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Imitating and learning from spark friends

Monday, September 29, 2014

I’ve learned a lot in my 5+ years here from the general articles, from the resources and discussions on team pages and from individual blogs and status posts.

Many of these have sparked changes in my life. Others don’t fit the way I live and while effective for some wouldn’t be realistic for me.

Some things are big like last year’s decision to train for a half marathon – my longest distance in 6 years
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Some things are small like buying organic yogurt, spaghetti sauce and carrots both for my health and to support those companies producing those items and the stores that stock them. Yeah, the cost is a bit higher but I believe the benefit is worth it.

Yesterday I bought “steel cut” oats. It was a new item in my supermarket which is making an effort to stock and promote healthy choices. I don’t really know the difference in oats, but I do know that Sparker OneKidsMom eats that every day.

So just like Wheaties features athletes on their cereal boxes, in my mind’s eye I saw OneKidsMom smiling at me from the box and I tossed it into my cart.

I can’t be a triathlete like her. Way too afraid of swimming in open water.
I can’t run as fast as she can either, but I’ll keep trying.

So for now I’ll imitate her personal “Breakfast of Champions”

Note: You can read about this inspirational sparker here.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ON
EKIDSMOM

  
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SLENDERELLA61 9/30/2014 2:12PM

    Great. Love to learn from fellow Sparkers, and yes, I tried steelcut oats because of ONEKIDSMOM, too. They are delicious and filling!

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MARYJEANSL 9/30/2014 1:17AM

  Always good to try new foods. Let us know how you like the oats. My older son is fond of 'porridge,' which term he gets from Alton Brown, but so far I haven't found a way of preparing oats that appeals to me very much.

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WALLAHALLA 9/29/2014 9:28PM

    love steel-cut oats

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DDOORN 9/29/2014 9:23PM

    Oh geez we have SO many terrific champions 'round our SparkFamily...you included!

Barb is certainly one of our BEST, agreed!

Thank you to ALL our champions for paying forward your Spark!

Don

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WATERMELLEN 9/29/2014 9:22PM

    I too was inspired by ONEKIDSMOM to try steelcut oats!!! She should have shares in the corporation!!!!

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DOVESEYES 9/29/2014 8:45PM

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LINDAKAY228 9/29/2014 12:19PM

    I love to read her blogs too! I had steel cut oats on my shelf when I lived in New Mexico and sometimes ate them. The hardest part for me then was how long they took to cook. I definitely need to get some more now that I have more time. At the time I was working and had to get my walk in really early and get grandkids to school and sometimes get them up and I just had trouble fixing them. But they are really good!

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GABY1948 9/29/2014 11:33AM

    I agree with you and the others that commented. I have not done the steel cut oats yet, but I try pretty much what you and some others put out there....I especially try to "grow up like "ONEKIDSMOM" too. I have also found many things from YOU and WATERMELLEN, and MOBYCARP, and KANOE10! I love spark friends there is always someone who has done something or been there before me and it helps me not be afraid of new things....which I am FAMOUS for!

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SUBMOM2 9/29/2014 11:00AM

    Yes, I love how we can learn from other sparkers!

I like to make a double or triple batch, let it cool a bit, then scoop out individual servings onto a cookie sheet, then put the cookie sheet into the freezer. In an hour or two they are ready to pop off and I transfer them to a storage container. Ready for the microwave on some busy morning.

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GINIEMIE 9/29/2014 10:16AM

    Yes emoticon and I've learned a lot from emoticon s including you. I'm trying to pick myself up and get myself moving. I had oatmeal today, but not steel cut, I tried it but I didn't care for it-it may have been the recipe I used.
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GBSLIM 9/29/2014 8:58AM

    emoticon too!
Kudos to you for supporting your local commerce.
Wishing you continued success in your efforts to improve your health.

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MILLEDGE2 9/29/2014 8:33AM

    I hope you wnjoy the steel cut oats. Make a batch in the crock pot (many instructions on the internet) and you have a healthy breakfast all ready every morning. I recently discovered that adding a half cup of shredded sweet potato plus cinnamon and vanilla makes a very tasty addition!

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SWEDE_SU 9/29/2014 8:31AM

    funny, i had steel cut oats yesterday too:-) i know what you mean about the inspiration we find and the changes we make because of these wonderful role models!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/29/2014 8:23AM

    Sparkpeople is so good for this - helping each of us find our way

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BLAZINGSWORD 9/29/2014 7:58AM

    Yep, emoticon s are the best! And you are so right, there is much to learn and apply to our lives. Take what we can appropriately use and then leave the rest.

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POLSKARENIA 9/29/2014 7:33AM

    Good for you - enjoy!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/29/2014 7:15AM

    emoticon You realize there is no significant nutritional difference between steel cut oats and rolled oats. I just like the texture, when I have let them simmer in skim milk, and mix in the fruit.

But I totally grinned at the image of "breakfast of champions". Here's to trying new things because we've read about some other Sparker trying them. I credit so many with inspiring me, and you are among them! emoticon

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KANOE10 9/29/2014 6:55AM

    I hope you like them. They are supposed to be good. I also admire OneKidsMom. I am reading a book recommended by Watermellen. There is much to be learned from Spark friends here.

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More on the “Great Race” – the Hill and I

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Virginia 10 Miler is a wonderful event attracting a lot of community support and thousands of local participants as well as elite national and international runners.

Unfortunately for me Lynchburg is known as the “Hill City.” I’ve written many times about how I hate hills. There’s a very active running club there with a large contingent of senior citizen women who run those hills all the time.

Fortunately there’s also a 4 mile option and yesterday was the 4th time I’ve attempted it since 2007 when I was a mere 60 years old.

We all start together including the separate 4 mile walkers division – over 3,000 of us. The Symphony Orchestra’s brass quartet entertained beforehand and played the National Anthem for a classically trained singer. Members of the 82nd Airborne all ran with bib # 82 in honor of a comrade, a local man killed in Afghanistan just last week.

Rounded to the nearest tenth:
The first 1.5 miles is all downhill. I’m good at that. Gravity is my friend.
Then it’s 1.7 miles uphill – an endless slog for me.
The last .8 to the 4 mile finish is flat.

Usually you check your pace at mile markers.
For me it was all about the 3 sections and this is how it worked out.
9:45 pace for section 1
11:06 pace for section 2 – endless killer hill (walk “breaks” totaled 8 minutes)
9:50 pace for section 3

I was thrilled with my final time of 41:53 (average pace 10:28). Only 10 seconds off my PR (5 years ago)

Because of the size of the race and festivities afterwards, age group awards are posted online and medals mailed.

I got 3rd place in my 65-69 age group, but only 3 SECONDS out of 2nd and 1:15 behind 1st place. I’ve never been that close to those athletic, speedy women before.

Lucky for me 2 other fast women elected to do the entire 10 miles. You know that 1.5 mile downhill at the start? That’s what the 10 milers have to climb to the finish. Tough course indeed.

I felt great at the end and after the race things got even better (see yesterday’s blog).

Yeah, I know. To race well on hills, you must train on hills. Maybe this time I’ll actually do it.

Note: Race organization was superb. There were so many porta-potties that lines were almost non-existent. At the 4 mile finish buses were provided to take us back to the start (and the 10 miler finish). Lots of good healthy food, music etc. A great day all around.

  
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SLENDERELLA61 9/30/2014 2:15PM

    Great race! Good job!! Congrats on the award!!! emoticon

Thanks for the race report blog, too.


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GINIEMIE 9/29/2014 10:28AM

    Sounds like you did a marvelous job and you should be proud of yourself. I'm proud of you, and looking at the pictures from the other blog I think your daughter is very proud of her mom.
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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/29/2014 9:29AM

    Awesome! And compared to me, you are speedy!

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PMRUNNER 9/29/2014 6:30AM

    Sounds great! Well done. Good luck training on those hills. I don't mind training hills, but tend to avoid intervals like the plague.

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KOHINOOR2 9/28/2014 11:25PM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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KANSASROSE67 9/28/2014 10:18PM

    Way to go!

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DOVESEYES 9/28/2014 8:35PM

    What a great day.

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MARYJEANSL 9/28/2014 8:19PM

  It sounds like a wonderful race and a wonderful day for you. Congratulations on doing so well, even with hills!

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SUNSET09 9/28/2014 6:49PM

  Run on.......... emoticon emoticon and emoticon . I've been told, the more you walk/run the further you can go next time! emoticon emoticon

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RICKISMOM1 9/28/2014 6:37PM

    GREAT!!! WTG!!

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ONMYMEDS 9/28/2014 6:20PM

    Great job!!! Well done.

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Here in Chicago it's a chore just to FIND a hill.

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LIVEDAILY 9/28/2014 5:28PM

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MJREIMERS 9/28/2014 4:56PM

    emoticon job and time! You should be very proud and only 10 seconds off your PR set five years ago!? You certainly haven't "lost it." emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/28/2014 4:42PM

    emoticon on a fine race. It's got to be tough having the hills arranged just that way. Until today my 5K PR was on a race that was mile 1 flat, mile 2 steep uphill, mile 3 steep downhill, and the last 10th of a mile on flat. A much friendlier course!

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GABY1948 9/28/2014 4:12PM

    emoticonand very emoticon Iove reading about all the runners on Spark...even though I can't be with you!

Have a great week!

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MBTEPP 9/28/2014 3:46PM

    emoticon on a strong race and challenging the hills.

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LINDAKAY228 9/28/2014 3:23PM

    Glad you had such a great time and did so well! So close to second! But I'd even be happy with 3rd place too. Awesome job!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/28/2014 3:08PM

    Way to take on those hills! That is tough for me too. One of these days I will tackle hill training!

You are so inspiring!

Congratulations on your achievement!

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KRISZTA11 9/28/2014 2:25PM

    Congrats to conquering that hill, sounds really tough.
I imagine it must be very challenging, especially the 10-miler "climb to finish".
My admiration to the senior women of Lynchburg!
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Meeting a Spark Friend at a great race

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Today was my first real life encounter with a Spark Friend. Teri-rific and I ran the 4 mile option of the Virginia 10 Miler in Lynchburg. Nice that you don’t have to do the whole 10 miles to get a finisher’s medal.



Then we were joined by our daughters (and Teri’s daughter’s friend) who all did the 10 miler.


Their medals are REALLY nice!

As we were leaving, my DD (Sparker Hayburner1969)-center in the above photo) pointed out one of the honored guests at the event.

Kathrine Switzer was the woman who entered the male-only Boston Marathon in 1967. I remember when she was dragged off the course of that “male only” event.

My DD told her how her act inspired me, her mother, to enter our town’s Labor Day bike race using only MY first initial. It was 1973 and I had the only bike with a baby seat on the back. No one stopped me like happened to Kathrine, but it became clear that not only men were interested in participating. Subsequent races included a women’s division.

This is a photo I will always treasure.



I’ll write about the actual race tomorrow once official results are posted.

  
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GINIEMIE 9/29/2014 10:24AM

    How great that is that you met a SP and someone you admired. Glad you were geared for a great day.
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MJREIMERS 9/28/2014 4:48PM

    All I can say is, "How emoticon !" In all regards of your day!

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MBTEPP 9/28/2014 3:42PM

    Very precious story! Switzer's actions are truly inspiring. How great it must have been to meet her. Cool that you met up with Teri.
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KELLIEBEAN 9/28/2014 3:05PM

    What a GREAT Day!

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CELIAMINER 9/28/2014 2:14PM

    What a great story!

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TX_WILDHEART 9/28/2014 1:54PM

    awww ya'll look so happy! Love it!
Rhonda


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KANOE10 9/28/2014 8:41AM

    How fun that you met a fellow Sparker and did the event together. I did not realize women used to be excluded.

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BOOKAPHILE 9/27/2014 11:19PM

    What a great day!

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    emoticon emoticon Congratulations. emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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LACY77 9/27/2014 10:12PM

    Congratulations on the finish! I can't wait to read about the race tomorrow. It is great to see a legend like the one you met today, it is women like you and her that serve as a great inspiration for many! Thank-you for sharing and sparking me even more today!

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DOVESEYES 9/27/2014 9:45PM

    How wonderful to meet her in person!!! and to have the photo as a keepsake.

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APRILRUSSELL3 9/27/2014 8:25PM

    What a great time! So nice that you got to run with a fellow Sparker!

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MARYJEANSL 9/27/2014 6:24PM

  So very cool to meet a woman who was an inspiration to you! To say nothing of meeting a spark friend in person. What a great day! And congrats on yet another successful race under your belt!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/27/2014 4:23PM

    Such a BIG DEAL to meet our she-roes! A great report on a great day, and how nice to meet a Spark friend in person, too.

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GABY1948 9/27/2014 3:52PM

    How wonderful! I'm so glad for all of you, esp the sparkers! I have yet to meet one but look forward to that day!

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POLSKARENIA 9/27/2014 3:39PM

    Sounds like you had a great time - yay!!

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ROAD_RUNNER_LIZ 9/27/2014 2:36PM

    Awesome!

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The Junk Food King and I

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Like other sparkers I often write about my efforts to encourage DH to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Looking through my blogs I noticed that I never included his picture.
So here we are.



When the photographer had us pose like this, I thought it was silly. Now I like it.
We’ve been together a long time. Here’s our first date in June 1963.



My hair was dark and he had hair.

We met at a party the night before.
I was invited at the last minute, but told to say I was 18.
I was almost 16.

51 years later he still calls me “the kid”

Edit:
DH is only 2 1/2 years older than me, but back then:
he was in college and I was in high school
he could drink legally and I couldn't
he could drive and I couldn't

So it seemed like a lot.

  
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PHOENIX1949 9/29/2014 10:37PM

    emoticon Love the photos. Been offline for almost a week and am glad I decided to play catchup.

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GINIEMIE 9/29/2014 10:21AM

    Good looking couple, and it's inspiring to see them (51 yrs) and your regular references to your DH. thanks for sharing.
God Bless you and your marriage.
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FORZACHANDMATT 9/27/2014 9:26PM

    Wow - love this! You were both gorgeous then and are both gorgeous now!

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CRAMPERELLA 9/27/2014 6:27PM

    What a gorgeous couple! Now and then! Two hotties!

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TORTISE110 9/27/2014 7:10AM

    You two are adorable!!!!

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LACY77 9/26/2014 2:42PM

    You two are a beautiful couple! Thank-you for sharing :)

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KANOE10 9/26/2014 8:30AM

    You are a lovely couple in both photos. Congratulations on 51 years!

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WUMPASTAR 9/26/2014 8:21AM

    You guys are super cute together. LOVE the old picture, and ADORE the recent one! Yes photographers sometimes make us take silly poses but generally they know what they're doing ;P

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PHEBESS 9/26/2014 5:51AM

    That "first date" picture looks like you've been together for forever! Either that or you both knew the other person was "the one!" (Had I been your mom, I would have had a serious talk with you, young lady, LOL!)

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NUMD97 9/26/2014 1:21AM

    Lovely photos. The younger one looks like you had been dating a long, long time. I had a very similar experience when I was dating a 22-year old teacher and I was still in high school at the time, and just barely seventeen. Five years is not a long time, but I would have had to get through high school, through college to catch up to his life experiences.

Love the tongue-in-cheek title of the blog, too. Thanks for posting.

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DOVESEYES 9/25/2014 8:03PM

    Lovely couple thanks for sharing.

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BOOKAPHILE 9/25/2014 7:51PM

    I like that photo, too. You're a good looking couple.

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MARYJEANSL 9/25/2014 6:09PM

  Great pictures - and what a good looking couple!

I need to clean out my pantry too - it was pretty embarrassing to discover that I had stuff in there with expiration dates in 2009!

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GABY1948 9/25/2014 5:03PM

    Then and now...what a lovely couple you make! You are truly blessed...both of you!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/25/2014 4:26PM

    Sexy looking couple....now AND then!!!

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POLSKARENIA 9/25/2014 1:04PM

    Great photos, and you both look just as happy now as at the start!

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DR1939 9/25/2014 11:29AM

    I'm a month and 12 days older than my DH. I tease him about being younger than me.

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LINDAKAY228 9/25/2014 10:50AM

    You two look so good together now and back then both! 2 1/2 years can seem like a lot at certain times of our lives. Glad you still have each other after all those years. Not totally a rarity but not as common as it used to be. I love to see couples make it for the long haul and still be happy with each other!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 9/25/2014 10:08AM

    Looking back is so much fun. Wonderful that you are still together and both look so happy. I remember those days when we weren't quite old enough but thought we were. The pictures are great.

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SUBMOM2 9/25/2014 9:33AM

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WILSONWR 9/25/2014 9:33AM

    That's really sweet. I also love the photos! They both were great!

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MILLEDGE2 9/25/2014 9:31AM

    Sweet!

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CELIAMINER 9/25/2014 9:12AM

    Awwwwww!
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WORKNPROGRESS49 9/25/2014 9:02AM

    Beautiful couple emoticon

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PARKSCANADA 9/25/2014 8:59AM

    What a lovely tale! A lifetime of love emoticon

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BA5454 9/25/2014 8:12AM

    Such a sweet blog! Love the 'before' and 'after' pics! But hey, I thought my DH was the Junk Food King!

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BLAZINGSWORD 9/25/2014 8:09AM

    The pictures are beautiful! emoticon

So he robbed the cradle did he? LOL! How much older is he than you?

That was the way it was with my parents. There was about 8 1/2 years difference between the two of them and they were married until death did them apart. It was an awesome marriage.



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KELLIEBEAN 9/25/2014 8:03AM

    GORGEOUS, then and now. You are a beautiful couple inside and out!

Thanks for sharing.


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WATERMELLEN 9/25/2014 7:48AM

    So sweet -- and that must have been quite a "first date"!!

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WELLBEING67 9/25/2014 7:46AM

    So sweet! Ain't love grand?

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/25/2014 7:41AM

    What precious photos! You two make a lovely couple, "kid"! And congrats on 51 years... that is an accomplishment, for sure!

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How many people have an actual photo of their “aha moment?” I do!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

That’s the moment in time when we realize that we have to make some changes, even if we’re not sure at that moment what they should be.

Here I am on Dec 6, 2008 holding the mug which was the award for first place in my age group in our town’s annual 5K. Notice the smile (grimace?) on my face. Next to me is my daughter (sparker Hayburner1969) holding a turkey – my award for being the oldest woman running.



I wasn’t unhappy with my prizes, but I remember the thoughts going through my head at that moment.

My running times had been gradually getting slower even though I was training the same as ever. This race was my slowest 5K ever. The result wasn’t bad “for my age” but I was wondering what else I could do.

In my 20s I considered myself to have a “small” frame
In my 30s I revised that. I figured I had a “medium” frame.
By age 40 I had redefined myself again. I had a LARGE frame so I really wasn’t overweight. Those extra pounds were just filling in what I needed all along.

So there I was active, fit and dragging 25 extra pounds around happily in denial until Dec 6th 2008. After all, my body was also active and fit 25 pounds ago so why did I need to carry it around now?

On Jan 1st I decided to seriously evaluate what I was eating. I found Sparkpeople and that was exactly what I needed. My daughter gave me a food scale and the food tracker was a real eye opener. I wrote yesterday about my distorted ideas of “portion.”

VERY small gradual changes in my eating habits allowed me to VERY slowly drop the extra weight. I didn’t feel deprived. It was so gradual, my body hardly noticed. Yes, it was easier because I was active. Exercise was never my problem. Food was. As they say “you cannot outrun your fork!”

One year later in the very same race I ran over 3 minutes faster. This time I didn’t even win. A woman from the next city ran a 28. However, I had already won. I reached my goal weight at Thanksgiving 2009 and have been hanging in there ever since.

Yesterday BA5454 wrote that she has run at both 175 lbs and 125 lbs.
She said, “Guess which is easier.”

So thank you BA5454 Your blog reminded me of my own journey.

Note: This isn’t about winning. In the end we’re really only competing with ourselves. I understand that with age we will all slow down in a lot of ways. Speed like success is relative. I know I can’t turn back time, but with a healthy lifestyle, I’d like to slow it down a bit.

Now my smile is genuine.


  
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EGMINGA 9/30/2014 9:53PM

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    great blog - i kept nodding and saying yup! beautiful smile, too!

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    emoticon emoticon on the weight loss you are an inspiration

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TX_WILDHEART 9/27/2014 11:09AM

    awwww great blog! Love it!

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WRITERWANNAB 9/27/2014 1:51AM

    Wonderful accomplishment! emoticon

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    CONGRATULATIONS! I ENJOYED READING YOUR BLOG. emoticon

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SO_WORTH_IT 9/25/2014 8:34PM

    You look great!!!! And you are an inspiration!


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SPARKFRAN514 9/25/2014 1:43PM

    emoticon emoticon i found one from a vacation that made me get my act together its fun to have those moments thanks for reminding me its not an over journey .

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ROXYHON 9/25/2014 1:29PM

    What an awesome blog! Keep up the great job, and know that you inspire others.
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NASFKAB 9/25/2014 1:56AM

  awesome inspirational way to go

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KNH771 9/24/2014 2:48PM

    "You can't outrun your fork."

I had never heard that one. I'll have to hold on to it. Great perspective on the slow gain and slow loss as well.

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LYNN-I-CAN2 9/23/2014 11:53PM

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NINAHAPPYHEART 9/23/2014 6:07PM

    You're very inspirational,..love your attitude and your positive thinking!
Thanks for sharing!
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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/23/2014 1:17PM

    Well said

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    Well done.

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MOMMY445 9/23/2014 10:50AM

    so well done!

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GORDON66 9/23/2014 9:33AM

  Good for you!

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GINIEMIE 9/23/2014 8:34AM

    You've done an amazing job and I'm going to have to buckle down and start walking again. You deserve to be recognized for your blogs. I think they are top notch-informative and informational.
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MBTEPP 9/23/2014 8:02AM

    Very emoticon .

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BECOMEFEARLESS 9/22/2014 10:09PM

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AJB121299 9/22/2014 7:48PM

    nice

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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/22/2014 7:37PM

    That's a helpful point to keep in mind - which is easier to run in, the heavier vs the lighter weight! Congratulations!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/22/2014 6:29PM

    Congrats on a well deserved Popular Blog Award! Your story is compelling. So glad you wrote it up and shared your picture and story. Yes, it's definitely easier to run at your racing weight! I just bought that book, Racing Weight, by Matt Fitzgerald and think perhaps I could even get a bit faster if I were a bit leaner and fitter! Not sure. Don't want to be obsessive. I'm thinking ---- Your SparkFriend, Marsha

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SLIMLEAF 9/22/2014 6:15PM

    You look great! Congratulations on making the changes and getting back to your svelte shape, improving your running times in the process - great!

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EBURGITE 9/22/2014 4:38PM

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LADYGSC 9/22/2014 3:26PM

    emoticon you're looking good!! emoticon

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BLAZINGSWORD 9/22/2014 2:41PM

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SPARKLINGME176 9/22/2014 2:06PM

    FABULOUS!!!!! emoticon

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OKGOATGAL 9/22/2014 1:49PM

  Amazing post! emoticon

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RITEEBEE 9/22/2014 1:04PM

    Awesome blog! I am looking forward to running more when I get this weight off, I know it'll be easier on my body!

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DSHONEYC 9/22/2014 12:04PM

    Everything is easier when you aren't toting extra baggage emoticon

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PHHHISC 9/22/2014 11:50AM

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BUFFALO63 9/22/2014 10:05AM

    I love "you can't out run the fork"!! After I hit 50 I started accepting the extra pound that I would "run" off over the weekend. The next week another pound....looking at an additional 10 pounds out of nowhere. I trained for a half marathon and gained weight?.. I didn't out run the fork. You have inspired me!!!

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GBSLIM 9/22/2014 10:03AM

    And I bet you feel as good as you look. The smile is telling.

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NHES220 9/22/2014 9:53AM

    Nicely done! I did a half marathon 4 years ago and really did not train well and I was about 35 lbs heavier than now. Then I stopped running and working out, gained 30 lbs. Fast forward, I found SP, l'm now 35 lbs less than the 2010 half marathon and actually training right this time. I'm getting ready to run this half marathon - back in 2010 I settled for a run/walk and did not get the satisfaction I will feel with this one. Yes, is is a lot easier with the weight off!

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SKINMINA 9/22/2014 9:30AM

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JEANKNEE 9/22/2014 9:30AM

    Thanks for sharing your aha moment.



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JANEWATKINS 9/22/2014 8:50AM

    Wonderful success story.

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CZESTES 9/22/2014 8:49AM

    Looking Gorgeous!
Very inspirational, thank you.

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NHEMBERGER 9/22/2014 8:25AM

    Way to go!

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