DEB9021   19,752
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This is a Seattle vacation photo from a few years ago ... looking at still helps me relax!

My boys and dog romping in Lake Erie on a camp out. Ideal summer fun!

Sunset on the Great Lake!

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Keep Movin' - Fitness, Fun, Good Health

I enjoy healthy eating and lots of exercise. Love to be outdoors and moving. But with work, family, stress it easily gets overlooked if I don't focus on it. Committing to make it a priority so I CAN live up to the demands of work, family, stress.
I enjoy healthy eating and lots of exercise. Love to be outdoors and moving. But with work, family, stress it easily gets overlooked if I don't focus on it. Committing to make it a priority so I CAN live up to the demands of work, family, stress.

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DEB9021 Did it. First ever half, done!
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 current weight: 158.5 

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Member Since: 8/12/2011

SparkPoints: 19,752

Fitness Minutes: 25,185

My Goals:
I have lost almost 30 pounds since starting SparkPeople, and although I am more focused on feeling good and maintaining healthy habits than losing weight, that "almost" is starting to get on my nerves. I want get past that milestone this summer, while the weather is gorgeous and calling me to exercise and eat healthy, fresh foods.

My Program:
I used to go to the gym 3-4 times most weeks and/or jog 5 miles, but it got me nowhere. Sometimes when life got busy i would have a few weeks when i didn't have time to exercise at all. When I started SparkPeople I gave up the gym and started doing 10 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning. A year and 20 pounds later I upped it to 20, and I recently switched up to 30. It isn't easy because I get up at 4:30 am to do it before work, but then nothing gets in the way. I do more later in the day and on weekends move it back to later, but at least 30 minutes happens every day.

Personal Information:
I love exercising outdoors. Can't get enough sunshine and nature! But I have periods where home and work get so busy that I run out of time in the day. So I want to do enough in the early morning so that if life gets crazy and that's all I can do, I'm still staying fit, feeling good and relieving stress. I need it to find the energy and motivation for everything ELSE I do!

Other Information:
My current goals:
- 30 minute brisk walk in the early morning and a 30 minute walk before bed with dogs.
- Strength training twice a week
- walk/jog/run intervals for 45 to 60 minutes three times per week.
- One house chore per evening so I don't spend my weekend catching up
- Log into SparkPeople daily to log food and fitness and give/receive support to Spark Friends.

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8/27/2014 1:53:08 PM

I have never seen sunshades like these either!
The look clumsy and they are heavy indeed but very practical, as they can be turned around and protect you very well against UV radiation. One day when we stayed in one place long enough I rented one and it was so comfortable : ) and all those bright color look so pretty.

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8/18/2014 10:44:20 AM

Hi Deb--hope your yoga session went great! emoticon This is the week, right? Hope it's a great start to the week and that it leads to a fabulous, running-filled weekend. I wanna hear the race report, lol ;-).

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8/17/2014 5:29:45 AM

We have the same shift to cooler temperatures here, and I love it : ))
This morning it was down to 15 oC / 60 oF, all clear and sunny, so I was inspired to run a hilly 10K, which I haven't done since last fall. It was wonderful!

Good luck to your race!

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8/11/2014 9:09:39 PM

Hi Deb-- My training is going okay. I'm having some issues with my knee and ankle--these are not new problems, they've just decided to assert themselves now, lol. Anyway, I'm taking it a bit easy for now, although I will try an 11 mile run this weekend ;-). I'm so stoked to hear you are ready for your half! Keep up the great work!!

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7/28/2014 10:06:43 PM

Thanks for your support on my blog! To answer your question, I have a 5K pace and a half marathon pace that are quite different and according to what I've read, most runners do. My last half marathon was about 11:15 pace, but hope to bring that down quite a bit this year. My fastest 5K was 8:57; last Saturday's was 9:11. I'm still learning to judge paces. My Garmin GPS watch is a help, but some day I hope to just be able to say I'm running this at 5K pace or HM pace and then just nail it! My 10K pace is just a bit slower than 5K and I haven't felt the need to train differently for a 10K, since I get the distance with the HM training and the speed work with the 5K training.

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