MIRAGE727's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIRAGE727 MIRAGE727'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/ CHEAT DAYS? REALLY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413928 I lost 100 pounds! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7329337c-d3cb-4195-8aa2-71777aefcd14.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I started my journey, I heard about cheat days! #^&&$#@! I don't believe in them and I never will. Don't ever utter that phrase to me! Don't even try to debate me! (taking a breath) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8c8207f-3f14-4189-9a03-3ced5da394b5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I worked my tail off to my end goal. I also learned how to eat moderately w... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:21:43 EST The Reality of My Cyber SparkFriends to Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397466 I'm letting all my defenses down right now! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c5b1bf9-9d60-449e-8016-c54e9412bb76.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Doing my daily routine in SparkPeople this morning, I was hit by a wave of emotion. It could have been due to the aftermath of my predawn 3.5 Recovery Run where I'm just spent! OR because I'm just a little bit off! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a61463b-9913-4e6f-aef0-8bbc91e5e4d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I went through some ... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 11:03:31 EST Because of ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390970 ... you who commented on a quote I wrote in my previous blog, I was inspired to create this to share. Use it as it inspires you. <BR> <BR> Much Love, Monty <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0047531-6c99-499d-b381-0e735a4bfd4e.jpg"> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:47:32 EST Your Reply Better Not Be an excuse! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389763 After almost 7 years on Sparkpeople, I'm starting to get why other SparkFriends, blog it out! It's the reason, I started doing blogs again after a year sabbatical. I blog it out when I feel a personal need to or to help others. Fasten Your Seatbelts! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/418477b6-1922-46aa-880c-e48a115c9cd1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I encourage positivity with no excuses! (Once again, medical conditions accepted to reason) <BR> <BR> We all have our issues. I an... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:03:26 EST Forever Swimming in Positive Waves! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386991 I just read a lot of negativity on "I can't!" and "limits." You know how that gets me! I don't waste time on my "shortcomings." Once again, physical situations do have a degree of legitimacy but I always look for work arounds or substitutes. I'm just going to answer with this. <BR> <BR> I'm training for the Marine Corps Marathon. (my 1st 26.2) I hired a Coach, immersed in Positive Waves, and consuming mass quantities of motivation and inspiration! <BR> <BR> I went out to the Lincoln Natio... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:21:32 EST How Can Imitation Food Be Good For You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379883 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bde58f2f-b9e0-4e34-a979-e7ebdf219830.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I did a search on imitation food here on SparkPeople! OMG! I saw too many saying they loved imitation -name your poison here- ! WTH? You're not doing your homework! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4c0231e-53a7-4c94-b44c-05ab34b0bab0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I started "data mining" the web 'cause us nerds are good at it! I even found a certain cancer affected su... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:39:00 EST Take Control of Your Future! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351934 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b88e7b88-b421-4a3f-972b-09f6959f2465.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I saw a statement made by a SparkFriend this morning. It was a positive thought about courage yet left us to accept the unknown future. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4defd8d-fd86-425b-a184-c73ef2ac6da5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I believe what we do today can give us power to build towards our future! I started this journey to change my life, to stay on this Earth longer... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:56:34 EST YOU INSPIRE ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338748 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09bf2fe6-c3d1-4a02-a1a4-f138bfa496e7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm always inspired by everyone who has reached out to me as a SparkFriend. I'm a little slow getting back to you all but I want to say "Thank you for letting me be a part of the journey." Most of you are new on SparkPeople and I'm excited for you. <BR> <BR> I've been on this journey for coming on 7 years now. I've experienced highs and lows and embraced it all as it's a part of the Journe... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:54:53 EST It's Been One Year and 3 days ago... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268392 ... since I did my last SparkPeople Blog! (I've only missed ONE day logging into SparkPeople in the last 2211 days! That was a PC issue.) Why did I stop? I took a sabbatical from blogging as I felt my race blogs were me, me, me. I so appreciated all the love from my SparkFriends as I recounted my race experiences. Thank you all so much. But I couldn't bring myself to write well about my races and Triathlons due to my inner feelings. I also didn't want to force myself to blog as that would be ... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:44:01 EST Team Inspired Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031967 Today, in forums, I read various scenarios of life, reminding me of how I've changed on the journey. I still have so much to learn but I feel I've grown in a better light. <BR> <BR> In anticipation of an upcoming event which has been a part of my life over the last 38 years I've taken the liberty of providing several life quotes for illustration. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b5e2efb-64ed-4c78-9a2e-08d03faa201f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I know it sounds eas... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 10:32:14 EST Rain Runnin'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003772 I was inspired by DSCROW's blog today on her run in the rain dilemma. It reminded me of how I loved playing in the rain as a child and changing clothes three times during a golf round in the rain when I was at "maximum density!" <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Just those thoughts brought me to who I am today. I was never a fair weather golfer. How could I be a fair weather runner now when it is so much healthier for me? I embrace it! <BR> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> The first thing that comes... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:51:45 EST Excuses? Really? Get Up & Back on the Journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988149 It's been too long! I'm not got to do a race report. I'm going to destroy excuses and it ain't gonna be pretty! There are too many winners here in SparkLand so "Buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye." Oh, I 'm gonna enlist some of my BFFs to illustrate! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c38c24ac-1976-458d-b459-f7c86a0aeff6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Get over yourself! We ALL go through "Da Journey Blues!" None of us are perfect. And I don't have to "fak... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:30:29 EST 2015 Rap River Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950995 D & I love doing this race as the course is fun to do, the organizers really go all out, and the cause is great. It's for Youth Family Alternatives & the RAP House, a place where runaway youths can be safe. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9db0605-56f1-4bec-86c0-d98c7e1c5225.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the race site. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34bf564a-5438-42d4-8cb2-d21a6bf18084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:33:24 EST 2015 Madeira Beach Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947704 Yeah, I'm slackin' in my race reports! This is old news from May 31 but I had to get it out! I'm hoping for just one SparkFriend to get the burn and go Tri! <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> Since I became a Triathlete in 2013, I've always been attracted to this Tri. Not only did I do it, I also did the 5K 48 hours before (part of the Madeira Beach Weekend), worked Packet Pickup, then did The Tri on Sunday! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, I did my Super Hero pose before my Swim Wave! It's now tr... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:42:44 EST 2015 Dunedin Hog Hustle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932531 I hadn't done this race in two years. I figured I should since it was Dunedin Parks & Rec putting it on and I collaborated with them on many occasions as Chair, for the City's Public Relations Advisory Action Committee. (That's a mouthful!) <BR> Told D to wake me up race morning and I would decide whether to go to the Starting Line or not. <BR> She woke me up saying, "The hogs are calling!" I got up, and decided I would use it as a training run! D had a spa appt. and I would meet her for br... Fri, 22 May 2015 12:14:58 EST 2015 St Anthony's Triathlon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930025 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f8a0e62-50be-41d6-94c8-89a188793507.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will be a Triathlete for 2 years in July this year! I've already set goals on certain events I want to do. St Anthony's was one from the start. This year I would do my first Tri in the 65-99 Age Group and St Anthony's was it! <BR> <BR> The Saturday before my Tri, I went to the Expo and spent time watching a friend's 6 year old daughter do the Meek and Mighty Tri. This was a distance... Mon, 18 May 2015 08:39:28 EST Four Years of Maintaining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929196 Really? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ff332e6-b0ec-4d40-bc7a-e6a801fcb2bd.jpg"> <BR> Post Safety Harbor Athletic Club Run Recarb! <BR> <BR> Short and sweet! Time has flown by! I started with SparkPeople (Thank you, DSSECRETS, my wife!) in Oct 2010. Started changing bad habits and developing good ones! Starting embracing Positive Waves and ridding our environment of the negative. Stopped with excuses and embraced challenges! And amazing things started happening! I saw... Sat, 16 May 2015 15:50:10 EST MY SPARK ACCOUNT WAS CLOSED! REALITY CHECK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927510 <em>230</em> <BR> On May 2, my Spark Account had accidentally been closed. I was also ejected from all my Teams, removed as Team Leader from three teams, AND my SparkFriends had my photo but no SparkPage link! OBVI! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It was a Saturday, a weekend! I had already gone into "SparkPeople Withdrawal" and embraced the panic! <BR> Frantic, I looked for a support phone number. I needed immediate action! I went through the FAQ..and had to resign myself to email! I ... Wed, 13 May 2015 12:02:36 EST 2015 Inaugural Dunedin Highland Games Trail Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916266 I've attended Highland Games in Alexandria, VA before I came to Paradise six years ago. I always enjoyed it. Moving to Dunedin, Fl, I realized the strong Scottish heritage, and was amazed at the participation from all over the US! I always wished I could compete in a small way. <BR> Then, this year, a Trail Run was added as a part of the official competition! Oh yeah! AND I got to bust open my kilt! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The pre-race excitement was so festive! <BR> As soon as I g... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:38:53 EST STRONG WOMEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912231 I love strong women. I am blessed to be surrounded by strong positive women in my life. <BR> <BR> My number one is my wife, DSSECRETS! She is the source of my strength! She inspires me every single day of my life. If I hadn't followed her lead, I would never be where I am today! I love you, D! <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Over the last week, we talked of issues. She quoted Eleanor Roosevelt and inspired me to blog this. I'm paying it forward to you all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:00:37 EST 2015 Dunedin Leprechaun Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903058 Ok, I'm not giving excuses! I slacked off and am trying to catch up on race reports. This one has to preview my race I just did! <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> Last year, I did the complete 10K/5K/1 Mile Challenge. This year, I decided to enjoy the party experience and just do the 5K! <BR> <BR> So D & I came early to photo the 10K as we had beaucoup buds doing it! <BR> <BR> Our Race & Cruise Director, Zanna, calling the 10K racers to group! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:02:41 EST 2015 WOB Westchase 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894891 Another close friend, Fred, is also a Race Director legend in the Tampa Bay area. I support local races big time! Of course, in our area, most of our races are just as much fun and better than the $$$ big time corp cookie cutter races! <BR> <BR> In any case, this was a first time for me as I heard about the after party being awesome. A bunch of my OMT teammates were doing it so (after being coerced by ALL my team) I decided to join the party! (at the risk of perpetual harassment) <BR> <BR>... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:05:57 EST 2015 Gasparilla Distance Classic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891184 Way overdue but what's new! <BR> In years past, I did the 5K and the Half Marathon. This year i changed it up and did the Michelob Ultra Cactus Lime Challenge, a 15K on Saturday then an 8K on Sunday! More importantly, we got to see ONEKIDSMOM & SLENDERELLA61! <BR> <BR> Friday, D took off work and we had fun day and packet pickup at the Health & Fitness EXPO! We were reunited with our bestie and SparkFriend, ONEKIDSMOM! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l294498262.... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:50:06 EST 2015 Drunken Cupid 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883252 Any race that has a name like this...I gotta do! It was only about 5 minutes from my house at New England Ale House Grill, where I run with a Monday Night Group that stages here. And the run started at 10:00am on a Saturday! <BR> <BR> As I pulled up early, there was Michael, one of the hardest working Co-Race Directors in Pinellas County... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l402197073.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...and stationed at the PA early, there was Zanna, the Pricipal... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:26:24 EST 2015 Best Damn Race - Safety Harbor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878705 In 2013, a now very good friend & mentor, Nick, started a little race in Safety Harbor, created for runners by a runner. D & I did that Inaugural race. Today, Best Damn Race (BDR) has caught national attention as a must do race in Florida! It has now expanded to Jacksonville, Orlando, and Cape Coral! <BR> <BR> Packet Pickup Day! I hung out with Stewie and checked out the Race Site residents! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1115100976.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The BDR R... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:58:30 EST Perfection? Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876366 I like what John Legend wrote in his song, All of Me, "...perfect imperfections!" My wife, DSSECRETS, says, "How we deal with our imperfections (those we can change as well as those we can't.) defines our character." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l319100757.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Personally, I believe perfection is an illusion. I also believe it should not be used in goal planning! <BR> <BR> It's not in my journey. I have no need for "perfection.' I believe my achi... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:08:15 EST 2015 Chilly Willy Duathlon Southeast Championship! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870069 This might be a bit long so I apologize in advance. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I had wanted to do this Duathlon for 2 years now. I registered early. Then Team Hope for the Warriors (H4W) did an all hands call for a runner to relay with one of our hand crank bikers. I immediately said i would do it. I did the 5K before and after my teammate, Andy, would knock out 10 miles on his starship! <BR> <BR> Warriors Roll Call in Transition Area <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 12:37:12 EST Whose Life Are You Living? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865068 MY wife and friends support me, encourage me, inspire me, and motivate me to be the healthiest person I can be! I become a better person because of it. BUT I am the one that had to take the first step of change! I had to make the commitment! I had to embrace patience and perseverance! I had to accept challenge! I had to realize life! <BR> <BR> I broke out and decided my life was my own in Oct 17, 2010! I wanted to live to be there with my family! I took responsibility to embrace life and not... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:54:10 EST 2015 Belleair Sunset 5K! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864621 I was so excited to do this for all the RIGHT reasons! I've wanted to do it for 4 years but my race schedule conflicted. My Tri Team was having it's coming out, and the post-race party was off the hook! Finally... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l678870468.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are Outspokin Multisports Team (OMT)! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1962612488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had teammates coming and going, excited to be together as ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:59:13 EST 2015 St Pete Beach Classic Duo Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859678 I've been wanting to do this event for a few years now. We finally got it scheduled! It is over two days with the 10K & 5K on Saturday and the Half on Sunday. Since I would be supporting our Outspokin Multisport Team runners on Sunday, I decided to do the 10K/5K Challenge on the first day! D would do the 5K. <BR> <BR> As always, we got there early to get parked and relaxed with the race site! How could you not get relaxed, it's at the Sirata Resort on St Pete Beach! As it was a bit chilly, w... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:41:04 EST 2014 Santa & Suds 5K (Dec 21) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853379 My last race for 2014 was special! First & foremost, I was running escort for one of my Team Hope for the Warriors Tampa Teammates! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280539095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l763828032.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Secondly, this race really put me in the Christmas Spirit! I got to hang with Santa! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1199540780.jpg"> <BR> Santa has the same manneri... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:57:44 EST 2014 Say No To Drugs Holiday Classic (Dec 20) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847706 D & I hadn't done this race in a couple of years. This year, Team Hope for the Warriors Tampa would represent so we jumped in!! <BR> <BR> Of course Pancakes... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l879664315.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and bling... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1250167849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> is always an added bonus! <BR> <BR> So, we lined up with a few of our friends at the Starting Line... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:26:52 EST 2014 Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835496 In 2010, D & I decided to do our first 5K, the St Petersburg Times Turkey Trot. We walked it. Four years and a name change later, we've done over 70 races! This race also marked the first time we wore our Team Hope for the Warriors Tampa colors! D & I be wearing these colors at many run races from now on! <BR> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This year was special. Gianna and Mommy joined us! I believe this was Gianna's third 5K with us and Mommy's second! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:51:26 EST In My Previous Life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823370 ...my priorities were so wrong... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l430872400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...I was negative... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l416520016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...I was filled with excuses... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1009425589.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...and believed my own lies about family being my priority... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l343280212.jpg"... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:36:24 EST Too Much Negativity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820665 I've been reading a lot of negativity today. Isn't it amazing when you embrace the positive, you can either see it coming in yourself or you read it between the lines of someone else! <BR> <BR> It tries to bring me down then I overload in "Positive Waves!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l953748023.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l926162104.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109667... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:41:28 EST 2014 Inaugural Honeymoon Half! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819031 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1842940429.jpg"> <BR> Race Site Dawn at Honeymoon Island, Dunedin, FL, <BR> <BR> D & I support a lot of our local races! Our BFF, Suzanne, created this new race and caused a lot of excitement because of it! This year, she included a Half Marathon, a 10K, and a 5K to give everyone a feel for which will become an exclusive annual Half Marathon! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Because I would be doing the TriRock the next day, (Didn't know I would... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:57:26 EST Inaugural East Lake Fire Rescue 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816674 Ever since 9-11, I realized the utmost respect for our First Responders! They serve & protect us every day in our own backyards! When I found out my friend Suzanna was Race Director of this new race, I was in! <BR> D was at Honeymoon Island doing her training long run of 11 miles so I represented at this race. Another friend, Ashley worked some great race photography and shared with me. <BR> <BR> The field of runners was smaller than most races I run. Regardless, the quality was still stron... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:19:18 EST "What Doesn't Kill You ..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814088 On Saturday afternoon, I went to TriRock Clearwater Triathlon Packet Pickup. I came home and started my Pre-Tri Prep, dress rehearsing my Transition on my living room floor. During the day, I was not feeling 100% due to a permanent condition I thought I had control over. Reality check! It started to weigh on my mind. I couldn't sleep that evening. <BR> At 2:00am Sunday morning, I had to make a very difficult decision. It was extremely hard to accept but it was the right thing to do. I had ba... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:20:15 EST 2014 Longleaf Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807041 Whoa! I'm behind in my race reports! Well, I'm finally going to catch up! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>388</em> All fantabulous photos @ DSSECRETS aka D! <em>388</em> <BR> <BR> I had several reasons to do this Tri. Others gave me reasons NOT to do it! A Race Director, also a fellow run & swim training mate, said to keep an open mind and form my opinion. Of course, the challenge was there and I would do it! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I always suggest getting to the dance e... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:12:56 EST Stop Wasting Your Time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803201 ...on what was! You can even turn THAT into an excuse! Nobody wants to hear negative! FOCUS! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l170083292.jpg"> <BR> <BR> AND always look for ways to improve! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269904087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every day will get better and better! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Much love... <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:27:44 EST My 4th SparkVersary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799778 After 57 pounds, 53 5Ks, 3 10Ks, 1 10Miler, 8 Half Marathons, 2 Duathlons & 7 Triathlons, I AM A WINNER ON THIS AMAZING RACE! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l434434768.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yeah, I stole that from CBS's Amazing Race! I love when Phil says that to the winners every season. <BR> <BR> All I can say is patience, perseverance, consistency, focus, belief, commitment, positivity, they've all become a part of living a healthy lifestyle. If you know me, then... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:15:29 EST Speaking from the Heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798958 Tonight I did my Wednesday Night Run Club! At the after-run social, I spoke with a 24 year old young lady! I knew she had broken up with one of the premier runners in our area. In her own right, she was an age group podium athlete. We had done the Longleaf Triathlon together this past Sunday. I told her that at my age, I was inspired by her efforts. She knew my story and told me the same. <BR> She told me that had she stayed home, she would have cried through the night. She was glad she ca... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:41:06 EST Patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793506 Lately, I'd "acquired" a few nicks and bruises. So, I've had to focus on everything I could to insure the healing process once again. <BR> <BR> We're always faced with the challenge of patience. I especially recognized it when I started this journey almost four years ago. <BR> I focused on how I would come out of it stronger, wiser, and renewed like a Phoenix! I found a way to get through it and uttered these words to myself! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:59:17 EST 2014 Hooters DBL Duathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792967 On MONDAY, Sep 22 I did the Hooters DBL (Du it Before Lunch) Duathlon! A local Race Director & close friend came up with an idea and went for it. Have a Duathlon on a Monday and see who shows up! Over 100 athletes showed up at 6:00am at Ft DeSoto, Fl. <BR> <BR> My Dear Friend, Race Director & Multisport Cheerleader Extraordinaire, Suzanne! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l552871242.jpg"> <BR> At Packet Pickup! <BR> <BR> I got up at 4:45am, Monday morning, got my gear... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:47:46 EST 2014 Thin Mint Sprint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789119 <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <BR> So, last year's theme was "the ultimatum run" where I had to finish in the Top 50 to score a box of Thin Mints for D. This year, it was all about doing " a fun run with Gianna!" We could also look forward to a post-race Girl Scout cookie tasting ! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> D & I were nursing slight knee and calf situations so it was perfect to do the race "at G's pace." G spent the night so we could get out to the "S... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:49:42 EST Become a Runner? at 60? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787294 <BR> 2012 Tampa Bay AIDS Walk 5K <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1877099404.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2012 Santa's Twilight 5K <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1873167244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2013 Gasparilla Too Good for Drugs Kids Races <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1433343777.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1620029336.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2014 Miles for Men 5K <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:58:52 EST 2014 Miles for Men Prostate Cancer Awareness Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784830 Since 2008, I've been the proud recipient of 3 biopsies! I will add here that all were benign. Because of this history, I've become keenly aware of prostate cancer and support awareness. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I also have a loving supportive family. So DSCESRETS (DW), LEC22041 (my Sis, Linnie), Gwen (DiL), and my Gianna, ALL did the race in support! This is the money shot! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l318599893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Tri-Partner, Rob and his... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:33:28 EST Everyone Has the Right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783214 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1353050532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873219003.jpg"> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:32:53 EST 2014 Tarpon Springs Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782138 First & foremost, I'm thankful for my wife, DSSECRETS, who is always with me at my Triathlons. She takes all the fabulous photos, which can be very telling about the journey. She also shows the wonderful support I have. My Sis, LEC22041, made her 2nd trip from the DC area, just to see me do another Tri! She also joined us in the Miles 4 Men 5K later in the day! <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> You get up at 4:00am, you hit the Tri Transition Site early, and you get the best spot on the rack! ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:48:54 EST FIRST THOUGHT of the DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777048 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1501522333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found that when I get up in the morning, I'm excited by the fact that I have the opportunity to make myself better. I try to carry that with me throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Dr Seuss provides a great daily thought! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484618189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Learn it! Love it! Live it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1781089168.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ro... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:21:56 EST