Thursday, October 31, 2013
I saw this online today and thought I would share, neat time lapse and great use of photo editing.
Society does not define me - be happy in the skin you're in.
Monday, August 19, 2013
I have lived near the beach all my life and have never, ever run on the sand for a workout. Friday morning, my running buddy Paulette and I ran four miles on the boardwalk then decided to run the last few blocks on the sand.
I always thought it would be TOO HARD to run in the sand, so I avoided it, until Friday. I overcame my thoughts about it, and glad I tried it....ahhhhhh NEW LOVE, we both loved it. WOW, I can't believe I have never done this....BEST workout EVER. This new love will be adding to my running schedule once a week.
The best thing happened during our morning run.....Paulette tells me she's ready for a half marathon, WOO HOO, time to get into half-marathon shape. YEAH, a goal to work towards. Sis, Paulette and myself....Flying Pirate Half-Marathon....here we come.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my SPARK sisters. We met on Spark a while back, not sure how long but I know it's been over a year maybe even two, time just flies these days. We have been sparking together, inspiring each other, exchanging emails, texting and then to talking on the phone. I invited her to come to visit me here in Virginia Beach.
Sami arrived on Thursday evening. Both of us were nervous (just a little nervous) about meeting each other for the first time....what if she didn't like me? what if I didn't like her? Well all that went out the window as soon as I saw her. We just "clicked", just like I knew we would. There was never an "awkward" moment the entire weekend, it's like we had known each other all our lives - WOW, we truly are sisters, from another mother of course, lol.
Our husbands thought we were out of our minds with "meeting our internet friends", what if we were serial killers, lol (husbands tend to be a little on the drastic side) - but after this weekend I think they are both convinced we aren't totally crazy (well maybe a little) - but my husband enjoyed having her stay and told me he really liked her - so now I get to venture to visit her neck of the woods next time.
We enjoyed dining out, we shopped til we dropped (literally), talked, laughed, went sightseeing, I had my family over for a cookout on Sunday so she could meet my crazy bunch, I wanted everyone to meet her and for her to meet everyone and we made a special trip to see my BFF Teresa, I wanted Sami to meet her too.
I enjoyed Sami's visit very much (only it was too short).....
Early morning chats over coffee, as in 5 a.m. - Both of us like to chat (imagine that, hee hee)
Kitchen time - I couldn't get out of my kitchen duties the entire time, darn (I did have to feed the menfolk, lol) - she helped with the meals, dishes, etc. She even taught me how to make some fantastic hashbrowns (Sami style as they are now known) and to flavor a baked potato with a bay leaf (who knew). To further demonstrate how super, dooper Sami is....she offered to make the hamburger patties for our cookout, she knows I can't stand to touch raw meat, eewhhhhhh....now what a woman and a friend, thanks lady.
Shopping - we both love to shop and better yet...we love a good bargain and we ran into a bunch of super deals and got some serious retail therapy - and we even made a stop in to the salon for a hair cut too.
I was so sad to see her go, but so glad I got to finally meet her. It is so hard to find truly genuine, sweet people in this world and of all the millions of people that are members of SPARKPEOPLE, we found each other. So not only is Sami a super Spark friend...she is now a part of my family. Looking forward to many happy sister years.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Moaning and complaining about how stinking hot it is outside, how I don't want to be out in it, nothing about this kind of weather makes me want to go outside, but a promise to my running buddy did. We have been trying to get together for a run for the past two weeks, it has been raining every day that we have made a date so we haven't seen each other and was really missing getting out for a run together. We made a date for last night....could it have been any hotter yesterday....96, ugggh. We decided to go later in the evening, hoping it would cool down, but even at 7:00 last night, it was 90 degrees with 75% humidity, can you say ICK?????
The thought of even going out in this weather (shaking my head)....what did I get myself into, but I promised Paulette I'd be there, I am not one to go back on my word so I just sucked it up and headed out the door. Gross, sticky, hot, I could tell this was not going to go well.
We decided to do intervals, run three minutes, walk one, we managed that for about 2 miles, then we had to just throw in the towel....we were going to finish, but we walked. Even walking was hot, I love it when the sweat just rolls and pours down, hahahaha......NOT, but when you think about it this way....
I was one super cry baby last night, but so glad I got out there and sweat off a few gallons .....Ahhhhhh sweat...it does the body good.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
A big shout out to Jolie for giving me a wake-up text this morning, gosh she's up earlier than me, like 3:30 even, sheesh. She was up getting ready for her morning workout and decided to make sure I was up, gosh it's great to have friends to get you motivated and great to have SP buddies to be accountable to.
I am known as the "Sarge" on the Motivators team, but who keeps the Sarge motivated? Every now and again the motivators need motivating, so I am thankful for all of you and your encouragement, which keeps me going.
Last night I packed up everything for today's trip, and even put my bike in the way of the door, I was ready, no last minute morning scrambling. It sure helped to have everything done. I have way too much junk, I had my protein shake, coffee and purse in the basket and I ended up wearing the backpack with my change of clothes, etc. in it (wouldn't fit in the basket), I need to lighten the load a bit, maybe I should keep an outfit already at work, and the clunky wedge heels weighed what felt like a ton.
So I did it..... I rode my bike to work. 9 miles
This blog is meant for keeping myself motivated and overcoming that silly snooze button. Boy did it feel great to get in a workout first thing in the morning, haven't done that for a while. It was very humid, and an occasional breeze, thanks to the storage place who had their sprinklers on this morning, woo hoo, a little cool off.
Took my helmet off on the back road leading to my office so my bangs could blow dry, lol. Then a dash to the ladies room for a freshen up and to change into the work outfit. A quick swipe of the eyeliner pencil, a comb and a squirt of hairspray. You would never know I was a hot mess when I got here, see.....(pretty ragged, I'd say)
I would like to do this at least 3 times a week, I have to make myself and fitness a top priority. I have come way too far to backslide and I will not let myself revert back to being a couch potato.
The weather forecast calls for a hot, humid day with afternoon thunderstorms pretty much every day during the summer, so I am expecting to get a little wet on the ride home, but cross your fingers I don't run into any of this...
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