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The Scariest Day of My Life (Long)
Monday, April 18, 2011      17 comments

Three years ago today was the scariest day of my life. At the time, I was keeping a blog for our homeschooling. Here is what I wrote a little over a week later. Yeah!... Read more
My Coach for the Day... One of the BEST!
Saturday, April 16, 2011      9 comments

Last week, I made a last minute decision to attend a beginner's triathlon clinic on Saturday before my triathlon on Sunday. The event wasn't posted until Thursday night and my plans had been to drive the 4 hours to the Dallas area on Saturday mo... Read more
My Biking History... and Future Plans
Friday, April 15, 2011      7 comments

Another SPer asked me about my bike and my bicycling. I wrote a pretty long response and thought I'd create a blog post based on it. I am now 41 and hadn't rode a bike since I was a child. That changed in June of this year shortly after I s... Read more
Pain on My Foot...Drat!
Thursday, April 14, 2011      10 comments

I'm lying here on the couch with my foot elevated. My foot started hurting a few hours ago and I'm not sure what's wrong with it. It hurts on the top of my foot. Anyway, I'm hoping it is very temporary and might have something to do with the sho... Read more
Photos from My First Tri
Wednesday, April 13, 2011      23 comments

SWIM! BIKE! RUN! ... Read more
Swim, Bike, Run...My 1st Sprint Tri! (long)
Monday, April 11, 2011      26 comments

(P.S. I have lots of photos but have so much trouble uploading them to SP! I'll try again later. Grr!) I did it! Yesterday I competed in my first sprint triathlon. Wow!!! So, how was it? It was great! It was hard! It was WINDY! But, I ... Read more
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 g... 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.
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

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