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Day 1- Getting Sexified

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

RUN2MYDREAMS has really inspired me to get back to my blogging and get serious about getting a healthy lifestyle. (Thanks Girl!) So today is my first day of what I am going to call "Getting Sexified!" Sexy to me is not just physical. I think confidence is sexy and that I truly what I am going for. Lately, when I get home from work (I work third shift) I eat whatever we have in the cupoboards, read a book, sleep for 3 hours, get up, go to school, come home, eat whatever I can find, and then go to work. It is a vicious cycle and I am actually completely fed up with it.

I like working out (except strength training), so I am going to make it my goal to really work hard to incorporate some strength training into my workout routine. I bought Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred, so I am going to try that and then continue with my EA Active workouts which has been gathering dust in the box. I am also going to stick to my running program because if I like it or not, I am signed up for the Madison Half Marathon on May 30th and I can't get that money back if I don't want to run it.

I hate summer. I really do. It is hot and humid. My hair gets frizzy and I have to wear clothes that I do not feel comfortable in. I don't want to be uncomfortable all summer. I want to be able to throw on a pair or shorts and a tank top and be ok with that. It will make my summer much more enjoyable!

I am ready to put in the hard work. I am ready to make this change and I am glad I have my Sparkfamily to come to when I am having a hard time. You all understand what I am struggling with and I can't express how much I appreciate each and every one of you. Stay turned for tomorrow- Day 2 of Getting Sexified!!!! Anyone can join if they want!

  
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TAMMY920 4/30/2010 11:02PM

    Sexified, I love it! :) Great plan, great word, great meaning!!

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TRAVELNISTA 4/16/2010 6:59PM

    emoticon I think you have created a new word and hopefully a new movement here on Spark People. emoticon

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DARA52 4/15/2010 11:59PM

    Jillian Michaels 30 day shred huh? I think I will go look for it. I'm starting a C25K May 1 and I need to be ready.

Thanks for the blog. You have no idea how much I needed this. I have lost my mojo and seeking it desperately!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/15/2010 11:26PM

    SEXIFIED! Okay my friend. I look forward to this new step in the journey. Love ya, Dawn

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2ABETRLIFE 4/15/2010 10:27PM

    I know how you feel about summer coming on. It has been in the 80's already here in central IL and it is so uncomfortable being hot AND fat. Like you, I want to head out feeling in good and looking good in shorts and a tank top. I'm tired of slacks and 3/4 length sleeves in humid weather. I want to be thin and sexified!
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LADYJANE30 4/15/2010 8:35PM

    You go girl! emoticon
I use to work third shift long time ago (retired now) and I really liked it but, I didn't have your kind of schedule.
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-ICANDOIT- 4/15/2010 5:24PM

    My new favorite word I've run across on Spark- SEXIFIED! You have a great attitude! Getting comfy in your own skin is BIG motivation! I know with your attitude and Jillian shredding your butt, you will be looking great in no time!!

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JETSOX 4/15/2010 9:21AM

    Congratulations on making your sexiness a priority in your VERY busy life!! you are worth it...and just think of how great it's gonna feel to do that very thing you mentioned: throwing on a pair of shorts and a tank top and looking/feeling great! You can do it, girl!!!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 4/15/2010 7:05AM

    Oh Wow! Your life sounds like mine when I use to work the 3rd shift. Love your attitude. You are doing great.
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DJS-DEBBIE 4/15/2010 6:53AM

    Way to go!
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SUZIAND 4/15/2010 12:17AM

    Awesome idea, Andrea! I'm ready to get sexified!!! Thank you for the brilliant idea! This is gonna be fun!!!

Suz :)

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JANEYINMADTOWN 4/14/2010 10:57PM

    Go Trea! Nice to hear from you. Are you doing Crazy Legs?

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JESSICA_0029 4/14/2010 10:17PM

    emoticon ideas emoticon. I think you're starting in the right direction. I know what you mean about feeling uncomfortable in the summer... emoticon

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DARKTHOR 4/14/2010 9:12PM

    I like your plan, all that fitness will get you sexified for sure! The right attitude, dedication and making the time for yourself! You can do it!

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DYNAMICDEB53 4/14/2010 7:30PM

    You are just inspiring. I love your attitude. I am glad you are ready to get yourself comfortable this summer. Have some fun with your new DVD. I also am not a big fan of strength. I know you can do this. Time to take charge.
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RUN2MYDREAMS 4/14/2010 4:57PM

    Andrea I LOVE IT! Getting Sexified huh? I DEFINITELY need this one girl! Thanks. From now on I'll be Staying Serious AND Getting Sexified in my blogs.

I know you are going to do great come May 30th! Let's cheer each other on my friend! WE CAN DO THIS! Hey, if you are looking for some other dvds I was at BJ's(like a Costco's or Sam's club) and they had some Jillian dvd's for 6.99. They also had that personal trainer Jackie who has/had her own show on Style network? Well they had her dvd too and there was circuit training on it. Try mixing things up. It will keep you interested and your body confused emoticon which usually equals weight loss!

So DO YOU & let's DO THIS! emoticon Thank you for the pick me up my friend! I needed it!

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Down and Out

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Ever since my 10k, I haven't been on the right track. I have let the trivial things take a hold of my life and get me down. I have gained a few pounds back and just feel lethargic and unenergetic all the time. I was about ready to give up on Sparking altogether because I just felt like I was letting myself and every one of my Spark Family down. But then I read this article: http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=sp
ring_cleaning_your_life

It makes a lot of sense to actually take a look at my life and "Spring Clean" it as they are saying. Not only could my house use some spring cleaning, but my life sure could too. Spring is as good a time as any to put on my cleaning gloves, jam to some tunes, and just get rid of the things that are cluttering and complicating my life. I know that it will start to get me out of this rut and back onto the path of a healthier, happier new me. Spark plays an important part in my life and I don't want to give up on it. I want to embrace it and the other priorities in my life. I am going to get started with my Spring cleaning today!

  
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MEOWMAMA3 4/1/2010 3:20AM

    I'm going to read the article right now! I've been struggling too, but hanging in and trying to reflect and fix what's getting in my way. Please don't leave SP! If it wasn't for you I would never have bought myself a stability ball, one of the few things I do use for some form of exercise fairly regularly. Feel better and sparkmail me if you need me!
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HEATHERL219 3/29/2010 10:38PM

    keep your head up! I'm right along with you and I'm definitely checking out the article. I need to do some spring cleaning not only in the apartment but in my life as well, so I'm with you!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/29/2010 4:40PM

    Excellent article and great goals to set for yourself. Love you, Dawn emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 3/29/2010 3:45PM

    You have shared a wonderful article, and I will say that at times I have found an article that I really needed to read. I have to say I am glad you are feeling stronger now and know what you need to do. So get that music going and get your mind and home to clearing.
Hugs and smiles.
Deb

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EKKING 3/29/2010 2:08PM

    Good for you and thank you for the link. I'm going to spring clean too - but not until the weekend! :) Thanks for not quitting on us!

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EMSMOMME 3/28/2010 8:44PM

    I read that article today too! Really made me anxious for Spring Break (which starts April 2)! I want to spring clean my house AND my head while I am out of school!
Glad you found the article and didn't give up on sparking!
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Terri

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JANEYINMADTOWN 3/28/2010 8:01PM

    I am glad that you have once again caught the SPARK! Now you know that if you are feeling unmotivated you will be able to get on the site and read an article or connect with an SP pal and hopefully get re-energized....

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LISALYNN1960 3/28/2010 12:26PM

    Glad you found that article! We would miss you if you weren't here! Also, remember that you are an inspiration to more people than you know - including me. Keep up the good work. You are worth it!!!

Lisa

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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 3/28/2010 9:40AM

    I also read the same article and really it does make sense! Happy to hear your turning it around! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/28/2010 8:11AM

    Oh my friend, I'm sorry to hear that you were feeling this way-happy you are thinking better thoughts now-but sad that you didn't come here, to Spark to share with us. This is the best place to be when you are in a bad place in your life. You know how much support you can find here! So going forward, don't forget to Spark! You are an emoticon woman with a great spirit! You bring so much to those you encounter!

I read that article too. I am glad that it helped you! Get back to the basics and get back to that running. Are you signed up for another race anytime soon?

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/28/2010 7:51AM

    I really liked this article, too, and I am starting my spring cleaning as well. It began with getting caught up on all my SparkMail and getting that inbox empty.

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CGSMAS11 3/28/2010 7:42AM

  good advice...and very motivating...glad you are still part of the Spark family and didn't give up on us........

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PALEAN 3/28/2010 7:36AM

    Great job on changing your outlook! The article you reference is extremely motivating!

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I am a runner.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Starting line:

Thoughts: "Oh god. Am I really going to do this? I think I have to pee. Am I stretched enough? Oh he is cute. Ok, I will be fine. I just need to finish. It doesn't matter the time. Ok, they are starting. Here goes nothing."

Mile 1: "A hill?! A hill? A BIG HILL?! No one said there would be hills. I guess I never looked at the course. Ok, I can run up a hill. (Half way up the hill)- IT JUST KEEPS GOING! Man, all these people are passing me. They must be pretty upset that I am in there way. Oh, I passed someone! Ok, I can make it up this hill.

Mile 2: "Downhill!! Yay! Nice cool breeze by the lake, I can do this! Just stay with this girl in front of me. She will be my pace. Just keep running, just keep running."

Mile 3: "1,2,3,4. Just keep counting. It will keep you on track. Forget that girl! She is really fast. People keep passing me, but there are still people behind me. Oh the turn around! I must be half way."

Mile 4: "Are you kidding me? Why did I sign up for this? I have to pee. I have to pee a lot. My legs hurt and this man next to me is coughing up a lung. Maybe I should ask if he is ok. Maybe I should just keep running. THE HILL! IT IS BACK! Ugh, really? Really, hill, you are large, yes, but can't you just level off a little bit so I can make it up you?!"

Mile 5: "Ok! I made it up the hill!! YAY! Oh crap, more hill. Since when was Madison hilly. I guess I never knew. I should have prepared better. Oh man, more people are passing me. It must be like 2 hours already. I shouldn't look back because no one is behind me. Ugh... well hopefully I can finish."

Mile 6: "YES!! .3 miles to go! That is basically a sprint. You did it, Andrea. You are a runner. Who cares how fast you ran it! You completed your first of many races!! Oh, you can beat that girl! Oh yeah... run! run! "

Mile 6.3 (the finish line!): "YOU DID IT!! YOU RAN A 10K! What were you so nervous about?! You can do anything, ooooo a banana!"

Thank you all for your support. I really don't know what I was so nervous about. It was really exhilarating to be able to finish that race. I know now that when I put my mind to something, I know that I can do it. I know people say that about marathons, but a 10k was a huge accomplishment for me and I am extremely proud of myself. I finished it is 1 hour 2 minutes and 32 seconds. Now time to train for the half marathon!

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/14/2010 11:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are such an awesome inspiration! Keep up the good work. I'm really incredibly proud of you. Love, Dawn

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/14/2010 7:56PM

    Woo hoo! I am so happy for you and proud of you!
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DYNAMICDEB53 3/14/2010 7:36PM

    Andrea that was so awesome!!!! What an adventure you had and loved the mile by mile play. You did it and hey just a tiny bit over 1 hour, that sounds rather good too.
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3JSAND1R 3/14/2010 6:31PM

    That is awesome!! How fabulous are you!! Congrats!! Woo Hoo!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHDMAMA06 3/14/2010 2:20PM

    I'm sorry I missed you at the Shuffle this morning!!! Sounds like you did a great job in spite of all those hills (yeah, they were intense!!) GREAT time, you came in about a minute ahead of me :)

CONGRATS!!!

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LISALYNN1960 3/14/2010 1:50PM

    "ooooh a banana" Cracked me up!!! So happy for you! Be proud 'cause you have every reason to be! Way to go!

Lisa

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/14/2010 1:39PM

    Go You! emoticon emoticon emoticon You can do absolutely anything you set your mind to-and you did! You are amazing!

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KATLIE 3/14/2010 1:30PM

    You are awesome! You are so a runner!! Great job!

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EKKING 3/14/2010 1:16PM

    That was so cute! I'm very proud of you for completing the run! Way to go, you runner you!!!

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THEGIRLUNKNOWN 3/14/2010 1:15PM

    Good for you. The longest race I've done so far is a 5k so a 10 seems really huge for me... way to go! Sounds like you did great.

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DARKTHOR 3/14/2010 1:15PM

    You are a runner. How simple those words are, but how much meaning resides in them. Heartfelt congratulations to you on your wonderful job and just for being a runner. Remember today and add many more great days to it along your journey.

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JANEYINMADTOWN 3/14/2010 1:15PM

    Well done! I am sorry we missed meeting up with you...YOU ROCK!

Are you gonna do the Crazy Legs?!?!?!



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CS4JWS 3/14/2010 1:06PM

  Congratulations! I am just a 'baby runner' and starting the C25K officially tomorrow, but reading your blog has been a great source of inspiration!

What a wonderful accomplishment!

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Getting Pretty Nervous!

Friday, March 12, 2010

I am going to run my first 10k on Sunday here in Madison. I am actually really nervous because I have never actually ran 6.3 miles before. The most I have done is about 5.5. I have talked to a lot of marathon runners and they say that you will finish on pure adrenaline or just because you are so close to the finish line. I guess I am just afraid of like if my clothes are uncomfortable, I get a blister, I have to pee.... As you can tell, I'm a worrier.

Also, I haven't had the greatest week- nutrition, fitness, and just life in general have all been really bad. I am afraid that I have fallen off the wagon, but that is not where I want to be. I don't want to be eating the things that I eat, pizza, chips, and such, but I do it anyway. I feel like I don't have control over it. Then, if I do workout, I feel like it is basically for nothing because I ate my body weight in chips the entire day. I don't know. Maybe I am just doubting myself, but I need to find some more encouragement. Life is really getting me down. :(

Maybe I will go take a nice relaxing bath, turn on some Jack Johnson and just not think for while. Yeah, I am going to go give my brain a break. Sweet dreams everyone. xoxo

  
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ANNIEC123 3/14/2010 12:26PM

    I hope you had great fun at the 10K - we certainly had good weather for it!

Don't worry about "the wagon". Sounds like you're beating yourself up... just keep moving, you'll get where you need to go as long as you're usually pointing in that direction. Perfection isn't necessary, persistence is!

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ANNIEC123 3/14/2010 12:26PM

    I hope you had great fun at the 10K - we certainly had good weather for it!

Don't worry about "the wagon". Sounds like you're beating yourself up... just keep moving, you'll get where you need to go as long as you're usually pointing in that direction. Perfection isn't necessary, persistence is!

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ANNIEC123 3/14/2010 12:25PM

    I hope you had great fun at the 10K - we certainly had good weather for it!

Don't worry about "the wagon". Sounds like you're beating yourself up... just keep moving, you'll get where you need to go as long as you're usually pointing in that direction. Perfection isn't necessary, persistence is!

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EKKING 3/13/2010 3:46PM

    I'm sorry you feel you have fallen off the wagon. Jump back on it already!!! Your background is lemons. What's the saying? When life throws lemons at you, make lemonade? Stop buying the chips and pizza. Stay away from them. Don't bring them into your house and don't get in your car to go get them!

I wish you best of luck with the marathon on Sunday. You can do it. If you did 5.5, you can certainly squeeze another mile.

And don't worry about the pee - just pee down your leg like the other marathoner's do! Hee hee!!!!!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/13/2010 6:17AM

    Glad to read that you've had such a good week my friend. I am proud of you for just being signed UP for the 10K. I look forward to reading about your success with it on Sunday night. I'll be cheering for you. Love, Dawn

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LISALYNN1960 3/12/2010 5:25PM

    Best of luck, Andrea! Can't wait to hear about it and how you finished strong!!! Just like the strong woman you are!!!!!

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RAVIOLIO0 3/12/2010 1:18PM

    Things never cancel eachother out. 1 bag of chips and 1 hour of exercise do not cancel eachother out. They effect your body in totally different ways. Exercise is ALWAYS good. Its not just to burn off calories, it builds muscle, endurance and strength. All these things are what help your body fight fat storage on a daily basis. Sooo.... never feel like exercising is pointless because of what you have eaten. It will always be twice as good for you as whatever you eat is bad for you. Once you get that mindframe, you will eventually feel the urge to eat healthy, because then the same amount of exercise will be three, four, five times better for you :) Your doing great, keep up the good work and self confidence!!! Good luck on your race!!!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 3/12/2010 1:03PM

    I agree...you will do great! I'm excited for the 5k and there will be people there to run with you!

Can't wait!

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ACTIVEALLISON 3/12/2010 11:29AM

    You're going to do great!! emoticon emoticon

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JETSOX 3/12/2010 9:05AM

    Just the fact that you're running in that 10K means your mind is in the right place. It stinks tht you've had a bad week, but that's just the week...not the entire month! You'll be running like the wind this weekend...you can and will do great!! Best of luck to you.
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PHDMAMA06 3/12/2010 8:16AM

    You'll be fine! It's so true that race day enthusiasm and adrenaline will help drive you to the finish. I'll see you on Sunday!! (I'm doing the 10K too)

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/12/2010 7:06AM

    I know you can do this! I cannot wait to hear all about how you ran your first 10K.
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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 3/12/2010 6:31AM

    10k, that's awesome! Challenging yourself is a good thing and you'll be fine! Don't doubt yourself and what you can do. I'm a worrier too, and find that once I do something, I think back and wonder what all the worry was about. Put those off days behind you, today's a new day to refocus!
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CORTINEA 3/12/2010 12:51AM

    You'll be just fine. emoticon

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5 Motivators to Be Healthy

Monday, March 01, 2010

1. Family- I have an amazing family, but they all have some sort of addiction, an unhealthy addiction. I stay away from those hazards, but at the same time, my family motivating me to be a healthier person. They are showing me what not to do.



2. Self-confidence- I have never been able to look at myself and say something nice or positive. It is not just my physical appearance, but I truly believed for a long time that I was a bad person. Exercising and eating healthy may help me lose weight, and yes I have to admit that I want that, but at the same time, it is helping me realize the things that my body can do are amazing and I am not a bad person. I am actually a really good person!



3. Not being winded when I go up the stairs- I hate when I spend time trying to lookg nice to go to work, but then I just ruin it all and sweat profusely because I have to walk up 3 flights of stairs. I am a runner and walking up stairs makes me tired?! Come on now! Hopefully this will change soon!!



4. Marriage/Babies- I am on the verge of getting married (hopefully) and I want to be able to feel beautiful when I walk down the aisle. Also, I want to have a healthy pregnancy and worry more about the baby on the way rather than the weight being put on.



5. Abs- I WANT ABS! Haha. Plain and simple.



  
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CCLEADBYEXAMPLE 3/4/2010 12:09PM

    Hey girl,
Thanks for the post on my page yesterday-glad to hear you are doing some races!
I love this blog..I too can have an unhealthy family (you have no idea in some instances!) but as the years have gone on..my leadership is slowly getting them on board!
Are you doing anything for strength and nutrition to go with your running?
Have a great one!
Casey

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EKKING 3/3/2010 6:04PM

    Great motivators! emoticon

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MASRITE 3/2/2010 9:35AM

    Good motivaters. Can we share those abs, please??

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/2/2010 12:16AM

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KPACE7 3/1/2010 9:17PM

    Five great reasons! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANEYINMADTOWN 3/1/2010 3:14PM

    I love these reasons! Now my challenge to you is to come up with goals/tactics to reach all of them....You have started running (we hope to see you at the Shuffle)...so you are well on your way....

Good for you!

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DYNAMICDEB53 3/1/2010 12:14PM

    Great blog, you are really reaching inside and looking for the things that keep you on track. I know you can reach your goals. You are an awesome person.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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LISALYNN1960 3/1/2010 10:40AM

    Great motivators!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/1/2010 10:29AM

    emoticon You can have all that and more! You are definitely worth it!
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TIME2LIVE11 3/1/2010 9:00AM

    These are great motivators! I want the abs too!

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