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A YEAR AGO.........

Monday, May 25, 2009

A lot has happened in a year. When I get down on my weight, my training, or any aspect of my new healthier life I remember:


I was carrying around 25 extra pounds and didn’t know that 25+ will still be coming off

I had a waist 4 in wider and thighs 4.75 inches thicker

My core was the leftover part of my apple

A long run was anything longer than 25 ft. - Now my longest so far is 16mi.

LSD was a hallucinogenic – Ok so it is but it is also a Long Slow Distance Run!

A track work out was something the High School Track Team did - now I do them!

A stick had nothing to do with running it was just something you played hockey with

PR stood for Public Relations (well it still does but not for a runner) – Now I have PR’s for 5K, 10K and half marathon

I hadn’t even thought of running let alone racing and WCRR, Huh? Now I have done 3 5Ks, 2 10K’s and 3 half marathons and belong to a running club. (WCRR)

Lake Murray was a place I drove to and maybe walked a little. I have actually run to it, around it, and back home again!

10 miles was too far to drive for dinner, now it is ONLY a 10 mile run.

I had Never heard of Spark People - now I know SO many Spark People and many have become good friends, running buddies, motivators or all of the above.

A year ago….. I went out on a huge limb and joined a group of women that I didn’t even know, who wanted to do something so outrageous, like run a half marathon. We called it couch to ½ marathon and we trained all on our own, communicating only on line since we lived all over the country. We compared training, aches and pains and anything else on our minds and then 4 mos. Later we all met in Long Beach and we did it! Fast or slow, walking or even watching (one women was pregnant) we did it! It was amazing .

A year ago…. This is what my journal said, “Worked in garage had a good breakfast missed morning snack had a good lunch then went for long walk at the lake. 6 miles it said. Surprised I could do it. It took about an hour and half which seems fast but that is what the mile markers said.”

A lot can happen in a year. I can never forget that and I will never forget all the amazing people I have met on this journey so far and lots that I still haven’t met. I can’t wait for next year to see what new things I will do, new people I will meet, and accomplishments that I never could have imagined doing this year!
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    I love this blog!!

    p.s....how are you???
    4381 days ago
    wow- that great. very inspiring... maybe that will be me in a year too... probably not, but at least i can try for the 5k and the 10k part. emoticon
    4436 days ago
    What an inspiration! I, too, go back and compare then with now when I get down on myself. It really can put things in perspective.

    4443 days ago

    I love this post! It is so inspiring to see how far you have come! Keep it up lady! I'm back on track....well at least started. I walked 4 miles this morning.

    4444 days ago
    You have accomplished alot in a year and you are such an inspiration to me. Thanks for letting me know about Sparkpeople.
    4450 days ago
    You've accomplished a lot, AND you are able to appreciate how far you've come! That's emoticon
    As long as you keep that attitude going you're sure to go far!
    Spark On!
    4450 days ago
    Wow, Felicia,

    All that in a year? That helps me stay motivated to keep at it, if you change so much in a year. Thanks for the advice about a yummy dessert from Spark People - I wish I would have read that before I put together the Layered Lemon Surprise in my fridge right now! I will check through the SP recipes and see what I can make for the next time. I do a lot of parties, so I need to have something planned.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon!
    4450 days ago
    Well said my friend!!! I agree with being excited for the next year because a lot can be accomplished!!! 9 minute miles here we come!!!! LOL! Thanks for being an important part of my journey...who knew when you came to that rock climbing event that I would catch you in my evil web and the rest would be history!!! LOL!
    4451 days ago
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    What a great blog! I think so many of us have so many triumphs when we think of them in the long term like this....rather than focusing on, "I only lost .5 of a pound this week," why not focus on "I am 30 lbs lighter than I was one year ago!" Attitude is so important. Congrats on your achievements :o)
    4451 days ago
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    This is such an inspiration to me!! I know that it can happen for me, too, if I do the work like you did! You've done an amazing job. Thank you for sharing this blog--it's incredibly motivating to me! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4451 days ago
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