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What I've been up to

Sunday, October 02, 2011

It's been a while and I'm trying to get everything under control and get my weight loss back on track. I haven't been active on SparkPeople since July when I went on vacation. I didn't have consistent access to a computer and it was just easier to not do it, which helped me fall out of the habit.

It's now 3 months later, and thankfully, I haven't gained any weight back, but I haven't lost any either. In these three months, I have lost my job, sent my only son off to the Army, and gone back to school full time. Lots of stress, lots of emotional eating, but I'm trying to keep working out.

I completed the Escape to Miami Triathlon a week ago. I got done with the race and I felt GREAT! But as soon as I saw my time, I became really mad at myself. Mad at not working out enough, not following the training plan, not meeting my goal time. The next day, I got my final results off of the website. I placed FIRST in my division!!! No freaking way! This was a killer course, and I probably could have done better than I did, but I still rocked it and I'm proud!

I'm working towards my next tri next month, and I've got an 8k the week following. I can't wait!
This win spurred me on to push further, train harder, and go for repeats. Lots and lots of repeats. I followed up my tri with a 5k on Saturday. It was an awesome run! I did my own personal best time and that was including the huge bridge we had to run... twice!!!

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TINKERBELL200 10/12/2011 9:47PM

    Wow 1st in your division! That's awesome! emoticon Welcome back! You truly are an inspiration to all!

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ROSEWCI 10/3/2011 7:19AM

    First of all WELCOME BACK Jodi! emoticon
CONGRATS on having competed & having come in first w/your division, in the Tri! emoticon
You've got ALOT going on in your world...& you're one busy lady/mom! Even tho I know you're disappointed in your progress, not having gained any weight back is nothing to poo poo! That's AWESOME! Just think whatcha CAN do when you put your mind to it! You CAN do anything!
Going to school & taking care of kids is PLENTY going on! GOOD LUCK in all your upcoming challenges! Keep moving forward & I know you'll be successful!

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BILL60 10/3/2011 7:08AM

    Super well done!! Imagine what you could do if you were to really train?? Good luck.

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 10/2/2011 9:53PM

    So glad your back! AWESOME btw on the triathlon!!! Truly an inspiration! I'm still waiting to do my 1st 5k. Lol.

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Emotional Rollercoaster

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Thanks to everyone for their prayers and not even knowing what they were for. It's been a very emotional week, with a lot of emotional eating. I've had several great things happen, and a couple that I'm still dealing with the fallout.
Let's start with the good things. My son graduated from high school last Saturday. I'm so proud of him for all that he has achieved, and yet, I'm saddened by the end of his childhood. He's no longer my little boy. Factor in the fact that he will be leaving for the military in August, and I'm almost a basket case.
Second good thing: I completed my second tri last Sunday, even having a touch of a stomach bug (which the little one threw up in the car 4 times the day before). It was a reverse tri so we had to run a 5k first. After the first half mile, I no longer had the stomach cramps and fear that I would have an accident while running. In the end, I had a great ending time, and I even had more fun just hanging out with my team mates by the pool, which leads me to the sad thing. I was almost in tears (yes, alcohol was involved) because this was going to be my last tri as a member of Team Physiofit.
I found out last Wednesday that my position is being eliminated effective June 30th. I was one of many. This was a major blow. It came out of no where. Not only did I feel like a failure to my family and to myself, I didn't know how we were going to manage financially. I think the hardest part was knowing that I was going to have to give up the group that I have compeletly submersed myself in. I had finally found a place where I belonged after living here for four years... and I was going to be lost again.
To say that I have the best husband in the world may be open to argument for some, but to me, he is the awesome-est! He assured me that we would find a way to pay for the team so that I could continue training with this wonderful group of women that I have come to think of as friends.
Now, I just need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and find a job! The opportunities are out there. Trying to see which direction God has me pointed in.

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ROSEWCI 6/8/2011 5:31PM

    Emotional Rollercoaster, indeed! You've got a lot going on my dear! Deep breath now...

First of all, CONGRATS on the graduation of your son...I know it's bittersweet 'cause he's leaving shortly. May he be kept safe from harm as he goes off to serve our country. And I'm so deeply sorry about the loss of your position, & it's quite understandable that you'd be so upset. Things always have a way of working themselves out tho...& I know that in this instance, it will too! You just don't know what's around that corner! No doubt you'll be busy here these next few weeks & time will slip by quickly. Please take special care...& be kind to yourself.

And your hubby sounds absolutely wonderful! HUGS HUGS HUGS to him! You're one lucky lady!

And don't forget....we're here if you need us! Hugs & Love to you!

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BAYBELIEVER 6/8/2011 5:02PM

    Whew! What a ride! I can relate to the son graduating from high school! Way to go for him and you! Then off to the military. Great thing to do, but for a mom, I can't imagine the mixed feelings. My prayers are and will be with you. As for your position being cut, there are no great smiley words to say, but I keep thinking that this woman (you) has completed 2 (not 1, but 2) tri-athlons, so bouncing back and finding a new job should be a piece of cake. Okay, maybe that is a little overstepping, but I hope you get my drift. You are so health now physically, that you can deal with this new challenge I know it! Let's hope that, quicker rather than later, that with the closing of that one door, another will open! Prayers for you and congrats on that amazing husband!

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BLACKROSE_222 6/8/2011 4:46PM

    Wow, that is a HARD week. I'm so sorry that you have gone through so much. Thank you for sharing, and I want you to know my prayers are with you. Also, I'm going through the same thing as you for the army - except with my brother. The little bugger is in basic training right now, and I haven't been able to speak with him for over 6 weeks... and I miss him so much.

But day by day I hold on, and know that things will eventually get better. Thank you to your son for his commitment... and thank you to you for sharing, and YOUR commitment here.

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Decisions, decisions

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I was on the phone last night with one of my best friends, whom I only get to see once a year as we live on opposite ends of the country. She was telling me how proud she was of me to see all of my activities that I'm doing, the weight I've lost, and competing in the triathlons now. I told her "You have to remember, I don't smoke anymore either, and that helps tremendously".

This lead into a big discussion about her not being able to quit smoking, or stop eating butter and potatoes. She asked me how I had quit smoking and lost weight. I told her there was no one thing that I could tell her that would be the "FIX ALL" for her. Everyone needs to find what is that one thing that helps her. I told her that everything we do is a decision. You can decide not to put that cigarette to your lips. You can decide to use only a dab of butter (or no butter at all) on the potatoes instead of (her words) drowning them.

Every day I fight with myself on decisions. I make a decision to get out of bed and work out, or not to. I make the decision about what food I eat. What are the consequences of my actions? I have to admit that I am far from perfect. There are many days when I hit that snooze alarm because I just cannot force my feet out from under the covers. There are some days I choose to eat a cupcake as a treat for myself. And I CHOOSE to enjoy it.

So, this morning comes along and at 4:30am the alarm goes off, and I really don't want to get out of bed because I was up half the night talking to my friend on the phone, I remember our conversation from last night, and I CHOSE to get out of bed, put on my swim suit and head down to the pool. I got in a good half an hour this morning and I am proud of myself; for following through with my workout plan, and for living up to my expectations of myself. I choose to be a little better every day. SPARK ON!

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CAROLIAN 5/22/2011 4:49PM

    Well done lol emoticon emoticon

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MRSRAM 5/20/2011 9:57AM

    I decided to sleep in this morning and my body naturally wanted to wake up at 8. I knew it was too hot to go for a bike ride already but I wanted to do something physical, so I went outside (in the shade) for about 45 minutes and pulled weeds! Woohoo! Talking to you always gives me such inspiration.

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GINACAN1987 5/20/2011 8:04AM

    Reading this solidifies how important it is to DECIDE to treat yourself every once in a while, too. It's not a failure as long as you choose it and make healthy decisions most of the time. That's always hard for me to remember as I tend to think in the all or nothing. Thanks for the blog!

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THESB25 5/19/2011 7:53PM

    You are so awesome! Great choices!

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MNNICE 5/19/2011 2:07PM

    The inspiration you give her may be just what it takes to give her the motivation to take charge of her choices!

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ROSEWCI 5/19/2011 12:43PM

    You're absolutely right! We're responsible for our choices! And life is ALL about the choices we make...& the roads we take! You're doing a fine job my friend! Keep stepping UP to meet those expecations & you'll never be disappointed!

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MIRAGE727 5/19/2011 12:43PM

    When healthy lifestyle changes become second nature, you're in the groove. Good on ya! Thanks for sharing!

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POETANDMORE 5/19/2011 12:21PM

    I make my own decisions, and if it is a bad one I don't beat myself up over it. I have decided to work hard on my spark program. And, I am sticking to it!

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RENEEMCSER 5/19/2011 12:18PM

  goodluck to you!

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Pics from my first tri

Monday, May 09, 2011

Our first viewing of our swim course...

My Team being SASSY...

Getting Ready for the Swim

Coming in on the Bike

Finishing the Race!

And our Grand Finish!

An amazing group of women and a spectacular experience! My Next tri is when??

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WILDASTER 5/17/2011 8:29AM

    YOU look GREAT! Look at the healthy glow, the joy on our face and the fun that you had. You are an inspiration I hope to work up to that level one day soon.

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CAROLIAN 5/10/2011 2:25AM

    WELL DONE you all look great what an acheivement lol carol emoticon

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TINADOUS 5/9/2011 9:13PM

  Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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TRI-TRI-AGAIN 5/9/2011 9:12PM

    Congrats! Love the pictures. Yep.. When is the next one??

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LDRICHEL 5/9/2011 9:11PM

    You are incredible! And total inspiration!!! Thanks for spreading the Spark!!!

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My first Triathlon

Monday, May 09, 2011

So, I finally did it. I did my first triathlon. After over a year of riding, and 9 months since the seed of competing in a tri was planted in my brain, I finally committed to it AND I DID IT!!! I am so incredibly happy and proud that I was able to accomplish this! I did it with a TON of help from my EMPOWERED Tri team, my amazing friends and my loving husband, who has helped cart me around, watch the kids, and do whatever needed to be done to give me the time to train for this event.

This particular tri was a Danskin, all women's tri in Orlando. Even though over 1000 women were registered to compete, it was extremely well organized and the amount of encouragement by not only the spectators, but also by the volunteers and the other competitors was completely overwhelming! People I was passing on my bike were cheering me on... People passing me on the run were rooting for me and everyone else! I remember one family in particular that stands out... A dad, two little boys and a baby girl in a stroller. The little boys each had signs saying stuff like "GO MOM" "WE LOVE YOU MOM" and "YOU CAN DO IT". The baby had a sign on the ground by the wheels of the stroller saying "GAAAA!" That gave me more enthusiasm to reach that finish line. If you ever want to get involved in triathlons, I strongly encourage you to do your first one at a Danskin all Women's event!

I was shooting to complete the tri in 2 hours or less. I finished in 1:47:05. Pretty good for my first time out! I posted my official results, and still cannot believe that I did it! I knew I did ok on the 1/2 mile swim and the 12 mile ride, and I knew I did horrible on the 5k run, but I am so happy with the combined results. 303rd place out of the 820 women that finished, and I actually placed 5th in my division out of 35!!

JODI #483
Age: 40 Gender: F
Distance Short
Clock Time 01:47:05
Overall Place 303 / 820
Division Place 5 / 35

Swim 00:19:53
Swimrank 242

Bike 00:40:29
Bikerank 44

Run 00:41:50
Runrank 623

I'll post pics as soon as I get them emailed to me!

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THESB25 5/9/2011 8:43PM

    AWESOME JOB GIRL!!! WOW!!! SO PROUD OF YOU!! Welcome to the tri-club. Did you love it?? I fell in love when I crossed that finish line!!

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ROSEWCI 5/9/2011 6:07PM

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What a WINNER you are! What an INSPIRATION! emoticon
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NSMANN 5/9/2011 4:35PM

    Very inspiring!

I don't think you did terrible on the 5k, I think 41 minutes is a good time, especially for a beginner. Congrats!

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NEVERORNOW 5/9/2011 2:13PM

    Wow, what an amazing accomplishment, especially with the time you did it in. emoticonI'm so proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ERPARA 5/9/2011 2:12PM

    Thank you for sharing - awesome race! Congrats on the first one down - and many to come :)

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MNGIRLIE 5/9/2011 1:19PM

    Amazing!! You rocked it! So fun to read about this.

Totally inspiring!

During my first 5k there were so few spectators out, probably because of the weather, but every single one that was there I so appreciated. I loved the GAAA! sign. How cute is that?!

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