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The countdown has begun.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

One week from today my oldest daughter and I will have run the Oklahoma Memorial 1/2 Marathon. It's her first and my second. We will be celebrating crossing the finish line together!

She is worried about the time. Can we say she's a bit competitive? I have no idea where she got that from! emoticon I assure her that she'll be fine and that we are running for the "fun of it" and to support the Oklahoma City Memorial.

I'm planning on us going to see the memorial. I've heard many things about peoples' reactions to it. I can remember when the bombing was on the news and I was trying to get through to my cousin who lives in Moore. (She was fine.)

My cousins have been running this race for years and now we are going to make it our annual event. Family, a good cause and a great run...what else could one ask for?

May everyone have a day of peacefulness, happiness and love.

  
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BETRHO48 4/21/2014 1:08AM

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What a blessing to have your daughter run a marathon with you!
You will have a great time, and for a wonderful cause.
Best wishes to both of you!
~Beth

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/20/2014 4:49PM

    Sounds like the perfect family gather/activity! While you're there, MOBYCARP will be doing his first HM in Rochester, NY, the Flower City HM. I'll be thinking of and rooting for ALL of you, at a distance! emoticon Go get 'em, woman!

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/20/2014 3:22PM

    That is so fabulous your daughter is running a half marathon with you! That is awesome you're making it a family event! Way to go girl! You rock!
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ROXYZMOM 4/20/2014 3:19PM

    Too cool!
Enjoy your day together!!
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A year of changes.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

No matter if you believe in calendars (the Year of the Horse), astrology (the blood moon), or "just in life" we all know that change is a constant.

Nothing ever stays the same. Sometimes this change is gradual, under our control and purposeful. Other times, it slaps us up side of the head and completely surprises us! Either way change is always going to happen.

This year has been a year of changes for me. What they are really doesn't matter, but what I do with those changes or what I've done to cause these changes are important.

I am still maintaining my weight loss. Yes, it's fluctuated and I've had my share of peaks and valleys, but I'm still here and I'm still in my range. I have become a runner, not only in the eyes of others, but also in my own eyes. I have muscle definition. I no longer hide in my clothes, but I wear them.

I think one of the most surprising changes for me is that I learned that I need to slow down and live in the present. I've always been one of those people that feel the need to go, go, go. I felt the need to do more and prove myself. Maybe it's my age or that my children are starting to leave the nest or maybe that I'm finally comfortable (and happy) in my own skin, but I've learned to live in the here and now.

It's no longer when this happens or when I lose this much weight or when I can fit into this size. I live for today, this moment. Changes are inevitable, but I will take those changes and will make the most of them.

I will be a better me because of changes!

  
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WENDYANNE61 4/20/2014 2:04AM

    I love the idea of peaks and valleys - that is exactly what our bodies do, even when we are mindful of what we eat and how much we move! Hope you have lots of lovely moments with your family over the rest of Easter!

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IMAVISION 4/19/2014 9:59PM

    Excellent blog!

emoticon for putting into words some of what I have experienced or felt/feel about change.

God bless!

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SPINNINGJW 4/17/2014 7:28AM

    I feel you on the year of changes - I am right there with you on that one. I am not sure if I am dealing with it as well as you are, but I keep telling myself, "one day at a time."

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    Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing! I am so proud of you!
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KANOE10 4/16/2014 9:05AM

    That is a great year of change. Living in the moment is so important. congratulations on your continued maintenance.



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BIGPAWSUP 4/16/2014 8:50AM

    How wonderful. I hope to get there some day

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ROXYZMOM 4/16/2014 7:55AM

    I am happy for you - you have found your balance.
Namaste!

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KALIGIRL 4/16/2014 7:33AM

    Here's to slowing down and Living in the emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/16/2014 7:14AM

    Self-acceptance and living in the now! Doesn't get much better than that.

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MANDELOVICH 4/16/2014 6:35AM

    Great perspective!

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LESLIELENORE 4/16/2014 12:51AM

    I find change difficult. It is good that you are embracing it!

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KPETSCHE 4/15/2014 11:52PM

    You always have a great way of pointing out the obvious. I love reading your blogs!
Think Spring! That's a change that I'm ready for!!!
Can't wait to hear about your HM - it'll be here before you know it.

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BETRHO48 4/15/2014 11:52PM

    emoticon What a wonderful description of where you are now. It must feel good to have been able to maintain for such a time. emoticon
For me, I think once I arrive at my goal, maintenance is the toughest.

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ROBBIEY 4/15/2014 11:48PM

  Slow is the key. Good Luck!!!

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Let go. Be

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I love the saying,"Let go. Be." If you google it, there is a site all about the meaning behind it and products you can buy to remind you. It has become my mantra. I had a bracelet with the saying on it, now I have it as a tattoo on my left wrist.

The basic meaning behind it is, let go of the past. Let go of past failures, the self doubt, the mistakes, the old you, the people holding you back (friends and sometimes family), the mindset that keeps you down, the negatives, etc.

Be. Be in this moment, right now, where you are at. Be a better person, a better mom/dad, a better daughter/son, a better friend, a better co-worker/boss, be a better human, a better you!

I want to live this everyday for the rest of my life. We can't change the past and who we once were; we need to LET GO. This letting go needs to happen every day. Yesterday, even the past second is gone....LET GO.

However, we can change who we are now. We can BE better to ourselves by eating and moving so that we can BE the best person that we can BE now! When we BE for ourselves then we can BE for others and then maybe this world will BE better, too.

May we all Let go. Be!

  
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MILLEDGE2 4/15/2014 12:49PM

    [Posted on Tuesday] Just thought you might like to know that I was intrigued by this post and went to the web site. I ordered two bracelets. In an email exchange to try to clarify my order (my error in how I clicked), Jodi asked how I heard about the site. I told her a "friend" from Sparkpeople.com had blogged about it and here's what she wrote back: "How wonderful was that of your friend. I am blessed that our paths have crossed.

Have a let go.be day

Jodi"

That brightened a cold, grey day! Thanks for pointing me in that direction.

Carol

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KALIGIRL 4/15/2014 10:49AM

    Here's to BEing!

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    What a wonderful worlds. emoticon emoticon

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KAMMYJO3 4/14/2014 9:50AM

    LOVE that saying!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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BIGPAWSUP 4/13/2014 4:17PM

    That is awesome. What a great attitude. Let go. Be.

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DOGLADY13 4/13/2014 2:53PM

    Let go. Be.

Easy to understand. Hard to do. I have mixed success in this. There are many things that I can let go of, but there are some hurts from the past that sneak up on me and startle me when I find out that they are back. It takes practice...

Thank you for the reminder.

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WAY2GOCAT 4/13/2014 2:15PM

    Cool!

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    Thanks for sharing!
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KANOE10 4/13/2014 12:59PM

    Perfect. I needed that today as well.

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MEXGAL1 4/13/2014 12:56PM

    Fantastic.

I have a bracelet that I got in Mexico that simply says
Soy
that means "I am" and then you fill in the blank.

so for me this is a daily reminder
I am healthy
I am happy
I won't dwell on the past
I will make good choices

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so good for you.
Hooray.
Have a terrific day
Sallie

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MANDELOVICH 4/13/2014 12:43PM

    Beautiful!

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    Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a fabulous day! Sending you lots of hugs!
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Just what I needed to hear today.

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15 days and counting down

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My daughter and I will be in Oklahoma two weeks from today. Fifteen days and we will be running in the Oklahoma City Memorial (1/2) Marathon. It will be her first and my second HM.

We both are a little nervous. I really want to help her get her goal time of 2:15. She originally wanted under 2 hours, but realized that she just doesn't have the time to put in for the long runs needed to train.

Today she played two soccer games back to back, but they were only 30 minute halves. Basically a two hour workout. Yesterday she played four games of intramural softball. Then she has soccer workouts, strength training and of course, college classes and studying, so I do understand.

My runs haven't been the "easiest." I feel tired, but then it gets better. I've only been running about 3 times a week, but maybe I need to put some shorter runs in there. Mine are usually 5 to 10 miles. I know I need to start tapering after this week.

I have no doubts we will finish the HM. I just hope we are happy with our time. I do know that I will love this time with my oldest and my three cousins that we will get to see!

Happy run, walking or what ever movement you do!

  
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KPETSCHE 4/15/2014 3:41AM

    Have a great time in Oklahoma with your daughter. I'm sure that you'll both do well with your half marathons. . . it's great that you're doing them together!

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MEXGAL1 4/13/2014 9:21AM

    I don't know why but I was dropped from being notified of your blogs...hate when that happens. so good to hear about your upcoming running plans and that you are still sticking with it....you go girl!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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KALIGIRL 4/13/2014 7:22AM

    Here's to a great run and the training that leads up to it!

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BETRHO48 4/12/2014 10:10PM

    Best wishes on your HM!
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LESLIELENORE 4/12/2014 9:32PM

    I went for a short run today. It was such a beautiful day here that I HAD to go out!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/12/2014 9:26PM

    There is a time for nerves and a time for letting it all go! Good luck! emoticon

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DMEYER4 4/12/2014 9:15PM

  good luck and I hope you both make it in the time you desire

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A new way of life.

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's kind of strange how we all have a "new way of life." At first we struggle and stumble, but soon it becomes second nature. We no longer have to think about it, as much. We will always have to put some mental effort into eating the right foods and in the right amount. I find eating out takes a lot more work!

Once we get into the groove of this new lifestyle, we can "go with the flow." I personally like this new way of life. Add our exercise to it and we become a nice new healthy person.

Are we perfect, NO. Are we stick thin, I hope NOT. Are we strong, YES! At least that's what I want to be, strong! I want people to see a strong and healthy person when they look at me. I think I've got that....and I'm going to keep it. I love this new way of life!

  
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    Yes, this is a new, and better, way of life.

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    Strong! Yes indeed! Someone else said strong is the new sexy....I like that! Thanks for your post!

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  I think once one is pretty well comfortable with the 'new' way, it is impossible to go back to the old. And that's a good thing!

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    I love the new healthy way of life also. It does become second nature!

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    Here's to keeping on this new life.

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  Strong, but not stick-thin!

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getting mine. And every time I notice that I'm in it - I thrill!

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