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I am Amazing (and you are too!)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

...and don't you forget it!!!!


I don't want to waste anymore time in the mirror
Watching my face, never change I don't feel beautiful today
And I don't wanna waste
Anymore hard-earned cash on these 'miracles'
That never change the way I feel don't make me beautiful today
How long can I hide-away beneath this disguise?
And what drastic measure do I have to take to realise...

That I am amazing, in spite of what I can see,
When I look at myself wishing I could be anyone other than me
Cos I was created
With everything I could ever need
So I'm not gonna change
I'm gonna stay just the way God made me

I'm not gonna take
Anymore of these lies they've been feeding me
Not gonna listen to the voices of my enemies today
With my feet on solid ground
I'm gonna turn it all around
Because it's time I realised I'm truly beautiful inside
How long can I hide-away beneath this disguise?
And what drastic measure do I have to take to realise...

That I am amazing, in spite of what I can see,
When I look at myself wishing I could be anyone other than me
Cos I was created
With everything I could ever need
So I'm not gonna change
I'm gonna stay just the way God made me

And who am I to say that I could do a better job than him?

Cos we are amazing
If only we could believe that it's all in His hands
We're a part of a plan that's much bigger than us
Yes we are amazing
There's nothing we can't achieve
and we don't need to change
So I'm gonna stay, just the way God made me

Not gonna listen to the voices of my enemies today

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BOLEBRON 1/21/2013 5:10PM


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WILMASOTO 1/15/2013 9:33PM

    Oh yes you are! Love this song! Awesome message!! emoticon

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COOP9002 1/15/2013 12:17PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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TORTISE110 1/15/2013 7:55AM

    good ideas!

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SRBSRB26 1/15/2013 7:51AM


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SKIRNIR 1/15/2013 7:18AM

    Nice song. Haven't heard that one before. Love the lyrics.

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2013 Goals- Mind , Body , Spirit

Friday, January 04, 2013

- Run training: 3-4 time a week (including speedwork- new for me). Track every single mile.
- Strength training: 2x, maybe 3 per week.
- One race per month
- Clean and mindful nutrition. Frequent challenges.
- Break 25:00 in 5K. Run half marathon #6.

- Read 1 book per month
- Travel!! Local or out.
- Increase savings
- Rid of MC debt
- Open retirement account

- Church weekly
- Daily prayer/meditation
- Read bible
- Volunteer
- Try new experiences!

I could have done so much better in 2012. Did not achieve all my goals, still I must be happy with I did do. I refinanced my home. Did several 5K and 10K including a mud run and a trail run (firsts for me). I achieved a half-marathon PR of 2:02. Then I took 2 vacations. And fell into a pretty bad slump. But-- you Live, Learn and move forward. I am not mentioning a specific goalweight (although one is in my head). I know that if I stick to this- I will get to where I want to be (and get back comfortably into my skinny clothes).

2013 is all about-- CONSISTENCY. PERSEVERANCE. Just keep going. Reach new limits. Discover new strengths.

Happy, Health, Fit New Year SparkAmigos!

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RYDERB 1/5/2013 2:50PM

    Congratulations on your 2012 victories! Great goals for 2013! emoticon
Happy New Year! emoticon

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BOLEBRON 1/4/2013 8:45PM

    It is a full schedule but I know you can do it. Good luck and keep up posted.

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SWAZY33 1/4/2013 9:02AM

    Those are some great goals. I recently posted mine too and after reading yours am thinking of editing mine to add some races/challenges to my list! Thanks for the inspiration and I must say that I am very impressed with your HM time and 5k goal!! GREAT!!

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What Iíve done right this week

Friday, October 19, 2012

We tend to blog and vent more about all weíve done wrong this, day, week or month and less about what we did right. So today, although not record breaking these are my little things this week that will add up!

- I batch-cooked on Sunday. Although I plan meals, cook and take my own lunch to work every day I never really did the batch cooking thing. So I did it and what a timesaver it was during the week! Duh! Why hadnít I done it before!

- I pushed through a work out on Tuesday. Got home a bit late, kid was being whiny, hubby getting ready for work and there I was pushing. Nothing was going to stop me. I did it Ė even more than I had planned. Beast!

- I accepted a treat from someone, but did not eat it! Victory!

- Went to a fundraising sale. One table sold trinkets and stuff (bought some), another table had loads of baked goods (passed it), another had homemade fruit salad (bingo!).

- Prepped and brought in good snacks to work. Hunger and cravings successfully diverted!

- Been cutting down on coffee. Creamer is GONE. Still working on the sugar, although I did cut it in half though! This is major! Iím working on taking it blackÖÖ

- 5 workout days in the books this week. And 5 days of mindful, clean eats!

I have a family gathering this SundayÖÖ Sunday is also my weigh in. Thatíll keep in me check no matter what the scale says. I will have plan and I will be ready. Because I got this!

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IDAREU 10/29/2012 7:17AM

    Como lo haces para mantenerte tan enfocada siempre? Esa es la preguntaaaaaaaaa!!! I am trying hard to focus this time. Been Yo yo dieting way too long now.... Positive morning thoughts are helping though... What else would you recommend to keep my focus?

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GIANTMICROBE 10/20/2012 7:55AM

    I always want to cook for the week on the weekend but I get too lazy!

Sometimes I too will take something that someone gives me then secretly put it in the trash and tell them it was delicious (if I don't want it really bad or if I think it's not worth it) I did eat a breast cancer awareness cookie this week that was very very very good. Chocolate with pink M&Ms!

I started drinking my tea without Splenda. Started with a few teas I know I didn't have to sweeten and even did an Earl Grey yesterday. I don't like coffee though.

Have a great weekend!

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5WHITEROSES 10/19/2012 12:11PM

    Those are great things you've accomplished this week! Keep it up, you're doing awesome!!

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PHEBESS 10/19/2012 11:53AM

    You deserve credit for all those things!!!!!!

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FITFOODIE806 10/19/2012 8:53AM

    Awesome! Sounds like a great week.

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Nutrition overhaul- 28 day challenge

Monday, October 15, 2012

So far, Sept and Oct have been good on the work out front. Consistent running 3 days a week (two 3-4 milers and 1 long 5-6 miles or more) and 2, maybe 3 days of circuit/strength training a-la-Zuzka Light or others. I love my workouts. I WORK IT till sweat stings my eyes. My major downfall is nutrition, food, eating. Especially since summer. Itís getting the best of me and sabotaging my workout efforts cause weíve heard it a million times: YOU CANíT OUT TRAIN A BAD DIET. Last month I lost 4 lbs in the 2 weeks I tracked. The moment I stopped, it came back. When I was losing, I tracked diligently for the 4 months. And it is 100% how I lost 25 lbs. After 2 years in maintenance and not tracking, itís VERY hard to go back to counting every bite and calorie. Thereís gotta be a better way for these stupid last 10 pounds. I HAVE to do something different. Something I havenít tried. How else do you know if something works if you donít TRY? So I am attempting a 28 day food challenge. A low-carb, modified Paleo/Primal plan if you will. Modified for me. I am going to give up dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese) and grains (oatmeal, cornmeal and all the white carbs like rice, pasta, bread, flour stuff, tortillas, pastries, etc). My only source of carbs will be fruits and veggies. Lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats, nuts, eggs, and legumes (beans). The only sugar allowed will be the 2 tsp in my coffee- no creamer! Hey- it used to be more!! Nothing out of box, processed junk, etc. Clean eats. Healthy snacks always on hand (I let this go big time which lead to bad grazing). This means serious planning and batch cooking, which I did last night. Last week I was testing it out and I already lost 1 lb. This is totally doable for me. Sure I will allow a cheat meal- eventually. I just havenít determined when. And depending how it goes this may be a lifestyle for me. If not I will slowly incorporate some of those things back. Weíll see. But first- I am doing this and I am excited and positive.


The greatest obstacles are in our head: a race report

Monday, September 10, 2012

Coming back from my summer slump I have done three 10Kís.

The first 1 was awful. I hadnít been running consistently and gained several pounds over vacation. End of July- it was so freakin hot!!! Then my MP3 died half-way. I felt so sluggish and heavy but mostly discouraged, beat, defeated. Of course, all this is mostly in my head but soon enough my body got the message. I stopped to walk twice. I NEVER walk! Of course, not my best time but I didnít care- I just wanted it to be over.

The following 10K, I had MP3 issues again, but got over it early on. It was hot too, direct sunlight hitting me a good portion of the way but then clouds thankfully. A long steady hill almost killed me at 8K but I pushed through and didnít stop at all throughout the course. My time was not impressive but I felt much better with my effort than the previous race, although I still struggled with negative thoughts at times. Why do I torture myself like this?

Now yesterdayís race with all its obstacles reminded me that itís all in our head. The race took place at my momís hometown about 1.5 hour drive away from my house. I stayed with her during the weekend, and it wasnít until 30 minutes before the race start (she lives like 2 minutes from the start) that I realized I had left my running shoes at home. After getting mad then sad then mad again, I decided to use my momís- one whole size and a half smaller. Oh yes. I am crazy. My poor toes!!! I took it in stride- literally- and went for it. Whatís the worst that could happen? If I hurt too much, Iíll stop. So in the midst of my shoe ordeal- it started raining, I mean POURING. We warmed up and lined up in pouring cold rain. A nice refreshing shower is one thing and a DOWNPOUR is another! So off I went, soaking wet in the pouring rain, in tiny shoes, without my usual MP3/music. At first I was kind of freaking out; all I could think about was having to pee and my sore feet. The heavy rain kept on for at least 2K, then gradually stopped. I found my stride and was in the zone. Forgot about everything. I was enjoying the crisp cool weather, the energetic and supportive crowds, the beautiful scenery. I even appreciated the several hills that brought variety and mini-challenges to the route. I didnít feel the need or desire to stop. Most importantly, I felt good. Proud. Strong. I felt that running JOY that I had lost for a while. When I crossed that finish line I proved to myself that we are the only ones who can put limits on ourselves and we are the only ones who can break them. Obstacles make victory that much sweeter! And what do you know? I placed 2nd in my age group! Imagine had I worn my size 8 1/2 s!!!

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Hillary, Sir Edmund

As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way. Emerson, Ralph Waldo

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IMSMILEY88 10/12/2012 9:53PM

    Wow! Way to hang in there and overcome the obstacles... and to ENJOY your run! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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GONABFIT 10/9/2012 8:02AM

    Way to overcome!!!!! It really is in our mind. We can do anything we put our minds to, glad you CONQUERED this race!!

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PRIMATEP 9/17/2012 3:37PM

    Thanks for this motivation! I am the poster child for mental obstacles and I think reading this has helped me.

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VEGALEGARRETA 9/11/2012 11:19AM

    Es cierto.. los obstaculos estan en nuestra mente..
en cuanto terminaste el 10k? usando los tennis de tu MOM?

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PAKITA72 9/11/2012 10:04AM

    Super! Very inspirational :) Great job and keep running!!

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BOGUSANNIE 9/10/2012 5:38PM

    wow!!! great blog

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KINSEYLMP 9/10/2012 4:32PM

    Girl, you are in my head for sure...you're so right about it all being in our heads. My sister talked me into my half in 2008 with only 2 months to train. A run in Miami in late January (coming from the north) was the draw for me. All I wanted to do was finish. Couldn't care less about the time. Now I've done 5 halfs, a few 10ks and am supposed to be training for another half in a couple of weeks. I've been struggling mentally to stay motivated to get out there, and once out there to complete the circuit I've mapped for myself that day. Physically I know I can manage it...its just somehow my mental stamina lags behind my physical stamina. Team sports are more my thing, but running does give you that endorphin release. I've been saying this is my last half...and yet I keep doing them. I really do prefer 10ks. If you ever have the chance to get to Quebec city, what a fabulous event! Happy running. Good on you!

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