Thursday, January 28, 2010


I lost a good friend this past weekend. She was a friend that if not for this thing we call the world wide web I would never have "met". We were both members of an online diet website, where we both had journals. This woman touched my heart from the very beginning, but the last 2 years especially. She has been battling breast cancer in the most courageous, encouraging, optimistic, graceful way and that doesn't even come close to describing what an inspiring person she is. After going through all of the chemo, radiation, mastectomy and hysterectomy she still seemed to care more about what was going on in everyone else's life then her own. She last posted to the webiste on January 11th, less then 2 weeks before she died and she ended her post with ..."I'm thinking of you all, sending a zillion hugs and good wishes for a happy, healthy new year. Much love to you!" I was awed by a sermon that she did for her church just over a year ago. Laura's Sermon And although I never actually "met" Laura she has touched my life with her generosity, kindness, laughter and love of living. Laura I will miss you, but you made me a better a person for having known you.

Amazingly this photo was taken just before Christmas. Thank goodness that the end of her journey came quickly with no prolonged suffering. In addition to the ton of friends this woman left behind, she also left a husband, a 10 year old and twin six year olds. My heart goes out to them.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ironman? Denver Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon

Well kind of...on my wandering around on different blogs I discovered the 4th Annual CONTACT Cape-Atlantic Triathlon/Duathlon all you have to do is complete Ironman distances between January 18th and February 18th. Should be piece of cake right? Well I don't know but I'm signed up and I'm going to give it a try. I'm hoping it is just the boost I need to get my training going.

I actually went to the pool this weekend! I can not believe that I have not been in the water since September...not good. Lost a lot of fitness. I just took it real slow and easy and did 800 yards. I forgot that I had actually come to enjoy swimming. It is so relaxing. I just love being in the water.

And last but not least....registration for the Denver Marathon opened today. I just finished signing up for the 1/2 marathon. Maybe I should have gone back and read my post for training for my 1st 1/2. :) I couldn't resist the lower price for the first 500 to sign up. I usually end up putting things off until the are the most expensive. I'm actually pretty excited. Excited by the fact that it is now a Rock 'n' Roll event and excited by the fact that some of my family may also be running. My son also made mention of the fact that he may want to run, but before I sign him up he will have to show he is really going to put that kind of work into running. Right now he has many, many balls in the air and I'm not sure he has the time or real interest in that much running.

So I guess what this post is all about is getting up off my a$$ and getting it done. Are we ready for some training?!?!?!?!

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Chapters of my Life

Chapter 1
I walked down the sidewalk and
fell into a deep hole.
I couldn't’t get out and I couldn’t figure out why.
It wasn’t my fault.
It took a long time to get out.

Chapter 2
I walked down the sidewalk and
fell into the same hole again.
I couldn’t understand.
It wasn’t my fault.
This time it was easier to get out.

Chapter 3
I walked down the sidewalk and fell into the same hole again.
This time I understood why and it was my fault.
This time it was easier to get out.

Chapter 4
I walked down the sidewalk and saw the same big hole.
I walked around it.
I didn’t fall into that hole.

Chapter 5
I chose another sidewalk

By: Portia Nelson

Why is it I seem to be stuck...stuck in about Chapter 3, although I don't know if it is any easier to get out. My exercise has been pathetic, my eating also pathetic. My will to change it is strong one moment and weak the next. I have so many things I want to do but can't seem to follow through with the things I need to get there. Is it winter? Is it loneliness? Is it depression? Is it just plain lazy? I can do it, I know I can. I must do it. One day at a time. Everyday you make the right choices and do the things that need to be done it becomes easier to do it again the next day. I can do it...I will do it....

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year my friends!

From Gale Bernhardt's Facebook page.

Cheers ~ Script the future. You are the star in a movie and are now at the end of 2010 - write down 3 things you accomplished in the year.

What do you want to do with 2010?