CRYSBROWN1's SparkPeople Blog CRYSBROWN1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week 2 - Better Progress - Marathon Training As promised I am keeping up with my weekly goal check ins ;) - definitely felt more motivated last week for sure. I really like consistency! These check ins are not the most exciting to write but keep me on track for sure. Here goes, another week in the books: <BR> <BR> EXERCISE <BR> Great progress last week, did lots of responsible marathon training which included foam rolling, planks and strength training. My long run went okay - still not as fast as I would have liked but got it done.... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:41:30 EST Week 1 - Check In - Marathon Training Well, week 1 of marathon training has left leg still is tight and hurts but I am pushing through it. I am hoping that more outside runs will get my body ready. <BR> <BR> This marathon training time I am actually loading my workouts and my times into my fitness tracker which is pretty cool! I have not used that tool in forever! So my updates are truly just going to consist of life updates, things that are good and things that I will need to improved and focus on as I chug alo... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:41:03 EST Back to Basics - 2017 Resolutions! Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I am a little behind on posting my New Year's Resolutions - BUT, I have been *really* bad about keeping up with my Sparkpage/Sparkblog as well! For 2016 I didn't spend a lot of time visiting around here and when I started out last year I had decided that it would be the year of HAPPY. HAPPY it was for sure, I had a ton of happy moments and memories. No doubt BUT there were many ups and downs along the way that I did not anticipate and I struggled sometimes dealin... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:06:52 EST Running Slower BUT Happier ;) Hello there Sparkers! <BR> <BR> It has been forever since I have graced these parts, I have been so very bad about keeping up with my Sparkpage in general. I mean, my pics in my intro page are from 2012! Just sad...I thought about changing them today and putting some updated ones on there for display but then I realized that I do not have any bad @ss triathlon pics since that time. My whole intro page is really not who I am anymore. BUT...that is NOT necessarily a bad thing! <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:14:11 EST MAY - MAGICAL Moments! Well Hello There Fellow Sparkers, Sparkpage, SparkFriends ;) <BR> <BR> It's been a LONG time for me around these parts for sure! As they say I'm "living the dream" so to speak! <BR> <BR> In all seriousness though...why have I been soooooooo absent?? I mean I *think* that I am relatively a "committed" Sparker and especially Spark-blogger, just look at the stats, hundreds of what gives??? <BR> <BR> Well at the risk of sounding melodramatic...nah, I OWN that, things have CHAN... Tue, 24 May 2016 15:53:46 EST 2016 Resolutions - The Year of HAPPY! Okay - so when I just typed out the blog title I seriously starting thinking about little minions singing...cause I'm HAPPY! Speaking of HAPPY...HAPPY New Year's Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> In preparation of today's blog entry I took a trip down memory lane and reviewed all of my New Year resolutions blog posts since I started my Spark account...I'm talking 7 years worth of annual resolutions. I love that I track this stuff and it was so interesting to see right there in writing the waves of ch... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 15:17:25 EST 2015 - REBIRTH Reflections It has been forever since I've logged into my Sparkpeople account never mind blogged! With the new year fast approaching I figured now is as good of time as any to "check in" and share what's been going on in my world. Although I have not been very diligent about coming onto this site, I still have been doing things and enjoying my REBIRTH! <BR> <BR> Let's see...the last time I blogged here back in October 2015, it was the day before my second marathon of the year in Atlantic City. I was ... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:52:11 EST So, I am running a MARATHON tomorrow... It has been forever since I've logged onto Sparkpeople never mind writing a blog! I have been super busy and dealing with lots of life changes. All throughout I have tried to maintain some level of consistency and trained for a marathon because I find comfort in routine ;). Unfortunately I was not so diligent about coming here to write out my weekly training blogs. But this was completely purposeful. For this training period I made the conscious decision to not put some much unneeded st... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 12:34:03 EST Where I want to be... I read this statement this morning from one of my fav (and most popular) runner bloggers out there, Hungry Runner Girl... <BR> <BR> Comparing yourself to where you used to be is pointless. Focus on where you are now and put in the work that it takes to get to where you want to be. <BR> <BR> Such a TRUE statement and exactly what I needed to read today. HRG is probably one of the most popular bloggers out there because she is always so POSITIVE. She has set backs, injuries and juggles thi... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:29:41 EST Highly Distracted It sounds negative but it truly is NOT, right now I am HIGHLY distracted with LIFE! <BR> <BR> After my last marathon, it was kind of a relief not to have so much structure in my workout routine. I am settling in with my new life primarily as a single mom. It's chaos as to be expected but mainly positive all around. I got lots of personal stuff done one of which was refinancing my house which was kind of a big deal and a bit stressful too. Overall I feel pretty good about where I'm and ex... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 14:40:19 EST Cox Marathon - 4:07:11 - the NON race report On Sunday I finished my fourth FULL marathon, the Cox Marathon right in Providence. <BR> <BR> This marathon finish was bittersweet. Yes, I am proud I did it, it was not my best finish time but it was not my worst either. However, for some reason I did not feel so good about it besides the fact that I can now say that I completed it, and now I am moving forward. That's just it...this race signified exactly THAT! <BR> <BR> Let me recap a little about where I was, particularly because raci... Fri, 8 May 2015 10:40:31 EST MARATHON Training Week 16 & 17 - Training Blog before the RACE REPORT Wow, I am wicked behind on my updates but for future reference I want to document my training stats. My last two weeks of training before this marathon were not so fantastic. My body ached, I did a 5K with dismal results which was not very smart the week before a marathon since it made me sore and made me also lose some positive energy along the week. The week of my marathon in an effort to regain some strength along the way I decided to forego any runs until my 2 mile shake out run the da... Wed, 6 May 2015 14:00:46 EST MARATHON 4 Training Weeks 13-15 - Apparently, I am running a MARATHON next week Yeah...and a 5K this Sunday... <BR> <BR> I have totally been in my zone with this marathon training cycle. What turned out to be a welcome distraction from my divorce ended up causing me to be exactly that...distracted. So much so in fact that I just this week - like MONDAY - realized that my marathon is scheduled for next week and not TWO weeks from now like I thought. Which means I royally effed up my weekly training schedule as I ran 22 miles last Sunday when I should have already been... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:28:20 EST MARATHON 4 Training Week 11 & 12 - With a HM thrown in for good measure Still doing it, still plugging along with this marathon training cycle! Starting to feel sore all over but it is most likely phantom pains/panic as I will be doing my first round of 20 miles this Saturdays (YIKES!). I always freak out when I know that the big long run is coming! <BR> <BR> Part of my training plan included a half marathon which I switched from week 9 to week 12. It was a hilly hilly and I mean hilly no sissy stuff half marathon called the WCC Half Marathon located in Whiti... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 18:51:12 EST MARATHON Training WK 8, 9 & 10 - Still Training... Long time no update yet again! For some reason I cannot get myself to keep up with my blog updates, perhaps because I do not have so many exciting things to share right now...I am plugging away at my training, my paces have been around the same, I am enjoying consistency in my workouts. I am glad that I went back to the Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 versus 2 plan since the mileage is lower. The snow is slowly melting but has led to unpleasant running experiences this year. I actually ran 13 m... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:32:55 EST MARATHON 4 Training Weeks 6 & 7 - Snow = Runner Problems When will this snow ever stop! It's driving me up the absolute wall I swear! The temperature has been too cold, so cold that when I go outside to run my eyelashes freeze, it crazy! <BR> <BR> As everyone I am sure is well aware here in the East Coast we have been clobbered with back to back snowstorms upon snowstorms. In fact, as I type this right now snow is falling yet again and they are calling for freezing conditions overnight. All of which is not helping my running game at all. But ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:07:43 EST MARATHON 4 Training Weeks 3, 4, 5 - Pushing Through It... WOW, long time no update. Well I am pushing through it all. This marathon cycle has been more so symbolic of my personal life as much as it is reaching a fitness achievement. It is setting the tone big time. I am not enthusiastic as I should be but I am pushing through doing my runs and doing everything that I need to do. My life circumstances - same thing, good days and bad days but I am still waking up and getting it done. <BR> <BR> Today is a good day though ;). The winter weather... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 12:10:59 EST MARATHON 4 - Training WK1 & WK2 - Yup, I'm training again... So...yeah, I'm training for another marathon. This one in May and in RI, the Cox Marathon. I wish that I was more enthused about it but right now I am just pleased to have a plan and a goal in mind. Keeps my mind busy and it is really therapeutic. <BR> <BR> I truly HATE runninng in the winter though. It's really cold outside! I am fortunate that the snow situation has been non-existent this year so I am not dodging icy conditions but the wind chill has been ridiculous and I always for... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:32:29 EST 2015 - My REBIRTH & 2014 Goal Review Happy New Year!!! <BR> <BR> Well, this is the first time that I have blogged in a really, really long time. I have logged into Sparkpeople many times since my last blog but I have been purposely silent. Namely the reason is that my life has undergone some pretty drastic changes that make this new year's different than years past. Since this is the Internet I try to be cautiously silent when things are not going well or if I am attempting to avoid negativity. BUT, it is time that I come c... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:41:01 EST BayState Marathon - Race Report - Sub 4 Goal MET!! That's right! I still cannot even believe it! Just goes to show you if you put in the work and believe in yourself you can make it happen! Long story to follow but I have said it before and I will say it again...a marathon is a helluh long time to run therefore the race report will be long too! <BR> <BR> On Sunday I finished my third marathon in MA called the BayState Marathon. It is known for being a super fast course with most of the runners actually BQing for Boston. I needed a fast ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:30:20 EST MARATHON 3 Training WK19 - MARATHON #3 is Tomorrow!!! So excited! <BR> So SCARED! <BR> So Ready! <BR> <BR> YUP, tomorrow is the DAY! The stars are aligning perfectly for it to be a good race too! Every day this week as been unseasonably warm but tomorrow will be a brisk 50 degrees which is perfect running weather! I went yesterday to get my massage and my massage therapist Luann who is always such a burst of positive energy gave me a great pep talk about how spectacular I am going to be tomorrow...I actually believed it too! I finished my l... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:13:54 EST MARATHON 3 Training WK 17 & WK 18 - Taper Town Residency :) Hi There! <BR> <BR> LOVING right now my recent relocation to TAPER TOWN!!! Feeling so fresh, the sun is shining and I feel SO GOOD in my new neighborhood! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> (Yes - I am aware how corny this sounds...bear with me people, THIS is absolute crazy talk that comes out the minds of running when you are training for weeks and weeks for a marathon) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I am loving taper town! It's a nice place to be, super relaxing I must say feels like I am on vacation! L... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:09:12 EST MARATHON 3 - Training WK 16 - 22MILES!! Strategy ????? YUP - that's right, last Saturday on a beautiful morning that began at 0500, I set out for what was going to be my longest training run EVER...can I get a WOOHOO! It was not exactly part of the plan the plan was for 20 miles but I have been following this running blogger who is doing the same marathon that I am doing and she always does at least one 22 miler during her training. It is such a mental hurdle once you get beyond 20 miles for sure so I thought, why not try it. Well, let me tell... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:26:46 EST MARATHON3 Training WK13, WK14 & WK15 - Cooler Temps = #WINNING!! PRing a race that you've worked so very hard for weeks <BR> Or buying new running sneaks <BR> Or better yet, like EARNING a NEW super fancy medal bling <BR> It's a WONDERFUL thing... <BR> RUNNING in cooler weather is AMAZING!!! <BR> (Super cheesy I am aware- but I seriously thought of this Ode to Fall Weather while pounding out my awesome 20M run last Saturday that made me remember that I can actually run and it can be rather pleasant when there is a nice breeze and the sun doesn't ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:12:28 EST MARATHON 3 Training WK 11 & WK 12 - Well, I'm sticking with it! I seriously do NOT know what my problem is. Maybe I'm burnt out, maybe this summer heat is kicking my @ss BUT what I do know is that the last 2 weeks have been really sh!tty as far as running. My first long run, my 20 miler was an absolute joke as was my 19 miler the week prior. I started walking each time somewhat due to fatigue, probably heat but this is not giving me the warm and fuzzies that I need to stay focused and confident that my next marathon will be a good performance. The onl... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:29:30 EST MARATHON 3 Training WK9 & WK10 - Good Form Running & Narragansett Bay Half Marathon Just now catching up on this blogging thing after an exhausting day of running a half marathon. All part of the training plan no less but August halfs are no bueno no matter how you slice it! This was an inaugural race in East Providence, RI which I guess is the same race course as the Rock n' Roll Half which is now cancelled for the state. The race organizers hearts were in the right place and plenty of runners came out to support, 1200 for the half alone....BUT...I am a race snob! Inau... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:25:41 EST MARATHON 3 Training WK8 - Struggling What a week I tell ya! Glad I made it through but not my finest week of training... <BR> <BR> The main reason for my overall tone is due to my lackluster long run today. On the menu was 16 miles. I decided to do it on the bike track nice and early this morning. Everything was going along fine in the beginning but it was hot and humid. It was threatening to rain all morning long and the humidity just sucked the life out of me. It was okay for awhile, I even saw a baby deer which I though... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 19:48:13 EST MARATHON Training WK6 & WK7 - Foam Rollin' I am getting so very bad at updating my training blogs here, not sure why but I am just getting lazy about it BUT on a positive note I have been consistent about my marathon training. My training run times have still not been stellar but I am chalking it up to the weather right now. <BR> <BR> I went to my first session with a massage therapist named Luann, she is a magician I swear! Very informed individual who also happens to be an athlete herself. I cannot say enough kind things about... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:51:35 EST MARATHON 3 Training WK(s) 3-5 (& 1/2ish) - Long Overdue UPDATE I have SO been MIA, but NOT slacking for sure! Here is a recap what's been going on in my world... <BR> <BR> HOT WEATHER! <BR> This marathon training has started off a bit rough, I have had all kinds of aches and pains and truly have not felt 100% thus far. I feel as though I am hacking it every single step of the way. I have a sneaking suspicion that I know the reason why - it's HOT!! I am seriously like a vampire and I am literally SCARED of the SUN! I wake up for my long runs when it... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:41:56 EST Marathon 3 Training WK1 & WK2 - A ROCKY Start And NO by Rocky I do not mean like Sylvester Stone, Rocky Balboa start, I mean that getting back to training for my next marathon is not leaving me with the warm and fuzzies. However, happy to report that I am pushing through. I have had quad pain since the end of my training with my last marathon. I have been stretching and icing but for the first and second week of retraining, things were not going so swell. It was quite iritating to say the least. However, I did figure out this week b... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:00:56 EST Looking Ahead & Game Plan! SO, my last blog was all about my BEAST of a goal in completing MARATHON #2. Still super happy that I did it but the cards did not entirely go the way that I hoped. <BR> <BR> OH - and for accountability purposes because I LOVE being able to go back and look through my old blogs and see the numbers...I completely forgot to track my last week of training for it... <BR> <BR> MARATHON WK20 - STATS <BR> Monday - cross train <BR> Tuesday - 3M, treadmill 7mph <BR> Wednesday - 4M outside, 34:03 ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:20:06 EST KeyBank Vermont City Marathon - Race Report! SPOILER ALERT: I had every intention of making my second marathon the spectacular one in which I got a sub 4 hour finish. Did NOT happen, tried my hardest but came up short with a 4:08:35 finish, close...but not quite there! HOWEVER, the silver lining in this is that even though I did not meet my goal, I had an AMAZING experience, would NOT have traded it for the world, feel STRONG about accomplishing my goal of FINISHING another marathon AND I know now that I will try AGAIN and this was ... Wed, 28 May 2014 16:52:29 EST STUFF that crazies running a marathon on Sunday do... OMG, I am officially going off the deep end, I slightly remember this feeling last year of losing my ever loving mind the week of my marathon...but I think that this is worse, I will attempt to list the reasons why... <BR> <BR> #1. I am now contemplating taking ice baths just because I read in a book that elite marathoners do this for soreness and I am beginning to believe that the soreness that I claim to have may be as a result of just being crazy right now <BR> <BR> #2. I have re-read ... Thu, 22 May 2014 12:32:06 EST MARATHON Training WK19 - Almost There...I can FEEL it! Well, hello - Sunday is my marathon, AH!! I *think* that I am ready. Last week I still had a bit of soreness in my left quad but I think that I am feeling it way more since I am tapering and my mind is going crazy. My run times though have not bee affected. I am excited but nervous for race day and hopeful that I have enough gas in the tank. This week my runs will be extremely minimal with my last 4M run scheduled for tomorrow. I am supposed to carb load but not until like Thursday whic... Tue, 20 May 2014 14:27:52 EST MARATHON Training WK18 - Sore! 5K Success & Where I'm at... This is my second attempt at this blog and after losing the whole d@mn thing which just adds to my frustration I am going to keep it short... <BR> <BR> I am SORE! Really sore, because marathon training has officially whooped my a$$ <BR> I am scared because I had two extra weeks of training built into my schedule unexpectedly and now it is too late and a dollar short to do anything about it! <BR> I am stressed because my training schedule is jacked up and I am just winging it <BR> I am losin... Sat, 10 May 2014 19:26:59 EST MARATHON Training WK17 - "Imaginary" Training Week & AHHHH!!! Well last week of training was purely made up, a "padding" week if you will. Reason being is that my full marathon is not scheduled until 5/25/14 and as it turned out I started my training too early...silly right? I mean who would not use an extra rest week before jumping right in there on marathon training? Well, I figured one extra week would not hurt and because I have gotten smartAH in my old age, I decided instead of adding one more *INTENSE* training week which in the end I do not th... Wed, 7 May 2014 11:39:15 EST MARATHON Training WK16 - Celebrating the TAPER with BLING! I am really, really in the home stretch here PEOPLE! And I am SO excited! My second marathon is only 3 weeks away and I am feeling really good about it! So good in fact that this week even though it was the beginning of my taper time which is really a glorious time, I decided to celebrate by adding in a bit of a challenge. SO, I decided that this morning that instead of trotting along with my typical run that I would challenge myself to a 5K! Nothing makes you shake out the cobwebs more ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:26:32 EST MARATHON Training WK14 & WK15 - Bringing it in to the FINISH! The end of last week concluded the intense portion of marathon training...can I get a WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> Once again I finished my 20 mile long run just under 3 hours which means...dare I say it...I am on the right path to get a sub 4 hour marathon come the big day. I hate that I have even quantified that as my goal, which is a popular goal to say the least but really I do not want to put so much pressure on myself especially because I have been reading lots of blogs about this marathon and m... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:22:28 EST MARATHON Training WK12 & WK13 - Adventures in Zumba, Chasing Sk8ters & Scaling Bridges! Doesn't that title sound OH SO exciting! <BR> <BR> I am just now catching up with my last two weeks of marathon training and unlike last year in which I was thoroughly exhausted from the process, this year I am making the training work for me and as such am enjoying myself more so than ever! Biggest difference is forcing myself to deviate from the ho hum of strictly running miles after miles and adding some fun stuff when possible to keep things interesting. So before the reporting of my s... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:11:31 EST MARATHON Training WK10 & 11 - Peak Training! Man, the mileage these last two weeks has been pretty crazy but I am hanging in there! Last year during the peak mileage time I was burnt out pretty much, it also did not help last year that I was in the middle of moving and buying a house whereas this year there are far less distractions going on. I am proud to say that I did every single training run as ordered by my Hal Higdon traing chart which is a beautiful thing. When I originally started training I was not too sure if the Intermedi... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:13:11 EST MARATHON Training WK8 & WK9 Tracking & HM PR! Well I totally slacked on tracking my training and my weekly goals last week but that does not mean that I was not busy! Yesterday I completed another half marathon which was part of my training and I did surprisingly well! There weather is cooler than what I would typically like for a half marathon in general so I was so surprised when I actually PR'd the event! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did the Ocean's Run Half Marathon in South Kingstown, RI. With the race being right on the water I knew t... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:32:08 EST MARATHON Training WK7 - Increased Mileage = DEcreased Weight Reporting quite late on my training from last week but right now I am approaching the high mileage portion of my marathon training which is a bit exhausting but I remember distinctly last year that it gets worse and then when you think you cannot take it anymore the taper begins. Right now it has been okay, the only runs that are causing disruption have been my long runs which I reserve for Saturday mornings. Last week I woke up really early to tackle my 16M run and I have to say that it we... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:59:10 EST MARATHON Training WK6 - The COLD is Killing My Swag & New SNEAKS! Here I am reporting back after a week that proved at least last week anyway that I am committed to this marathon training through both good and bad times...Let's start with the good! <BR> <BR> I bought new sneaks, I was WAY overdue that is for sure and I am ashamed to admit that the last sneaks that I bought were during LAST year's marathon training - huh, and I wonder why my knees are kicking my @ss! Anyhow, I went to my fav running store Rhode Runner, whined about my knee issue and my ove... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:14:10 EST MARATHON Training WK5 - Knee Pain, why? Last week's training mileage was definitely up there and even though it was frigidly cold around these parts I did 3 of my runs outside. Last year I avoided the winter conditions with training but I know that nothing beats an outside run, even if it is inconvenient, even if you have to dodge snow banks, even if the temps are in the single digits, even if it all around SUCKS! AND tomorrow I am being Ms. BRAVE and waking up at the crack of dawn to do my long run of 10M all before work - and g... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:37:48 EST Marathon Training WK4 - IN Training Shirt TOO Last week's running went well, I went back to my usual schedule and the weather was actually fairly decent for my long run on Saturday. Friday night though I came down with some sort of cold symptoms which made for a dismal aftermath on Saturday's run. I ended up taking DayQuil for most of the day which made me woozy but I still did it! The only thing that I did not do which was really disappointing is that I did not get my sorry butt to the gym on Sunday for my cross training day. I have... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 16:21:06 EST Marathon Training WK2 & WK3 - DONE - Getting Back on Track I am a week behind on my tracking here but I have been plugging along with my marathon training. I was out of town for 3 days earlier this week for job related stuff which threw my healthy eating off track big time but not necessarily my workouts. Even though I am putting in my scheduled runs, I am not feels so fantastic because I am still heavier than I was last year during training time. I really need to buckle down on my nutrition and keep it consistent. Of course that sounds easier th... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:36:55 EST Marathon Training WK1 DONE - And I Feel Better for IT! Can I just say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE having a training plan. It felt SO good this week to actually put effort into my workouts knowing that I have a marathon scheduled and ready to go. I haven't yet clicked the button to sign up but I will do so before the price increases by 1/15. Not only have my workouts been on track but my nutrition has fallen in line as a result as well. I know sometimes people have trouble eating right during training but sometimes I am the opposite because I gene... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:54:49 EST I'm Starving! This week's goals... Man, this whole "eating the right thing thang" has me STARVING! I know what Sparkers will say...I'm not eating enough etc. etc. etc. Fact is this - my body has gotten accustomed to eating absolute CRAP over the last um 4 weeks or so and that crap is high in calories and when you reduce those calories, guess what you "feel hungry." I am not depleting my body of nutrients or even close to starvation mode by any means but it IS all about the deficit no matter what you wanna believe...powerful... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:42:05 EST December Goals - Coming Clean/Moving Forward to 2014 I hate when I do that thing in which I set really great goals and expectations for the month only to give a half-hearted attempt. I start the month out strong but then somewhere in the middle I start falling off. But the worst part is that I never come clean and come back and actual note the progress I made or didn't make. It makes me feel like a big ol'phony. So I figured I would come back and fess up. <BR> <BR> 2014 has started off on the right foot. I feel very motivated. I looked a... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:39:40 EST 2014 Here I Come! PLUS 2013 Year in Review. I do not think that I have every been so excited to FINISH and end a year and start out with a clean slate as I am today. I think I probably have the same infectious attitude as most people do on New Year's beginnings, which is frankly very exciting. Each year I pick a word that I hope and perhaps will foreshadow what the new year will possibly bring. For 2013 that word for me was GROWTH. And well...I had some of that... <BR> <BR> GROWTH could mean many many things and for the ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:46:38 EST