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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. ;)



3 Weeks

By Leesa Gabel

There are only three weeks left until Disney!! OMG — where did the time go?!?!?!

I think I’m ready. I’ve seen a great improvement in my health over the last 10 weeks thanks to Boot Camp. I took my second fitness test on Dec. 2 — right after turkey day feasting — and my results were awesome!! I have 2 minutes to do as many pushups and crunches as possible without compromising my form. The first test I took back in October I did 7 pushups (sad, I know) — but now I can do 22!! For the crunches I managed 23 before (hey, I’ve had my ab muscles operated on 6 times) — this time I rocked out 101!!! I also shaved 2 minutes off my mile!!! And if I was any good at math I could tell you the percentage of body fat I’ve lost. I’ll test again before Disney — I’m sure I’ll be amazed with myself yet again.

So within the next three weeks I need to get my run on, not injure myself, not get sick, enjoy the holidays — but not too much because I don’t want to gain back any weight — and try not to stress about the fact that I’ve got a half marathon looming!!

Remind me again why I signed up for this???



Counting Days

By Leesa Gabel

I’m starting to count days…..

24 days until Christmas….and my 38th birthday. 25 days until my wedding anniversary and my kids make me and Craig an anniversary dinner. 9 days until my daughter’s birthday. 11 days until her birthday party — which I’m having here at the house for a change. 18 days until we head to St. Louis to celebrate Christmas with our families. The list goes on and on….

Tomorrow I take my second PT test….it’s been 7 weeks since my last one. I really hope to see an improvement in all areas. I do 2 mins. of push ups, 2 mins. of crunches and then a timed mile. Plus my weight and body fat are measured. YIKES!!!

Sunday I have another 5K – the Santa Run. Then it’s just a mere 5 weeks until the Disney Half!!! Maybe¬†I should think about¬†getting a pinch runner — it works in baseball, it should work in marathons too. Maybe Craig can wear my number and chip — I’d great an awesome time that way!! I might be on to something here……