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Brutus my boxer

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"This is not a race with the calendar!"..."It's more of a hike, complete with hills, valleys, plateaus and obstacles in my path. "

Failure is evidence that you tried. Success is evidence that you didn't give up.

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. -Elizabeth Gilbert

"Never trade what you want the most for what you want at the moment."

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use." ~ Earl Nightingale

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Winston Churchill


February 2011...I'm trying to get back on the wagon again. Every few months I suffer from mental burn out, but I'm trying to find ways to over come it.

May 20th 2011: I jogged on the treadmill for ONE HOUR straight! (Not including my warm up or cool down.) Miracle! I was only going 4.2 - 4.3 mph to keep my HR in the 150's and to keep my knee from getting sore, but it's a great start! Now I get to work on my speed.

September 5th 2011: Went straight to the hardest hike of the season. Hiking Mt. Timpanogos, 14 miles, elevation 11,749 at summit with a gain 4370 ft. Honestly we didn't make it to the top. After 6 hours of hiking we were at 10,500 ft, it was late in the afternoon and were feeling the altitude change and called it a day. Next time we will be more prepared. I walked about 12 miles, over 35,000 steps and burned over 5400 calories. One of the best hikes I've ever done, it was absolutely beautiful. (And extremely tiring!) It wasn't the successful hike I hoped for, if I had been training for it I would have done better. Now I have something to compare it to next time. :)

January 2012: Hubby and I are going to run a 5k in April. Running outside is a struggle for me because I have a hard time finding, and keeping, a pace that my heart and lungs can keep up with. I hope to get a hold of that while improving my time. Hoping I adapt quickly.

April 2012: The last month or so, my hubby has been my "kite" when we go for our 5k runs. His pace is slightly faster than mine, so seeing him run slightly ahead of me gently pulls me along mentally. I've broken my PR three times this month! My race is on the 28th. My goal was a 5k in 35 minutes and what-ever seconds. I should be able to beat that goal...and smash my original 5k time of 42 minutes.

August 2013: Hubby has been getting up at 5:15am and going to the gym with friends at work. I decided to start getting up with him and workout at home before the kids go to school. I am going to try to not focus on the numbers on the scale. Even when I'm at my goal weight (if I ever get there) I will still need to eat right and exercise. That is what my mind set should be no matter what my weight. I need to keep this in mind every day and not let the numbers on the scale or the number of days that have passed by discourage me. Eat right and exercise anyway!

Member Since: 1/17/2007

Fitness Minutes: 47,446

My Goals:
Try to avoid mental burn-out and keep in mind that the scale is not my only measure of success.

Goal 2: Run my second 5k in April 2012 in 35 minutes.
January 5k time: 42:00
March 5k time: 35:10
April 28th 5k Race time: 32:49

My Program:
Eat right and exercise anyway! What would You-at-goal-weight do?

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Wife to my soulmate for 21 years, mother of two fantastic kids, and two boxers Brutus and Hercules. I love the outdoors and photography.

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    emoticon for stopping by my blog!

    I wish I could get to a GoodWill or Salvation Army... As I do not have a vehicle, a friend has to drive me. So, things really depend upon her schedule. Maybe next week, maybe 2 weeks.

    Again, thank you!

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    34 days ago
    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Summer? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early June. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Spring we had Gardening Time, Help Fill Peter Rabbit’s Basket and Bingo. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Summer challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.

    40 days ago
    Thanks for the wonderful comments you left on my blog! I'm glad you gave me the idea of gym goals and the date completed! Awesome idea! Great and fun way to track my progress!

    41 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    First Brutus is awesome, love that face!

    And this..."This is not a race with the calendar!"..."It's more of a hike, complete with hills, valleys, plateaus and obstacles in my path. " This needs to be on a t-shirt! emoticon

    54 days ago
    Thank you for joining me as a Spark Friend. I just added you as well. I look forward to traveling this journey together. I hope you had a terrific Tuesday.

    “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of, ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”–Marissa Mayer
    57 days ago
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