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Refocusing On What's Important...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

My 3 F's...


I went to church this morning after being away for a month. Between a conference, vacation, half marathon and chest muscles pain I have been away for far too long. I was happy to be there.
I have been struggling for quite some time trying to figure out where I can best serve with my talents. I am also restructuring-in my mind-what my priorities should be in the church. I need to put more of my heart there and less in other areas of my life.


I got another Fitbit last Wednesday. I've been using it and love watching my numbers go up. However, I feel I also need to get my walk/running routine down a little better. I had started a plan on Runkeeper but decided I didn't want to go with that schedule. I had 2 walks last Friday and with my increase in weight, I was feeling it as I went up hill. This had me quite upset of course.
I did get in my one run as well. SMH...I need to do better!


I have been processed sugar free for a week today. What I have discovered is that I have developed a routine of eating sweet foods before bed. I started snacking on foods at the same time so I am swapping one food for the other but the habit remains the same. So I am trying to figure out what steps I need to take going forward. I know that too much processed is bad. But eliminating it over long periods could create issues too. I need to practice moderation and that is something that is truly hard for me. I tend to have a ALL OR NOTHING mentality. I need to find balance!
My food intake has been fair. Not enough of veggies but fairly good on the fruits. Pay day is this week so that will help me to do my shopping and start making up some freezer meals that will be easy to stick in the slow cooker or put in the oven.


So all that being said, I sense a pattern with myself-total indecisiveness. I need to spend some time working on my goal setting for these 3 areas. I know that my faith will help steer me in the right direction for my Faith, Fitness and Fuel! emoticon

One step at a time, one day at a time, I WILL DO THIS!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 9/14/2014 9:18PM

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    I agree, getting your priorities in order will help you set forth what you value and what you do. Listen to that still small voice in your heart. Then - let nothing hold you back!

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/14/2014 6:03PM

    emoticon I'm working on the all or nothing myself- it's a slippery place and its one I go to easily. You can do this!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/14/2014 2:59PM

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Slow & Steady...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Three F's...

Early this evening I read this moving story of a prominent Christian speaker, Christine Caine. She wrote about the day her doctor told her she had cancer. It was a beautiful written piece and it really made me look at my faith. Hers seems unshaken and just...WOW!!! That is the impression she left on me. Here is the link to her moving blog:

Tonight was my first day of my new training. I ran about 99% of the first mile and had an average pace of 17:06. My average min/mile for the 3 miles was 17:40. Not too shabby for Day 1 emoticon I didn't run the whole 3 miles but it's something to build on.

I have gone without sugar for 3 days now. The first day was a breeze. Yesterday and today there were a few times I craved sweets-mainly after dinner. I think after I've established some of my habits, I want to add a no eating after a certain time. I notice that even though I'm not pigging out on sweets, I'm finding other things that aren't processed sugars but carbs. I need to get out of the habit of eating just to be eating.
This afternoon I picked up my favorite Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter. I think it will help with my sugar cravings. I just need some bananas to go with it emoticon My daughter was quite pleased when I brought home the 2 jar pack. I love to mix it in with frozen bananas and spinach to make a delicious spinach.

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    Cutting out the sugar makes you sweeter and sweeter!

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LOOZINITNOW 9/12/2014 1:28PM

    You are amazing friend! Keep looking at those goals. One at a time. Success will be yours! emoticon

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AMC120 9/11/2014 10:23AM

    You are such an amazing person and I love you see you "running to your dreams!" emoticon

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ZRIE014 9/10/2014 12:38AM

  have a nice day.

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I Have 3 F's...

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I've discovered I have three F's on this journey: Faith, Fitness and Fuel. Without my Faith, I will accomplish absolutely nothing with my Fitness and Fuel

On this journey, what I have found is that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. So I know that my faith is the building stone of my journey. For me, without it, I will accomplish nothing. My priorities are sometimes jumbled but it all starts here!
I had some pains in the sternum area when I was stretched my arms back last night. I think it's muscular but it's hard to tell. I still felt it this morning when I got up so I decided not to go to church. My DD and I have been hanging out and watching Netfix since this morning.

I have set my alarm for 4 a.m. tomorrow morning. I want to get in my strength training before work. On Tuesday I officially start my beginner half marathon training-3 miles of running. I have already set out my clothes for tomorrow morning and packed a set of workout clothes for after work so I can run right after work. I'm really excited about getting back to running.

After blogging last night, I decided that it would be last time of having processed sugar for a while. The holidays will be here soon and I would like to detox well before then. I have no real plan except to take it one day at a time. That's all we can really do in life, right?
I am drinking as much water as I can-the race last week really seemed to make me crave water even more than I usually do. I am drinking just under or right at 96 oz daily. I would like to eventually add another 32 oz daily. For right now, my focus will be eliminating the sugar and drinking the water. Proper fuel is important to me. I also want to increase the veggies and fruits. I'm sure the fruits should be easy since I will be avoiding processed sugars.

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    The Faith also infuses you with what you need to take the best possible care of yourself and your loved ones. Rock on!

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2BERUNNING 9/8/2014 12:52PM

    Excited to see you succeed! You got this

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LOOZINITNOW 9/7/2014 10:02PM

    Those 3 F's will take you far in this journey my friend. Keep believing that you can achieve anything you set your mind too. emoticon

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Planning With A Purpose...

Saturday, September 06, 2014

I have spent the past couple of days figuring out my goals. I had pretty much decided the day I finished the Rock n Roll half that I wanted to do a 5 Miler at the beach just before Christmas. Then my next thoughts were that I needed to actually be running those 5 miles! So I went to my Runkeeper app to try and find a training plan but there wasn't one for 5 miles. There were 5K, 10K, half and full marathons but no 5 miles. SO what did I choose? A half plan! And of course that led the wheels in my brain to start thinking some more. I figured, well if I can be running 5 miles before Christmas, than I can train my body the right way to run a half marathon. And as of yesterday, I found another Rock n Roll marathon that's much closer to home and in March. I'm surprised by how much excitement I have for this. I truly wasn't sure what to expect after I finished the race last weekend. I am excited to push myself outside my comfort zone.

Now if I could just do that with food! This is truly where I struggle the most. I have gone without sugar for over a year, ice cream for 2 years. I should clarify that I mean processed sugar. I think that this is really what I need to start with. Processed sugar is not something I need but it's definitely something I crave after too much of it. That and I've come to discover that foods prepared with corn flour-tortilla chips like Doritos or Tostidos or Cheetos. I believe that while it's the toughest obstacle, it's the one thing I can eliminate and see the most results on the scale.

It's amazing how much clarity I am having right now. I believe I can do anything on this journey with God on my side and my family & friends! And I'm so flippin excited my Fitbit comes by this Thursday!!!! HaPpY dAnCe! Life is good:) emoticon

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*TRACY* 9/7/2014 1:52PM

    You are amazing!!!! emoticon

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    Clarity and excitement! Great feelings, and you are so totally ready for them. Good job finding another Rock and Roll marathon to compete in and enjoy!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/6/2014 10:29PM

    You are inspiring! I think you will love your Fitbit - I am lost without mine.

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LOOZINITNOW 9/6/2014 10:03PM

    Your excitement is contagious! My heart is jumping for joy for you. You can & will succeed. Love you friend!!!

PS...I am thrilled you are Sparking & blogging again!

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Where To Go From Here...

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Forward is where I go from here...

It is hard to believe I have not blogged since the beginning of March. And here it is the beginning of September! That's SIX months!!! So much has happened but mainly this past summer.

Earlier today I went back and reconfigured my weight goals. I reset my ticker and I made today's lovely scale weight of 303.4 as my starting point. Today, as far as the scale is concerned, I start fresh and don't look back. Am I thrilled with this #??? No not particularly! But will I allow this # to have control over my emotions? NOPE! The scale is SO not the boss of me. I am more than a #. This # does NOT define me.

Want to hear something cool? In April, I made a BOLD & BRAVE decision that I was going to train and run in my first ever race: A HALF MARATHON. Right after I said I "might" do it with a friend who was planning to, I was like, "Did I just put that out there?!?!?!" Well that race was this past weekend, Labor Day weekend. I earned my first medal and I'm pretty proud of myself:

Now did I run the race? No. But I walked. And I did a few bits of running, more like wogging. My training and eating have not been on point over the summer. But I did my best and I am proud of what I did accomplish. And my goal is to start from scratch. I plan to do a 5 Miler race in December that is on the boardwalk around 4:30pm. I am liking this idea as it will be cooler and no sun. (The heat almost did me in this past weekend.) I want to continue to build my mileage up-even before the race in December-because I would like to be able to participate in another half marathon before the end of spring. This is going to require a lot of discipline for my training and eating. I don't have an exact plan. But I know that 1. I'm never giving up and 2. Quitting is NOT an option!


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    So proud of you !!!! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/4/2014 4:28AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm proud of you Simone!!! You should be really proud of yourself for doing the half marathon regardless of whether you walk, jogged, woggled, run, whatever! You can do the 5 miler race in December. I know you will rock it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations on finishing! That's awesome!

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2BERUNNING 9/3/2014 11:18PM

    So proud of you for that HM! You got this :)

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LOOZINITNOW 9/3/2014 9:13PM

    Hold that head up and be proud! You are a champion! It takes strength and endurance to do a half marathon and you did it! You've got this friend!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/3/2014 9:09PM

    What you did is absolutely awesome and I am so very proud of you and happy for you!

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