Sunday, December 30, 2012

Life Lessons from Regina Brett


To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here's an update:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don't ask, you don't get.
49. Yield.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Friday, December 28, 2012

That Time When Mom Forgot To Log Out

so, from the title of this wonderful little post you can tell this is in fact not Debby... this is her daughter. She took it upon herself to use my computer this morning and conveniently forgot to log out. Now, I don't read mom's blog so I have no idea what she posts. However, I did scan over the first page and I saw that she also likes to take my pictures and post them without giving me the credit (but I still love her anyway). But she did just give me a big ole bowl of ice cream, even though I didn't ask for it... nor do I need it (since I am trying to lose weight .... WAIT A SECOND SO IS SHE! I give all of you permission to scold her for her ice cream with chocolate syrup eating!

So not to long ago was Christmas... so MERRY belated CHRISTMAS to all of you (assumingly) awesome people:) Here is a cute little picture from my favorite christmas movies "Winne the Pooh and Christmas Too"
And because this blog doesn't seem to have enough cuteness within it I shall leave you with this adorable moose

Dear Mom,
I will be kind and log out of your account as soon as I post this time. Next time I may just stay logged in... or post something crazy. But remember, I technically did not hack you so this is your fault :)
With Love,
Amber

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Virtual 5K in pictures





3.16 miles
52.47
Its hard to run in snow and ice!!!  We ended up walking and sliding and NO RUNNING!!
We actually did a 10 miler, but my watch died at exactly 3.16 miles.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hope Endures Virtual Run

On December 2, 2008 Ashlynn passed away. Her still birth brought about a change in her mom Courtneys life, in her health. To honor Ashlynn and this life change,she hosted a virtual 5K. This 5K is to celebrate life, positive changes and in her words "never ending love".

Today was unseasonably warm for the our area! 62 degrees and I HAD THE DAY OFF WORK!!! I had lots of things on my todo list, but I made time to get outside!! 

I tackled hills today and used The Hope Endures as my distraction. I thot/prayed for my two dear friends struggling with physical problems.

The first is dear baby Syrus. After he was born, he would stop breathing without notice. He was flown to the closest childrens hospital. The latest... it looks like he had a stoke before he was born, and he is now suffering from seizures. He is on oxygen and they are doing further testing. His mom is a single mother and she is exhausted, and overwhelmed. BUT, she is so thankful that she was released and she can now be by her babies side. 

The second. Two weeks ago Ernie was driving a sleigh of Clydesdale horses. The horses were to pull Santa and Mrs Clause thru a parade. (Ernie has been doing this for over 25 years now.) The horses were spooked and became uncontrollable. Everyone was able to hop off, but Ernie. He was caught and dragged many yards. He has been in the hospital for two weeks, has had multiple surgeries to fix the many broken and crushed bones. He also has a hole in his cheek and hip. He will have many more surgeries and skin grafts!

Today I celebrate the life, family, love that these two men have surrounding them.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Twitter

Can someone PLEASE explain twitter to me??!?!?
I have an account, and I don't know how to use it!

I know that you use the @ and the #  but ................
HELP!!!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal


I LOVE this program!!!  So far every single box has been wonderful.
Every month you spend a maximum of 15. in goodies and send it to someone. Someone else sends you a box of goodies!
For December the program is going to benefit the victims of Sandy.
"Instead of matching people up to send FPP packages in December, we’re going to use this group for good and raise some money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. There are two ways you can get involved" Visit The Lean Green Beans Blog for information. 


This month my box came from Julie from Julie Goes Healthy.
I didnt realize how bad the pictures were until I started pulling the post together. (and by then the food was GONE! So I couldnt retake the pictures.
The granola and kettle popcorn, CHOCOLATE!! What can I say other than YUM!!!! 
The organic pumpkin is waiting for my oven to be repaired, then I will make some cookies. Luna bars were new to me, and I LOVED them after a good run!! And these hard candies were amazing!! Thank you Julie for the amazing box of yummy goodness!! 


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bald Eagle

On Sunday we celebrated Thanksgiving at my parents house. I was at the sink washing some pots and pans before lunch. I noticed that quite a few cars were pulling off the road and people were getting out and looking at something. After about 30 minutes, I asked my dad for binoculars. LOOK WHAT I SAW!!!!!
My dad grabbed his camera and took this amazing picture. Two bald eagles were enjoying their thanksgiving (deer) meal.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Virtual Runs

6:30 AM. I am NOT a morning person. I would much rather be up late into the night!! BUT, Thanksgiving morning, this beautiful friend talked me into crawling out of my warm bed, and going for a walk! It was 31 degrees. See the frost on the ground behind me? As I stepped off my front porch I heard an Amish horse and buggy coming up behind me. I raced it to the top of the hill. (approx half mile) I won!!! It didnt catch me until we were two blocks from the top of the hill!!

 The sun was still behind the trees when we started. By mile 4 it was starting to peak thru the trees. This picture does not do it justice! The frost was glistening, and the sun was brilliant between the branches.

I used this walk as my virtual races for today. The first 3.1 one miles were for Daily Vitamin F's Thanksgiving Virtual.
My printer is not communicating with my printer right now, so here is picture of my bib. My time was approx 50.02

I used the next 3.1 miles for the Thankful Healthy Blogger 5K.  Time for this was 50.03.
We continued on and finished with a total of 11.35 miles in 3 hours and 11 minutes (pace 16:53) Pretty good for two women out for a walk/talk!

Skinny Snowman Challenge

Brooke from Not on a Diet is hosting a Challenge.


Sign up by November 23rd at 9PM
Runs from November 25th to December 29th

Skinny Snowman Challenge Rules

Weekly Point Chart



Monday, November 12, 2012

Frosty Fitness Challenge week one



The Frosty Fitness Challenge is being hosted by Michelle and Sarah.
This is a 5 week challenge. Each week they introduce a new challenge for that week.


This weeks challenge is:

The challenge for this coming week (November 12-18) is run  20K.  

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Virtual Runs/Walks/Crawls

A Journey to Thin is hosting her Third Annual Thanksgiving virtual 5K. Run/walk/elliptical.
She has prizes that are not based on times, but on a random drawing.

From her blog: The THB5K is an opportunity for us to get active on Thanksgiving. In the past, Thanksgiving has been an opportunity for me, and probably many of you, to eat too much and sit around. This is something that I have worked hard to change in the last few years. While it’s ok to enjoy those delicious foods in moderation, maybe even altering the recipes to make them healthier, it’s also important to be active. And what better day to be active than when you can recruit your family members to be active along with you. The more the merrier and fun!

Daily Vitamin F is also hosting a Thanksgiving Day Virtual 3.1.
This is from her blog:  You can participate any way you want to, as long as you get 3.1 miles in. So, that being said you can WALK, SWIM, BIKE, DANCE, STAIR CLIMB, ROCK CLIMB, SKI, ELLIPTICAL, ROW, SNOW BOARD, HIKE…the list goes on & on. I’m just trying to encourage PHYSICAL FITNESS on the holidays!!!]  

Friday, November 2, 2012

Handful

Have you ever entered one of Suz and Allens Virtual Runs? If not, you really should!! EVERYONE wins a prize!!! They raise money for the Wounded Soldier Fund, Breast Cancer (Liz Hurley run), and I know there is one or two more, (but my memory fails me).

During the last virtual run for breast cancer, I ran 3 miles, on each for my aunt Mary, my Grandma Mary, my aunt Mabel.  My aunt Mary fought a hard fight for 11 years. She was a ray of light! Always had a positive attitude and talked about Gods grace and love. I miss her terribly!!

My prize?? A HANDFUL BRA!!!! I have entered more blog giveaways than I can count, trying to win one.
I was so excited when I found out I could choose this bra! I tried it on (NO PICTURES!!)  I LOVE the support!! Since Ive lost weight, AND gotten older, I tend to sag/droop/hang. When I tried on this bra, I felt lifted, supported,  It has two removable pads.
I wont be able to wear it running, but I love it for everyday, or for cross training!!

It even came with its own lingerie bag.
I was checking out the website and see that they are having a sale on Size Large. 
Thank you Suz and Allen for the wonderful prize!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Thankful

My heart goes out to all those who have lost family, friends and power, in this storm!!
I pray for those who are evacuating Nursing Homes, ICU's, NICU's.  Those nurses and doctors who had to go to work!!  The EMS, the firefighters, The Police Officers.

I may complain about the water in my basement and the snow in the neighborhood, my husband sitting behind a wrecked semi for an hour on an off ramp. BUT, I am so thankful that I have electricity! that my family members are safe! and that I have warmth!

The following pics were posted by friends on facebook.  I REFUSE to venture out!! I am staying in, so the road crews can do their job!!

My neighborhood.
It started out as rain on Monday first thing in the morning. Then the snow started around 3PM. Its still snowing, but it has tapered off. Approx another 6 to 8 inches to fall.

This is the Snow Emergency Route.  Down to one lane beside my parents house.  We also had some lightening and thunder during the night. Every time that happens we have blue snow.  Im sure there's a scientific reason for it, but every time, it just amazes me!!!





Monday, October 29, 2012

Sunday

Today I did my Virtual 5K for Colton. Thanks Rachelle for hosting!

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy it was raining when I got home from church so I opted for my treadmill.
3.1 miles in 40:56
Todays training run actually called for 5.5 miles so I hopped back on and did and 1.5 (didnt make it to 5.5 today)  My legs were still a bit sore from Hershey last week. 


Weigh in: 194.8 up 2 lbs.

This weeks plan:
Sunday: 5.5 miles
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 3mile
Wednesday: 3 mile
Thursday: 3 mile
Friday rest
Saturday: 3 mile

I think I want to take some of my running days and make them cross training days.

Have a wonderful week!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Coltons Army and Pile on The Miles


Have you signed up to join Coltons Army?
This comes directly from her blog, Livin the Fit Life. 
Colton is my friend Suzy's son.  His is 12 years old and here is what he has gone through within the past 3 years:

-Diagnosed with hypo-diploid Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.) on 9/11/09 
-Bone Marrow Transplant 1/6/10 
-Relapsed 12/20/10 
-Stem Cell Transplant 3/5/11 
-One year follow up - shows his body in REMISSION!! 3/22/12 
-19 months of remission & cancer strikes for the 3rd time 
**Starting chemo on 10/23/12 and preparation for 3rd transplant 

We found out last week that the cancer is back for the 3rd time.  At this point, all treatments are experimental.  Doctors don't have answers, so they are trying something that hasn't been tried before.  Unfortunately, this means that insurance is sketchy.  Insurance doesn't like experimental anything.  

After the thousands of dollars my friends have raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this time they are the ones who need a fundraiser.  
 

So, I am hosting a virtual race, "Colton's Army Virtual 5k", to raise money for Colton's Army.  Colton's Army is a group of hundreds, maybe thousands of people who love and support Colton and his family and pray every day for him to be cured.  All proceeds will go directly to Colton's medical fund.  Everyone can participate, but, since this is a fundraiser, in order to be eligible for prizes, you need to make a donation of at least $10. 


Monica from Run Eat Repeat is hosting a month long Pile on the Miles.
 The goal is to have more miles and less pounds over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Set your monthly walk or run goal, click on the spreadsheet, add your name and goal, and your set. Log in every Monday with your weekly results.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hershey Half


Hershey Park Half Marathon.
See that smile? Thats because I havent seen the hills yet!!  We all started by choosing our own corral. They had signs hanging on the wall, and you stood with your pace  group. I stood with the 12, 13, 14 pace. The very last one said, 'other'.  I wasnt quite sure I wanted to be an 'other'. Waiting, waiting, waiting, After the 'start' by an amazingly spunky young boy from the Childrens Miracle Network, it took 5 minutes for me to get to the start line. Speaking of the spunky one, as I was starting he was saying, only 13 to go, hahahahah. See you at the finish line. Some guy behind me said, 'this is more like the Hershey shuffle.'  

Somewhere in the first few miles there were children from the Miracle Network. It was so cool. Hard to not shed tears! (The proceeds went The Childrens Miracle Network).They were cheering and clapping, and thanking us. 
But then the hills started. The water stops were almost three miles apart. So thankful I had a water belt!!
The crowd support was amazing!! The kids from the Milton Hershey School were along the route, cheering, hollering. People hollering your name. The Leukemia Society had lots of people in purple running. I was so thankful to be amongst the purple shirts, cause they had lots of support. I wish I would've had my camera! 
My favorite sign, "Worst Parade Ever". Also loved the sign beside a church, "they shall run and not be weary" 
At mile 11 or 12 they were handing out Fast Breaks. There was no way I could eat it! Barfing chocolate is not something I want to do. I took mine and shoved it in my pocket!

After we crossed the finish line we were given our medal, and handed a lunch box. It had a delicious cookie, an apple, a recovery bar, and a bottle of water.   I immediately went to the turf and stretched and drank my water. I was exhausted, but felt so good!! 

Pros:
  •  Great crowd support
  • Loved the medal
  • VERY EASY packet pick up
  • Great post race food and lunch bag
  • Text to my phone with my finishing time within 10 minutes of crossing the finish line
Cons:
  • Need more water stations
  • I wasnt prepared for that many hills (my fault, not the races!)
My Garmin data was deleted on the bus ride home. So I dont have the details. I do know that it said I ran 13.31 miles. (I obviously didnt effectively run the tangents!!)
Time: 2:58.30  (5 minutes shy of my PR) But this was a hillier course and I was pleased with my time)
Pace: 13.37  I really wish I had my garmin info so I could see what my time was at my 13.1 spot!!




Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cupcake Virtual

Run with Jess hosted her 2nd annual cupcake virtual.

I had to run inside on the treadmill today. Why is it that Im always slower on the mill than  outside??!!?

Makes no sense!!

Had the best smoothie ever right afterwards for lunch! Strawberries, bananas, almond milk, peanut butter, protein powder and ice.

This weekend I head to Hershey for my half marathon. A bus load of my coworkers, well, I don't actually know any of them, is leaving for the expo on Saturday morning. We will spend the day at Hershey Park, sleep, run Sunday morning, shower and then head back home. (The doctors office I work out of, is owned by a huge hospital that is an hour away. The hospital fitness center organized the trip as part of the get healthy campaign.)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Cancer Sucks!!

The majority of the runs that I participate with are for causes. I get to help raise money and get fit at the same time.

Right now two blogger friends are hosting virtual runs/walks to raise money for/in honor of friends affected by cancer.

Suz and Allen from Cows and Lasers and Everything in Between   are raising money in honor of their sister in law Tanya. Do you know anyone affected by breast cancer?
I am running in memory of my aunt Mary, honor of my aunt Mabel, and honer of friend Sharon.

Hiker Mom for Livin The Fit Life is raising money for her friends son Colton. He is battling leukemia! This will be his third time thru treatment.
I am running in honor of my best friend Sheera, and friend Phil.

Will you join us?

Friday Frustrations

Friday Frustrations.

Hiker Mom has taught me that its ok to complain, rant, whine.  She has free rant Friday. SO, today is Frustration Friday. 

1. Sitting in a doctors office for TWO hours without an explation. (I work in a doctors office, and anytime the doctor is running more than 15 minutes late, I explain to the waiting patients.)  My daughter had an appointment with the neurologist. We sat in the waiting room for over two hours!! When we finally went to the examination room, we waited another 90 minutes! THANKFULLY, we had our books with us!! When we did finally see her, she explained that she had an emergency at the hospital.

2.  People who complain about the work you do, to your coworkers rather than to you.

3,  Traffic lights that have a no turn on red signs.  It was 10:30 at night in a very small one stoplight town, no cars in sight, and I still sat there for 4 minutes waiting for the light to turn green.

4. CANCER stinks!!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Oakland 5K



Woke up at 6:30 and it was 22 degrees. I really really wanted to crawl back under the covers and stay warm and go back to sleep. BUT, I knew two friends were going to be waiting for me at the starting line. I was not going to wimp out of this run!! This picture was taken after the run at 9:30 AM. and there was still frost on the ground.

I left home at 6:45. My husband decided it was to cold to spectate, and he stayed home. (Cant say I blame him!!!)

My brother has run this race many times in the past, so he 'showed me the way'. I wouldve gotten so lost!!

The start was a bit confusing. We all congregated on the road, and all the sudden we heard a gun. I looked at my friends, and we wondered if that was the start, or if that was a hunter in the woods. The people in front of us started moving so we followed. There was no start line, so I wasnt sure when to start my Garmin. This was the first time Ive run in temps below freezing. The first half mile my lungs hurt!! I looked at my watch and it was saying 10.20 .  HA time to slow down!!! That is not my pace!!
The first 1.5 mile was up a gentle slope. Which was great because the return was down hill.


MR B wanted a sub 30 so bad!! He ended up with a 30.3.

Im so thankful the sun was shining and there was no breeze!!

I enjoyed this run, and realized even at 30 degrees, you still sweat when you run!! (OK yeah, I already knew that).