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This is Why I'm Successful

Sunday, August 05, 2012

It's called good old-fashioned German stubbornness. Don't have a walking partner? Fine. I'll walk by myself. Nobody to go to the gym to motivate me? Hubby tired and sitting in front of the TV? Kids all too good to spend time with me? Fine. I'll work out by myself. Nobody wants to go to Tae Kwon Do with me anymore? Fine. I'll go by myself, get my black belt and continue going by myself because I like it. So there.

Today I had a 16 mile walk on my MS Challenge Walk training schedule. My sister didn't want to go. She doesn't walk at all anymore with me. Fine. I went by myself. Got up at 7, got dressed, brushed my teeth and hair, ate breakfast and then was off. Just me and my iPod. And it was nice! Walked where I wanted to with my NIke Running app telling me how far I had gone. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that app! Good think my iPod lasted the entire time!

Did about a 5.3 mile loop and ended up back at home to refill my water bottle. Ken wasn't ready to go yet (he said he'd walk part of it with me) so I was off again. Went down the hill and around the river 3 times (1.7 miles each loop). Came up the hill toward home and was at about 11.6 miles at that point right around 12:00.

Fueled up with another Herbalife smoothie, filled up with water again, and then Ken was ready to go with me. My youngest, Paul, wanted to go too. We put both dogs on the leashes (they REALLY wanted me to take them both times I left before that!) and we were off.

By that time, my average time per mile was about 17 minutes 20 seconds. I guess I rested a bit too long because those last few miles were a KILLER! My hips hurt, my legs hurt, my feet hurt and I was tired. MAN was I tired! But I kept plodding along. During the last mile I decided I was going to just get home and started walking faster. I was REALLY glad when we got home and it was almost exactly 16 miles. (16.09 to be exact).

Drank a protein drink and took a shower and it felt awesome to be clean! :) I rested for a couple of hours and then was getting pretty stiff so I made my hubby take me to Texas Roadhouse for dinner since I was craving a steak.

Got there and had ONE roll with NO butter and a few peanuts before we ordered. Said no to more bread and had a garden salad (no croutons or egg) with the dressing on the side. I ordered the 6 oz. sirloin and Ken ordered the BBQ Chicken breast and we split each of our meat entrees in half and shared them. I had a side of broccoli instead of potato. So proud of myself! :) Then we went to Target for a few things and swung by McDonald's for a 49 cent vanilla cone.

Now home and doing laundry. I still have off tomorrow since it's my 4-day weekend so Ken took off and we're going to State Fair. Hope everyone had a great weekend and now I'm giving my stubborn German butt a rest on the couch for the evening.
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    You are doing great! Use that stubbornness to your advantage! Hope you had a good weekend and are ready for a great week. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    2107 days ago
    fantastic job!!!
    Thinkin' I need more German in my blood, as I tend to give up too soon! Thanks for reminding me that all I need is... ME!
    2109 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    That German stubbornness is going to pay off when your walk comes around. You'll be leaving them all in the dust. emoticon
    2109 days ago
    Awesome! I'm quite stubborn too, and you're can be a real asset at times! You're doing amazing stuff with all your activity. It's very inspiring to me that you're always exercising, and that you're doing this major walk for MS. That's an important cause to me as well, so perhaps I'll be doing this next year....I think I'd need a dog as a walking partner. My husband isn't up to it physically, and my son IS, but he is already overextended with athletic activity.

    Hey, you also did great at the restaurant with your food choices!

    2112 days ago
  • VLL723
    You go girl.
    2113 days ago
    By you being able to just do are motivating the rest of your family. Ken wakes up sees your gone and thinks oh she must be so sad..sees you coming home radiant from your walk and thinks wow this works for me too...

    Then your kids think hey I want to join in the fun and sooner than you know it your whole family is on board just cause you just do it.
    2113 days ago
    Way to go! Your attitude certainly serves you so well.
    2113 days ago
    emoticon Chris! You've got the determination to get it done & you're doing it!! Hope your hips and legs are feeling good today! How's your knee been doing? emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2113 days ago
    Sounds like a great day! YAY for stubbornness!

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    2113 days ago
    You are AWESOME! I have German in me too, probably why I'm so stubborn. You're right, all you need to get this done is YOU, and boy are you doin' it!
    2113 days ago
    I love your "nothing will stop me" attitude! I think even though I'm Italian, that's were your German has rubbed off on me!
    Great job on your 16 miles! I knew you could do it!

    2113 days ago
    So proud of you and your motivation! You rock!
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    2113 days ago
    What a motivating post! Makes me want to put on my walking shoes once I log out!
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    2114 days ago
    I bet that vanilla cone tasted sweeter because of your tremendous accomplishment, but stubborn or not, you earned it!

    Way to go!
    2114 days ago
    Love that you don't quit! I am in awe that you got in so many miles today. emoticon emoticon
    2114 days ago
    More power to you!
    Love it!!
    You are doing it for YOU, so it is a good thing that YOU are the stubborn German girl that you are!
    2114 days ago
    Good on you, here's to stubbornness as a force for good! One of my favorite sayings is, "I may not be the fastest or the strongest, but I WILL be the toughest!"

    And, other than the ice cream, looks like you're doing pretty good with the carbs!

    Congrats all around!
    2114 days ago
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