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and life still happens...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011



I hereby declare that I am a ninja warrior woman.
I dodge, I duck, I weave.
Most of all I move into action!
Creating, moving, a human BE ing

...got a bit side-tracked with a twisted ankle just after my 8 km, Mother's Day 8 May, race.
New 10km race date is November 27th and I am feeling confident!
Oooh yes!
...Am taking on the challenges declared from my last blog and I incorporate into the Pimp my (P)ride challenges...

Love you guys! Love that it is spring here too! emoticon

  
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CITYZOZO 9/24/2011 12:00PM

    yo, yo mama that is RIGHT!

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SM-ARTGIRL 9/21/2011 1:41AM

    emoticon lovely sparkin' ladies!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 9/20/2011 9:54PM

    Booya fitness warrior!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/20/2011 12:57PM

    You go girl! That's the spirit!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 9/20/2011 11:16AM

    love this!

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FRACTALMYTH 9/20/2011 3:16AM

    I'm loving Spring too... except for the fact that Yeti (who is now a fully qualified member of the RFS) has spent the last 3 days - including since 7:30 this morning - out fighting scrub fires... gonna be a long summer, I think :(

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SUNSHINE99999 9/20/2011 1:33AM

  that was good.

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DIY Challenge Entry Card

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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DIY Challenge Entry Card
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emoticon My Challenge Name: Calm Focus
emoticon My Starting Weight: 158.7 pounds or 72 kilo
emoticon Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats:
1. weight training consistency : current streak 2 days a week. My aim is 3 x a week for the entire challenge, even when I am on holiday from 8th -18th July. How: YMCA, on hols: spark videos on my iphone (range permitting) or 30 mins yoga.
2. waist 41.5 & abdomen 37 - Healthy is waist 32.5 and lower. I want to lose 2 inches for this challenge.
3. distance on my training runs - Currently run 5 - 8 km x3 per week. Aim to run 8 - 10 km x3 per week. Register for a 10 km race.
4. progress with HIIT (high intensity interval training) on stationary bike. Starting today with 10 mins and building up to 45 mins per session.

emoticon If I am going to be 100% honest with myself, the reason I am doing this challenge is because: I am clinging to the fragment of hope that somehow, this challenge will see me get consistent body shrinkage results. 2 years on spark has seen me gain fitness, confidence & skills but not lose much weight. A year long plateau? Grrr! I am determined to see the results I want!
emoticon I feel like the reason that I have not been progressing as well as I hoped I would be is because: my metabolism is not kicking up, my body has a little fat factory happening. I am strong willed and I am committed to the idea that "fat is a feminist issue". I do not want to be size 0, I want to be visible, strong, powerful. I need to re-frame this from "therefore I do not diet" to "therefore I choose to eat really healthy, small, unprocessed, organic meals."
emoticon This time, I commit to finishing my challenge because I know that:
I am the possibility of fit, fabulous, forty, because my career is gearing up alongside motherhood!
If I choose to cut out chips and restrict alcohol and potatoes to 2x week I will see results.
emoticon I'm scared of: not seeing measurable results by the end of the challenge, even though I achieve my food & fitness goals.
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I want to compete in a 10km race by the end of the challenge.
I want to be confident in swimmers by spring. (it is mid-winter here)
I want to look as beautiful in photos as I do inside.
I want to build on the foundation I've laid for my active, healthy life.
emoticon But I have faith in: science and art.
emoticon And THIS TIME, I will NOT quit, because THIS TIME:
I have a team to cheer me on, to keep me accountable and to support back.
I have been practicing consistency for a while now. (not smoking, running x 3 a week) so I can build on that track record.
emoticon My top five non-health related motivations right now are:
1. to inspire my family and friends by example
2. to prove to myself that I can achieve what I set out to do
3. to look fabulous out and about
4. to fall in love with myself and my life
5. to be an aesthetic object to myself
emoticon The best way to motivate me is to: notice my progress, praise me for consistency, acknowledge my self-responsibility.
emoticonThe best way I can motivate myself is to track my progress & reward myself:
making time for body pleasure, haircuts, beauty stuff, buying fitness clothes.
emoticon My name is sm-artgirl and I will be a calm and focused energy bolt.

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MOMASAURUS 6/30/2011 10:36AM

    LOOOVE it!!!
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KAREN_NY 6/29/2011 9:15PM

    Good stuff - love it!

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/29/2011 9:01PM

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LIBBYFITZ 6/29/2011 4:04PM

    emoticonYou can do this! emoticon emoticon

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/29/2011 3:30PM

    emoticonGreat goals! emoticon

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TBID227 6/29/2011 11:07AM

    Great goals and a great plan!

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KMICHA 6/29/2011 6:09AM

    Awesome! You Can Do It!!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 6/29/2011 12:54AM

    Calm focus! I adore you!

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May- I say I am awesome!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I have been very quiet blog-wise but active within our sparkling community. emoticon
I have been slow, determined and consistent with my running training.
I have had a few set-backs in training for my 10km race.
I chose to run the 5km Run The Rock in April instead of the 10km - simply because I forgot my freakin' runners when packing for this fabulous weekend get away with my partner! I was determined to walk the event bare foot if need be but luckily the event organiser has the same shoe size as moi.
She graciously lent me her very own marathon runners (I literally ran a mile in her shoes)! emoticon
I ran my firs 8 km race this month: The Mothers Day Classic.
For this event I traveled interstate and ran with my brother, his 2 teen boys & partner. Plus I got to spend a few days with my darling mum, who is frail and is recovering from a broken wrist, but has many osteo problems.
The thing is: getting beyond the 5 km distance has invigorated me so much- I feel confident I can easily make a 10 km and maybe a half marathon one day!

Streaking on all health fronts:
x 3 strength train sessions at the Y emoticon
x 3 10 km run training emoticon
8+ glasses of water per day emoticon
No take away food, especially deep fried chips... emoticon
Even 8 hours sleep! emoticon
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And of course NO Smoking. emoticon (that is a long time streak but I can NEVER be complacent, sneaky nicotine addiction, bleaggggh!)

I just gotta consider cutting out alcohol again.

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How have you been awesome this week?

  
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ANDREA409 6/2/2011 8:06PM

    You are absolutely awesome. I'm so proud of all that you have accomplished to date. I know you'll keep kicking butt...even in someone else's shoes. emoticon

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KAREN_NY 5/25/2011 10:14AM

    Yes you're awesome! LOVE LOVE LOVE those streaks! You'll be rockin' the 10K and HM in no time!
K:)

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NATHELESS 5/23/2011 1:22PM

    Sounds like you're doing fabulously well - kudos!!

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LUNADRAGON 5/21/2011 9:24PM

    You ARE awesome. I rocked 30 minutes of pt stretches this morning with weights, and made a great home cooked dinner!
We ARE awesome!!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 5/21/2011 8:47AM

    Yes, you are!!!! emoticon

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ISLANDBETH 5/21/2011 8:11AM

    May I say, I too think you are awesome!! You rock... good for you. Yeah, I went a bit crazy on that perky alcohol for a couple of weeks... had to cut it out again. But the pounds are coming off now, so maybe going crazy once in a while is a good thing. :)


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FRACTALMYTH 5/21/2011 12:38AM

    You are DEFINITELY awesome :D HUGS!!!

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SM-ARTGIRL 5/20/2011 11:02PM

    I love you guys- I always imagine no-one will read my blogs and then I look and wow!!!
I am going to go for a run right now with a big smile on my face from all your warmth!!!
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oooh and my reward for this effort is
1. New shoes!!! I really need new runners and I gave been saying this since last year!!!
2. Haircut. I realised today when I read Jennswim's blog
http://www.sparkpeople.com/
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l.asp?blog_id=4241126 that I need to concentrate on being nice to myself.

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GZELLEFRO 5/20/2011 7:38PM

    Good for you! I'm glad you didn't give up just because you forgot your shoes! It shows how determined you are. You will reach your goals with an attitude like that! emoticon

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MISSM66 5/20/2011 7:33PM

    yes you are awesome,keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/20/2011 7:27PM

    Yes, you may!

Well done.

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AFRISAM 5/20/2011 11:50AM

    emoticon Well done!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 5/20/2011 11:24AM

    You sure may because you ARE!

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TBID227 5/20/2011 10:48AM

    You are amazing! Keep up this fabulous work!

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ESBELL 5/20/2011 10:16AM

    You are doing some great things - keep up your streaks!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 5/20/2011 8:35AM

    You are definitely awesome!! Keep it up girl!

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CHIFANG130 5/20/2011 7:43AM

    You certainly are!!! Rock on! emoticon

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CRYSTALLULLABY 5/20/2011 7:40AM

  Congrats on all your awesome work!! I hope you are celebrating it in some way!! emoticon

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GLITTERSPARK 5/20/2011 7:19AM

    You ARE awesome! Congrats on meeting your goals and keeping up those streaks!

I'm struggling to be awesome this week - but, the week's not over yet! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 5/20/2011 2:27AM

    And yep, this why you are most definitely awesome!

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LIBBYFITZ 5/20/2011 1:24AM

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Marchin' on-running towards my first 10k & gratitude

Monday, March 14, 2011

My reason to be a shiny, shiny star of human possibility:


One of my fitness goals this year is: run a 10k race - I am in week 7 of training. Yesterday I ran for 45 minutes along the river, so beautiful, lush, green.
I caught myself asking myself if I could really run that long, so I gently encouraged myself with a "give it a go, just run 15 minutes, you can do it!"
I ran 15, walked 1 minute & ran 15 more, and then another 15! emoticon
At the end, I caught up with partner & child, I felt so emoticon

Today I am grateful for my health. I have not always looked after myself.
I have denigrated, starved, ignored and abused my body in the past.
I was a perfectionist workaholic, on an unachievable quest to gain approval from my parents with my career.
Today I am grateful that all that IS in the past for me.
Tomorrow I will travel interstate to stay with my mother post her hospital stay. I have boundaries and strategies in place. I will continue my running & I have other activities planned for me. I am looking forward to hanging out with mum and seeing that her support system is working for her.
I plan to catch up on some art ideas with drawing & writing.
At least 15 minutes a day but would like to stretch it to 30.


Oh I have been really working on turning off electronic equipment by 11pm.
I am tracking it, I am doing the Spark Sleep Challenge.
I am still establishing this habit. emoticon

"DO IT mindlessly and with conviction or you’ll second guess yourself and talk your way out of going. Save the thinking for when you get there."
- Karen_NY

  
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KLPFIT 5/22/2011 2:35AM

    You make my inner artist want to come out and play. I'm hoping to run an 8K this year. Every day I surprise myself a little more and more. You inspire me! emoticon

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SPMCCANN 4/3/2011 2:12PM

  Well Done, keep it up! i did my first 10k last week, its a great sense of accomplishment! emoticon

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FRACTALMYTH 3/17/2011 2:36PM

    Fantastic!!! what a good looking boy and yay for an awesome run!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/15/2011 10:52AM

    what a cutie! and what ag reat run!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/15/2011 4:01AM

    emoticonon the run! Well done!

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HEALTH4LYFE 3/14/2011 9:42PM

    Sounds like a great run with the scenery too! You know you can do this!!!
Hope your mum is recuperating nicely and you continue to keep on track with your training. emoticon

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LYNNOTT 3/14/2011 9:32PM

    emoticon Good going! Keep up the great work!

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LOOSEIT57 3/14/2011 9:16PM

    Wow you are doing so well. Keep up the great work.

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KAREN_NY 3/14/2011 8:51PM

    Hey doll - love this!! FABULOUS progress toward your 10k!
K:)

PS - In the interest of full disclosure, I can't take total credit for the line at the end though - I'll share the credit with Yoovie. ;)

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March into March - without limits I cannot hope to be free

Saturday, March 05, 2011

"The fire inside me is there because I keep giving it oxygen.
Every time the world tries to slap me down I keep fighting.
Yes, it is hard but it is worth it. I am worth it." by ASHLEY1977T

To tell the truth I have been fairly consistent in achieving my Feb goals:
Track every lovin' mouthful that passes my lips - missed 1 day of the month.
Training for 10k race by running x3 per week - missed x2 runs - am on week 6.
Alcohol Free February - drank 7 drinks.
Drinking my water - heaps.
Blogs aiming for 1 a week - 3 out of 4
Getting over my fear of gym culture - (baby steps)-I have joined the YMCA, have a program written for me, have run through it once!

So why do I want to beat myself up?!! Why am I saying mean things to myself late at night? Why do I feel tired, flat, sad?
SLEEP
I am not sleeping in a normal, healthy way. I have been tracking for patterns and the one, huge, overwhelming factor is my discipline with computer time late at night! It sucks. And I have known this since January, when I began the Spark Sleep Challenge. So why am I self sabotaging?
I have taken 3 months to complete this challenge, the solution to getting my 8 hours zzzz is simple: turn off the electronics.
I am currently in another cycle of willful, self-induced insomnia. emoticon
I am doing this instead of feeding my artist soul! I want to organise my studio for some major exhibition production, but I am am not.
So, I need to ramp up my life purpose and take action on my goals to cease this late night, self- sabotage!
NO more computer games. I am an addict.
I do this late night thing when I have not engaged with my passions during the day.
I am wasting my precious life. I am beating myself up instead of loving me.

I declare I am the possibility of self love in action! emoticon

NEW GOALS to track in MARCH:
Computer time and off by 11pm
Studio time EVERY day - 15 min de-clutter, 15 min plan, 15 min do, Repeat.
Continue 10 k training
Gym x3 per week - make dates with myself
What is going in my mouth? calories 1200 -1500

"Measuring, by its nature, requires me to pay attention to every portion. Measuring forms a container for my longings and boundaries for my lust. Without boundaries, I cannot find balance. Without limits, I cannot hope to be free."
- Dayna Macy

My mum & son. My mother has been in hospital for most of Feb, I will travel to her & stay a while when she gets out. I wish she could live with us. She loves her home.

  
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ANDREA409 3/7/2011 6:02PM

    Your mama and son are beautiful! I hope your mom is alright.

As for the rest of the blog, YEEEES! Do it, girl. You know what you gotta do, you've got it written in stone, now DO it. I know you will. You are fierce and strong.

I used to have a tv in my room and could fall asleep with it on, no problem. After reading "The Hormone Diet" I removed it. It was difficult at first to get used to falling asleep without it, as I'd done for at least a decade. Recently I tried it again and it wound up waking me up in the middle of the night. Electronics really do stimulate our Reticular Activation System (woohoo - I just learned about the brain in my A&P class.), just as daylight does. You are smart in deciding to turn off the electronics a few hours before bed to unwind.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/6/2011 5:25PM

    emoticonSome interesting self analysing there! Yes the computer has its good and bad points! emoticonA lovely photo of your mum and grandson, a great memory maker!

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SM-ARTGIRL 3/5/2011 7:51PM

    I love my spark friends! You are all so thoughtful in your contributions!
I have set an alarm for 10.45pm, it is a beautiful harp playing to remind me to finish up and get ready for (angelic) sleep...
I am determined to establish a fabulous sleep routine this month!
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FRACTALMYTH 3/5/2011 4:45PM

    I need to turn off the computer too... for me, I get on here in the mornings instead of exercising, which ruins my mood for the whole day... and then it drifts on and on and on like now - when I am listening to the boys starting to go ballistic in the background because they want my attention :P not modelling good habits, am I? HUGS!!!

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MEMORY_ 3/5/2011 3:39PM

    The Internet is a hard beast to get away from but you can do it why don't to set a pc alarm for 11 and commit to turn off no matter what

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/5/2011 1:46PM

    I think you are amazing!

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ISLANDBETH 3/5/2011 1:12PM

    Good for you for recognizing. It is hard to turn off the computer... it is so mindless and numbing, you don't realize how much time it consumes.

My thoughts go out to your mum and her good health! That is a fantastic picture!

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GLITTERSPARK 3/5/2011 8:37AM

    You did great and February, and have no doubt that you will March through March with style & success!

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KAREN_NY 3/5/2011 8:16AM

    Love that you're so attentive to what you need to do to make change happen! I kicked all the electronics except the alarm clock out of my bedroom 3 years ago and never looked back. I don't allow any talk about work in there either, lol! :)

Good luck - you'll be feelin ROCKIN in no time!
K:)

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