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10 Things for Saturday the 29th

Saturday, September 29, 2012

It's been another long and beautiful day -

1. I was able to take part in the first half marathon of FOUR of my clinic participants today. I got to cheerlead, watch them cross the finish line AND, for two of them, I got to put their medals on.

2. I walked today, almost 5 kms, in the crunchy Autumn leaves. I love this time of year.

3. I have a loving, supportive hubby that allowed me to delay our trip to his parents so that I could be a part of #1 and then accompanied me on #2.

4. I have in-laws that care about me and that don't drive me too crazy.

5. Tim Horton's coffee

6. Autumn = pumpkin flavoured everything! My favourite is pie!!

7. Baby kisses.

8. Sunset in the mountains.

9. Deer on the race course. White-tailed ones. I forgot how beautiful they are when they're free.

10. Fresh fruit. Yum!!

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GAYEMC 9/30/2012 6:23PM

    Pumpkin Pie, OMG, I love it! We're having beautiful fall weather but it's been too warm for the leaves to turn yet.

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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 9/30/2012 2:42PM

    Oh, is that Roo? I just want to squeeze her; she's such a cutie! I love number 7. Baby kisses are the best! And you have such a great husband; sounds like he's a keeper!

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CASSIOEPIA 9/29/2012 11:41PM

    Best blog ever!


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COURAGETOMOVE 9/29/2012 11:26PM

    CUTE pic!!

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BLC20 - My 10 Things

Friday, September 28, 2012

I started compiling this list at 5:30 this morning when I was getting Roo loaded into the bus to start my day.....

10 Things that I am grateful for: (in no particular order)

1. my early mornings allow me a clear view of the "night" sky. The stars were amazing today.
2. I got to watch the moon "set" and the sun rise. Gorgeous!
3. the students on my bus are polite, well-behaved and respectful.
4. my route takes me through some beautiful parts of this city that I call home.
5. Emily is now 11 months old and is growing more wise each and every day.
6. I have a beautiful, healthy little family.
7. I am healthy and able to enjoy time with my children.
8. I am surrounded by friends, on line and in real life, that care about me and how I am doing.
9. I am super fortunate, in today's world, to have a job that I enjoy.
10. My furbabies love me.

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GAYEMC 9/29/2012 12:56PM

    Great list Penny. I need to work on mine. I can't believe Roo is almost 1 year old!

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GIANNA345 9/29/2012 9:09AM

    Such a great attitude! I find it helps me to think about the good things in my life too, while waiting for some of the bad ones to pass...

I'm glad I read this. It gets my day off to a good start.

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CASSIOEPIA 9/28/2012 9:40PM

    I have a family picture in that same spot! Love it :)

Great list Penny. It's so good to take the time to be grateful.

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COURAGETOMOVE 9/28/2012 6:26PM

    You have a beautiful family.

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JENNNY135 9/28/2012 3:48PM

    You've got it all together girl, good for you and I'm so happy everything is working out with your job.

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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 9/28/2012 2:32PM

    It really puts things into perspective to think about them and then write them down like that. You have a beautiful family and you are a beautiful person. I'm glad I'm able to get to "know" you.

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MAD-RUNNER-CHIC 9/28/2012 1:49PM

    That's an awesome idea. What a great way to start the day with positive vibes. Love the list.

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BLC Challenge - Creative Writing 101

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Blog your 12 week plan for success. Be specific. Don't limit yourself to minutes of fitness and calories consumed. Really think about it! How can you fit in the minutes that you need in your busy day? How will you be sure to have quality food options? How will you reward yourself along the way? Post your 12 week plan in a BLOG entry to receive 150 points. (complete any day, receive one time points)

I've been thinking about this all day (Friday) because, as of Monday, my schedule is changing drastically. Here's the tentative plan until I see how it works. I may have to tweak it a little.

Breakfast will have to be quick and easy to make as I'm estimating that I'll be leaving the house no later than 5:45 in the morning. I pick up my first child on 6:50. I have a 20 minute drive to the yard, another 20 minutes to do my Pre-trip and then an, as yet, undetermined amount of time to get to my first stop. Obviously, it has to be 20 minutes, or less.
Lunch will be either a carefully made (the night before) salad or sandwich that *should* be 500 cals or less and snacks for morning and afternoon at 200 calories each.
Dinner on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays will be chicken, pork and fish. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, because I need to be at run club, peanut butter and jam sandwiches.
Weekends I will keep my focus and *try* not to fall off track. I'm sorely outnumbered by males and they are NOT watching what they eat like I am.

Currently, the plan is to do BodyPump on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. I run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. Friday is my rest day.

On top of this, I need to make sure that I check in with my team and keep them motivated. Hopefully, they'll motivate me, too. emoticon

Sleep - I need to figure out what my new bedtime is and then get Emily to cooperate. Since she'll be getting up early with me, this shouldn't be a problem.

emoticon How can you fit in the minutes that you need in your busy day?
**I guess we'll find this one out. Theoretically, I have between 8:30 and 2:00 to myself every day. I *should* be able to fit in a class or two in there.
emoticon How will you be sure to have quality food options?
**I do the grocery shopping so I'm covered there. I just have to convince my family NOT to bring "bad" stuff into the house.
emoticon How will you reward yourself along the way?
I've already picked out a pair of sneakers, a skort and a shirt.

This is all I can think of right now but I will be reevaluating this as I go.


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LIZZYP609 9/18/2012 2:40PM

    Yep Yep, time will guess you will have few bumps in the road with doing this in your new schedule. You will adapt then ROCK it!

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A-STRONGER-ME 9/16/2012 6:33AM

    A plan well made - emoticon

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PKCTTS 9/16/2012 1:39AM

    Great plan. You'll just have to stay flexible. I know you'll make it work one way or another.

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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 9/15/2012 8:47PM

    Sounds like a great plan! You sound busier than me! At least I don't have to leave my house until 7:30 in the morning! emoticon

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GAYEMC 9/15/2012 8:38PM

    Wow Penny, you really hit the nail on the head I'm struggling to get into this round but had a great walk with Portland Sparkers this morning so that's a good start.

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BLUE42DOWN 9/15/2012 8:06PM

    emoticon plan!

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GLASSART43 9/15/2012 7:29PM

    Great plan, Penny, and makes me think about my own workout plan.

The Outlaws are lucky to have you!

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JENNNY135 9/15/2012 11:11AM

    It's amazing how much we do without realizing it until we write it all down. Good for you. All the best on your new job.

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CASSIOEPIA 9/15/2012 8:59AM

    Always good to look forward and see what challenges are waiting for us. I liked this blog.

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BLACKROSE_222 9/15/2012 8:48AM

    Awesome plan, Penny. I'm with you on the fitting it in - but we will get there.

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BLC20 - Before photo

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I'm the one on the right. LOL
This was taken AFTER our mudrun last Saturday. My focus for BLC is to trim inches.
The thighs are thicker and the waist is a little puffier than I would like.
The plan's in place. I just have to stick with it.

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NAN111 9/14/2012 3:44PM

    Way to go on competing in that race! You can do it!

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GAYEMC 9/14/2012 2:20PM

    Great pic! You're already lookin good.

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MADIGRAM1215 9/12/2012 8:14PM

    emoticon Singing "Bye Bye Unwanted Inches" emoticon around the campfire

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BOBBYD31 9/12/2012 8:10PM

    your a rock star P, you will do it

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Saturday, September 01, 2012

R - reflect on what you've done - what was right, what could be done better. Be honest but let's have some positives too! Post in a blog, on the thread, or just let us know you've done it.
E - energize!
G - game face. Get your game face on. Start to think about what you want out of
BLC 20 if you haven't started planning already.
R - refresh. Do something just for you that you've not done in awhile! Get outta the rut and do something fun! It cannot include food.
O - over it. Get over one bad habit.
U - use it. Use your tracker and track what you eat.
P - pout about whatever it is you feel you need to pout about. Weight. Lousy summer. Work. Go ahead and pout. For ONE DAY only. Then move on. Put it behind you and remember that YOU are in control of you and your reaction. You'll have to be as honest about this one as you have to be for the rest.

I joined Spark in February 2006. I actually started USING it the following June. Since then, I've been most successful when I've been the most honest with myself and my trackers. I lost 30+ pounds, maintained for 5 years(ish), then got pregnant and now, I've lost all but THREE of my pregnancy pounds. Basically, I'm back at square one for maintenance. That's a good thing.
BLC19 saw me losing about 6 pounds. Over the break, I put some of those back on and then lost them again. For round 20, I want to finish losing my pregnancy pounds and put some snap back into the skin that housed Roo for 9 months. My abs are so close to the surface! I just need to get accountable to my team, and myself, and things will be A-OK again.
The bad habit I've gotten into is extra coffee and take out food.
Today I start, at least, a four day boycott of that.
I'm not sure how much more I can say... I've been whining for days about this bladder infection. It's caused me to miss two runs, two BodyPump classes, three days of work and all I've wanted to do is sleep. I fricken hate this!!! The good news is, I'm starting to feel much better. Not good enough to go to BP in the morning but I should definitely be good for my 12k run on Sunday. emoticon

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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 9/6/2012 10:19PM

    Thanks for the pointers! And that baby is adorable!

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GAYEMC 9/4/2012 3:12PM

    Sorry you've been sick. Hope you were able to get a good run in on Sunday. Roo is just way too cute.

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CASSIOEPIA 9/1/2012 8:17AM

    Great way to reflect and go forward. And she is just way to sweet!

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