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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Two keys

April 16, 2014 - Motivation and inspiration. Two powerful words standing side by side together and keys for success in the next few months.

Right now, I am getting my body ready for upcoming events. It is easier now the snow has melted and paths and sidewalks are clear paths. Plus, the weather is a little warmer than it has been the last few weeks.

Motivation is the main upcoming event - Warrior Dash at 8 a.m. on July 26. A few friends signed up and asked me to do it as well. Well, ask is the nicest way to say tagging me in posts and continuing to ask, ask and ask if I had signed up yet. Despite not having my walking partner from my first Warrior Dash, I caved and signed up for this year.

Then, a few more friends signed up.

Inspiration is running in Warrior Dash 2014 as in moving my feet a little faster than walking speed. I just don't run. Let me say it again - I do not run. If I am running, you should run too because something is chasing me.

The motivation is competition - doing a little better at the event than particular people in our small group. I will not name names but I have a visual in my mind.

Goal beating them. But I will take either doing better in time or completing all of the obstacles.

The first time I participated in Warrior Dash I did skip some obstacles. I was still in the process of losing weight and had only lost about 25 pounds at that points. Lifting about 225 pounds over hurdles or walls when you aren't used to it was tough especially with little preparation. Sorry correction - with no preparation.

I will be prepared this time. It all comes back to motivation and inspiration. I have people in my life who not only motivate me but inspire me.

Right now it is getting my body used to moving and exercising. The goal is to fit in walking at least once a day and cardio a few times a week with some yoga.

It was a long winter of procrastination. Then, when the first week of May hits it will be time to kick it into a higher gear.

I also want to try a few more things now the weather is warmer and nicer and be more adventurous. But for now it just waits on the bucket list.

Ah...spring. The mind is alive with ideas, plans and goals. The heavy weight of a long winter has lifted from the mind and body.

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