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Today is a rest day so I ran 2.23 miles yesterday for Ahmaud. Today is his birthday. May he Rest In Peace and may justice be served. 🙏🏼❤️#irunwithmaudPERFECT message for me today. And for all of us. Be your BEST today! YOU’VE GOT THIS! 💯💥💫🔥🌟✅Late posting, but I ran a virtual half marathon alone in my neighborhood today. Im going to post a report soon. I’m so tired. 😴 Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there. Hope you all have a blessed day.I know exactly where I have been every third Saturday in May for the last 10 years. Running the Beach 2 Bay Relay Marathon in Corpus Christi, TX in honor of Armed Forced Day. Until this year.....it is postponed until October. So I ran my 13.1 last weekend with no fanfare. No friends, crowds, or parties. No medal, no shirt, no bib. It wasn’t the same but I feel good about my consistency. (Year 11). I’m already looking forward to next May!I’m sad since I can’t run right now due to an injury, but I’m still able to take Petunia for a spin!! Still getting in my fitness minutes. Let’s have a great week, Sparkfriends!I just completed an indoor bike ride and an hour of lifting to kick my week off right! I’m still feeling strong on day 61 of isolation. Never miss a Monday, friends! Keep staying safe! 💪🏼👍🏼Got an extra special treat after my 3.5 mile walk this evening. Such a lovely way to end a lovely day. Keep Sparkin’, Friends.Pics taken In May the last 4 years....SAME weight, different body compositions. Maintenance is hard work and can look very different depending on your nutrition and fitness goals. Our daily actions dictate our outcomes. I won’t give up and will always be a work in progress.day 21 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 5/21/2020I RunI RideSince I only compete with myself, I will try to beat last week’s stats this week! I’m still getting in my fitness while healing from a running injury. Walks with my daughter are my favorite. ❤️ Have a great week, Sparkfriends!day 30 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 5/30/2020June Vision Board now complete! I fell short of my fitness goals for May, but I still maintained my weight (Week 45). New month! New goals! New resolve! Let’s do this, Sparkfriends!I’m still injured from my half marathon last month, but had to get a run in for Global Running Day!! 🏃🏻♀️❤️ I’ll take it!#BLMMaking ImprovementsEnjoyed a beautiful ride with my dear hubby this evening. Almost 18 miles of hilly countryside and fresh air. Great exercise and perfect company. Have a great weekend, Sparkfriends!Biding my time until I can run again. I’m staying active with walking, riding and gardening. More of the same tomorrow. Goodnight, Sparkfriends!day 50 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 6/20/2020Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers out there! I’m thankful for my dear husband who is the greatest Dad to our three kids. Enjoy your special day, guys!Friends, stay safe! There is an elephant in the room and it has not gone away. As much as it’s trying to be ignored away, it’s not. Be smart, wear a mask. You won’t catch me going in a gym yet. I make it work at home!!Another pain free test run, y’all! I think I’m finally ready to add distance! Yay!! Don’t ever give up, Friends. Stay optimistic that things will get always get better! 🤗💛💫🌟My daughter and I got a neat surprise on our walk this evening. ❤️ Trying to stay positive through difficult times. Thankful for special blessings. Have a great evening, Sparkfriends.90 degrees, 9000% humidity. Whew! Had a good session with my running coach this morning! Stay COOL and SAFE this weekend, Sparkfriends! Hydrate! 🏃🏻♀️🔥💦Not feeling much like celebrating this year but my daughter and I got our 4 miles in for the 4th! Twinning, too. ❤️❤️ Have a safe holiday, Friends!Please wear a mask. I need lots of carbs for my ramp test on the bike trainer later today! Onion bagel, low fat cream cheese and watermelon juice should help! Oh and coffee! ❤️❤️ Have a great day, Sparkfriends!My Desert Rose is showing off with more buds waiting to open. 😍Powered through a hot run this morning. I’ve been hydrating ever since. 💦💦 Stay cool, Friends. The heat is no joke. 💦💦I care about others, and I believe in science. That is why I wear a mask and social distance. ❤️ Stay safe and well, Friends! We can help beat this together!I feel hopeful in my Garden. ❤️My Giant Toro Elephant Ear is BIG, like some new goals I’m going to be working on! Morning run-done! Evening walk later, A quick errand in between being as safe as possible FOR OTHERS. Keep Sparking, Friends! Have a great week! #maskitmonday #maskiteverydayThe AC repairman is here! Yay! I can do my hour long ride on the trainer now that cooler air is in my future! Stay safe and stay cool, Friends! And HYDRATE! 💦💦Welcoming a new leaf.I could have done a little better on my macros today, but I got my fitness in! I did a hard 1 hour bike ride, 4 mile walk and core for strength training. I will rest well tonight. I hope y’all do too, Sparkfriends!Good Morning Sparkfriends! I was sitting in my garden pre-logging my meals for the day, and a little baby bird chose this moment to leave its nest above me and it landed on my arm. ❤️ What a treat! It’s going to be a great day!Spark streaks are a great way to stay motivated! Today’s run put me over 3,000 fitness minutes for July and I have a bike ride and lifting later! Also day 93 of logging all food. Start a streak and keep going, Friends!Went on my very first group ride with my hubby yesterday evening. I LOVED IT!I stuffed and bacon wrapped a tenderloin last night. 227 Calories/4g Carbs/14g Fat/30g Protein. I thought of you @catwmncat! #fuelI started off a hare 🐇 and ended up a turtle 🐢. But I PR’d my 5k and got over 5 miles in. I’ll take it. Look for the positives! Have a great day, Sparkfriends!I ended up rearranging my bedroom today instead of my planned chores and fitness. I still got my nightly walk in with my daughter, though! And my room looks totally different and I love it.Had an amazing ride with my hubby this evening. Finding new (to me) places and pushing myself to become a little better each day. 🚴🏻♀️is looking forward to another ride with my awesome coach tomorrow!Weigh in today...yep, still in maintenance mode. I owe it to CONSISTENT fitness and counting macros (not calories). Day 101 of logging my food and staying active with running, riding, walking and lifting. Find what works for you and stick with it, Sparkfriends! Let’s crush it this week.I’m taking the week off from my hard trainer rides, but I’m still staying active. Being an athletes means knowing what your body needs, and when. Have a great day, Sparkfriends!A cranky hip is whispering to me, so I listened, and slowed my roll on my run this morning. Improvising and focused stretching for the win. Listen to your body, Friends. Treat it well.Started the day with a 4.5 mile run and ended it with over an hour of lifting and HIIT in the sweat chamber (aka garage gym). A shower and good night’s rest is in order. Let’s do it again tomorrow, Sparkfriends. 😴😴Y’all, my Giant Taro is amazing! And putting off blooms! 😍I didn’t feel well today but this visitor to my garden made me smile. Tomorrow is a new day. Have a good night, Sparkfriends. ❤️🦋Enjoyed an easy ride with my hubs last night. Nature (and Buffalo!) just a short ride from our house. ❤️Took it easy on my evening walk with my daughter last night. Hoping for a long ride today. Happy Sunday, Friends! I went on my second ever group ride this evening with 8 others. It was super fun and we were lucky the local Buffalo herd were playing in a pond by the bike path today. *SQUEAL*! My day is complete. ❤️ Have a great week, Friends!I had to cut my trainer ride short tonight. I’m hurting. But I got a short sunset walk in with my daughter. Tomorrow is a new day. Took a pic at the sunflower field for Flex Friday. 🌻💪Being on the injured list is a hard place to be. It’s imperative to rest your mind along with your body. Guarding yourself from thoughts of anger, resentment, disappointment and despair is important to the healing process. I am thankful I found some peace in my garden today. 🦋🌟🙏A 1.25 mile walk is better than a 0 mile walk. Especially when the company is good. ❤️ Got a little lifting in as well. Doing what I can for now. Goodnight, Sparkfriends!I hope you all had a great day Sparkfriends! I ate well today and achieved mowing my yard and a nice sunset walk with my daughter. Purposeful movement + good nutrition = a good day. 😊Happy National Dog Day from me and my pack! ❤️ I got some gardening fitness in today and was rewarded with some visitors. ❤️🦋 And then a nice 3 mile walk with my daughter under cloudy skies as Laura approaches. I hope all of my Sparkfriends are safe!Raising a glass (of watermelon juice) to 120 days of logging my food, pretty rainbows for my daughter and good Sparkfriends! Wishing you all a good night! 💤🌈🍉❤️Gaining more confidence on the bike, I went for my longest solo ride today so far. So fun and liberating! Will do my 3rd group ride tomorrow. Step outside of your comfort zone, Friends! It’s a whole new world out there! 🌟💥🚴🏻♀️Went on a beautiful walk this evening and had a little bit of scary excitement. 🐍😱🐍 I’m sure I burned a few extra calories from freaking out. Have a good evening Sparkfriends!Celebrated my 11 year Sparkversary with lots of yard work and a lovely sunset stroll. Iâ€™m so glad to still be here, Sparking away with my Sparkfriends! â¤ï¸Here you go @allylizzy! I took this pic a few days ago in my garden. I always find great joy there surrounded by my flowers and special visitors. ❤️🦋@allylizzy Thank you for the idea of posting a throwback Thursday pic of free-er times. This was taken 2 years ago at one of my favorite restaurants on the water in S. TX. The restaurant is no more, but the memories will last forever. ❤️3 of my favorites in one pic..! A bike ride and beautiful sunset with my BFF. ❤️ This is how we roll on a Friday evening!
Have a great weekend Sparkfriends!day 307 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 9/12/2020I finally completed the finishing touches on my home gym! Going old school in the garage until it’s safe to return to the world. Making it work!Enjoyed a group ride yesterday evening with dear husband. I’m really starting to LOVE riding! My little family (minus 2 kiddos).I tagged along to support my husband on his first Century ride today. I rode with him for 41 of his 103 miles and he rocked the rest alone. Super proud of him. ❤️ Great day for a ride.🥰😍😍Someone was jealous of the photo shoot my new running shoes were getting and decided to butt in. 😂 Happy Mother’s Day to me ~ from my hubby. ❤️😍😍Spent some time making a new Vision Board for May and I’m feeling super motivated!! I’m concentrating on things within my control and everything else is going in the ROUND FILE. 👍🏼💪🏼💥 🧹🚫 #noexcuses #bsfreezoneI did my last long run before my Virtual Half Marathon in 2 weeks. It as taken me all day to recover, as it was very hot. 🔥🏃🏻♀️ I hope you all have an awesome weekend! (Stay SAFE!)will be doing a 30 Day Song Challenge. ❤️🎶🎵I ended up with 86 running miles for the month. I’m looking forward to May and working on new plans and goals!! (While continuing to stay isolated). Keep staying safe, Friends!Last year in Berlin and today in my neighborhood in TN. Same distance. Same half marathon training. Only this year the race is postponed until October (for now). But I will still run a half in my neighborhood next month...solo. Training continues.Forgot to post my morning message from my sweetener. Thinking of dreamy destinations from the past and hoping to go to more in the future. Do your best today.is plotting to get new running shoes. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!Sad but true? Have a great Sunday, Friends! Be Happy just because! 😊😊It was run day. Happy Easter, Sparkfriends! I hope everyone had an active, SAFE day! I made it out for a nice run after the storms passed. Thankful for another day! 🌈☀️❤️🐰Sprinkle kindness everywhere! The kitchen, the living room, the patio, the front yard, the backyard,....everywhere!! As long as it’s at home! Stay safe....isolate. We will get through this, Friends!Clowns to the left of me...Jokers to the right. 😂😂🐾🎶🎵 Here I am..stuck in the middle of the best quarantine buddies around! Hope everyone is staying SAFE!!
I ran my heart out today for a loved one who was murdered without justice a year ago on this date. Gone but never forgotten. ❤️I felt encouraged seeing my stats for March. My lifting minutes may be down but my miles sure are up. Will try my best to continue for April while totally avoiding people. Let’s do this, Friends!I got in a nice run away from people today. Keep up the social distancing, Friends!! It saves lives. #isolation #day14My sweetener has jokes today. 😂 Day 12 of isolation and all the time in the world for myself (and my daughter). Please stay home or practice safe distancing, Friends. Lives are depending on it.The sun finally peeked out and I made it out for a run and some fresh air while successfully avoiding people. Please practice safe distancing and keep moving, Sparkfriends! Stay safe!I saw this in my neighborhood on my run yesterday. Kudos to all the brave men and women who are still moving cargo and delivering packages and supplies during this global nightmare. My hubby is FedEx pilot still flying around the world. 🙏🏼❤️Drastic times call for drastic measures. I’ll be lifting at home indefinitely. I’m making do with what I have. Dumbbells, kettle bells, a band system, pull up bar and bike trainer, P90X and a mat. Let’s do this thing!! Stay safe and well, Friends. Keep moving. We’ll get through this.Got some sunshine and fresh air on a nice 3 mile walk with my daughter and one of my dogs. Today it was Tippy’s turn! ❤️🐾 Keep moving, Sparkfriends. Breath.It’s Flex Friday, Friends! I’m trying to stay positive and calm while continuing on with my routine. I’m still going to the gym every day, but sanitizing everything like crazy. Stay safe out there. This too shall pass.Got in a nice walk with my daughter and 1 of my 6 dogs. Roscoe was the lucky one today! ❤️ 🐾#keepmovingTried a new recipe! Stuffed chicken breasts with asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella. 39g Protein/12g Fat/6g Carbs/292 Calories. Muscle food! 💪🏼PROTEIN!! (This post won’t suit everyone but we are meat and fish lovers in our house). I aim for 1-1.5g of protein per body weight. Fat burning/muscle building macros! 💪🏼👍🏼I think my coffee is trying to tell me something today. Leave a little sparkle wherever you go, friends! #goodvibesonlyMy two favorite things! ☕️🏋🏻♀️ Have a great week, Sparkfriends!I LiftStarted my day off with a sunrise run! It’s going to be a great day! Wishing you all the same, Sparkfriends! ❤️☀️...A few years older and a whole lot stronger! (Non smoker now too!) Lifting weights has changed my life. 💪🏼 The transformation continues. #BeforeAndCurrent #transformationtuesdayA good reminder. For all of us. There will always be others that think you don’t matter, and they are wrong.It’s Flex Friday...Valentine’s Day Edition! ❤️🌹💪🏼 I wouldn’t want to spend it anywhere else but at the gym with my dear hubby. ❤️🌹💪🏼is feeling thankful and blessed.You know you had a great run when you end up looking like a drowned rat. 😂 No one said running was pretty. But it’s awesome. 🏃🏽♀️Throwback Thursday to when I was fairly new at lifting, and now 3 years later. I’ll be 52 next week. Find your favorite fitness and stick with it, Friends! Consistency is everything!You know you’ve had an awesome lifting session when...
Kicked off my Monday with a great workout. Thank goodness for hotel gyms. 👍🏼 Have a great week, Sparkfriends! Make every day count. #noexcusesis 😂😂 100% True!! Things are tough, but there’s always the gym. #keepgrinding
My first run back in 11 days due to an illness. So thankful for better days. Have a great weekend, Sparkfriends! 🙏🏼✌🏼❤️Friday’s are for Flexin’! Hope you all have a great weekend, Sparkfriends! 💪🏼 #flexfriday💯💯😭❤️💪🏼day 60 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 1/9/2020Throw Back Thursday, muscle edition! One of my first flex pics on Sparkpeople many years ago when I was mostly just a runner. To now, a runner AND a lifter. Strength training changed my life. ❤️💪🏼 #fitover50is When your sweetheart brings you love from Paris. ❤️ I’ll figure out a way to make them fit my macros! 😂🤔@stillsparkleigh My Self Esteem gym selfie! 😂 I put in 128 hours of lifting this year. Hoping for an even better 2020! Keep Sparking, Friends! ❤️💪🏼Happy New Year’s Eve, Sparkfriends!! My run today gave me 550 running miles for the year! A beautiful day and great way to end the decade! Wishing you all a GREAT 2020! Keep Sparking!Got a little Christmas run in and will lift at gym later. I hope you’re all having a blessed day with friends and family. Merry Christmas! 🌲❤️🌲I enjoyed a beautiful Christmas Eve sunset ride with my husband this evening. Wishing all of my Sparkfriends a very blessed, peaceful and Merry Christmas!I got to dig out my holiday gym gear! I hope y’all are having a great holiday season so far and are making wise choices with fitness and nutrition! We can do it, Sparkfriends! 🌲💪🏼🎅🏻I’ve been following a certain program ever since I started lifting and I completed my 600th workout last night! Feeling proud. Stay CONSISTENT, Sparkfriends! Every workout adds up to big changes.I finished my 10 week strength program tonight! I’ll start a new one on Monday. Consistency is key, Sparkfriends! Let’s keep pushing!2009 and 2019: 41 year old unhealthy chain smoker (left) and now at 51, fit and smoke free. I’m so thankful that I made my health a priority and quit smoking and started running and then lifting. It’s never too late to turn things around,
Sparkfriends!It’s Transformation Tuesday! Age 43 (left) and now at 51 (right). Consistency with weightlifting in addition to my running really changed my life. Find something you love to do, Soarkfriends, and stick with it!Be stronger than your excuses. And never miss a Monday! Have a great day, Sparkfriends! 💪🏼👊🏼💥Buenos Dias from Buenos Aires! Today I had my second run back since my injury 3 weeks ago and yesterday was my 25th Wedding Anniversary. I’m a super happy gal. Catch up with y’all soon, Sparkfriends.I think my cat loves my new running shoes as much as I do! Cant wait to get off the injured list and take them for a spin! ❤️ Have a great day, Sparkfriends!day 150 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 11/3/2019Lift & Run777 *love*Happy late Halloween, Sparkfriends! No spooky fun for me, just late night shoulders at the gym. On to November! New month, new goals.7 years ago today I ran my first Half Marathon at age 44. Yesterday I ran 12 miles training for the same half at age 51. Race day is 12 days away. I’m so thankful to still be at it after all this time. #ageisjustanumberIt’s transformation Tuesday, Friends! I started lifting 3 years ago this month. I’ve learned a lot along the way, especially that consistency really is KEY!I’ve been feeling under the weather but had an amazing run today. Listen to your body and persevere. #justkeepswimmingOn a little 4 day getaway and still managed to run 9 miles yesterday and worked out twice in hotel gym. And I’ll run 7 tomorrow before leaving. Make time, not excuses.I had a lovely bike ride with my hubby this evening, then we hit the gym for back and biceps. I feel blessed that my fitness partner is also my best friend and spouse. ❤️💪🏼Beautiful day for a bike ride here in TN. I got in my exercise while exploring new places! Keep moving and have a great day, Sparkfriends!Ride, Run, Walk, Swim, Lift...just keep moving!!day 100 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 9/14/2019I am inspired by all of the outdoor fitness posts with beautiful scenery here on the CF. I enjoyed the outdoors this evening as well. I took in a lovely walk with my daughter. #inspredResting with my little CHI after an amazing run this morning. Sometimes you just have to run your feelings. And enjoy nature. 🌳🏃🏻♀️❤️I celebrated being 10 years smoke free today by starting my day off with a 5.5 mile run, then a 2 mile walk with my daughter in the afternoon and 45 minutes of strength training this evening. I smoked for 23 years and was very sick when I quit. I’m so thankful to be healthy and smoke free now.My BFF and I got a special treat on our 6 mile run yesterday! A beautiful rainbow. Have a safe and happy Labor Day, Sparkfriends!I haven’t been able to lift weights in 3 weeks due to extenuating circumstances. It’s AMAZING how fast you lose your progress when consistency isn’t present. I will be kind to myself until I can lift again very soon. Muscle memory is my friend.Same day. Same thing. Different year. Consistency is KEY!! Getting ready to go for a run. Just keep going, Sparkfriends!Today was my hubby’s 50Th birthday! He’s super fit and awesome and getting better with each passing year. Feeling blessed.It’s National Watermelon Day! Who knew?! I enjoy my Watermelon juice as a special treat (high carbs 😬) No wine for me, thank you. 🍉🍉❤️🍷It was a beautiful morning for a run with my BFF! Happy August, Sparkfriends! New month, new goals! Let’s do this!This Facebook timehop pic from 8 years ago came at a good time to remind me of how far I have come. I am reinventing myself with strength training and learning a lot about myself along the way.When your cat is in charge of spinning the Sparkwheel! 😂😻 Have a great Thursday everyone!Tuesday is leg day! It’s my least favorite but I did it. Keep pushing even when you don’t feel like it,
Sparkfriends! 💪🏻👊🏻💥Monday is International Chest day! 😂 I had a great lifting session this evening and a hot 5.5 mile run this morning. 💪🏻 🔥 Staying active. Have a great week, Sparkfriends! #mondaymotivationI am SO excited about my new foam rolling/flexibility kit that came today. I am trying to work at self care in between my lifting and running.Tough run today but worth the views and company of my BFF. Have a great week, Sparkfriends!When you meet up with your running buddy for a Saturday morning run, and you’re wearing the same shirt. 😂 #twinning #twocrazychicsFlex Friday: Transformation Edition. Early in my lifting journey and now. Still and always a work in progress. Let’s keep pushing, Sparkfriends! 💪🏻Never miss a Monday! Chest/Shoulders/Triceps for me today. Keep grinding, Sparkfriends!I saw this and thought it was hilarious! Stay hydrated my friends! Especially you fellow Texans. 🔥🔥Ran 5.5 miles in Denver in the AM, lifted in a hotel gym in Boise in the PM. Travel is no reason not to get it done. #noexcuses #runandliftThis so true. Binging for 2 weeks was my choice. Gaining 8 pounds is my consequence. Time to get back to what I know about nutrition and counting macros.I had a great strength training workout tonight. Never miss a Monday! Have a great week, Sparkfriends! 💪🏻Happy Friday Sparkfriends! I took in my surroundings on my run earlier. Then joined my BFF for an easy 3 miles. Be present.I know what I was wearing 25 years ago today! This little black dress the night I met my husband. Thankful we’re still together and thankful the dress still fits. LOL.Casually and consistently putting in the miles until my next half marathon. Sticking to 4:1 intervals for now.Had a beautiful run in Waikiki this morning. Vacation is no excuse to not exercise. Hitting the gym for strength training later. #noexcusesWe work out even on vacation! 4 mile run and 84 minutes of lifting today while in Hawaii! No excuses.Had a nice sunrise run with my running partner/BFF today. It set a nice tone for a new day and a new week!2 of my kids graduated high school this week! I’m super proud of them. I stay healthy and active so I can hopefully be around to see what great things they do.Had a tough run this morning. But a bad run is better than no run, IMO. #mojo #runandliftHas anyone tried these? I’m always looking for ways to up my protein and thought I’d give it a try. Protein = Muscles!My BFF and I ran Beach 2 Bay Relay Marathon as a 2 person team (“2 Crazy Chics”) and placed 2nd in women’s senior masters! What a great day!You have the power to literally shape your life. Consistency and commitment help make it happen. Keep Pushing, Sparkfriends!! #BeforeAndCurrent (age 45 and 51)Look y’all! Our race shirts are in! The unveiling of our logo. 2 Crazy Chics! The official unveiling of the “2 Crazy Chics” team shirt! LOL! We helped design the logo and I’m very pleased with the outcome. 5 days till race day! Beach to Bay Marathon Relay!Happy Mother’s Day, Sparkfriends! I thought I’d make a Flex Friday contribution since it’s been a little while. I haven’t been feeling like myself lately, but I keep pressing onward and upward. #flexfriday #neverquitbe kind to yourself. Training run in Berlin today. Ended my 9 miles next to Brandenburg Gate. Will catch up on Spark soon! Training run in Berlin today. Ended my 9 miles next to Brandenburg Gate. Will catch up on Spark soon! Had a great training run with my BFF this morning. 4 weeks till our Marathon Relay! #2crazychics #runningforbrandonRan a 10K with my BFF tonight benefiting the local child welfare foundation. We placed 2nd and 3rd in our age group running a 4:1!! woohoo! #twocrazychicsThe really cool moment you find your HS Sr. Class picture and you’re standing next to your running BFF! (33 years later!). ❤️I like to do a transformation Tuesday post occasionally. Age 42 left/age 52 right. Only -3 pound difference. Keep Sparking! #ageisjustanumber #transformation #beforeandnowNot everyone will get my new running socks, but I love em! LOL. Have a great day, Sparkfriends!! ✌🏻✌🏻Rainy day on the beach but I still did my training run. Make progress not excuses.4 mile run this morning and 78 minutes of legs tonight, including 100 weighted squats. 🔥🔥 Set some goals, then crush them, Sparkfriends!I’m almost halfway to my goal! 9 more weeks of training. 🙏🏻 Happy St Paddy’s Day, Friends! ☘️@gpalmer2019 shared a cool collage of his life outside of Spark and he asked us to share ours. Outside of Spark. I’m a SAHM who has been married almost 25 years to a former Marine Corps fighter pilot. 😍. I had 3 kids in 4 years (2 girls and a boy). I am an excellent fisher woman, avid gardener, political activist, traveler, sunrise catcher and I have 5 cats and 5 dogs, all indoors. 💪🏻✈️🐶😺🌸@gpalmer2019 shared his Flex Friday pic so I thought I’d join him. 💪🏻 I hope everyone has a great weekend full of fun fitness and wise food choices! Let’s do this.Working on vascularity. I want my arms, biceps and shoulders to look like a road map. LOL. #goals #bodybuilding #gainsI’m checking in for Transformation Tuesday! Always a work in progress. #BeforeAndCurrentToday was my longest run since 2016! Slow and steady with 4:1 intervals. I feel great. #moveit #runI had a great run with my BFF this morning. Feeling good! Have a great day, Sparkfriends!Exercising my senses in the garden this morning! Have a great day, Sparkfriends! ❤️I’ve learned a lot the last two years. Like how to flex traps. 😂😂 Take progress pics, Sparkfriends! It’s motivating. #BeforeAndCurrentThe face of impatience, but the come back WILL be greater than the setback. Just biding my time. 🙏🏻 Keep pushing, Sparkfriends.Drawing strength from these words this morning. If you’re struggling with illness or injury, hang in there! The come back is always greater than the setback. 💪🏻❤️It’s almost time to implement the original full body workout in S TX. A great enhancement to regular fitness. I hope Spring comes soon wherever you are, Sparkfriends.Do I feel motivated to work out every day? Absolutely not! But I always go anyway. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. #flexfriday #justdoitHappy Valentines Day everyone! My husband and I are celebrating our 24th Valentines Day together. We give each other the gift of our health. ❤️❤️“Strength and Growth come only through continuous Effort and Struggle”. ❤️ Such a lovely thought to ponder on the eve of my 51st Birthday. Keep pushing, Sparkfriends. And never give up.Did someone ring the dinner bell? This looks about like me every few hours. 😂 #foodisfuel #nourishment #energyThis is my breakfast most days. Itâ€™s a protein powder made by our bodybuilding guru. It comes in lots of delicious flavors but this flavor just came out and is now my favorite!!! Chocolate/Peanut Butter. I also put it in Greek yogurt for a healthy treat.
160 Calories/4g Fat/6g Carbs/24g Protein
Feb 2017/Feb 2018/Feb 2019
I weigh more now in 3rd pic than in the first two. Every small effort you make with nutrition and exercise adds up to big changes. Keep going and never give up.My first try at stuffed Spaghetti Squash. Soooo delicious!!Y’all know I’m a believer in progress photos! This is 2 years of work. To the day. Your body can achieve what the mind believes! #BeforeAndCurrentA Texas breakfast of champions. Scrambled Eggs (Protein!) and Pico de Gallo. ðŸ‡¨ðŸ‡±Stay focused on your goals, Sparkfriends. Don’t let the opinions of others or negativity derail your plans. Do your best and forget the rest. 💪🏻I zoodled for the first time today! Garlic Parmesan Zoodles: Fast, delicious and it fit my macros. It needs tweaking but I’m learning. Thanks, @sparkleigh61!Learning all about my new bike on my indoor trainer! With all the comforts (and warmth) of home ❤️🚴🏻♀️day 100 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 1/22/2019Left, age 45 and all long distance running. Right, age 50 and mostly lifting AND 15 pounds HEAVIER on the scale. I won’t let the number on the scale define my transformation. #beforeamdafter #nolossjustgainsReporting in to the gun show! Pew! Pew!It’s transformation Tuesday, Friends! I’m a former chain smoking, junk food junkie who was in poor health when I found SparkPeople over 9 years ago. I am now almost 51 and feeling healthier than ever, thanks to better nutrition, consistency with fitness and the tools here on Spark to help me along the way. We can do it, Friends! Never give up.Iâ€™d love to see yaâ€™lls food pics! I need ideas. Hereâ€™s my second lunch. I have 2 dinners and 2 snacks to go! ðŸ˜±Hope yâ€™all are having a great Monday so far. My lunch today. Chicken, asparagus and mini peppers.Jan 14, 2018 and Jan 14, 2019. ➡️ When you feel frustrated with your progress, look back at how far you’ve come. Trust pics, not the scale.Maiden voyage of my new ride! I haven’t been on a bicycle in 18 years. But you know how the saying goes...It really is “just like riding a bike”. 😂🚴🏻♀️It’s here Sparkfriends! I’m leaving my comfort zone and adding something new to my routine! 🚴🏻♀️ Just keep moving!This is my gorgeous BFF, Lainie! ❤️ She’s not on SparkPeople (yet) but I had to share her amazing transformation! 60# gone doing KETO. #BeforeAndAfterGood Morning Sparkfriends! I’m just in from a 4 mile walk on beach and I feel fabulous! Let’s make it a great day, everyone! #positivevibesHad a pretty good workout today! Find something you enjoy doing and keep moving, Sparkfriends! #liftingJust reflecting on this year’s progress. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings! Happy New Year, Sparkfriends! Keep pushing! #BeforeAndAfterConsistency over time pays off. Document the journey, it’s motivating. #BeforeAndAfterI am extremely humbled and honored to have been nominated as a Spark Motivator. Thank you so much Sparkfriends!! Year to date check-in. Sometimes the changes are subtle but I am much stronger than this time last year. Keep pushing. Every rep counts. #BeforeAndAfterWhen your gym is closed for the day, you break out the dumbbells at home. 💪🏻👍🏻 #noexcusesMy go-to meal several days a week. Chicken breast, tomato, mozzarella, balsamic dressing. (331 calories/32g protein/6g carbs/19g fat). Tweaked my Motivation Board. I now have an 8 week plan to begin running again. It’s Motivational Monday, Sparkfriends!! February 2017 and November 2018. Consistency is the key to getting stronger! Never give up! #beforeandafter (PS. If you like the before pic better, please keep it to yourself because I’m very happy with the present).Friday’s are for Flexin’! Wishing you all a great weekend, Sparkfriends! Remember, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to! #flexfriday #positivevibesonlyHappy Anniversary to us! It’s been an awesome 24 years! And looking forward to many more!24 years ago today I married the man of my dreams. I’m so thankful that all these years later, we have made our fitness and health a priority together. #swolematesI deleted this from the community feed due to ugly comments. This is my transformation and Iâ€™m pretty proud of it. YES!! I like this a lot!I got new running shoes today in anticipation of returning from an injury soon! 🙏🏼 (Hopefully!) PT starts next week. YAY! #hope #happinessisnewrunningshoesDoing my favorite program again! W1D1 of Jim Stoppaniâ€™s Showtime. Itâ€™s a calorie torcher! LOL.! No Halloween parties for me. LOL! Tomorrow is a new day. LOL! True Story.Beautiful morning. New day. Fresh start! Make it great, Sparkfriends! #goodmorning#gains 10-18LOL!! Tickled my funny bone!! I realize a muscular look isn’t what all women go for. I like it, and I just wanted to show what 1.5 years of consistency looks like. The time will pass anyway, see what you can do with it... #BeforeAndAfter #transformationtuesday“Time spent with cats is never wasted”. (Good thing I have 5 of them!) I think animals are so important to our wellbeing.Another beautiful morning. Every day we get a fresh new start. Make it a great day, Sparkfriends!Anyone?It was a lovely start to a new day. Remember, if plan A doesn't work, there are 25 more letters to try. Keep pushing.Excellent reminder. Itâ€™s HIGH carb day!! Yay!!! Eat all the food! (But keep the fats low).When you walk by and notice you and hubby are are wearing the same shirt. 😂😂 #gunshow #swolemates #Here is a pic I shared in January 2018 (left) and today Sept 2018. I try not to think of how far I have yet to go, but rather how far I’ve come. Every effort we make adds up. #flexfriday #consistency#protein #gains #countyourmacrosSept 2018
23 Months difference. #transformationtuesday #girlswholift It’s my 9 Year Sparkversary today! The tools and the support to aid in your success are here at your disposal. Keep on Sparking!I have logged my meals for the day and posted them on the fridge. I get nothing more, nothing less. #perfectmacros #focus #concentrate #engageYour vibe attracts your tribe. I love comparison pics. They keep me motivated. This is a year-to-date check in. Consistency is key. Don’t stop. Just keep going! #beforeandafter #documentthejourneyShort run today. Very carefully coming back from an injury. Have an awesome, active day Sparkfriends! ✌🏻Had a bad night on the bench press tonight so I went and crushed a bunch of deadlifts Turned a negative into a positive. #keepgrinding #nevergiveup #staypositveMy body is under construction. #transformation Getting this down to a science. #foodisfuel #protein #gainsJust having a little fun on this Flex Friday,
Sparkfriends! May you have a great weekend full of fitness and wise nutrition! We can do this. 💪🏻Fuel your body! #protein #gains Progress Check-In! Oct 2017-August 2018. You can accomplish a lot in less than a year. Put your mind to it. Consistency is KEY!IIFYM! It takes practice and discipline. Itâ€™s my daily science project.!My 8 week challenge is off to a great start! Was able to test out the legs with 2 miles this morning. Have a great week Sparkfriends!Eat like an athlete. #fuel #gainsTweaked my motivation board for my next 8 week challenge. Make some goals, go to work and crush them. It’s Throwback Thursday! Age 33 and 50. Two different people. No comparison, just progression. Love yourself at every age and stage.Pretty much sums it up. LOL.Still trying to heal my shin splints. Running may be on hold but lifting isn’t. Listen to your body and do what you can do.Stay strong against inevitable setbacks. Fall down 7 times, get up 8. #nevergiveup #quittingisntanoption #perseveranceCaught a beautiful moment on my way out for a run this morning. Have a great day Sparkfriends!August 2, 2017 and August 2, 2018. Changes are gradual. I’m always a work in progress. #documentthejourney“Exercise is about what you do to your muscles with the weight, not what you do to the weight with your muscles”. I read this today and it is just so very true. Make every rep count.Exactly 5 years/15 lbs ago and now. I used to want to be skinny. Now I just want to be fit! #BeforeAndAfterI had something really neat happen to me recently! My gym asked if I would be in their fitness column in our base newspaper (NAS Corpus Christi). I am sooo honored. It really meant a lot to me. ❤️ inspire and be inspired.Pre and post 16 day vacation. Managed to not gain weight on scale but lost some gains. Sometimes a break can be good. My batteries are recharged and I’m ready to get back to work!“Life isn't black and white. It's a million gray areas, don't you find?” - Ridley Scott Just some words to ponder. Have a great week, Sparkfriends.80 minutes/400 calories done! Being on vacation is no excuse to not workout. Most hotels have a small fitness room, or you can walk/run/do body weight exercises anywhere!Remember, mental health is important. Stop and enjoy nature. Seek positive energy. Take in your surroundings. Marvel at the beautiful gifts we were given. Appreciate the little things. Love yourself. And love others. Train your mind to see the good and everything else will follow.Train your mind and the rest will follow. 👍🏻💪🏻Iâ€™m not where I want to be but Iâ€™ve come a long way. My first pick from the garden! The squash are gigantic! More squash and lots of peppers and tomatoes are on the way!day 50 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 5/21/2018Time for a year-to-date check in. Comparison pics are an important tool in tracking progress. Don't be afraid to document the journey. #BeforeAndAfterday 250 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 5/8/2018Chicken breast, and squash, orange bell pepper and mushrooms sautÃ©ed in olive oil.
206 calories, 5g carbs, 10g fat,
25g of protein.
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream"- C. S. Lewis. One of my favorite quotes! Here I am age 41 and 50. You can do anything you put your mind to. #BeforeAndAfter100% Accurate. I love my job. day 25 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 4/26/2018All the pretty colors! #deadlifts I paused on my run to snap a pic in front of the chapel where I got married 23.5 years ago! Still going strong and I think I'm healthier now than I was then! #feelingnostalgicI'm so happy that I was able to do 3 pull-ups in a row finally. My goal has been 5 for a while. I'm getting there. #progress #nevergiveupOkay, maybe 30 years. And it's 100% accurate! LOL.Plugging away every day, here is what a year looks like. The change may appear subtle but I'm getting stronger with each passing day. Consistency is the key. #BeforeAndAfter#grind #everyday day 7 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 4/8/2018Make some goals and go to work. 4-2-18Talk to yourself like you'd talk to a good friend. Your body hears everything your mind thinks.day 200 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 3/19/2018Just a fun pic. Medium weight squat for me. March 7, 2018#gymlife How many times have you heard "muscle weighs more than fat"? I was very upset to discover that I weigh TEN pounds more than this time last year. I had to see last year's pics to remind myself that the scale is not always the best way to gauge progress. #BeforeAndAfterMade me chuckle. What a difference a year and a day makes! Consistency is key. Just put your mind to it. #BeforeAndAfterday 90 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 2/23/2018My life in a nutshell. And in that order. Happy Valentine's Day! My husband and I give the gift of our health to one another. ❤️50 isn't so bad. I had a great birthday! Thankful for another year of life. 🙏🏻💪🏻✌🏻❤️This sums up my social life. LOL.day 75 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 2/8/2018Inspired by my Sparkfriend @alofa0509, I made a vision board. I chose to do a white board so I can change things around as I go. It's a start.This is what 41g protein/27g fat/7 carbs looks like. Lunch! Remember, it's just You vs. You. Always strive to be a little better than YOU were the day before.day 60 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 1/24/2018A little progress each day adds up to big results. Don't give up.day 50 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 1/15/2018Trusting the process. Show up every single day whether you feel like it or not. ðŸ’¯2017 was a great year for me! Looking forward to seeing what I ca do in 2018! #progressI finished my 6 week challenge today! Making steady progress. Transformation Tuesday! February 2017- NowMotivation Monday! What a difference a little over a year makes. Consistency is key. Early Mornings are my favorite! I took this 10-15-17. Flour Bluff/Corpus Christi, TX.Surround yourself with like-minded people. Let no one bring you down. Keep your eyes on the goal. #keepgrinding Fitness minutes on the water! Plus, dinner!It's Transformation Tuesday,
Friends! Same clothes but different lighting. One year apart to the day. I will keep grinding and not give up. Shoulders and Legs Tonight. ðŸ’ªðŸ» Repeat, Repeatedly! ðŸ’ªðŸ»"She believed she could, so she did". I love this quote. Be determined. Finally back to work after missing 6 days due to Hurricane Harvey! Started a new program today. Woot! Transformation Tuesday, Friends! Top pics: Oct 2016-June 2017
Bottom: April 2016-Aug 2017
Keep pushing and never give up.It's Motivation Monday, Friends! Make it a great week!
Checkin' on the Triceps. #workinprogress #keepgrinding One of my five. Love my pack. Transformation Tuesday, friends! October 2016-June 2017. And The journey continues. Keep pushing. I missed Flex Friday! But Saturday's are good too! ðŸ‘ðŸ»ðŸ˜ŠJune 2017Beach 2 Bay Relay Marathon 2017. Corpus Christi, TX. My 8th year! Week 6 of my Summer Challenge is Complete. 2 more weeks to go! Chest/Shoulders/Triceps day! My favorite! Getting stronger, logging gains. Trusting the process....Traps Tuesday ! I will Stay Focused. I will Keep Pushing. Hello, 49! Birthdays are great!
5 week New Year Challenge Complete! Feb 2017Flex Friday! W2D5 of my New Year Challenge! 2016: 10" and 7lbs lost.My New Workout Buddy! Thanks, Santa! Hubby and me after a great workout!Me for the next 4 weeks.Happy Feet! July 2016Me and hubby (Wesley-R). June 2016Beach 2 Bay Marathon Relay years 2010-2016April 2016Fresh from my garden 4-16Jan 2016Seen on my run this AM. Beach 2 Bay May 2015Harbor Half Marathon 11-08-14Lifestyle & Motivation July 2014June 2014March 2014October 2013Beach! 8/2013 Age 45May 2013: Goal Weight @ 103 lbsOct 2012: Crossing the finish line in my first Half Marathon June 2012May 20121/21/12 Donor Dash 5K 3rd place : )October 2011 @123 lbsBeach to Bay 2011Cupid's Chase Run on my birthday 2-12-2011
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