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Something to be thankful for

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away and my 40th birthday just beyond that and as I sit here and think of all the things I'm thankful for I decided to write this blog.
At 40 I may not be the sexiest 40 year old around, but I'm in the best shape I've been in years. I can run 7 miles in less than an hour (without stopping to pant!) and I don't have a single pair of pants that fit me in the waist. My abs, arms and legs have less fat and more muscle than ever before and I can run up flights of stairs without losing my breath.
In the coming year I plan on training to run the full Detroit Marathon and make my 40's be the start of something amazing.
I am thankful for my friends and family and the blessings I have in my life, but in addition to that I am thankful for a healthier and happier me!

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THEGARDENCHICK 11/25/2008 7:40PM

    What a great summation! Happy birthday early. Its good to take time and realize all the good we have done and to plan new goals to go with it. You will not be disappointed by doing a full marathon. Having my first just under my belt I am still amazed at what the human body and spirit can do and I am still smiling. Let me know if you need any help. Enjoy the ride!

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Finding it in myself... thanks SparkPeople~

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I've got SparkPeople to thank for a lot of things, but I think this one is at the top of my list.
Today, four months before I turn 40, I've discovered I can find it within myself.
No more looking to others to ask me to go for a walk, or attend a fitness class.
No more making excuses for not finding the time to work out, or not wanting to do it if I'm alone.
I've found I have a Spark inside me that fires myself up to do the things I know I should do.
I've found a desire to be the best shape that I could be in for "40".
I've found a wonderful attitude that makes me want to have those toned arms and legs and the beginnings of a washboard stomach for no one else other than me.
I've found that having those things I listed above makes me feel better... not because I think I'm turning heads, but because I can do things without it exhausting me.
Best of all I've found that I can make changes in my lifestyle gradually that will stick with me the rest of my life and thanks to SparkPeople I'll be able to enjoy that life without getting out of breathe or being uncomfortable in my own skin.

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SUMMERCAT22 8/14/2008 10:37AM

    emoticon you sound like you are now at a wonderful point in your life!

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What if I knew I couldn't fail?

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Ok, I have to admit this started as a Daily Challenge, but, it's turned into so much more... and for that I am thankful.

What if I knew I couldn't fail? The phrase seems so basic and uncomplicated, but it goes way beyond that.

What if I started out in the morning thinking I would succeed at everything I did that day? Would I do things differently? Would I have different results? Would other people see me differently?

Thoughts guide us through our daily lives without us even knowing it. If we think we'll struggle keeping on our nutrition and fitness paths because it's a rough week, we will. If we think we will get passed up for that promotion because people underestimate us, we will.

Of course, there's a flip side to this as well. If we wake up knowing we will succeed just imagine the possibilities. Instead of my relay team in the Detroit Marathon, would I be running the whole thing? Would I try for an extra 10 push ups? Could I contemplate jumping to the next size of dumb-bells?

What it all boils down to is this... it's the same for me as it is for everyone. If we knew we couldn't fail then we would push ourselves because we wouldn't be afraid of not succeeding. We would be like the Wright brothers and the bumble bee and there would be no limits to what we could accomplish together!

Thanks to OUTOFCONTROL for this Challenge... may I take this from a daily challenge and turn it into a lifestyle. emoticon

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FITGIRL15 8/6/2008 8:50AM

    I've always been an optomist... and it shows! There is no gain in thinking or acting negatively!

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Detroit Marathon

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Today marks Day 1 in my training for the Detroit Marathon. Granted, it's as part of a 5 person relay team, but, still, it's more organized running than I have done since high school.
I'm proud that I signed up to do the second longest leg of the race and I just hope I can train hard enough between now and then to do my team proud.
Anyone have any suggestions?

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    That is great! I am doing the full there and it will be my first. My advice is to train smart. Start slow, increase slowly-10% per week, and listen to your body. Also make sure you have good shoes! Let me know if you need any help. I have done 3 halfs and some other longer runs.

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MONARCHMERI 7/31/2008 12:14PM

    Wow! That's exciting stuff!!! I don't have any suggestions, but great job on getting involved and I wish you all the best in your endeavor! Yay you!

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:) Meredith

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Selfish purchase?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

While wandering through the store yesterday to purchase birthday presents, I somehow ended up in the 'fitness' section.

A quick look at the videos was enough, after all, I've been able to find all the videos that I've needed of late here on SparkPeople.

The next area was full of jump ropes, bands and sauna suits... so I didn't even slow down there. A quick glance at the adjustable dumb-bells (a little something to keep in mind for my birthday and Christmas lists) and I just kept moving.

Then... for some reason a hanging display caught my eye and next thing you know, I'm looking at the heart rate monitors. Do I need it? No. Would it be nice to have? Sure. So I picked up one, strapped it to my wrist and played with it the rest of the night.

So, while my purse is a bit lighter, I am too because between the hula hoop, the jogging in place and the running up and down the stairs to check my heart rate out, I managed to burn 856 calories... and I know this because my new toy told me so!


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ANOTHERAMY 7/31/2008 3:06PM

    It sounds like a worthwhile purchase to me!

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JULIE99S 7/23/2008 11:36AM

    I don't think that's a selfish purchase at all. If you're using it and it's going to be helpful to you getting to your goal I think it's a good purchase.

I'm gonna put one on my birthday want list for my bf.

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