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I Am a Warrior Woman

Monday, July 30, 2012

I am a proud member of the Toby Keith Warrior Nation and I am a proud finisher of the Military Challenge 5K.

It's been an exciting past few days, I attended the Toby Keith concert last Thursday. He is such a super entertainer, he never disappoints, this was my 10th Toby concert, I never miss a year. Best of all was that my BFF and I went together, so glad we get to enjoy quality time together drooling over Toby, lol, Mr. Super Hawt Toby.

My SIL, two grandkiddos and I participated as a team on Saturday in the Military Challenge 5K. Team TSA is the local chapter for Tourettes Syndrome. My GS has Tourettes and he is very active in promoting awareness and is in the mentoring program, what a great way to raise awareness - wearing a Team TSA shirt in local races. I will be donning that shirt for my marathon debut in the spring also.

I must say that I was really nervous about this whole deal, I was more nervous for this 5K than I was running my first half marathon. I was worried about my abilities to do the obstacles along the course and I was worried about the heat. Last year I was a spectator at this event and it was 100 degrees at 8:00 in the morning, so I was really hoping the weather would be different this year. Race day it was 75 degrees, overcast, and the humidity was a little high, but after last year's weather - this was considered perfect. It didn't start heating up until about the last half mile. And for the past week it has rained every night so the course was super muddy, swamp like even.

We all started out as a team and the guys were supposed to hang with us ladies to help us over some of the obstacles but when the gun went off, us girlies (my GD and I) were left on our own, figures. We decided we were going to stick together and help each other. Super fun race - 3.3 miles and 25 obstacles – hardest three miles I’ve ever run and the most fun. I would definitely do it again – wading in ditches waist deep in mud, mud tires, rope webs, climbing over hurdles, hay bale mountains, plank walk, a lake crossing, army crawling thru mud pits, and climbing a two story cargo net. Thanks to my GD for helping me out of some of those mud ditches. We stuck together and finished together - what a proud moment to cross the finish line with my GD.

The course was super muddy, and I was so worried about slipping or twisting something. I was so careful the entire race, taking my time to avoid injury. I am happy to say I made it to the last obstacle injury free. We were on the last obstacle, the giant slip-n-slide. I sat down and went about 3 feet and a tree root under the mat caught me square on my tailbone, ouch. Boy did that hurt and it still hurts, but it could have been worse. I have a small cut on my knee, who knows where I did that, but I am lucky to have walked away without discombobulating anything, lol.

My DH was at the finish line and the first thing I asked was if we beat the boys, and guess what???? We beat the boys, oh heck yeah, except my GS, he was the first on our team to finish. Girl Power, woo hoo.

We enjoyed an after race shower, lol - I got blasted in the ear with that super hose, but it was refreshing since the temperature was rising and it was nice to be able to wash off some of the mud.

After party wasn't so dogs, ugghhh.

There were 68 finishers in the Female 40 to 44 age group I was 31. 1480 finishers in the 5K+ Run division - overall finish place was 910, my gender finish place was 344. "Chip" time 49:03.30. Team TSA finished 11/18 – woo hoo.

Thoughts during the was super muddy and warm - but our military members who train hard and are in far away places don't get to pick their conditions - they serve where duty calls. Thru mud and heat our military warriors continue to fight and serve for our freedom - shout out to the men and women in the military who are the REAL Warriors.

From a runner's view....

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RUNNER12COM 7/31/2012 6:04PM

    What a wonderful run and a great experience for you!

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JANEMARIE77 7/31/2012 7:19AM

    Great job that took courage as a runner

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2HAMSDIET 7/31/2012 12:35AM

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BOILHAM 7/30/2012 9:25PM

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That must have been real fun! You guys sure looked like you enjoyed it. Good job. Proud of you!!
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MYLADY4 7/30/2012 5:42PM

    How fun, I missed doing a Warrior Dash this year due to a funeral but I am thinking that I need to do one next year.

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LISAINMS 7/30/2012 4:16PM

    Way to go! I did a Warrior Dash and it was a blast!

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HOTDEENOW 7/30/2012 2:44PM

    That's Awesome, glad to see how well you are doing! I have just recently gotten back into spark people and i have to say you look amazing!

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BILL60 7/30/2012 2:12PM

    You're truly amazing. Your energy is totally contagious. Way to go!!

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SUEAZZI 7/30/2012 12:12PM

    You are truly a warrior! I thought of you all weekend remembering the event. Looks like a lot of work but a blast and definitely worth the cause. Psyched you beat the guys!! You amaze me; I just might have to put this on my bucket list! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/30/2012 11:47AM

    You're AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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SAMI199 7/30/2012 10:59AM

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Only you could make mud "Sparkle"

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NATPLUMMER 7/30/2012 10:53AM

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SKFEREBEE 7/30/2012 10:48AM

    Impressive!!! I am so afraid if I ran in mud like that I would fall and bust my bottom. Glad you had a great time :o)

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 7/30/2012 10:36AM

    You are so motivating me today to get my butt moving! THANKS FOR SHARING!!
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JLITT62 7/30/2012 9:30AM

    You are emoticon!!!

Especially for beating the guys!

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DGIBSON02 7/30/2012 8:40AM

    I thought we were sticking together too until you and Heaven decided to take option b at the first wall and do the pushups instead of waiting through that 5 minute line (killed my overall time). You two did some pushups and were gone. I thought we would catch you, but noooooooooo, lol. Great job!!!

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Let Me Introduce You To My Cousin WILL

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I want to introduce you to my Cousin WILL. Some of you have met him, some haven't, some want him around, others not so much.

I've been thinking a lot about Cousin WILL. I used to enjoy his company every day, but lately it seems like he's been a little more absent than present. How can I mend this semi-broken relationship?

"Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body" - Lynn Jennings

1. You need skills to control your thoughts, improve your concentration, and to become the boss of your mind. The stronger these skills are, the more inner strength you possess.

2. Being the master of your mind you enjoy inner peace and happiness. External events do not sway you, and circumstances have no power over your peace of mind. This might sound too unreal for you, but experience will prove to you that all the above is true.

3. These skills are vital for achieving success. They give you more control over your life, help you change and improve habits, and are essential for self improvement, spiritual growth and meditation.

[Just couldn't resist this one]

Have you seen WILL???? Do you have the POWER??? Let's pump up the will power SPARKERS, we can do it.

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/24/2012 4:48PM

    LOL. That's so cute, and so is he ;)


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SUEAZZI 7/18/2012 10:36PM

    Working in a bubble wrap factory, that cracked me up, thanks for the good ol' laugh! My cousin Will Power has been popping by more often and I gotta convince him to move in; after all that's what family is for! Cute post. emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 7/18/2012 6:00PM

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LAURELSPARK 7/18/2012 3:05PM

    We need to work out a schedule......that is, if you are willing to share Will.....

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NUMD97 7/18/2012 11:21AM

    Following the SP buddy crumb trail as I call it, I found this blog, and glad that I did. LOVE the bubble wrap job! That alone was worth the price of admission here! Thanks for the giggle.

Even moreso, thanks for the much needed kick in the pants.

Best wishes as you continue on your journey to better health,


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RUNNER12COM 7/18/2012 11:20AM

    Willpower is a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets!

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MYLADY4 7/18/2012 10:46AM

    Will Power and I have become best friends. He is liking me lately.

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SAMI199 7/18/2012 10:18AM

    Thanks-this is awesome! Please send Will over to see me-or his brother-lol. This is no time to let the ball drop-even though it is so hot-

No Excuses!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/18/2012 9:42AM

    I'm struggling this week. The scale isn't moving and I've been a very, very good girl in both workouts and WW points. What's the deal? Maybe I should hook up with your cousin and soon!

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GLMOM2 7/18/2012 9:37AM

    Will has been coming back around more often lately. I like the company! LOL

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JLITT62 7/18/2012 9:34AM

    My biggest problem is when I do everything right, but am still hungry. Then WILL sometimes takes a hike . . .

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KANSASROSE67 7/18/2012 9:33AM

    Great blog and one I REALLY needed to read today...after my second evening in a row of an unplanned junkfood lovefest!

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GINGERLY4 7/18/2012 8:51AM

    I need cousin Will! Why is it we lots of control in some areas of our lives and not so much in others?

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Never Judge a Book by the Cover

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We are so often judged by our size and our looks, so I thought this was appropriate to share here on SPARK. So inspirational and motivational, well worth watching. Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to watch this and marvel. You will get goosebumps, take out the hankies.

Hope you enjoyed it. Never let your size hold you back.

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CSIENK 7/26/2012 12:11PM

    That was wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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    Oh Great! Now I'm bawling again. The singing was beautiful. The reaction to them walking out on stage was ugly. People should be ashamed!

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SUEAZZI 7/17/2012 10:51AM

    Goosebumps! Simply beautiful. Great message, thanks!

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GINGERLY4 7/17/2012 9:45AM

    The judges surely had that hit home for them. They immediately judged them according to his appearance and then were stunned by his talent.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/17/2012 9:38AM

    Well, I literally got chills watching the video and then a few tears. emoticon Okay, three or four.

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JLITT62 7/17/2012 8:42AM

    As uplifting as it was, it also makes me sad. What about all tbe heavy people who don't have a great talent?

I know people treat me differently & my change wasn't really huge - huge to me of course, but not compared to yours, for instance! I also know since I dress better, complete strangers are much more likely to chat me up while I'm out & about.

Your title is SO right. Thanks for sharing!

And speaking of sharing, I bought this dress at target tbe other day.

DH may notice my clothes, but it's usually to ask if it's new. He gave me a kiss & told me how good I looked in it. I may just have to buy tbe navy, too, which I think would look really good on you. I like the fact it comes down to the knee, too - at least on me.

Like I really needed another dress, but at that price, who can resist?

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WELLNESSME09 7/17/2012 8:38AM

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Thanks for sharing, love to see talent like this being recognized.

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CHACHAOREO 7/17/2012 8:34AM

    What talent--this was GREAT!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/17/2012 8:32AM

    Thanks for sharing this.... so true....

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SAMI199 7/17/2012 8:27AM


This is such a wonderful video-When will people "Get It"?????

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BILL60 7/17/2012 8:18AM

    It's way too early for this emotional stuff. But, thank you so much for sharing. The message is crystal clear and I thank you for sharing it. You're beautiful!!


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MERETONI 7/17/2012 8:05AM

    I saw that a little while ago, I teared up, he sings so beautifully! That is what I like, sometimes, about shows like that. It goes to show that people are not what you think.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/17/2012 7:55AM

    thank you for the sharing! love it!

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CAN DO Attitude

Monday, July 16, 2012

Happy Monday Sparkies. How's your attitude today??? Time for an attitude check. Do you have the "can do" attitude? Hoping this motivates everyone in a special way today....

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson

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SUEAZZI 7/17/2012 10:40AM

    One of my favorites is "Be The Attitude You Want To Be Around" ~ it speaks volumes to me.

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SAMI199 7/17/2012 8:30AM

    What??? Can Do What??? Just kidding-Awesome Blog & Yes,we Can!

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JOHNSONZ 7/16/2012 4:25PM

It is what I needed to SEE today.
Have a Great Monday!

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JLITT62 7/16/2012 3:31PM

    Love that last one!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/16/2012 1:06PM

    My attitude is EXCELLENT!!! I got in 38 miles last week and I'm off to a great start this week. Life is GOOD a good part of that is because of YOU! Thank you SparkFriend! emoticon

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TISTEN23 7/16/2012 12:19PM

    Great blog!! I am in a CAN DO mood today!! Didnt sleep well but Im still doin my thang!!!

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 7/16/2012 12:04PM

    Great motivation to start off my week! Thanks!!

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GINGERLY4 7/16/2012 11:57AM

    Working on it!

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VERONICAVW_140 7/16/2012 11:45AM

    I plan to stay on track with my eating today! I can do it! Thanks for the motivation. :)

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2HAMSDIET 7/16/2012 11:33AM

    Thanks I needed that! emoticon

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Conserving Gas

Friday, July 13, 2012

Do you feel the pain every time you gas up your car? Gas prices are still high, not as high as they have been, but we all still feel a little pain in the wallet every time we fill the tank. Tired of putting money into the gas tank. A simple solution.....RUN.

I run to work once a week, and I'm hoping to be able to make it two or three days once the weather permanently cools down. Today was my run day. Super run, even had my running buddy with me this morning. Feels good knowing I can run to work and not have to use gas or hit any red lights, lol. In fact it felt so good to run to work, I'm considering running home too, provided the weather holds out. Severe t-storms predicted for this afternoon so it may be hubby to the rescue.

I got to work this morning and checked my email. The first email I opened was from SAMI. She knew I was running to work today and had sent me these really cute running pics, made me laugh and totally made my day. Thanks lady.

Still working on getting to the 26.2

I am hoping to meet another one of my SP buddies this weekend, she's in town with her DH and wants to meet up, hope we get a chance to get together. I am so blessed to have so many SP buddies. I am hoping to meet several more in the future, so if you are ever in my neck of the woods, please give me a shout.

Happy Friday everyone and enjoy your weekend. Love to all.

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SUEAZZI 7/17/2012 10:43AM

    How many miles to run to work? It's something I've thought of doing once we get past the heat waves.

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2HAMSDIET 7/13/2012 9:38PM

    What an inspiration for you to run to work. I would love to me fellow sparkers. emoticon

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TEACHLIZARD 7/13/2012 2:59PM

    That is so awesome! I used to ride my bike to work, but haven't since we moved. Motivating me to start back up come fall emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 7/13/2012 2:44PM

    I could do it because it's only about 5 miles...but I couldn't carry my lunch, book and purse and I don't have anywhere to shower when I get there. Great idea though...I'm glad it works for you!

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NATPLUMMER 7/13/2012 12:57PM

    It's great if you can do it. I'd have to turn into an ultramarathoner to run to and from work (or just a marathoner to go one way but then I'd need a ride home).

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RUNNER12COM 7/13/2012 12:26PM

    I love it. A morning run is better than coffee!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/13/2012 10:52AM

    I'll be one of the first to let you know if I'm in your neck of the woods! I love the running pics. I must borrow a couple from you!

Enjoy your weekend! Sounds like a lot of fun. I'm going to run solo tomorrow morning outside 5-6 miles. I'm not going to make 10, but someday! I know I will never run to work! emoticon

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JLITT62 7/13/2012 9:08AM

    Love it! Maybe we need to organize some kind of meetup for spark buddies somewhere . . .

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JANEMARIE77 7/13/2012 9:04AM

    run girl run

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