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Midsummers Run - Aug 20/11 - Team Abby - Abby crossing the finish with me!

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Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours.
- Swedish Proverb

First it begins inside your heart.
Something moves.
Then opens.
Then frees itself.
And now you feel a rhythm breaking its long silence.
This is going to be good.

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.

Today I had a conversation with my true self.
She asked me why I had abandoned her,
why I had ignored all her constant advice.
And then she reminded me of all the things I had forgotten.
And never once did she say, "I told you so."

To Be Someone You're Not Is To Waste The Person You Are... Stay True.

January 2011 - Too funny, just changed my status saying I hit the "restart" but wasn't starting over, starting fresh!! Now I go to update (long overdue) my page & what do I read... Something to be said for consistency I guess. So, more or less I think I will sum up my plans for 2011 as DITTO! More of the same thing but maybe with a little (ok a lot) more consistency especially in the food department! I don't track, I need to track - my portions are crazy and since my marathon in September I have really let the clean eating slide, thankfully the exercise is not the problem but obviously it's not balancing out my food intake. Again, I'm repeating myself but I guess that's how habits are formed...
Absolutely sticking with the running - now starting to plan this years' race schedule and looking forward to the "repeats" with some new ones added in.

CIBC Run for the Cure - Oct 4, 2009 - 5k (with SPIRITRUN) - done 32:44 -the race that started it all... who knew??
Santa Shuffle - 5k -Dec. 5th - done 29:27
Resolution Run -5k - Dec. 31st (what a way to ring in the New Year!!) - done - didn't really time but around 31 min.
Chilly Half Marathon - March 7, 2010 - done -2:42:09
Around the Bay - 30km - March 28, 2010
Mississauga Marathon - May 16, 2010
Dirty Girls - 30km
Run4Chocolate Half Marathon
Toronto Marathon - Sept. 26, 2010 (day after my birthday!)

January 2010 - A New Year, a fresh start...not starting over by any means, just a continuation and a feeling of excitement and anticipation as to what this year is going to bring!
When I joined SP (July 2009) it was more about feeling good & reaching a point that I was happy with myself - to quit using my weight as an excuse to not try new things. I thought I ate ok and I thought I worked out regularily but obviously I needed to be doing more - I DID feel good most of the time, but yet when I looked in the mirror I did not like the reflection that was looking back at me. I was going backwards... I was starting to obsess about the number on the scale and let it affect my day, my mood, everything - and I hated that - that "number" was controlling me... I know (knew) better than that but still.... I wanted to look like I felt after working out - on the inside - great, and yet, on the outside - not so much!
So now, 6 months later...I'm looking forward to what the year is going to bring. I know that I can & will lose weight - it's a slow process for me but if I use the nutrition tracker properly it will come off eventually - there are no quick fixes and although I have never thought of this as a diet I have had to come to the realization it is something I need to be constantly aware of (not obsessive!) if I want to see progress.
As far as the fitness goes - wow, THIS still boggles my mind! I am a runner!! I have signed up for half marathons & marathons - I used to think about it, wish I could and now I am!! It's certainly not easy (not very pretty either!) but the fact that I keep showing up week after week to run farther & harder (not sure the faster will ever come!!) and despite being waaayy out of my comfort zone I can do this! I am doing this! Nike is right - Just Do IT!!!

To a certain degree I think I had lost my true self...there were and are a lot of other things going on that have made me feel somewhat "lost" - life was not supposed to be like this... But you know, it never is, is it? It really is about how we cope with it that makes the difference and I am learning that the better I feel (food & exercise) the easier it is to cope... When I'm true to me, the rest falls into place, and if it doesn't...well, that is part of life and I just need to put on my big girl panties and deal with it!!

Member Since: 7/20/2009

My Goals:
Continue building fitness level - 2nd year of running so hoping to improve on times
Chilly Half - March 6, 2011
Around the Bay - March 27, 2011
Mississauga Full (loved this race-definately an anuual)
Ottawa Race Weekend - probably half but not sure yet...
Niagra Ultra?? Maybe???
Dirty Girls - 30km Trail Run - August
Chocolate Half - August
Midsummer's Eve - August
Fall - no idea but will find one...

Someday List...
Edge to Edge Marathon on Vancouver Island -
Disney Princess Marathon
Rock n' Roll Marathon - not sure where but they sure sound fun!!

My Program:
Trying to eat as clean as possible - (feels so much better!)

Running Room 1/2 Marathon Clinic starts Nov. 17th (run 3 or 4 days a week) and Chalean Extreme program (which I'm loving!)
Jillian Michaels DVDs & Elliptical as alternatives
LOTS of winter activities to make the most of the snow when it arrives - all require a good deal of coordination but the snow is somewhat easier to land on than the pavement!!

Personal Information:
Originally a prairie girl but relocated to Georgian Bay area & gotta admit it pretty nice having access to all it has to offer!!
Single parent, one daughter, getting ready to leave the nest - maybe...
2 dogs, Maddy & Monty
2 cats, Topaz & Hubert

Other Information:
love being outside & hanging out with my pups
(& my daughter too but I'm usually a last resort for her - lol)

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    Okay, I clicked them all in the feed! LOL! But I liked them! Ha ha! All that consistency, being positive, making it work, you go girl!! I need you to rub off on me. I'm getting better, but not at the "Kath" level yet! Ok, now I'm just laughing at myself because I'm sure you think I'm a nut. Yeh, you wouldn't be that far off! emoticon Have a great day!

    Hugs, Michelle
    3907 days ago
  • v KARVY09
    Glad you are doing well! I'm more excited than nervous about Sunday, and I'm encouraged by that. I'm just making sure my body is limber and ready!

    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    3916 days ago
    Ack! I promised to put races on hold after this half until I finish school at the end of March! :( But definitely in 2011 we'll have to do a race from start to finish together! I had blast with you ladies!!!
    3916 days ago
  • v KARVY09
    Thanks!!! How'd the marathon go? I miss seeing you and SPIRITRUN around here!
    3917 days ago
    I can't believe I actually not only saw you two but got to RUN with you two! Thank you so much for the company today, it made the entire race seem to FLY by. I was REALLY aching at the end, it took everything I had just to finish but I did it! Let me know how you guys did!!!!! So proud of you!!
    3918 days ago
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