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Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show

Every Thursday, I sit down with Paul and we watch "Big Bang Theory". It's a show about four "geeks" and the wannabe actress, Penny, who lives across the hall from them. Or two of them, anyway. Here's a better description, if you've never seen the show:

Off-topic(ish): Today was my major strength training day. I *love* going to Denise's class. Tonight though, it was one of her minions, Casey. Truthfully, I thought I was going to be sick on one occasion.... on another I wished I would so I could be excused from pushups w/the glider discs. Ugh.
When I was done, my Mom made us dinner - beef stew & dinner rolls, homemade cherry cheesecake for dessert! (Good thing I went to a workout that burns over 500 calories)
I got home and realized that I still had to do more than 400 stairs for my Dragon TNT challenge. I changed clothes, grabbed my doggy-friend, Hughy, and headed for the park. I did stairs while he ran around the park. I finished climbing 760 stairs in 15 minutes. I had a lot of fun and it's great training for the Climb for Wilderness that I want to do in April.
Tomorrow is a yoga day.

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LIZZYP609 2/20/2011 1:41PM

    WOW! I am impressed! I did all my steps throughout the afternoon/evening! Great job!

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ETTEZEUS 2/18/2011 11:45PM

    You doing really great! Keep it up!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 2/18/2011 12:01PM

    I get tired just reading your posts sometimes!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 2/18/2011 11:59AM

    Great workout, Penny!

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    WOW!!! You are a machine,Penny! Great workouts!!and yummy cheesecake. Will your mom make that dinner and dessert for us,too? She might have to quadruple it....:)

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CASSIOEPIA 2/18/2011 8:19AM

    Sounds like a great workout, and that's one of our favorite shows too.

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SEYSARAH 2/18/2011 6:13AM

    I have only just discovered the Big Bang's hilarious! As for all those stairs in so few minutes..AFTER a fierce workout..that's impressive..WTG!!!

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SLIM153 2/18/2011 2:15AM

    wow! Quite a challenging day and still a successful one as you keep your goal out there and run for it.! emoticon

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Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss.
Take a look at the woman in this picture:

Now, take a look at the woman in THIS picture:

See a difference? My inspiration for weight loss, though it started as "I want to walk w/o my thighs rubbing together" and "I want to be able to keep up with my sons", is happiness. As a divorced, overweight mother of two sons, I wasn't happy. I loved every minute that I spent with them but when they were sleeping, or with their dad, I was lost, alone and sad. *I* had to do something for me to make *me* happy. So I hit the gym, joined an online community, took up running and FINALLY found Sparkpeople. Now, 11 years after that first picture was taken, I'm a happier person. When I'm alone, I'm still happy.

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JOANN562 2/20/2011 8:09PM

    Wow, great job taking care of you & finding happiness too! emoticon

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 2/17/2011 6:54PM

    What a contrast! You're a rock star Penny!

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WOODHEAT 2/17/2011 6:17PM

I've always told you that you were one of my idols out there.
Life is good my friend.

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    Great job,,Penny and great idea stealing on these blogs. Going to read your first 2.

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CANDIS799 2/17/2011 8:56AM

    You look great! Congrats -- your hard work really shows!!

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A-STRONGER-ME 2/17/2011 8:46AM

    emoticon THanks for sharing that important message!!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 2/17/2011 1:01AM

    I'm so happy for you, Penny. You continue to be an inspiration for me.


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SEYSARAH 2/17/2011 12:57AM

    Great blog and definitely an inspiration to many..great read with the pics..congrats Penny..your effort show!

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CASSIOEPIA 2/16/2011 11:09PM

    I've always loved that picture comparison.

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SALLIS2 2/16/2011 11:05PM

    Good for you!! Congrats! emoticon

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Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest.

This one's really hard. A few years ago, right around the time I started running, I did a little "friendship evaluation". I thought hard about the people that I called my friends and made some tough decisions about whether they should be in my life or not. Those that were just in my life so that they had someone to go drinking with, speak negatively to or that just weren't adding anything positive to MY life were removed from my life. It was really hard to see some of them go and others it was no big deal. You see, when I started making new friends through running - friends with positive attitudes and healthier habits, people that were there for me when I needed them and accepted my help when they needed it.... I realized that, sadly enough, I had no real, true friends. So! My choice for the person that I've been closest with the longest is my Sparkbuddy KWASYLIW and real life friend - Kerry.
I don't know if she'll see this but I hope that, if/when she does, she realizes how much her friendship has meant to me these past few years. Thanks lady. I love you.

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RUNNINGWILD 2/16/2011 10:40PM

    @Billie - yes it is. Isn't he yummy?

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 2/16/2011 8:37PM

    I can't wait until my schedule becomes more regular so I can also join in with more running activities. I'm in the same boat of not really having any friends.

BTW, is that Shane Yellowbird?

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 2/16/2011 1:03PM

    I did the same years ago and it's so worth it because then you know your life is full of people you truly value and who truly value you. And lovely tribute to your friend, Kerry. So sweet!

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LIZZYP609 2/16/2011 7:32AM

    Oh, you know I did the exact same thing some years ago. I was lucky that I had my 3 best g-friends that I could truly call friends but I pretty much let everyone else go. Some of the people I have found on SP I may never meet face to face but they have become some of my best friends in this world! Good for you!

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SEYSARAH 2/16/2011 1:10AM

    That's neat..both a Spark buddy and real life friend all in one..I hope she does see it..that's a wonderful compliment and testament to real friendship.

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Swiped from LIZZYP609 - 30 days of photos -

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 01- A recent picture of yourself
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss
Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item
Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color
Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more
Day 10 - A picture of your closest friend
Day 11 - A picture of your IPOD or other music playing device on shuffle, and then list the first 10 songs that play.
Day 12 – A picture that defines you
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 – A picture of you now
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity, and the reasons why it is the biggest
Day 19 - A picture of your nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel
Day 21 – A picture of an exercise you can’t do, but would like to try (and then try it if you want to)
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book; why is it your favorite?
Day 24 - A picture of what I would find in your bag
Day 25 - A picture of your favorite super hero and why
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?

Saturday, I ran my 18th half marathon. I already wrote about it so I won't bore you with details BUT I think this picture kind of sums up my feelings on that day. PURE PLEASURE.

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ZORAHGAIL 2/27/2011 5:44PM

    Fabulous idea!

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LENGELKE 2/24/2011 12:11PM

    Wow, I absolutely LOVE this idea! I'm going to swipe it from your blog to mine, but I'll give you the credit!

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JOANN562 2/20/2011 7:23PM

    Just now catching up with this idea!
Great pic!

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    LOVE this pic!! Yes, you are insanely happy after the 18th 1/2??!!!! YAY!!!!

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CARILOUIE 2/17/2011 7:15AM

    What a great idea this is! I'm looking forward to seeing all these blogs!

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*MADHU* 2/16/2011 8:49AM

    Hmm....I like this idea...think I'll give it a try :)

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LIZZYP609 2/16/2011 7:29AM

    HEY!!! So glad you are doing this! I am having tons of fun! Can't wait to see your blogs!

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SEYSARAH 2/15/2011 9:02AM

    Lizzy's recent photo blogs have been a delight to read and look for her and fun for those visiting..have fun with your photo blog..this blog was a great start..I enjoyed it.

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Hypothermic Half Marathon 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

This run was beautiful. It was -1 when we started but, by the time we finished, it was up to +7C. I tried to spend a little time running with each of my graduates. Some of them are really speedy so I had to let them go run their own race but, once I visited with the ones that I could, I ran mine. I was so relaxed. It just felt good, ya know? Anyway, #18 was nearly perfect. I can't wait to see if the next one goes just as well.

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    You are so wonderful to do this running group leader thing! SEriously, I'm sure all those people in your classes appreciate you so much.
Congrats on another great race

I just checked out the garmin report-that is SOOO COOL that it gives you all that info! HOLY COW!!!

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RUNNINGWILD 2/16/2011 12:50AM

    Suezette, I ran my first HM in May of 2006. I do a minimum of three a year. It's my passion, can you tell? I do it for the bling emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 2/16/2011 12:19AM

    Way to go Penny!
I can't wait to catch up to you! I've run 9 to date.
How long did it take you to get to 18 HMs?

Great time for the race too. Hope I make it there soon.

I'm was doing 3:1 intervals and I'm now working on 4:1 intervals.
I hope to be up to 10:1 intervals in the by the end of the year....LOL

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GEOGIRL 2/14/2011 1:51PM

  Congrats thats so awesome! The hypo half is still on my list of races to run, maybe next year!

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SEYSARAH 2/14/2011 3:36AM

    Great group, great effort by you to try and be with as many as possible and the "icing on the cake" was a wonderful run for yourself..nothing better!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 2/13/2011 10:52PM

    It was a great weekend for running! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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CASSIOEPIA 2/13/2011 10:46PM

    Love that you are able to do this for so many. Glad you found a 'nearly perfect' race.

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MKKAYA 2/13/2011 10:36PM

    Penny, Awesome race and what a great looking group! wehat an inspiration you must be to al of them!!! Your next will be even better!


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