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My Running Streak Lives On...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today marks Day 24 of my running streak. I am now in the habit of running again. I have not permitted ANY excuses not to run everyday (I would have before). My husband has been very supportive too - he takes Roxy out while I run, and waits for me on days he wants to go out to breakfast.

Now that I have established this habit, I do need to mix it up a little bit to prevent injury and keep it interesting. I am going to go through my collection of exercise DVDs. I am going to run 5 days per week and do a DVD the other two days.

I am going to modify my streak to represent the above.

On the home front, my younger son leaves Tuesday night for boot camp, we are moving him home today. My older son accepted the job he really wanted in San Diego. He signed on an apartment 2 blocks from his new job which is right where we stayed last year! He is flying back here (Maryland) today and has two weeks to pack up, put his house up for sale and get back out there! And in the middle of it, we are all attending a wedding in Virginia!

It's going to be a hectic two weeks - so glad I have this streak!!

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TX_WILDHEART 8/31/2014 5:49PM

    Whoa... thast a lot of stuff going on. At least you know the running will be your solid while everything else is changing. Hang in there!

I did my best weight loss after my kids were gone. I suddenly didn't know what to do with myself... and found exercise and healthy eating kept me occupied.

Hang in there.

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EDENZMOM 8/31/2014 3:03PM

    Sounds like busy times. So glad for the streak!

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MBTEPP 8/31/2014 1:20PM

    Catherine is right! There is so much positive forward motion, last year must seem like long ago history. You must be proud and emotional. Is this going to be an empty nest for you?

Happy Everything! emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/31/2014 12:13PM

    So much better than one year ago!

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/31/2014 11:48AM

    All good things. Soak it all in!

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KIWIANN 8/31/2014 10:23AM

    Busy times ahead - your streak will keep you grounded!! Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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PMRUNNER 8/31/2014 9:02AM

    Woo hoo! Sounds busy there! Good luck to your two sons one their next big steps!

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BOILHAM 8/31/2014 8:59AM

    Excellent. Keep up the good work. My GS joined the Navy, waiting for orders to boot camp in Great Lakes. emoticon

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AUNTRENEE 8/31/2014 8:58AM

    Have a great weekend.

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Sending Off Both Sons...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My husband and I threw a "send-off" party for my younger son on Saturday. He is headed off to boot camp for the National Guard. I had a lot of fun designing everything.

Here was the "mess hall"...


Patriotic Flower Arrangements...

"Rescue Rope" (twizzlers)...

"Gun Powder" (Dixie stix)...

Latrine directional signs...

His cake...

I also had "battle chips" and "camoflauge" (green and brown m&m's)

Of course, a party wouldn't be complete without entertainment.

We had karaoke (this is one of my friends and her son)...

Joust (this is my older son and 73 year old dad)...

(this is my younger son and husband)...

Trampoline fun...

Beer Pong... (my older son)

We also enjoyed baggo, pool, and "tug of war"!

Food was all from Moe's Southwest grill (fajitas, salads, tacos) - yum!

The party started at 4 PM and ended at 1 AM. A lot of my son's friends spent the night. The next day my legs and feet were quite sore. We have a lot of stairs in my house and I ran around the whole time. We had 60 + guests.

My son loved it and thanked us many times. He loved the fact that he could see everyone before he left. He will be at boot camp in Missouri for 9 weeks, then Georgia in training for 6 months. My husband and I plan on watching him graduate from boot camp.

In the meanwhile, my other son (26) decided his job was too stressful - and it was. He was working too much and not eating right again. I am happy that he recognized it and spoke up for himself. He quit his job and has two interviews in San Diego this week. He is flying out tomorrow for one week.
He has always wanted to live there and wants to see how it goes.

So, both my boys will be living far, far away... I will miss them but I know that they have to follow their own path and I am ok with it. My goal has always been for them to live independent, happy lives and now they are on their way.

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BOILHAM 8/31/2014 9:03AM

    you are Super Mom. Looks like a great party!

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KRISZTA11 8/30/2014 5:00AM

    Wow, it was a wonderful party!
So creative and so much fun...
I wish your sons joy and success in their new positions.
It is very wise of you to accept and honor their life journey.
I expect my kids will not move out in 3-4 years, but I'm practicing this acceptance during my lovingkindness meditations, 2-3 times every week, so that I'm ready when the time comes : )

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MBTEPP 8/28/2014 6:04PM

    Great Party! Set up, entertainment, details! Wow, what a send-off for your adult sons! It will be something your boot-camp bound son will never forget!

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CHEMCHIC2006 8/28/2014 9:34AM

    THAT looks like a cool party. and the cake.. LOVE it! I thank your son for his service.. it's an amazing thing for him to do. It's also great that your other son is doing better with his eating.. even recognizing that his habits are creeping in is a huge thing. I'm so relieved for you. Sounds like he has a bit of work to do still.. but sounds like he's doing great. Both my sisters moved far away.. while we really don't talk to the one (long messy story) the other lives in Orlando.. I love going to visit ;)

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EDENZMOM 8/27/2014 8:25AM

    you are Superwoman!! i dont know how or where you found time to manage this party! Looks like it was incredible. And yet you still are keeping up with your streak, you're still eating right, and have a job... I only hope that I can multitask like you one day! Congrats to your boys for getting out there and following their hearts. I'm so proud of you! You've obviously done and excellent job with them. You've overcome so much in the last year, i cant believe how far everyone has come. Best wishes to everyone! xoxo

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WATERMELLEN 8/27/2014 6:45AM

    Looks like a great party and a marvellous send off. What a loving mother you are -- to both of your sons!!

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    Nice party!
Yep, it feels funny when the kids move away.

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TERI-RIFIC 8/27/2014 5:43AM

    You could be a party planner. I love all of those cute theme ideas. I know that bittersweet feeling when your kids leave to be on their own! But you've got the right attitude. You've got to give them roots and wings.

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/26/2014 11:31PM

    What a nice memory you gave them. Creative party for sure!
Good attitude you have about them living independently.

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OPTIMIST1948 8/26/2014 10:05PM

    Never easy to say goodbye - but sounds like you gave them a great sendoff.

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Coming Through...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lots to do today.

School starts Monday. As a school Administrator, this is the busiest time of year. Figuring out classes by the hour - literally. I am always amazed at how many people wait until the last minute. Monday there will be more!

We had "meet your teacher" last night. I love to watch the children. They look so excited. Most touch everything in the classroom as they wander around. Great possibilities for the school year.

I will be back in front of the computer all day again and then home to get ready for a big send-off party my husband and I are throwing for my younger son tomorrow. He leaves for boot camp in a little over one week. 50+ guests coming - I am praying for clear skies!

But, before I plunge into this booked Friday, I am going to enjoy my morning run. I am on day 15 of my streak and nothing is going to get in my way!!

Enjoy your weekend!

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MBTEPP 8/26/2014 5:31PM

    Deanna, have a great new school year! It is wonderful to see the students back in action, with after school activities and all.

Best to your son in his military career. Your party will mean more to him than you may know. What a great gesture. Hope all goes (or went) well.

Great streak. No excuses, good for you!


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INFLATED 8/25/2014 11:27PM

    Please tell your son that I want to thank him for his service.

I found that running helped me to think and plan and it also helped me to sleep at night. I always have been a night owl. Mom told me that as she aged, she napped when she felt like it. I nap too much and am up when everyone else is asleep.

You are one organized woman and you will do fine this year. I like RIDLEYRIDER's quote, "Positive attitudes bring success!" I have found that attitude is key no matter what we face. For me, it is total dependence on God in all things.

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KENDRACARROLL 8/24/2014 10:27PM

    Hope you had a marvelous weekend and tanked enough energy to take it all on tomorrow :)

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TX_WILDHEART 8/24/2014 1:52PM

    awww I love that picture!

I love your positive outlook too! I know you will be busy!
Thanks again!

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    Thanks for the addition to the military. Be proud and loud!
Also great job on the streak!

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WONDERGALE 8/22/2014 11:01AM

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That's a nice streak you got. Have a great weekend!

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EDENZMOM 8/22/2014 9:33AM

    Deanna, that's amazing! 15 days!! and nothing will stop you. Great job!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/22/2014 9:13AM

    Have a great day!

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R2COUNTRY 8/22/2014 8:18AM

    Your day is going to be fantastic. Give that boy a big hug and thank him for his service.
Peace Joy and Blessings. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/22/2014 7:44AM

    Nice blog -- love your fitness commitment and the sheer competence to get everything organized and done!!

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TERI-RIFIC 8/22/2014 7:19AM

    Yes, I hope the party is great and I hope boot camp and school are both successful. All the best for both!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/22/2014 7:07AM

    Have a great party!
Kudos on your streak. That takes some doing.

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/22/2014 7:04AM

  Positive attitudes bring success! Enjoy!! And wishing you only emoticon for the weekend!

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The Power of A Streak...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Day 662 SparkPeople Login
Day 78 lunch/salad streak
Day 10 running streak

I enter everything I consume in the Spark Food Tracker and all my exercise in the Spark Fitness Tracker. I figured out that I have a slow metabolism. I need to consume 1200 calories per day to lose weight - including running. To maintain, I can't go over 1300 calories per day. That is hard to do! As I studied my daily food intake, I decided to eat a salad every day for lunch, and "save" my calories for dinner, since it is my favorite meal of the day. There are a lot of different, healthy salads that I eat - from Power greens mixed with other raw veggies, zucchini or eggplant with tomatoes, to grilled chicken, Greek - and the list goes on. The streak really comes into play when I go out for lunch and on vacation. At this point, all restaurants seem to have salads on the menu. Sometimes I get a plain garden salad, other times I add tuna or salmon to it. Most of the time I do not use salad dressing, if I do it is minimal. Since the list of salads is endless, I haven't gotten bored. And, I love the crunch of eating raw veggies! Since I am on a nice, long streak, I keep going - I don't want to blow my streak! This streak keeps me in my suggested calorie range.

A couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about running again. I stopped after the Delaware Half Marathon in June. I packed my running gear and started running during my last vacation.

That first run felt so good, I decided to run again the next day. And then the next. I know that consistency is key and so I decided to make it a running streak.

Today I completed my 10th day of running in a row! I am not running for speed, just enjoying the run. I find myself waking up before the sun rises, ready to go out the door. I have more energy and feel so much more positive throughout the day.

My Spark Login streak is so important too. My first part of the day is spent being inspired by all of you!

These streaks work! Pick one thing you want to make a habit.
If you want to know more about them, here is how to start...

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KENDRACARROLL 8/20/2014 8:09PM

    Streaks are a great way to build momentum.

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INFLATED 8/20/2014 1:38PM

    This is wonderful! My son got out pictures last night and was showing them to his girlfriend. I looked at a prom picture of me and I was thin. Nobody knows how addicted I am to sweets and things that don't do me any good. I think I need to read a chapter of The End To Diabetes when I am having a craving.

Hubby seems to make sure that Tuesday is too busy to go grocery shopping and that is when we get a 5% senior discount. My son and his girlfriend are looking at houses and townhouses and I believe they will make an offer on one soon. That means he will be moving out and I will resume the duties here while hubby is at work.

I was so glad I could complete the treadmill stress test. The woman that assisted the cardiologist went over it with me before she had me get ready to do it. If I stopped, it was finished and I could not resume it. I was huffing and puffing at the end, but I completed it.

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EDENZMOM 8/18/2014 11:01AM

    great job!! I started running yesterday again as well... hopefully I can turn it into a streak! i love salads too. The COSTCO in my area carries really good kale/broccoli/brussel-sprout mix raw salad, with some seeds to add in. It's AMAZING! Have you tried it? Otherwise i'm into eating (and serving the kids) the rainbow; anything and everything in my fridge that covers every color. That way I can ensure load of vitamins :)

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/18/2014 12:23AM

    Wow.. over 600 days of logging in in a row. This weekend I messed it up by having a family weekend away from home. Congrats.. very impressive! Keep going.

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R2COUNTRY 8/17/2014 4:55PM

Keep streaking,
Thanks for the likes and comments. Knowing someone noticed is motivating.
Peace, Joy, and Blessings.

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TERI-RIFIC 8/17/2014 2:14PM

    emoticon emoticon you're doing great! Keep it up.

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USMAWIFE 8/17/2014 1:12PM

    emoticon ON YOUE STREAKS

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Taking Time To Heal...

Monday, August 11, 2014

The past few months I have felt like I was in a rut. I finished my two running goals in May - the Philly Broad Street 10 miler and the Delaware Half Marathon, then abruptly stopped. I had toyed with training for a Marathon, even laminated a plan but just let it go. I thought maybe I needed to try something new, maybe I was getting bored. hubby and I took Salsa lessons. We both enjoyed the 8 lessons, and decided we were going to be too busy in the summer and would resume lessons in the Fall.

Around that time, different family members began to dump their problems and stresses on me. I used to be able to handle it all so positively, but it wasn't happening this time. I felt like I was getting pulled further and further down. I was constantly internalizing and worrying about everyone.

Fast forward to my latest four day vacation by boat to St Michaels, MD. It was me, my hubby and Roxy. The boat ride was 3 hours each way. The weather was awesome, and I began to relax.

I have been carrying around the July subscription of Prevention Magazine for a month. After we docked at the marina and finished setting everything up, I sat on the boat and read it. One article really struck a cord with me.

As I read the article, it all started to click. I have not "healed" from almost losing my son last year. I am so sensitive now to any type of crisis. And, then I read one line that pulled it all together. "The simple truth is that I won't be truly healed until" -- my son is. Anorexia can be a lifelong battle. He still has his ups and downs. And, the minute I see any small sign of it I feel an immediate pit in my stomach. I am constantly "on guard".

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Tips for healing included breathing (gotta love that yoga), finding a positive place which promotes feeling "safe" *which is key*, keeping your eyes "up" - looking upward makes it easier to feel positive = repeat daily.

And what a great place to begin...

Sailing to our destination through the Bay Bridge:

This is Kent Narrows. We had to sail between the markers (75 feet width) for quite a while. We passed other boats going the other way. My hubby was proud that he got through!

We made it!

St Michael's Harbor...

Hubby, Roxy and I dining outside...

I thought this was cool - outside water wall made from beer taps (this is upside down - can't get the picture to flip - sorry)...

Main Street - lots of cute shops and where I ran...

Roxy loved it...

Night time at St Michaels...

I kept reminding myself to "look up". This is the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay - I loved the clouds...

I have always loved the water. My family used to rent a house on the Chesapeake Bay when I was growing up. My dad always had a boat; mainly sailboats. About 12 years ago, I went on a school retreat with one of my sons on the Chesapeake Bay. As I sat and looked out, all the memories came back and I talked my husband into moving on the water. This is my "safe haven". It is so calm, laid back and peaceful. Just the sound of the waves is relaxing.

I thought about all of this after I read the article. I have been eating my oatmeal every morning, salad at lunch, walking the dog - but I know it is not enough. I used to get facials, manicures, pedicures all the time. I realized I had been letting it all go - I lost my "ME" time - I quickly made an appointment and enjoyed a facial while I was there. Ahhhh!

I was happy I packed my running gear. Everyday I got up and ran. It wasn't pretty, but I did it. And I told my husband I have to continue when I get home - and I did. Today was "day 4". And it felt great!

I have also talked my husband into going to a "Healing Resort". Lots of hiking, meditation, healthy eating - and, of course, a spa. emoticon
I know last year took a toll on him too, he gained quite a bit of weight.

So, Sparkbuddies, I am on my way back!!

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/14/2014 5:37PM

    I had forgotten about getting through that bridge. We only did it twice. Maybe it scared hubby enough to not attempt it again.
Good realization about basically your PTSD. Yoga is a good idea.. certainly time on the water. Run jump and play my friend.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 8/14/2014 9:44AM

    Glad you took the time you needed. We all need to do that occasionally.

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INFLATED 8/13/2014 11:23PM

    I am glad that article helped. When I went to the family doctor, the nursing home where Mom was, is across the street. I thought about going there, but I have Mom's ashes until my sister comes back from New Hampshire and we bury them this fall. It struck me as odd that I would think of going over there, but maybe it was because that is the last place I saw her alive. I have her remains, so she is with me in that sense, her spirit has gone on.

I hope to ace this stress test and the reason for the echocardiogram is that my Dad only had 3 heart valves instead of 4. I don't like hearing the sound of my heart beating so that is going to be rough on me.

I think you are doing all of the right things.

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WATERMELLEN 8/12/2014 9:40PM

    Super pictures -- love the one of you and your husband and Roxy in particular -- and yup, only after "their" crisis is over do we begin to cope with the post-traumatic stress it's created for us . . . .

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    Sure struck a chord with me!
I live with that knot in my stomach too. It does wear you out. Like you, I'm trying to heal.

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KIWIANN 8/12/2014 9:45AM

    It is important to know where you find your safe haven, and I am glad to hear that you have found yours! A Healing Resort sounds like a great plan - and after all that you have been through, you definitely deserve taking the time out of the frenzy to heal! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 8/12/2014 8:43AM

    Such a smart post. I'm glad you were able to carve out some time to rest, heal and think things through. Sounds like you're on a great path.

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TERI-RIFIC 8/12/2014 7:16AM

    That trip and article were just what you needed. I'm glad you're doing better and have a plan in place to continue. But I must say of all the things in your blog, having to sail through that narrow passage, is what really stuck out in my mind. I have a small sailboat and that would be very daunting to me!! Well done by your husband. Also great pictures.

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GLORYB2014 8/12/2014 6:55AM

    Thank you for sharing.
Also, thank you for giving us the article to look up, I'm on my way!

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EDENZMOM 8/12/2014 1:48AM

    Youre striking a chord with me too now... I have lots to heal from as well and now you've given me plenty to think about.
I will sort it out on a run!
So glad you enjoyed your time away, and that youve found your center again. None of us doubted you would leave for a minute :)
Best wishes !

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STRIVERONE 8/12/2014 1:32AM

    Happy for you. Hang onto the commitment.

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WONDERGALE 8/12/2014 1:11AM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon on getting back on track. emoticon

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USMAWIFE 8/11/2014 10:47PM

    thanks for the article going to check it out later

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