a lot starting out with.

And Please, Please, Please.... Know how beautiful and wonderful YOU are. Absolutely LOVE yourself. We are all unique and offer are own special gifts to the world. You have cheered me on and kept me so up~beat. You wouldn't believe this now, but only a year ago I was completely isolating myself and really not talking to many people. I even had to reach out to the women in my church (totally weird and embarassing) and ask them to come visit me. It was awful. I was in the depths of my eating disorder and feeling helpless.

So.... I LOVE YOU and I know you do too. Focus on your strengths and the many things you excel at. Like those wonderful papers.... LOL!!!! Not on our negatives... that's too easy to focus on. be STRONG. :-)

Have a great day too!!! Thanks again and again for the email.


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MBSHAZZER 9/2/2009 4:33PM

    Great, great e-mail to your friend (she is lucky to have you in her life!). I always feel sad for people who think eating is black and white... either you're "good" and dieting or "bad" and eating what you really want... that's what I love about intuitive eating!

Hope your training is going well!

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H-2-OH 7/16/2009 3:04PM

    Thanks for sharing this with everybody. Very inspiring and such valid points to ponder.

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CATDLK 7/16/2009 11:48AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Every word is so true!

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ELFITZPA 7/16/2009 10:20AM

    That's some excellent advise! Your friend is very lucky to have you and it's great that she sees you as a positive role model, rather than some freakshow who did something she could never possibly do! It sounds like she already realizes that she, too, can do this!! Keep sharing your positive energy - I truly believe we get out as much good as we put into this world!!

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BRUIN2 7/16/2009 9:44AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

I think the most powerful thing you wrote is "I love you" - I don't think we tell our friends or non-immediate family members nearly often enough (and maybe some do even tell immediate family members it often enough).

You are sharing love - and I think that's God's greatest gift to us.

My absolute best to you always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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