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Thanks!!! And, 20 vs 40...
Monday, March 21, 2011      5 comments

Thank you all SO MUCH for the comments on my post about the half marathon that isn't going to happen. There is still a slight chance that I can make the Dallas Half work that weekend. (I live in Houston so the St Louis HM was a rode trip. Dallas... Read more
My Half Marathon is Not Happening
Sunday, March 20, 2011      15 comments

My running buddy/relative bailed today. That means my in-laws, who would've watched my daughter while I was running, won't be going. (This was an out-of-state race for me.) So, the Half Marathon is NOT happening for me in 3 weeks. ... Read more
Ready to SOAR again!
Saturday, March 19, 2011      14 comments

I have really been struggling the past few weeks. It started with a sinus infection, then a trip to Japan, then coming home & the jet lag, then just being so sad about all that happened in Japan less than 48 hours after we left, then a 2nd trip ... Read more
What I Can Do Now That I Couldn't Do Then
Wednesday, March 02, 2011      14 comments

...a different kind of month in review. Things I was able to do for the first time this month... run a mile in 10:40 (according to treadmill) run 1 minute at a 9:30 pace (according to treadmill) do 20 tricep dips with straight legs (... Read more
Personal Trainers - Then, Now, & in the Future
Wednesday, March 02, 2011      6 comments

I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't sleep...maybe it's the excitement of our trip to Japan tomorrow! My 10dd and I have to leave the house at 4:30 am. We have about a 3 hour flight to Chicago and then over a 13 hour flight to Japan... Read more
Inspirational Quotes
Tuesday, March 01, 2011      5 comments

I got an email with inspirational quotes from USA triathon today. Here are 8 that I really enjoyed. May they inspire you, too! “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” —Daniel R. Evans “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, ... Read more
New "Japanese" Background Photo
Thursday, February 24, 2011      8 comments

Just wanted to explain my new background photo. I homeschool my daughter and we studied Japan in 2007. I tried my first 'big' sewing project by making this kimono for my dau... Read more
JAPAN!!! Here we come!
Thursday, February 24, 2011      9 comments

I posted it on my status late last week, but my daughter and I are headed with my brother and his girlfriend to JAPAN!! And, we bought the tickets last week and are headed there NEXT week! Yep! This is a fast trip! So, I've been extremely b... Read more
The Year I was 40... (birthday post w/photos)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011      10 comments

The year I was 40 was NOT the year I was "over the hill"...it was the year I started climbing a new hill. It was the year I became an athlete ... Read more
The Month of My Recognition (funny & photo)
Friday, February 18, 2011      15 comments

Februrary has been the month where people are noticing that I've lost weight! It's been wonderful! (And, it only took about 23 pounds for people to notice...) With the comments, I've been able to spread my love of running & Spark People. So, I t... Read more
Inspired to Run Faster!
Monday, February 14, 2011      10 comments

My sister-in-law is training for her first marathon. We both ran our first half marathon back in November. At that time, she signed up for her first marathon and I signed up to do the half marathon with her. We are competing in Go! St Louis in e... Read more
Swim Smooth
Saturday, February 12, 2011      2 comments

I bought my first Triathlete magazine this week. They suggested a site to help improve swimming. It's called Swim Smooth and I've been looking at it tonight. I love it! I've already discovered several areas I need to work on improving. So, here'... Read more
Tranforming Before My Eyes
Friday, February 11, 2011      5 comments

For the past few weeks, I've just been shocked every time I get a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Can this really be me? I'm thinner & more muscular. I walk by a mirror and have to go back and take a second look... is this really ME!?! I accide... Read more
"Have You Lost Weight?" and "You've Lost a Lot of Weight!"
Thursday, February 10, 2011      18 comments

Those are 2 comments I've heard this week. Those are the FIRST comments I've heard, since starting this journey, from people who don' t know that I'm losing weight & getting fit. The first comment came from an aquaintance at our co-op. One... Read more
Burning Out... Or Not?
Wednesday, February 09, 2011      6 comments

I've been having a tough week. I haven't gotten all of my workouts in this week and just haven't felt like working out. My long run on Saturday, though it was 7 miles, didn't go so well. And, I was only able to run 2 miles on the treadmill this ... Read more

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