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July goals

Monday, July 02, 2012

For me, July is the month that I would like to:

1 - continue running 3 times a week
2 - lose my last five pregnancy pounds
3 - blog my progress every Saturday
4 - drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day
5 - sleep 7 hours a night
6 - add two days of strength training to my week
7 - add one day of yoga/stretching to my week

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ZORAHGAIL 7/3/2012 7:01PM


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GAYEMC 7/3/2012 4:20PM

    Great goals, and congrats on loosing most of that pregnancy weight. Good job!

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CASSIOEPIA 7/2/2012 10:43PM

    I love me some summer time yoga on the grass in the backyard! Enjoy :)

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JENNNY135 7/2/2012 10:08PM

    Sounds awesome, achievable.


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RDARLING 7/2/2012 7:17PM

    Great goals, might join you on a all but #2! Have a great July!

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 7/2/2012 4:14PM

    Perfect goal setting. Achievable, manageable.

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A compliment...or two :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

This weekend, I ran the Starbucks Run for Women 10k on Saturday and then the HM clinic group run 9 km on Sunday. I felt pretty good while running both. The weather was perfect. No small feat on Saturday when, up until 30 minutes before the race, it was pouring. I'm not kidding, I was actually starting to wonder if it would be a smart run to do. It was raining that hard. Here's some of the girls and I with the firemen that were handing out the bling at the finish line.

And here's the link to the race course itself. I've been told the elevation doesn't look that bad but, trust me, the hills were real butt blasters.

On Sunday, my HM clinic and I were scheduled to run 9kms (LSD). I was happily surprised to see so many from the day before out to run again. Literally, I was giddy with joy. During our run, I dealt with something that I'm REALLY not comfortable with.... twice. Two of my buddies gave me compliments on my weightloss. The second, however, was very specific. "Your ass is looking great". I just grinned and said thank you. (In case you're wondering why PEHASS2/Paul won't mind reading this, the compliment came from a woman) Personally, since I get to see it w/o its spandex/lycra covering, I don't see the big deal BUT it was still nice to hear that my hard work is paying off. I have, however, noticed less jiggle when I run. I like that.

For my next trick, I'd like to have defined arms and less tricep wiggle.

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BLACKROSE_222 6/30/2012 2:08PM

    I got a nice run in on Saturday before it really got bad, too... and I also enjoyed the Fireman pictures you posted. NOM!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/27/2012 11:40AM


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LIZZYP609 6/26/2012 9:39AM

    This makes me smile!

Such a great feeling getting those compliments...which is the exact reason why maintenance is so hard! You have come such a long way since Roo was born. I am so proud of you! emoticon

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/26/2012 3:32AM

    Lookin' good, girl!

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GAYEMC 6/25/2012 5:39PM

    Good job on the two back-to-back runs. I hear you on the tricep wiggle.

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MARGARITTM 6/25/2012 12:40PM

    Good job on the runs.

That is a great race t!

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JANEGSN 6/25/2012 12:13PM

    Getting some nice curves. Keep up the ST and you will see less jiggle in your arms also.

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/25/2012 12:05PM

    Like the Energizer Bunny . . . - I am impressed!!

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JENNNY135 6/25/2012 12:03PM

    Great job, yes the rain gods stopped to watch you run. Compliments are always welcome, running is so great on the toosh and legs.


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CHRISTINA791 6/25/2012 11:58AM

    Wow... nice job running on Saturday. I'm ashamed to say that I opened my eye, looked out at the weather, and immediately went back to sleep (I did get a workout in later, but I totally wimped out on going outside).

It's always a nice boost to get a compliment. I think it's easy to focus on the less-than-perfect while not seeing the overall changes, so it's a good reminder when someone notices. Looking great!

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19 ways to get motivated for fitness

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Not sure about anyone else but I'm seriously lacking in motivation lately. Thursday through Monday, when I know my fellow Amazons (BLC19) are counting on me, things pick up BUT the other days it's an internal struggle to get to the gym or out on the pathways for some exercise. Imagine my delight when my GoodLife email came today. Here are the main points of the article, I'm going to post the link at the bottom so you can check it out if you want. There's some good points.

If you’re just starting out, the following suggestions will help:

Set a goal – any project or plan without goal will be a struggle
Develop a plan to reach your goal – this is a must no matter what activity you enjoy
Start small – if you are just starting set realistic goals
Set interval goals and reward small short term accomplishments
Create rewards that are pleasurable and away from your exercise
Change routines and change often
Develop a competition with yourself or a partner and relate back to rewards
Chart progress so you can monitor and remember successes

If you are already exercising, try these tips to keep it up:

Remember good days
Remember the feeling of success and your pleasure rewards
Focus on the big picture
Withdraw during your routine
Stay grounded but dream big
Join a team or league if you are motivated by others and in a team or league sport
Know what your urges are to quit and be aware of them
Continue to mix things up
Visualize your success
If you get lost with mixing it up – get a coach
Forget but expect bad days – remember no matter how poorly you perform or how bad your workout is do not quit it is not an option……. just walk away and think about a past success

Most of all remember: if it was that easy everyone would do it!

Get up, get started and don’t give up!

If you’ve already started, find enjoyment and just keep pushing on!

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CARILOUIE 6/23/2012 10:07AM

    love these ideas!

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GAYEMC 6/22/2012 9:02PM

    Since DH was diagnosed with cancerr last month, I've been struggling with motivation also. I cling to my BLC Rangers for some normalcy. Thanx for the suggestions, good stuff I can use.

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 6/22/2012 2:41PM

    Thanks for the reminders. I need them.

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BILLALEX70 6/22/2012 5:24AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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GLASSART43 6/21/2012 10:50PM

    Great article, Penny. I think my motivation would be "sparked" if I changed my routine and mixed things up -- I know I'm in a rut.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 6/21/2012 8:01PM

    Thankyou, I needed to read this today!!

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JENNNY135 6/21/2012 7:25PM

    Thanks for the motivation, saved the article.

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BOBBYD31 6/21/2012 7:22PM

    good advice!

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Race photos - Millarville

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Received from the race director on Friday: "If you're new to this newsletter, the course has a net loss of altitude from start to finish.
The highest point on the course is at roughly KM 3.5 and loses 69 metres in altitude to the finish line from there.
The course is undulating, meaning those 69 metres will be hard fought in some places. A hill of roughly 1.1 KM duration at roughly KM 14.5 - after a 3 KM downhill jaunt - will probably be your toughest challenge.
From roughly KM 6.2 through to the finish line, you will be on urban pathway or roadway under a "progressive road closure," meaning little or no vehicle traffic.
There is one half kilometre stretch through Turner Valley where you will be running on the right hand side of the road. Obey the instructions of the course marshalls.
The good news is there has been no manure spreading on the fields along the course this year!!! It was pretty pungent last year at KM 16.2."

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MARGARITTM 6/25/2012 12:42PM

    Nice job on the race!

Thanks for the photos - so nice!

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PKCTTS 6/21/2012 10:57PM

    Sounds like quite the course. Thanks for the pics and congrats on the time!

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CHRISTINA791 6/19/2012 3:01PM

    Very cool! My great grandma used to live in Black Diamond, and I used to love exploring the area. I can imagine it would make a good running venue.

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LKEITHO 6/18/2012 9:24AM

    Nice to see the pictures of the Turner Valley area. I haven't been in that area for years, but used to be there regularly for work back in the day. Thanks for sharing the pictures, and congratulations on the run!

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BILLALEX70 6/18/2012 9:15AM

    Love the bling, oh wait, that's roo!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/18/2012 12:30AM

    emoticon emoticon

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JENNNY135 6/17/2012 11:53PM

    Right on, you looking great after the race and your daughter is eyeing that medal. You better watch

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FITLIKENIC 6/17/2012 10:54PM

    Beautiful area to run in! Love Turner Valley/ Millarville :-)

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/17/2012 10:06PM

    Congrats on an awesome run! Roo is getting so big.

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BLACKROSE_222 6/17/2012 9:54PM

    Looks great Penny - I was too busy to book this one, but I was close by! Out near High River, for a Barn Dance at a friends place. LOL - they were actually complaining about the Half, as they had to go into Turner Valley to sell some meat that day.

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    Beautiful!! Nice job!!!

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GAYEMC 6/17/2012 8:34PM

    Looks pretty, glad it didn't smell bad. Roo is just too cute!

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BETH0720 6/17/2012 7:29PM

    Looks like a great race! Hopefully I can join you next year!

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/17/2012 7:04PM

    A race through the country. Good stuff!!

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 6/17/2012 6:31PM

    Looks like a nice run! I will never give up wanting to be one of those people who signs up for runs. Just not at this season :(

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Millarville Run to the Farmers' Market

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My run today was an awesome one. My running buddy walked a little more than planned as she was dealing with a groin injury BUT we still finished in 2:28. My "A" goal was to finish but I really, really wanted to finish in less than 2:30 - AND I DID IT.

I'm so very tired tonight. I'm up too late because my neighbour is a moron and, apparently, hard of hearing because his music is very, very loud right now and it's after 11 o'clock. By-laws say he should have had it turned down long ago.

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CASSIOEPIA 6/17/2012 9:45AM

    Congratulations on your great time, and I think the theme of the race is perfect!

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/17/2012 5:26AM

    CONGRATS Penny, I am so proud!! Cannot wait to see pics!

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