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Snow Shoeing

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Today was a beautiful sunny day, well for a January Wisconsin day. Temperature was in the low 30's and I decided to take advantage of it and try a little snow shoeing. I've had a pair of snow shoes for about 17 years, but I think the last time I used them was 15 years ago. Today was the perfect day to dust them off and get some use out of them. My husband made a trail for me through our property and I was off. The trail took me about 20 minutes to get around and it felt great to take in a little nature and enjoy the great outdoors. I'll definitely be going out again. Have a great week everyone!

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KANOE10 3/30/2014 8:30AM

    It looks fun. Plus it is great exercise.

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7FARMER 1/21/2014 8:51AM

    Cool! it looks neat!

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DIANNEMT 1/19/2014 9:27PM

    That looks like fun! My mom, in central WI, got out for a long walk--she said it wasn't too cold going one way--windy the other. And my dad--turns 80 on Sat--went ice fishing with my brother at Fort McCoy. I am glad Mom did NOT get out the cross country skis--Dad wasn't home to make sure she got back in!

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WILDASTER 1/19/2014 9:18PM

    What a great day! Looks like you had fun. Snowshoeing is great exercise.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/19/2014 6:32PM

    So fun! Glad you took advantage of the "good" weather, lol!

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Dirty Girl 5K complete!

Monday, August 20, 2012

This past February one of my cousins had asked a group of us if we were interested in doing a Dirty Girl 5K. The name immediately caught my interest and I had to check out their website. A blurb from their site is as follows: "Dirty Girl is a 5k mud run for women of all ages and athletic abilities. Don't worry, it's not a "race" in the traditional sense.
It is an untimed obstacle course designed to push you slightly out of your comfort zone, but only as far as you are comfortable going". Immediately I decided to sign up. Definitely something I had never done before, but also something that looked like absolute fun.

So, on 8-19-12, the day arrived. Me and 10 of my cousins, dressed in our dirty girl attire (we wore aprons in honor of our Grandmother who always wore an apron so she wouldn't get her outfit dirty) arrived at the Waukesha Expo Center at 8am and checked in. Our Wave was at 9:30am, the weather was perfect and the atmosphere was intoxicating. They had music playing to get us pumped up and ready to go.

A picture of our group before we got dirty (i'm in the back with pink bandana & blue top)

Sparkfriend Rockinmom77 was also their with her group and we got a pic together:

We counted down and we were off:

Our first obstacle a few hay bales & the barn burner:

then it was into the tubes:

after this the course led us through an area of obstacles like the cargo net climb, mud and water pits, tires, various size wall climbs, a hill, more mud and water and a few other obtacles and eventually we made our way back out to where spectators could see us again and get additional pictures:

Rockinmom77 and I got together at the end for a photo

I had a blast. I'm so glad I did this and i'm ready for the WI Dirty Girl 2013!!

Have a sparktacular day everyone!

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MOONBIRD 9/29/2013 1:06PM

    It looks like so much fun! I am jealous of the people who get to do this with a group or friends. :) They never have any of these races near here, so I was excited when I saw the warrior dash was less than an hour away.

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7FARMER 9/24/2012 9:32AM

    Sounds like you had a great time! It looks neat

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WIDARLING 8/28/2012 7:22PM

    How fantastic, this must have been so fun and to share it with your family. God bless. emoticon

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ROCKINMOM77 8/24/2012 8:11AM

    I loved that we were in the same starting wave and got to see each other and cheer together most of the way!! Gotta get the same wave together next year for sure!

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TENACITY918 8/21/2012 10:30PM

    OMG, Linda!!! Congrats!!! It looks like you had a blast you dirty girl (lol)!! I love the apron idea. You are definitely embracing life.

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RAINBOWMF 8/20/2012 1:54PM

    Well doesn't that look like so much fun.

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AMSPARKER 8/20/2012 10:18AM

    It looks like so much fun, maybe one day I'll try it with my daughters, older son and husband! Something to look towards....

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MISSYMOOSE71 8/20/2012 9:57AM

    That looks like such a blast!!! emoticon

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Never Quit Pledge

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and
downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself,
To Stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best
Because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race
and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715)

(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Sparks, so all can have the choice to commit!

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MOONBIRD 5/3/2012 2:38PM

    Love it! Gonna do it!

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ROCKINMOM77 4/30/2012 6:26PM

    emoticon I'm in!!

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JCDROLSHAGEN 4/29/2012 9:16AM

I did it!

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/28/2012 8:52AM

    I'll do it!

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Signed up for the Dirty Girl 5K

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Well this is something I know I wouldn't have done a year ago.

Today I signed up for the Dirty Girl 5K run & obstacle course with 10 of my cousins to be held in August. I'm a little nervous, but excited. I've got 6 months to get myself ready.

Here's my pep talk to myself, I know I can do it!!!

Here's a link to the video from the 2011 run.

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ABBY1271 3/31/2012 10:18PM

  I registered for this in Buffalo, NY! So excited!!

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JUDIL62 2/22/2012 9:55AM

    You will do great! Sounds like fun!

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    Oooh! Awesome! Good luck and have fun getting ready! :)

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/17/2012 8:39AM

    that sounds so kewl. Don't be nervous, even if you came in
last, YOU DID IT! Who cares, look at what you've done and how
far you have come!

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MISSYMOOSE71 2/17/2012 8:29AM

    OMGosh, that looks like so much fun!! I just can't imagine running with mud in my shoes. Hopefully the mud obstacles are toward the end. LOL. You'll have a blast!!

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RAINBOWMF 2/17/2012 1:04AM

    Oh that video looks like so much fun!
You are going to rock!


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ROCKYCPA 2/17/2012 12:25AM

    good for you - I am sure that you will have a great time and do well.

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RAINBOWMF 2/17/2012 12:25AM

    emoticon I will watch you get ready. Go girl!

Hugs Mary

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ROCKINMOM77 2/16/2012 11:33PM

    How Fun!! I wish I could do it with you too!! I watched the video and checked out the site! I have been wanting to do something like that!!

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I really did it - 100 lbs gone (with pics)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Starting weight - (January 31, 2011) - 256 lbs

Measurements: (taken Feb 20, 2011) - I didn't measure on my start date, these are 3 weeks into it.
Waist: 44" (I measured by the belly button)
Hips: 52"
Neck: 14"
Left Thigh: 30"
Left Calf: 19.5"
Left upper arm: 17.5"

I didn't take a picture on my start date, but here are a couple before pics:

Current Weight - 156 lbs

Current measurements (1/15/2012)

Waist: 34" (by belly button)
Hips: 39.5"
Neck: 12"
Left Thigh: 22.5"
Left Calf: 16.5"
Left upper Arm: 12"

That's a total of 40.5" lost, plus more because I only measured my left side of the body!

Current pics:

And a couple of pics wearing my old size 24 jeans (wearing size 10 jeans now)

Starting BMI: 40.2
Current BMI: 24.5

I feel great!! Thanks sparkpeople and sparkfriends for inspiring me and motivating me that I could do it too!!

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WIDARLING 7/6/2012 4:37PM

    Wow, you look fantastic. You have done a wonderful job. God bless. emoticon

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LUCYLIN101 3/31/2012 12:22PM

    emoticon emoticonAwesome job! You look amazingly happy!

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THESHELBSTER 3/31/2012 12:53AM

    Congrats. You look absolutely amazing!

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SAPHRAEL 3/31/2012 12:50AM

    Oh my gosh! I don't know how I missed this! You are amazing! Congratulations!

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OVERHAULING-ME 2/5/2012 4:28PM

    WOW, Amazing! What a wonderful success story! You look emoticon

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MOONBIRD 1/24/2012 10:02AM

    Wow! You just look amazing! I can't wait until I can wear a size 10. What an inspiration you are. emoticon emoticon

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MISSYMOOSE71 1/16/2012 9:38PM

    Congrats on your weight loss!! You look AMAZING!!!!

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LILY8486 1/16/2012 7:34AM

    OH WOW! What an absolute inspiration!!!! Thanks for sharing and I am so proud of you!!!!!

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ROCKINMOM77 1/15/2012 10:10PM

    I am Sooooo proud of you my dear friend!!!! What an amazing transformation!! You have worked soooo hard for it, enjoy it!! You look stunning, amazing and happy!! Love you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TENACITY918 1/15/2012 9:17PM

    Linda, you look absolutely amazing and sooo much younger & vibrant & confident!!! Kudos to you for all your hard work and accomplishments! This blog is definitely an inspiration!!

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HDHAWK 1/15/2012 9:16PM

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JASTOLT 1/15/2012 8:58PM

    Holy cow girl - you look fabulous!!!
Great job!
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Oh - and I love how your neck just got longer! emoticon

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KITT52 1/15/2012 8:44PM

    great job

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    Holy Crow! That's an amazing transformation!

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CRISSA1669 1/15/2012 8:29PM

    Congratulations, what a wonderful accomplishment!! Do you realize how dropping weight takes YEARS off of the way we look..I would have not guessed you were the same person. I am starting to see the same thing in some of my own pictures as I continue to lose this weight!! I'm very happy for you!!

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STACIA_ANGEL 1/15/2012 8:24PM

    Oh wow! How exciting for you! Congrats & way to go! You should be so proud!

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RAINBOWMF 1/15/2012 8:20PM

    Oh whoa Oh whoa--- you are my new inspiration for this month.
I will be back to read your page.

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You did a spectacular job.


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TRAVELNISTA 1/15/2012 8:20PM

    Yes you look emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    WOW! You look AWESOME! Congratulations! :)

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SMILESHINE81 1/15/2012 6:49PM

    Way to go! Congratulations!

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MKPRINCESS007 1/15/2012 6:43PM

    Congratulations! You look awesome...........I can't believe how young you look now!

Great work!


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TRAVLNWOMAN 1/15/2012 6:37PM

    You give me hope!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/15/2012 6:35PM

    You look amazing, congratulations! *HUGS*

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/15/2012 6:27PM

What a great transformation. I can't believe you are
the same person in those photos.

You have got to feel AWESOME!

You really ROCKED your world!

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VICKYBRADLEY 1/15/2012 6:16PM

    Congratulations! You're quite the inspiration! emoticon

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SIGAL40 1/15/2012 6:08PM

    You look so beautiful! That is very inspiring. I have a lot of weight to lose, but when I start thinking of the challenge ahead - I look at the success stories.

I'm really happy for you!

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ERICAW2012 1/15/2012 6:07PM

    Congrats! You look great.

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SMILINGEYES88 1/15/2012 6:05PM

    You look great! Congrats!

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FITBY40-2015 1/15/2012 6:02PM

    AWESOME!!!! THATS AMAZING!!GOOD FOR YOU! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVECARTIER 1/15/2012 6:00PM

    Wow! Congrats

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