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Reflecting: One year of cycling

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Me this weekend biking 150 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage

I bought my bike 4 years ago. I had just returned from a trip to Cozumel where I rented a bike and remembered how much I used to like it when I was young. Then it sat in the garage for 3 years...

Last summer, feeling energized by healthy eating and weight loss, I looked at it sitting there in my garage. I worried that I was "too big" to bike. I saw HarmonyBlue's blog on biking and her pictures. I was inspired by the fun she was having and wanted to expand my exercise beyond the baseline stationary bike.

August 25th was my first day on the bike

I wore my new exercise clothes and we rode 15 miles. I was so excited about being outside and I felt like I had really accomplished something! You can tell in this picture how fun the ride was. Although I will admit that my bottomside was sore for the next week!

November 11th was a monumental day for me.

This was one of those days when I felt so athletic. My husband and I did a 30 mile ride - the farthest I had ever been on a bicycle. By then I had lost about 40 lbs and was starting to really feel the difference in my body

July 16-18th, 2010
The Great Allegheny Passage!

This leads me to this weekend. Our long weekend plans were cancelled in Southern WV due to rain, so I was looking for something to do around home. My husband and I had just been up to Ohiopyle State Park earlier in the week and I picked up a brochure on the 150 mile Great Allegheny Passage running from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD. My husband and I thought biking a portion of it this weekend would be fun. 27 miles later, I wondered if we could do the whole thing. I had never done more than 30 miles in a day. Despite the fact that I am very fit, I still hesitate to think of myself as an athlete because I am not thin yet. I tentatively set up ride arrangements for today and yesterday, at 63 miles and 60 miles respectively. And then we set out.

Here is what I learned this weekend:
1. I am an athlete. Anyone who bikes 150 miles in 3 days is fit. Period.
2. I am strong. The first 38 miles of the 2nd day are all uphill, the grade is small, but after the first 15-20 miles I could feel it
3. I am committed to this journey and to my own health.

I am no different than you. My inner whiner tells me it is "too hot" (it was 90 degrees and sunny for 60 miles of biking today). I get tired and my knees hurt. The insecure part of my brain tells me I can't do things. Don't go ride 150 miles tomorrow (because you will be really sore!) but do something that puts you a step closer toward your goals. Believe that you can be fit. Believe that you can do it. Our bodies WANT us to succeed.

  
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INDY50 8/7/2010 8:40PM

    WOW - that is an accomplishment to be very proud of!

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LINDAKETCHIE 8/6/2010 9:21PM

    You are awesome!! I have one question. How do you ride for 60 miles without your butt going numb? I did the Virginia Creeper trail which is a slow downhill grade for about 25 miles. By the end, I was standing on my pedals, because my backside was so sore! Do you have a special seat??

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BRINAGU3 8/6/2010 10:32AM

    I love cycling and just got my old road bike out and dusted off and tuned up and started riding again - I always feel like a kid on a bike.

that ride you and your husband did sounds awesome - congrats on such an accomplishment.

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LIZZY2380 8/6/2010 12:37AM

    So cool. My husband and I are planning a big backpacking trip next summer and it's what motivates me through all my workouts. You rock woman!

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LIZZY2380 8/6/2010 12:36AM

    So cool. My husband and I are planning a big backpacking trip next summer and it's what motivates me through all my workouts. You rock woman!

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RUSTBUCKET1 8/5/2010 11:14PM

    Fantastic blog and what an accomplishment. Whether you ride 15 or 150 miles, you still have to take it one mile at a time. Fantastic that you accomplished. You look fit and strong. Good cyclists come in all shapes and sizes so remember that you are an athlete even if you don't think you fit the stereotype. emoticon

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DBFBILLY 8/5/2010 9:45AM

    LOVE IT!!!!! I have gotten back into biking this summer..love the way it makes me feel..and I really enjoyed your article..so glad you and your hubby enjoying riding together..the farthest i've went is 26 miles at the cancer ride in Cincy earlier this year..it is such a great stress reliever for me...congratulations on such an accomplishment and you look awesome!! emoticon

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FANGLE 8/4/2010 5:50PM

    gotta love a good bike ride. More of a road biker myself but to each his/her own.

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KAYELEM 8/4/2010 2:47PM

    Great story...I love bicycling also! We did the GAP trail last year and it is really a super nice trail, I am wanting to go back and do it again (except the part where we go lost in McKeesport at the end... :) ). You can actually keep going all the way to DC by way of a Maryland trail and the C&O. But the C&O is REALLY bumpy. I am so happy to hear of another trail happy Sparker! Ride On!!!!!

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LADYTSUNADE 8/3/2010 10:02PM

    Thanks for posting this..you are so right, we just sometimes have to get it done and ignore the thoughts that give us excuses not too. Congratulatinos!!

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ERINWD 8/3/2010 9:23PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I struggle with not feeling like an athlete because I'm still carrying extra weight, but you're right! I AM fit and I should be proud.

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REBECCAW84 8/3/2010 4:22PM

    I cant believe it 150 miles! You are incredible. Keep up the great work!

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DESERTCATS 8/3/2010 4:18PM

    Congratulations! You are awesome!!!

I love riding (mountain bike) too. It's so fun to be burning calories outside with the wind blowing through your helmet. emoticon

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FROGGY80916 8/3/2010 12:41PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey, and congratulations. Time for me to dust off my bike, and go for a ride!!

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LIZETH87 8/3/2010 3:19AM

    this is so motivating!! makes me want to get on my bike right now! Thanks so much for sharing :D

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LIBBYL1 8/2/2010 11:23PM

  And you look wonderful! Fit healthy and happy

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TGALDA 8/2/2010 8:05PM

    I LOOOOOVE my bike and want to enter in some bike events but I'm so afraid I wont do well. But this as helped me commit - I will do it! I need to stop making excuses and just put all my chips in.

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BURKEBRIZ 8/2/2010 11:31AM

    Yea, you! What a fantastic accomplishment!

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GRADLY 8/2/2010 8:57AM

    It's like a battle cry to become your best self

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PBLOVER 8/1/2010 5:57PM

    I recently picked up biking again this past week. My husband and I biked 5 miles last Wednesday, and it felt great! You've inspired me to keep on riding!
Keep up the good work!

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NACHOSMAMA 8/1/2010 10:28AM

    Congratulations! That's spectacular! You are a road warrior.
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DOINFINE 7/31/2010 7:24PM

    WOW and CONGRATULATIONS! You have come so far, no pun intended. I can't wait to hear what's next for you! You are a true inspiration to me! My bike has cobwebs on it but after reading your blog and seeing how happy you are, I better blow the dust off and get out and RIDE!!! Thanks for the push! emoticon emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 7/31/2010 4:42PM

    You are an AMAZING athlete...and your transformation is as stellar and wonderful as the sparkling page background behind your SparkPage! CONGRATULATIONS on your truly inspiring achievement!! - Sandi emoticon

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POLLY22 7/31/2010 11:10AM

    I loved your blog on biking. I started biking about four years ago after I finished with breast cancer treatment. I decided I wanted to find a "sport" that I loved and it has turned out that biking is it. I bike about six days a week. Yesterday I biked 23 miles with a friend, the furthest I have biked is 37 miles in a Cancer ride this year. Reading your blog makes me realize I could bike even further!! Congradulations on your weight loss and finding out that you are an athlete!!! emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 7/31/2010 4:43AM

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome.

I have just put the first 1000 miles on my bike, and don't look as good as you do - but you have given me SOOO much inspiration to continue.

BIKE ON!!!

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CINDY4466 7/30/2010 11:35PM

    You are such an inspiration. I bought a really nice bike a few years ago and rarely ride. We live right by the bike path and my ten year old son loves to ride. I am going to start getting on my bike - it really doesn't matter what I look like as long as I start. Great inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELER 7/30/2010 8:55PM

    Congratulations. The Great Allegheny Passage is a treasure. I've biked it twice--the first time from McKeesport to Cumberland, MD. and the following year from Boston, PA to Washington, DC. Last weekend I was camping at Rivers Edge Campground at Connellsville which is right on the path. Lots of cyclists were stopping for ice cream at the camp store. It brought back such great memories. There are so many great trails to ride--I have a bucket list of trails and roads to ride. The ultimate is biking cross country in a few years.

Happy riding!

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JAMESGIRLLL 7/30/2010 6:10PM

    wow.....150 miles in three days...great!

You are not just like me though....I let my inner whiner win. However, I am starting to get inspired and motivated again.....and that lets me know that I can do it this time!

hugs,
jamesgirl

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DAISYBELL6 7/30/2010 7:36AM

    What an inspiration!

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2JENMARIE 7/29/2010 7:28PM

    I loved your list of things you learned about yourself through this adventure. Wow. I am feeling so much more optimistic than I did just ten minutes ago. Can't wait to read about--and be inspired by--your upcoming athletic events!

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/29/2010 10:39AM

    What I like the most about this post is that you have the same happy smile on your face in all of the photos. We could all do well to remember to tackle new adventures with your kind of enthusiasm!

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-PAULA 7/28/2010 6:29AM

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LAWRALOO 7/25/2010 11:10PM

    YOU are so made of awesome! You look great! You look happy!
You have accomplished soooooo much and I am soooo proud of you!
Keep up the amazing work! You rock!

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SMOKINGUN 7/22/2010 11:50PM

    You know how proud i am of all the things you are doing. You and Ron are such an inspiration to others. It makes me proud to read these blogs and know you are sharing yourself with others letting them know all is possible by just being so honest about how you feelgetting started, allong the way, and finishing a goal no matter what it is.

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KARLYNCANDOIT 7/22/2010 8:51PM

    Beautiful blog!! Thank you for sharing. I would say you are thin!!! You did great!!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 7/22/2010 10:31AM

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Thanks for sharing!

You are definitely an athlete!

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CALLIKIA 7/20/2010 5:37PM

    That's a beautiful story! Thank you! You look amazing and, I have to say, from the very first picture I thought, "Man! She looks so athletic and fit!!" You ARE an athlete. Never doubt it.

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LAGREBE 7/20/2010 4:17PM

    Congratulations! That is just sooooo cool, and inspiring!

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SOOTHINGGLOW 7/20/2010 8:30AM

    Congrats! I too thought I was too big to ride my bike, but I do almost everyday now! I LOVE IT!

I have the same water bottle!

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HIPPICHICK1 7/19/2010 11:15PM

    Wow! emoticon
You look great, full of life and vitality!! And yes, our bodies DO want us to succeed, perform, excel, and more.

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JSTCHLIN 7/19/2010 10:34PM

    OH so true. You are an athlete! So awesome and so motivational. I need to get on my bike again and ride like I used to. Congrats to you once again.

Take care and stay healthy
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SNAPPY_MOM 7/19/2010 9:50PM

    WOW!!! Reading this was just so inspiring! You are an athlete. What an amazing accomplishment!!!!!


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GETFIT2LIVE 7/19/2010 8:23PM

    WOW! Love the fact that you did not wait until you were at goal weight to tackle something like that. You ARE an athlete already and a real inspiration, and you are so right--there's a part of our brains that still says 'you can't do that, what are you thinking?!' when our bodies are much more capable than we give them credit for, especially once we become more active. Way to go--you look AWESOME!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/19/2010 8:21PM

    LOL! Thanks Patricia
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IPATRICIA 7/19/2010 7:52PM

    I just know that they are going to make a movie about you. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 7/19/2010 12:39PM

    UNBELIEVEABLE! You are doing fantastic! Good For You.

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KITHKINCAID 7/19/2010 12:27PM

    Love the souvenir shirts! You definitely deserve those! Wow. 150 miles. That's seriously amazing.

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ATROTTIER 7/19/2010 12:15PM

    What an inspirational blog - thank you SOOOO much for sharing this journey with us! It is difficult at times to push what we assume are our limits but it's true WE can do ANYTHING and nothing should ever stop us!!! =)

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Countdown beginning

Saturday, July 17, 2010

357 days ago I started exercising for real
2 days later I joined the Spark

That means I have 2 exciting things to celebrate soon
In 8 days I will have my biggest accomplishment in years, I will have successfully made it through an entire calendar year (July 25, 2009-July 24, 2010) without ever missing a day of exercise. The least I ever did was 45 minutes of cardio, the most was probably one of my biking or hiking endurance days. Most days it was me and the treadmill, or the stepper, or the stationary bike. As the year moved forward I stretched out into crosscountry skiing, downhill skiing, snow shoeing, kayaking, cycling (every new activity was like a new world of what I could do.

Then 2 days later on July 26th I will celebrate a year on the Spark. Over the next 10 days I hope to reflect on my journey thus far over several small blogs. Thank you to my many Spark buddies, who have made this journey so real for me, and so much fun

  
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NEENSTER1 7/28/2010 8:58AM

    emoticon It's hard work but getting what you want is not easy. Keep up the emoticon work. emoticon

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SMOKINGUN 7/24/2010 9:15PM

    cant wait to read the adventure!

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FELICE73 7/22/2010 11:37AM

    CONGRATS!!! emoticon

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FAITH0405 7/19/2010 10:25AM

    Here goes my day 1....only 364 to go! emoticon...lol! Thanks for being such a great encouragement!!

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JSTCHLIN 7/18/2010 9:43PM

    I've been following you since day 1 and you have done such an amazing job. Congrats and continued success!

Take care and stay healthy


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NZGODDESS 7/18/2010 6:28PM

    emoticon Your progress has been awesome and it's been really inspiring to watch your journey and your results. I hope to have the same results as you one day.
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LOOZINITNOW 7/18/2010 2:40PM

    It has been a real joy to watch you on your journey. You have come amazingly far and I am so proud of you! emoticon

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SNAPPY_MOM 7/18/2010 2:33PM

    Great Job! Sounds like you have found your "magic pill"-hard work!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 7/18/2010 12:46PM

    Congratulations! That's wonderful!!.... I can't wait till I can say the same!

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KITHKINCAID 7/18/2010 12:41PM

    Way to go. I can wait to read your next few blogs!

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BBLUNDON 7/18/2010 11:00AM

    AWESOME .. I admire the exercise part ... although I walk every day I don't do that much exercise every day!!!

Enjoy your accomplishments.

b

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CALLIKIA 7/18/2010 10:07AM

    You are so inspiring and so wonderful! You have done amazing and I only hope I'm as far along in a year as you are! Keep up the wonderful work and congrats on your anniversaries!
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IPATRICIA 7/18/2010 9:25AM

    This is so fantastic!!! I hope you are going to CELEBRATE, BIG TIME.I am looking forward to your Blogs...you are such an inspiration and believe me I am not easy motivated or inspired but you managed to do both. emoticon

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LISAALVORD 7/18/2010 7:51AM

    Wow! I am impressed and motivated by you. That is so awesome. I look foward to reading your blogs.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/18/2010 5:46AM

    I look forward to your blogs and know that it will affirm all the great things you've done in just one year. I celebrate 4 years on SP at the end of the month - and my progress has not been like yours, but my motivation to 'keep going' comes from inspirational stories like yours!!

Have a superb Sunday.

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FRENCHTOSD 7/18/2010 3:13AM

    Amazing - I can't wait to read your posts.

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CRISPINI 7/18/2010 12:50AM

    Wow! Way to go!

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LETMEBME 7/18/2010 12:18AM

    Wow! Congratulations!!!! What an accomplishment! And to not miss any workouts - well, let's just say you ROCK!!!!! Awesome job, keep up at it you're doing FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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My third 5K, hiking and kayaking: my week in review

Friday, July 16, 2010

So despite NO weight loss in 6 weeks (AaaaarrrrrggggggghhhhhH!), I am trying to focus on the changes in me. I was feeling bad about my relationship with the evil scale, and my husband pointed out how much I am able to do this summer, compared to last summer. This week I ran a 5K (my third) on Saturday, hiked 6 miles in 2.5 hours in the heat on Sunday and went kayaking on Thursday...A little different than the 2nd week in July 2009.


This was my favorite race of the three I have done since May. The day was cool and misty and I was well rested. The course was over lightly rolling hills in buccolic West Virginia.



It was a small running group and I was once again toward the back of the pack (but not last this time!) My breathing is still loud and raspy sounding but I was actually breathing ok in terms of how I was feeling. So energized on crossing the finish line!

The next day, Ron and I decided to hit the trails and I trolled through some hiking books looking for a place nearby. I discovered a little Pennsylvania state park called Ryerson Station. We hiked through gorgeous hills, past a
cemetary from the 1800s, and through several meadows.



We didn't see another person all day. The only other "hikers" on the trails were hundreds of butterflies flitting around in the sunshine


Finally, today was a perfect day for spending time on the river. We drove an hour north to the Yough River and rented "duckies" - little yellow inflatable kayaks. I wish I had pictures to show you what a beautiful day it was and how much fun I had, but no camera, so you will have to imagine my smile at the end of the day.

Hope next week brings a new world of activities as well!
Some things are more important than the scale...

  
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BURKEBRIZ 8/2/2010 11:31AM

    I love that you just find places you haven't been and go! I love a road trip and now I want to start doing more hiking as the destination for these road trips. I bet my kids will love it, too. I am in OH and we have TONS of parks and areas to do these fun adventures!

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CALLIKIA 7/18/2010 10:09AM

    Amazing, amazing work!

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FLYSOHIGH 7/17/2010 5:17PM

    Congrats on ANOTHER 5k!!! You are unstoppable!:-)

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THENEWDARLENE 7/16/2010 4:25PM

    It sounds like you are doing quite well. I hope to be as active as you are by next spring. Thanks for the motivation! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 7/16/2010 1:07PM

    Wow - so awesome. And a little jealous of your gorgeous outdoor adventures. So beautiful!

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ATROTTIER 7/16/2010 12:08PM

    You look fabulous! The pictures are breathtaking - I wish it looked like that over here! have a great weekend! =)

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LINDAKAY228 7/16/2010 11:11AM

    I'm like you in the fact I'm so much more fit and active than in July 2009. You like all the things I like it sounds like. I've just started running about 3 months ago and have done 1 5k and am signging up for another. Your hiking pics look gorgeous, as I love hiking. Never been kayaking but it's on my "to do" list. Our lives are so much more fun aren't they?

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JSTCHLIN 7/16/2010 10:49AM

    Staying healthy is so much fun... would would have thunk?! LOL. Congrats on your 3rd 5K to date.

Take care and stay healthy

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ANNE7X7 7/16/2010 9:34AM

    Congrats on your third 5K!! That is just awesome!! You are out there enjoying the outdoors, making your life better, so I say SCREW Mr. Scale!!!! You rock and a scale won't tell you that (unless of course you weigh yourself in stones. LOL. I'm hilarious, aren't I?)

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LOOZINITNOW 7/16/2010 7:40AM

    No matter what the scale says, you are definitely a totally different person than you were a year ago. I love where you live! So scenic and peaceful looking. Keep at it, that evil scale cannot hold back forever.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/16/2010 2:40AM

    YES many things are more important than the evil scale! You are simply glowing in every photo and I agree with your husband - LOOK at all you are doing! You are truly LIVING life in the best possible way and making the most of all that is around you! emoticon emoticon

Keep doing what you're doing Gorgeous!!

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Have a fabulous weekend!!

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FRENCHTOSD 7/16/2010 1:26AM

    Your photos make me miss WV like crazy! It's so beautiful there. I miss waving to people when I pass them in cars!

As to weight loss, I think we have to have a breather every oncle in awhile. You look fantastic, and let's not forget your very recent surgery.

Just keep up the good work and it will all come off in good time.



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NZGODDESS 7/16/2010 12:30AM

    Lovely blog! mmmmm lovely nature.
Congrats on all you have achieved!

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CHASINADREAM 7/16/2010 12:25AM

    Wow what a fantastic week!!! You look sooooo happy and healthy!!!You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and accomplishments! emoticonI love summer!!! emoticon

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Spirit & Breath 5K

Sunday, July 04, 2010



I completed my 2nd 5K race today! It was a local small race, only 54 people in the 5K race, and another handful in the 10K. Unlike my first 5K in Pittsburgh (Race for the Cure) which had 70,000 people this was a small group of dedicated runners who were truly there to race. Me, I am there to try to run and to complete the race. Winning, not on the agenda, at least not in the classical sense. Right from the start I was at the back of the pack, two otherr women were in the back with us at a 5mph pace. Unlike my last race where I "saved" my energy, I came out a lot faster (for me anyway) in this race, clearing the first mile in under 12 min, 2nd mile at 24:36 and I was like yeah, baby - I've got this! Then mile 3's big butt hills took the wind out of my sails. I died on the last hill, but I did not give up. I kept putting one foot in front of the other, knowing that the seconds were ticking past. So in the end, I came in about 15 seconds slower than my first race last month. I was disappointed because my goal was to beat that time. Some days you just have to be satisfied that finishing the race is enough. Yeah, I can be plenty proud of that. Last summer the longest running I did was across my yard, chasing the dog...this summer I intend to do a formal 5K each month. For those of you who fear you can't do it, I am the WORST runner in the world, and I am living proof that you CAN do it.


Above is me before the race, calm and relaxed


Here I am with my husband post race, check out my cheery face! You can tell I got a workout!

  
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NINNY165 8/2/2010 5:39PM

    geat Job on all your efforts... a picture is worth a thousand words.... emoticon emoticon

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JAN1031 7/14/2010 9:54AM

    Congrats completing another 5K you are doing such an awesome job Hollynn. You look fabulous only wish I was doing as good..
Blessings,
Janis

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NZGODDESS 7/13/2010 11:47PM

    emoticon girl! You are doing fantastic! 5k a month? That is an awesome goal. I might do that once I get one 5k under my belt...

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/8/2010 2:53PM

    Sorry, I think I have you beat in the 'worst runner' category by a bit.

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Seriously, though, great job on powering through to finish with those hills AND on setting out to do a 5K a month! You look fabulous, and so happy at the end. Congratulations!

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PLUMSWEET1 7/6/2010 10:11PM

    Thats awsome you will get better with practice and time! I did my first one and did not intend on running because I'm not ready for that yet I just intended on a steady walk and was happy I finished under an hr!

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HARMONYBLUE 7/6/2010 12:13AM

    After all you have been through since your first 5k, you should be SUPER proud of yourself for acing this one. It's interesting to note the difference between a BIG race and a small one. My first 5K next month is in the middle -around three hundred attended last year and they expect a bigger turnout this year.

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ANNE7X7 7/5/2010 7:42AM

    Way to go on finishing another 5K and doing awesome despite the hills!! There should be a rule against hills at the end of a race course!!

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MYLUCKCHARM 7/5/2010 3:06AM

    One step, one accomplishment done to the finnishline!

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4DOGNIGHT 7/4/2010 3:34PM

    What a beautiful and healthy looking couple! emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 7/4/2010 1:02PM

    Amazing! It's so wonderful that you have gotten to this point where you are trying to beat a previous time. Congrats on the race - I know each one will bring you closer to your goals. I look forward to reading about them all.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 7/4/2010 10:21AM

    That is amazing and such an accomplishment! You should be proud of finishing and tackling those hills. emoticon

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JSTCHLIN 7/4/2010 9:56AM

    That's awesome! Congrats to you both for running. I can't wait to get there myself one day.

Take care and stay healthy
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LOOZINITNOW 7/4/2010 8:32AM

    Congratulations on completing your second race! You are a star!
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SHERYLDS 7/4/2010 6:19AM

    You look amazing.

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COACHDNUKE 7/4/2010 2:20AM

    GREAT GREAT GREAT

Very impressive you remain my hero.

Dennis

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 7/4/2010 1:43AM

    Finishing makes you a champ. You lifted one foot in front of the other and kept on pressing on. Great job for your dedication.

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Day 3/30 of the "Eating Perfectly" diet - DONE!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010



Today was hard - the M&Ms were calling their siren song, but since I am on my 30 day visionquest they are not an option! I worked overnight in the Emergency Dept last night (imagine donuts, doritos everywhere, overnight shifts are very challenging). After shift I spent time sorting out some new landscaping for a few hours. Love hydrangeas like the one in the picture above. We put in a lot of new landscaping this week including several colorado blue spruce, flowering plum trees, black-eyed susans, spirea and cone flowers. I can't wait see the landscaping mature in a few years. I caught a nap but still struggled to wake up the rest of the day. When I am tired or not feeling well my instincts are to eat, but I wasn't hungry so I resisted. I realize how ingrained some of these patterns are in my life. So my small victory today is that I didn't give in to my instincts, I logged every bite that crossed my lips and I stuck to the plan. Some days small victories are worth a lot!

  
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LULUTHELEO 7/11/2010 7:55AM

    emoticon Great job! PS I love the hydrangeas too. They are a beautiful addition to any landscaping! Keep up the good work!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/30/2010 5:27PM

    I work at a nursing home and working the night shift is always hard! I always want to smoke and eat junk - which is a real problem for 1) I'm not a smoker and 2) eating crap has made me feel like crap lately. But still, everyone else is doing it so i feel like I should too out of solidarity! But I stay the healthy course and keep the faith. You can do this girlfriend. You'll finish strong before your anniversary. i know you will!

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SBHPATRICK 6/30/2010 1:50PM

    Oh, hydrangeas are my favorite. Way to go getting through day 3!

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MAMADWARF 6/30/2010 10:31AM

    good job! small steps are the key! you are doing great, what commitment!

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JSTCHLIN 6/30/2010 10:11AM

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DEVOTEEOFISET 6/30/2010 9:27AM

    This is awesome! Keep it up!!!

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ALESHABEE 6/30/2010 9:24AM

    emoticon it's these small changes that add up to HUGE losses and a healthier life in the long run. Keep up the great work!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/30/2010 9:08AM

    You are rocking this! Woot!

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LOOZINITNOW 6/30/2010 9:04AM

    Proud of you! You are going to blow this out of the water! Stay strong!

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4DOGNIGHT 6/30/2010 8:23AM

    Good for you! I am proud of you!

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JBMT08 6/30/2010 8:19AM

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BARBARAROCKSIT 6/30/2010 6:31AM

    small victories are usually crucial to the big picture victory.

Well done on your m&m dorito and donut resistance!!!

Keep rockin' it!

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SALUBRE 6/30/2010 4:10AM

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FRENCHTOSD 6/30/2010 3:07AM

    You can do it. And you have done it! Keep up the good work!

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CRISPINI 6/30/2010 2:19AM

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CRISPINI 6/30/2010 2:19AM

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BRENDY_28 6/30/2010 12:15AM

    way to go! keep it up!

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TIFF38 6/29/2010 11:46PM

    Most days.. small victories are all that count!

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ONEBIGDUDE 6/29/2010 11:03PM

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