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Challenges are blessings as problems!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Many people discover they come up against an obstacle and may call it quits. For me, I have come against a few obstacles but they have only made me stronger.

When I was born, I did not cry or make baby noises. My mom thought she was blessed with a "good" baby. She was.. but in a different way. It turns out that I had a speech problem called Apraxia. Apraxia showed me that I can do anything I put my mind to.

About 20 years later, as I forget that I can do anyting I put my mind to, I was diagnosed with depression. Before I knew it my life seemed to be shambles including being on academic probation for college. Eventually, I cleaned up my act and is slowly getting on the right track.

Throughout I put on a considerable amount of weight - around 100#! Last June, I started losing weight and have not quit yet! Because of that, I have lost 50#... and I am still not ready to quit. Recently, I have decided I want to do a Half Marthon Walk.. and I would not be surprised if in the future I ran Half Marathons.

All of this got me to thinking.

I really can do anything I put my mind to. It is true that I can, "It is the size of one's will which determines success." No one but you holds you back making the sky the limit.

So, even through the obstacles looked like problems in the beginning they were truly just challenges that God knew I could overcome.

I honestly feel blessed to have God, my family and friends in my life.

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GOZEKIGRL 4/14/2010 8:18AM

    you absolutely CAN!!
great outlook!

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THECRAZYMANGO 4/14/2010 7:52AM

    Thanks so much! I have always thought of myself to be a diamond in the rough.. yet to be discovered by some! My glad the enthusiasm was inspiring! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 4/14/2010 6:33AM

    You are a diamond in the rough who is meant for wonderful things to come, and you have the will and determination to make them happen. Never let go of that. Your enthusiasm is inspiring.

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PATRICIAANN46 4/13/2010 8:53PM

  Only YOU can do it and your attitude is great!!! emoticon

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SNOWFILLY 4/13/2010 8:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Yes you can!!!!

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I..seriously.. cannot wait to go to the East Coast 2012!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

As many of you may know, I went to the East Coast and Boston for Spring Break.. and loved it!!! I went with in mind that in 2012 that I would study my last year there!

As I was researching Walking Half Marathons for this summer.. I ran across like a zillion.. okay.. like five.. that I can do in Boston and Portland, Maine!!!! EEEEK!

Seriously, I am so excited. I am not sure where I will be in a solid year... for all I know I could be running Half Marathons.. but as of right now I could walk them! How exciting would that be! That last year of college would be the best I would ever have.. or close to it!

Here are some that I found (in no special order)!!!!

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

Sport Shoe Center Maine Marathon

Portland Marathon

Seriously, excited!!! More, and more.. I wish I was going next year. At this rate, I don't know if I will be coming back! emoticon

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THECRAZYMANGO 4/13/2010 10:12PM

    You betcha!!! I was actually thinking tonight that very few special people actually know how awesome I am! Hehe!

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SHERYLDS 4/13/2010 9:02PM

    You are so cute. I love your enthusiasm. I think all your determination and planning is going to blossom into 3 fantastic years. And when you come out the other end...there's going to be a gorgeous slim dynamite woman running those marathons.

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My 100 Day Challenge

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A personal 100-day challenge to help me focus on changing my bad habit.

Um, me! (Kinda obvious..hehe!)

From today, April 11th to July 22nd. (Is that 100 days? I hope so!)

Because I have realized I have several bad habits and know only I can change them.

These bad habits are:
Eating out several times a week
Being obsessive about weighing myself

My goals for the next 100-days! Eeek!

1) To actively try to not put anything off (within reason) for the next 100 days (This may mean limited use of email, SparkPeople and Facebook AND more time actually doing my hw!)
2) To not eat out for the next 100 days (Oh, boy! That is going to be hard!!!)
3) To only weigh myself every 10 days.. (I'm scared! I guess I will be measuring my inches and how I feel instead these days!)


Wish me luck and PLEASE help me keep me on track!!!

(I guess this mean I better quit procrastinating and do my homework, sigh!)

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HEIDISO 4/11/2010 10:51PM

    Best of luck! You can do it!

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WISLNDR 4/11/2010 9:36PM

    Best of luck, you have a great plan! I especially like the being obsessive about weighing yourself part; that's the one I'm dealing with right now too!

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P.S. Thanks for the blog comment; running has been my proudest accomplishment!

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BANANNA38 4/11/2010 7:28PM

    Good luck to you... I also am giving myself a number challenge. I'm thinking of my challenge in "days until my birthday." I'm turning the big 4-0 on Dec. 24th. The countdown in on to get healthy before I enter the next decade of my life... I want my 40's to be the healthiest ever. I'm going to print myself a little one-page mini-calendar out to tape on my bathroom mirror. I will give myself a star for each day I am taking good care of myself!

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MEGH0209 4/11/2010 6:26PM

    Good Luck! You can do it. It will be beautiful outside and homework can be done outside.

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BLEVISTEW 4/11/2010 6:25PM

    The best of luck to you on your challenge.

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ZZYYGGY 4/11/2010 6:14PM

    You can do this

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Why Do I Do It?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Seriously.. why do I do it? Why do I sabotage myself?

So for the last couple weeks, I got a little above 210 which makes it so I have not lost 50#. emoticon This past week, I try really hard to get back to 210 as close as I can.. I was doing quite well. Yesterday morning I weight 211.6.

Than.. a friend of mine asked me to go to Grizzlys.. and simply put.. I made bad choices. I should have ordered something light - probably not the Appetizer Sampler.. LOL!

So, this morning I weighed 214. Mine you, I do not believe that I gained 3# overnight. I think some of it is water intention because as we all know appetizers are not the best for you and probably contain tons of sodium..

Seriously, I don't know why I do this. Every week, I get down to 210# than BAM!!! I sabatoge myself. I make the choice to go above 210#. Maybe I am just scared of being under 200#.. I am.. I can admit that.. argh, I need to get a backbone with myself! Hehe!

Anyhow, I didn't get to go for a walk yesterday so I am going to go on a 5 mile walk today before I work from 3-9. Hope everyone has an emoticon day!!!

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LYNNDAK 4/12/2010 12:43AM

    Yea that 10oz steak I had at TGI Fridays Friday night didn't help me either. Or the garlic butter mound they put on top of it. Or the fries. But I have been so good otherwise. Saturday I took a long walk - hiking around 3 miles and today I did yardwork all afternoon at my parents house. I've put on muscle weight which could really drag me down when I jump on the scale but at least I know that that is whats going on. I lost 7 pounds my first week and am now jumping between 5-7 pounds. My friend told me I should go to Luther Hospitals oldest building and climb 10 flights of stairs. Oh I wish this was easier!....


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THECRAZYMANGO 4/11/2010 12:39PM

    Yeah, I am a very social girl as well. I think I need to learn to be okay to not eat and just go for the company.. part of me wonders if I am just scared and that is why I keep sabatoging myself..

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HOLLYGIRL101 4/11/2010 12:13PM

    I can relate to this, and read a blog very similar to yours yesterday. My weight loss stagnated through March, and I gained back about 5lbs due partly to a vacation and a few crazy weeks at school and work. April I vowed to get back on the wagon. As of this last Friday I'd taken off the weight I'd gained back and was well on my way to being under 200 my the end of April. Then on Saturday my sister asked me to go out for dinner and drinks with her and some friends. The old me would have been out the door immediately, but the new me wanted to keep my progress going more than I wanted to go out and have a good time. I'm a very social person, so this shift in my priorities is a little annoying to my (skinny) friends, but I needed to start saying no a little more often for me. I've been trying to only do calorie-intense activities (dinner out, drinking) every other weekend, that gives me two weeks in between to clean up the damage and make a little more progress. Good luck!

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Summer Training - Feedback Please!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

In October, I am going to try to walk in a 18-mile race. In order to do this, I need to get up to par. Below is my summer schedule.

Please give me suggestions if you think my goals are reasonable.


April - Master 4 miles
Walk 3 miles on the weekdays
Walk 5 miles on either Saturday or Sunday


May - Master 7 miles
Walk 5 miles on the weekdays
Walk 8 miles on either Saturday or Sunday

Note: For April and May, I will be in Spring semester classes.


June - Master 10 miles
Walk 8 miles on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
Walk 11 miles on Tuesday and Saturday
Rest on Friday


July - Master 13 miles
Walk 10 miles on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
Walk 14 miles on Tuesday and Saturday
Rest on Friday


August - Master 16 miles
Walk 13 miles on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
Walk 17 miles on Tuesday and Saturday
Rest on Friday


September - Master 18 miles
Walk 18 miles on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturday/Sunday


October - Master 18 miles
Walk 18 miles on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturday/Sunday

Note: For September and October, I will be in Fall semester classes.


Now that you have seen my plan.. do you think I need to do the 10 - 18 mile walks in one chunk or could I break them up throughout the day?

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HEIDISO 4/10/2010 12:50AM

    Let me know when you want to go hiking. I'm always up for it. I'm planning to visit Copper Falls at the end of this month.

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    Thank you everyone for all the wonderful feedback!!!

I am not sure what my miles per hour is but I do walk 15 minutes/miles. By the end of the summer, I hope to get down to 10 minutes/mile. No one will be slowing down for me.. hehe!

I am concerned that I will get lazy and not want to do the big chunks of walks.. I do think I can do several small walks a day. I know I did that last summer alot. It is easier to fit into my schedule as well! I am thinking of doing the varying my walks..

I do know if I have a plan, I tend to not follow it anyhow. I do better if I make a goal every week. What concerns me about not following a plan is that I will not reach 15 miles, at the mininum, at the end of the summer.

But, I get overwhelemed when I have a plan.. or at least I know I would when I would have a similar weight loss plan. Also, sometimes having a plan kinda takes the fun out of going for a walk.

On the other hand, I also do not want to be sore for days so that is why I am trying to prepare...and I so need to find some hilly areas. Maybe I will be hitting Duluth up. One of my ideas is to hiking Gooseberry Falls a few times this summer. Would anyone from the area be interested in doing that with me?

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SHERYLDS 4/8/2010 4:53PM

    I think this is a great plan...And the beauty of it is that it is a win/win any way you look at it. I've only done 1 benefit walk for the March of Dimes (15 mile walk) and I was lame for 3 days afterwards. So I would strongly advise you to prepare like you plan to.

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HEIDISO 4/8/2010 4:49PM

    I have done the walk you are talking about. (Obviously since I'm the one that suggested it to you.) Although I haven't done the full 18 miles just the 9 mile portion.

I've never been great a following a training schedule. So I'm not the best one to give advice. I never walked 9 miles until the first time I did this cancer walk. I regretted that the next day but now I'm better about it.

Logically speaking I don't think you will have time to take 18 mile walks 3 times a week. (If you walk at a pace of 3 mph that would take 6 hours.) But if you take walks of varying lengths so your body is used to walking for long periods of time you should do fine. You would probably want to try and walk the full 18 a couple times before the event but you don't need to do it every week.

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/8/2010 2:48PM

    wow.. I have no idea. When I started walking, I did 1 mile a day M-F. But that was the time I had available. After I started walking faster, I was able to increase to 1.6 miles at a time.. time constraints had me back inside.

But if the day was slow, I'd be out again for another mile or 1.6.

Certainly couldn't hurt to try this! You can count it as your goal you are going for!

Good luck! emoticon

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GOZEKIGRL 4/8/2010 2:42PM

    that depends on how fast you're walking....
my fast walk only equals about 2.5 miles per hour.
i don't know how fast yours is, but if i had to walk 18 miles, it would take me 7.5 hours to accomplish! that's like a whole day!

now, if you're tracking your entire day's movement, totally different story.
these are some hefty numbers! emoticon and by september, you could be ready for jogging! who knows!

for myself personally, i only plan one month in advance. then at the end of the month i go over my goals and accomplishments and schedule and plan for the next month based on how i did the previous month. but having a long term plan is good too.

maybe you say that by september you want to master 18 miles, this is your base plan, but you can reevaluate and recalculate if necessary at the end of each month?
just a thought.
good luck!

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