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Starting a new journey...getting my strength back!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

It's been an interesting year, I've run 6 Half Marathons this year, set a Personal Best in one, saw my Mom complete her first Half Marathon at age 71, saw my husband complete his first Boston Marathon. Also found out I have Costochondritis (info: www.webmd.com/pain-management/costoc
hondritis
). They're not sure what causes it, but it could be trauma like from a car accident which I didn't have, (possibly from running a Half Marathon every weekend lol?) I'd say a race is definitely trauma to the body. But I kept running and when I finally started seeing the symptoms affect my racing, I went to the doctor and they ran all the tests and came back with that. Makes it hard to catch my breath which is the worst symptom for me. It can last up to 6 months. So after my race on 3/18, I stopped running...or doing any exercise...yes it was SO hard. I was scheduled to be a Pacer at the Clearwater Iron Girl Half on 4/22 and pace the 2 Hour group. I was determined to do this race, since I missed it last year, so I opted to Pace the 2:30 group and I'm so glad I did. It went great and I felt good that after 4 weeks of no exercise I could just "jump up" and run a Half Marathon.

During my running season, my weightlifting changes quite dramatically. I have a Running Coach and do a simple but effective 20 minute workout using all body weight. So it's not the heavy lifting I "enjoy" but I'm coachable to do what I need for its purpose.

Back in January, I pulled something in my back from lifting, so I hadn't really lifted weights since then. I live in the Tampa FL area so this is the time it gets really hot and humid for us (no more Half Marathons in our area until end of October), so my plan is to be a gym rat during the summer.

Challenge is, I went back to the gym last Monday for a really light workout and couldn't believe how "weak" I was. I totally felt like I was starting all over again. I got through last week, but I know it's going to be a process to get back to the strength I know I can have.

So I plan to blog about my progress over the summer. Today I did a 45 minute steady HR Cardio on the Bike and sweat more than I ever had at that pace (70% max HR), so I know I have a ways to go but I'm determined and ready!

I'm so thankful for all my Sparkfriends, you continue to inspire me with your successes, comebacks and just hanging in there!

All praise and glory to Yahweh who allows me to wake up each day and find a new way to honor Him!

Here are some highlights from recent races (you know me, gotta have some pics, right!):

Was a Pacer for the Half Marathon & 8k at Gasparilla 3-4-12:


Sarasota Half Marathon 3-11-12:


Beach Halfathon 3-18-12:


Pics from Boston Marathon 4-16-12:



Iron Girl Half 4-22-12:

  
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TIFFY0906 5/7/2012 12:25AM

    So glad you are doing better and able to get back into the swing of things. Sounds like great goals for the summer. You are an inspiration.

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DRB13_1 5/7/2012 12:02AM

    emoticon as always! Thanks for sharing and for being such an inspiration. I know others in your area notice and get up and out because you set such a wonderful example.

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MIZPAM25 5/6/2012 8:25PM

    emoticon emoticoncongratulations on all that you have accomplished, I wish you continued success! You are truly inspirational, looking forward to your blogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKWITME 5/6/2012 7:05PM

    Hi Tia, you have had an Awesome time with your running.

Think of your layover as a rest break....it's all good !

Like always you will bounce back.

Enjoy your summer. emoticon emoticon

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ANGGEL40 5/6/2012 6:00PM

    You are staying positive about it all and that is awesome..wishing you all the best!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/6/2012 5:48PM

    Best of Luck this summer. Enjoy the reduced running schedule and more ST. emoticon

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ALWAYSCHANGING 5/6/2012 5:41PM

    Tia you are always such an inspiration!!!!

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NYC_NATIVE 5/6/2012 5:38PM

    Tia, all of this must be so hard, but you've been handling this in a very positive manner! So I'm inspired by your example. emoticon Keep us updated on your progress.

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MOMASAURUS 5/6/2012 5:36PM

    Way to go! I look forward to reading your progress blogs.
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My Grandma, almost 90 is DOING IT!!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

I am very close to my paternal Grandmother. She's the only grandparent I've had for over 25 years. She's outlived her children and yet maintains the most positive attitude I've ever seen and is such a woman of faith! Yahweh willing, she will turn 90 years young in April.

We talk several times a week and I visit her when I can (she lives about 500 miles away). When visiting her last month, she asked me to look through her pantry and refrigerator and make recommendations (she's been so proud of what I've done and how I've kept the weight off). So I did. I found she was eating a lot of canned & processed foods (i.e., Campbells Chicken Soup, Salmon, Vienna sausages, cheese crackers, etc.). So I brought to her attention the food labels and taught her how to read it particularly paying attention to the sodium and sugar amounts. When I told her how much she SHOULD have a day versus what she WAS having a day, she was shocked. She immediately bagged all those types of foods and made plans to donate them. I took her shopping and bought her 3-4 months of foods.

I made a list of foods she should stay away from at night (starchy carbs, sugars, etc.), and a list of food combinations (some protein with every meal, fresh fruit early in the day, dark green veggies as much as possible, etc.).

She's about 5'9" and 225 lbs, and generally in good health, though when I got there, she had been suffering from daily headaches, bad arthritis in her hands and high blood pressure. She said she doesn't necessarily want to lose weight ("I don't want to lose my figure" lol), but I want to be healthy. So I told her she may lose some but it will be in a healthy way and she'd never have to worry about being "skinny".

She started calling me "Dr. Tia" and each time we'd talk, she'd ask a question about what or when to eat something, as she wanted to do it right. :-)

I check on her each time we talk and has been doing great, always said she wasn't hungry but was satisfied since she's now eating 4-5 times a day instead of 2-3 and is drinking more water and exercising 30 min to an hour a day (walking and stretching).

It's now been a month since I was there and she called me today super excited as she's lost 12 lbs! She hasn't had a headache since I was there and her arthritis is not nearly as frequent. She can't wait to go to the doctor for her next visit!

I just had to share as I'm SO proud of her. At 89 she's humble enough to change to be healthy, or as she says "If God has let me live this long, I should treat myself right for every extra day I get!" Good advice for all of us I think! She also said "If you can be in Ebony magazine, so can I!" LOL! I hope you'll find her as inspiring as I do!


  
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FRUITY76 5/17/2012 1:03PM

    This is a wonderful story....and your grandmother is right. We should all treat ourselves right. Thanks for sharing this story. emoticon emoticon

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STOPPLAYING2011 5/5/2012 5:27PM

    God bless u and ur grandma Tia it is such a blessing to have activities of ur limbs and be clothed in ur right mind at her age may God continue to strengthen her, take care you and grandma look great emoticon emoticon

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BRICKHOUSEZETA 4/30/2012 1:52PM

    Ok..just catching up, but this is awesome! I hope that ya'll partied hard for her birthday!!

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CHATTIEGIRL 4/23/2012 9:33PM

    Hi Tia;

You are so lucky to have your grandmother still as all my family is gone on both sides.
I have all but 1 of my sister and brothers and that is nice but they live far off. Cherish every moment you have with her and she is lucky to have you. God bless you always.

Smile Joyce

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SKINNYMINNIE25 4/20/2012 12:24PM

    She is willing to learn! And she's figuring out with your help that so many of the symptoms we have are related to what we eat!!! What an accomplishment for you both.

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EVASTEPHEN 3/2/2012 4:43PM

    That is great! Way to go!

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RINAKING 2/26/2012 8:51PM

    Way to go Grandma!! That's awesome!!

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MYWALK2FITNESS 2/24/2012 9:34PM

    I stumbled upon this blog since the title was very catchy! How cute is that! She is a living lesson that we should not allow anyh excuses get in the way to be better! (healthwise)! I wish your grandma all the best and tell her to continue her good habits! :o) What a cutie! Also, I couldn't help to notice how you mentioned "Yahweh", I don't come accross many ppl who use God's name like this, and I want to commend you for that! I too use it everyday! Shows you are a spiritual inclined person! Just a thought!

Take care! Look forward to seeing more reports on your grandma!

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/24/2012 9:20PM

    Very inspiring!! Good for you & your Grandma.

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MSKIZ69 2/24/2012 7:58PM

    Go Grandma AND you!! You both look amazing!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLEEPYDEAN 2/24/2012 6:42PM

    Wow another success story from you! I can imagine the canned and processed foods is a problem a lot of people face, but that is great that you were able to set her up with healthier options to get her through the next couple of months. And her 12lb loss... Boy does that show you what some tweaks in nutrition will really do.



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GODSBEST 2/23/2012 8:55PM

    God Bless Her - that's what I want to be when I grow up - still getting around with all my faculties in tack.


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ANDREA0301 2/23/2012 9:56AM

    That's WONDERFUL!!!

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LDY_ALI_79 2/22/2012 11:46AM

    Good for you grandma!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/22/2012 7:04AM

    Fantastic. Being Healty is contagious.

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TIFFY0906 2/20/2012 7:05PM

    Awesome blog - it is wonderful when the whole family gets involved with living a healthy lifestyle. Keep being an inspiration.

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SPARKLE1908 2/19/2012 4:05PM

    Truly a blessing and an inspiration!! Thank you for sharing!

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JUSTFOXXY 2/19/2012 3:52PM

    How sweet are you! Your grandmother is the epitome of its never too late to change. So, I am going to slink over here and get my exercise on.

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PAMNANGEL 2/19/2012 2:10AM

    How sweet! What a beautiful lady!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 2/19/2012 2:05AM

    What an awesome grandmother - she really is an inspiration.
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LJCANNON 2/19/2012 1:48AM

    What a Beautiful Blog!! You both should be on the cover of Ebony -- And on People Magazine. A story like yours NEEDS to be told.
emoticonCongratulations to both of you!!!

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DRB13_1 2/19/2012 12:25AM

    I love your blogs - your entire family has it going on!
Kudos for sharing the label reading with your nana, and donating the pantry items to the food bank.
She did amazing, losing 12 pounds in a month! I need to follow HER example, LOL!
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SUSIQZER 2/18/2012 12:15PM

    I think I want to be like your grandmother when I grow up, right down to the sparkle in her eyes! What an inspiration, exercising every day, at almost 90!!

Send her a big WOO-HOO for me!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/18/2012 10:40AM

    What a great example that it is never too late to change for the better, thanks for sharing

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THAIBEAUKITTY 2/18/2012 9:35AM

    Wow that's so inspiring! Congratulate her for me!

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REMONIAT 2/18/2012 8:29AM

    "I don't want to lose my figure"….how cute Grandma Diva! emoticon


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MOEMOORE 2/17/2012 11:41PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! Your grandmother has a great attitude and we could all learn something from her!

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LINDAKETCHIE 2/17/2012 10:06PM

    I just posted that I wondered if now at age 50 I have it in me to try this exercise/good eating thing one more time. Your post put me to shame. Good for your grandmother!!

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NEWME0519 2/17/2012 9:54PM

    OMG! Now there are 3 generations of women getting healthier in your family. That is so awesome and inspiring. GO GRANNY!

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LKEITHO 2/17/2012 9:30PM

    Fantastic! How great for her and you!

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_RAMONA 2/17/2012 9:25PM

    You two are so sweet and inspiring! Thanks for sharing... I really miss my grandma.

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}}

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TMCLEOD4 2/17/2012 8:58PM

    Your grandmother is awesome!!

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FITSLIMKIRA 2/17/2012 8:58PM

    WOW, what inspiration and motivation! She is Wonderful!! and so are you emoticon

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NORAB52GOOD 2/17/2012 7:39PM

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LORIENABANANA 2/17/2012 7:15PM

    That is so inspiring!! Your grandmother is beautiful - and you are too!
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BRE7482 2/17/2012 7:07PM

    That's amazing! Your grandmother is just as inspiring as you are!

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46SHADOW 2/17/2012 6:51PM

    Thats great!! emoticon

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My Mom, at age 71 finished her first Half Marathon!!! Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I just had to share this!

After 12 weeks of diligent training, my Mother successfully walked her first Half Marathon at the St. Pete Rock 'n' Roll Half on Sunday, February 12, 2012!

It's such a great testament to you can do whatever you decide to and put your mind to! My Mom would have never dreamed she would do this, but as she trained and each week did a little more, she realized she would be able to do it! She knew she would have to maintain an 18 minute mile to finish in the allotted time of 4 hours and she was determined to do it! She walked a 5k over a year ago, but nothing else since.

The race itself was awesome! My husband had recently completed the Miami Full Marathon so he was in recovery, so he ran alongside me which was the first time we ran "together" in a race. It was awesome! He paced me and helped me get a Personal Best by over 2 minutes! It was wonderful crossing the finish line with him!

After grabbing a bite and enjoying some of the post race concert (FloRida was the headliner), I went to go find Mom to walk her in! Found her around Mile 11 and she was looking and feeling strong! We had a blast walking the last two miles together!

As we approached the finish line, I got out of the race area to watch her RUN across the finish line! It was awesome!!! She finished in 3:42 and I am the proudest daughter! I couldn't wait to give her her 13.1 magnet for her car!

At this race, got to see LOTS of Sparkfriends and even met a few new ones! Here's some pics of the event!

I met DSSECRET who was also doing her first Half and her hubby MIRAGE717!

Here are a few other Sparkfriends, though I don't have everyone's Sparkname handy:



A few race pics:
Before:


During:










After:




Moral of the Story:
WHETEHER YOU THINK YOU CAN, OR YOU THINK CAN'T, YOU'RE RIGHT!!!

  
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TANETA 6/9/2012 5:45PM

    Wow, so inspirational. emoticon

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STOPPLAYING2011 5/5/2012 5:57PM

    Wow that is great Tia congrats to ur Mom emoticon emoticon

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SCHATZI4MO 3/4/2012 8:24PM

    this is so awesome! ... my mom is 74, and in tip-top shape ... zumba, tap classes, etc. she and daddy walk four miles a day, everyday except sundays. neither of us have completed a half ... i want this testimony with my favorite woman in the whole world. now it just a matter of convincing her :-)

thanks for sharing your story ... you never fail to motivate me!! ((hugs))


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EVASTEPHEN 3/2/2012 4:16PM

    That is so awesome!! emoticon

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RINAKING 2/26/2012 8:44PM

    Congratulations to your mom on completing her first half!! Such a nice memory for the both of you! You have her smile too!!

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SPARKLE1908 2/23/2012 10:35AM

    Truly Awesome for everyone!!!!!!! Congratulations to you both!

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ANDREA0301 2/23/2012 9:55AM

    AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!

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LDY_ALI_79 2/22/2012 11:50AM

    emoticon I love how you ended this blog with moral of the story!
I'm scheduled to run my first 1/2 marathon in May! I'm so excited!

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JUSTFOXXY 2/19/2012 5:07PM

    It's stories like these that strengthen your resolve and make you wanna shout "I CAN!"

Way to go Mom!


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LINDAKETCHIE 2/17/2012 10:10PM

    Awesome!! You are so lucky to have your Mom!

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ASMITH3B 2/17/2012 8:08AM

    That's awesome! So inspiring.

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CALIFORNIA-GAL 2/17/2012 7:54AM

    I love these kinds of stories! I'm always reading and looking for stories of "older" women who accomplish things for the first time in their lives. Tell your mom how proud we all are of her!

At 58, St. Petersburg was my 13th half marathon. I finished in 2:29:29 but my PR is 2:20:00. I'm not quite in that amazing category that your mom is but I ran my first half marathon at age 53 and I have no plans of stopping. Washington D.C. on March 17th is my next one.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story! ~ Candi emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 2/16/2012 10:24PM

    What a WooHoo - tears right now.

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WORTHEYMOM 2/16/2012 2:31PM

    goose bumps totally! congrats to you and your mom!

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TYKXBOY 2/16/2012 12:54PM

    Oh my goodness. This is an amazing story and an amazing race report! I love it! Many many congrats to you and your mom! That is so awesome.
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JAZZEJR 2/16/2012 12:25PM

    emoticonI'm just flabbergasted. How awesome. She moves as young as she looks! Congrats to both of you for finishing! Hey, hey!

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CHELAGETSFIT 2/16/2012 12:05PM

    Loved your blog. Congrats to you and your mom for finishing your races. I LOVE the last picture and the caption "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right!" So true!!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/16/2012 11:38AM

    Just wonderful! And you looked so strong, even at the end.

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/16/2012 11:32AM

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SLEEPYDEAN 2/16/2012 11:24AM

    Awww what an awesome experience to have together. Thank you for sharing, this just made my day!

My mom just expressed interest in doing a local 5K the other day and I was a bit stunned, but have been thinking of her walking one for a while now, so it is great that it is something she now wants to do.

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JERRYB56 2/16/2012 11:13AM

    What an inspiration! I must remember this when I'm feeling unmotivated! BRAVO

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PIXIEMOM13 2/16/2012 11:00AM

    That is so completely AWESOME!!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/16/2012 10:52AM

    Great job all of you.

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MBSHAZZER 2/16/2012 9:23AM

    Tia, so amazingly awesome for you and your mom! WOW!!!! Congratulations on a PR for you and a first half marathon for your mom! Nice job!

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MVIRGO28 2/16/2012 9:12AM

    Wow, that's awesome.

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TMCLEOD4 2/16/2012 8:40AM

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DRB13_1 2/16/2012 1:24AM

    What an accomplishment!
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You are ALL inspirations!

Looks like your heading for 100 years plus, with Mom healthy enough to do a HM at her age - nothing stops (or slows down) this family! emoticon

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TIFFY0906 2/15/2012 11:19PM

    Congrats to you and your family for participating and completing the race. That is so AWESOME to have the family involved in fitness.

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MIZPAM25 2/15/2012 10:30PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonCongratulations to your mom! emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 2/15/2012 10:27PM

    D & I enjoyed meeting you, Tia! We rocked it! Congrats on your PB! I'm already looking for my next Half!
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KRAZYLAFOX 2/15/2012 9:51PM

  y'all brought tears to my eyes, this was such a great post... thanks for sharing, way to rock it!! go go go! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LKEITHO 2/15/2012 9:36PM

    Wow! Congrats to your mom, and to all the rest of you!

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CHATTIEGIRL 2/15/2012 9:30PM

    Hi Tia;

I think that was fabulous to have your family with you and everyone getting healthy. We can do whatever we set our mind too. I am so glad so many people are realizing nothing is out of reach. Make 2012 your best year for goals, having fun and enjoying life. God bless you always.

Smile Joyce

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DJ4HEALTH 2/15/2012 7:57PM

    Congrats to all of you and especially to your mom. Way to Go MOM

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NEWME0519 2/15/2012 7:15PM

    If Moma can, we certainly can do a half! Both of you are truly inspirations!

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ANNEV2012 2/15/2012 7:12PM

    emoticon Nice job Mom

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PEPPERCHILD 2/15/2012 6:01PM

    Go Mom! That is awesome!!!!!

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KAMCCLARY 2/15/2012 5:59PM

    emoticonGo Mom! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 2/15/2012 5:28PM

    "Heeeeyy!!! "Gone Mama wit' cho bad self!"
She looks good, too! I love it!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/15/2012 5:20PM

    Like mother like daughter, simply AWESOME

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REMONIAT 2/15/2012 5:04PM

    I screamed…."shut-up, gone Mama, awesome" all in one breathe!

I'm truly inspired by Mom's (hope you don't mind sharing her) accomplishments! I lost my Mom to lung cancer nearly 5 years ago (non-smoker). I only wish, and wish, and wish even more, that she was still here so that I can enjoy more treasured moments with her, like the one you and your Mom experienced.

I salute MODA (MOther and DAughter) Inspiration Team of the Year!

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Thanks so much for sharing!

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SHARBEAR100 2/15/2012 4:56PM

    How inspirational. Way to go Mom!!!!
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KLOVELYJ 2/15/2012 4:52PM

    Wow! I sure do believe that's your Mom! OMG, you ladies look just alike. Way To Go! I love this!
~Leena


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TB1480 2/15/2012 4:39PM

  wow that's great

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BELLALUCIA 2/15/2012 4:17PM

    Rockstars!

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It's my 3 Year Spark Anniversary and on my way to 3 Years Maintenance!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy Anniversary to me! Thanks to a friend telling me about this site, Sparkpeople has become such an incredible part of my life!

I was only 3 weeks into my healthy lifestyle journey when I started on Sparkpeople. I loved the site immediately and tracked my food and exercise every day for over a year without missing. Between doing that and setting fitness goals, in 9 months I was at my goal size by September 2009. Went from Size 14 to 4.

I never looked back! I just kept doing the things that got me there! Thanks to Sparkpeople, I stopped dieting and learned to live a lifestyle that worked for me and have continued that lifestyle.

It's allowed me to:
1) Run my first Half Marathon 11/09
2) Run my first Full Marathon 2/10
3) Run a total of 10 Half Marathons and 2 Full Marathons since then
4) Compete and place 3rd in a Figure Competition
5) Coach others to complete their first Half Marathon
6) Be a Pacer in Half Marathon races to help others reach their time goals
7) Be featured in 2 National magazines (First for Women July 2011, and Ebony Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 issue)
8) Meet so many incredible people via Sparkpeople, Facebook and many now in person at races
9) Start an awesome Facebook page called Running Friends From Around the World with now almost 450 people
10) Help my Mom with her nutrition and exercise and now, at almost 71, she is training for her first Half Marathon on 2/12/12.
11) Feel great about wearing a bikini
12) Enjoy shopping
13) Enjoy the empowerment of knowing I'm in control of the foods I eat and they're not in control of me
14) Love ME even more!

These are just a few of the benefits I've experienced. The ones that mean the most to me are those where I can help others.

It amazes me to think that just 3 years ago I was training for a 15k and scared to death. I finished it at an 11:37 minute per mile pace and that was 9.3 miles. Now I'm currently training to run the New Orleans Rock n Roll Marathon on March 4th to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I'll need a 8:23 pace for 26.2 miles! I love seeing progress!

Hubby's and my 21st wedding anniversary is on the 26th of this month. We've decided to make a trip to Miami Beach that weekend where we'll be participating in the ING Miami Full (him) and Half (me) Marathon. It's so awesome to do these things with my husband!

So I wish a Happy Anniversary to all my Spark Friends in the Class of 12/26 - 1/3, 2009! And Happy New Year to everyone! Let's make this a great year!

I feel so blessed and give ALL glory to my Heavenly Father YAHWEH!

Now if you've read any of my previous blogs, you know how much I love adding pictures! So here goes! Some "before" pics and some recent ones!

From New Year's Eve:


Some "Before Pics":




Some pics from the last few weeks of the year:


Me after completing 6 Half Marathons in 7 weeks! We left on a week cruise that afternoon!


This was my best Half Marathon of 2011, I hit a Personal Record and hubby did awesome too! Dec. 4th:

Mom and I on New Year's Eve:


Me and my best friend and husband:

  
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C4CHRISTINE 2/10/2012 7:20AM

    ah-mazing!

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CATHIMOMMY 2/6/2012 1:14PM

    Soooo inspiring....keeping with it, despite what the scale told me this AM...too much sodium and late night Super Bowl eating...it'll go away tomorrow!



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TOBESIZE4 1/12/2012 11:38PM

    You inspire me so much. I'm ready to pick up the weights (wish I could run again, but not until my foot heals - been 2 years)

Michelle

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JEM0622 1/12/2012 10:18AM

    Happy emoticon Sparkversary! I hit 3 years this month too! You have come along way, baby. Keep it up! emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/12/2012 9:58AM

    You are an amazing inspiration. I only wish I could say I have done as much. Congrats.

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FITBY40-2015 1/8/2012 6:50PM

    congrats with all your success , reaching your goals and encouraging others, i tired to find your site on facebook but I'm not having any luck. i tired running friends from all around the world but no luck . would really like to check it out emoticon

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LBDB001 1/4/2012 9:58PM

    Soooooooooooooo...INSPIRED!! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication :-) And congrats on all your accomplishments!
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ANDREA0301 1/4/2012 12:28PM

    You continue to amaze and inspire me!!

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NSG4729 1/4/2012 11:27AM

    Happy Sparkversary!! Continue to be such an awesome inspiration! You are helping more people than you know. emoticon

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KAYATLANTA2010 1/4/2012 7:33AM

    You make me want to keep moving forward with the knowledge it IS possible!

Happy 3rd Spark Anniversary, my dear!

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NEWME0519 1/3/2012 10:23PM

    Congratulations! You are such an inspiration to many of us here on SparkPeople. Thank you for sharing your journey!
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DRB13_1 1/3/2012 7:54PM

    Go Tia!
I know you must hear it all the time, but you look like your Mom! Now that you tell me she's doing a HM, I really have to get off the couch. No excuses left. Wonder what MY Mom would say?
I love hearing your story, and like you said, when you help others, the benefits are simply magnified.
Also so happy to see such a wonderful couple stay together AND GET BETTER AND BETTER!

CONGRATS AWESOME WOMAN!!!

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DRB13_1 1/3/2012 7:52PM

    Go Tia!
I know you must hear it all the time, but you look like your Mom! Now that you tell me she's doing a HM, I really have to get off the couch. No excuses left. Wonder what MY Mom would say?
I love hearing your story, and like you said, when you help others, the benefits are simply magnified.
Also so happy to see such a wonderful couple stay together AND GET BETTER AND BETTER!

CONGRATS AWESOME WOMAN!!!

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CARAMEL79 1/3/2012 6:55PM

    You are incredible! Just want I needed to read to get even more motivated. Now, I'm really ready to get in some intense cardio!! Woo hoo! If you can do it, I can too!! Oh, and your mom looks fabulous!!! Keep it up. You have truly found your purpose for living, and you are a blessing to many. God Bless you for blessing others!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/3/2012 6:24PM

    Awesome!! I especially love that you have helped your mom become active! 71 and running 13 miles!?!? That's incredible!

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TRIATHLONBABE 1/3/2012 2:58PM

    You are amazing Tia! Nuf said!!!
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APIRLRAIN888 1/3/2012 12:26PM

    Wow u are such an inspiration

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ANGELONE11 1/3/2012 10:47AM

    emoticon emoticon Truly you are an inspiration, motivation and encouragement for all of us on this healthy lifestyle journey!! emoticon for sharing your inspiring and motivating words!

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TESS504 1/3/2012 10:46AM

    I loved your BLOG and pictures. I will definitely get a copy of EBONY. You are a true inspiration. Keep it up. emoticon

Oh and Happy Anniversary!!!

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DARKCHILD 1/3/2012 10:43AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon!!! What else is there to say!!!

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LDY_ALI_79 1/3/2012 10:31AM

    emoticon I'll have to start following you on facebook, I didn't know you started Running Friends From Around the World. You look amazing & I can feel the energy from your blogs!

Take care~

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CORKYTHEMOM 1/3/2012 10:25AM

    emoticon Tia!! emoticon on your emoticon I am so proud of you for emoticon You are the emoticon in all that you do! emoticon You are an INSPIRATION to us all! emoticon


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BRE7482 1/3/2012 10:19AM

    You're amazing! I always love coming by your page and blog because you are always so positive, but you are also very honest about your journey. You give me hope that I too can do this. Happy Anniversary!

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Are you waiting to start...AGAIN?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

After posting some before and after pics on my Facebook page, a FB friend said "Wow, you look great! I need to drop a lot of weight, going to start in the New Year!" Well that really bothered me. Reason is because I had done this same thing over and over and over, lost the weight, gained the weight, started exercising, stopped exercising, rat on the treadmill in a cage...

When we say we'll start "tomorrow" or "next week" or the "new year", it means we're still in DIET mode, and since we're planning a "start" we're going to plan a "finish". Diet mode says you're going to eat like this or that or exercise this much for so long.

A healthy lifestyle says start NOW and live that way! Diets are hard, healthy lifestyle is much easier!

I started my journey on December 2, 2008 while ON A CRUISE! I got home, registered for a 15k that was end of Feb (keep in mind I had not run any race in 13 years). I started tracking my food and exercise diligenty, and 9 months later when I got to my goal (size 14 to 4), I didn't change ANYTHING! I had developed a lifestyle and more than 2 years after hitting my goal, I'm still living that lifestyle.

Do I do everything perfect? Am I a super strict eater? Not by any means. I love food and enjoy it. But I love my health even more, so I make sure I still eat 6-7 times a day, still drink at least 100 oz of water a day, and still make good choices on what I eat at least 80% of the time. I still exercise 5-6 days a week. It's just a way of life.

So instead of starting next year, start leading a healthy lifestyle TODAY! Even through the holidays, you can do it if you've made the DECISION to do it!

As you make better food choices at holiday events, people may say things like "Oh you can't have that." Just say "I can have anything I want. I'm just choosing not to have that" or "not to have seconds".

I remember on previous cruises, I would have seconds and thirds of every meal! On this recent one, I picked my food, ate and enjoyed it and left. And I was just as satisfied, but just not in the food coma most people were in.

So let's make the new year start NOW!!! You can do this!

2008 - 2011: It's worth it!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LADYSALUBRIOUS 3/15/2012 10:19PM

    I love this blog and needed to hear these words. Thanks for writing and sharing with all of us. It's funny cause I was just saying that I was gonna "start" next week. And there is no need to wait. I need to just do it. I was a fitness/health champion in 2010 and was so happy with my progress. I finally accomplished my goals that I had put off forever. I allowed myself to get frustrated by a plateau and gained a lot back. So STUPID! I'm tired of being tired, I'm tired of excuses, and I know how great healthy feels. I want that back. This blog was just another truth that I needed to hear to shake me back to the reality of the situation.

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LINDAKETCHIE 2/17/2012 10:16PM

    All your blogs seem to be what I needed to hear today. I have gained and lost weight 3 times now over the last 3 years. I said this last time when I reach my goal weight, this would be the last time. I would never go back. Well, that lasted one day when I met my goal weight. I am so tired of this. Why can't I take care of myself by eating good and exercising?? Why is it so hard for me? I'm so thoroughly disgusted with myself and feel overwhelmed with starting over. I know my track record and it is not good.

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CHANGELIFE2016 12/28/2011 8:03PM

    I think it's okay to maybe instead of trying to lose weight during the holidays at least be in a maintenance mode where you have limits and don't overdue it too much. Since it is nice to enjoy the holidays. But you definitely need limits with that too and need to keep yourself in check.

congratulations on your success in losing weight and in maintaining. Your Awesome!!

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CLOVER70 12/27/2011 7:15AM

    SOOOO true i been saying this for a while. Thank you i needed this wake up call.

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JENNYDJENNY 12/24/2011 1:24AM

    emoticon Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MIRAGE727 12/21/2011 11:58PM

    Since I started 14 months ago, I have never taken the backdoor out, made excuses, or taken any steps back with the brief stay in the hospital in May. ( I ran 2 5Ks with Pneumonia...ooops!) I'm with you, Tia! Commitment and persistence, hard work and dedication! It starts immediately. Bail and someone is just looking for an excuse. Tomorrow just might never come! Let's Rock!

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ISMILETOO 12/21/2011 5:18PM

    I totally agree with you. On 12/3/11 I wrote a blog entitled 2012 Goals Starts Today. So far I have been keeping up with my abs quest (although, in my mind, I think I'm internally hurting). lol I would love to have abs like yours.

Hard work does pay off!!!

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SHERRYJVP 12/21/2011 11:42AM

    I, too, am busted. I aam having trouble maintaining my loss and am feeling disgusted with myself. But I don't think I am as bad as I have been previous Christmas's.

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APIRLRAIN888 12/21/2011 12:46AM

    Goof pt

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RUN2BEFREE 12/20/2011 10:36PM

    Wow- Great blog and straight to the heart!

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CARAMEL79 12/20/2011 4:18PM

    I LOVE your positive attitude, and the fact that you are soooo realistic!! Thank you so much. You are my motivation!

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DEBJAE 12/20/2011 2:59PM

    I have a saying on my motivation board at home that reads: Yesterday, you said today...if not NOW, when?

It is so easy to postpone starting a new chapter BUT it is possible.

Great blog, you are a good motivator!

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TMCLEOD4 12/20/2011 2:46PM

    One of my friends says she'll start losing weight in January. It makes me crazy! Start today! Thanks for saying what I've been feeling!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/20/2011 2:21PM

    Way to go! And those are very true words...don't wait to start! Start now.

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MRS_ROSS 12/20/2011 2:02PM

    Awesome blog! You are such an inspiration!!

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KAMCCLARY 12/20/2011 12:02PM

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JJSSPARK 12/20/2011 11:59AM

    Oh my goodness, I was just thinking about the word "diet" this morning. The thought started with a friend of mine saying she was on a gluten-free diet. Well, I thought about it this morning while ironing (I think of a lot of wierd stuff at odd moments)...anyway, I thought, if you're on a diet, that means you plan on ending it at some point. Well, that doesn't work. Once the "diet" is over, does that mean you can go back to you're old eating habits? Heck no! That is the problem with people and marketing these days...someone will see a "diet" plan, pills, etc. guaranteed to take the weight off. Well, yes, it will...for a short time, and most likely unhealthily. Once the "diet" is over, the person will go right back up in weight (and most "diets" are too low calorie so no one can maintain too long).

Anyway, thank you for posting this. Sorry to vent, but it was just wierd how I was thinking about the diet thing just this morning. I think what you have done is unbelievably fantastic, and you are someone I can look up to as what I want to be!!

PS...just to note, I am totally not against gluten-free, if you choose that as your nutrition lifestyle. I don't know a lot about it, but I understand it is a very healthy way of eating. But to say it is a "diet", well, that's the word that got me going...

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LUVYA04 12/20/2011 11:35AM

    Busted!!!!! emoticon
I myself have let a few stressful events lead me on a detour of my Goals. As I was looking in the pantry for the baking ingredients to make the annual Christmas Cinnamon rolls I found myself wondering if I should ask some friends located by me to remind me of the person I was before the detour.
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MARATHON_MOM 12/20/2011 11:11AM

    Well said, Tia!

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