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Mirror Self Talk

Friday, September 12, 2014

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and gave yourself a pep talk?

For me, this task is very difficult for some reason. I can talk to myself in my head but when I am looking at myself face to face in the mirror it is hard to do. With my fall challenge one of my goals is to say something positive about myself. Get rid of the negative self talk. I am finding different ways to do this daily just to mix things up.

So yesterday I did a self mirror pep talk. Usually I don't look eye to eye with myself but I did yesterday. I started speaking these words to the girl looking back at me in the mirror..... "I believe in YOU"..... "You are worth it"..... "You are beautiful inside and out".....

And then I noticed something. When I spoke the words, "I believe in YOU" I started to tear up. Tears welled in my eyes and started running down my cheek. So I continued to repeat that phrase over and over again. Then I thought to myself... Elaine, you dork... why are you crying? But I think I was crying because I am starting to believe in myself. Yes it is nice when others believe in you but it means even more to actually believe in yourself.

I ended up telling my best friend about it later and told her that she could laugh at me if she wanted to. But you know what.... she didn't! She gave me a hug and said, "I believe in you too". It felt so good!

Have you ever tried this? Do you feel like it helps you? And what other ideas can you give me to try out for these next 10 weeks?

Here is my self talk for today. I used an inspirational video for the day:

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RITEEBEE 9/15/2014 8:48AM

    I love this story, and should maybe try it out myself someday!

I'm so happy for you that you are at a place that you believe in yourself!! :) emoticon

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OKBACK2MEAGAIN 9/13/2014 11:03PM

    I love your blog! You are awesome!

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ICECUB 9/12/2014 6:05PM

    I believe in you too.

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    This made me tear up! Good for you for being positive instead of negative when looking in the mirror - that is so hard to do :)

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APRIL_V_2 9/12/2014 4:25PM

    I think this is great. I really need to incorporate more positive self talk too. Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon

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PICKIE98 9/12/2014 3:44PM

    In 2008 I started Sparks and started a thing . I make a point to smile at at least five people a day and compliment at least one person a day. My life has changed since then,, for the better. Making eye contact with another person, stranger or not, makes both people feel better. I feel better for noticing one person that may be having a crappy day and the compliment is heartfelt..

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GEORGE815 9/12/2014 2:56PM

    May awesomeness reign on you!

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BL Fall Frenzy - Goals for the Challenge

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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The Biggest Loser Fall Frenzy Challenge started up yesterday. Now is the time to think of some goals to accomplish over the next 10 weeks.

The past challenges I have participated in, I start off somewhat strong and then start going down hill. It has been very frustrating to say the least but I do know it was my full responsibility. I wasn't focused on the task at hand. I was determined enough to get the weight off. I failed because of ME and not anyone else.

I have always struggled with the scale. Ever since I started this healthy change back in January of 2008. (Yes... I have been working on this for a very long time.) I love to workout and never have a problem in that category. Sometimes I work out too much! But my problem lies in the diet category. I can eat well and then turn around and eat like crap. It is hard to say no to things or get rid of cravings. I do well for a while with my eating and then fall off the deep end. It is a vicious cycle.

Well this time around for the challenge I am actually starting off on the right foot. I was able to lose 8.2 pounds in between the start of the fall challenge from the last day of the summer challenge. I re-found my focus and I am re-dedicated! I am hoping this time around for the challenge I can make my Diamond family proud! And more than that... see myself in a new light. Someone that doesn't give up!

So here are my goals for Fall:

1.) WEIGHT: As far as the scale goes, I am hoping to drop at least 5 pounds for the challenge. It would be ideal for 10 pounds which would make it a pound per week. But I am not going to go crazy here. I know my body and while I started off this challenge with a bang, it will slow down now. So my goal is to range between 5-10 pounds for the 10 week challenge.

2.) NUTRITION: My focus has been staying on track with logging my food and staying within my range. That seems to be working for me so my goal is to continue logging that food! I use MyFitnessPal to log my nutrition and that has been a little more user friendly tool for me. I am also going to continue to stay away from the junk food. I need to make sure my body is fueled right!

3.) FITNESS: I have a lot of fitness goals for the fall. First off, I want to take full advantage of the fall weather so that means more running outside, biking, and getting in some fall hiking. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year to be outside. The crisp air, the smell of fall, the leaves crunching beneath your feet... I love it all. So I intend to take the whole season in with some great workouts outside.

I also have another goal for Fall..... get another PR for my upcoming race. I race again (another small one... 5k) on September 27. My last race I was able to get 27:20 for a time. I also came in 18th place out of 132 runners. 9th place for the women... and 4th place for my age group (30-39). This was a small race but still... it really has me itching to do even better. My race on 09/27/14 is a larger one but I want to beat my time of 27:20. That means more training and adding in more sprints. The racing bug is going crazy in me now. I really don't like paying for races but I really want to do another one in October and then one in November. Guess I need to start looking around for cheap races!

4.) MIND & SOUL: One of my goals is to say something nice about myself daily. Give myself a compliment and stop the negative talk. I am going to continue to do this for the fall challenge but I am also adding to it. Pay it forward to someone else! Give someone a compliment or help someone out.

5.) CLUTTER: Clear out the clutter! Fall is a great time to clear out clutter, organize, and fall clean. I will make sure to get this done over the next 10 weeks. I have sliding to wash before winter, windows to clean, my laundry room is a disaster, and the garage/shed needs some help. We also need to go through clothes, rake leaves and prepare the gardens for winter, etc.... I guess I will be pretty busy!

Lets do this Diamonds!!!!

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2BEABETTERME 9/17/2014 5:44PM

    Love your goals and that you added to be kind and say something nice about yourself!
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CHICAMIMI 9/16/2014 2:54PM

    I can totally relate to your goals. And i know you can do it. You keep kicking butt with the fitness too!

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RUTHIEBEAR 9/14/2014 10:24AM

    Great goals. The one about clutter spoke to me too! I know we can do this challenge! emoticon

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ORCHIDLADY56 9/14/2014 9:18AM

    Great goals! Sounds like you have really thought about these and how to accomplish them. Good luck!

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OKBACK2MEAGAIN 9/14/2014 12:38AM

    Love the goals! I should have added the clutter one too! Oh well, have a great challenge!

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HEXE63 9/11/2014 9:11PM

    You go girl love your goals might have to steal a coupleof them for myself emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MPLSKEN 9/11/2014 6:38PM

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APRIL_V_2 9/11/2014 11:17AM

    Wonderful blog and goals! I especially love the #4 goal, saying something positive about yourself each day and also complimenting others. I think I might try that too, great idea!

Let's go team Dazzling Diamonds! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VALYNN26 9/11/2014 10:19AM

    Love your goals! You did great for the summer challenge, and I am sure you will succeed again. This diamond is very proud of you and all you've accomplished. Keep up the good work! Diamonds are going to ROCK!!! emoticon

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ANNMACP0212 9/11/2014 9:59AM

    Love your goals and your fantastic attitude!! Can't wait to get your updates on your progress! emoticon

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Linwood Family Fun Day 5k Race

Monday, September 08, 2014

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This weekend my friend and I joined our friend in her neck of the woods for a 5k race. We live about an hour away from this friend so we thought it would be fun to run on the weekend with her. These are the ladies I run with during the work week!

My friend Laurie picked me up bright and early at 6:00 AM to head up north. Since she picked me up at 6:00, that meant I got up around 4:30 to get everything done. (Like eating, showering, etc....) Who needs sleep on the weekend?!?! Sleeping is over rated... LOL! Not gonna lie, I could have used a few more hours but I was also excited to run!

Picture of Laurie and I in her car ready for the hour car ride.

The ride up north was nice because it gave us plenty of time to chat. I was using this race as a fun run, meaning, I didn't care how I did. Since I was relaxed with it I had zero stress or pressure. Always a great way to start a race!

We get up to the registration area and they are still setting up tables. Guess we could have slept in a tad bit longer. Oh well.....

We are finally ready to pick up our packets and then wait around for the race to begin. We met up with our friend Kathy but I also had two aunties join us as well. (Aunties by marriage....) So auntie Delores and auntie Susie joined us for the race. It was fun to be able to run a race with all these ladies!

Pre Race picture of Kathy, me, and Laurie

Pre Race picture of auntie Delores, me, and auntie Susie

The race was only about 150-200 people so it was pretty small. They didn't have chip timing so I was going to rely on my Garmin watch for the time. The race started at 8:00 and after some instructions from the coordinator they gave a us READY... SET... GO and we were off!

My friends and I started towards the front of the pack just so we didn't have to run around a lot of people. The race course started up on a road for about a quarter of a mile and then it switched to the woods. Most of the run was on trails though the woods.

Like I said... I wanted this to be a carefree run but adrenaline set in as soon as the race started and my mind went straight to race mode. I didn't want to beat my last 5k time but now somehow that was important to me. So I ended up separating from my friends and started in my zone. My... I need to beat my last time... zone.

The trails were nice, a little muddy in spots but fairly good for running. I did notice I slowed my pace down a tad being on these trails. I am a lot faster on pavement, that is for sure. I had a few men pass me up and I made it my goal to stay with that last guy that passed me. He was running at a good even pace so I tried to trail him through the woods.

Once we got out of the woods though and were back on pavement I made my move. Inching closer and closer until I was finally able to pass him. He gave me a nod as I ran past and I continued looking ahead at the next guy. He was running at a faster clip so I sped up a little until I was able to pass him as well. I passed a few other people cheering them on as they were running and yelling out the distance we were at, at the time and how much more they had to run.

I was finally on a straight path with only less than a mile to go so I upped the pace again. They had a couple playing music along this stretch so I thanked them as I passed. The song they were playing on the trumpet and saxophone was "Eye of the Tiger"... very fitting I thought.

I had a few ladies in front of me that I still wanted to pick off and pass up. So I again upped my pace and ended up passing them. It gave me even more momentum passing these runners and desire to push even more. The last 1/2 mile I started getting a little side stitch but I ignored it knowing that I was almost done. I can keep pushing... I am strong!


And I finished with a sprint across the finish line as I stopped my watch. And then a nice big smile came across my face because I had a PR (personal record). My last 5k race was 27:52 and this 5k race I ended with 27:20!

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I did it! I got another personal record and even though this was not what I was supposed to do, it felt awesome! Just goes to show that it is better for me to not have that stress and just make every race FUN!

Both my friends came in later. Laurie around 28:50 and Kathy around 29:30. Then the aunties came in around 39:00 and 45:00. They do a run/walk but I was so proud of them both as they sprinted into the finish. It was a great day for running!

After the run we headed back to my friends house for some breakfast and to relax a little. Then before making the hour ride back home we went back to the festival to walk around a bit. They had the normal festival things like mini donut stands, corn dogs, etc.... But they also had games, petting zoo, flea market, magic show, cake walk, etc...

And they had a mechanical bull!

I have always wanted to try out riding a mechanical bull so this was my chance. The guy was just setting it up so I went and purchased a ticket.

I was super nervous because I didn't want to injure myself. But also a little excited because then I can knock this off my bucket list. I was the first one to "ride the bull" and as soon as I started going to get on the thing everyone started watching. Oh man... the pressure. It was quite comical watching me get on the bull and my friend video taped the whole thing. Ahhh... black mail material. But it was fun!

I was wearing my exercise pants so it was hard to grip the bull with my thighs because my pants were making me slide. I stayed on that bull for a good few minutes until I finally fell off.

It was a fun morning/afternoon with friends! And that bull.... gave me bruises and sore thighs the next morning.

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MRSVK11 9/9/2014 8:47AM

    What a great day!

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MBTEPP 9/9/2014 7:26AM

    emoticon on PR!

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I was up at 430 for my race this weekend too. I had to practice that one or I would be sleepwalking.

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ICECUB 9/8/2014 6:30PM

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WORTHEYMOM 9/8/2014 2:40PM

    sounds like a blast! WHAT a freaking awesome PR! on a trail run no less! You rock!

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APRIL_V_2 9/8/2014 11:38AM

    You are so brave! I don't think you could pay me enough to get on that bull lol! Congratulations on the new time for the 5k! And a trail run at that! Way to go! emoticon

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VALYNN26 9/8/2014 11:17AM

    Great job! Looks like a great time!

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I gave it away....

Friday, September 05, 2014

Alert the press for this special announcement:

"I, Elaine gave away my Dairy Queen blizzard on Thursday, September 4, 2014. Put this down in the record books!"

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If you want to know a little tid bit about me, the one thing I love... my one true weakness... is ice cream. I love it so much that I sometimes crave that cool creamy treat.

But since I have been more focused and have my eye on that prize, I have been trying to stay away from this treat. I know, I know... you are supposed to "treat" yourself once in a while but with me I can't do that. My once in a while treat turns into a few days treats, and then weeks, and then... you get the picture.

My focus has been set and I have been sticking to it. I finally found my pace, my drive that I always talk about. It has always been easier for me to cheer others along than help myself. Like for instance, my boys and I went out for a run on Labor day. We set out knowing we were going to go at least 5 miles. My youngest son has never run that far nor has he really done a ton of distance running. He is my football player. But he was excited to try so we headed out.

After the first mile he started getting a side stitch. Perfect example of starting off too fast and not getting the breathing down. I talked him through an exercise to help his breathing and a way to push out that side stitch. It worked... and we continued on.

Then about mile 2 he started to feel like he just wasn't running well and didn't know if he could make it. So I started telling him to listen to the pace of his feet... listen to the pavement below him and get in that zone, that pace. Listen to his breathing... in and out. Listen to the sounds around him like the crickets chirping, the birds singing. His body was his machine... he was fueled right and was strong. He CAN do this.

All of the sudden, my son took off running. He ran past his brother whom is faster than the both of us and just found his pace. He kept that pace for a FULL 2 miles without stopping. When my son and I finally caught up with him he said, "I don't know what happened. I just feel great! I found my pace and it felt good and I was listening to my body and I just ran".

Why am I telling you this story... Well I think I finally found my pace with my own body when it comes to food. I have been making sure I am fueling right and not over fueling. This has resulted in losing over 7.2 pounds in just 2 weeks. I found my pace and it feels great!

So back to the ice cream.....

Hubby was so very sweet and brought home DQ blizzards on Wednesday evening. The kids were excited for the treat but me, I got the deer in the headlights look.


My favorite treat and it sounds so yummy. But I wasn't hungry and I have been doing so well that I don't want this blizzard treat to mess me up. What to do... what to do.

So I stuck it in the freezer and made the decision right there that I was NOT going to eat it. Who the heck is this girl? The girl who LOVES ice cream is actually putting the DQ treat away.

Yes she did... and I have to tell you, it felt great to decline that treat. But as of yesterday it was still in the freezer. Still there for temptation. So I gave it away!

My son ran his second cross-country race last night so I thought it was the perfect treat for him. And he even shared it with his younger brother.

emoticon emoticon emoticon I am very proud of myself for resisting the temptation. Now I can continue on my journey without the guilt and know that I am strong enough to say no!

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MOJO0607 9/16/2014 11:33AM

    What a great way to connect and be there with your son! It had to be a proud Mama moment when you realized how much you were able to connect with him and really help him. I am loving all the posts lately where family is incorporated into our efforts and activities. It really is easier to adopt a lifestyle when those around us embrace it as well. Great work on resisting the temptations!!

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RITEEBEE 9/8/2014 11:13AM

    Amazing!! I know they say you can treat in moderation but for me I need to avoid it entirely, at least in the beginning, and to know you can turn it down, so when the day comes that you want to give yourself permission to have one you know you're making the choice, and not letting the temptation "make" you eat something you wouldn't normally eat!! Great work!! emoticon

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CORTINEA 9/7/2014 11:44PM

    I love it! emoticon

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ANNMACP0212 9/6/2014 11:28AM

    Thank you for showing me that good healthy choices can be made every day--you just have to want it bad!! Way to go!! emoticon

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JADED_CHICK19 9/6/2014 10:13AM

    That is amazing! Ice cream is such a great treat and for you to pass up your favorite is a huge WOOHOO moment for you. Congrats!! Kudos to your son as well for doing so awesome on your run! :)


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WORTHEYMOM 9/5/2014 2:53PM

    woot woot on all of the above! what a great way to help your son feel his own rhythm and pace! Super proud of you for resisting the blizzard! Only wish I had that will power! Have a great weekend!

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    emoticon Good job!!

I'm glad you posted this by the way because I was wondering why my nutrition tracker never changed with my exercise like it used to. It also assumed I was sedentary and I've been dying to change that!! (I do a lot around the house on a regular basis and walk for a lot of my transportation purposes).

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    Love this blog - you are awesome and a great role model for your kids :)

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APRIL_V_2 9/5/2014 10:15AM

    That is so hard to do! Very impressive! emoticon emoticon

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WORDWOMAN7 9/5/2014 10:03AM

    Way to go! You're doing really well!


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VALYNN26 9/5/2014 9:57AM

    emoticon that is awesome! Great willpower. emoticon

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Hiking Adventure - Ritter Farm Park

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Over Labor Day weekend we took advantage of the extra time at home to get in some geocaching. We love to geocache as a family for many reasons:

1. It gets us out to interesting places that we have never been to before
2. It is a great way to get in some exercise
3. It is a great way to stay connected and bond with your family

This geocaching adventure took us out towards Lakeville, MN to a hidden gem of a park called Ritter Farm Park.

The skies were sunny and perfect for hiking! It did get a little warm but I didn't mind too much.

Our first geocache was found in that first picture. We had to use a stick to reach inside to get the cache. (Didn't smell the greatest... LOL)

Then we headed to the trails. Along the trails we saw multiple apple trees. I have never been out in a park like this that included fruit trees. I read the park information that they had along the way and the one section was called "the old orchard"... very fitting!

We only had a few hours so we were limited to how much of the park we could explore. We were finding caches along the way too so we had to be fast when hiking.

Most of the time when we go to find the caches they are hidden in lots of brush and wooded areas. So most of the time I stay out on the trail with the kids while hubby goes through the mess to find the cache. He usually comes out covered with stickers and ticks. (Not to mention poison ivy sometimes too...) But while he is in there the kids and I goof around on the trails while we wait. Sometimes we do things like jumping jacks, push ups, etc... This time I took pictures while my boys did some stretching.

See that bee on the weed?

It is great being out what seems to be the middle of no where... no sounds but the nature around you... and this....

Lots of trails!

My daughter gets spoiled from us. Probably because she is the baby of the family. But when we make little pit stops she takes advantage and sits on my feet. Then she also gets her brothers to give her piggy-back rides. She is one spoiled girl!

Now that cooler weather is coming and fall is upon us, we will be getting out more doing lots of other geocaching hiking adventures. I can't wait!

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    Looks like such a perfect day! And those are beautiful shots of beautiful people!

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RITEEBEE 9/4/2014 12:23PM

    What a great family adventure!!! emoticon

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VALYNN26 9/4/2014 11:51AM

    Great pictures. Looks like you had a great time!

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APRIL_V_2 9/4/2014 11:47AM

    I love the pics! Beautiful! I bet they weren't iPhone pics, you probably used a real camera! We sometimes go letterboxing which is similar to geocaching. I noticed lately that the boxes have been missing where they should be. It makes me sad to think that some punks might be ruining the fun for people.

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