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Since Mondays are tough sometimes…I thought I would try to help motivate people a bit.  If you are on Facebook, you have probably seen most of these, but consider it a reminder.

There are days I feel like this is happening.  I try to use my runs to refocus and spend time thinking about what is important.  There are days that my run is all about putting one foot in front of the other and it’s all I can do to just keep going and not give up.  I have to dig deep and ask for help to keep going.  But you know what?  That’s ok.  My faith is growing, my strength is growing, and my endurance is growing.

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Today was a great day.  I hopped on my bike and took off.  Partway through my cruise around town, I decided to hit the river trail.  It was a beautiful day – about 40-50 degrees, sunny, and no wind.  Along the trail is a lookout over the Mississippi.  One direction looks over the Lock & Dam, the other looks over the bridge.  I love that lookout – especially the fact that you can see so far in each direction.  There’s something about living so close to the Mississippi that is awe-inspiring.  There is so much power in that water and so much history on the river that to know that for the last 37 years it’s been within reach is humbling.

It was a good ride.  It was 11 miles in 1:07.  I had some good mileage splits and some others that weren’t so great, but at least I got out.  I think that I am going to spend some time in the next few months building up my endurance on my bike and maybe making a few modifications to it.
Plus, this is an activity that we can do as a family (as long as the weather is nice).

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I seem to do better with a plan.  It must be part of my Type A personality.  I decided that after my half-marathon (on October 6) I would be taking some time away from constant exercise.  So I took most of October off….and my exercise calendar looks really sad because of it.  But I think I needed it.  I needed time to rest, recharge, and find the fun in working out again.

However, there’s only a few days left in October, so I need to create a plan for November.   I have decided to restart Couch to 5k (I never got past week 4 when I tried it before).  I am also going to restart New Rules of Lifting for Women (never got past Phase 2).  As of now, my plan is to do C25k 3 days per week and NR 2 days per week.  Given my schedule at home, I think it’s doable.  If I find time, I am going to bike or pick up a class at the Y.  If I find the inspiration, I might try to do one of the Jilian Michaels DVDs I have sitting around the house.

Considering I took most of October off nutritionally as well, my goal is to get back into eating healthier.  I never stopped tracking, and I tracked about 98% of what I ate, but I didn’t really care if I went over calories for the day.

All that being said, I am surprised that I was able to maintain (within 5 pounds) the weight I was at the beginning of the month.  I take my measurements on the 1st of the month, so I will be interested to see how those changed.  It’s nice to know that I am able to maintain my progress even without obsessing over everything I eat or how much I exercise.

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I have been saying lately that I needed a challenge to tide me over until the Y Weigh challenge starts in January.  Amanda from Run to the Finish is hosting this challenge again this year.

It looks like it’s going to be fun.  There are different levels based on your activity preference and points will be awarded for various items.

More information is available here: Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge Overview.

The challenge will start November 19th.  Join me!  Click the below button to sign up and say you I referred you.

Join The Holiday Challenge

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