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The great closet clean out of '12

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Two days. Child and I both purged. (DH can do his own. He's a big boy.)

8 (EIGHT!) bags of child's clothes.
1 big box (slightly larger than a paper box) overflowing with my stuff.

I was brutal. I tried everything on. If it was ripped or stained it went. If it didnt fit, it went. Didnt matter if it was sentimental (and there were some pieces!) had tags on (precious few), but if I didnt like the color, it needed a button sewn on. It WENT.

Closet is still pretty full. But better. And I no longer have clothing piled on TOP of the dresser because it doesnt fit IN.

Child watched SchoolHouse Rock videos during "my" day and played while I organized on "his" day.

I feel like a weight has lifted...(22 lbs of it!)

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DOGLADY13 6/28/2012 9:58PM

    I usually do a mini-purge between fall/winter and spring/summer. My rule is if it hasn't been worn in a year, it goes. The exception is the dress I got married in.

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2BDYNAMIC 6/27/2012 10:14PM

    emoticon.... This is such music to the ears of an OCD gal! .... It really is gratifying and helps create a more peaceful environment. (My rule of thumb for hubby and me is: "If it hasn't been worn in one year, it GOES ..... no argument ...... :)

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ROCHELLE62 6/27/2012 8:34PM

    I did it a few yrs ago--decided that half of what I had would go--nothing less than half. Felt good to have it over.

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KAYLA0041 6/27/2012 8:33PM

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    I was working on my closet yesterday!!!! And have 4 bags ready to donate! It's a great feeling!

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YDAVIS23 6/27/2012 4:25PM

    Yay! What a great feeling~

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LESLIELENORE 6/27/2012 2:55PM

    I am doing a purge of the closet, and finally finishing unpacking today.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/27/2012 1:14PM

    Cool! I need to do this. I think you've given me my project for Sunday!

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ERICADAWN1986 6/27/2012 12:46PM

    I'm insired! I need so badly to do the same thing! Congrats!

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Dear Body,

Monday, June 25, 2012

Dear Body,*
I am putting you on notice. We had a lot of excuses last week.

DH was on vacation.
It was too hot.
You were tired from staying out late the night before.

You talk alot of smack about how "Oh, its hard, but everyone can do a triathlon." Well, is it true?

Time to put your muscle where your mouth is. We spent 30 min yesterday creating a day-by-day training program based on the book. In the absence of other guidance, you are BEHOLDEN to that schedule.

This morning, yes, we were rattled a little bit. We were going to go outside but thundering downpours forced a re-evaluation. Good job on getting to the gym. We'll forgive you for doing 40 min instead of 45 on the bike. I know those last 5 min were hard, but you did good on your treadmill mile. And then we made it for yoga.

Now yoga is getting canceled, so you are going to get rattled again. DONT BE.

You're on notice. No excuses. Pedal at 80-100 rpm every day. (or run, or swim)

Unless its a rest day. If you are doing this training thing right, you're going to need them.


*I know, I totally stole XRSIZE18's format. What can I say - Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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XRSIZE18 6/26/2012 1:56PM

    Awww.... *blushes* shucks!

I hope your body and mind respond promptly!

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GODIVADSG 6/26/2012 1:12PM

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-SONIA- 6/26/2012 10:35AM

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LESLIELENORE 6/25/2012 9:39PM

    I was frustrated after missing two days at the gym last week. Guess I am not perfect. LOL I don't need to put my body on notice, but I do need to do that with my mind!

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    Way to go! I like the idea of putting your body on notice!

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DOGLADY13 6/25/2012 7:30PM

    Way to put yourself on notice. LOL.

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ANIMAL_L0VER 6/25/2012 2:07PM


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    I have to smile that you posted this after only one "off" week, but it's good, 'cause it's a lot easier to nix the excuses if you do it right away. Good for you!

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ZANNBEE 6/25/2012 12:36PM

    Awesome blog. Love it.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/25/2012 12:35PM

    That's awesome! Yes, you can do it! Great attitude!


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I dare you to TRI it!

Monday, June 18, 2012

1. Are you in reasonable health, free from injury, asthma or any other condition that means serious and strenuous exercise could actually be harmful?
2. Are you capable of doing exercise for 1.5 to 2 hours? Something on the order of a 2 hr Zumba party, playing basketball or soccer, or cross country skiing.
3. Can you walk briskly for 60 min. This means you can walk a 5k, now you just need to get faster.
4. Can you swim, with any stroke, for 30 min? You can swim 0.5 miles.
5. Can you ride a bike for 60 min? You can pedal 12 miles.
6. Are you ok with not coming in first? Can you put your ego aside and race against the clock and yourself? There are precious few of those natural athletes out there, and I wouldnt want anyone to be disheartened if in their first outing, they got 94 of 102. There are always people who are faster than you.

Lastly, how do you feel about temp tattoos and wetsuits?

Dare to live. DARE TO TRI.

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XRSIZE18 6/20/2012 7:05PM

    Hehe! I love that you're such a big advocate for triathlons now! You can definitely tell that you had some fun.

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AROCHFORD 6/19/2012 11:09AM

    Love this post!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 6/19/2012 10:54AM

    I love that you're loving this and still on a post Tri high! Unfortunately with my ankles I can't run at all... I desperately want to do a 5k at some point, and am hoping my ankles will improve as I lose more weight. But I'm glad you've found something you love and are so positive about it!

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DOGLADY13 6/18/2012 8:51PM

    How do I feel about temporary tattoos and wetsuits?

That's kinda personal.


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    Still feeling the triathlon high, huh? I love that you are so happy about it! I have several reasons why I'd never want to do a tri, but you, other SparkFriends, and some in-person friends have me really thinking about it. A nearby town has a First Try triathlon every year, with 1/2 the distances of a sprint tri and coaches at the transitions. 2013 might be my year. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/18/2012 4:27PM

    You make it sound so possible. I'm going to get through my first 5k before thinking of anything else.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/18/2012 3:06PM

    I do not qualify, but I can make progress towards it!

Thank you for giving me something to aim for.

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VIXSTERLU 6/18/2012 1:48PM

    I was scheduled to do a TRI in July :( That will have to wait. You are an inspiration!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/18/2012 1:05PM

    You make it sound easy. I'm being a chicken about doing a 5K.

But you are awesome!

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And then I set my car on fire

Sunday, June 17, 2012

"When you hit a bump in the road, its like getting a flat tire on your car. You dont go around to the other 3 tires and put holes in them. You change the tire and get back on the road."

I've heard this quote from many Sparkers, complaining that they went over their numbers today, got sucked into the birthday cake at work, weren't able to make it to the gym etc and it derailed their whole weight loss.

I joined Team RWB (Red, White & Blue) which is devoted to helping veterans reintegrate to society after service by keeping up with exercise. While (of course) I support our troops, the real reason I joined is they have a Triathlon Training Team at West Point.


I got an email from the troop leader that they were doing a Flag Day 5K tomorrow and would I like to join them? Of course! But the tomorrow turned out to be yesterday and there I was, all bummed out, ready to run early on a Sunday morning.

So after allowing myself a 20 min pity party, I hopped on my bike and went over to the local high school track and did 2 miles of Tempo Runs. Then I did 10 min up and down the bleacher stairs. Then I biked home.

Total burned 674 calories in 1:15 hours. And I spent 15 min talking with a guy on the Track about SparkPeople, calorie/nutrient tracking and Triathlons.

Of course I am sad I didnt get to meet everyone. But that's no reason to set the car on fire. I got myself this far and I can continue to go on without them -- at least for a little bit.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/19/2012 1:19PM


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GODIVADSG 6/19/2012 10:35AM

    Way to go! Love the bleachers! What an inspiration!

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BJPENNY70 6/18/2012 11:34AM

    I liked the illustration you used with the flat tire. Way to go with your exercise. We all get in a slump. Not staying there and pulling ourself out of it is the key. Great job! You are off and running again. Keep it up!

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    Great Blog!! And great way to get over your pity party!

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YDAVIS23 6/17/2012 8:51PM

    Wow, nice workout! You rock!

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DOGLADY13 6/17/2012 8:38PM

    Way to go on turning disappointment into victory!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/17/2012 7:35PM

    emoticon That is awesome. You sill did what you needed to and got your exercise in. Everyone should be proud of you!


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    You are emoticon

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MAMABEE480 6/17/2012 1:03PM

    Way to go on working out despite the disappointment!

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LESLIELENORE 6/17/2012 12:55PM

    I hope you get to meet them soon. I am just in awe of anyone who can finish a triathalon!

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JERSYGRL 6/17/2012 12:29PM

    What a great blog! It is a matter of just deciding that we are not going to set the car on fire, we are not going to have a pity party. Then following Nike's advice for exercise - Just do it. Thank you for your motivation!!

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SCIFIMOM 6/17/2012 11:41AM

  Whew! I'm just glad that you didn't really set your ACTUAL CAR on fire, girl. Because I'm related to people who actually have done that...


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SLUNDQUIS 6/17/2012 11:38AM

    It's great you are motivated to make these changes. I like that you "didn't set the car on fire." Sometimes it just takes a change in our perspectives before we can move forward.

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Triathlon (5 of 5): Epilogue

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I just wanted to lose weight.

Six months ago, JennSwims posted that she did a Personal Tri at her gym and it wasnt too bad. Shortly after DogLady13 also posted about her Personal Tri. As much as I loved Zumba, I was intrigued by the challenge. Both made it seem so do-able. I knew I could do all of those distances individually; my challenge was doing them all in the same day.

Having a goal to work towards is a terrific motivator, as long as its a goal you choose for yourself. In progress to my goal, I've logged over 300 miles according to my tracker at least 100 of which have been on my bike, according to that computer. It doesn't seem like much for you hardcore fitness people out there but if you told me in January that I WOULD do it I would have thought you were nuts and shoved another zeppoli in my mouth.

I had no coach other than what I was able to gather from the Internets and reading books. Every book I read came with a recommended training program which I completely ignored. It didnt feel right to me. If I run for 20 min, I get 2 miles. If all I was doing was following the program, I would not have made it. My focus was to be able to complete the distances. That's it. For where I was in my fitness, that was an appropriate training goal. Each day, I chose something: Swim, Bike, Run, based on the available time, what I did the day before and what equipment I wanted to haul along...and sometimes the weather (hmm, its raining. I'll swim today!). For me, this WAS the right plan. Now, I want to get faster, so I'm looking at those training plans with a fresh eye. If I do 20 min of Fartleks and a 10 min cooldown, maybe I'll get faster. Maybe if I spend 45 min doing hill drills on the bike, maybe I can chew them up next time. What ST would be appropriate? All good questions NOW I need to find a coach.

Because there WILL be a next time. I only committed to do one. I didnt know whether this is a lifestyle change or a bucket list item. But everyone needs a hobby and in these last few days, I think begin a triathlete will be good both for my physical and mental health. Despite the fact that my sister thinks I fell and hit my head on the sidewalk.

Next Tri will be West Point on August 19th. More stinkin' hills, but its in my backyard. There is an easier one at the end of the month, but it doesnt leave enough recovery time to do Danskin at Sandy Hook, NJ on Sept 9th. Its going to be Doglady's first and I would love to see her since we two have been each other's cheerleaders since this began. (I can't commit at this point because I dont know if I'll be working. Work is good, but would mean no time to go that far.) So that's three in my first year.


New gear is limited because of the availability of funds. I'm going to need new sneakers. I want a reflective vest that I could use for biking, running or motorcycling in dim light. I'd like a pair of hard soled sneakers for biking. Ironman tried to convince me that there are special clips you can buy that are easier to get out of. I'm clumsy and skeptical. I know he would be thrilled to get me up there to try them out, but its an hour ride to his shop and it just all seems a bit to hardcore for someone of my ability.

I just wanted to lose weight.

94th out of 102. Almost 2 hours. Sheesh.

Gotta get that time under 2 hours. Eight weeks. Better get moving.



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ROXIT22222 6/22/2012 5:25PM

    I just read all of your 'triathlon' blogs. Love how you separated it out. I am signing up soon (not signed up yet) for my first tri the end of july. You've given me a lot to think about here.

I would say I was very skeptical about clip less pedals for a LONG TIME. YEARS! About a month ago I let my husband talk me in to some. He recommends a brand or type called 'frogs' rather than the kind that have springs. (I seriously don't know what he talks about). He says the 'frogs' are designed for easy get out. It took some getting use to them but I just have to say every time I ride my bike I love them even more.

You get more power with your legs and are forced to pedal correctly! Just some info for you that you didn't even ask for.

Great tri recap! thanks for sharing.

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VIXSTERLU 6/18/2012 1:47PM

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You rocked it!!!

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ZANNBEE 6/16/2012 10:22AM

    Way to go! Your enthusiasm is contageous. So happy for you!

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KBSPARKY 6/15/2012 4:00PM

    Congrats on completing the tri. I am impressed! This has helped motivate me to start thinking on some specific goals for myself.

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HEALTHYOTTER 6/15/2012 2:31PM

    94 out of 102 and FIRST PLACE in your age division! My goal, too, has been just to finish the distances, regardless of time. I did switch from regular pedals to clip pedals with the special shoes. From BikeNashbar, the pedals were about 35.00, SPD pedals. Shoes from there were about 28 dollars. The shoes lace up; they're not velcro, which would speed up transition. It's definitely a practice skill to clip my feet in, and especially to unclip when I need to put a foot down. It's been a week, and I very gently fell once. I put the clips on a pretty "loose" setting. For now, I'm more worried about unclipping than anything else! The clip pedals keep my legs in better alignment, much fewer knee issues than I was having before. My big cha-ching, switched from a craigslist MTB to a new road bike (last year's model on sale). My bike speed went from 8min mile on MTB to 5 min mile on road bike with much less effort on the road bike for "hills that would make you weep" I'm so impressed with your fortitude, determination. I'm also so very grateful for the blogs to help me envision what I'll be facing in a few weeks.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/15/2012 1:23PM

    You are beyond amazing. I can't even imagine and you are planning to do more. Way to Go! I might not be there but I will be cheering you on!

Go get 'em!


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ANIMAL_L0VER 6/15/2012 10:40AM

    This is amazing! Good for you, and keep reporting! I love to hear about my spark friends' achievements!

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YDAVIS23 6/15/2012 6:16AM

    Girl, you blow my mind. Congrats, I tip my hat to you.

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I love the way you write and your whole approach to this triathlon: you did what worked for you, and ignored everything else. And guess what? It was the right choice!! You did it! Soooooo awesome!!!

It sounds like you're hooked, and I really like that you're planning enough recovery time between races.

I also really like that you're planning to be able to support DOGLADY13 is her first. Very important to have support along the way.

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DOGLADY13 6/15/2012 12:16AM

    What??? Did I understand that? Are you planning to do Sandy Hook? (I'm tired. I've Had Quite The Day. I may be delusional and that's OK. If I misunderstood, just dope slap me.)

I think I'm signing on the dotted line for a cottage for Sandy Hook tomorrow, now that I'm pretty sure my job is secure. Gotta triple check with the Hubster. It's 2 bed rooms. One could have your name on it.

You can totally do Sandy Hook in far less than 2.5 hours. It's flatter than my chest. Not one hill. Not even a bump.

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GODIVADSG 6/14/2012 10:17PM

    Way to go!! It is soooooo fun!! I have found some great deals on ebay with cycling shoes...

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FITFORMYFAMILY 6/14/2012 10:02PM

    You're hooked! I love it!

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LESLIELENORE 6/14/2012 10:00PM

    You make me want to jump up and down and cheer!

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