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Hibiscus Half Marathon!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mike and I did it! We're halfway to our goal of completing the Honolulu Marathon this December- and we had a blast! emoticon

Here is how I prepared the day before:

This is what we looked like after 13.1 miles:

It was a great run- we walked at each aid station and had water or gatorade. We felt so great near the end, that we ran from about the 9th mile through the end:

And because I'm a dame who believes in balance... Here is post-half marathon brunch:

Now, we're resting in bed with cold beer emoticon

Next, we'll train (again) for the half marathon until August when we'll shift gears and begin to train for the big show: 26.2 miles!! emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

2BEABETTERME 5/26/2014 9:37PM

    Love your blogs, they are so fun to read! Great job on your half!

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XXSOLA_FIDEXX 5/26/2014 10:22AM

    WOW! That's awesome!!

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ARNETTELEE 5/25/2014 9:37PM

  Happy sparking!

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We bought a HOUSE!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Aloha Spark friends!

I just can't stay away... I read your blogs and scroll through articles. I'm nearly two years into maintenance (holy cow!), but daily reminders keep me inspired and motivated to make health a lifelong priority.

Okay... Here's some pics of our new abode we're calling "Hale Puka'ana," which means sunset house:

Me in the kitchen!

View from a bedroom (love the beautiful mountains!):

Mike (in January) in the backyard before we put in the fence:

And dig this... Mike has been tracking food using Myfitnesspal and running with me to train for the marathon in December, and check him out now, just four months later, chillin' on our stairs the day we picked up the keys:

SKINNY MIKE! Right!?!? He looks so handsome and glowing!

My next blog post will be all about running. I think I'm back Sparkles, whether ya missed me or not! emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

2BEABETTERME 5/23/2014 8:42AM

    I am behind on my blogs...Congrats on the new house! You are an inspiration to be maintaining so successfully, WTG!

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RYDERB 5/14/2014 9:19AM

    emoticon on your new home! It's beautiful! Looks like you've been a great influence on Mike! You both look fabulous! emoticon

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OMMAMA7 5/8/2014 12:28PM

    yay! good to see you again :) congrats on the house!

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KATHUGGS 5/8/2014 10:59AM

    My goodness, that view is unreal! Congrats on the house!!

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GARDENQE2 5/8/2014 10:48AM

    How wonderful for you!
Congratulations on your maintenance!
Looking good! emoticon

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    Thank you for your uplifting blog today.

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RENATA144 5/7/2014 11:43PM

  May God Bless you & your's in your beautiful new Home emoticon

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ALIHIKES 5/7/2014 11:30PM

    WOO HOO congratulations on the new house, on maintaining the weight loss, and on your DH's weight loss! emoticon

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10k and back to goal weight!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Aloha Sprakfriends,

I wanted to check in and share some proud achievements! Mike and I completed our first 10k on Saturday, and I ran the whole thing!! I finished in one hour and four minutes, and while I wasn't trying to make a certain time, I liked the sound of it emoticon

Here's a pic that I have clearly ripped off:

Also, I worked back down to my goal weight of 130 (130.8 as of this morning, but who's counting? Close enough to celebrate!!)... It has taken me 15 weeks to lose 15 pounds, some weeks better than others, but I'm so glad I recommitted and will feel and look good for my sister's wedding in June.

Speaking of... I had a really nice SV/NSV during pre-wedding festivities. I planned her bridal shower and bachelorette to fall on the same day, so that the most friends and family could come together to celebrate. We had a blast, but it was a long weekend full of sweets, booze, and Mexican food (my faaavorite), as we were in San Diego for the festivities... I tracked all of my food- even tortilla chips and salsa that I enjoyed everywhere we went, lol, and I still lost 0.2 pounds! Never have I been happier for a -0.2! emoticon

Here's a picture from Sarah's shower with my dear future mother-in-law:

I hope all of you are well. Spring is here, and with it beautiful weather and renewed motivation and hope. Love and aloha to you all!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEALTHYSLIM2 4/13/2014 6:00AM

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Great accomplishments and you look fantastic! best news is that you are feeling so good and know you'll be looking your best for the upcoming wedding!
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MISSB8604 4/10/2014 11:00AM

    Nicely done!

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GARDENQE2 4/10/2014 10:10AM

    Wonderful! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 4/9/2014 7:20PM

    Good to hear from you! Sounds like life is great and you are doing awesome staying healthy!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Aloha Spark People emoticon

Just checking in to report on my progress using myfitnesspal. I am down 11 pounds even from January 1st! I like the tracker a lot- and unlike SP, they up your calories on days when you work out, which I LOVE. It hasn't affected my loss at all- I've consistently lost about a pound each week (more in the beginning- you know how that goes!). Here's what my tracker looks like today (I added in my couch to 5k week 4, day 2 workout that is planned for this evening):

I do miss the Spark community, so I lurk around and check up on friends and read blogs (my favorite are success blogs)... emoticon

Hope everyone is well!

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AHAPPYLIFE 6/2/2014 5:35PM

    Love MyFitnessPal for tracking sugar intake!

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RYDERB 2/13/2014 7:21PM

    emoticon on your weigh loss! 11 pounds is crazy fabulous, since you've been in maintenance. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANDLES-73 2/13/2014 4:13PM

    Did you know that you can now change your settings so that SP will update your calories based on your workouts? It's a semi-new feature and you can go back and forth between the original way and the new way anytime.

Here is a piece from the article:

From your Start Page, click on the "Account/Email Preferences" link in the top left corner.

Scroll midway down the page until you see the box labeled "Make Your Calorie Goal Based On Fitness Tracking." Click the orange button that says "Change your settings to factor daily fitness tracking into your calorie range"

When the page asks you if you are sure, click "Yes I Am Sure."

Hope this helps! emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 2/13/2014 4:05PM

  Will take a look at myfitnesspal.

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A hui hou!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Aloha Sparkfriends,

A new year is here, and I'm making a change.

I LOVE Sparkpeople and so appreciate this tool for helping me lose weight and maintain not only a fit body, but a fit mind as well. Most of all, I credit the community for endless inspiration and warm support.

However, I have found it difficult to tap into those very things in maintenance on Spark. I think this is the venue for learning about weight loss and losing weight, but now I am looking for a support system for maintenance. I have just signed up for myfitnesspal and I am creating new goals that include scary awesome hikes EVERY week(!) and saving money (which always seems to lead to saving calories as well!).

I am walkingred on myfitnesspal as well, so if you'd ever like to check in, and you're on as well, please do!

Best wishes to you all in this marvelous new year!


Pic from yesterday, 1 January, 2014:

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/6/2014 2:22PM

    Very best to you! Happy new Year!!
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RYDERB 1/3/2014 12:31AM

    What a great picture Natalie! Best of luck to you in 2014! And good luck with MyFitnessPal,

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EWL978 1/2/2014 2:06PM

    Best of luck to you...........keep on keeping on!!!!

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