FRANCIEVW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FRANCIEVW FRANCIEVW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ A Personally Accountable Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689830 Own your happiness! Don't be a victim! <BR> <BR> <link>francievanwirkus.com/a-personally-ac<BR>countable-mothers-day/ </link> Wed, 7 May 2014 13:30:24 EST Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685194 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695911363.jpg"> Thu, 1 May 2014 19:06:21 EST Thanksgiving or Thanks-Gotta-Get-It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549801 <link>francievanwirkus.com/thanksgiving-or<BR>-thanks-gotta-get-it/ </link> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:56:57 EST Conquer Your Doubt Demons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494616 An excerpt from The Competitor in Me <BR> <BR> The moment I had imagined for the last two years was now reality. There was so much joy and pride in my Ironman moment. All of the obstacles, being too sick to race in 2006, the drama, the injuries, the cup bags tied around my leg…none of it mattered now. I conquered my doubt demons which meant that I conquered myself for two years plus 140.6 miles. The glory was mine for a shining moment. <BR> <BR> Running over the finish line, I pointed both ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:54:37 EST Experience a Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490976 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2004922246.jpg"> <BR> Experience the power of being present! This photo was graciously shared by Savannah Grace, from the Sihpromatum Nepal photo essay, found on http://truenomads.com/2013/04/photo-essay-<BR>of-the-beautiful-nepal/ <BR> <BR> Espagnol: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/2564237725070<BR>90003/ Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:53:25 EST Making (Bike) Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466131 <link>francievanwirkus.tumblr.com/post/583<BR>63380433/making-bike-love </link> <BR> <BR> Newbie rider gets a high end bike as a gift...do you have someone in your life that needs introduction to fitness? Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:20:14 EST Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441601 Every moment you can be present matters... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1794899600.jpg"> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 22:15:05 EST Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433264 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1578919450.jpg"> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:00:37 EST Celebrate your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430271 The Racine, WI half ironman was this past Sunday. Joe & I did it and had a good day. Lake Michigan showed her wrath, but I stuck with it and found myself on the other side, stronger. <BR> <BR> <link>francievanwirkus.tumblr.com/ </link> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:52:58 EST Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418789 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l161474780.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Espagnol: http://pinterest.com/pin/25642377250664216<BR>6/ Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:34:52 EST Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404025 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1874781708.jpg"> <link>pinterest.com/pin/256423772506555082<BR>/ </link> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:14:08 EST Conquer Your Doubt Demons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400734 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l308391893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Doubt demons can take over your thoughts, take over your goals. Stay strong, for you will win if you persevere. A moment in The Competitor in Me book series, on the Ironman Wisconsin bike course. <BR> <link>pinterest.com/pin/256423772506510194<BR>/ </link> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:37:57 EST Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396797 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l616300231.jpg"> <BR> <link>pinterest.com/pin/256423772506513793<BR>/ </link> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:30:55 EST Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388013 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1966157704.jpg">http://pinterest.com/pin/256423772506471783/ Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:46:11 EST Freedom Friday! Free yourself from your mind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380837 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459040334.jpg"> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 22:35:38 EST Advice from an 82 Year Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370796 "If you want to be functional at 80, you damn well better pay attention at 40." Lew Hollander <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1239908010.jpg"> <link>pinterest.com/pin/256423772506000622<BR>/ </link> Tue, 28 May 2013 20:36:50 EST Sail, Don't Drift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363906 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169764444.jpg"> Tue, 21 May 2013 21:03:57 EST Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351428 http://pinterest.com/pin/25642377250627058<BR>2/ <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463155150.jpg"> Thu, 9 May 2013 21:34:08 EST Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344798 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l453443279.jpg"> Fri, 3 May 2013 21:58:00 EST Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328103 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1831743374.jpg"> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:21:46 EST Things in Life Piling up? Time to Clear out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310586 March in Wisconsin usually means melting snow, a very good thing! Over winter, the snow has piled up, especially in parking lots and on the side of the road. With each snowstorm a new layer is added to the pile. As the temperatures range from below zero to right at freezing, the piles freeze and thaw several times. Long after the snow has melted, the snow piles linger. And, the longer they linger, the more dirt they collect, until they are officially dirty snow piles. From afar, they don’t re... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 20:01:47 EST Get Rid of Your Dirty Snow Piles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306693 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1380646563.jpg"> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:14:16 EST Freedom Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303761 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l173801180.jpg"> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:24:51 EST Stop Wishing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289185 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l700219075.jpg"> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 21:18:40 EST Your True Colors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271232 This is the time of year when all the veterans at the health clubs are happy: March. Why? The fitness centers are less crowded, and the parking lot is no longer packed full of cars. This is because the New Years Resolutioners are losing steam. The rush is over for another year. Even Target has stopped putting fitness gear and Zone Perfect bars on sale. <BR> <BR> Whether it’s weight loss, eating healthier, or some other goal, keeping your momentum going is easy when the goal is fresh and new... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 14:33:42 EST Old Man Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266590 Meet Allen Leigh, a 77 year old man who still runs. And rides. And writes about it. He's motivating to me because he keeps at it, even when it's not a perfect day, even when he doesn't feel great. He finds the good in the nuances of his workouts, something we can all learn from. <BR> <BR> If he's still learning at 77, safe to say I'm going to get comfy in my own skin and keep learning. Allen allowed me to guest blog on his site this month, to share what I've learned about stress and running.... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:26:42 EST Excuses: Are they Driving You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245197 Excuses: Are they Driving You? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1669219349.jpg"> <BR> In September 2012, I competed in my first Ironman triathlon since having breast cancer. Just being there that day was a victory in itself, yet I had big goals for the day. It wasn’t going to be enough to simply participate. I wanted to be faster than my other attempts at this distance. All of us Ironman athletes do! <BR> <BR> Many people I know were surprised I was doing an Ironman... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:33:51 EST Motivation from Butterflies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183795 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2027439109.jpg"> <BR> How did your 31 days to be fabulous work out in December? I really enjoyed thinking about the positives, one moment at a time. Thinking abundantly is a great way to finish the year strong. Yet, in January, we are entering dangerous territory. <BR> <BR> The year 2013 itself is not dangerous; it’s the start of a new year, any new year, that can be dangerous. There is pressure to have a New Year’s resolution, a personal w... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:23:07 EST 31 Days to be Fabulous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152586 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l428852304.jpg">In the past, the end of the year was always a little sad for me. My thinking was focused on negatives instead of abundance. The end of the year meant I was a year older, and did I buy enough Christmas gifts for the kids, I didn’t get that painting project done, never did buy those new blinds for the bedroom…and I was not feeling like I was achieving as much as others at work. Add to that a lot of cold, short daylight days and ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 12:26:15 EST Be Someone's Encourager http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130957 Last month, I was in Kailua-Kona HawaiÌi to watch my husband Joe race in the Ironman World Championships. We took two of our children along and had a great experience. One of my favorite moments was when 17 year old Elise and I swam in the Pacific, on the Ironman swim course. If you read the second book in my series, The Competitor in Me II: Conquer Fear, you’ll remember how fear ran me over at this very same venue just last year. The water was rough, I was over tired, and so fear easily took... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 21:27:55 EST