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T-58, baby! Minimalist Shoe Update

Saturday, March 24, 2012

SOOOOOOOooooo, It's been a while since I have updated anyone on my minimalist running!!!

A little snap shot from my beautiful 17-mile run in the early-morning sunshine today!!

A little background - I got my VFFs (Bikilas) in January 2011, and then bought Saucony Hattoris in July 2011. I have about 300 miles on both pairs of shoes at this point... give or take a few.

In January of this year, I decided to really start trying to fully transition to minimalist shoes. I was still getting really tight and sore in my calves after really long runs, so I kept switching out with "normal" shoes in January. Then I adjusted my form a little, to be more relaxed, and worked on relaxing my calves especially... and VOILA!! The calf problem COMPLETELY disappeared, just in time for my to get a 15-mile run in with NO CALF PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER following the run!!

It has now been 2 months since I wore a pair of "normal" running shoes.... Long runs, short runs, fast runs, slow runs, on the pavement (mostly), on the trail (occasionally)... I think it is safe to say I am fully transitioned???? I think it is also pretty sure that I am running my HM in May with minimalist shoes! And who knows, maybe my marathon in July?????? I still have a couple of viable "normal" running shoe options if I need, but I am pretty comfy in my minimalist shoes now. emoticon

Like I said, both pairs of shoes have about 300 miles on them, and only show minimal signs of wearing out. I haven't had ANY problems (other than the tight calves that disappeared a good while back) out of the ordinary, and my recovery time from my long runs seems better - less aches and pains in my knees and hips. That could be just because I have taken my longer runs nice and easy and carefully for the sake of my transition, or that I have adjusted to better form naturally in the new shoes... not sure, but I'll take the minimal runner's issues any day!

LESS THAN 2 MONTHS NOW until we arrive in the STATES!!!! We have been SOOOOOOOOOOO BUSY!! Which is why I haven't been on SP quite as much. Every day, we are packing and sorting things for our move. We still have tons of stuff to go through, but we are slowly getting there. It is so cleansing too, to get rid of a bunch of crap you don't want anyway!!!!

I am also staying focused on my fitness and health goals as well. I love having some defined goals set for the rest of my time here to keep my focused & on track. I aim to be lookin' my BEST as I step off that plane in Miami!
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58 more days, Baby, YEAH!!

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MARATHON_MOM 3/26/2012 1:34PM

    I am thinking of starting the transition too. I got some Newtons recently, but I haven't been able to run in them yet. I may go for my short "first run back" in them today, just to see how they feel.

I would love to be able to make the transition, but it may be a while before I make it to "fully transitioned". You however, are definitely transitioned! That's amazing!

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WONDERWOMAN 3/25/2012 9:59PM

    Love following your journey (or shall I say journies). Hoping for continued progress on all fronts for you. You are doing so GREAT!

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SEEHOLZ 3/25/2012 8:14AM

    Well, the looking hot part won't be a problem- that's for sure!

Congrats on your full transition to minimalist shoes :-) and.. that pic is truly beautiful :-)

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IRP1114 3/24/2012 9:23PM

    I envy your long runs!!! Wish I could join you! Doubt I could keep up though!

Hope you are having a good weekend! Get some relaxing in too!

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SUSIQZER 3/24/2012 8:15PM

    You're going to be ready for Miami, definitely!

Keep up the awesome work!!!

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LAURIE5658 3/24/2012 10:57AM

    You are smokin' girlfriend!!!! On fire!


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MICHSTATE 3/24/2012 9:23AM

    I ran with someone the other day who actually ran "barefoot", it was interesting to talk to him about it. I guess the "purists" don't like the Vibrams, which I didn't realize. Good for you getting up to high mileage with your minimalists!!!!!:-)

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MADLYINLOVE 3/24/2012 9:20AM

    Oh yes you are going to be looking HOT when you touch down in Miami! I wonder if you'll have the added bonus of shaving off even more time in July's race when you've met goal? That could be nice. You're going to qualify for Boston girl, if you already haven't.

Thanks for sharing the photo - looks like a great run. What a way to START the day!

Good luck with the purging and moving process :) It's going to feel good to "lighten up" in all senses of the term!


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T-62 - I am on FIRE!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eight weeks from today, we should be landing in Miami!!! Hubby and I are getting so excited! Now that the house is pretty much sold (still have to sign the papers, but everything looks like a "go"), we have started SERIOUSLY packing. Today, we knocked out a huge chunk of boxes out of our attic - sorting things, throwing things out, packing up boxes of stuff we wanna keep and labeling them. It feels awesome!! So cleansing!

My 10 in 10 Challenge to myself - losing 10 lbs in the 10 weeks I have left here - has TOTALLY taken off!! I picked up a few accountability partners among my emoticons, and we are GOING STRONG!!! The added personal accountability has really sparked a fire in me that I have not seen in soooooooo long!! I always seem to keep up with exercise, but my eating is just haywire.

I gained a bit of weight last year, because of stress-related binge eating... and just plain bad habits that I let creep in. I kept trying to "start over," and lose the extra weight, but kept faltering.... NOT ANY MORE!!!!

I weighed in a week and half ago at 134, on the dot. TODAY????? 129.8 lbs!!!! My goal was just to make it under 130 by the end of the month!

It has come, NOT by starving myself, but by adding LOTS of veggies in, cutting out the sweets and alcohol, and tracking my food once again. It's AMAZING how easy it is, when I make healthy choices!! I don't feel deprived AT ALL! I have felt a little hungry a few times here or there, but haven't had any huge cravings or desires to binge AT ALL.

I even baked chocolate chip cookies over the weekend... and did not eat ONE. SINGLE. BITE!! Not of the dough, and not of the cookies. NOTHING. I only made them for guests we were having, otherwise, I wouldn't have even subjected myself to the temptation, not even for my own family... Then I worked at the cafe on Sunday. I was very afraid they would talk me into bringing cake home again, but I totally RESISTED! I have been doing SO AWESOME and seeing so many POSITIVE CHANGES in my body, there is NO WAY I wanted to chance it by eating junk! It wasn't worth it at all to me.

So, with almost 5 lbs down already, I really only have 5-6 lbs left to lose in the next 9 weeks. If I keep going like I am, I am SURE I will reach my goal. It may not come off as fast as the first few did, but I will keep at it!

Keep on Sparkin', Friends!!! Keep reaching for those goals!!!

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MINIMINIV 3/30/2012 12:50AM

    Wow! That is so great. And thanks for being an inspiration & encouragement. Iím stuck in a holding pattern here of trying to lose some extra weight. I too have had trouble lately with binge-eating, which I havenít really struggled with before now. I exercise faithfully, but constantly undermine myself with my eating. Thank you so much for giving me hope that I CAN overcome this. emoticon

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STEFFIROCKSIT 3/26/2012 2:46AM

    Hey Darcy,

this is awesome! Isn't it amazing what a difference it makes when you give your body the right fuel?

We went to the movies last Saturday and I forgot to take some healthy snacks with me. We ended up eating french fries with ketchup because we were starving after hard-core-shopping and before the movie started. What can I say? My stomach gave me a hard time during the movie and I was not able to get up early on Sunday to do my run. I was so tired and still feeling so full of crap that I had to wait until the afternoon (and detox until then) to go for a run - which turned out great, btw.

It's always like this. When we feed our body poor fuel we just cannot perform at our best. Now, this def. is SOMETHING to keep in mind LOL!

Keep runnin', baby!

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MADLYINLOVE 3/20/2012 4:33PM

    Great job! You're definitely on track to reach goal!!

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PSALM42 3/20/2012 1:55PM

    woohoo! i was reading that if you are craving sugar you may be needing nutrients so try drinking some bone broth (beef or chicken). I'm totally going to try this as sugar is my downfall. keep up the good work! I just got back on the bandwagon after having my 3rd baby- on a roll now and hope to keep it up!

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MICHSTATE 3/20/2012 1:19PM

    Awesome job!!! You are rocking it!!!!:-)

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IRP1114 3/20/2012 12:38PM

    Awesome!!! Way to go on such quick progress in a healthy way too! That makes it an even better victory because you know it is a more permanent change! emoticon

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JENS_MISSION 3/20/2012 12:36PM

    Great job on the weight loss! Love of my favorite places!

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TWINSMOMMY607 3/20/2012 12:20PM

    You go girl!!

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LAURIE5658 3/20/2012 12:00PM

    You ARE on fire and you are totally rockin' your challenge!


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T-67 - Tearin' it UP!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Yep, that is right! I am off to a great start with my 10 in 10 Challenge!! 10 lbs in 10 weeks, leading up to my ARRIVAL in Miami on May 22nd!!!!

Last week on either Thursday or Friday, I weighed myself, after a few weeks of avoiding the scale. Gotta FACE THE MUSIC sometime!! Can't make any progress if I am not willing to see where I am at!

I keep playing tag with the same couple o' pounds, and was back up to 134. But instead of letting it get me down in the dumps, I started brainstorming a PLAN! Came up with my 10 in 10 Challenge, and picked me up an accountability partner, and IMMEDIATELY started making some changes in my eating over the weekend.

Weighed in this morning - 131.6!!! I am down 2 and a half pounds in barely a week! Sure, yeah, it might just be some water weight as my body adjusts to lower calories, MORE VEGGIES, and healthier all-around meals. But water weight or not, I'll take it as a WIN!!

Now it is only 7.5 lbs in 9.5 weeks! I got this, baby, YEAH!

And only 67 days until we are scheduled to arrive!!! WOOOOHOOOOO!!!

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SEEHOLZ 3/16/2012 5:34PM

    Nice job on the weight loss!

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TESS504 3/16/2012 11:47AM

    Great job!!! Keep on pushing!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARATHON_MOM 3/16/2012 10:07AM

    Awesome!!!! I just started yesterday, so my 10 weeks will be up a couple of days after you are in the States already.. but I am determined! I can't run right now, but I can strength train and do light cardio.. as long as it doesn't stress the shin. It's attainalbe. IF I can get my eating under control. That's the hard part for me.

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WONDERWOMAN 3/15/2012 7:53PM

    You've got this! Yes you do!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 3/15/2012 5:30PM

    emoticon Tracking & working out and be consistent work! emoticon Go Girls! emoticon

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MADLYINLOVE 3/15/2012 3:10PM

    We're getting a good start!

I just had an amazing lunch... will give you a sneak peek soon. I batch cooked so it was quick and easy.

Hey as I'm typing this it looks like something just came in my inbox from you! :) good timing!

Let's rock it through the weekend! I'll be on and off tomorrow too so we can come up with our weekend game plan. I might need some inspiration/ideas for St. Pat's! I think I'm going to make a low-carb hearty broccoli soup (because it's green) with a drizzle of some sort of cream or soft cheese something or other. So my hubby (and myself) won't miss our Irish beer stew... But I have NO idea what to drink come party time if we go to the Irish Pub! Can you think of anything low-carb/non-sugary that looks fun that's without alcohol - iced water is so obvious! Maybe they'll have iced tea HAHA!

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IRP1114 3/15/2012 2:25PM

    Wooohooo! Congrats on the progress!!! Keep up with all the tweaks and healthier choices. I am sure you will be where you want to be come May. emoticon

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T-69 - My 10 in 10 Challenge!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

10 weeks from today we will have already landed in MIAMI!!!!! Everything is going so well - the house selling, the immigrant visa situation, everything. We are getting so excited, and have been working on packing and sorting a LOT of stuff! With my hubby being out of work, it has been such a huge help.

Well, I have played around long enough with these not-so-pretty 10 pounds that came to stay last year, and it is TIME, People!! I have decided, with 10 weeks left, I am going to buckle down, and aim for a 10-lb loss in 10 weeks!!! I even got me an accountability buddy to help motivate and keep me on track! (Thanks, miss MADLYINLOVE!)

We've been scheming up our game plans over the weekend, getting ready to TEAR IT UP! Today is our official start day, and I am already feeling very empowered and READY TO SEE RESULTS!

I know it is going to be difficult, with the moving and the packing and the business..... But I know if I set my mind to TACKLE the obstacles, and guard myself from slipping into binge eating, or stress eating, I will fare MUCH better over the next 10 weeks. In fact, I aim to do much more than just "ok" over these next 10 weeks! I am an all-or-nothing type o' girl, so it has to be something I focus on whole-heartedly!


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MAGGIE101857 4/14/2012 8:18AM

    Finding this too late to join up with you and the others!! But as always, you continue to motivate me! I'll just tackle the next 10 weeks - starting with moving towards a vegetarian lifestyle today. Not going to be easy, but I'm going to tackle a day at a time and wrap my head around it slowly!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 3/15/2012 5:26PM

    10 on 10 sounds GREAT & Motivational! With all the changes you are going through, your planning is a very POSITIVE strategy!!! Glad that you can hooking with a buddy for support and accountability! Way to go to both of you!

You can do this - YOU ARE Strong!

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MARATHON_MOM 3/14/2012 1:17PM

    I'll do it with you!!! 10 in 10, sister! I NEED the motivation right now. I'll start mine tomorrow. Unfortunately, it means I have to get on the scale. I've been avoiding it. I know I've gained!!

I am even more excited about July now.. espcially since I now know FOR SURE that you will be there!!

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IMARUNR 3/14/2012 10:13AM

    Way to will do it!

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MADLYINLOVE 3/13/2012 4:27PM

    That's right, NO CHANCE!

It IS time for us!!

Keep on killin' it with me!

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SMILESRME 3/13/2012 3:56PM

    So glad things are going in such a positive way! Those ten pounds have no chance at all to stay around on your body! They are away! You have the tenacity and will power and accountability! You go girl!

Julia : )

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Friday, March 09, 2012


We just got contacted from US Immigration regarding my husband's additional form he had to file. The email requested that he confirm he is the one who filed the form, and that they have permission to send him their decision via email.

He responded immediately. And he started getting excited.

But I was reluctant to get excited just yet, because maybe they just wanted to confirm his info, but there was no way after only 2 WEEKS of them having our paperwork they would be ready to give us a decision already..... right? I mean, this form takes a minimum of 4 months to process, we read.

But an hour or so later, my husband received a second email, thanking him for replying so promptly, and that a PDF of an APPROVED FORM was attached to the email!!!!!!!!!!!

HE'S IN!!!!!!!! WE ARE DEFINITELY COMING MAY 22nd!!!!!!!!!!!!

PLUS, to top all of this crazy goodness off, they WAIVED THE FEE of $585 for that form! They stated on the form that the fee was waived due to our child being Special-Needs.




Have any of you ever heard of the US government or immigration WAIVING FEES?? This is totally God. We have prayed so long and hard about our situation. All of this is just pure answers to prayer. That, and our house selling. This is just CRAZY, WONDERFUL, AMAZING GOODNESS being poured out on us. We are just so incredibly grateful.

So, that means, EVERYTHING is a "GO," People!!!! EVERYTHING! We are coming, all 6 of us together, on the same plane.... no leaving hubby behind while he waits for an answer! WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!

Tomorrow morning's 16 miles are gonna be run with a HAPPY, HAPPY HEART!!! emoticon

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RUN2BEFREE 3/14/2012 3:15PM

    So excited for you all!

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SLEEPYDEAN 3/14/2012 12:29PM

    Awwww I am so happy to read this. Seriously just made my day.

Can't wait to see what all is in store for your family!

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IMARUNR 3/14/2012 10:11AM

    AWESOME!! I'm thrilled for you and your family!!

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TWINSMOMMY607 3/14/2012 8:05AM

    I am doing the happy dance while jumping for joy at the same time. I am so happy for you and your family!!!

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STEFFIROCKSIT 3/13/2012 2:56AM

    And you sure do deserve ERVERY LITTLE DROP of that Goodness, Honey!!! Enjoy the "shower", you've waited such a long time for everything to be settled so this is special!


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NEWMOM211 3/10/2012 12:28AM

    emoticonAwesome News, Sounds like You had a fantastic day!

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SEEHOLZ 3/9/2012 9:08PM

    God, the universe, karma, luck... meant to be!

I'm happy for you :-)

Moments like that are so precious, I wished we could bottle them up for the times when we are struggling and it's hard to have faith.. but a great reminder of that for me!


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MICHSTATE 3/9/2012 7:54PM

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!!! I am happy for you!!!!!:-)

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  That is fantastic news!!! Definitely the hand of God in that one. Congrats!

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ROCKINMOM77 3/9/2012 4:19PM

    emoticon That is sooo Awesome!!!

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MAGGIE101857 3/9/2012 3:08PM

    Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am jumping for joy!!! emoticon emoticon

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CATHIMOMMY 3/9/2012 2:15PM

    Yes, God is BIG....enjoy packing even more!

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MADLYINLOVE 3/9/2012 2:08PM

    That is the greatest! I am so happy that everything has aligned! Miracles do happen and I love to see great things happen to the great and deserving!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 3/9/2012 1:40PM

    WOW!!! I can feel your excitement!!! I am SO happy for you. God does know what is best for us!!!

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LAURIE5658 3/9/2012 1:29PM

    O! M! G! Are you kidding me???!!! There is a reason for everything and God truly does hold our Master Plan. How cool is this!


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