LIFEFOUNDONARUN's SparkPeople Blog LIFEFOUNDONARUN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Following My Feet... I made it a goal this weekend to kind of make a change to my normal weekend running routine. I normally choose a goal distance along with a time I would prefer to run it in. I've been running for a few years now and realizing that I do it this way almost every weekend got me to thinking that maybe I could just try to do it a little bit different. I can be a bit tight with the whole routine thing, so this may not sound like much to someone, but to me it felt very strange even contemplating ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:18:57 EST Waiting For The Sunrise... If there is one thing I have learned about the way my body reacts to certain things, the most challenging of everything is lack of sleep. Or just having a night of poor quality sleep. Due to the way my schedule is right now and needing to be up hours before the sun even thinks about poking her rays out, readjusting the sleep cycle has been quite the adventure. I will go for 2, sometimes 3 weeks, feeling great, everything is working just fine and then I can almost plan on expecting one full... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:50:28 EST Let's Get Stronger... It never gets easier, you just get stronger. I love this quote. I believe in it. I used to think it wasn't true. I used to think that the more I ran, the easier it should be. For a while I did run in a way that did feel easy, but I didn't progress. I stayed at the same level. For me, I'm looking to level "up" in all areas of life. What are you doing to level yourself up today? Today I'm making it a goal to get my 5 miles completed early this morning and throughout the rest of the day... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:04:11 EST The Picking Myself Back Up Phase... In the middle of my long run this morning, an adjustment had to be made. I had planned on doing 7 miles. I was mentally ready for it, hydrated and overall physically up to it, but an unexpected situation came up that called for an end to the run after 2.22 miles. It was such a beautiful, cool morning and the run was going very well, so having to stop was a bit of a downer. Some things you can't run away from though and you have to make adjustments to accommodate them. So I did and plaste... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 12:06:18 EST Whole30...Week #1....Round #2 So I'm finishing up my first week of another whole30. I absolutely love this program. I'm a huge advocate of it because of what it does for my life, my energy, my outlook and how my body responds to it. I see such a big difference in all areas of my life because of it. I'm really grateful I stumbled upon this program last summer. It's been a real blessing for me. Cutting out all the things that cause my energy to drop, my waist to expand and my moods to shift all over the place is not a... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:09:44 EST Now...I'm Loving Myself There came a time not so long ago when I took a stand and did something that I really didn't want to do. I knew I needed to do it, but I found all sorts of excuses not to. I believed that living in a state of denial was easier than living in reality, because the reality was going to be ... different. Reality meant there was going to be ... change. And how scary is change? To me it was very scary, but I also knew deep inside that it was going to happen and I could either stand up and take... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:07:35 EST And She's Back... It's been so long since I've written a blog <em>40</em> Sitting here at my computer writing this feels....good <em>30</em> Life has been all kinds of crazy for the last 6 months. I have been through so many different phases of change during this past half of a year, it kind of boggles my mind. I'm at a good place in life though. I'm happy, peaceful and am proud that I fought my way here. My journey has seen some things I wasn't planning on seeing, but that's the way the journey r... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:24:28 EST Time To Run...Los Angeles So 3 weeks from today is half marathon #4 for me. I will be running through the streets of Los Angeles alongside my amazing daughter. This will be an interesting run as the training for it has been not as solid as I wished it could have been, but living in the desert region and dealing with the blazing hot temps throughout the summer seems to interrupt things for me. For example, this weekend has been 104...and it's October...not pleasant. So I'm not expecting any miraculous PR's for thi... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:17:33 EST The Long Distance Relationship...Part 1 I talk so much about change, I think I automatically bring it towards me. Drives me crazy at times. But as I've learned, life is one big cycle of change. Either fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride, or pray for mercy. Change has been a huge part of my life over a year now. Anyone who's followed me knows, I was involved in a long distance relationship for 3 1/2 years. The past year was one of extreme change. Heartbreaking change at that. How tough is it to watch a loved one change ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:51:47 EST 3 Miles Out of 20.... As the weekend winds down, I'm at my routine ritual of looking over my past week and doing what I do...analyzing it. Yes, I do make myself crazy sometimes with my analytical thinking, but I am what I am. Take me or leave me...I'm a thinker by nature. <BR> <BR> I ran and walked over 20 miles this weekend. I'm training for my 4th half marathon which is at the end of October, so that's mainly why there were so many miles this weekend. The thought of "settling" came over me during my last 3 ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:38:31 EST "When We All Fell"... What was your reason for coming to Spark? This was a question that I came up with this week due to a very odd, incredibly vivid dream I had earlier in the week. I'll never forget this dream. It had a simple statement in it that led me to wake up abruptly, yet it was stamped into my head in a way to where I was forced to really think about what it meant. The words "When we all fell" were displayed for me when I wanted an answer to an issue in my life that I never seem to get answered strai... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:00:55 EST It gets easier...or does it? I've been an avid runner for about 6 years now. I originally began this running journey as a way to lose some weight, to get me outside a bit more often and to try and conquer something that I had attempted many times in the past, but always quit wondering why I started in the first place. Running was hard. It placed a lot of pressure on my chest and legs. Back in the day I really didn't care for how I felt while running, so I would quit and go to the gym to do something that didn't feel ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:30:40 EST I'm Tweaking Again... One of my favorite words/actions I've used here on Spark is "tweaking my perception". It wasn't until I began blogging here that I learned how to do this. I'm very grateful to Spark for providing the outlet for me to write and get those thoughts out there. It was during these writings that my perceptions started to change and I started to grow more as a person than ever before in my adult life. <BR> <BR> When I came to Spark, I was what I believed to be a scarred and broken person in th... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:22:23 EST My Whole30 Challenge... For the month of August, I took on my first Whole30 Challenge. What an experience for me. It truly was nothing short of amazing. For anyone who isn't familiar with this challenge, for 30 days you eat only whole foods. You take out dairy, grains, legumes, sugars and alcohol. I've been a "healthy" eater for quite a few years now, so I knew it wouldn't be too tough of a program for me. But my normal diet did include all of the above, sugars and alcohol in moderation. Taking each of those ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:35:09 EST It's Worth The Effort... This isn't a blog about bragging. This is a blog about realizing. Realizing that it takes time to make a change. It takes time to reap the benefits of your efforts. If you take the time to invest in yourself, eventually the rewards appear. I'm training for my 3rd half marathon and tonight was a 6 mile training run. It was during the 2nd mile where I felt like my breathing was so off that I was ready to give up for the day, but I pressed on. I found a bit of a mental angle that I needed... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:20:44 EST Good Weekend Finally... I am just finishing up one of the better weekends I've had in a very long time. Life has taken me through a lot of ups and downs over the past two months and the weekends always seemed to be bearing the brunt of most of it. I made some changes to my regular life routine and am now enjoying the rewards of those changes. At first I felt deprived and very resentful for having to make these particular changes, but now as I look back at how these things were disrupting my life in a way I didn't... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:08:46 EST Half Marathon #2... A few weeks ago I completed my 2nd half marathon. I think that was probably one of the hardest runs I've ever done, even though everything was perfect conditions for a great run. The course was almost completely flat with just a few minor hills. The weather was gorgeous and cool. I was rested, hydrated and carbo-loaded. The energy was amazing. But for whatever their reason, my legs didn't feel up to doing their job that day. At least not in the way I had wanted them to. I finished the... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:38:29 EST Pieces of the heart... When you try your best to see the good in a situation, yet the good in it is so few and far between. That moment when enough feels like enough, yet that enough means you have to tear your heart into pieces and go through the process of putting it back together. When you're too tired to deal with the same thing over and over again, means it's time to change. I've tried tweaking it for a different perspective, but what I've learned is that you can tweak things all you want, but if your core ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:00:59 EST Creating Our Legacy.... I'm about ready to head out for my long run and I'm reminded how fragile and precious life truly is. The running world has been mourning the loss of a Virginia woman named Meg Menzies, killed by a drunk driver last Monday morning during her morning run. She has left behind a husband and young children, as well as many others who love her dearly. Thousands of runners all over the globe dedicated their runs yesterday to her memory, and to bring awareness to drunk/distracted driving. It's so... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:44:50 EST Great Diet Tips... I came across this article this morning and found loads of great tips, so thought I would share it :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-best-weight-loss-tips/ </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving Eve!! Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:04:55 EST Those darn voices in your head... Such a great article! I love the way she wrote this. Brought tears to my eyes. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>t-there/out-there-6_89921 <BR> <BR> <BR> If the link doesn't open, I've copied it below. I also tried adding the link again underneath the text. I had to alter a few words considered profanity due to SparkPeople not allowing them to post: <BR> <BR> "Many times, you reap what you sow when it comes to race day. But sometimes, you get kicked in the gu... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:23:55 EST SparkPeople Challenge... The other day I signed up for one of the challenges here on Spark. I've done a few of the virtual runs, but never completed any of the challenges. I must say I'm really enjoying it. I'm on "leave" from running until the beginning of the new year to give a few achilles some much needed rest, and the challenge has been perfect in giving me options for cross training. It's been very refreshing waking up in the morning and feeling a bit sore in new places :) I'm also a person who kinda lives... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:56:39 EST My First Half Marathon... For me achieving a goal is bittersweet. My goal of a half marathon was a part of my life for over a year. I look back one year ago when I made the decision to run this, and the journey I went through is nothing short of amazing to me. The journey that brought so much growth to not only my running, but my life in general. The journey that was like a friend to me at times, because my training plan made me live that journey or else I simply was not going to be able to do this run. The journ... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:40:51 EST Inspiring... I loved the inspiration in this article. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>-life/?fb_action_ids=10201514181788809<BR>&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=ag<BR>gregation&fb_aggregation_id=28838148123758 The Time of My Life: Staten Island Native Mike Cassidy Shares His Experience Finishing The NYC Marathon Hand-In-Hand With His Hero Meb Keflezighi | <BR> <BR> by: Mike Cassidy <BR> <BR> November 7, 2013 <BR> <BR> About 10 miles into Sunday’s ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 10:28:04 EST 9 days 21 hours 3 minutes 29 seconds... Received my final confirmation e-mail tonight for the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon. It instructed me to open a link that would show my confirmation page, and when I did that the countdown was displayed. It's just about here. This long awaited, long trained for half marathon is only 9 days away. Am I ready for it? I, I am. Yes, I am ready for it and now having to wait another 9 days is making me crazy. Long runs are done. Only 4 more short runs left. The last lo... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 22:45:50 EST The 10k that wasn't... So the summer still sizzles here in the desert. Me, in one of my more smarter moments, decided to sign up for a 10k here in town. It was today. And with a high of 88 degrees this morning at 8:00 am, the announcer for the run explained the course in great detail. Very nice....lots of uphills, with extreme downhills in between. Not a flat surface until the last quarter mile of the first lap which was the end of the 5k also being ran. The announcer went on to say that the 5k'ers would expe... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 23:08:16 EST Onwards and Upwards, Baybeeeee.... Life can be so funny sometimes. Just when you think you are on the path of all paths, the way of life that seems to be the only way it's supposed to be lived, you get thrown for a loop and suddenly ... you have to change. For me change has been a welcome part of life, until it becomes something that I "have" to do. I love the kind of change that I choose to make because, well it's just the better choice in my mind. But when I'm given a situation that clearly is not benefiting me, or helpi... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:30:34 EST Inspired by you... Inspiration. When you think about inspiration, what kinds of things come to your mind? Is it an inspiring movie that you once watched that brought feelings up within you that just made you want to achieve something greater than you ever dreamed? Is it a good book that you didn't want to put down because it stirred feelings within you that weren't "normal" feelings, but so enjoyable? Is it a friend or co-worker you are watching working towards a goal and seeing their passion for it gives y... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:22:24 EST We Are All Worthy... There was a time in my life when I truly believed I wasn't worthy of my goals and dreams. I look back at that time and see so much sadness. Such a tough part of life for me, but it came with so many lessons that I was willing to learn and because I was willing to learn I became a changed person. We are all worthy of our goals and dreams. We are all worthy of the efforts that are needed to be put into accomplishing them, because that is where the true rewards are found. I've found that in... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:52:27 EST Carry On... So hard to believe we are already into the 2nd half of the year. Not sure about everyone else, but that 1st half was a mixture of a number of different things, but challenging tops my list. Lots of time constraints for me and goals getting redefined and rescheduled helped with the challenging part of it. Still I made it through in one piece and am looking forward to the 2nd half to see what this journey will bring with it. <BR> <BR> In one more week I will be able to officially register ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 14:41:28 EST When Goals Fall Flat... It happens to all of us. How many times have you had a certain goal "set" that ends up having to be changed? Whether it is in weight loss, running, financial/personal goals, it happens to all of us. There's a quote out there somewhere that says "It's not what happens to you, it's how you react that matters." Lately I've really understood the meaning of what this quote is saying. <BR> <BR> I've been through some set backs and disappointments over the last month or so. I'm proud to say I ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:00:30 EST Recipes please... Due to some digestive issues, I'm going on my 3rd week of a gluten free diet. I must say it's made a huge difference in a number of issues I've been having, so I have been very happy with the change so far. If anyone has any recipes, blogs, websites, etc that you recommend, I would love the suggestions. I've found loads of recipes on Pinterest, but am always looking for new ones. Dinner tonight was baked chicken, creamy parmesan risotto and my favorite vege zucchini :) <BR> <BR> <img sr... Mon, 27 May 2013 20:38:30 EST Strawberry 5k... Ran the Vista Strawberry Festival 5k today. Had to be the best 5k I've ever ran! You just can't beat it when the weather is perfect, your body feels great and your daughter is running alongside of you (at least for the first 2 miles). I've shaved off 2 minutes from my beginning 5k time, so I'm pleased with the progress :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 26 May 2013 19:30:55 EST Finding The True Purpose... Every so often I get a day that sets me back a bit. It's a day that I get quiet, I keep to myself, maybe bake a little, go for an easy run. It shows up every once in a while and usually just out of the blue. It's the day when the thought of "what is my true purpose meant to be?" shows up. I've learned from the past that when this thought shows up, if I don't pay attention to it, it will nag at me for quite a while. So I'll take the thought and let it play out. <BR> <BR> I'm a mother, gi... Sun, 19 May 2013 18:15:27 EST Serious Trust... I am a serious person. Seriously. In all seriousness I am so serious that I annoy myself sometimes. I am a person who can take a simple sentence meant as nothing more than an off comment and turn it into a life altering moment that becomes added to my journey. Ehhhhh, yeah that needs to kinda stop. <BR> <BR> I do realize that every time I do this, that it is part of an old, established behavior that I have been putting off truly dealing with for quite some time. There are times for se... Mon, 6 May 2013 23:10:29 EST 5K Challenge... I'm officially registered for my next race which I chose to be a 5k in two weekends. I must say I am so looking forward to this. I love being a part of these charity races. They are not only challenging, but they give back to the community which I just love. Since I've been training for a half for the last 5 months, my speed is a bit slow right now. I've been having a lot of fun turning up the speed a bit to try and PR this race and am just loving the challenge of it all. <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 May 2013 23:26:15 EST From There To Here... Throughout this journey I've taken the time to sit back and look over the many changes I've gone through going from where I was 3 1/2 years ago to now. 3 1/2 years ago I was at what I call my starting over point. I literally did an overhaul of my life and began again at the age of 40. How thankful I am that I found the courage to begin again, to find the love for myself that was missing has been the most miraculous find for me. <BR> <BR> When I look back at everything, I see that what s... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:57:13 EST Need A New Plan... Yes, it is all about the journey. I know that. I've preached it. I've lived it. I've loved it...most of the time. Learning to roll with the punches that the journey brings is becoming a specialty of mine. I now have discovered that the half I've been training for is during a weekend that is not open for me. Not by a long shot and there is literally nothing I can do to change this. To say my heart sank a bit is an understatement. Very disappointing for me :( <BR> <BR> But it's all ab... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:52:40 EST Runners United To Remember... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is an amazing event on Facebook. I've never been more proud to be a runner. To see 68k people come together to show their love, compassion and strength for others is something I will never forget. My heart and tears go out to Boston. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 23:56:42 EST Falling Off The Path to Find It Again.... Funny how life works sometimes. I can go, go, go on my journey to accomplishing my goals and then one day I'll notice something different is going on. Something doesn't feel just quite right. I'll take a look around, see maybe some extra "busyness" going on lately, but decide that that isn't what is causing this feeling. Then I come to the conclusion....Yep, I've fallen off my path. That path that "I" have constructed for myself. Me. Miss Positive not doing what she set out to do. <B... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:33:59 EST April "Umpf".... Happy Easter! Tomorrow is April 1st, beginning of a brand new month. Gotta love beginnings of things, especially new months where the dreams usually begin and the seeds of your journey get planted so you can pursue that goal you have in mind. I love to take advantage of the extra "umpf" in my attitude during this time. I've found the more "umpf" I have right now, the more I have to hold onto when the month starts to wind down. <BR> <BR> So take your "umpf" and make your world a bit bri... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:02:44 EST Transformation Decision... As I sit here looking through my balcony window, I'm admiring the lovely, purple colored tree that is blooming so beautifully. I'm noticing the quiet surrounding me as I'm gazing off into the distance and watching some birds flying by as well. I believe this to be my peace, as well as my piece of what I've worked so hard at building. <BR> <BR> I've written many times about this process of "starting over at 40", and I've decided that I am in "Phase 2" now. I'm not sure how many phases th... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:30:23 EST Building Your Story... I've been told in the past to be careful of what you wish for, because you may just end up with it. I never gave that much thought, up until the past few years when I found my ability to wish with a passion like I never had previously. I've had quite a few of the "old" wishes that I had come true, and I have found that at times when I'm living a bit more in the future than I probably should be, that these wishes snuck their way in without me even noticing. These moments normally hit me har... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:23:38 EST The Ramblings Of A Lady Quitter...Or Not... I had a great run yesterday. Probably one of the best long runs I've had in quite some time. A fellow sparker suggested using a Jeff Galloway interval training schedule to follow in prep for the half in a few months. I started using it this past week and must say I loved it. The long run was completed in a way that I don't normally complete them...feeling good and comfortable, not out of breath and all tight. I completed the miles and had a big ole grin on my face with an awesome feeling... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:52:12 EST Attitude Adjustment... Friday night, one of my favorite times of the week as is probably for many others out there. It's the time of the week where I get to reclaim "my time" and do with it as I please. No work, all play...or something along those lines as I like to believe. My play involves my continuing training for my half in a few months, so not too much rest will be involved. <BR> <BR> I think too least that's what those closest to me like to inform me. I've been told this time and time again, a... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 23:04:08 EST 7 Miles... Yesterday was another first for me. I completed my first 7-mile long run. I did pretty darn good up to the 6th mile, then I kind of lost it during that one. That one felt as if I was pulling at something in me that did not want to come out, no matter how badly I wanted it out. That was the one mile I had to periodically stop, close my eyes and dream up any kind of imagined strength I could to continue on. That was the mile where those magical words show up that say "how the heck am I sup... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:29:31 EST Plateau Broken...Lessons Learned... Over the past few months, I haven't been as concerned about the numbers on the scale as I have been in the past. I've been wanting to lost those last 15 vanity pounds for ... ummmm ... I think I've lost count of how long I've "wished" they were gone. I just became more focused on running and living life fully and not so much on the scale. I've learned to steer clear of it, as I have found it has the potential of dictating my mood and I don't like that power it has over me. But I also can'... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:31:33 EST The Light Of My Flame... Once in a while I sit back and wonder why I love running so much. What is in it that lights my flame as much as it does? It's an activity that doesn't always pay you back very quickly. It makes you ache. It requires a lot of effort, commitment and a reality-based attitude on what can be accomplished on each run. It requires you to be completely honest with yourself in terms of how you are feeling at any given moment, to be able to make the decision as to whether you can continue on or if... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:56:29 EST Living In The Present Moment... Living in the here and now. Living in the present moment. I don't know about others, but this has been something that I've truly had to work at to make happen in my daily life. How many times a day do I find myself drifting away to (insert any place you would rather be...mine would be Italy). Or thinking about my next run, my next meal, my next strength training session, does the car need gas, what am I going to do for the upcoming weekend. I know it's good to plan your day, but sometime... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:45:15 EST It's All About The Journey.... I've been through many phases in this whole "starting life over at 40" process. As I look over them, I can see just how valuable each phase has been for me. Each phase has been a stepping stone of its own magnitude and even though some were so small that they weren't noticeable until well after the fact, they still provided an incredible learning experience. I've found the trick was, I needed to be paying attention to these, otherwise the lesson would have just passed me on by and I'd be n... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:50:21 EST