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/ 2014 Top Gun Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757708 I wasn't going to do Top Gun this year but then I realized it was my first Tri and this was my 1st Anniversary as a Triathlete! My sis came to visit so she could see my Tri and be with me during my procedure. (Which you all know came out with great results!) I had a full SUV with DSSECRETS, my Sis, and Rob, my training bud, with me. <BR> <BR> I gave D my smartphone and she shot all the photos here. She did a fab job! <BR> <em>380</em> <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Arrived at the Race ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:06:40 EST Geeking on The Run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756016 I've been reading over several running forums. I found a recurring theme of Personal Records (PR) & Personal Bests (PB) which made me think. <BR> <em>182</em> <BR> I've now done enough Triathlons to try to compare my times The swim depended on the day's conditions. They've either been choppy and calm. The bike distance for a Sprint can range from 400 to 750 meters The run can always vary in distance from the fixed 3.1 miles and in altitude. So, I look at my performance relatively. <BR> ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:36:01 EST FREE YOUR MIND! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751951 I'm a Geek, a Nerd, and I've lived Big Bang Theory! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l621717575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've always been too analytical! I've always been intellectually sound. I've learned to be a bit better on this journey! It's not always about data! SO, it became important to go out of my comfort zone to try new ways of doing things. Holistic healing, yoga, and meditation come to mind! They are all realized in my journey now. <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 22:57:42 EST I GOT THIS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749398 Ya Just Gotta Believe! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l199959899.jpg"> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:22:48 EST No Breaks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747190 I believe any lifestyle is 24/7! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l992012725.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:58:07 EST Negative People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744907 I have to remind myself every day! People outside of my circle of influence, former friends, and seeing what others tolerate can really get old! I will take the action I need to resolve the negativity trying to infiltrate the life I OWN! <BR> The negative miserable people are there in life! I've let go of those people who were supposedly friends! I turn on the rest! <BR> Don't defend or give me reasons for them being around you! It tells me they own you! (I also have a delete key!) <BR> <e... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:17:44 EST A Secret to Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740366 In everything we do... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2130289920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...we will find how much potential we have within! And THAT will determine our success! <BR> <BR> Much love... <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:32:24 EST To 5K Your Way Running Team & All Needing Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739500 There are days when my mind starts to play games with me and all these bs excuses start to come out! <BR> "My stomach aches!" I THINK I have a headache." "My legs feel heavy!' <BR> BLAH! BLAH! BLAH! <BR> We all have these moments! Then I dive into my "Run Life" folder... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1678412309.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1810900239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:26:11 EST "I'm NOT Motivated!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737239 Hell no, I didn't say that! I will never say that! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2095316609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now! When you start to feel that excuse coming on.... <BR> YOU go here... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles_list.asp </link> <BR> <BR> ...and read until you get it! Self-educate! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1620505240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's Rock! <BR> <em... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:38:29 EST The Best Medal I Have! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735447 I've been a runner since Nov 2010. We've accumulated a nice rack load of medals in that time... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l608403143.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got this card from My Granddaughter Gianna on May 25, my 64th Birthday! THIS is my most precious and priceless medal I've ever received in my life! Inside the card she writes, "I could never have a better Grandad!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1184789164.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gia... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:30:39 EST 2014 Kiwanis Midnight Run on Dunedin Causeway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732630 Since D & I have embraced a healthy lifestyle in 2010, we started several new traditions. One of them is doing this race every July 3 at 11:25pm. I used to finish it after Midnight. Not any more! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I distinctly remember getting seriously ill in May 2011. I was in the hospital for 5 days. I started recovery and set a goal to do this race, our first Midnight Run! I used an "Interval" walk/run to get through it and was proud of the fact I did it in 47 minutes. <B... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:17:31 EST Embrace What it Takes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731473 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l221219418.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Believe me when I say, "It's worth it!" <BR> <BR> Much love.. <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:57:35 EST Don't Read This 'cause I'm Ragin'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730756 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l822118973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <BR> This is not directed at anyone who has a serious medical condition that cannot be controlled. I feel and pray for healings. <BR> <BR> I'm ragin' on! <BR> I've been gifted with the knowledge to read and profile people! It really helps me when I play poker...and it can pay good too! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> The bad thing about it is I can read something someone writes and I know why they're wr... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 17:31:30 EST For All My Tri Sisters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725034 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220177754.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...and I tri...hard! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> There are too many Tri women who inspire & motivate me! Thank you all! <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:34:16 EST Message to Self! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724121 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1601800729.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to remember this every day! After all these years, I can't waste my energy and time. If I embrace every moment and try to make it positive, life is good! I'm going to focus on and embrace this starting right now! <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:43:59 EST MY Sunday Sermon: Dig Deep Within! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723460 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l114264671.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No one said this would be easy! You have to challenge yourself. If you truly want to live to have healthy babies, to see your kids grow up, to be an active grandparent, to take care of others, to live without fear of early death, you focus all your energy on your goals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l271542743.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You get organized and you make the time, you prioritize, ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:53:38 EST 2014 Dunedin Rotary Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720495 This was my 1st Tri of 2014. Last year, I volunteered to advance my Tri education. I swore I would do it this year...especially since it's about 3.5 miles from my front door! Yeah...Paradise! <BR> <BR> I love this shot I took just before dawn of the Tri Race Site! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l120559454.jpg"> <BR> Yeah, life is beautiful! <BR> <BR> The Transition area at dawn.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1722303379.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Si... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:37:31 EST Pajama 5K Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716600 So, some of my rowdy runner friends put pressure on me to sign us up for this Friday evening fun run. Yes, it was just an excuse for a bunch of people to run around Safety Harbor, Fl. at 7:30pm..in their nightwear! <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> Now, some of you know how I preach to "have fun on your run!" THIS is the perfect example. AND the after party was going to rock hard! <BR> <em>236</em> <BR> Let's just go to the photos! <BR> <BR> These ladies were on their way to check in and obliged ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:32:30 EST 2014 TES Field Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699505 I am a proud volunteer at Gianna's Trinity Elementary School! I was very excited when called to work her Field Day! Now, 200 years ago, or 54 to be exact, my Field Day consisted of track and field events! G told me there would be hair painting, slushies, tug-of-war, and a lot of games! Obviously, I needed to be educated on modern education. <BR> <BR> So I picked up Gianna early so we could go to breakfast before we went to school! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1004... Tue, 20 May 2014 20:34:43 EST RuPaul Says... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698302 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l483518669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Start...Right Here, Right Now! <BR> <BR> "Forget the Haters! They're losers and I said it!" <BR> ~ Monty <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:24:18 EST 3 Year Maintaining Anniversary Secrets of Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697081 I found this photo from Fall 2007 (57 years old) just to post it today! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1358775204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February 2014 (63 years old) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l850490044.jpg"> <BR> Half Marathon Personal Record! <BR> <BR> I'm not going to go on any further about what I've achieved! I am going to share what I've discovered and some of what worked for me since I joined SparkPeople in October of 2010. THIS is re... Sat, 17 May 2014 14:13:49 EST Get the Best out of Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689077 I created & posted this as leader to my SparkPeople's Official 5K Your Way Running Program Team. I thought it's message might strengthen focus in all my friends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l451637967.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Learn more about Meb Keflezighi, our 2014 Boston Marathon winner! <BR> Embrace inspiration! <BR> <link>marathonmeb.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Stay Healthy, My Friends!" <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 15:43:00 EST Rx: Positive Waves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683165 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1036473139.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We all go through times of adversity. Whether it's illness, family or personal crisis, even on our journey, we have to address it properly. Taking a positive road is the healthiest proactive measure. Embrace it and come out of the challenge stronger. It should be part of every remedy! <BR> <BR> Much love...Monty <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:47:17 EST Don't Settle for Anything Less! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682243 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2142308863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Beautiful can be used as an excuse. It can also affect your health! Give beautiful a long healthy life! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:53:46 EST What Would Rinny Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681923 The highlight of my day...seeing this Rock Star run by me twice! <BR> <BR> Mirinda "Rinny" Carfrae <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l233088345.jpg"> <BR> 2013 Kona Ironman World Championship <BR> <BR> <link>mirindacarfrae.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm comin' back strong! <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:28:15 EST TO ALL RUNNERS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681053 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1928363657.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and for those who asked what I bought at the Expo... <BR> <BR> The ISM Adamo Breakaway Bike Seat. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1665901846.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:01:40 EST OMG! I MET A ROCK STAR TRIATHLETE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680592 I went with my TriBud, Rob, to hit the St Anthony's Triathlon Sport & Health Expo today! We started scoping out great buys. <BR> <BR> We went over to TYR to check out their wetsuits, sample all kinds of energy drinks, gels, checked out gear, new bikes and whatever! We made it over to Outspokin' Bicycles, our soon to be permanent Race Team Sponsors, then hit ISM and checked out their bike seats. We got a great education on their new design which enables one to seat properly on the bones mean... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:50:18 EST OMG! I'm Thinking Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679513 Crazy day...in my mind! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> It's wash day, bedclothes and a lot of running/workout clothes! Go figure. I do a lot of thinking on these days. Huh? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> I'm looking for race running shorts alternatives...and I think I found several. The research will continue! <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> I'm also looking at my race schedule. Between great runs and Triathlons, it's a crowded year! That's w... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:11:50 EST The Strong Ones! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678648 I saw this on Facebook. No doubt, it applies to men as well as women! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l90908000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Need a reality check? Think about where you started from, where you are, and where you're going. <BR> <BR> Then remember this... <BR> <BR> <link>www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nat<BR>ion/wp/2014/04/22/the-story-behind-tha<BR>t-boston-marathon-photo-of-runners-car<BR>rying-a-competitor-toward-the-finish/ </link> <BR> <BR> We're ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:32:22 EST 2014 Hooters Beach Bunny 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677207 I decided to work this race with my close friends who create these fun races. I enjoy giving back and I also educate our new volunteers on how to perform as they can encourage and support runners. I don't want to see a volunteer more concerned about anything else but the runners on the course. Most of you runners know what I'm talking about. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Anyway I just wanted to share some fun and photos today! <BR> <BR> my Bud, Suzanne of Xanadu Race Management! <BR> <img src=... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:42:31 EST 2014 Iron Girl 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674494 I'm always proud of my family. D & Linnie had me beaming all day. I love this race celebrating the assertiveness, empowerment, and independence of Women! I truly support! So, this day I am crew to them and all Iron Girls! I hope my girls will be joined by Gianna, my Granddaughter, next year! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> 0600hrs <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l639365830.jpg"> <BR> D, Susan (run teammate & close friend) & Linnie hit the race site early and are ready... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:44:47 EST 2014 Leprechaun Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672594 Last years' Challenge was a Duathlon the first day in Palm Harbor then a 5K the next day in Dunedin! <BR> <em>57</em> <em>108</em> <em>57</em> <BR> This year's challenge was doing a 10K, 5K, & 1Miler, one right after the other! You can do the challenge or choose the races you want to run! Oh yeah, we did the Challenge! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l334999508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Suzanne, Xanadu Race Management Director, always comes up with the best fun... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:46:03 EST 2014 Inaugural Excalibur 10 Miler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666308 Better Late than Never! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> We got locked out of the Space Coast Marathon/Half this past November so I looked around and found the same Race Director, a friend, was creating this new annual race. So... <BR> <BR> Road Trip to Viera, FL! <BR> We drove directly to Running Zone in Melbourne and hit Packet Pickup. We picked up our armor shirts! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l147649245.jpg"> <BR> <BR> D & I decided to try out the Royal Throne! <BR> ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:13:28 EST RUNNERS UNITE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664159 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/27/se<BR>lf-magazine-cancer-survivor_n_5043271.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Last night, Dunedin Running Club in Dunedin, FL ran down Edgewater Linear Park, parallel to Edgewater Dr.! The support from drivers, walkers, and all who witnessed was off the hook! Everyone asked about it! <BR> You mess with 2 runners, you mess with 35,904,000 runners in the US! (2009 survey) We will rock you! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:48:37 EST Healthy Lifestyle Fallout! (Part Deux) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635297 I got up this morning, took out my bike, rode to breakfast, and got a 'lil bonus cross training in. The beauty is that I got my quads fired up. That's great since the last two Half Marathons left me with DOMS specifically aimed at my quads. I'm biking tomorrow as well. <BR> Feeling positive about the Excalibur 10 Miler on Sunday! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l644360262.jpg"> <BR> (See Kelly's Heroes! Donald Sutherland rocks it!) <BR> <... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:06:58 EST Healthy Lifestyle Fallout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634427 Today, I had to drive my car to the garage for some serious surgery. I started to pump my bike up for the ride back but I've been having problems with the pump. So, I dressed for the 4 mile walk back with no second thoughts. <BR> <em>68</em> <BR> I made the drop, had oatmeal at one of my fave b'fast spots, then made my way north on the Pinellas Trail home. With no second thoughts or hesitation, I started off walking. I got bored so I started intervals. I made it almost 3 miles when I st... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:54:41 EST Let No One Tell You Different! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629652 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l563415626.jpg"> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:16:27 EST Really? You Don't Know? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628159 OK, D tells me I consider too many statements as excuses. I tell her I can't help myself when Jillian Michaels takes over my head! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> So, with nothin' but love, take this 'cause I care! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> You tell me that you Spark every single day. You've taken my advice, and use SPARKPOINTS as a daily checklist to get you through everything you SHOULD be doing. THEN, you ask me a question that shows your hand! <BR> <BR> Examples...What should I eat befor... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:38:36 EST Don't Sit Around & Wait! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625671 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1133734319.jpg"> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:13:14 EST Inspired by a SparkWinner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622489 I read a blog today by one of my SparkFriends who is definitely a winner! I love hangin' with winners! <BR> I can't count the number of times I've failed on this journey! I do know I've succeeded MORE than I've failed! I will continue to fail but I will not quit! I won't celebrate my coming back! I will celebrate my success...because I earned it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1128464047.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Much Love! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:48:51 EST 2014 Best Damn Race Half Marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620077 Guess I've been on a roll! This Half makes four in four months for me. Funny how I used to worry about doing a 5K a month! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Anyway...this is one of my fave races of the year. Only two years old, BDR has become one of the most popular races in the Tampa Bay area with total participation reaching over 4000 with a 5K, 10K, & a Half Marathon! <BR> <BR> Pre-dawn at the starting line! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l288229974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 10K r... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:29:38 EST 2014 Clearwater Running & Fitness Festival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617597 Consisting of a Marathon, Halfathon, 5 Miler & 5K Walk, this is one of the better races in the Tampa Bay area. This year it was also a family affair for us. My Sister came down from D.C. to stay with us and do her first 5 Miler after the two of us had done her first DC Jingle Bell 5K in December. Our cousin from Waverly, Nebraska committed to the Halfathon earlier in 2013. After seeing the bridges on this race course, she wanted to do it just for the view! She brought her husband, 3 kids, Gra... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 08:19:47 EST Embracing the Truth! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610272 I remember a time when I would come up with so many excuses not to do things! <BR> I would complain because I didn't have the time, or the tolls to do anything. <BR> I would complain about other people NOT ALLOWING me to get on with the business at hand. <BR> I would list priorities that truly weren't! <BR> I was living and believing lies which I turned into the lamest excuses. <BR> The worse part was I surrounded myself with "friends" in misery who loved company and would bring me down... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:48:05 EST Ah, The New Year's Wave! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604528 So everyone has good intentions on Jan 1! The wave sweeps SparkPeople like a tsunami! I want to see eveyone of you still here on Jan 1, 2015! In fact, I challenge you and hope you never forget that challenge! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> So this is for all the newest SparkPeople AND those that have been "plateauing" for the last few years! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> TWO WORDS <BR> PATIENCE! It won't happen over night! <BR> PERSEVERENCE! Stay with it! The easiest way is to just emb... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:34:14 EST Random Thoughts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590488 <em>530</em> My legs were achy, twitching, and cramping over the last two weeks! Doing a good paced short run felt so good today! Now I know why they were complaining! <BR> <BR> <em>530</em> I can tell when someone is lying or making lame excuses! I think it's ONE of my super powers! <BR> <BR> <em>530</em> I believe that when you are focused on attaining a goal, you won't find ways to sabotage yourself. Doing useless things to get out of what you should be doing is committing to ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:48:34 EST I Finally Get It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586582 After I had achieved my goal weight, set my safe + - 5 pound window, and settled into serious maintaining, I started to wonder why everyone was having eating issues. What is the problem here? It's easy! You eat good clean veggies and fruits, eliminate as many processed foods as possible, choose good protein, and get on with your life! Why is everyone having a hard time? And what's this food addiction and mental eating all about? Come on! Get with the program. <BR> <em>550</em> <em>474</e... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 08:39:41 EST I've Got Issues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579181 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609330503.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thanks, Jillian! Right here, right now! I'm there! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l412412369.jpg"> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 09:58:21 EST Here's a News Flash! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575785 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l742653633.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Can you look back at 2013 and see significant results? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you been keystrokin' SparkPoints, your 500 SparkTeams, and your Blogs to death...and see no results in 2013? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Are you sleep walking through your Strength Training, and your "runs" & "walks" with no results? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do I have to ask about how many times you decided not to tr... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:25:23 EST It's about You & No One Else! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570108 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599380808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 21:44:02 EST 12th Annual Florida Holiday Halfathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568733 72 hours before this Half, I ran with my Dunedin Run Tribe! I focused on posture and pace. It was a bit chilly to Floridian standards. I started off too fast and after a mile I started to feel a tightness in my calf. Needless to say, The rest of the run was a slow jog. NO, I didn't warm up! NO, I didn't stretch! Yes, I'm a _____! (fill in blank) <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> So, since I had 1 Half in Jan., 1 in Feb. with a 15K/8K challenge 2 weeks later and 1 10 miler in Mar, my plan was to walk i... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:45:22 EST