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It's my Party & I'll cry if I want to

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

It's my Party & I'll cry if I want to - but I won't! Why? because yesterday was my birthday and I'm 76 pounds lighter than 3 Birthday's ago!!!

Yes! 76 pounds!
Three Years ago, I turned the big 5 O ! Here's a picture of me on my 50th birthday.






If you wish, you can read about how my sisters embarrassed me on that day. Being in a parade and overweight was not the way I wanted to spend my 50th. For more details read the blog "The Story behind the Red Hat." As I look back now, I count it as a blessing. This was the beginning of realizing I needed a change in my life.

But that change didn't start until the last days of December 2009 right after I ate all the chocolates and goodies from my Christmas stocking! This photo is my last "fat" picture.



I joined a small little group of 5 Sparkers from "Wildflowerr Live-It's" team. Wildflowerr aka Donna was our fearless leader and was my biggest support and help. I logged my food, exercised, drank my water and joined our weekly challenges Donna posted for our team.

I lost my first twenty pounds within two months. Although there was not much visible change, I felt very good about myself. I knew I was on my way.




By end of April, I had lost a total of 30 pounds. Here's a picture of my photo shoot I rewarded myself with.





On my birthday I had reached a goal of 50 pounds down! I had to take a picture of me carrying 50 pounds of flour! Now that's a lot of weight!





60 pounds down!!! two months later! Oh yeeees!!



Gotta add two 5lb bags of cornmeal to the 50 pounds of flour! Whoa!! 60 pounds! NOW that's a lot of weight!





Another two months later, I reached my ultimate goal of 70 pounds down on November 7th, 2010. Now...unfortunately I didn't take a picture of me with more sacks of food. But fast forward to the present, I have kept my weight off and even lost an additional 6 pounds for a total of 76 pounds down! It's hard to believe I carried that much weight for all those years. Can't lift the sacks of food now...... but yay I can pump a pound of butter!






A 70 pounds photo shoot!






My life has been active since 3 years ago.
I starting hiking with my family.





One of my best friend Patty and I started a "Runners and Walkers" Club. We now have about 50 members.

Patty and me.




I'm a trainer for our local gym, the Soul to Sole Health Center.





And I teach running clinics seasonally.

My 1st "Couch to 5k" class.




My new goal is to reach 80 pounds weight loss! Now that'll be a lot of sacks of flour to lift. Maybe it should be 81 pounds! A one pound butter weight is easier to lift. emoticon




My new "before" after "picture" at 53 years young!




I pray you are encouraged! You can do it! I know you can! Blessings on your weight loss journey and may each year be better than the last!

I can't wait to go to your party and shed no tears!

  
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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/28/2014 6:44PM

    emoticon WOW! Your story is inspirational! emoticon

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ELISADENK 1/8/2014 7:49PM

    WOW!!!!!

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KARENE10 10/24/2013 10:01PM

    You look GREAT! Very motivating and inspirational blog! emoticon

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LUZMIA 10/22/2013 10:13AM

    Me encanta. You are amazing!! emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/3/2013 4:28PM

    Completely and utterly encouraged! I am going through an enforced exercise break due to illness and was looking for blogs to keep my motivated until I am feeling better and I have to tell you - I can't believe this never won a "popular blog" award - it is fantastic! Thank you for sharing and posting all of the photos!
Hollynn

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ROB704 11/29/2012 11:11AM

    you ROCK! Love your story...makes me realize that it IS entirely within me to meet my goals...

Thank you!

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CIVIAV 7/18/2012 8:44AM

    Didn't see your post until now but Rachel - WOW!
Congrats beautiful and enjoy your new world.

Civia

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POISONGIRL999 7/9/2012 3:18PM

    You look amazing!!!! What a fabulous thing you accomplished!

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ONCEUPONADREAM 7/9/2012 3:00PM

   
Wow! What an accomplishment!

You are totally and completely gorgeous, btw. You in no way shape or form look 53!!!! :)

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KAREN_NY 7/9/2012 1:57PM

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Wow - this is great! And look at you, cute throughout! :)

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PENNEYV 7/7/2012 3:37PM

    emoticon I love stories of people that have made a real change in their lifestyle and enjoy the benefits. Thanks for sharing and being a real inspiration for so many! emoticon

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DMC10241 7/5/2012 4:01PM

    I know I already commented once, but I'm gonna comment again emoticon You truly are an inspiration! As long as I've known you, you've pretty much been at goal weight so it's hard for me to believe you ever were at where I am at. But after reading your blog and looking at your pics, I've found myself, hours later, making the connection and realizing that I, too, can do it. Thank you for the inspiration, the blog and just for being the wonderful you that you are.

Love you Girlfriend emoticon

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ROEBUNCH 7/5/2012 2:43PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon a little belated...loved you blog!!

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APERDUE21 7/5/2012 12:14PM

    Love you Rachel!!! You are so amazing!!!!!

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NITA-BERRY 7/5/2012 11:35AM

    emoticon Amazing. Now I know I can really do it. Sometimes I feel so hopeless, but nothing is hopeless, is it.

What an great blog. What a cool journey. What an inspiration.

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XFITSTRONG 7/5/2012 8:38AM

    Oh my gosh! You look absolutely amazing for 50! You have worked so hard to get where youare. Way to go! Happy Birthday to you!

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DMC10241 7/5/2012 7:57AM

    You're such a blessing in my life! I'm so lucky, proud and honored to call you my friend!!! You Are Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SKUNKY4 7/5/2012 7:43AM

    You are absolutely beautiful, inside and out. I am so blessed to be a part of "the team"! You inspire me to keep on keeping on! Love you!
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HEALTHY4HIM 7/5/2012 7:28AM

    Happy belated birthday, my beautiful friend! I LOVE this blog and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new pictures.
I giggled at the one of tiny you with all your big men!
Thanks for the continued inspiration - SO proud of and happy for you, Rachel!
Hugs and love!
Kel

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KADULAC 7/5/2012 2:30AM

    Happy birthday. Sorry I missed it. You look great. Donna is an awesome leader. She is so encouraging and supportive. I thank God she started the Live-it's team. Congratulations on losing so much weight. You are inspiring.

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WILDFLOWERR_ 7/5/2012 12:24AM

    YOU ROCK GIRLFRIEND!
emoticonyour new before/after pic!
Happy Blessed Birthday to You!
Love,
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emoticonLovin' the pom~poms too! They remind of W.V.!!! emoticon

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BUSYMOM911 7/4/2012 11:35PM

    This is a terrific blog! You are such an inspiration. You sure don't look 50. I guess if you can do it, so can I. I'm 55, and stalled at 20 pounds down.

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PATRICIALUCIA 7/4/2012 11:34PM

    Your accomplishments are amazing! So happy for you, congrats! A great inspiration for us all.

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 7/4/2012 11:27PM

  emoticon You go, girl! emoticon

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STROMSP 7/4/2012 11:26PM

    Congratulations, you are a true inspiration!

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True confessions of a Marathoner!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011



I stopped tracking my food and I've gained weight! There you have it!!!! emoticon

I stopped weighing in about a month ago because every week I saw my weight creep up. My husband said it was muscle but I told him " muscle doesn't jiggle!!!" I finally faced the scale and have changed my weight tracker to reflect my current weight.

So I ask myself, how can this be? I was running weekly with long runs up to 23 miles? And.....eating healthy too!!! I am here to tell you my friends, a person can still gain weight if you don't watch your intake; no matter what level of activity you are doing!

I been out of the habit of not tracking for months, closer to a 1/2 year. I am telling you my friends, it has been a struggle getting into the habit of tracking my food again! Am I the only person in the same boat? Are you struggling with just the basics of tracking your food? Do you need accountability and encouragement to help you with this area in Sparks? I'm here to help and in hopes you will help me too.

So here's my plan to get back to the basics of Food Tracking 101. Everyday when I complete a day of tracking I will give myself a the smiling face "goodie". By the end of the week, I want to see at least 6 smiling faces fill my goodie page, then 12, then.. 18.............until I have established tracking my food intake again. My goal is to collect 30. Are you with me? If you have any questions on how to give yourself a goodie, let me know and I will be happy to help you out. I also would like to know who is with me so click on the following link or go to the "General Team Discussion Forum" under the topic "Basic Food Tracking 101" and let me know if you would like to join me!

By the way..... when I first came to the "Live~It's" team, our leaders posted weekly and monthly challenges as they are doing right now. I was losing an average of 2 pounds a week participating in those challenges, losing a total of 70 pounds! I fully believe joining in their challenges is the way to go and would encourage you to participate with them. Trust me, you will see results!!!

For those who want to establish or reestablish just your food tracking I'm here for you.
Blessings, Rachel emoticon
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GETSTRONGRRR 10/20/2013 7:21AM

    I ran marathons for years, and always used the high mileage as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted ("I'll burn it off on my long run this week"). My body composition did change while running, indicating that I did lose fat and gain muscle, but my weight only went down a little.

As I did more research, I realized that while we do burn calories while running, even a marathon burns only about 2000 calories.

What I further have deduced through all of this is that you can't outwork a bad diet....weight loss is about watching what you eat.....exercise is for creating a healthy body. If I had to wag it, I'd say weight loss is 80% diet & 20% exercise

Good luck!

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PMRUNNER 10/20/2013 6:38AM

    I get lazy with my food tracking to until my weight starts to creep to the upper end of my maintenance range. I weigh daily and use that as a barometer to identify creep, and then get better about tracking again. It is usually cutting down on post dinner snacking that helps get my eating and weight back in check. Keep up the great job!

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NEWSWEETBREEZES 11/13/2011 9:00PM

    Hi Rachel, I hear Ya! right after my Half Marathon Oct 9, 2011 I got lazy with tracking my nutrition. Being lazy with tracking my nutrition stretched out until a little over a week ago. In the first couple of weeks after I was not exercising because I had to heal up my hip but those 2 weeks stretched out until a little over a week ago.

Rachel it was like I was so elated with the excitement of finishing my first Half Marathon that some how forgot to keep sparking! Maybe it was the though that the thoughts that may have been deep in the back of my mind telling myself " Ah I can relax now I did it, I met my goal " . Maby like the same things happen to some folks that get to there weight lost goal and start gaining weight back. I guess finishing the race was a short term goal but the long term goal for both maintaining nutrition and maintaining fitness is all the biggest goal of all. I do want you to know that it took me from The dat of my race Oct 9, 2011 to little more that a week ago before I got my self completely on track. It was hard to get tracking my nutrition but good new is I have back to my pre Half Marathon weight of 169 pounds as of saturday Nov 12, 2011.

See below of weight I did keep tracking after Marothon.
Oct 08, 2011- 169.5 (Down 1 Pound)
Oct 15, 2011- 175.5 (up 6pounds) Half Marathon Oct 9 have swelling.
Oct 22, 2011- 175.5 (same)
Oct 29, 2011- 171.5 (Down 4 Pounds )
Nov 05, 2011- 174 (up 2.5 Pounds)
Nov 12, 2011- 169 (Down 5 pounds) So now .5 pound lighter since Marathon.

I think that in my last blog I added my New Goal and so I like to share it with you all as well.
I want to buy a new bathing suit for christmas vacation with my teens and my mom in Orlando Florida . I want to be 163 pounds for sure!!!
That will mean I will have lost since January 2011 a total of 40 pounds.
It will mean I will have lost since I started Spark People a total of 31.5 pounds.

I am definitely with ya, but not sure of how to do the team .

Rachel I also think that I definitely have to have get better at always having a plan that is outlining what the goal will be after I finish the goal before me. Like train for a half Marathon but have a goal set before I cross that finish-line of what I will do after like make suer I either start training for a smaller even or come up with my own event just for me. emoticon emoticon

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APERDUE21 11/3/2011 2:28PM

    I'm with you Rachel! You are amazing I hope you know that emoticon

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-KATHERINE- 10/24/2011 8:09PM

    I'm in, I haven't been on here for three months, due to the stress of packing up a house and moving almost 200 miles and have been in my new house for 3 weeks, but really only one, cuz I had to move my husband and daughter out of an apartment for the first week and had been traveling during the third week, so today I got on here, I am settled enough to concentrate on tracking food again and have enough good healthy food in the hosue to create meals again. I had been dining out almost everyday becsuse of the move. So I am so glad to see this. It'll be a great to get in this habit right away now, I already had started today with my tracking emoticon

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HEALTHY4HIM 10/22/2011 9:31PM

    Rachel, this is a fantastic idea... and you're absolutely right - activity is important, but if the food isn't in line, the scale wont' cooperate!
I'm in - starting today.
(I won't back track... but can I just tell you that I have 7 consecutive smile-worthy days under my belt?!?!)
Thanks for this - and for your honesty... it's a tough reality to face, isn't it?
emoticonI'm with you girl!
Kelly

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CIVIAV 10/21/2011 10:09AM

    I too lost my focus on tracking as I came toward the end of my 1/2 marathon training. I am focused this winter on getting stronger to continue my training and do what you are doing. A marathon next Fall.

My eating is full of binge foods and I know it was an excuse for being so tired. Well, no more, or at least not so often. He, he.

I found you through GATORJOY and will take you up on the help with food tracking, running and strength work. I offer the same in return!

Beautiful RED Hat by the way!

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PENNEYV 10/21/2011 9:47AM

    emoticon Rachel! Love the incentive to get moving again! Piece of advice is do it now, because it only gets more difficult as age marches on. emoticon

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MAESTRAKARINE 10/20/2011 8:40AM

    OK.
I'm in!
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GATORJOY 10/20/2011 7:38AM

    emoticonI will take notice of this as I near my weight goal, which is coming v e r y slowly these days. I will keep tracking! I do hope all is back on track fast for you! emoticon

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SKUNKY4 10/20/2011 7:13AM

    I'm right there with you, Rachel! We can do it......together!
Hugs, Jackie

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DMC10241 10/19/2011 11:51PM

    I'm in. I hope to see lots of emoticon (smiley faces) too.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/19/2011 11:13PM

    Right there w u training for marathon

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LADYANDREA2012 10/19/2011 10:40PM

    I love this going back to basics 101. In deed I need to join you, I am just recovering from a huge set back in this comes as light in my way!!! Thanks Rachel.

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KAREN_NY 10/19/2011 9:53PM

    Love the smiley idea... back to basics indeed. I'm tracking, and watching my numbers be too high almost every day. Now I need to buckle down and find a balance that fuels running AND loses weight! Thanks!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 10/19/2011 9:45PM

    You can do it, Rachel! I am back to tracking, too and this time (during marathon training) I am staying on track and even trying to lose weight!

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WILDFLOWERR_ 10/19/2011 9:45PM

    LOVE THE PIC!
My Hubbie tries to tell me the same thing! emoticonWhen I know all along, it's what I'm putting in my mouth! emoticonBecause I have been tracking, and I am here to tell ya, the tracker does NOT lie! emoticon The other day I pushed the scale past what I lovingly refer to as the emoticon zone! So I feel your pain!
Love,
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PJCOOP2014 10/19/2011 7:03PM

    Way to go, Rachel! emoticon I learned this lesson myself...a healthy, low fat/low calories/high protein diet along with aerobic exercise = weight loss. But here is the good news: You can do something about this, and if I know you, it won't take you long! emoticon I love you, girl friend...you are an inspiration to all of us!

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Say What? a Marathon???

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Yes.... who would have known? A year ago this month, I was running a 5k at Aimee's in West Virginia with spark friends, a time I will never forget!!!

Since then, I have run numerous races and decided in April 2011 to do my first 1/2 marathon. I know, I know, I didn't blog about it. They say you never forget your 1st 1/2 marathon. Too bad!!! It was not a very good experience! By the end of that month, I registered online for the "Big One" Portland's Marathon. Maybe it would be a better experience, plus it would leave me plenty of time to train.

You know something funny? My bib number issued was 666....0! Yikes!!!! My husband, who is my biggest supporter, kept on reassuring me, "your number is 6,660! a huge difference!" Hmmmm...... emoticon

I started seriously training almost immediately and reading anything and everything on Jeff Galloway's walk run method. For my birthday, my wonderful husband bought me the Garmin's 610 Heart rate monitor watch! WOW! what a watch!

I was doing 16-23 miles long runs during the hot months. Again, my wonderful husband would go out and stash water in strategic places to ensure I would be plenty hydrated. Then my children chipped in and bought me a fuel/ hydration belt. I think there should be medals for them!!!

I was doing pretty good except I ended up bruising my heel in July. We had gone to the water park and I ran up concrete stairs sliding down the water slides time and time again, having an gay ol time! I don't know who was having more fun, me or the kids! Yes! I wore a bathing suit ! Back to the foot.... the next day, it felt bruised and being the person that I am, I paid no attention thinking in time, it would feel better. NOT! How was it suppose to feel better when I was not letting up on my fitness minutes and having longer training runs? By the time I decided to go to the doctor, it was a month before the marathon and I couldn't see her until, mind you, 3 days prior to my big day. I had too much invested both in training and money. I decided I was going to do the marathon regardless. Needless to say, I had everyone praying for me and my foot.

Saturday, we drove into Portland, Oregon and picked up my racers packet. We spent the night at my in laws home and I was so indecisive on what to wear. The weather predicted some rain showers and 65 degrees. I love running in 65 degree weather, it's perfect to run in. A short sleeve shirt would work out great.... but the showers??? And which shirt to wear? The bright green shirt is our runner and walkers club shirt. I wanted to wear it because my friend Patty and I started the club. But to wear the Portland Marathon shirt would be awesome too!




In the morning I'll decide. How was I going to sleep soundly tonight???

Eventually I did sleep and the alarm went off by 4 am. We were out the door by 5:00, having an hour drive to the race. We found parking 3 blocks away; another thing I worried about last night. But we had plenty of time. It was dark and people were arriving getting into their "timed" corrals. There was plenty of time to chat with the other marathoners.






Before long, my husband and children gave me their hugs and kisses and prayed for me; they would see me at the finish line.






My daughter giving me a kiss.

As we heard the gun go off for the fastest runners, there was excitement all around. We could see them in the distance; a blur of runners! Drums were playing, people were cheering and the adrenaline was high! Before we knew it, our corral started moving forward and it was our turn to go past the starting line.







I'm there some where.


The weather was holding and I was feeling great. Then to my surprise I saw my family at mile post five! They knew I would be coming through and waited to see me. I so happened to spot them first.







Yeah! my family! I'm here!! right here!! it's me your mama!








Getting high fives from the kids. They totally made my day!








And I'm off again facing 21 more miles!

This year, Portland Marathon celebrated its 40th anniversary. There were 15,000 runners and walkers and 5,100 volunteers. We had 82 groups entertaining us in 52 locations not to mention thousands of people cheering us on throughout the course. What a race to be in! I also had the privilege of running over one of Portland's historical bridges, "St. John's Bridge"
In my opinion it's one of the prettiest bridges and I have always wanted to see it. See it I did, every foot of it!





God was so good to me. My foot was not in pain. I did have a very slow mile going up to St John's Bridge and crossing it. I wonder if that is what they call "the wall"? Overall I felt good. Praise the Lord!

My family saw me again 2 blocks from the finish line and my husband Barry was able to take these pictures of me running the last stretch of the race.






Note the couple in front me! How cute is that?








almost there!








The finish line is right around the corner to your left of this picture! Woo! Hoo!

I gave it my all and finally I crossed the finish line! My name was announced over the loud speaker and I was given a space blanket immediately. Volunteers in black and white formal wear put my beautiful medal around my neck! Everywhere I turned I was being congratulated. The finish line was restricted to marathoners only and was highly secured so I wouldn't see my family until going to the reunion area they set up.

There were tables and tables with plenty of food to replenish. I drank some orange juice and had a fruit bar, then some more juice. Moving along, I was given my finisher's shirt, a rose and a tree seedling. I stood in line to have my photo taken, putting on my finishers shirt over my existing one. I definitely wasn't indecisive on which shirt I should wear! LOL! I hurried so I could leave the restricted area to see my family. I wanted to see them so much!





Big hugs from my daughter Rebekah.








Josiah and Andrew (Andrew's is the one with the cap)








The kids checking out the finisher's medal!








My medal, rose and seedling! Oh I forgot to say I was very pleased with my time. When I was training on my last long run of 23 miles I timed in at 5 hours. I came in at 5:36 for the full 26.2!

One of the best parts of running is being able to eat a good delicious meal and not worry about the calories. My choice of restaurant was to go to "Don Pedro's" where they serve authentic Mexican food! Yummy! I had beef fajitas with beans, rice and a salad. Oh my goodness, it was so very good!






The food was worth the wait. Besides it gave me more time to proudly display my hard earned medal! Wearing your finisher's medal around your neck the day you earned it, is probably the only time a person can wear it all day so ..........I took full advantage of it.
Any marathoner's out there with me?






Yep! still wearing it after my shower!








and even to bed.







Good news! As part of the 40th Anniversary, Portland Marathoners were also given a poster and two little bags. With all the excitement and exhaustion I didn't even look what was inside.







Guess what was in them??? One had a 40th anniversary commemorative coin.




And the other held a little charm identical to the finisher's medal! How about that? God sure loves me and I think He's pretty proud of me too! ! I guess I can wear my finisher's medal tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next....... :)






I am so thankful to my husband for his support all these months, my children, my friends who prayed for me and especially to my Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. He is the very one that gave me the strength to finish the course set before me. May He be glorified and honored in my life!

  
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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/21/2011 11:17AM

    Love your blog!!! Congrats on your time and all your success! What great pics and love all your smiles. How exciting to have had your family there with you for support. I would SO wear my medal all day as well!! emoticon emoticon

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THECRAZYMANGO 10/21/2011 10:29AM

    Great blog!!! I love how they made a miniature medal for you to wear everyday!!!

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CIVIAV 10/21/2011 10:13AM

    Oh man, I'm just meeting you and I am so proud of you too! Congrats and what I love the most are the smiles on your face as you see your family! How inspiring!

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TARANITUP 10/20/2011 3:47PM

    What a great photo blog of your day! SO AWESOME!

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KKINNEA 10/20/2011 3:27PM

    Great job on your marathon!!

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MAESTRAKARINE 10/20/2011 8:29AM

    I can't believe I just now read this blog. You are emoticon.

I'm sooooooooo proud of you! Congratulations just does not seem like a big enough word. I'm smiling ear to ear with you.

Love you!

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Karine

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MARATHON_MOM 10/20/2011 7:05AM

    Congratulations!! What a great race report! You did AWESOME! I can honestly say that every marathon I have done (7 now) AND the TOUGHEST half marathons... I definitely wore the medal ALL day that day!
Way to go!!!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 10/20/2011 6:58AM

    Rachel! You are so amazing! What a great accomplishment!!!

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DAISYTERRI 10/17/2011 8:43AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! What an accomplishment!!!! I am so proud of you!!!!!

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PJCOOP2014 10/16/2011 12:24PM

    So proud of you, Rachel! You are an inspiration to all of us! I love you and am so very proud of you! Love your blog! You go, girl! emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 10/15/2011 8:42PM

    Rachel, Congrats! I'm so happy for you and proud of you! And, you are bringing glory to God with every word. Praise God!

I loved your post & the photos. And, I haven't run a marathon yet, but I sure do wear my HM medals ALL DAY long! To restaurants...whatever! Wear it PROUD!!!

Great job on your time, too! Congrats on all of your hard work and your great job. Oh, and your family sounds (& looks) PRECIOUS!!!

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-RAELYNN 10/15/2011 8:11PM

    Rachel, How Awesome!!!! I am so proud of you!!!

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SNARDEESNIFF 10/15/2011 1:35PM

    You did such a great job, Rachel. You look great, too! I always enjoy reading your blogs and looking at your pics. Keep up the good work, my friend! [Hugs]
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MINETOGO 10/13/2011 12:34PM

  Rachel,
I'm reading this after my morning run,sitting in my bathrobe. You are inspiring and now I want to run a marathon too (I never did before). I am very proud of you. You'll have to tell me more about the run walk method of training. And you'll have to tell me about your club too!
God bless you,
Janel

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DMC10241 10/13/2011 8:41AM

    O I forgot... I LOVE that skirt! So stinkin' cute! emoticon

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KADULAC 10/12/2011 6:26PM

    emoticon You are so emoticon!!!! I am so proud of you. I cannot even begin to imagine walking a marathon. Congratulations. What a wonderful family you have too.

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SKUNKY4 10/12/2011 11:25AM

    Wow, You never cease to amaze me. What an awesome accomplishment! I love the pictures...'they are worth a thousand words'! Just like your other spark friends I am crying reading this. You have proved what can happen with hard work,determination and prayer. I am blessed to call you my friend....my marathon finishing friend. Love ya...jackie

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APERDUE21 10/12/2011 10:23AM

    OMG! Rachel I'm so proud of you!!! You are an amazing person!!! You are such an inspiration! I had chills reading this!!! Love you and miss you!!!!
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PENNEYV 10/12/2011 9:53AM

    emoticon You are a real inspiration. We need you to share more often to spur the rest of us on. Seeing all that you have been able to accomplish really encourages me to keep on trying! emoticon

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WILDFLOWERR_ 10/12/2011 9:37AM

    It just seems like a a fews months ago a quiet, reserved, sweet heart from the West Coast was asking me, "what will I do now that the Boot Camp is over?"
LOOK AT YOU NOW! You have reached out and grabbed yourself that gold ring! My heart just fills with so much Joy, pride and love as I read your blog Rachel!
Thank your Hubbie for the awesome pictures to go with it! They are spectacular! As are you, my Sista'/friend!
I have just one regret, I wish we could have crossed that finish line together! I pray that some day in the "Not so distant" future we will get to again! If I could choose anyone to run my 1st marathon with, it would be you! You are both an inspiration and a blessing to many, including me!

You know what I always say, "Keep up the great work, only awesome things can come from it!"
Love,
Donna
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HEALTHY4HIM 10/12/2011 8:54AM

    Oh, Rachel... I'm in tears reading your blog this morning! Way to go, sweet lady!!!! I'm SO proud of you... SO happy for you... and SO blessed to be watching your journey. You are such an inspiration, my friend!
Well done, good and faithful one... and congratulations!
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DMC10241 10/12/2011 7:54AM

    I am SOOOOO very proud of you, Rachel. I think I've cried nearly the whole blog. Tears of joy... tears of joy!!! Praise Jesus your foot wasn't hurting the whole time. And WOW what an awesome time!!! You go, Girlfriend!
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One/One/One One My 5k Race

Sunday, January 02, 2011

One/ one/ one one. Today is 1/1/11, News Years Day. I was looking forward to a race in The Dalles, Oregon called the "Freeze Your Gizzard Blizzard" Run. Of course all this depending on the weather. I wasn't too concerned about it because the race was at 2:00 in the afternoon.

When I checked the race online, I had read it had been cancelled! emoticon

I was so bummed because I was looking forward to a race that would start off my new year running. About 12:30, I decide to look online again and discovered I read it wrong! It was the race in 2008 that was cancelled! Go figure!

I yelled a happy squeal and quickly put on my running clothes so we could drive the forty minutes to The Dalles and make it on time.

Praise God! We made it on time and I was a happy camper or should I say, a happy runner! emoticon



I am all set with ipod in hand! But then I remembered I was in such a hurry I went out the door without my heart rate monitor! I know, I know, it's not a big deal. But I did feel a little naked without having it. I can't go around naked, so I borrowed a hrm watch from the P.E. teacher, Tom Conklin and coordinator of the race. I'm a happy runner again with clothes!
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Here we are lined up and ready for the race. Even though it was two in the afternoon the temperature was 28 degrees. "Freezing your gizzard"










I could see my breath! brrr.....





And we're off!




It was very different running in the cold. I wanted to stop and walk. But instead started praying and asking God to help me. Check out the snow on the hills.







I made it! Praise God I made it!







I'm checking out what my time was and if I placed.








I placed 2nd with my personal best at 30:10
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NEWSWEETBREEZES 4/2/2011 12:50PM

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You are such a inspiration.

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 1/29/2011 6:48PM

    Great job! Somehow I missed your original post.

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IMSMILEY88 1/29/2011 2:56PM

    Rachel, i've been missing you! Thanks for dropping by today as I was getting ready for 10k. Contests to you on this race!!! That's wonderful! Maybe I'll place one of these days. Congrats!

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APERDUE21 1/6/2011 1:33PM

    Congratulations Rachel!!!! What an awesome way to start the year!!! Love you bunches!!!
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TEDDYBABE 1/4/2011 10:02PM

    Oh Rachel! Congrats on your run. How awesome. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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SKUNKY4 1/4/2011 6:26AM

    emoticon I am so happy you checked on that race again. You look absolutely stunning! You inspire me to keep on trying.
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AIMEEM77 1/4/2011 12:17AM

    So proud of you girlfriend! Running in the cold IS harder...it makes it harder to breathe and your muscles get stiff easier. And what a great time...just barely more than 30 minutes! You are kicking butt...I aspire to be a better runner and you INSPIRE me to do just that!

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-RAELYNN 1/3/2011 10:44PM

    Running in the freezing weather is harder than I thought, I tried it last week and really struggled. I am so glad that you got to run. You are looking really good and your time is great too!

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RACHELLTAYLOR81 1/3/2011 11:14AM

    You are such an inspiration!

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SNARDEESNIFF 1/3/2011 11:04AM

    Oh, Rachel, you did such a great job. I am very proud of you. You inspire me greatly. Congratulations on coming in second! emoticon
(Couldn't find a red ribbon, so a silver cup will have to do!)

And once again, you look just beautiful. How you look so amazing while working out, I don't know, but you do.

Keep up the good work and keep on inspiring us to do bigger and better things. Hugs!

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SDPARTON 1/3/2011 12:19AM

    emoticon Rachel! What a way to start the New Year!
What an emoticon time and to place second! emoticon
Plus you looked so beautiful! You had to be the prettiest runner out there! emoticon I love all your photo's! Your blowing all the supermodels away! You are truly beautiful, from the inside out! emoticon
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STEADYON 1/2/2011 9:15PM

    WOW!

Congrats! That is emoticon so glad you made it and love seeing the pics!

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WILDFLOWERR_ 1/2/2011 4:27PM

    emoticonRachel! That is an emoticontime! You are nearing the 20 plus min. time zone! emoticon emoticon Good bye 30 min plus times forever! emoticon
I don't think I could even run in that extreme cold, let alone break any records! You never cease to amaze me girlfriend! It just goes to show the power in Philippians 4:13! emoticon

Love Ya, and can't wait until we get to hang out together again! emoticon

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CTUCCI 1/2/2011 3:18PM

    Way to go!! Thank you so much for sharing your race with us! Congratulations!

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IUHRYTR 1/2/2011 2:05PM

    emoticon on finishing second and for finishing at all. You overcame the temptation to give up and kept pushing to your goal. That is what separates winners from losers. emoticon -- Lou

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COVEREDNPRAYING 1/2/2011 12:42PM

    Super Fantastic! That is an amazing time! I ran my first 5K yesterday and finished with a time of 49:08. Now I have a good number to beat. It was raining here in the morning and my 4 year old was throwing up so I was really questioning whether I should go or not but am so glad I did.

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DMC10241 1/2/2011 11:48AM

    I'm so very proud of you! With a start like that... look out 2011 :o)

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GMINYARD 1/2/2011 10:12AM

    Great job!! I am so glad that you got your run in and that you posted all of the pictures. ;)

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HEALTHY4HIM 1/2/2011 8:22AM

    Way to go, Rachel! What a GREAT way to start the year, my friend! I am so proud of you - of your determination, your efforts, your FAITHFULNESS, your attitude... and OF COURSE your results! What an inspiration you are!
Well done, dear one!
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TLMASSIE 1/2/2011 8:12AM

    Way to go!!!!!! I am so impressed with you and your time. I ran when it was a little cold and it hurt my lungs BAD!COngratulations!!!!!!!!
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My Favorite T-Shirts

Monday, December 20, 2010

I have two T-shirts that are my favorite and very special to me. Why my favorite & special, you may ask? Because these two shirts were given to me as gifts from my "Spark friends."
When Aimee invited the team to celebrate her "100 pound loss" party in West Virginia, I didn't know if I could go. But I prayed my little heart out and God provided my flight from Washington State to Washington D.C.

My t-Shirt is one of the official "Wildflower~Live It's" team shirts. Wildflower had it designed with pretty pink wildflowers and our motto "I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me" Everyone on the team that went to Aimee's Party bought a t-shirt. I was going to purchase one, but I got a sparkmail from Donna saying, "Morning, someone else has taken care of the payment of your shirt. They have chosen to stay Anonymous!" I was so touched! I wanted to know "who dun nit?" To this day, I don't know who gave me the shirt. Donna has kept it a secret by honoring our friend's wishes. So you see, this shirt holds a special place in my heart, even before I got to put it on. But now, more so, because it holds the memories of our weekend together!

The team ran a 5k at the Beckley University, many for the first time! Surprisingly enough, I placed 2nd in my age division! My sweet spark sisters believed in me and said they knew I would place. I am overwhelmed by the confidence they had in me, something I didn't have in myself! Here's part of the gang on race day!


(l.to r.) Angela, Candice, Teresa, Jackie (in back) Me and my first trophy, Amanda( peeking around) Denise and Aimee.
I love my t- shirt and I love you my sisters and friends!









Oh, the back is cool too. It says, "I love sparkpeople.com."

My other special t-shirt is one I recently received. On November 7th I reached my goal weight of 70 pounds down! I didn't expect this, but in the mail there was a package from Teresa (TLMASSIE) and Aimee (AIMEEM77)! I was totally shocked. I'm wondering, what's going on? Why am I getting a package? I opened it up, and they were congratulating me for my accomplishment of reaching goal weight! WOW! That was so sweet of them. What took me by surprise was when I looked at the size. They bought it in a small! Me a size small? Nah! then I tried it on and it fit! It's all new and getting use to. But I'm starting to believe what you see, I guess I am a small.









Check out my shirt.



It says, Believe, hope, dream, courage, friendship, inspire, strength, future, love,trust, faith
This shirt means so much to me because it is describing you and through all your goodies, sparkmail and notes you have been saying the same of me! Me? Nah! Yeah!!! I guess I'm starting to believe this too. Thank you. I'm honored to call you my friends and so thankful to God for putting you in my life.









Me and my size small shirt and a JC Penny pose! emoticon

  
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AIMEEM77 1/4/2011 12:26AM

    Somehow I missed this blog! I'm so glad you liked it :-) You look stunning as always! I had a sad day the other day because I washed my live-its shirt and something faded all over it. It's ok though I can still work out in it, right?? Love you girlfriend!

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PJCOOP2014 12/26/2010 5:33PM

    You are one HOT Mama!!! I love you, Rachel! I'm so proud of you!!! emoticon

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RACHGLAZE 12/24/2010 8:29AM

    emoticon You look great!

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SDPARTON 12/23/2010 11:35PM

    emoticon Blog!

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I love both of your shirts, but the lady wearing them is what makes them so special, and the great friends that had a hand in making them so special

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Your so beautiful! You could so be a super model!
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SNARDEESNIFF 12/23/2010 12:06AM

    WOW! You look great, girlfriend! What an accomplishment. Congratulations, Rachel. You deserve it.

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TAFFIN2000 12/21/2010 9:58AM

    That is so awesome! You are so blessed to have such special friends!

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COVEREDNPRAYING 12/21/2010 9:47AM

    What an amazing feat! I tried on a 12 at the store the other day. It looked absolutely awful (way too tight) but it was ON - I haven't been in a 12 since high school.

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DMC10241 12/20/2010 7:32PM

    Great blog, awesome t-shirts and beautiful person IN the shirt writing this blog. Love ya, Girl. You are amazing!!!

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-RAELYNN 12/20/2010 2:02PM

    Wow, Rachel you look so different! All that hard WORK has really payed off. But not only that you have been such an encouragement to many near and far along the way. I do look forward to the coming year and running with you. Blessings!

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APERDUE21 12/20/2010 12:35PM

    You look Gorgeous!!! Love ya!!!
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-FAIRYDANCER 12/20/2010 9:54AM

    Hey, you look great!!! Nice shirts too emoticon.
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GMINYARD 12/20/2010 9:54AM

    You look gorgeous! I am so excited for you Rachel. I hope that it all sinks in, because you deserve it. So many people began this journey because of you. What a blessing you are.

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IUHRYTR 12/20/2010 7:59AM

    Wow! You are gorgeous. emoticon on your inspiring achievement. definitely something to be proud of. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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SKUNKY4 12/20/2010 6:57AM

    You look absolutely stunning!! You're an inspiration to us all. So honored to call you friend,sister,and spark buddy!!!
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Love ya, Jackie

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WILDFLOWERR_ 12/20/2010 2:20AM

    LUV IT!, LUV this Blog, and LUV You Girlfriend!
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MESEATURTLE 12/20/2010 2:03AM

    Love love love love love the tshirt!!!!!

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