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Making a change!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It was a hard day mentally yesterday - for a lot of people. Everywhere I went yesterday it seemed I was running in to people that were upset, mad, annoyed and complaining. Before the end of the day- I had found I had turned in to one of them. This morning I've heard the complaints starting already- so as I sat down to change my status here on SparkPeople, I made a decision... I'm going to try to stop complaining. That's right- no whines, complaints, or rants... well, ok I'm Irish and German- so perhaps I'll just make a real effort every day to pay attention to my attitiude and when I find myself in a "Negative Nelly" mood I'll try to snap out of it. There's going to be days when the garbage is going to be there to deal with- now it's just a matter of what my response to it is... after all- adding my complaints to it won't make it any better- just worse.
Wish me luck ~grin~

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    How about trying this, something I've been doing for a few weeks now that is helping. For every negative comment you make, you must make three positive ones. It's harder than it seems, but it really keeps my mouth from taking off and my mind polluted with junk! I am finding that I'm focusing more on the positive, want to give others a more positive me, and making the not-so-friendly days a little better! emoticon

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GOLDBERG73 5/13/2010 8:03PM

    Yesterday was a bad day for alot of people I know, myself was much better and tomorrow may be even better!
Hope your days are better too!


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PICKIE98 5/13/2010 3:49PM

    I agree, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!!

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MNABOY 5/12/2010 8:43AM

    The fact that you are aware of controlling your response is half the battle. Be successful is like practising one's religion- you do your best and try to overcome the innate human nature

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I walked a marathon????

Monday, May 03, 2010

So this weekend was my Relay for Life walk. Saturday it was raining and kind of nasty out when I woke up, but after a couple of hours it seemed to just be windy and overcast. I packed up my things and headed to Milford, unloaded the car and hit the school's track just before the opening ceremonies. After the survivor's lap (which got me all teary-eyed), I put my pedometer on, then I hit the track to start my walk.
I wasn't really keeping track of how many laps I was doing or how long I was out there. Sometimes I was walking by myself, sometimes, with others from my group and when I felt in need of a little snack or a drink of water, I'd finish my lap and sit down for a bit. Partway through the day I began to feel a bit tired, so I checked my pedometer and I was at just over 17 miles. After a conversation with myself I decided to see if I could hit 20 miles... and kept on walking. I then moved my pedometer a little because it was beginning to annoy me. After what seemed like an approximate number of laps to put me at 20, I check my pedometer with a quick glance- just over 19- so I keep walking. I do a few more laps and grab my pedometer thinking as I finish this one I've got to be over 20-
WHAT? 19.90? That can't be right. I know I've done enough laps to push me over 20- so I take a closer look at the pedometer- it's in kcal and it was reading 1990 kcal burnt in my "aerobic steps" (that's what I get for not paying attention)!!! So I hit the little button to go back to miles and my jaw drops- 25.85 miles.
At this point I'm halfway annoyed that I wasn't paying attention and halfway too tired to care, so I grab my things, say my goodbyes and walk to the car. I get everything loaded, make a last grab at the pedometer and noticed I'm over 26.2 miles... I just walked a marathon!
On the drive home I flip between a "whooo hooooooooo" and a "oh my gosh I'm tired" mode... because there's part of me that still can't believe it- really? I walked a marathon?
Some things I learned along the way-
1. I was smart wearing my comfy clothes, socks and shoes.
2. I was smart packing sunscreen.
3. It was an experience I'll never forget... but most of all
4. CHECK TO SEE WHAT UNITS YOUR PEDOMETER IS IN- especially if you move/bump it!

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AWOLF24 5/12/2010 8:13AM

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JIMDAB 5/3/2010 8:05PM

    A marathon by accident. Who'da thunk it?

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DEBNICU 5/3/2010 1:42PM

    Congrats on walking for a worthy cause. What an accomplishment. I have said I would like to walk a marathon in the future. I will have to keep Relay for Life in mind.

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CASSIE9912 5/3/2010 1:08PM

    WOW! You SO rock. I was at the Relay as a volunteer one year. My friend was the chair of the survivors committee. She made an amazing speech that brought me to tears but when she came off the survivor's lap she was sobbing and grabbed me and hugged me. It was an experience I'll never forget.

WTG for supporting the cause. Thank you!!! And you rock like crazy for doing the marathon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  That's amazing! That's something I'd like to be able to do! I'll get there...

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LILPAT3 5/3/2010 12:58PM

    Good for you! I had both knees rebuilt and can't run yet so all my miles are walked..You are emoticon emoticon

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Weekend of Walking

Monday, April 26, 2010

Friends of mine have a team in the Milford Relay for Life this weekend and I'm walking in it. I am looking forward to getting a lot of steps in this weekend- and I'm hoping the weather is decent (at least no rain).
I'm wondering if I should get out there and just walk until I can't anymore- or if I should just do so many minute "on", so many minutes "off"...
If anyone has done these 24 hour walk things before I'd appreciate the advice.

Oh and if you happen to be in the area- check out the THV Relay Renegades team and stay hi!

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SPARTANJAI 4/28/2010 8:15AM

    It's this weekend coming up... I hope the weather predictions are wrong because they are saying rain, rain, rain.

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PICKIE98 4/27/2010 5:00PM

    that sounds like a great challenge!! How did you do?

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SPARTANJAI 4/26/2010 12:01PM

    I'll be sure to pack changes of clothes- including a couple pairs of tennies and socks. They have a tent for us to keep food/water/clothes in so I should be good there... thanks for the info!!!

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BRENRW213 4/26/2010 10:16AM

    Hi there! I have done the one in Grand Blanc, Flushing & Ann Arbor.

When I participated we always walked in shifts. We always had someone on the track and then people back at the tent for relief.

Some teams sign people up in advance for time slots.

Make sure you have good shoes, a change of clothes or dress in layers. If your there for a long period of time the weather conditions could change.
The relays are a lot of fun!

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JUHOEG 4/26/2010 7:12AM

  Walk 2 miles on Saturday/Sunday

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Allowing myself a small pout here- I missed my 2 year SparkVersary!
No party- no balloons- no whoooooooo hoooooooooo's... just a picture change and a 'lil blog- 10 days late.

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COOLGRANDMA03 4/25/2010 9:34AM

    Congrats!!! Keep up the good work. Keep on Sparking!

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FLAMENM 4/20/2010 9:33PM

    Have a wonderful Sparkiversery!!!

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ARMSPORTS 4/20/2010 11:20AM

    Congrats from a fellow Spartan!

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MCL423 4/20/2010 10:55AM

    Congrats on your sparkversary! Better late than never right? Keep up the amazing work!



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Happy emoticon anniversary!

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DEE_DEE11 4/20/2010 10:39AM

    Congratulations on your sparkversary! Hope you have a great, healthy year. emoticon

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Monday, April 12, 2010

My friend with cancer died this weekend.
She fought a brave battle and a long fight with her husband by her side.
Thank you everyone who gave me the well-wishes and kept her and her family in your prayers- you can't begin to imagine how much it was appreciated.

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PICKIE98 4/13/2010 8:30AM

    Her hubby is lucky to have friends like you. This is one part of life that humbles us, makes us slam on those brakes. Know that you can vent or dump here, we are here for you.

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SPARTANJAI 4/13/2010 6:41AM

    Thank you so much everyone!

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SPURLIS 4/12/2010 10:01AM

    May you find peace today, tomorrow, and in the days to come knowing she is in a perfect place.

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TXHRT4U 4/12/2010 7:45AM

    our prayers are with you and your friends family

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MCJULIEO 4/12/2010 7:35AM

    I am so sorry for your loss.


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