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Monday, July 12

Monday, July 12, 2010

It is a new week and I am feeling refreshed and ready to go. It is also the start of the Biggest Loser Challenge #14... lets rock this Panthers!!!

I stayed on track this weekend which felt awesome. I also restocked my fridge and pantry this weekend so I am ready for the week.

Saturday was a busy one for my family. My boys had 3 games with the first one starting bright and early at 8:30. It was HOT and HUMID.... It was an awesome game though and I actually got goosebumps with the hits they were getting. They ended up winning the game so they had another game to play at 12:30. We stopped at home and fueled up and were back at the field. This game was brutal (they were playing against a number one seed.) and the boys hung their heads low as they lost the game. With them losing they were scheduled to play yet another game at 6:30. YIKES! With how humid and hot it was and already playing 2 games... the boys were wiped! But we went home, cooled off, and rested up for yet another game. The last game was a nail bitter but in the end the boys ended up losing. (Which kind of was a god send for the parents because that meant we had our Sunday!) We didn't get home until well after 9:00 and we were exhausted.

So Sunday was a lazy day for us. We slept in and took our time getting ready. I got some cleaning in and a lot of working out too. I took my daughter for a bike ride and when we got back she was still full of energy. So we jump roped, took a walk, and played at the playground. She was so cute in her workout outfit (has to match mom!), holding her water bottle and her sweat rag. Yes, she actually grabbed a wash cloth to use as her sweat rag. It was too cute!

Well that is about it for now! It is going to be a great week. We have a water challenge going on for this week and I am already drinking it up....

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I am running this afternoon and doing stairs. And then tonight it will either be biking or playing tennis. With the cooler temps I will definitely be outdoors.

I hope everyone has a great Monday!!!

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HLF1972 7/14/2010 12:18PM

    Wow! You are one busy body! I feel for your kids. They must have been worn completely out when they got home. emoticon

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/14/2010 10:25AM

    You are a machine!! emoticon

How cute about your daughter. And I'm sorry the boys didn't win, but I'm glad you got your Sunday! Let's rock this challenge!!

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CONICONSTANCE 7/12/2010 6:04PM

  I'm pumped too on this challenge.. always love a fresh start. Glad to read your week is off to a great start.

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BUSY_MOM3 7/12/2010 12:33PM

    Sorry to hear about the boys losing two of their three games, but glad to hear you all at least had yiour Sunday :) That is too cute about your daughter wanting to dress up like her mommy :) My daughter loves to exercise too :) (though she doesn't dress like mom lol).

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Family Feud

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

This was posted by a few of my team members... thought it looked like fun!

Feel free to copy into your own blog. Try to use different answers than mine.... it can be challenging!!!

1. Name something you use in the shower? Sand bar scrubber for my feet (can't remember what it is officially called)

2. Something people hate to find on their windshield? dead bugs

3. Name something a man might buy before a date? flowers

4. What is something you cook in the microwave? water for my tea

5. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving? bunk beds

6. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman? settled down

7. Name something a dog does that embarrasses its owner? rubs butt on the floor

8. Name a kind of test you cannot study for? pregnancy test

9. Name something a boy scout gets a badge for? popcorn sales

10. Name a phrase with the word 'home' in it? "There's no place like home".....taps feet with red shoes! Love the Wizard of Oz!!!!

11. Name a sport where players lose teeth? hockey

12. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a good day? give you detention

13. Name something that can brighten your day? a nice comment

14. Name a bird you wouldn't want to eat? Big Bird.... LOL

15. Name something a person wears even if it has a hole in it? underwear

16. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it? bar of soap

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PJCHILIS 7/7/2010 8:27AM

    Lots of fun answering that.-PJ

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MILDEXSPI 7/6/2010 8:03PM

    #4 - Popcorn, isn't that what microwaves were invented for? emoticon

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Is a Triathlon in my future???

Thursday, July 01, 2010

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I would hope so... but not quite yet!

I participated in my gym's Lazyman Triathlon. We have 6 weeks to complete a full triathlon. (26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of biking, and 2.5 miles of swimming)

Let me just say that I really commend the people that can complete a full triathlon. It takes much strength and endurance. My hope is to someday complete a mini triathlon. I think it would be an awesome accomplishment!

So my lazyman has gone well but the part I have had trouble fitting in is the swimming. I can swim but I am not by any means a "fitness swimmer". You know, the kind that can swim distances with their head in the water at all times and can do those fancy turn arounds in the pool. Yeah.... that is NOT me.

But I tried and so far have completed 2 miles of swimming. In fact, I did a full mile last night. (The other mile has been greatly broken up.) Man, was that a challenge! It took me 1 hour and 10 minutes to complete the full mile. I would stop every few laps to catch my breath and rub my calves. My calves were cramping up pretty bad. But it felt great! I think if I can work up my endurance a little, I would be able to do a mini tri.

So this is what I am going to work on for the summer. Get in more swimming to work up the mileage. It was a great workout and it feels awesome to have my legs sore this morning. (They had a workout yesterday with 60 minutes of cycling class and then over 60 minutes of swimming.)

So yes.... I think a triathlon is in my future! And I can't wait!!!!

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BUSY_MOM3 7/2/2010 1:52AM

    You inspire me to want to push myself further! Great job on all that you do! :)

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PJCHILIS 7/1/2010 8:07PM

    I think you're going to accomplish anything you want.--PJ

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MAXFOCUS 7/1/2010 11:05AM

    How exciting to train for a triathlon! You can do it.
You are such a good role model for all of us here at SP and for your kids.
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LUCKIEST24 7/1/2010 10:54AM

    You can do anything!!!! You've got such a great attitude and you don't give're my idol!!!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/1/2010 9:27AM

    emoticon I love to hear people say they're going to try a triathlon! Definitely start with a sprint - they are fun and fairly "easy" compared to the Ironman. I got word that by November, there will be no issues with me doing a sprint triathlon, other than my own lost fitness, of course. Yay!!!! So I checked flights from Milwaukee to Bermuda...$550 round trip per person. Ouch! But dh said he would go with me and we'd make a little vacation out of it. It would be awesome to have a racing buddy! emoticon Of course, I'll be looking for races a bit closer to home, too. When you decide to sign up for a race, let me know and I can help with training & race tips.


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KARVY09 7/1/2010 9:00AM

    Wow, that's a Ironman Triathlon, which is hardcore to do in one session! You could always sign up for a sprint triathlon (usually a 1/2 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile run) that's a lot more manageable.

I'm betting a triathlon is in your future!

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ESME25 7/1/2010 8:45AM

    i really like the idea of a lazyman triathalon. good luck finishing the rest!

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Time to Fly..... I'm a 10k'er!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Yes, you read that right.... I am officially a 10k'er! I ran my first official 10k on Saturday, June 26. It was called, "Time to Fly" a cancer fund raising event.

Nerves were running high all last week as my well anticipated race day came. I was very well prepared. I completed all my training runs and ate very clean the week leading up to the race. On Friday I "planned" on getting to bed early and having a laid back night. Well mother nature had different plans for me..... she dumped 4 1/2 inches of rain, added in some hail, and then why not add in 70 MPH winds. So my early to bed came to be around the same time I usually go to sleep. Oh well.... still nothing was stopping me.

I got up bright and early at 4:45 to eat my oatmeal and drink up some water. Took a shower, got ready, and waited for my friend to pick me up. Nerves were still running wild so on the car ride to the race we kept telling ourselves, "it's just another morning long run with eachother". It seemed to help a little!

We got to the racing grounds (Harriet Island in St. Paul) around 6:45. The race didn't start until 7:30 so we took this time to do a nice short jog, do some stretching / walking, and use the restrooms. We were able to meet up with our other friends during this time as well.

The weather was cloudy which was perfect because the humidity levels were 90%. It was very warm and sticky.

FINALLY.... it was 10 minutes until race time and they were urging us to go to the starting line. The count down began.... 5 minutes to go, 3 minutes to go, 2 minutes to go... WHAT? A hold up, what is taking so long???

Well apparently 3 minutes before racing time a huge tree fell on the course. The parks and recreation crew were called out to remove the debris. We waited well over a half an hour until finally they came back saying that they were changing the course. So it was no longer an official 10k race. I was bummed.... and also getting extremely anxious to start. Well waiting we met up with a lady named Julie. We got to talking with her... this woman was amazing! She was already on her 3rd half marathon and also ran a full marathon. So she gave us lots of pointers which was great!

FINALLY, the race was ready to begin! It was sunny now and the heat was really picking up. I ran with my friend pretty much the whole race. By mile 1.5 I was already a sweating mess but passed up the water station. My friend wore her heart rate monitor that tracked distance, time, etc.... and at mile 2 we were only at 18 minutes. Not bad! At mile 3 I finally agreed that a little water was needed. (My last drink of water was around 5:30... emoticon) It was hard to run and drink! I grabbed some water but kept running and then tried to drink it. Most of it just went down my front but my mouth got a little wet. And I must have gotten a little water because I was then burping for the next minute or so. emoticon

At mile 4 we were sitting pretty good with a even 40 minutes. I was feeling GREAT!!!

But then after passing the 5 mile mark, my energy started to decrease. I should have brought with an energy gel or something to give me a little boost. I let my friend continue on and I fell back behind her just a little. Still kept up our fast pace but slowed it just a tad. This last 1.2 mile was a hard run. I felt like walking a few times but knew that I DID NOT want to walk. So I just kept going.....

I finally made it to the final stretch and started to kick it back into gear. I didn't think I had any sprinting left in me since I was already drained. I needed some food and water, it was so hot! But I saw the gates and just took off passing about 3 people in front of me. It felt great to sprint that last stretch and it helped my time too!

The race was time chipped and as of today, they still don't have the official times posted yet. But according to my friends monitor (she was at the finish line waiting for me) I came in around 62 minutes and the race was 6.4 miles instead of the 6.2 miles an official 10k race would be. I felt awesome and also a little dizzy which I quickly realized I needed some water and a banana. But it felt great to complete a race with some challenges in the way and still finish strong! emoticon

I don't have any pictures (which I was a little bummed) because my hubby never made it out. He was supposed to stop out with the kiddos to get some pics and cheer us on but he ended up sleeping in until 9:00. Can't blame him, it was a Saturday and his weekend too! But I am a little bummed that I don't have a picture to remember the event. I came home and they were waiting with lots of hugs and kisses. They were so proud of me! And then I spent the rest of the day with a bad stomach ache..... due to the heat and humidity! emoticon

We plan on running a 10 mile race soon and then a half marathon together. It just feels great knowing that I can do this. It is amazing what our bodies can do!

Thanks for reading about my first 10k experience!!!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/1/2010 9:34AM

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PJCHILIS 6/29/2010 11:19AM

    I am so proud of you! What more can I say, you're awesome!!!

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CONICONSTANCE 6/28/2010 11:43AM

  I loved reading this post today. Sometimes you get just what you need when you need it. I've dreamed of a 5k... seems so far away... almost surreal to me anymore. I made it to jogging 1.5 miles on the C25K program.. then I just died off. No matter how I try no motivation to get me back on the horse, yet I sit and dream of doing it each day...

Congrats on doing a 10k.. my lil' hero here! Amazing. I would of loved for hubby to shown up with some pics.. but the memories you have created for yourself are priceless. I'll keep you in my mind as I start day one of the program again..

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MAXFOCUS 6/28/2010 10:59AM

    I am so proud of you. Congrats!!!
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SPEECHIED 6/28/2010 9:17AM

    CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS Elaine! What an experience! You are amazing! WoNdErFuL! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Humorous Truths for Mature Humans in the 21st Century

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I thought this email forward was pretty funny..... ENJOY!!!

Humorous Truths for Mature Humans in the 21st Century

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this - ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

31. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet my a$$ everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

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    LOL!!!! So, SOOO true!

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SPEECHIED 5/30/2010 11:17AM

    Ahahahahaha! These made me chuckle! emoticon

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PJCHILIS 5/27/2010 8:34AM

    Oh so true.

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BUSY_MOM3 5/26/2010 9:33PM

    ROFL Oh, Elaine! This was HILARIOUS! Thanks for sharing! :)

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MISSION_MOMMA 5/26/2010 8:55PM

    This is awesome! Thanks.

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MAXFOCUS 5/26/2010 6:06PM

    emoticonThose are great!

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CALLENIUS 5/26/2010 4:53PM

    That was GREAT! Thanks for posting it :)

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RSHDSTCKS 5/26/2010 4:35PM

  Thank you for this. I needed a laugh today. I hope you don't mind that I copied and shared this with some friends.

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