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Whew!

Friday, April 08, 2011      9 comments

For the past few days, the weather report for my first sprint triathlon on Sunday has been looking bad. It was at 30% chance of t-storms. Yesterday, it went up to a 40% chance AND "Windy!" I am not prepared to compete in a thunderstorm. I would ... Read more

Prayers, Please (Passing of My Friend/DD's friend's mom)

Thursday, April 07, 2011      20 comments

I got an email this morning saying one of my friends has passed away. She is now in heaven praising God. But, she left behind her husband, 5 children, family and friends. We are heartsick. The hard part for us is she was the mom of one of m... Read more

Finding Balance

Sunday, April 03, 2011      6 comments

My schedule has just turned crazy... again. I now have my first triathlon NEXT SUNDAY! Then, my 2nd triathon (with 2x the swim... in a lake, not pool) 4 weeks later. Then, my 2nd half marathon 4 weeks after that! So, now I need to figure ou... Read more

This is gonna make you STRONGER!

Friday, April 01, 2011      8 comments

I heard a new song on my Christian radio station this week. It is talking about the problems of life, but it seemed so appropriate as I train for my first triathlon and the fears I have about the Open Water Swim. Here's the chorus: When the... Read more

A Size 8 Wearing Size 16...Me! (photo from today... 30 lbs GONE!)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011      20 comments

Today I weigh 133. At my highest, about 3 years ago, I weighed 163. It was my highest weight ever. I had to buy my first pairs of 16s to go on a trip. I have since gi... Read more

30 Pounds... GONE! (and Looking Forward to Today)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011      16 comments

Today the scale showed I have dropped 30 pounds from my highest weight of 3 years ago. I am so happy! Even some of my 8s are getting baggy! It is an amazing feeling. I was a 13 in high school, so being a size 8 just feels unreal to me. And, I ac... Read more

Another Reason to Track Your Food

Monday, March 28, 2011      11 comments

I just read Sleepy Dean's post about her hydrostatic body fat test this weekend. www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=4125183 During it, she was told she needed to eat more protein. In fact, s... Read more

Learning to LOVE BIKE RIDING!!! (and today's awesome brick workout)

Sunday, March 27, 2011      7 comments

Today we were at our lakehouse and I needed to do my first 'real' outdoor brick workout. My plan was to wake up and do a 10 mile ride followed by a 2 mile run. I went outside to air up my tires. It was a little chilly and I didn't have a ja... Read more

Feeling Second Rate

Thursday, March 24, 2011      14 comments

"You Can't Do It." Those are the words I heard from a loved one when I announced I'd be running my first half marathon. I also heard them when I announced I'd be doing my first triathlon. Yes, I have suffered from low self-esteem. Gro... Read more

It's official!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011      12 comments

I just moved my first sprint triathlon date closer by a month. It is now less than 2.5 weeks away! (((big breath))) My first triathlon was scheduled for May 7th. If you've been following my blog the past few days, you know that I was suppos... Read more

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


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