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Blogging again!!

By Leesa Gabel

That was one serious hiatus I took from blogging. It’s not that I didn’t like blogging any longer or was at a loss for what to write….it was that what I was writing wasn’t uploading properly. My wonderful IT Technician (Craig) has fixed the issue and I’m ready to get back to blogging!!

More to come….




By Leesa Gabel

A resolution is a determination (a resolve) to do something.

I don’t typically make new year resolutions. They’re just too cliche….too expected. But nearly 10 days into 2011 and I realize that I need to make one. Santa didn’t bring me a bag of motivation like I had hoped. Deep down, I knew he wouldn’t because motivation can’t really be given….it needs to come from within you. Everyone has their own personal source of motivation…it’s unique to them.

So my resolution is to find my motivation. And find it fast. Because without motivation, the goals I’ve set out for 2011 won’t be reached. And when it comes to my goals, failure is not an option.




By Leesa Gabel

When used as an adjective lackluster means lacking liveliness, vitality, spirit or enthusiasm.

Lackluster is the perfect word to describe how I’ve been feeling since October. I’ve had zero motivation. Once I met my numbers at the end of October I did return to boot camp, but only for two classes. After the first I could hardly move my legs for about three days. Seriously. After the second class I wasn’t as sore, but I was dog-tired and needed a second sleep. That’s when I decided my body wasn’t ready for a return to boot camp. My heart was and having to admit that my body wasn’t was a very hard thing.

With the holidays in full swing, I thought this feeling would go away, but it hasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the holidays, but mostly from the comfort of the sofa under my leapord print snuggie (or is it a slanket??).

Perhaps I better ask Santa for a big bag of motivation….




By Leesa Gabel

This is a long-overdue post……

I got a tattoo!!! My Tat



Count Down

By Leesa Gabel

The countdown has begun…

  • 7 more days of chemo
  • 1 more day until I see Sex & The City 2!!!
  • 4 more days until I see my parents, brothers and in-laws
  • 6 more days until I’m without kids for 9 days
  • 4 more days until my 2-year cancer anniversary
  • 13 more days until Tahoe and 100 miles on the bike!!!

The next two weeks are going to fly by!!

For those wanting to know how I do at Tahoe, you’ll have to either be patient for me to update here or friend me on Facebook. I won’t be able to update the blog until I’m back, but I’ll constantly be updating Facebook. I might even Twitter.

Here’s how you can find Craig and me via social networking:





By Leesa Gabel

One of the signs I made for the Olathe Marathon has more significant meaning to me now…..

Don’t Stop Now…People Are Watching!!!

Megan Cloherty and Fox 4 News gave me added motivation — they made my story public and significantly increased my cheering section! I can’t thank them enough!!

Thanks to the generosity of family, friends and colleagues we’ll meet our financial goal of raising $8,000 for LLS thus securing our spot on the plane to Lake Tahoe. The rest is up to us.

I’m determined to finish the 100 miles….no matter how long it takes me!!

Here’s a link to the event:

Here’s a link to the Fox 4 story:



Pushing My Limits

By Leesa Gabel

This weekend I’m going to push my limits.

Saturday — going to join my Tahoe Team for training on Saturday. There’s 40 miles on the schedule. My goal is to go at least half that distance. It’s out at Shawnee Mission Park, so I know hills will be involved. I haven’t been on my bike for over a week and I can’t recall when the last time I was out on the road with it was.

Sunday — doing the Mother’s Day 5K out at Corporate Woods. I’m just in it to do it this time. I had hoped it would be an event to achieve a personal best time, but I don’t think so. I’ll be happy to finish in under an hour. It’s a flat course for the most part, except for this one incline that I’m already dreading. I think my daughter is going to join me. I’ve reminded her that ‘mommy doesn’t run like daddy does’…..we’ll see if she can keep up with me.

I also see lots of naps in my weekend. I haven’t pushed myself like this since starting back on chemo. Although I know my limitations, I think it’s good to test them every so often.



No news

By Leesa Gabel

It’s said that no news is good news. I guess that’s the case here.

Craig and I have been uber-busy with scouting. Him with Boy Scouts and me with Girl Scouts. We actually spent the past weekend at separate campouts. Our son Alex had his first horseback riding experience and our daughter Ashlee had her first troop camp overnight.

Training is a little slow going. The weather hasn’t been cooperating, but I think (and hope) that’s about to change. Of course the perfect riding weather happens during the week when the mileage is low. This week we drop the 10 and 15 weekday mileage and bump it up to 15 and 20. The weekend mileage increases too — this coming weekend is 55 miles. I’ve already prepared myself mentally…’ll take about 6 hours for me. I might be prepared mentally, but my poor tushy….there’s no way to prepare it. Wearing cushioned bike shorts only helps to a certain point.

A positive….riding 55 miles will burn enough calories to enjoy a few extra marshmallow peeps on Easter!!



And the silver award goes to….

By Leesa Gabel


Yes, I know the Olympics are over and that I’m not anywhere close to being an Olympic athlete, but today I earned my silver award in the President’s Fitness Challenge!! Everyday I track my activity on the site and its awarded a points value. Boot camp earns me 464 points and biking 15 miles gets me 609 points!! So far I’ve earned 45,068 points (since October 2009) and am not stopping until I reach gold at 80,000 points!!

I highly recommend joining this program — it’s free. You can start off slow with the Active Lifestyle track and once you’re done with that and have developed a more active lifestyle, you can switch to the President’s Champions challenge.

How did I find out about this program? From my awesome boot camp instructor at HealthRidge!! He enrolled me in the program when I first joined the class back in October. It’s an added featture to being a boot camp recruit. Really, there are so many more bonuses to being a recruit than just burning 600 calories in a class.

 Joining HealthRidge has been one of the best decisions Craig and I have made. I never knew being a member at a gym could be so rewarding. HealthRidge is a gym and spa all rolled up into one — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!!




By Leesa Gabel

38 — That’s the big number I turned a few days back. I’m just two numbers shy of the big 4-0….. I’m really not sure how I feel about that. I know age is just a number, but still. There are certain things in my life that I would like to accomplish before 40. A few of them (in no particular order)…..

  • Finish a half marathon
  • Get a tattoo
  • Finish a 5K in 30 minutes or less
  • Get healthier – lose the weight for good
  • Finish an Aqua-Bike duathlon
  • Get another tattoo
  • Finish a 100+ mile bike ride
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • Finish a small-scale triathlon
  • Meet Lance Armstrong

A few of those I’ll accomplish in the coming year — you’ll have to keep coming back to figure out which ones they are. ;)