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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Staying Mentally Strong worked very well for me this winter..

My training for the Broadstreet Run and Delaware Half Marathon is going very well. The Broadstreet (10 miler) Run is in 4 weeks and the Delaware HM is in 5 weeks. Yesterday I ran a very comfortable 8 miles. I didn't hit any walls, and had no aches or pains. It was a very hilly run in a development near my house. I actually ran into someone in the development I ran in at lunch who asked how many miles I ran yesterday! I guess they are all watching me go by over and over again! I have found training in this particular development totally prepares me for an HM. The elevations on each street are a little bit different and quite challenging. It does get a little bit boring for me, but right now I am still so amazed at how much training on my treadmill for 3 months has prepared me for my races!! I love the fact that I can take the hills without stopping and at a solid, steady pace.

Right now I am working primarily on distance. I need to run 9 miles by Wednesday to stay on schedule. I am running an average of 9.45 per mile. I need to pick up my speed a bit in order to beat my PR, but am so excited to be at the speed I am at. I am 50 years old now and so excited to still be in the race!!

I am hoping to run the Philly Broadstreet Run at my training pace. I am running the HM the following week and don't want to get injured. I signed up for the Broadstreet run because I knew I would be running 10 miles that day-so why not there?? I really think that doing the Christine Felstead's Yoga for Runners after every run has helped a lot. In the beginning, my lower back hurt, but now I am not having a problem. My legs feel great throughout my run. There is a section on hips on the DVD and I think it is working with my stride.

Yesterday I ran a hilly 8 miles so today I took a break. My hubby and I took Roxy for a walk around the University of Delaware (my alma mater) and up and down Main Street. Newark, Delaware's Main Street won the top Main Street in the United States last year. We love it.


University of Delaware:

Hubby and Roxy at UD:

Main Street:

Where I got married on Main Street (St Johns Catholic Church):

I hope you have an extraordinary week!

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INFLATED 4/15/2014 9:17PM

    You are doing great! My daughter had a t-shirt that had, "Fast girls have good times" printed on it. In years past, a fast girl was one that was characterized by unrestrained conduct or lack of moral conventions. Lol!

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JAXMOMMY 4/13/2014 12:17AM

    Sounds like you are right on time with your training! I'm so excited for you! Can't convince anyone to run with me, so living vicariously thru you and my other Spark friends who do run! Spark on!!

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SABLENESS 4/11/2014 8:56PM

    You're doing great!

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SHAMROCKY2K 4/10/2014 5:33PM

    Love it! Keep up the excellent work. I have been at a wedding at the church you were married in. I drive through that area often on my way to see family. It has become even nicer through the years.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/8/2014 11:05AM

    You're fast!

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DOGLADY13 4/7/2014 9:36PM

    How fun to have the neighbors comment on your training. It's fun when someone notices and it keeps you on your toes knowing that someone is paying attention.

Meanwhile, those were great pictures. Roxy looks like a champ!

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WONDERGALE 4/7/2014 8:04PM

    Nice pictures! Way to go on the running. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 4/7/2014 2:49PM

    Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures!
Your training is really going well, a 9:45 pace is wonderful for a HM.
I started to do yoga too, and it is good complement for running.
Take care and enjoy this beautiful sunshine.

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5BADDOGS 4/7/2014 9:06AM

    9:45! That ROCKS! I'm inspired to get back into my running routine so I can keep up with you!

Hubs and I got married at St. John's too!

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KIWIANN 4/7/2014 8:31AM

    Keep up the great work!! And thanks for sharing the pictures - Beautiful!! emoticon

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POSITIVE41 4/7/2014 5:39AM

    Yay! - consistency and dedication wins the race! I love hills to because if you can run on hills flat is a piece of cake!

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MBTEPP 4/6/2014 11:46PM

    A good run is the best high. 9.45 mile is superb. Surely your race pace will be better. Great walk down memory lane.

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STRIVERONE 4/6/2014 8:33PM

    Your race pace is almost guaranteed to be faster than your training pace even if you don't try to take it up a notch. I wish you optimum weather for both your races.

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TERI-RIFIC 4/6/2014 7:53PM

    Wow. You are in shape. Go girl! I hope you share pics of your races. Hills are killers. Beautiful town. emoticon

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SMITTY4RL 4/6/2014 7:44PM

    First of all what a gorgeous pup--I would to have a Boston! Secondly, you are speedy and it sounds like you've really done some super training. Best of luck to you on 10 miler and the HM ;-). Lovely pics!

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Running, Yoga and A New Cook In My House...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Got a lot done around my house on Saturday after my company left. Lots of cleaning and organizing. I hopped on the treadmill in the afternoon, my hamstrings were really tight. I walked for 5 minutes and then hopped off and popped in my Yoga for Runners DVD. It stretched everything out and felt great!

Sunday was errand day - lots of birthdays coming up and had to get to the market. My husband and I go through recipes on Sunday mornings now, plan what we are going to eat for the week and then I do the shopping. This week he came up with a healthy recipe he found on line for healthy burritos.
Tomorrow night he is going to cook dinner!!

Today I ran 4.2 miles on my treadmill before I went to work. My hamstrings did not give me any problems. Tonight I enjoyed the yoga DVD again. I want to get a 6.5 mile run in this week. I have 8 weeks to go before my 10 miler in Philly, 9 weeks to go before my HM. We are supposed to enjoy nice weather this Saturday, which would be nice timing for a long, hilly run.

I hope you are having a fantastic week!


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INFLATED 4/15/2014 9:07PM

    You sound like you are on track for running. I like your idea of choosing recipes and then shopping for them. I might ask my husband to do that because he runs through money like we are rich.

My birthday was in December and my first Social Security check was spent paying bills. Now we have a car payment, so he is eventually going to have to realize he is spending more than we make and "he" has to cut back.

Cheering for you!

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JAXMOMMY 4/13/2014 12:21AM

    Awesome! That DVD sounds like it has really helped you a lot! OK, I am no new age guru by any means and just read this word for the first time in an article.... What does Namaste mean? Thanks!

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TX_WILDHEART 3/29/2014 11:06PM

    the picture caught me by so much surprise... I was literally cackling! Good one.

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SMITTY4RL 3/28/2014 9:37PM

    Omigosh--I so love that photo, lol. And awesome work getting on the 'mill before work--that is dedication ;-). I think I may have to find a yoga dvd like that, it sounds great!

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    It sounds as though you are in a good rhythm

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COFFEELS 3/26/2014 1:59PM

    Good job with your training! emoticon

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MWWENSIN 3/25/2014 6:45PM

    Great job love the sign

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SHAMROCKY2K 3/25/2014 4:14PM

    Love the sign too! Keep on with your enthusiasm. emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 3/25/2014 10:11AM

    Chuckled out loud at the pic. You're cruisin" emoticon

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MBTEPP 3/25/2014 9:29AM

    Great job listening to your body.

Love the sign! Made me laugh.

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KRISZTA11 3/25/2014 8:01AM

    Sounds great! This yoga DVD seems to do good to your legs, a nice combination.
I started yoga too a few months age, and I like it more and more.

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MLH148 3/25/2014 7:11AM

    Love yoga but don't make the time. I need a long one this week. Had to take Thursday off to take my husband to the Dr so hope he's stable enough I can get out.

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ONMYMEDS 3/25/2014 7:08AM

    Nice job. Love the sign!


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POSITIVE41 3/24/2014 9:49PM

    Yoga is such a nice complement to running. Sounds like a great day and now you are ready for the week!

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SPAMUNDY 3/24/2014 9:48PM

    Sounds great! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 3/24/2014 9:44PM

    You sound so happy and up-beat. I think I would be if my husband made burritos for supper, too. He made me oatmeal tonight at my request.

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JUSTME9898 3/24/2014 9:35PM

  Congrats- sounds like you are on a winning streak

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What I Have Been Up To and My Mental Toughness...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I have been quite busy the past three weeks! Got back from checking on my Aunt in Texas, caught up at work, and went right back out on vacation in Key West. It was an 8 day family trip - hubby and two boys. Points of it were a blast - deep sea fishing, running, biking, a lot of walking, spectacular sunsets and touring other Keys - other points were quite taxing... Every night I felt like I was making sure everyone got back to the condo ok - Key West is loaded with bars! And it was Spring break! My twenty something year old sons loved that part! As soon as we got back, my brother and one of his daughters came to visit for a week. His ex-wife alienated both daughters from my brother and us for 1 1/2 years, so this was an exciting reunion! We still haven't heard from the other one. They are still visiting but our visiting colleges so I got a little break today!

I have been doing a great job at staying "mentally tough". I have almost finished reading "What To Say When You Talk To Yourself" by Shad Helmstetter (recommended by Siebold during the coaching sessions). It is taking a while for me to read because I am practicing and thinking out what he is describing as I go. He makes a lot of great points and it definitely supports being mentally tough. In a nut shell, Helmsetter believes a steady flow of the correct positive self talk can "rewire" what we learned as a child. He goes over the correct way to talk to ourselves. The lines are direct. Example: DO NOT SAY "I will not overeat"... SAY "I do not overeat". Helmstetter also suggests playing audio in the background while getting ready for work, in the car and at home. Of course, he sells self talk CDs and Digitals at his website.

I find myself not only focusing on my own self talk and what I say to others, but what others are saying about themselves! It has been very interesting to say the least!

So, this has been a huge part of my 90 days. I feel like I have been learning a lot about myself since I first started watching the free coaching session. I have learned to focus on myself more and be mindful about what I am choosing to put in my body. I made a promise to take better care of myself. It led me to a raw food seminar, (eating a lot more veggies - ended up passing on the veggie juice!), eating and cooking a lot more at home - and enjoying it, signing up for salsa dance lessons with my hubby, shorten my work hours and sticking to my training plan for my upcoming 10 miler and Half Marathon in May. It has encouraged me to make time for myself and not feel guilty about it.

I am going to keep going with it after the 90 days are done!
Promises can't be broken!


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NEW_PARADIGM 3/22/2014 10:49AM

    Siebold helped me with some important shifts too -- hooray for you!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/22/2014 10:43AM

    If you love the Keys you need to check out the Greek section... great food there. I dont recall Roosters, and will have to check it out the next time I get to go down. I love Roosters. I have friends In the Keys. I just dont like the humidity there as you can feel the storms coming.

It was a nice vacation but it sounds like you may need a vacation to get over the work of that vacation! You were so busy! But it is nice when you can get any of your kids over the age of 13 to do anything with you! (I know, been down that lane.)
The book sounds great. Have you read Dr Low's (yellow) book?(he has one I know of) . That book helped me a lot! (Feelings are not Facts , got me thru a lot of anxieties during my anxious days when my kids were all still at home.) Hope your having a nice SPRING! Stay active! Enjoy yourself when you can and keep up the good work! Dont let THINGS get you down! susana

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INFLATED 3/21/2014 8:32PM

    This is such a positive blog. I was especially glad to read, "It has encouraged me to make time for myself and not feel guilty about it." You have been through a lot and you must take care of yourself in order to be able to give to others.

We went out last night for hubby's birthday to a seafood place called "Rubes" in Emmitsburg. Maryland. We had crabs, Alaskan king crab legs, fried oysters, steamed and fried shrimp, crab soup or ham and bean soup, hush puppies with corn kernels in them, French fries, crab cakes, cole slaw. 5 went and this is what different orders consisted of.

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DOGLADY13 3/21/2014 7:43AM

    Now I want to go to Key West. Someone mentioned roosters in the comments. That alone sounds like a great reason to go.

I think I'll get the book about self-talk. I made a note when I was listening to the fatloser program and then I forgot about it.

This was a great blog. Thanks so much!

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    Whew, you are busy.
I like that you will not juice the veggies. I think they are better off eaten whole. Drinking a beverage is not the same thing as chewing food. It doesn't highlight the individual veggies.
I'd rather add ingredients together in a stew or make a salad that doesn't include lettuce.

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SHARON10002 3/20/2014 10:44PM

    What a whirlwind for you, but how exciting at the same time! How nice you were able to take a 10 days family vacation together. That is my DH's total vacation time for the year! emoticon
Good luck with your marathon training, too! Check out Hay House, and YouTube and Louise Hay for some great positive affirmations! She's the queen of affirmations!

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WATERMELLEN 3/20/2014 9:08PM

    Wow, you're doing great and it sounds like you're also having lots of fun!! Like the idea of learning to talk to ourselves more effectively!!

I know that I tell myself, "I don't do donuts", etc. Seems to work!!

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POSITIVE41 3/20/2014 8:54PM

    Great job! It's hard to relearn things we learned as kids - congrats on the positive changes. :)

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SABLENESS 3/20/2014 8:43PM

    Sounds good - keep it up!

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SMITTY4RL 3/20/2014 8:29PM

    This blog is full of awesome-ness! Glad you kept the boys out of the bars, hee. But the best thing is about that self-talk and learning about yourself. Thanks for the book rec--will look him up.

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WONDERGALE 3/20/2014 6:20PM

    emoticon I've been to Key West once. But we had our children with us and they were still minors. So we didn't get to explore much. It sounds like things are going great! emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 3/20/2014 3:08PM

    Yay You! I just got me some self help books too! Time for me to become mentally tough. There sure are a lot of bars in Key West! But, glad you had an overall good time! I admire you.

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EDENZMOM 3/20/2014 2:03PM

    I'm so glad that you wee able to do a family vacation! that seems like such a fantastic opportunity to bond with your extended family as well :)
I'm in awe of your commitment to run and to your health. You're a great role model!

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MBTEPP 3/20/2014 1:39PM

    emoticon Love Key West with the roosters begging for food! We had one hopping pretty high for a conch fritter, a crowd was gathering;) My son still gets a charge out of that one.

I love the galleries, especially Wyland art, and I cherish Truman's White House and all the history. I never did the tour of Jimmy Buffet fame, but love the music and the restaurant Margaritaville (went to the one in Myrtle Beach). Absolute must is Sloppy Joe's. Did I tell you that Key West is one of my favorite places on earth?

There is a rave run across the bridge to Key West that is supposed to be one of a kind! On the bucket list for me.

Night life is a roar there, and that is when I leave the streets:))

Positive self talk can change one's life. It is very powerful stuff. One's self can make "it" happen, whatever "it" is. Females have such a hard time being nice to one's self. Kudos to you.

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SUNSHINE20113 3/20/2014 1:24PM

    Sounds like wonderful things are happening. emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 3/20/2014 12:45PM

    Awesome. Everything sounds really great. I can relate to 20 something boys and bars! emoticon

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T25, My Hubby and My Sons...

Monday, February 24, 2014

My husband bought T25 right after Christmas and finally brought it out of the box a couple of weeks ago. He worked out to it once, and didn't invite me to check it out with him. I have heard a lot about it and really wanted to try it. Today I finally did!

I have to say, it was different than I thought it would be. It is a 25 minute video and I moved intensely the whole time, but I didn't sweat the way I thought I would. I did "feel the burn". From what I gather, T25 is a scaled down time version of P90X. 25 minutes vs 90 minutes. It did work out good for me in that I did my run in the morning, so it was a great opportunity to burn my calories when I got home from work. And there are different videos, depending on what you want to work - upper, lower, total or abs. Today we did lower body. I did like working out with my husband the best. With all that happened last year with my son, I am looking for more things to do together.

We are going to sign up for Salsa lessons - I found a Groupon for $20. for 8 lessons. I think it will be so much fun! We do have other friends signing up as well. My husband agreed tonight to sign-up for cooking classes. He cooks different foods than me a lot of time at home. He calls his foods "normal", I call his foods "junk". Tonight I made tilapia with diced tomatoes, jalapenos, and black olives while he made a cheese steak!

We work together everyday and have been married for 26 1/2 years. I think it is pretty cool that we still get along and want to do things together. I missed that last year when my son was so sick.

So, I will keep doing T25 with my husband. He also said he will go back to the gym every other day. I really hope he does. I paid for him to go all last year and he never went! He has gotten quite a belly over the past year (stress and age 50) and his sugar is high. The weight is all in his belly and I worry that he may have a heart attack. He also found out he has high cholesterol. A couple of years ago he had prostrate cancer. That was unavoidable but this other stuff is not. My husband is from Scotland and is so stubborn...and Scotsman love their sweets! But it is time for my husband to buckle down. He told me a couple months ago that his clothes shrunk! Do you know how hard it was for me to keep a straight face! Really?? Wait - that has been my problem all these years -- I thought I gained weight, but, no -- my clothes all shrunk in the wash!! LOL!! (I didn't say that or laugh in front of him - but, come on!!) I don't bug him about his weight ever because I know he has to decide for himself. It is really hard for me to stick to my plan when he likes to go out to eat a lot, etc. I don't like to make waves. So, I am very excited that he is finally taking steps to healthy choices.

So, that is what is going on at my house! For those of you who know about my son, he got another "excellent" report on his blood results today. He lost a little bit of weight, but is trying really hard. He goes to a gym maybe twice per week. The other night he told me he never wants to go back to being anorexic. I do see him fighting it every day. I tell him I am really proud of him and to keep pushing!!

A couple of weeks ago he went to the dentist and found out he needs 6 teeth capped due to bulimia. It is the first time I saw him cry. between ruining perfect teeth - has never had a cavity - and the bill of $8,900.00 he finally saw the result of his illness. Consequences can be hard, but if it stops the behavior I am all for it, even though, I have to say, it breaks my heart.

But, I would rather have him alive with no teeth!

My other son took his test for the National Guards. He is 23, has a full time job, is still going to college and still trying to figure out what he wants to do in life. He is a supervisor at a very big company and I am so proud of him, but he is still "lost". He scored at 95 out of 99 on the National Guards test so he has a ton of choices. My husband was in the Navy and then the Airforce so he is helping my son with his choices. Kids seem to have it so much harder than we did!

I hope you had a great start to the week!!

Stay strong!!

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FRENCHTOSD 3/24/2014 10:34PM

    Hi Deanna - I read a few of your posts just now and I'm commenting on this one. You sound like you have a new lease on life these days! I'm so happy for you. So sorry about your son's teeth and so glad to hear he is staying strong and getting healthier. I think the tears are good and just what he needs. Please give him my best and tell him he is still in my prayers.

I am doing very well these days and in a safe temporary place now - helping a family with their relative who has terminal cancer and needs round the clock care. It's tough but gives my time and space to work on my books and websites. I feel the tide has turned for me even if it is not showing up in my bank account yet.

I told you 2014 would be better for us both and now I feel I was right!


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CYCLINGSANDY 3/20/2014 3:36PM

    It's been like forever since I caught up with your goings on. My hubby contend I shrink his clothes too. He loves meat and potatoes. But now it is the dialysis glucose that has caused his weight gain. I'd rather have him chubby and alive on PD dialysis. Our perspectives about those we love sure change as we mature.
Keep enjoying your active time with the hubby too. My son is in the KT Guard and loves it. I hope it is a good fit for your son.

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KAREN_NY 3/11/2014 11:03AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon So nice to log in and see such good news on your page! So happy for you and your family! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPEEDYDOG 3/3/2014 4:28AM

    Thanks for the glimpse into your life. You do have some challenges. I feel for your husband. My heritage is German, Scottish, Irish, English, Dutch and Swedish. Your husband likes his sweets. I like my beer! We both have to watch it!

I am glad your sons are doing well. That dental bill is a real shocker! Your son that is "lost" sounds familiar. My youngest son is my brightest and most creative child. Yet he cannot stay focused and has changed his college major 4 times.

He designed a auto engine for an electric hybrid that was a closed system, which means you add no fuel and there is no exhaust. You have to charge the storage battery, but the power output and efficiency is insane. He won several awards for his design. Then he promptly changed majors from engineering to archeology!

He is a really nice young man and quite a charmer.

You are having a interesting life, which is an old Chinese curse!

Thanks, Bruce

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JAXMOMMY 2/26/2014 10:24PM

    Oh! I watched an ad for T25 today and wondered if anyone in Sparkland tried it yet. The next time you do a video, will you close your eyes and see if you could follow his directives without seeing him? I am so happy that your hubby is joining you for the exercise and even going back to the gym and taking cooking lessons too! My husband is overweight, very much so, and sits on the couch. He works hard and has a lot of stress, but that shouldn't be an excuse. Like you, I don't want to push. He has to decide on his own. Sorry your son will need all that dental work, but yes, alive and toothless is better than dead. Would it be less expensive to have them pulled and get dentures? I know that is unappealing for a young man, but may be worth looking into. What a battle all of you have fought! Awesome about your youngest too! Wishing all of you well!

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WATERMELLEN 2/25/2014 8:27PM

    I truly agree with you that life is tougher for our adult kids today than when we were getting launched.

It's great you and your DH work together and also enjoy doing lots of activities together: we do too. My DH is a lean guy who can generally eat whatever he wants and definitely does not look at restaurant menus to check out calorie counts!! Interesting that you do find calorie listings helpful in restaurants (I'm not in one often enough to know for myself!)

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KRISZTA11 2/25/2014 2:43PM

    I'm so happy for you! So good to hear everybody in the family is doing well.
My hubby also has all his extra weight in the middle : )

Sorry about the poor teeth of your son : (

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JMARISK 2/25/2014 11:14AM

    OH my goodness, I wrote a similar blog this mornign about my husband. Isn't that funny? I'm always making two meals. One for me and my son and the other for my husband. OR my husband will stop at a fast food place for his meal and make us watch him eat it. That's going to have to stop soon since our son is getting to the age when he can tell us what he wants and he is always pointing at daddy's burger over his fork greenbeans.

I've heard a lot of wonderful things about T25. A lady I workout with does it every morning. She looks fantastic! I may have to start adding it to my daily routine.

I'm glad your son is getting better. I know first hand how horrible anorexia is. I'm glad you were able to get him help in time.

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NEW_PARADIGM 2/25/2014 9:12AM

    I had to giggle, my hubby is Irish with similar temperament. While he's trim, his food choices -- and those he shares with the kids for treats and desserts -- have a lot to be desired. We work and play together as well, it is a great feeling to have found someone it's comfortable to be with like that, no? Great news all around, I like the idea of the shorter 90X-like sessions! Keep up the great work, love your attitude!

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MESEATURTLE 2/25/2014 7:22AM

    Glad to hear good news regarding your son .
In my case - I told my husband that his clothes seem to be misbehaving and are shrinking ... First time in my life this seem to work instead of me telling him directly to loose some weight :)
It's lovely that as a couple u guys do things together and enjoy it !

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MBTEPP 2/25/2014 7:21AM

    emoticon on the T25 workout! That is cool that you and DH do that together. And all the other activities. This is your time together, and it should be fun. I would love a cooking class with DH. It is an activity you can do together everyday. Planning, shopping, and making.

My DH and I often have a Friday night date for dinner and a gourmet grocery store emoticon , but it is fun.

Great news on your sons! emoticon May both continue in a positive direction.

You are doing great!


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SABLENESS 2/25/2014 6:58AM

    Glad things are going better this year!

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LIZALOT 2/25/2014 6:32AM

    Good to hear all that wonderful news. shrinking clothes, eh? hmmm...
so glad to hear that your son is trying so hard and that it's paying off. you must be so relieved!


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MWWENSIN 2/25/2014 6:29AM

    You can't make your husband want to diet but you can continue to set an example. Although if anyone could you could. Congrats on your anorexic son's great progress. Sounds like your other son is quite gifted hope he will find a path. Will continue the prayers but things sound alot better.

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POSITIVE41 2/25/2014 6:26AM

    Glad you and your family are doing well - stop shrinking your husband's clothes! lol

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INFLATED 2/25/2014 2:26AM

    My husband told me his clothes shrunk. He has a belly too, but he walks around the block nightly and usually twice each day on the weekends. It is less than 15 minutes, but he walks fast the whole way. I find myself having to use inhale two steps, exhale two steps to keep up to him on a sloped spot in the walk.

It is good to make time to be together, whether it is working together, exercising, cooking or dancing. Our lives become hectic and we can easily let that slide.

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DOGLADY13 2/24/2014 9:42PM

    My father was career military. He served in the Navy from 1940 to 1956 and then transferred to the Air Force from 1956 to 1962.

You are a good woman. I would have been rolling on the floor laughing if my husband suggested that his clothes shrunk in the wash.

And as far as your son... what a bittersweet moment for you. I am happy that he is recovering and healing. I don't know much about eating disorders, but I have been told that it is a lifetime struggle.

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MAMMER3 2/24/2014 9:05PM

    Amazing! My husband bought t25 for me last week. I am going to start tomorrow night and just get 1 or 2 done every night!! I love Shaun T he is great.

I am so glad things are looking up for you. Its great about your son admitting he doesnt want to go backwards. Its small steps forward. Take the classes with your DH and have fun. My husband and I do cooking classes still trying to convince him to do dance classes :).

We are in T25 team together so we will keep each other on track.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/24/2014 8:23PM

    Great news on all fronts!

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Catch up...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

It was a very busy week! All last weekend and the first part were all about wheeling and dealing for a new car (well, used but new to us). We finally found one in our price range in Camden, NJ. We also sold our Saab to a young couple.

Somewhere in there I decided I needed a schedule for my treadmill training. I have been doing a great job staying in my calorie range but needed to get my butt in gear for my upcoming HM in May. I put my name in the lottery for the Philadelphia Broad Street 10 miler and got in! It is one week before the HM. It is supposed to be a real flat race and a lot of fun and fit in nicely before the Delaware HM. So, I changed my work schedule. I now run while I watch Kelly and Michael at 9 and get in to work around 10:30. It is nice outside, so I am enjoying walks this weekend with Roxy and my husband, but I am staying on the treadmill with my trainings. Last time I ran outside I had a hard time mentally heading back in when the weather got bad, so I will keep my habit of running inside going. This is Roxy after her walks yesterday - we wore her out!

I perfected my Pumpkin Oatmeal this week. For those of you who are interested, here it is...

Pumpkin Oatmeal

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1 1/2 tablespoon Pumpkin Puree
2 sprinkles Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 sprinkles cinnamon
Brown Sugar (optional) - I use 1/4 teaspoon

Stir all ingredient in microwave-safe bowl
Cover and cook in microwave at 50% for 3 minutes

Let sit for one minute then stir and enjoy!

One more thing! Last night I had the best dinner ever at a restaurant on the canal...

Portobello melt
large portobello mushroom, marinated and baked with spinach, red peppers and jumbo lump crabmeat ... topped with melted mozzarella cheese and a balsamic drizzle garnish

It was delicious!!

Have a great day!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

INFLATED 2/25/2014 2:17AM

    The recipes sound delicious. Way to go on staying in your calorie range and getting ready for your 10 miler. All I can say about the cars is, that was quick!

Princess likes to nap after her walk. My husband says she has to get her sniffing in. If he says sniffing, she is ready to go.

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ANNWOGGER 2/24/2014 4:03PM

    Thanks for the pumpkin oatmeal recipe. I really like oatmeal and know it is good for you but I tend to use lots of brown sugar or maple syrup. Pumpkin sound yummy and so much better for you!

Thanks, Ann

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POSITIVE41 2/24/2014 5:41AM

    Meals look great - yum! Which HM are you running in May? I am doing one in Mother's Day sponsored by Christianan HC.

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WONDERGALE 2/24/2014 1:06AM

    emoticon on the running. I'm striving to run on at least half the level your on. emoticon

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SHARON10002 2/23/2014 10:22PM

    emoticon for the new car, and emoticon on selling your current car so quickly!

Good luck with your running and the 10 milers!

You wore that little puppy out - big time!

Have a good week!

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SHERYLP461 2/23/2014 10:17PM

    Good for you, glad you found a car that you liked and sold the old one to boot!
the oatmeal looks tasty too.

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JAXMOMMY 2/23/2014 10:14PM

    Oooooh! Your dinner is making me swoon! Yum! I'm also going to try your pumpkin oatmeal! HOnestly, I've never known people who looked all over the country for their new car! Hope this deal works out for you! I tried to get a pic of Sassy today crashed on the sofa after a long play out in the beautiful sun, but she kept waking! Obviously she sleeps with one ear open!

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WATERMELLEN 2/23/2014 7:40PM

    Mmm, both the pumpkin oatmeal and the Portobello sound delish!

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MBTEPP 2/23/2014 6:15PM

    Roxy is sure happy after her walk outside! Great Pic.


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TERI-RIFIC 2/23/2014 6:02PM

    I like the pumpkin on the couch!!

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SMITTY4RL 2/23/2014 4:47PM

    Portobello melt: nom, nom, nom. Love the pumpkin oatmeal, too--used to have that quite a bit last November and December, always reminds me of the holidays. Can I say I love Roxy being on the couch crashed out? A tired dog is a good dog, lol.

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SABLENESS 2/23/2014 4:25PM

    Thanks for sharing recipe. I've been wanting to experiment with it. emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/23/2014 4:03PM

    Yum, yum!
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DOGLADY13 2/23/2014 3:25PM

    It all sounds wonderful! Not sure what I'd like more: a run outside or the portobello melt.


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BOILHAM 2/23/2014 3:08PM

    Love oatmeal, love pumpkin. That is for me!! Good luck with the new car.

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KIWIANN 2/23/2014 3:01PM

    Those both sound delicious! I am not usually a big fan of oatmeal, but I love pumpkin, so I think I may try your recipe.

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BECKY0111 2/23/2014 2:17PM

    Your pumpkin oatmeal looks good. I'll have to try it.


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CYCLINGSANDY 2/23/2014 2:10PM

    Yum, Yum and YUM! I am still running inside on my treadmill too, but I have not been staying in my calorie range due to too much traveling.

Good for you on sticking to your commitments!

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