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Easter and camping and running in the bush

Monday, April 05, 2010

Waking up in a hut of open doors, stars, moonlight & night pours in, divine- the sound of burbling creek, of trees at night, small creatures, frogs...
Feels more like Autumn up here in the Yarra Valley.
I ran, I ran uphill for a long time. A dirt track, ferns and bracken, and tall trees.
I ran without music and my ears were filled with morning birdsong: Kookaburra, lorikeet, finch, and lyre bird.
And those bloody noisy rascally cockatoo, I cannot believe their raucous business morning and evening!
As I ran I remembered that I ran like this in my past.
A child, a teen, a young adult - unfettered, free, leader of whichever group I was hiking with, needing to be ahead of them.
Scouting out the path and meeting wild creatures - snakes, 'possum, roo, wallaby, goanna and my favorite, the echidna.
Observing dew on webs, impossible fungi, insects disguised as sticks, I longed to merge with this bush.

I ran, like this, and then I ran way past my c25k week 7, day 3 program length.
It was so joyful & easy on my knees & feet. I relaxed tense calves with conscious breath.
The next day, Easter Sunday, I unexpectedly & easily walked 13 km along a country road (but that is another story).
So Sparkfriends, I am totally hitting my fitness minute goals!

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JAVALOVERTOO 4/11/2010 10:42PM

    That is so emoticon!!!

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TIFFANIE150 4/11/2010 10:30PM

    Wherever you live, it sounds magical :)

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MSPLACEDAGAIN 4/10/2010 3:12PM

    Thanks for sharing. It sounds so exotic compared to Central Texas. But, we do get to see the exotic domestic squirrel and wild flowers on my run!


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FRACTALMYTH 4/9/2010 4:06PM

    It is so long since I have been camping! I miss it! Since I live in the bush I may just have to break the tent out and take the boys camping down the back in the near future...

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LEOLO_1 4/9/2010 2:22PM

    Beautiful!!! thanks for posting this lovely scene!

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DEUSMACHINA 4/7/2010 7:23PM

    Oooh, I missed this blog, thanks for the poke! It's wonderful! And congrats on the awesome fitness achievements!

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    You are doing so great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NEWNARAYAN 4/7/2010 11:31AM

    i started singing fergie when i read this "workin' on my fitness, he's my witness, ooh ahh!" hah! awesome!!

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SM-ARTGIRL 4/7/2010 9:43AM

    Thanks everyone, I am so glad you enjoyed reading about my Easter.
To me it truly is magical or mystical, this unexpected reconnection to myself through my running body!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 4/7/2010 9:30AM

    emoticon on keeping up with your workouts even when you are taking some time out.

Keep up the emoticon job!


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BRIGNALIA 4/7/2010 8:16AM

    ooooh, I am so envious of your kiss with nature. I would love to go hiking, camping and meet some of my physical goals at the same time.


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LOPEYP 4/7/2010 6:02AM

    Sounds lovely.

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EMMABE1 4/7/2010 5:39AM

    The country can be lovely when its quiet and peaceful in the early morning!!
Great to get those fitness goals!!

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BETRME100 4/7/2010 5:32AM

    I felt like I was right there with you!! Beautiful!

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LIONHERD 4/5/2010 10:06AM

    Very Inspirational! Congrats on reaching your goals!!!

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SHERI1969 4/5/2010 9:42AM

    Well stated, very poetic even and well done! It sounds like you are hitting the nail right on the head and your attitude is 100% perfect. If you enjoy the journey, the journey won't seem so long, lonely and boring. WAY TO GO!!!!!! emoticon

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FIREFLY's SIS 12 Week Challenge - week1

Monday, March 22, 2010

Personal goals:
Lose 1 pound per week, 12 in total. (5pts)
Train for, enter and complete a 10 km run event. (5pts)
current: week 6 of 9 week couch 2 5k running program.
30 minutes of exercise per day = 84 days
includes 5 k & 10 k training, plus swimming, plus curves (for weights), and yoga class x1 per week.

So which one? The 10 k goal OR the 30 mins per day of exercise?

Take a before picture - 5 points

really appreciate the reminder to start small but dream big!
SO I have broken my goals into really tiny goals as I head for the 10 km this year and a half marathon next March (with sparkfriend BeeJay)...

First I just gotta get that couch 2 5k program done- am on week 6. (finish April 17).
I then begin the 10 k training, possibly finishing in time for challenge.
I will run a 4 k (Mothers Day Classic May 9)

Meanwhile I am doing 30 mins minimum exercise a day so I think this will be my goal for the SIS Challenge: 84 days of minimum 30 minutes per day exercise.
No Excuses.

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GIGALENA 4/9/2010 7:09AM

    Sounds like you have had such great goals.

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SENORAHACHE 4/2/2010 12:55PM

    Thanks for adding me as a friend AND for the encouraging comments on my Sparkpage! I appreciate it!

Good luck with the challenge as well as with your personal goals. I think the consistency challenge is a really good way to go, personally. emoticon

~Annie emoticon

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KDLYNB 4/2/2010 12:46AM

    I must say, I love the bootie shot.. You remind me of Cameron Diaz in Charlie's Angels. :) WOO! Go fireflies!!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 4/2/2010 12:28AM

    emoticon awesome goals & hope you are enjoying doing them!


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DEUSMACHINA 3/24/2010 4:52AM

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You ROCK!!

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CWYNN01 3/23/2010 11:52AM

    Hey FF Diva!!!

You can reach your goals!! I need to take my before pic also! I will do it today!


Feel free to drop by my page anytime!


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SM-ARTGIRL 3/23/2010 4:00AM

    Thanks everyone!!! I just love how my spark friends are there when I need em!

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LOOSEIT57 3/22/2010 10:06PM

    What ever suits you but start off small then go big.

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KDLYNB 3/22/2010 7:17PM

    Welcome to the Fireflies team! :) Good luck with your goals... I'm going to work towards the 30 minutes a day!

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GLITTERSPARK 3/22/2010 7:09PM

    Personally, I would go with the 30 minutes per day of exercise goal - but, you gotta choose what feels right!

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-FEMALE- 3/22/2010 2:05PM

    The 10K Goals sounds much more me anyways, lol. Either one is a great goal!

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What Motivates Me - the criss-cross effect again...

Friday, March 19, 2010

1. Feeling the rain, air, sun on my face as I run connects me to natures cycles.
2. Calming my mind in the discipline of stretching my body in yoga.
3. Weight training - this is the difference between having crippled, painful knees and being able to run, pain-free.
4. Buying fresh, organic, local fruit & veg once or twice a week at local markets - for the social atmosphere as well as making nutrition easy.
5. Preparing, cooking and eating consciously loves and acknowledges my family.
6. RESPECT - my healthy food and lifestyle choices are slowly creating a me who respects herself, who tells herself affirming words and looks in the mirror.
7. All these habits and choices support my artist soul, I plan on creating and exhibiting for a very long time.

Our home garden veggie boxes in Dec that have taken over the front lawn.

Now it is March and pumpkins have really sprawled out!

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GIGALENA 4/9/2010 7:06AM

    I thought I would come over here and check out your blogs. What a great list. WAY TO GO. Love the garden. We are almost ready to put ours in.

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SENORAHACHE 4/2/2010 12:59PM

    What a wonderful list! I especially like the one about how cooking nutritious food shows love for your family. That's totally how I feel about it, too. Caring about their health takes a little bit more effort than opening up boxes and cans of semi-prepared food, but it's SOOO worth it to keep my little family at their healthiest! emoticon

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SM-ARTGIRL 3/21/2010 6:52PM

    wow everyone, I feel so moved that my blog has warmed you all up!

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LOPEYP 3/21/2010 6:21AM

    nice blog emoticon

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SAMGERBINE 3/21/2010 12:46AM

    Really good list!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/20/2010 10:26PM

    Wow! I love this. Such a great picture too. XOXO

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LJCANNON 3/20/2010 2:55PM

    Just reading your Blog & looking at your Garden warmed me up a little. (it is 29 degrees & snowing here)

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KARBIE18 3/20/2010 9:34AM

    Great blog! Love your garden. Gardening is one of my favorite things, but, though my flowers do well, I haven't been very successful with veggies. This year I am determined to grow some food!

You sound content. It's so great to hear! Keep up the good work, and the positive attitude.

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LOOSEIT57 3/19/2010 10:08PM

    Great blog and what a lovely garden. I have just put in my next crops of veg it is so rewarding is it not.

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HICALGAL 3/19/2010 2:39PM

    thanks for an inspiring your garden! here's to spring and all good and new things...cheers! emoticon

ps..and thanks for leaving a bit of your sunshine on my page and an awesome comment to start my day with. luv ya!!! emoticon emoticon

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  Beautiful. I loved #5 and #6. Succinct, clear and profound.

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BRIGNALIA 3/19/2010 10:21AM

    Very profound entry!


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seratonin 02- I DID A MINI-TRI- now i feel empty?

Monday, March 15, 2010

>Entered & completed my first ever sporting event, a mini triathlon 7th March.

I entered the min-tri rather than the starter.
May I preface that strapping cousin Jane & my mountain bikes onto her bike-rack was like an Olympic challenge at 6.40 am...with NO coffee in me.
The 200 Metre swim that I was looking forward to as something I know I can do turned into a disgusting soft-sand run/stagger due to the previous night's falling ice balls churning up Port Phillip Bay and making the water too toxic to swim in (poor dolphins)...
The 8 km bike ride was cool, I got to see so much of the area, nice homes, the bay, because there were no cars on the road because they somehow detour for our event.
The 2 km run was doable also...
And Jane was there cheering me on at the finish line...she could most likely have done the entire event twice whilst I was getting there...
I smiled the entire way, and I was quite possibly last in every event.
I noticed an awesome chunk of rainbow in the overcast sky as we waited to begin.
I noticed the variety of women who participated, in all age and ability ranges.
I had a HUGE endorphin buzz that lasted til the next day.

...1 WEEK ON...

>Still pain free running! Begin week 6 of Couch 2 5k tomorrow.
The best thing that happened to me this week is running 20 minutes on Sunday 14th.
I was out the door before 7.30 am, leaving the 5 yo & his Daddy sleeping...
Gorgeous autumnal morn, dew-soaked grasses, sparkling cobwebs and a day bursting with expectancy! Drank 3 glasses of water (!) followed by lots of stretching before I left. Sure it was a bit of a challenge for about a minute, but I just love this program!

>Have drunk a total of 3 glasses of red in 28 days. All were consumed last weekend (x2 Friday, x 1 on Sunday) - what is going on here? I made a committment to not drink until Easter!

>Have been feeling not so positive since doing the mini-tri BUT I have been taking good care of what I eat and remembering to drink water.

I have not blogged, I have not written my papers, made any art -I feel shattered somehow. I have been isolating from friends. I feel sad.
I am up and it is 3.15 am, I need to sleep. I know I can work this out, I just have to digest it a bit more.

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SM-ARTGIRL 3/19/2010 8:54AM

    Thanks for all the encouragement gals!
I had a huge craving for fish since the mini-tri ended!
Salmon patties, tuna pasta, grilled whiting, sushi, even a Thai crab curry.
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So, I reckon protein and iron is what my body & spirit has been needing.
All these new muscles in my glutes!

I love getting fit and strong!
I am running again, after resting.

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KARBIE18 3/16/2010 6:55AM

    I've never heard of a mini-tri! That's so great! Congratulations! As for how you're feeling now, I've heard that pretty often here on SP - an after-event letdown. I'm not sure if it's exhaustion, or what, but I'm sure you'll work through it soon. Be patient with yourself. You deserve it!

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JEANNIEMAG 3/16/2010 6:40AM

    Congratulations on your mini-tri! What a great accomplishment. And without coffee? I'm impressed. Don't beat yourself up over how you're feeling. We all have slumps. When you are rested, get back to your running. You'll feel better in no time!

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HICALGAL 3/15/2010 1:21PM

    first off congrats on doing and completing the mini tri...awesome!!!

sorry you're feeling down. from your blog, running makes you feel great so try to get more in. hope you feel better soon...will keep you in my prayers. love and hugs.

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LJCANNON 3/15/2010 12:47PM

    emoticonI think it is fairly normal to have a 'let down' period after accomplishing any major goal. When it is this strenuous physically, your body needs to rest.
emoticonMy completely unprofessional, unasked for advice would be to get your rest, make sure your Nutrition levels are good (esp the Protein & Iron), and take time for your Art EVERY Day, even if it is only a few minutes.
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FAHNZMOM 3/15/2010 12:29PM

    Wow a lot to digest. Hope you are well. I dream of running someday however at my age I think it may be past. Sounds like there have been some joyous times in there somewhere. Remember even if you cannot see your friends they surround you still. emoticon

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First Day of Autumn in OZ and a flood of memories.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Already the air feels fresher.
On my run on Monday night, I was cold for the first time in months.
I remembered running as a teenager.
The cold air hurting my nose, sometimes my teeth as I ran on frosty grass. I loved long runs in the countryside, I forgot.
It is cold where I grew up, I remember swimming in a wetsuit on a snow covered beach! I was mad for oceans, sailing, surfing, but especially windsurfing.
Where has that person gone?
She is buried under layers of negative self talk, the city, a crazy work schedule, an unexamined story I told myself that artists do not exercise or live clean.
Wow, I can feel this younger self, this person who is compelled, bursting with vitality, to move and stretch and lift and balance.
Hello sparkles!

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MAKEROOM4ME 3/22/2010 10:41AM

    I love that such wonderful memories can bring us back out and teach us that we can still move, dance, and sing like we used to. Keep the positive forces running in your life and you will go far!


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MHABICHT 3/5/2010 10:00PM


I think this person is still there. You never unlearn the things that you used to do. 20 years ago I was a wild surfer, windsurfer etc.
I put it a bit on the back burner and started other wild things. In my mid-30s I started snowboarding and last year as I am moving towards my 50s I started wakebording.
I just had myself a high performance board shipped from the States and will take it with me to Mauritius in May.
Just get into it and set yourself a goal. Gym ( 90 minutes a day) allow me to just expand my day and work some crazy hours.
I am 1.2 kilograms away from my goal weight.

You sound like a very determined person. Just pick one thing that you used to enjoy and that reminds you of "old times". Get somebody to do it together with and off you go.

Tell us what it was and don't put it off. You will see that once you get into it you will enjoy it and you will believe even more that the person you used to be is still there, but a much more determined an fun person can develop.

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WILD4STARS 3/5/2010 9:57PM

    Keep those memories in the very front of your mind. That's what will keep you going. It's a FEELING and recreating it will change your life.

Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration!

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HICALGAL 3/5/2010 4:23AM

    hope she emerges...she sounds vibrant and beautiful! emoticon

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JEANNIEMAG 3/4/2010 7:36AM

    That person is still there; you just need to make way and let her shine through. Losing 50 pounds has given me back so much of my youth! I still have a ways to go and I still deal with the negative self talk, but bit by bit I'm getting my former (not old) self back. Celebrate your successes and all of these small steps eventually add up to a new and better you. Good luck this weekend. I can't wait to hear about the race. I'll be rooting for you!

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CARRIGANSJOY 3/3/2010 8:33AM

    What a great post! I challenge you to get back in touch with that other part of yourself that loved long runs in the countryside. :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/3/2010 8:04AM

    He is so cute and that's a great picture! Hard to imagine the beginning of autumn when here I'm just dying for it to finally feel like spring! (it's snowing at the moment!)

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SM-ARTGIRL 3/2/2010 6:27PM

    BTW, That is my little darling running so free and hard in the photo...he is my inspiration to be fit!

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    Awww I love this!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 3/2/2010 1:06PM


Love that insight! Keep up the hard work! I admire your spunk, focus, and enthusiasm!!!

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