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Refocusing on the Winter Olympic Challenge


Sunday, August 25, 2013

With less than six months to go until the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, excitement continues to build as the Russian resort prepares to welcome the world’s finest winter sports stars 7 February next year. emoticon

This is the reminder I needed to see!
As many of you may remember, I started a WInter Olympic Challenge, in February of this year.
Reminded myself of the commitment and determination required to make it to the games. To push through mental and physical challenges and injuries. emoticon

The excitement and motivation that I had, in February continued on, through several months.
A good Spark friend and I prodded and poked each other, along the workout trails, with challenges and motivational quotes, pats on the backs, and kicks in the pants, when needed. emoticon
Other spark friends cheering us on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

The deaths of a two loved ones and the sickness of another, derailed me in a mental sense, but I continued with new challenges, in tribute.
My mind was on them, as I slung the kettlebell emoticon and walked 5k after 5k. emoticon Determined to remember the good things and live life to the fullest.

Now with the games, coming up so soon, it is time to get my mind back at the training at hand!
Skaters and skiers, focusing on the goals, keeping my nutrition in check. Routines that must stay in place and not falter! emoticon

The cooler air, did help to get the brain back in check and I am more determined than ever to make the cut!
My friend and I know we need to crank it up. There is no time to waste!

Have I made progress? I have lost a few pounds emoticon and gained muscle. emoticon
My knees are so much stronger and I am not as worried about blowing them out. emoticon
I have lost a few inches emoticon and my stamina is better, on most days. emoticon Humidity still sucks the breath out of me. emoticon

Things I have NOT done... tracked my food, every day. emoticon Mistake. I really need to do this, as I not only can have trouble with too many calories, but more likely, not enough.
I found this out when I first started SP, that I must be on starvation mode, as you don't lose weight, if you don't eat enough!
I find it hard to eat enough calories, unless I eat not so good things. emoticon

Huge plates filled with veggies and fruit, even lean protein, are very filling, for me, but not enough calories.
So, I NEED to track. Why am I such a hard head about this? I have no idea!! It is something I struggle with.

Weight training. I LOVE weight training, so why am I not doing this more often? I have been walking, so much, but strength training is what I was born to do and besides the kettlebell, my free weights have dust on them! Ugh! You know that;s not right! emoticon
So yes, that IS what I am doing, every other day! No excuses. emoticon


I know that I can count on SP being there for me. My friends, cheerleaders, support groups and team mates.

I know that my Spark buddy,that is on this journey with me, will be there at the games, with me, beside me, all the way.

emoticon to each and every one of you, for picking me up, when I am down, for cheering me when I lose a pound, for hearing me out, no matter what I have to say and most of all for being who you are right now, this very day.

We all have a strengths, our struggles, what we get right and what we need to get on with.
We have each other, too. It is a great feeling!







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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPARKFRAN514 8/28/2013 11:58PM

    Great blog and reminder how far we have come and how far we have yet go. we have had our slips on the trail those supper exciting victories they were not always scale victories for me some days it was hearing you in my head saying come on Fran its only Ten minutes think how long the skaters and others in the game train each day emoticon emoticon the skating is my favorite of the games they say some days they skate 8 to 10 hours a day. funny how i live on the West coast and you are on the East yet we know the days the other needs that little push to get encourage each other on to Feb and the games. thanks for the great blog sharing how far we have come. and i know we be getting our gold medals come Feb 2014 emoticon together. emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 8/27/2013 4:55PM

    You've had some tumbles along the way Chris, but you've never fallen!
You and Fran are both doing awesome and you should be very, very proud of yourself!
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RAINBOWMF 8/27/2013 8:18AM

    Chris, you have determination that keeps you going strong, the person before me said you have your eye on the prize, this is so ture. You might have some twist and turns but you keep going.

You have done very well over this summer, I am so proud of you, no matter what got thrown at you, you just kept strong and moved forward.

You will do fine this fall, make a stand for you, put that mind in training mod and push on.

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BILLB000 8/27/2013 12:01AM

    Your enthusiasm, and ability to keep your eyes on the prize continues to inspire. Thank you for sharing with SP friends.

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MARLINDA5 8/26/2013 8:16PM

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Love your blog - you are doing so great and are focused

Just make sure to eat and drink plenty of water emoticon

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NELLIEH1 8/26/2013 4:38PM

    emoticon You are right! With the Autumn coolness beginning to seep in, the challenges are ripe for picking out. Have a great time returning to yours and selecting new ones! emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/26/2013 10:02AM

    Thanks for the reminder. I had promised myself during the olympics that I would have that mentality for my healthy lifestyle. Um, yeah, about that... Sigh.

Keep going. You can do it!!!

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FUNLOVEN 8/26/2013 8:18AM

    Did you write that little rhyme at the end on purpose? I loved it emoticon

Well, there is so much that I could write about here, but I really want to congratulate you on the emoticon job you have already done. I would have never known you were lagging in your goals. I hate tracking too. And, just like you I am frequently under my calories because I can't seem to get myself to eat lunch.

I have always wanted to go to the Olympics. I had a chance once when they were here in the U.S. , but I heard the cost was quite a lot and so I never looked into it further. I have just satisfied myself by getting a birds eye view from the TV - LOL!

I was wondering what you did to make your knees stronger?

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FAVALL 8/25/2013 6:35PM

    Rah! Rah! You can DO it!

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