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The words I've been waiting all my life to hear:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Are you in shape? Go run up that hill to catch up with those kids."

And I COULD DO IT.

A little background - Yesterday we were on a field trip to Auriesville, NY a lovely sanctuary to some of the first Catholic Martyrs in the New World. (I teach for a Catholic School). Middle schoolers being middle schoolers, some of them were going ahead and some were dawdling behind. My colleague was suffering on the hill, so she was clearly handling the back of the pack, but I could, and did, sprint UP HILL for several hundred yards to the front of the pack.

Field trip was successful - we returned with the same number of kids we left with.

We often say "Oh, I want to loose weight to look better" or "I want to be able to do things." It was a nice feeling yesterday realizing that I could do things because I did make a commitment to myself once upon a time.

  
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/19/2014 10:03PM

    Great job!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 10/16/2014 11:07AM

    Awesome!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/15/2014 6:44PM

    emoticon LOVE that feeling of being able to do something "in real life" BECAUSE I worked to lose weight and become fit. Good for YOU!

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LESLIELENORE 10/15/2014 1:23PM

    emoticon It feels good, doesn't it.

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UNSWEETMAMA 10/15/2014 12:14PM

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GHK1962 10/15/2014 11:47AM

    NIce!

Seeing results in the mirror or scale is one thing. Seeing it in practice is AWESOME!

And ... you must be a nice teacher. If it was me, I'd have tackled them all and pushed them all back down the hill.

(Well, ok ... not really ... but its fun to think about!)

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BIGPAWSUP 10/15/2014 9:34AM

    Best NSV ever!!!

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ROXYZMOM 10/15/2014 8:53AM

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Awesome blog!!

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DOGLADY13 10/15/2014 7:24AM

    Woot! Feels good!

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This running joke might only make sense to children of the 90s

Monday, September 15, 2014

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/17/2014 8:47PM

    Gotcha!

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RAINA413 9/16/2014 4:11PM

    Ha!! Ha!! You and me both babe!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/16/2014 3:39PM

    emoticon Yup this sums me up perfectly!!! Slow..but eventually get there!

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BIGPAWSUP 9/16/2014 11:56AM

    I can work with that!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/15/2014 11:33PM

    LOL! Or Netscape!

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GHK1962 9/15/2014 10:11PM

    *brrrr-eeeeeeee-grrrrrrrr-ohhhhh-ee
eeee-chheeeeeee*

Dial-up noises ... makes me shiver thinking about those days.
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/15/2014 5:01PM

    I am not a child of the 90's, but I first met the internet with a 300 Baud modem, pre-world wide web... so I totally "get it".

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West Point Triathlon

Monday, August 18, 2014

All I gotta say is taking a year off of training (darned work!) reeeaaallly shows.

2014
Swim 28
Bike 1:11
Run 36

Aaaannnnddd for comparison
2013
Swim 22
Bike 1:04
Run 32

2012
Swim 21
Bike 1:04
Run 32

The water was a *fresh* 72 degrees so all the wetsuit people were happy. West Point continues to be the metric by which I measure all other races. The swag was not so good this year - I dont really need any more swag, but its nice to have an extra gel or two and a new water bottle to add to the collection (all of which came in previous bags but not this year.)

It was a beautiful location, waveless lake for the swim. We had a stunning rainbow on the drive in and during the set up that gave us a complete arc from horizon to horizon. I hit my fastest bike time on the downhill - 35mph. Whee!!

I'm dissapointed in my performance to say the least - I knew the run was a train wreck, but I felt good coming out of the bike, and I really hoped that I would have improved on my swim time. Alas, alack.

Went for a walk this morning to sooth out the aches which was nice. Now I'm doing my best to impersonate a normal person and clean up the house. (I'm not very good at being domestic.)

Here is a link to last year's blog (2013) which also links to my first experience (2012) which has pictures of the location:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459075


Have a sparky day!

  
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MISSG180 9/8/2014 10:13AM

    You still have my admiration for getting it done!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/30/2014 3:14PM

    H-E- double hockey sticks, woman.
You did it!
Congrats for ANY times.


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DOGLADY13 8/24/2014 7:20PM

    You are awesomeness squared. You did great. The first time out, you had all the time in the world to train. The fact that you are still out there with home and work responsibilities is just fantabulous. You ain't got nothing to be ashamed of.

I can't think too much about competing in a tri. I get sick to my stomach - mixed emotions of not being as fit, dealing with injury, and afraid I psyched myself out. Actually, I know I haven't psyched myself out, but there is just enough doubt in the open swim that I wonder...


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BOILHAM 8/22/2014 1:06PM

  Good job, keep up the good work, you'll be back on track soon enough!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/22/2014 1:53AM

    Keep it up! You'll get it back!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/21/2014 4:41PM

    I think you did awesome. You went out there & did it..that's all that matters :)



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BA5454 8/19/2014 6:49AM

    Congrats for the finish! You did terrific for not putting in all the training miles and hours ;-).

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PMRUNNER 8/19/2014 6:32AM

    I wanted to race in it this year, but was traveling to VA. Glad you were able to race, even if it didn't go as well as you would have hoped. Hope to see you out there next summer! I will be doing the storm king 10k on rte 218 this weekend.

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RAINA413 8/18/2014 11:48PM

    Don't be disapointed in your performance. YOU DID IT!! And you did it regardless of having crazy amounts of time to train. I am so PROUD of you!! You should be too!! These accomplishments, regardless of time, is something no one can take away from you!

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LESLIELENORE 8/18/2014 8:38PM

    Maybe... But you DID IT! Considering the differences in your training from last year I think you did great. Maybe for next year you will be able to train more?

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/18/2014 8:27PM

    We all have years when we don't train as well. But there's always next year, with renewed resolve and hopefully a more training-friendly work schedule. You did very well under difficult conditions! Hold your head high, you've earned it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 8/18/2014 6:19PM

    I think you did great!

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GHK1962 8/18/2014 4:11PM

    For non training I think that's pretty good!

I clicked the link and looked at the previous years and the photos. It looks like an AWESOME place for a Tri.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/18/2014 10:34AM

    But you got it done. That is huge without training. Give yourself some credit.

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Victory over the Cake (Part 2)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

If you have not read Part 1 - none of this will make sense. Actually, this is more of an epilogue than anything else.

I went over yesterday to tutor again (Cramming! Its not just for college students!). The husband kindly brought over a cup of tea and then an apple pie. However he very carefully brought over the whole pie, a plate, fork and knife so I could cut my own piece.

Nope. Thank you kindly, but store bought pie is not where I am going to "spend" my calories.

So perhaps, as NancyAnne warned, he saw the cake in the garbage. I know his hospitality was in the right place. I love this family. My friend (the mom) is a lovely person and her son (my client) works really hard when he is with me. However, I'm really glad I quietly stood up for myself and equally glad that the message was received.

Food pushers (as OneKidsMom said) are everywhere and FREQUENTLY their hearts are in the right place. Food = love. This *is* the challenge we face. We need to find ways to reject their offerings without rejecting their affection. I was lucky this time. I'm so happy I was able to send a message and it was received without any dishonor. If we can find a way to send this message to others in our lives, we begin to take control and rebuild in a positive sense.

  
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RAINA413 8/16/2014 11:49PM

    Glad he got the message. I kinda wish that he brought you a cup of tea and an apple, but at least he is making progress!

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LESLIELENORE 8/13/2014 9:01PM

    Sounds like he got the message... and no hard feelings. Way to go.

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GHK1962 8/13/2014 8:20PM

    No way man. I would have been all, "Get that frickin cake outta here!" And then I would have tossed it at him ... and then tossed more at the kid. And then I would have had the tutor kid derive an equation on the splatter pattern the tossed cake had just made.

Wha?!?!?!??

Just kidding. You TOTALLY handled that awesomely :) Both the previous two commenter were right about stuffs. I also like the "I'm in training excuse that OnekidsMom mentioned too!

(After rereading my first paragraph comment here ... I think I am beginning to suspect why my wife does not want me around when she is tutoring. Hmmm....)

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/13/2014 8:07PM

    No, thank you, the tea is delicious, but no pie today. I'm in training. I play that training card regularly. With repetition of the message and my constant resolve, the food pushers learn I'm not their market.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/13/2014 8:07PM

    You are doing things exactly right. With food pushers I like I make certain to say thanks anyway.

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Victory over the Cake

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I tutor occasionally for a friend. Yesterday we were crunching away on Algebra (which I actually like - go ahead, judge away) and first the husband brought me a bottle of water. Then he brought over some candy bar type cookies. Yes I had the water and I had one of the bars.

Finally he brought over a slice of cake the size of a 3x5 index card. Enormous. It looked like a napoleon only made with pudding and whipped cream. He joked with me that "Ha-ha! I'm going to make you run extra miles with that!"

I looked at my client (the kid) and said "I really dont want to offend your dad, but I cant eat that. Its too much." I did have a few bites to taste. It was good enough, but not worth more than a few forkfuls. Once the Dad left for his meeting, I scraped it into the trash and put the dish in the sink.

Victory for me over the cake!

  
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RAINA413 8/13/2014 4:53PM

    Woo!! Hoo!!! AWESOME!! Not only are you teaching the child algebra (ick) but also proper eating habits! YOU ROCK!!!

And, I was reading quickly, so the first time I read this my brain interpreted it as, "It looked like napoleon" and I'm thinking, "Wow!! That is so cool! Wonder if the Dad is a history teacher." Ha! Ha!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/13/2014 10:51AM

    WooHoo!!! Way to go

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/12/2014 11:04PM

    emoticon Way to take care of YOUR needs, in the face of food pushers.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/12/2014 7:12PM

    That was awesome! Doesn't it make you feel good?

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BIGPAWSUP 8/12/2014 2:25PM

    Awesome job

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LESLIELENORE 8/12/2014 12:52PM

    Good for you!

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GHK1962 8/12/2014 12:05PM

    My wife tutors math too! She has mostly kids in the 13 - 16 year range. So not going to judge you . At least not anymore than I judge my wife haha. She LOVES math. She will watch tv at night sometimes, and while watching she will practice math problems ... its her way of relaxing.

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UNSWEETMAMA 8/12/2014 10:45AM

    Well done!

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NANCYANNE55 8/12/2014 8:38AM

    Good for you, but I'm hoping he doesn't find it in the garbage. emoticon

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