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Christmas is a week away??

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Well today is my last day of travel for 2014. A day trip to Phoenix for a client visit. Then I'm pretty much off work until January 2nd. Oh, I said I would check in on email in the mornings for any burning fires and be available by cell phone, but I think it will be pretty quiet.

Most of my shopping is done! A few gift cards to get and a couple of more things for my hubby and things for the pets in the family. They always get remembered at the holidays! My hubby finally did the Christmas card and they will be ready to pick up today. I am printing out the mailing list and we'll get those out.

I'm looking forward to getting in a run tomorrow and dragging my other half to the gym! I also have cookies to bake! I'll do those closer to Christmas so I'm not tempted to eat them. They are my favorites - snickerdoodles. I may also try a gluten free version this year too if I get ambitious.

I've been keeping up with my running. Last Friday I was out of town so I stuck to the treadmill and did 3.1 miles. Sunday was warm but gloomy and I went out for a 5.6 mile run outside. Traveled Monday and Tuesday this week and managed a workout at the gym with my trainer and an elliptical HIIT. No snow so far this December so I'll be heading outside for a run tomorrow sometime.

Looking forward to spending time with family and friends over the holidays! A break from work for me and school for my hubby. I hope everyone is enjoying this time of year and not too stressed out!

My weight is really plateaued - so back to strict low carb for me after Christmas to see if I can jump start some weight loss!
Noreen

  
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CASHER52 12/23/2014 12:17PM

    Merry Christmas! You still inspire me to get movin!

Carol

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FITMAMA_ 12/21/2014 9:43AM

    I need to keep my running going too! It's just been so hard with everything going on.

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SWEETNEEY 12/19/2014 9:04PM

    your christmas plans seem to be falling in place nicely.

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ONTHEPATH2 12/19/2014 11:11AM

    I love reading your blogs! You ARE running!!! How cool is that? Not to mention that you kept up with it through all your travels AND the holiday hustle. I hate to say it but I kind of like the no snow right now - sure makes it easier to get in those long walks for me - even if it is dark.

I too am going to really watch the carbs after the first of the year - right now it seems I just am watching them pile up on my plate! Yesterday it was the Garrett's caramel corn a client sent! The day before it was some homemade dutch banket. I too have to bake this weekend, am enlisting the granddaughters on Saturday. Most of the cookies will be traveling home with them!

Enjoy the Holidays! Merry Christmas!!!



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CHEENY 12/19/2014 11:00AM

    Sounds like you have everything under control for the holidays!

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JUNEPA 12/19/2014 12:28AM

    Yay for staying on top of the Christmas stuff, it will be great to enjoy family time !!

Double yay for keeping up with your running !!



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ERIN_POSCH 12/18/2014 8:19PM

    enjoy your off time!

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KMAD26 12/18/2014 8:11PM

    I so admire your dedication! I have been "holding my own" for a while. Have a BIG trip coming up and by experience with the same group last year it is EAT EAT EAT and lots of drinks. Actually was an inspiration for me to get started on the losing track in Jan. of last year. (I looked at every picture and was just disgusted!!!) I am taking workout clothes this year and already know I will be hitting it HARD in January. I am working on my grocery list now for Saturday early Christmas with my kids. Trying to keep it simple and not have TOO much junk around. Good luck with that when you have thin 20 something's, right? Enjoy your holiday and run a bit for me! emoticon I will be looking for you to inspire and motivate me in 2015!

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GAILANN48 12/18/2014 7:54PM

    Great job to keep up with your running despite all the complications with work, travel, holidays, and all the rest. You should be very proud of yourself! :)

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LOUIE-LILY 12/18/2014 2:56PM

    You've been doing so great!!!
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MSHEL7 12/18/2014 12:34PM

    I know exactly what you mean about back to the strict after the new year-Me Too!!

Glad to hear you will have some time off now, you are always so busy it will be good for you.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/18/2014 10:32AM

    It really has snuck up this year, hasn't it. I feel that we sort of skipped from August to now. =)

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THINAGIN2 12/18/2014 10:30AM

    It always feels pretty good to wrapping up a year! Have a blessed Christmas!

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LOSE4LIFE47 12/18/2014 10:11AM

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My Days in San Juan, PR

Friday, December 05, 2014

I have been traveling to San Juan, PR since around 2001 or so for work. I came this week and one of the women complimented me on my weight loss and asked me what I was doing. She unfortunately has a long commute every day and I do not, I am lucky to work from home when I am not traveling. My memories of traveling here and walking to restaurants or to the shops were the people running. Well, yesterday I was one of the runners! I went out for a run after my meeting and before dinner. It would have been about a 2.7 mile run except for the lack of my inner compass and getting lost on the way back of what seemed like a pretty straight run. So instead it was a 3 mile run after I stopped and asked Suri for some help to get back. This would be no surprise to my husband. It felt good to get out there and be one of the runners here. And a nice break from running in 20 and 30 degree weather and to run in short sleeves!

My co-worker and I went to a great tapas restaurant and shared some small plates and ate outside. I won't be doing that for quite a while back home in Chicago! I am happy to say that I arrived on Wednesday and left on Friday and worked out all 3 days!
TGIF everyone!
Noreen

  
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SPARKED2BFIT 12/10/2014 11:21PM

    you are such an inspiration and an example of a healthy lifestyler!! emoticon

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APRILRUSSELL3 12/9/2014 9:27PM

    Good for you! Working out all three days! emoticon

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TMRGRANNY 12/8/2014 8:42PM

    Great job, Noreen! I am so proud of your progress. Just think of all of the people who watched you run while thinking I wish I could run like that!

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ABAKER34 12/8/2014 7:50AM

    Excellent! What a great work trip!

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CHEENY 12/7/2014 10:53AM

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STAY39 12/6/2014 1:12PM

    This sounds like a perfect time! Great job! Now I was hoping for some pictures! I need to travel vicariously through you please.

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ERIN_POSCH 12/6/2014 11:52AM

    sound like you've made quite a few improvements over time. WOOHOO you!

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SWEETNEEY 12/6/2014 10:32AM

    You are the person you always wanted to be.

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GAILANN48 12/6/2014 10:27AM

    Wow, what a lovely break from winter - despite that it was for work - and how great it must be to now BE one of the runners instead of one who wants to be. WELL DONE, Noreen!

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TERI-RIFIC 12/5/2014 9:56PM

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MSHEL7 12/5/2014 8:21PM

    That's great Noreen and sounds so fun too. Isn't it so cool when people notice, I love it!!

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LOUIE-LILY 12/5/2014 7:52PM

    You are awesome!
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ROBBIEY 12/5/2014 7:44PM

  emoticon You did it!!!

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Busy Days Coming

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Usually my travel really slows down around the holidays for work, but this year it is still pretty busy. This week I am in San Juan, PR. Next week I am in Denver, CO for a meeting and then possibly Baltimore, MD - still awaiting confirmation from the client and then the next week will probably be the last travel for work - Chattanooga, TN for a 1 hour meeting - it will take me way longer to get there and back with my connecting flight and then a day trip to Phoenix, AZ that same week. In between trying to get my Christmas decorations done, Christmas shopping done and stay on track with exercising.

Also, my hubby just turned 51 yesterday and my Dad is turning 91 on Friday. I wish I could be happy about my Dad, I'm happy he is here but he is failing. He is so thankful for everything we do, but he is so confused and forgets who my Mom is and does not know where he is. I'll get calls from him late in the evening that he is somewhere, not sure where he is and can I come get him. He is actually at home with my Mom. So sad and breaks my heart. We recently had my parents do a trust with living wills and it is a good feeling that they have all of that done. My Mom is of very sound mind, but it takes a toll on her. Last Friday I stopped by and took my Dad for a haircut and to the bank. It gave my Mom just a little break, time alone in the house. Even just that little bit makes a difference. I am lucky as it is my 2 sisters and me sharing the responsibilities. Shopping, church, doctors appointments, wellness checks.

I don't mean to unload here and I do not mind at all. My parents have done so much for me and this is just a drop in the bucket. I know my Dad struggles and I just feel bad for him and I worry about him. But so glad that we have family to support each other and that is the way it should be. I'll see them this weekend for church and lunch.
Noreen

  
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CMFARRELL36 12/14/2014 5:23PM

    So sorry to hear about your Dad.
Belated Happy Birthday to your husband!

I've lived through this with my hubby, twice.
His Mum looked after his Dad for a number of years before she eventually agreed that it would be better for them both if he went into a home, locally. She was able to visit him several times a week, despite her own disabilities.
Now hubby is going through the same process with his Mum. She is still at home, with carers in place. But hubby has to phone her 2 to 3 times each day, at least. And he spends as much time with his Mum as he does at home with me - it's been about half and half this year.

Thankfully, you have sisters to share with.
Hubby has 1 sister, and she lives closer to their Mum than we do. But she's still working, and she doesn't drive.
I thank God that my hubby is retired. It means he can be with his Mum for all her appointments. And, obviously, he's on call in case of emergencies.

But, there is your own life as well, and you have to make time for yourself and your own nearest and dearest.that, I think, is possibly the most difficult bit of the juggling act that is required if you.
Please feel free to contact me if you want a "private" rant emoticon

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APRILRUSSELL3 12/4/2014 9:53PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. It's great that you have a supportive family and that you all can pull together to help. Feel free to vent any time, of course, we don't mind. I know how hard it is to be a caregiver and juggle work and exercise and other commitments. You are an amazing person so keep taking good care of yourself, too!

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1SURFWALKER 12/4/2014 8:07PM

    Sad about your Dad. Nice that you have a supportive family. Some don't have that...you are lucky with that.
I would love a job that traveled like that. My husband used to and neither of us liked it then. Plus, he only traveled in state only...boring! Safe travels.

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TMRGRANNY 12/4/2014 6:35PM

    You are a busy, globetrotting girl! Happy Birthday to both your DH and your dad. Your parents are very lucky to have a daughter like you. It is really hard when we must start taking care of our parents as if they were are children. It is payback both ways. Keep your chin up and you can always decorate more next year. Sometimes it is better to spend the time a different way than preparing for the holiday. Spend the time celebrating with those you love.
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ERIN_POSCH 12/4/2014 12:01PM

    sweetie, you go ahead and unload.... I didn't see it as such, but whatever. ... that's what friends (and blogs ?) were made for =)

anyway... rumor has it that if we hold all that stuff in we eventually blow up

praying for you to find peace in all circumstances.

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LOUIE-LILY 12/4/2014 10:14AM

    Noreen,
I'm so sorry you are going through these difficulties now. My parents are gone now so all this is behind me but it wasn't easy. I'm sorry your dad is not doing well, but I'm glad you have your mom and sisters to all walk side by side through the challenges. I will keep you all in prayer as you walk through this.
Please don't worry at all about "unloading" in a blog. People will want to help in some way, even if it's only by way of spiritual or emotional support.
Hugs,
Nancy
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CASHER52 12/4/2014 10:13AM

    Why aren't you just the jet setter, lol. You are so lucky you get to travel and see the world and get paid for it! I am sure though it probably has it's downside too. It is hard to see our parents age and go thru health issues. My dad passed away unexpectedly at age 56, and my mom had her own health issues, and she had never worked or even had ever had a drivers license. We fought the government to get her disability, but without a lawyer we lost. At the time she wasn't old enough to get social security, so when the money ran out she came to live with us. I loved my mom but that wasn't easy on our family! Later on when she started getting social security we found her a small apt. in town, but then I found myself torn between doing for her and doing for my family. Oh how I wished I wasn't an only child during that time! My mom passed away at age 66. Their health problems and early deaths are what keep me going on my health journey. Just do what you can and let them know you love them.

(((Hugs)))

Carol

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KMAD26 12/4/2014 8:59AM

    Aging parents are a real struggle for so many. I am fortunate to have both my parents and in-laws still in good mental and physical shape for their ages. I fear the day when that changes. It is SO tough. Sounds like busy times for you but you handle the stress and situations well.

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STAY39 12/4/2014 8:20AM

    That is so tough. I am sorry you are going through all that. That is so sad and so scary. Our dad's are our heroes all our life and now we have to be theirs. You are lucky to have two siblings helping because that can take such a toll. emoticon

Good luck with your busy days ahead. I know you will persevere and stay on track. Have fun and enjoy your travels!

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SWEETNEEY 12/4/2014 8:08AM

    It's nice to have your parents around. I lost my grandmother about 3 years ago. She was 98. In the last 3 months of her life she came to live with us. She was okay for about 6 weeks but she dwindled down and died literally of 'old age'. She became unable to move and died in her sleep. But to have lived that long and for the most part have her faculties was awesome to me.

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GAILANN48 12/4/2014 6:36AM

    Please don't feel bad about sharing some of the pain you feel. All the pieces of our lives contribute to what we're feeling, and what we feel influences our health. What you're going through with your father is sad, and the love you have for him and for your mom is so obvious. Your parents are blessed to have you and your two sisters.

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MAWMAW101 12/3/2014 10:49PM

    What an awesome person you are!
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MSHEL7 12/3/2014 10:48PM

    I'm sorry about your dad, and I am so glad that your mom has you and your sisters for some help. we have a friend who is the same way, however, she cannot accept help as it is just too hard on him. We have all offered, but we can't get her out at all since he can't stand to be without her.
Sounds like you have some busy busy days ahead. It's that time of year, we have a lot too. I'm really struggling with the whole health aspect of it all since we are eating away from home so much right now. I'll probably be an extra hundred pounds before the end of the year. I'm so glad that you have found a way to deal with being away from home, it give me hope. Have safe travels.

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JUNEPA 12/3/2014 10:07PM

    Wow, you are super busy and all over the map in the next little while.

So sweet you and your sisters share supporting your mom caring for your dad.
Decline in old age is hard, there should be reward, not suffering at this life stage.

Best wishes with your busy month. Yay for an awesome family.

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75 Thoughts Every Runner has while Out for a Run

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Erin Chack BuzzFeed Staff

1. What a beautiful day for a run!
2. This sucks.
3. Well, five miles is only two and half miles each way, which is basically two miles each way, so Iím really only running four miles. Thatís not too far.
4. Itís starting to feel far.

And for the rest...

www.buzzfeed.com/erinchack/thoughts-
every-jogger-has-while-out-for-a-running

  
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1SURFWALKER 12/3/2014 3:43PM

    Cute!! I have said many of crazy things out walking...like if I have a heart attack out here on this trail to nowhere with fences all up and down, how does the EMS get in here. My husband just cracked up!! That was during my first 5k and it was in August! emoticon

Here is another funny thing you ought to watch...Chris Rock on SNL for his opening-he jokes about people doing a marathon among other things:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8U
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SPARKED2BFIT 12/2/2014 6:16AM

    love it!!! i think half of that stuff and i'm not even a runner!! emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 12/2/2014 5:10AM

    Love the ramblings

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STAY39 12/2/2014 12:22AM

    I love this! No one would want to be in my head. I always try to think/plan out my day/week during a run but I get so distracted it never really happens. I definitely have thought #21 often! emoticon

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GAILANN48 12/1/2014 6:35PM

    HAHAHAHA! How true! :)

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ERIN_POSCH 12/1/2014 2:33PM

    thanks for the giggles... that was funny. I've had similar thoughts with walking, jogging and running.

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MAWMAW101 12/1/2014 7:29AM

    emoticon Love it!

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MSHEL7 11/30/2014 11:43PM

    Omgosh, that was great, I loved them all, especially the whole sequence on running, honestly I don't even like running, why do I even run, why does anyone even run, why are even alive, LOLOL!! I love it. Loved the wave part too, why is it that some wave and some don't, stupid stuck up runners anyway!! Thanks so much for posting this. However, now I want pizza.

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APRILRUSSELL3 11/30/2014 5:23PM

    That was Awesome! Hillarious!
I had just logged back on my computer and wondered if you remembered the article, and wow, it was there! You rock!

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Turkey Trot Pictures

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Well, here are the pictures from the Turkey Trot. These are the before pictures. It was chilly out, so we were able to hang out in the high school gym until about 8 minues before race time.



Jamie (Molly's Dad), Audrey (12), Molly (10) and me



LInda and me (my training partner)

The girls had a great time and the grandmother appreciated their brightly colored matching headbands - easy to spot crossing the finish. They are both excited for the next race which will be the St. Paddy's Day 5k in March, 2015.
Noreen

  
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1SURFWALKER 12/3/2014 3:36PM

    I love those kinds of headbands..use one here all the time...in those chilly temps we get sometimes. Love the pics!! Nice to have some running buddies!! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKED2BFIT 12/2/2014 6:07AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing!

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TERI-RIFIC 12/2/2014 12:41AM

    Love the pics. Your nieces are adorable and those headbands are great!

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STAY39 12/2/2014 12:18AM

    Awesome! Now I need to get me one of those headbands!

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EFDUNCAN 12/1/2014 6:39PM

    Great pictures. Sure it was fun and great way to make room for a extra slice of pumpkin pie. Stay strong!

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ERIN_POSCH 12/1/2014 2:34PM

    thanks for sharing you pics. beautiful family =)

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NHES220 12/1/2014 9:05AM

    Funny, when I go in from my computer, I see the picture of Jamie, the girls and me. Not sure why some people are seeing leaves? I'll try and repost it.

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MAWMAW101 12/1/2014 7:19AM

    Great picture! Congrats!

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MSHEL7 11/30/2014 11:35PM

    I love the picture of the leaves, that is great, would have loved to see the picture of the girls though. Great pic of you and your trainer. It's nice to meet her.

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JUNEPA 11/30/2014 6:01PM

    Nice !!!!!
Not sure why, but I only saw a photo of leaves where you captioned your nieces and their dad

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APRILRUSSELL3 11/30/2014 5:31PM

    I know you all had a fun time and those pictures show it! What a great day!

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CAROL494 11/30/2014 5:08PM

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