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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in other peoples lives, I subscribe to 100 blogs, that I forget that somebody, somewhere might be interested in what's going on in my world.
This weekend I'm away from home with PEHASS2 visiting his parents on their miniature horse farm. Actually, we opted to stay at the Ramada because we brought Hughy and the boys with us. ANYWAY... somewhere in the fitness centre, I found my ST spark. I'm so happy. I haven't done any in so long, that didn't involve my Thursday night Functional Fitness class, and I was actually giddy with joy when I dripped sweat on the floor - LOL.

My plan for April:
Running - continue training for my HMs in May (1st and 14th). This includes running steady, tempo and LSDs for the next four weeks. (ie: run 3x/week)

Strength training - this'll be the hard one. In addition to going to FF on Thursdays, I'd like to make a new habit of getting up early and going to my gym at least twice a week. I'm thinking Tuesday/Thursday or Tuesday/Saturday.

Nutrition - someone at work asked me if I always eat healthy and I told them "80% of the time". This month, I'd actually like to follow through. I gotta stop blowing my M-F's hard work on the weekends.

Speaking of work... let's get a job related goal in here - get organized. Get calm. My job is starting to effect me because some of the people I work with act like they're in high school. I can't change that... but I CAN ignore it and get on with my day.

That's about it. I'll check back in a week (or less) and let you know how things are going. TTFN!

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CHLOEANGEL7 4/4/2010 4:38AM

  True can't change anyone elses behavior, but you can control how you react to it. I so know about the high school mentality thing. I have had to drop a few friends recently, but I made new ones, and they enjoy doing active things with me on a regular basis.

So about that kickboxing? hahaha might be a good way to get rid of some of the work stress!

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BOBBYD31 4/3/2010 11:27PM

    100 blogs???? do you ever sleep, where do you find time to run?? nice goals for the month i think that is something i need to do, thanks for the idea

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ASPENJULES 4/3/2010 9:38PM

    100 blogs? REALLY??? Wow... emoticon

As for the ST, if I may, I would recommend T-Sat, and that way you're getting 3 ST sessions in a week, 2 days apart. Then (if you want MY opinion, though I notice you didn't ask, LOL! so take it for what it's worth emoticon ) you could run on Monday, wednesday and Friday, or make one of those days Sunday for your LSD run, and have one day off. Well, that's pretty much how I do it anyway, Mon-Wed-Fri is ST days, and my run days are T-Th-Sat, with Sunday as my rest day.

Anyway, good job on the goals! I think I need to make some April Goals...

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MIAMIA7 4/3/2010 1:17PM

    Oh Penny-I need to do this! Not only with my eating-I am usually in my range but not eating all the right stuff. Plus I would like to drop about 5lbs. But the main thing is just setting some goals...sometimes I just feel as if I am floating along. Plus get my neck taken care of and other health issues that just keep getting in the way! I digress. Sounds like you have a great plan! I am so glad you found your spark again. Keep it up.

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CASSIOEPIA 4/3/2010 11:00AM

    I made a goal last October to get organized at work. It took me about six weeks before I could call it done, but I love (LOVE) how I feel in my office now. And work is almost easier, cause I can find things so much better. I don't think I've had to "look" for a file since then.

Enjoy your weekend. Glad you found your SP spark :)

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Must be time to blog

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's been over a month since I put anything up here that was "substantial" so it must be time.

Running. Today is my 6th anniversary as a runner. On March 24th, 2006 I entered my first "Women's only learn to run" class. We did 6 sets (?) of two minutes of walking and one minute of running and, by the time I was done, I decided that I was never running again. Boy was I mistaken. emoticon In the past six years I've lost count of how many 5, 8 and 10 kilometre runs I've done and I've also run 12 half marathons. I even walked a half marathon in one of the coldest days in February that I've ever experienced. BRR. I have so much respect for my walking buddies now.

Food. This has been a very different kind of month for me. I've tried to track everything but some days I eat so much that putting it out there is just painful.

Exercise. I've started posting all of my runs on Facebook so I have more accountability for those. I've run over 73 kms in 7 runs. Not a bad month so far. My only regret about my exercise is that I haven't done my strength training. That's my current goal for April: Bring back strength training. Even if I have to be at my gym at 7:00 in the morning to do it.

Weight. I weigh the same today as I did at the beginning of the month. There was a gain in the middle but it's gone again. I'd love to see 125 again but, apparently, I'm destined to weight 128. I'll take it. I'm by no means fat or unfit or unhealthy. I'm just right. And modest, too.

Stress. Well, my stress level is no where near what it was last year. I'm back in a salaried position making enough money to feed & clothe my kids, pay my bills and still buy running shoes. I can't ask for anything more than that.

Health. I'm good. And I'm grateful.

Sleep. I'm still struggling to get 7 hours a night. The good news is that, when I don't, it's for a really good reason.

And on that note,
Sweet dreams everyone!

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CASSIOEPIA 3/25/2010 11:54PM

    emoticon + emoticon = 6 great years of inspiring others!

I think you do a great job on that Penny - and so glad you help so many people to do what you do!

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BDC17LV 3/25/2010 11:01PM

    I loved reading about your running adventures. I never ran before until about 3 years ago. You are in inspriration. I just did a 5k but need to get s goal for more races. Thanks for making me think about doing more! Keep it up!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/25/2010 4:52PM

    You are doing great, Penny. Thanks for the update -- I love hearing about what's going on with you. Take care!

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ETTEZEUS 3/25/2010 4:47PM

    Congrats on 6 years!! And way to go on all those runs!

I'm struggling with the eating and the ST-ing too! I've been trying to come up with a plan for April myself. I hope to have it all figured out and blogged before the 1st.

I hope your reason for not getting your 7 hours sleep involve popcorn

Keep up the great work Penny....You are awesome!

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HEALTH4LYFE 3/25/2010 3:41PM

    Nice recap of where you are versus where you've been. With all of those races under your belt, you are certainly an inspiration to many of us who aspire to run longer distances, just because of how we feel when we run.
I am with you on the food thing. Not only is it painful, logging and eating all of that food is time consuming. Time which could be better spent.
Hope you have a great day and thanks for sharing.

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PEHASS2 3/25/2010 11:07AM

    Like GEOGIRL, but I give you ALL the credit for me joining the running room :) Just have to keep trying :)

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GEOGIRL 3/25/2010 10:55AM

  You have such an inspiring running history! I absolutely give you some of the credit for motivating me to get out and join the Running Room! I check out each run you post on Facebook!

I'm in the same boat as you are, I track to a point but somedays I eat so much that I am embarrassed to track it and I have been doing zero weight training. I think April will be a great month for us to turn it all around :)

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KAYAKID 3/25/2010 12:37AM

    Penny, thanks for the update and your doing awesome and such an inspiration to us beginner runners of just over a year for me. thanks for all your support!


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One word from me...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Stolen from Kayakid who stole it from BobbyD31 who stole it from KASHMIR(?)

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?
Superstore emoticon

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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RUNNINGWILD 3/13/2010 6:07PM

    Bobby, I DO have trouble running over bridges. My secret's to focus on the runner in front of me and TRY not to think about the fact that I'm not on solid ground. What's worse is when the bridge is bouncy.... *shudder*

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BOBBYD31 3/13/2010 5:41PM

    heights???? do you have trouble running over bridges.

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Getting Past Mental Roadblocks by Tommy Europe

Monday, March 01, 2010

Getting Past Mental Roadblocks
As the Vancouver 2010 Olympics comes to a close, where do you stand with your resolutions?

Have you made progress or did your motivation sizzle out?

Most people wait around for motivation to strike them like a lightning bolt. Well, I've got news: motivation isn't something that happens to you - it's something that you create for yourself.

If you don't feel motivated to achieve your goals, it is likely due to mental roadblocks that hold you hostage. Read the following 21 Mindset Tips and prepare your mind for success.

Success comes first in the mind, so visualize yourself accomplishing your goals.
Remember, you are the only person who can hold you back.
Forgive yourself and love yourself despite past failures.
Decide what is important in your life, and focus on that.
Conquer each negative thought the moment it enters your mind, when it is weakest.
Give up the idea that things won't go right unless you worry about them.
If you bring the body of your dreams to the point of resolve, then you'll soon be living in it.
Look towards your future, if you believe the best is yet to come then it will be.
You become what you think about most.
The margin between success and failure is very small and easily bridged by determination.
Start your day by accomplishing your hardest task first.
Set small attainable goals, rather than one monumental goal.
Convince yourself that exercise is fun, and it will be.
Know your big reason why.
Create a motivating play list of songs to use as the sound track to your workout sessions.
Every decision you make leads you either closer toward achieving your goal, or farther from it.
If you think you're a fat person, then you'll stay fat. If you think you're fit, then you soon will be.
Once you've set your goal, your attitude either pushes you toward accomplishment or failure.
If you don't know exactly where you want to go, you will likely end up someplace else.
You can have the body of your dreams, but first you must give up the belief that you can't.
You can only have two things in life: excuses or results.

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ETTEZEUS 3/5/2010 11:00PM

    Good article. Thanks for posting!

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NELLGWYN 3/2/2010 3:12PM

    Thanks for this! I'm printing off a copy for my daughter (if you don't mind) - she's having some motivation problems at the moment.

Hope you're doing OK, Nell.

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SKOUET 3/2/2010 12:35PM

    Nice, very nice blog. Thanks for sharing! I've been guilty of negative thinking for a bit now, so it's great to read something uplifting! Hope your Tuesday is still rocking!

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I'll do anything for three points =)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Stole this from Kayakid:

When's the last time you ran? Last night. 3 kms
Do your jeans have rips, tears, and holes in them? nope
What are you dreading right now? getting out of bed
Do you get the full 8 hours of sleep a night? no, I prefer 7.
If anyone came to your house on your "lazy days" what would ya'll do? watch a movie
Who last grabbed your butt? huh! I don't know....
Have you ever been on your school's track team? Jr. High. I stunk but I had fun.
Do you own a pair of Converse? not now, not ever
Do you eat raw cookie dough? yes
Have you ever kicked a vending machine? yes and I got busted by my son LOL
How do you eat Oreos? Twist, lick, dunk
Could you live without a computer? not very well
Do you wear your shoes in the house? sometimes
Who or what sleeps with you? Hughy (dog) and Digger (cat)
At what age did you find out that Santa wasn't real? 5 ish
How many phones, house phones and cell phones are in your house? 2 for the land line and 1 cell phone.
What do you do when you're sad? Run, eat, cry
Last time you saw your best friend? Yesterday @ work.
What jewelry are you wearing? belly button ring
Is anyone on your bad side now? Yes
What's the first thing you do when you get online? Spark!!
Where do you work? property maintenance company
What are you doing tomorrow? 10 km run with my HM group.
When was the last time you left your house? yesterday for work.
Do you return your cart? you betcha!
Do you have a dishwasher? yes
What noise do you hear? computer motor and the radio
Would you survive in prison? as long as I'm not in solitary confinement
Do you know anyone with the same name as you? Yes
What's the last thing you purchased? dog food
What brand are your pants right now? ummm, I'm not wearing pants right now
What irritates you most on the internet? application invitations
What song best describes your life right now? Settlin' by Sugarland
Do you own expensive perfume/cologne? no
Are you taking college classes right now? no
Do you like sushi? yes
Do you get your hair cut every month? no
Do you go online everyday? yes

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KAYAKID 2/23/2010 12:13PM

    Penny, thanks for sharing and stealing!!! your the best! Can't wait to run together!

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ASPENJULES 2/21/2010 7:14PM

    Hey Penny - I stole this from Suezette who stole it from Cassie who stole it from you!!

And I'm getting a kick out of how many people responded that they weren't wearing pants. ALSO got a kick out of you being busted by your son for kicking the vending machine! emoticon

Amazing what we'll do for SparkPoints, isn't it?? LOL!

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CASSIOEPIA 2/21/2010 3:59PM

    I think I'll steal it too!!!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 2/20/2010 11:43PM

    And now I'm going to steal it from you! Tee hee!

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BOBBYD31 2/20/2010 6:41PM

    not wearing pants?????? and raw cookie dough is the best

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NELLGWYN 2/20/2010 5:45PM

    I like this Penny. I may have to steal this.

PS Thanks for liking my activity feeds.

Take care, Nell.

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