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 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 DC Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565747 As most of my SparkFriends know, my Mother passed away on Nov 7 after a challenging year. My sister has been sole caregiver to my mom for the last 8 years. She put my mom as the priority. This can take a toll on one's self, mentally & physically. I'm sure you have all experienced it in some way. One of the things my mom told me was to take care of my sis and insure she wouldn't be alone. I assured her I watch over my sister. <BR> <BR> In our "healing" process, I came up to DC to be with my s... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:08:45 EST None of Us are Perfect! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554827 But Perfect is NOT what it's all about! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1456089120.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yeah, I love Jillian! <BR> <em>26</em> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 07:43:50 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553769 I mentioned my Co-Leader DEBBYFROMMT (Debby) in Statement #4. Today being the last day of this team challenge, I want to say that I'm so thankful for her creating this challenge. The timing couldn't have been better! <BR> <BR> It's been a rough month and I've tried to do the best I can to be strong for my sister. Because of this challenge, it helped me focus on everything I've been blessed with! I'm so very fortunate for my life. <BR> <BR> Debby, you've got a permanent special place in my h... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:37:04 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553114 I am thankful for my education in life. I would never choose to do it over. The highs and lows made me who I am right now. I feel for the better of it all, and go forward. <BR> <BR> <em>536</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:58:56 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552262 I am thankful for being more in tune with responsibilities & priorities! I realize I can stay focused, in balance, and still enjoy life with a childlike spirit! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2032631428.jpg"> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:31:06 EST TriRock Clearwater Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551604 This was a great experience as I got to do 500 meters in the Gulf, bike 13 Miles over 3 bridges in Clearwater, Bellaire, & Sand Key, then run through the streets of Clearwater Beach! Really? <BR> <BR> Clearwater Beach Transition Town at Pre-Dawn... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1598450073.jpg"> <BR> ...and Dawn! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2017044485.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 5:30am Early Birds discussing strategy & survival! <BR> <img s... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:09:33 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551422 I am thankful for living in Florida! It's so easy to take advantage of everything healthy! Fresh tropical fruits, veggies, fish, with a great vibe. Obviously, we are a Runner's & Triathlete Paradise with races all year long. I love that I can run, bike, and swim by the Gulf Beaches! I must admit we are fortunate & it's easier to embrace a healthy lifestyle here! <BR> I found my nirvana! <BR> <BR> Coming into the TriRock Clearwater Finish Chute at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach! <BR> <img src... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:32:29 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550618 I am thankful that I started on SparkPeople by supporting my wife! It was the beginning of an incredible journey! The proof of my commitment hit me a bit today. I noticed that my current login SparkStreak is 1127 days! <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> That number, along with what I've accomplished over the last 3 years, 1 month, 1 week, and 1 day, tells me so much! I've become a better person, physically, mentally, and spiritually! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> The beauty of it all is I can't wait for ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:09:28 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549997 I'm thankful for the opportunity to run with my sister for the first time in my life! It's like I was destined to achieve what I have to inspire & help others. I live to set an example for D, Gianna, and now my sis, Linnie! I will focus on helping her get her life back! This is true joy! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> We just signed up for the 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk - Metro DC in Arlington, VA! <BR> <BR> <link>jinglebellrunmetrodc.kintera.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:18:56 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549180 I am thankful for all my friends who lift me up, encourage me, and inspire me to take it higher! These are the people I wanna party with! I will not compromise my life to those who want to share their negativity and misery! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1542776347.jpg"> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:16:00 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548725 I'm thankful for being my crazy curious self! Because of the way I am, I have so many interests. It's exciting now especially since my lifestyle has changed. In turn, so have my interests. <BR> That's why I tell people to never sell themselves short, and to step out and try things they never thought they could do. It might surprised them as much as I've surprised myself! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l172550364.jpg"> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 22:59:26 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547589 I'm thankful that I've become a runner. It has been a vital part of maintaining my goal weight for over 2 years! <BR> <BR> This Thanksgiving is our 3 year Anniversary for running races. We trained one month before we walked our first 5K. My tine (& you know I don't usually say.) was 59.54! Our goal was to do it under an hour. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've cut that 5K time by over 50%! I've done over 45 5Ks, 4 10Ks, 5 Half Marathons, 1 Duathlon & 2 Triathlons! I had a scare in January with my... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:37:08 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547043 I am thankful for all my opportunities to volunteer. Whether it's for a specific cause I believe in, paying it forward to my triathlete/running brothers & sisters, or just supporting those in need, I consider that time to be most valuable! <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:10:10 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545985 I'm thankful for "SparkPeople." <BR> <BR> <em>141</em> Because of it, I have become consistent in my new found lifestyle habits, <BR> <em>141</em> I've become educated in healthy ways. It has also rid me of all the "wife's tales" deemed gospel by hearsay. <BR> <em>141</em> I've become accountable to myself and responsible to others. <BR> <em>141</em> Most importantly, I've achieved my dreams and goals to live a healthy life! I also know SparkPeople is a valuable tool but I am ... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:57:51 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545426 I am thankful for my run groups. Not only do they inspire and motivate me to raise my personal bar, but they truly support me in life! <BR> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:53:08 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #16, #17, & #18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545045 #16 <BR> I'm thankful for the opportunity to help my sister get healthy again. <BR> <BR> #17 <BR> I'm thankful for the positive opportunity which my mother has given me. <BR> <BR> #18 <BR> I'm thankful others may benefit from my positive action. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:53:56 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542235 I am thankful for the surprising opportunity to help others realize their goals. In turn, it encourages me to raise the bar on my own standards! <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:16:33 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541514 I am thankful for the time I am spending with my sister. I can simply say that it's become a much needed brother-sister reunion since both our parents are no longer with us. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:11:04 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #12 & #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540542 Yes, I missed yesterday's post so it's a double dose. No countries were overthrown or lives lost due to the oversight! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> #12 <BR> I am thankful for friends that surprise you with kindness when you least expect it. <BR> <BR> #13 <BR> I am thankful for friends tell you to call them if you need help...then come back the next day and ask "Now, what can I do to help you!" <BR> <BR> Life can surprise you! Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:53:55 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538762 I'm so thankful for my Granddaughter's ability to sing. I will never get tired of hearing her. If we're in the car, I can't wait for her to start singing to a song on the radio. She's got a great ear, her pitch is very good, and she gives it all she's got! Truly, all that doesn't matter. I just love to hear her heart in her voice. She will always put a smile on my face, love in my heart, and an occasional tear in my eye. She's my little spark! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:42:45 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537492 I am thankful for making a constant effort to stay in a positive state and surrounding myself with those in the same mindset. <BR> <BR> After all our races & Tris, D & I have a tradition with club participants and supporters to go to a celebration brunch. After today's Post-Tri Brunch, my bud, Rob, said today "I don't have time to be in the negative. I just won't address it!" We all embrace that! <BR> <BR> AND if we stay in a positive state, we will realize our dreams and goals! <BR> <BR>... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:15:44 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536408 I am thankful for every day I can compete and embrace it fully! It tests the training I do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960178231.jpg"> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 08:56:26 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535542 I am so thankful for the outpouring of love and support from so many SparkFriends! I have nothing but the best wishes for all of you to realize your dreams and goals, to become the best you can be, and to embrace life to the fullest. You all give me reason and purpose to be the best I can be! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269100375.jpg"> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 07:53:04 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534542 I am thankful for my Father & Mother. <BR> I focus on how they have always provided for my sister & me. We started world traveling when I was 5 years old as my Dad was with the State Dept. No matter where we went, they always made a home for us. The life education I received was priceless. I hear my Dad when I speak to my Son & Granddaughter, and that's good. I was very fortunate as my Mom was always there for us while we grew up. They both insured that we had every opportunity in life. I am... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 06:14:10 EST "You Just Run!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533966 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452748879.jpg"> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 13:34:35 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533722 I am so thankful for my run groups. <BR> <BR> I am continuously learning more as they share their experience & knowledge. They inspire & motivate me to become stronger & realize my full potential as a runner. They also have become an incredible support group on the run and in life. They provide so much enjoyment in my run. Because of them, running is a pleasure not a chore! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l776089535.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:21:01 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533378 I am thankful that I made the decision to support my wife in her quest to lead a healthy lifestyle. Ultimately, it changed our lives forever and has led us to an even stronger bond after being together for over 26 years! <BR> <em>129</em> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 22:16:25 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532061 I'm thankful that I was asked to lead this team... <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=56138 </link> <BR> SP Class of June 3-9, 2012 aka PowerSparkHeroes! <BR> <BR> because I've got great team members AND <BR> <BR> because I got to meet & work with my Co-Team Leader, DEBBYFROMMT <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DE<BR>BBYFROMMT </link> <BR> <BR> I have definitely been inspired, motivated, and educated by Deb! <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 14:43:54 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531395 I am so thankful for my Granddaughter Gianna! She inspires me every day I'm alive! The motivation I get from just thinking about her keeps me living this healthy lifestyle! Together with Grandma D, I have all the motivation I need! How could I ever think to utter a single excuse! It doesn't happen! <BR> <em>129</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:23:51 EST Class Team Challenge Statement #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530473 I am so blessed and thankful for my wife! She gives me strength, love, and everything imaginable through every single life experience! <BR> <em>129</em> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 22:42:58 EST