I made it from start to 1.75 miles up 116 Feet with a pack that was well over a loaded grocery bag – 3 bottles of water and repair kit. We also had an air quality index over 101 which means high level of pollutions particles making breathing difficult for sensitive groups – those that have lungs that need clean air to function well.
There were over 1,000 riders at the event start coming from several states including a group from New York. I’m thankful for the volunteers helping us stay safe and rooting us on along the route.
All that donate to my site still will have 100% of their donations going to childhood cancer – the funds donated weren’t affected by how many miles I went on the day of the event. In my practices since starting in mid-July I’ve averaged about 20 miles a week at about 3 miles a day building up to 12 Miles the Saturday and Sunday before the event on August 11th. There were just too many factors against me at the event for me to get further but I’m glad I had the opportunity to try and to raise money for a good hospital, Masonic Children’s Hospital where keeping kids healthy and happy is job #1.
Thanks to all that helped me with donations and with a ride back to my car when I couldn’t catch my breath anymore. Take care everyone and feel free to use my website to donate to ending childhood cancer until October, 2018. MelissaBlanchardRide
My thanks to the 15 people who gave $400 to this cause. May we find a way to cure cancer especially for those that are our future – the children.
Keep on believing in the possibilities.
Mary Balogh’s “A Secret Affair” gets 5 Stars from me.
More than a great romance story between a strong woman and man. This story covered some of the ills of the period and how two caring people were able to make a difference for those unable to improve their lot in life on their own. Anne Flosnik does an excellent job bringing the characters to life with her narration on the audiobook. Well done production. Thank you Hennepin County library for providing the best selection of audio and ebook for any library of similar size.
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2014 Nora Roberts Writing Institute August 8th – 10, 2014
Nora Roberts Writing Institute at HCC has inspired me to write (as did Nora Roberts recent comments at http://fallintothestory.com/recap-3-a-signing-and-a-move/
So check out my blog at http://lifeafter50m.blogspot.com/2014/08/my-journey-to-healthy-lifestyle-8-8-14.html
I’ll be doing more writing at my other blogs as well:
A book review site
A photo journal
Keep on believing in the possibilities. Life has meaning – its all about finding that which is yours to own and celebrate.
This book changed my life – I had tried so many diets even working with a Health Fitness place but this guide will bring home how the body works and what you need to do to get your weight under control and so much more. Take the time to read it (and its a quick read if all you want to do is get started on the lifestyle that will set you free).
I’m also thankful for Preferred One insurance and Fairview Health Service and Can Do New Thinking, Better Choices program – its helped me find the keys to long term solutions from food, to finances, to interpersonal relationships and finding peace within yourself.
I’m thankful that I found this book at Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe at the July 13th 2013 book signing with Nora Roberts I’ve lost 60 pounds since then and continue to lose until my muscle, bone and fat ratio is within norms. This is an achievable goal, this is my life and my journey and I control what food I eat, how much I move, and listening to what my body is telling me. See information about my journey to date and my continuing journal at my blogs:
Your spirit and soul are ready to be heard – tune in and listen. Keep on believing in the possibilities of what YOU CAN DO:)
On this blog click on the Weight link on the left to read about the beginning of my journey. I’m keeping my ongoing journey in Journal form on http://lifeafter50m.blogspot.com/
I have to share and celebrate how books change my life and bookstores with heart carry just the books you need. So glad I traveled to Boonsboro last July, hope all that are able attend this year as well. Find out more about the 2014 book signing and brunch with Nora on her blog at this link: http://fallintothestory.com/eventssignings/
Comments are welcome.
Posted in Believe, BookReviews, Books, Decisions, Facebook, FindingOneself, Health, Hope, Inspire, Nora, Nora Roberts, NoraRoberts, Nutrition, Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe, Weight, Wellness, You Make a Difference
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Hallmark Channel announced today there will be a season 2 for “When Calls The Heart”
I’m so glad. The show has a heartfelt message of redemption, importance of education, surviving tragedy and how a town works together. The series is based on Janette Oke’s writing see link below for details:
An added bonus for me has been the opportunity to meet so many excellent people via Facebook, Twitter and the Fan supported website:
So if you don’t like the feel of social media – check out the website – its designed for you – keeping your information secure but allowing you to be counted as a Fan and supporter of great family entertainment with Heart.
I’m thankful for all the original series and movies Hallmark Channel is producing last year and this one especially with Cedar Cove, When Calls the Heart and Signed Sealed Delivered. I hope you tune in and join the Fans – me included – in supporting Hallmark’s efforts to put Heart into TV viewing.
Remember – join the website for behind the scenes information about Coal Valley at this link:
If you like Twitter @WCTH, #Hearties (Fan inspired Hallmark embraced tag) and #WhenCallsTheHeart.
If you like Facebook join at:
I joined all 3 to get the latest information. I also created @MjbheartiesFan
Hope you all join in supporting quality family entertainment that reaches people all over the world.
Melissa Blanchard – #Hearties Fan
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You are loved, Kelz. The alone times are opportunities to connect with the Universe – to understand what is uniquely ours to do in this life. Reading your blog is freeing, your photos and writing speak to the soul and spirit. May you never feel alone – we’re all in the journey together. Your friend – with love, Missy XXOO
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Tagged Heartfelt, Inspiration, Kelz Belz, Reblogged, Soulful Writing
Art at its very best – beauty and love combined.
Excellent post. I agree. Peace.
Because I can...
The first thing that came to mind was my grandchildren. They inspire me to believe that there is good in the world. They inspire me to see the beauty in a butterfly and in scattered rocks on the ground. I can be walking with them on a beach and not see the lovely shell that my grandson finds and hands to me. I cherish the opportunity to see the world through their eyes. I need to believe that we can fix this world. That we can clean up our act as human beings so that our children and grandchildren will have a world worth living in. I know that there is life beyond this life but we have to make the most of this life. We have purpose and we have the ability to create such wonderful things and we can create what we need to keep this world beautiful…
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Mom and Grandma Bert from around 1994 in Winona MN
Remembering my Mom on my 52nd birthday. Follow the link to learn more.
Mom will always be in my heart for without her there would be no me. God bless all the Mothers everywhere may you know how much of a difference you make. Peace.
Posted in Believe, Blogs, Health, Hope, Inspire, Nutrition, Walk, Weight
Tagged #letsmove, Exercise, Inspiration, Walking, Weight
Here’s the link to my #LetsMove video for today: http://youtu.be/AcZR-vZ0tBM
See my whole video blog journey on You Tube #LetsMove for exercise daily since February 24th, 2014. Keep moving everyone.
Exercise and eating right, and watching portion sizes works. 3 oz protein and not more than 11 oz total for each of my 3 daily meals works for me.
How to make the most out of your food choices? See my book review link below for
– that book works.
Believe you can make a difference in your life and you will.
Posted in Believe, Blogs, BookReviews, FindingOneself, Health, Hope, Inspire, Lifestyle Change, Tips, Weight, Wellness
Tagged #Doing, #letsmove, Blogs, Book Review, Exercise, Inspiration, reviews, Walking, Weight