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My first Ragnar Relay

Sunday, April 20, 2014

SOOOO...I just did my first Ragnar Relay April 4-5, 2014.

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For those of you not familiar, here is a link to the one I completed with my team. They are held all over the country.

www.ragnarrelay.com/race/southerncal
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My first two legs were hella hard--4.10 miles mostly uphill (hard), 3.5 miles mostly uphill (hard) and early morning (I should mention here that I never run at night so to do that at 1AM took everything mental I had NOT to freak out) and lastly 2.80 miles rolling hills (easy--says who!?). I should also add that up until then, I had also not run outdoors extensively, so the pounding on the street, did a number on my shins and knees. Despite the breaks in between my runs, this race was easily one of the most challenging and exhausting activities in which I have ever participated--both physically and mentally. It was also the most number of total miles I have ever completed. Since I have gained back a good amount the weight I had lost, that fact that I completed it all--well, let's just say I learned a lot about myself.

Still, the experience was nothing short of aMAZing, truly. Our team name was Strangers to Solemates and we were made up of 12 people who had never met in person, only virtually. Our team captains were two former SparkPeople members who have now made somewhat of a name for themselves in the weight loss/running world thanks to this feature length documentary coming to a theater near you sometime this summer, I believe. vimeo.com/47110893

In the end, this race was not about winning or establishing a new PR. It was about 12 virtual strangers that met online last August and became a family through our online and in-person support of each other on race day. I am happy to say the love and camaraderie has not waned since the race ended. And I don't expect it will. emoticon

Thanks for reading!!



This pic was taken at 4:30 in the morning right before our 5AM start time on Friday, April 4th.



This is right after we crossed the finish line as a team on Saturday, April 5th--36 hours later. (God help us. I don't think we got more than 3-4 hours of sleep--IF that.)



My finishers' medal--it is a serious piece of bling. LOL! SOOO heavy but well worth it.



Signed by my fellow "solemates" on Sunday, April 6th at our team brunch in San Diego. AHHH...good times.

  
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LADYSHERRY 4/28/2014 5:07PM

    Amazing. You're my hero emoticon

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SGTSUNNY 4/21/2014 1:59PM

    You are are amazing! Great experience and meeting other Spark people is awesome.

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UNICORN212 4/21/2014 1:47PM

    Wow! Congrats! That is awesome!

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MISSROCKABILLY 4/21/2014 11:18AM

    I just love this and you are AMAZING!! Seriously. It is so cool that you did this, I am really proud of you for stepping outside your comfort zone and rocking this!
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MICKEYMAX 4/20/2014 10:01PM

    WOW! GREAT JOB!!!!!

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MARCH 2014 WALK AWAY THE POUNDS WALK CHALLENGE

Saturday, March 01, 2014

(As a side note--UH has it really been a year since my last blog entry?! WOW. Just WOW...)

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MARCH 2014 WALK AWAY THE POUNDS WALK CHALLENGE FROM LESLIE SANSONE'S WALK AT HOME WEBSITE. THE LINK IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BLOG.

Sat. March 1 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – Burn 30 & Firm 30 Segments! emoticon
(Or 45 min. Walk OR 6,000 steps)

Sun. March 2 – “Rest-ore” for the week ahead!

Mon. March 3 – Burn Body Fat – 3 Mile Walk with Hand Weights
(Or 45 min. Walk OR 6,000 steps)

Tues. March 4 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – FIRM 30 Segment
(Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps)

Wed. March 5 – Day Off

Thurs. March 6 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – BURN 30 Segment
(Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps)

Fri. March 7 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – FIRM 30 Segment
(Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps)

Sat. March 8 – Walk to the Hits – Radio Remixes! (3 Mile Walk)
(Or 45 min. Walk OR 6,000 steps)

Sun. March 9 – Stretch and Rest!
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Mon. March 10 – Burn Body Fat – 2 Mile Walk with Hand Weights! emoticon
(Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps)

Tues. March 11 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – FIRM 30 Segment emoticon
(Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps)

Wed. March 12 – BURN 30 Segment (Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps) emoticon
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Turbo Jam
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Thurs. March 13 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – BURN 30 Segment emoticon
(Or 30 min Walk OR 4,000 steps)

Fri. March 14 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – Day off!! emoticon

Sat. March 15 – Burn Body Fat – 2 Mile Walk + FIRM 30!
(Or 30 min Walk OR 4,000 steps)

Sun. March 16 – Rest!

Mon. March 17 – 3 MEGA Miles! (Or 45 min Walk OR 6,000 steps)
I’m wearing my GREEN walking shoes today! HAPPY ST. P-Day!
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Tues. March 18 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – FIRM 30 Segment
(Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps)

Wed. March 19 – Day Off!

Thurs. March 20 – Walk to the Hits – Radio Remixes! + FIRM 30
(Or 45 min. Walk OR 6,000 steps)

Fri. March 21 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – FIRM 30 Segment
(Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps)

IT’s HERE ….. SPRING! You are on track to make this Spring your healthiest ever!
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Sat. March 22 – 3 MEGA Miles + FIRM 30
(Or 45 min. Walk OR 6,000 steps)

Sun. March 23 – Restore/Refresh/Relax!

Mon. March 24 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – BURN 30 + FIRM 30
(Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps)

Tues. March 25 – Day Off!

Wed. March 26 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – BURN 30 + FIRM 30
(Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps)

Thurs. March 27 – Day Off!

Fri. March 28 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – BURN 30 + FIRM 30
(Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps)

Sat. March 29 – Walk to the Hits – Radio Remixes! (3 Mile Walk)
(Or 45 min. Walk OR 6,000 steps)

Sun. March 30 – “Rest-ore!”

Mon. March 31 – 3 MEGA Miles + FIRM 30
(Or 45 min. Walk OR 6,000 steps)

See more at:
www.walkathome.com/sansone/your-walk
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REFFIE1 3/2/2014 2:39PM

   
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MISSROCKABILLY 3/2/2014 1:41PM

    Glad to see you posting again! Good luck with the challenge, you are going to rock this!

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    I'm glad you joined me. Thank you! emoticon

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LEKESHIA35 3/1/2014 3:06PM

  that sounds great good luck and have fun you can do it

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Getting ready for day two...

Wednesday, April 03, 2013





I'm still sore from day one on Monday but I am so ready to bring it--it's not even funny! At the end of 6 weeks, my body is going to look different. I'm going to feel different. I will BE different. And it will have been SO worth it.


  
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1EMMA2011 4/3/2013 5:38PM

    Awesome Attitude!!!!

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Something very cool just happened...

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

January 2012, just following the break up of my 15-yr relationship, my roommate (and oldest friend) and I took a road trip to San Francisco to visit another friend of mine of 20+ yrs. (As an aside, there is something especially beautiful about having people in my life that have known me as long as these individuals have...It's like coming home--safe and warm.) We had a wonderful time just hanging out--sharing, reminiscing and laughing a LOT. It was just what the doctor ordered after I moved out of the apartment I had shared with my ex.

Well on the way home, my friend and I stopped in Santa Cruz which became my home away from home after attending UCSC for 3 years. It is one of the most magical places to me and retains a special place in my heart to this day. It was here that I gained independence from my family for the first time and began developing into the person I am now. I guess you could say it's where I found myself. My friend and I decided to walk around downtown and we stopped in at my favorite jewelry store where they have a large array of silver rings--of which I am a fan. So I see this rather plain band made out of solid sterling silver. It's kind of wide, narrows at one point and is edged on both sides with a braided pattern. It was love at first sight, simple yet slightly ornate and I wanted it. When I tried it on for the first time I had planned to buy it for the middle finger on my right hand but the store didn't have my size. So I went down a size and purchased it for the ring finger on my right hand. As my friend and I drove home to southern CA, I couldn't stop staring at my hand and my new purchase. It was a little more than I might normally spend but it was heavy for a band and solid silver all the way through. It was also the first thing I had bought for myself since my relationship had ended and it began to symbolize for me not only the start of the new year but also new beginnings. The start of a new me, if you will.

As my weight loss success has unfolded and taken on different forms not always apparent on the scale, I noticed my ring becoming looser and looser to the point that it is now sliding of the ring finger on my right hand. But I am so attached to it, that I hate the idea of leaving the house without it even though the thought of possibly losing it has filled me with dread on occasion. When I look down at my hand, the sight of my ring reminds me of so many positive things (and a few sad ones) but mostly positive-like how far I've come personally, emotionally and mentally since my break-up; how independent I've become, how much healthier I am physcially--the fact that it no longer fit has been a CONSTANT reminder of how successful I have been in the pursuit of better health. But mostly it has come to symbolize not only the possibilities life has to offer but how much care I have taken to love myself--for better or for worse.



Well--I still cannot yet fit my ring on the middle finger of my right hand and just as I was lamenting the fact that I might actually have to start leaving it at home, something told me to try the middle finger on my LEFT hand--and so I did. And. it. fit. Just last week, my left middle finger was also too snug. It made me so happy that I started to tear up. Because you know what that means? It means that my ring's intended home from the very beginning on my right middle finger cannot be too far behind and will soon be thin enough for me to switch back to where I had always wanted to wear it since it's purchase January 2012. The elation I felt at this discovery was, well, unexpected and a tad overwhelming. I feel like for the first time since 2007 when I first embarked on this journey at 257 lbs, before I even knew what a "Sparkpeople" was, that I am finally on my way to becoming the person I was always meant to be.



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PRINCESSAMY 4/3/2013 11:32AM

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ALICIA214 4/3/2013 10:56AM

 

Thanks for posting pics of your ring ,it sure is a beauty...

My weakness !! emoticon rings and bracelet love em.

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MISSROCKABILLY 4/3/2013 10:18AM

    Beautiful ring, and I love the story of it! I am so proud of you and of how far you have come since then, love you girl!

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RAINYFRIDAY 4/3/2013 10:17AM

    Love it!!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 4/3/2013 8:46AM

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You inspire me!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 4/3/2013 5:13AM

    What a special moment to share. The ring is beautiful and will look great on your right middle finger very soon. Congratulations and best wishes on your continued success.

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MSBEKANATOR 4/3/2013 4:13AM

    Love the pics, what a beautiful ring. I can totally see why you had to buy it, it is such a perfect ring for a middle finger. There is something kind of magical about a shimmery piece of silver jewelery that touches something deep inside of me. Thanks for letting me know you posted the pictures. :)

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MSBEKANATOR 4/3/2013 2:27AM

    This is so cool. I am tearing up reading this. Way to go!! What a great blog!

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ALICIA214 4/3/2013 2:26AM

 

Are we going to see a pic of your ring??

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And it's alright...

Sunday, March 31, 2013

As you know, in this weight loss "game"--hell, this game called life--it is not uncommon for us to sometimes (dare I say often) feel as though we don't always have a handle on things. In fact, I would say that is probably a normal feeling--that wishing we were further along in our journey or the dull ache of waiting for something--a new job, a new love, a new life, in some respects.

I, too, am searching for things--not because I am wholly unsatisfied or anything like that as I recognize the many blessings in my life currently but simply because it is MORE than just okay to seek out those things that we also feel help contribute to our overall sense of well-being, worth and purpose. I had a friend get very exasperated with me the other day when we were talking about my pursuit of a better job. He said to me in "that tone", "Tay, why can't you just be happy?!" I would not classify myself as UNhappy. I think it's okay to want "better" for one's self without being labeled disgruntled or unhappy. In fact, despite wanting a better job which will facilitate me being able to DO more in life, I'm actually rather content. I recognize that I am lucky to have a job during these trying economic times so it's not as if I'm ungrateful. But I ALSO recognize that I need more in order to experience fulfillment in other areas of my life--areas I was would describe as my "spiritual" side since I am not religious in a more traditional sense.

So as I have been working on myself and learning to come to terms with these wants and desires, be it a new job or the people I have been letting into my life, sometimes to my personal detriment, the below song has been popping up in my Pandora radio with alarming frequency. I'm not necessarily a believer in "signs" per se, but I was listening to the lyrics the other day in headphones and the one word that came to mind at the time was "Yup.".

It's Alright by Ledisi

youtu.be/8dAPfhnR92U

This life can make me so confused but it's alright
Living day by day I feel so used. That ain't right
I just wanna run and hide
But I don't have the time to cry and it's alright (it's alright)... it's alright... alright

Many thoughts are running through my head... it's alright
Wishing to be somewhere else but here and it's alright
I can't wait to see your face
I need a smile and your embrace
I'm alright (it's alright, it's alright)... I'm alright... yeah

Life can bring us through many changes it's alright
(Never give up)
Just don't give up know that it's gonna be alright
People come and they go (they go)
It's just the way that it goes
Everything is everything... It's alright!

Sometime the rain it makes me sad and it's alright
Some things in the world they make me mad and it's alright
In the morning when I see the sun
I know I'm not the only one and it's alright (it's alright), it's alright... (hey)

Wish I had some money to pay my bills
I can't even buy that dress on sale but it's alright
Having money don't mean a thing
Loving you is everything and I'm alright (it's alright), I'm alright yeah

Life can bring us through many changes it's alright
(It's gonna be alright)
Just don't give up know that it's gonna be alright
People come and they go (they go)
It's just the way that it goes
Everything is everything... It's alright!

Oh oh oh
Everything is everything
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
It's gonna be alright

Life can bring us through many changes it's alright
Just don't give up know that it's gonna be alright
People come and they go
That's just the way that it goes
Everything is everything... It's alright!

  
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1EMMA2011 3/31/2013 11:06AM

    I so love this. I went into a period of deep introspection last year. I read a lot about personality theory so I could come to know myself better. Just to be clear, I am a Christian. Anyway, I read deeply and robustly on many different points of views. One interesting analysis was the Enneagram. You might enjoy the Enneagram Institute as they have a test that ultimately showed me a way to serenity. Please only if you feel so moved... just a fleeting thought I had and God Bless You on Easter.

You only deserve good things. While we are right where we are supposed to be at the moment, there is nothing wrong either with putting our prayers, our hopes, our wishes, our dreams and desires on slips of paper and putting those slips in prayer boxes and bibles or other spiritual books. Sometimes I just think (again as I practice my faith), Thy Will Be Done!

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