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Stop Wasting Your Time...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

...on what was! You can even turn THAT into an excuse! Nobody wants to hear negative! FOCUS!



AND always look for ways to improve!



Every day will get better and better!
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Much love...
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RICKHANN 10/23/2014 8:09AM

    Great motivator. We think way too much of the past.

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REJOHNSON3 10/23/2014 7:57AM

    I am ready. I am willing and I am able. Let's just do it!

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GABY1948 10/23/2014 7:30AM

    THIS IS emoticon and SO TRUE! emoticon

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EVILCECIL 10/23/2014 7:29AM

  Rock on!

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My 4th SparkVersary!

Friday, October 17, 2014

After 57 pounds, 53 5Ks, 3 10Ks, 1 10Miler, 8 Half Marathons, 2 Duathlons & 7 Triathlons, I AM A WINNER ON THIS AMAZING RACE!



Yeah, I stole that from CBS's Amazing Race! I love when Phil says that to the winners every season.

All I can say is patience, perseverance, consistency, focus, belief, commitment, positivity, they've all become a part of living a healthy lifestyle. If you know me, then you know my story. Similar to many, less challenging to a few, but it's mine and I'm winning!

The most important person in my life saved me. She brought me to SparkPeople by taking her first step to a healthy lifestyle! She did it by example!

I noticed her making changes in her life over 1 1/2 months. I asked what she was doing and told her I would support her. at first it was talk. Then, I visited SparkPeople, signed up on Oct 17,2010, and started to walk with her. We set a goal to walk the St Petersburg Times Turkey Trot and started training for it. THAT changed my life forever!

She truly is my queen!

DSSECRETS & I taking the throne at the 2014 Excalibur 10 Miler!

I never truly knew we would be where we are today! All I know now is that I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life. We're celebrating today by doing the Bayway Bridge Bash in St Pete Beach! We'll celebrate with our run family!

Simply put, the value of a healthy lifestyle is priceless. It's about a longer life with my family! What more can I say?
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I own it and I put my name on it!




Much love to all my SparkFriends who support me and give me positive waves! Never quit!
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JUNEPA 10/18/2014 10:11AM

    Amazing
I had never seen the before photo, you have really transformed!!
Love your family values, your cheerful positivity and your healthy life style choices
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/17/2014 9:42PM

    Happy Sparkversary!
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ONEKIDSMOM 10/17/2014 7:02PM

    I don't think I'd ever seen your "before", before. Tell D she's great (although I know you do, every day)! I totally agree with this statement, and was bubbling all over at the Dr.'s office this morning: "the value of a healthy lifestyle is priceless". It truly, truly is (says the member of the choir, here).

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KRISZTA11 10/17/2014 5:54PM

    emoticon to your 4th SparkVersary!
Your success and persistence is an example to us all.
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NATPLUMMER 10/17/2014 4:48PM

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GABY1948 10/17/2014 2:55PM

    emoticon emoticon I would NOT recognize that the same person is in both pictures! That is emoticon

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PRESBESS 10/17/2014 11:44AM

    Congratulations Monty! You are doing a fabulous job. Reading your blog was encouraging and right on time.

Keep making it happen!
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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 10/17/2014 11:15AM

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Happy 4th Sparkversary!

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KERRYG155 10/17/2014 11:11AM

    You are definitely both winners in the game of life!

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/17/2014 10:36AM

    Fantastic blog!!!! HAPPY SPARKVERSARY!!!

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JAROL7 10/17/2014 10:23AM

    Way to go! You are a member of the 5% Club. You could add to the article, "5 Secrets of the 5% Club." It's the best article in SP but yours is an amazing story.

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Speaking from the Heart!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tonight I did my Wednesday Night Run Club! At the after-run social, I spoke with a 24 year old young lady! I knew she had broken up with one of the premier runners in our area. In her own right, she was an age group podium athlete. We had done the Longleaf Triathlon together this past Sunday. I told her that at my age, I was inspired by her efforts. She knew my story and told me the same.
She told me that had she stayed home, she would have cried through the night. She was glad she came to Run Club. We raced for two different teams but I emphasized the fact that we are all Tri family and we supported each other regardless.
By the end of the night, several of our group joined us and just strengthened our bond as a family!
THIS is what it's all about! We come together in different circles and we support each other!
If you are lurking, not active in this virtual family, and are not reaching your goals, then open up and let us know! We are all on the same journey. We should be supporting each other and doing what we can to help!
Just sayin'!

  
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KERRYG155 10/16/2014 10:20PM

    emoticon and well said. Glad she didn't make the decision to stay home. Exercise and being with others while doing it really does help deal with emotions. Glad you were able to be there!

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SPEDED2 10/16/2014 9:13PM

    Wonderful blog and so true.

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/16/2014 9:47AM

    There is a special bond between runners and a special bond between sparkers! You are amazing in supporting everyone! Thank you Monty!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/16/2014 8:58AM

    Runners and tri's are bonded in a special way -- it's great you got together!

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GABY1948 10/16/2014 8:46AM

    WOW! What a great blog and great thing to do for the young lady! You truly are special and THANK YOU...I never thought of it quite like this. I am pretty shy at heart about "inside" stuff!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/16/2014 7:33AM

    emoticon Spoken from the heart, and my heart resonates. Spark, like the running community, is Family! Here for each other. I know you put a great deal into supporting others, Monty... it's just who you are!

Thanks for being there for everyone... local to you, and virtual on line... and may the support echo back to you and D!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 10/16/2014 6:39AM

    Running Groups are so much more than Running. I love the expression,
"We are Family".. A Wonderful time to Run, Talk, Releases Frustrations and just Have Fun.

I wish I could get my 24 year old son back to running.. And with a running group.

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STEPHLOKI 10/16/2014 1:44AM

    True nothing to bring people together like sweating yourselves through the same grueling kilometers.
I stopped going to the running club (Hash House Harriers) for 2 years now, due to time pressure and the fact that I can't do long runs any more. I also don't drink alcohol any more.

But I still have the same bond with them. if we meet we pick up conversations where we left them off, we help each other and on FB we make fun of each other.

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LEANJEAN6 10/16/2014 12:47AM

    Positive support is great!

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KPETSCHE 10/15/2014 11:17PM

    Thanks for being there for your running club teammate! I'm sure she appreciated the time to talk through a little bit and take her mind off of unhappy thoughts. I use my runs as a chance to release some frustrations and use the endorphins to get me out of a bad mood!
Kelly

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Patience

Monday, October 06, 2014

Lately, I'd "acquired" a few nicks and bruises. So, I've had to focus on everything I could to insure the healing process once again.

We're always faced with the challenge of patience. I especially recognized it when I started this journey almost four years ago.
I focused on how I would come out of it stronger, wiser, and renewed like a Phoenix! I found a way to get through it and uttered these words to myself!



Today, inspired by a dear SparkFriend's status, I'm sharing this with everyone. I hope it works for you!

  
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STEPHLOKI 10/7/2014 1:50AM

    I totally agree with you. But as much as you come out of every trial stronger and a bit more patient, those lessons on patience are not easy..... Can't remember the number of times I have looked in the mirror and called myself a failure, until I slapped myself (not literally....LOL) and reminded myself to focus on the goal and on the distance covered and not on the difficulties ahead.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/6/2014 7:49PM

    emoticon A challenge oh, so many of us face!

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MJREIMERS 10/6/2014 7:37PM

    I love it! Thanks!

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SANDICANE 10/6/2014 6:43PM

    Patience is the thing I "pray" for more often than anything else...and I pray for it to come RIGHT NOW!!

Thanks for your blog!

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KERRYG155 10/6/2014 6:34PM

    A great thing to remember and maybe post somewhere.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/6/2014 6:09PM

    Patience is a wonderful quality to cultivate and, as my husband tells me, the world provides us a lot of opportunity to practice!

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GABY1948 10/6/2014 5:37PM

    This is GREAT! My DH would totally love that someone else is telling me this! LOL

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/6/2014 5:06PM

    Patience as in, maybe, not running every race in your neck of the woods?
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SLENDERELLA61 10/6/2014 4:58PM

    Embrace anticipation and master patience!! Brilliant! Thanks so much. I am embracing....

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/6/2014 4:19PM

    Unfortunately patience is one thing I have not mastered!

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2014 Hooters DBL Duathlon

Sunday, October 05, 2014

On MONDAY, Sep 22 I did the Hooters DBL (Du it Before Lunch) Duathlon! A local Race Director & close friend came up with an idea and went for it. Have a Duathlon on a Monday and see who shows up! Over 100 athletes showed up at 6:00am at Ft DeSoto, Fl.

My Dear Friend, Race Director & Multisport Cheerleader Extraordinaire, Suzanne!

At Packet Pickup!

I got up at 4:45am, Monday morning, got my gear, my bike, and my insanity into my SUV and headed to Ft DeSoto. Pulled into the Du site and it was dark and rainy...not giving it a second thought, I racked my bike


then waited out the few rain clouds & lightning in the car.

Our horses were ready...


...there was a finish line needing to be owned and we were ready to rock it!


A last minute briefing...


...and we were off on our first run!


I felt pretty good considering I looked like I'd been dropped off at race site by an EMT truck!


Came into Transition, hopped on my ride, and knocked off the 10 mile run of the peninsula!
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When I dismounted my bike & hit my last Transition, I felt the pain! I started out on the final run. Two of my friends, who had just completed the 2nd run, (Both Elite Triathletes), came up to me! Tony said he was running with me. Nick, CEO of the Best Damn Race Series, went and got me a bottle of water.
This is the quality of friends I have in the best athlete community I've ever been associated with!
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Tony, who I swim & run train with, (we're also co-conspirators at post training parties!) was my "Wingman" on this last run. I love this shot!


After the race, Joette, Co-owner of RunVie Racing & International Duathlete/Triathlete, came up to me and said, "Monty, we gotta do a selfie!'

I'm the biggest fan of RunVie who isn't a RunVie team member!

This is the most appropriate post-race Hooters party shot!

Yeah! Awesome bling!

I'd do it again tomorrow in a heartbeat!

Thanks and keep embracing those challenges!




  
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VISUALLYRICS 10/6/2014 11:46AM

    emoticon emoticon Monty!!

Look at you GO!! emoticon ...so inspiring!
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SLENDERELLA61 10/6/2014 10:50AM

    Thanks for another great race report. Admire all you do!!

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JAMIRBLAZE 10/6/2014 9:51AM

    Nice medal! I feel the pain just thinking about it! But Ft. Desoto is a nice place to race.

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    emoticon The bling isn't quite what I expected emoticon

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KERRYG155 10/6/2014 9:03AM

    Great job getting out there and getting it done!!

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What a Beautiful Bling too!

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/5/2014 9:29PM

    How fun! Isn't it funny that we have trouble getting up to go to work, but to do something crazy like that it's easy! Great bling!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/5/2014 7:54PM

    Nice bling! Hope you recover well, you mentally tough Triathlete, you!

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