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Another Reason to Track Your Food
Monday, March 28, 2011      11 comments

I just read Sleepy Dean's post about her hydrostatic body fat test this weekend. www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
al.asp?blog_id=4125183 During it, she was told she needed to eat more protein. In fact, s... Read more
Learning to LOVE BIKE RIDING!!! (and today's awesome brick workout)
Sunday, March 27, 2011      7 comments

Today we were at our lakehouse and I needed to do my first 'real' outdoor brick workout. My plan was to wake up and do a 10 mile ride followed by a 2 mile run. I went outside to air up my tires. It was a little chilly and I didn't have a ja... Read more
Feeling Second Rate
Thursday, March 24, 2011      14 comments

"You Can't Do It." Those are the words I heard from a loved one when I announced I'd be running my first half marathon. I also heard them when I announced I'd be doing my first triathlon. Yes, I have suffered from low self-esteem. Gro... Read more
It's official!!!
Thursday, March 24, 2011      12 comments

I just moved my first sprint triathlon date closer by a month. It is now less than 2.5 weeks away! (((big breath))) My first triathlon was scheduled for May 7th. If you've been following my blog the past few days, you know that I was suppos... Read more
Thanks!!! And, 20 vs 40...
Monday, March 21, 2011      5 comments

Thank you all SO MUCH for the comments on my post about the half marathon that isn't going to happen. There is still a slight chance that I can make the Dallas Half work that weekend. (I live in Houston so the St Louis HM was a rode trip. Dallas... Read more
My Half Marathon is Not Happening
Sunday, March 20, 2011      15 comments

My running buddy/relative bailed today. That means my in-laws, who would've watched my daughter while I was running, won't be going. (This was an out-of-state race for me.) So, the Half Marathon is NOT happening for me in 3 weeks. ... Read more
Ready to SOAR again!
Saturday, March 19, 2011      14 comments

I have really been struggling the past few weeks. It started with a sinus infection, then a trip to Japan, then coming home & the jet lag, then just being so sad about all that happened in Japan less than 48 hours after we left, then a 2nd trip ... Read more
What I Can Do Now That I Couldn't Do Then
Wednesday, March 02, 2011      14 comments

...a different kind of month in review. Things I was able to do for the first time this month... run a mile in 10:40 (according to treadmill) run 1 minute at a 9:30 pace (according to treadmill) do 20 tricep dips with straight legs (... Read more
Personal Trainers - Then, Now, & in the Future
Wednesday, March 02, 2011      6 comments

I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't sleep...maybe it's the excitement of our trip to Japan tomorrow! My 10dd and I have to leave the house at 4:30 am. We have about a 3 hour flight to Chicago and then over a 13 hour flight to Japan... Read more
Inspirational Quotes
Tuesday, March 01, 2011      5 comments

I got an email with inspirational quotes from USA triathon today. Here are 8 that I really enjoyed. May they inspire you, too! “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” —Daniel R. Evans “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, ... Read more
New "Japanese" Background Photo
Thursday, February 24, 2011      8 comments

Just wanted to explain my new background photo. I homeschool my daughter and we studied Japan in 2007. I tried my first 'big' sewing project by making this kimono for my da... Read more
JAPAN!!! Here we come!
Thursday, February 24, 2011      9 comments

I posted it on my status late last week, but my daughter and I are headed with my brother and his girlfriend to JAPAN!! And, we bought the tickets last week and are headed there NEXT week! Yep! This is a fast trip! So, I've been extremely b... Read more
The Year I was 40... (birthday post w/photos)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011      10 comments

The year I was 40 was NOT the year I was "over the hill"...it was the year I started climbing a new hill. It was the year I became an athlete ... Read more
The Month of My Recognition (funny & photo)
Friday, February 18, 2011      15 comments

Februrary has been the month where people are noticing that I've lost weight! It's been wonderful! (And, it only took about 23 pounds for people to notice...) With the comments, I've been able to spread my love of running & Spark People. So, I t... Read more
Inspired to Run Faster!
Monday, February 14, 2011      10 comments

My sister-in-law is training for her first marathon. We both ran our first half marathon back in November. At that time, she signed up for her first marathon and I signed up to do the half marathon with her. We are competing in Go! St Louis in e... Read more

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