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Writing a new chapter here...fully settling into a new age 30 decade while still trying to clean up a sort of mess I made in my 20s. I am everything from a caffeine addicted burned out working mother to a survivor who was truly given a brand new chance. Right now I''m working on consistently tracking food again. This means Not eating what I want, when I want...becoming more carb aware, and trying to rein it in on the sugary foods. Hoping that some small steps can lead to big changes.

Member Since: 10/14/2007

Fitness Minutes: 45,071

My Goals:
Short term:

1) Get back in the habit of tracking calories & watching sugar intake, especially since I don't have the option right now to go for a run or walk to burn off a lot of excess.
*SUCCESS!!! 2/5/15*

2) Earn a monthly award for 1000 Spark points.

Long term:
1) Keep my stress down.

2) Keep my house back in order...reduce backlogged clutter, cook more often, and keep it open and welcoming for friends and family members to visit.

3) Get more sleep--in bed by 11:30 on weeknights.

Super Long term goals:

1) Get back into a healthy weight range.

2) Continue to work on lowering my cholesterol and watching my blood pressure.

My Program:
Physical Therapy Exercises for my knee and ankle joints take priority at the moment, but I do also try to sneak some "bonus strength" to work my arms and core!

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My name here is rockrunner404, which is modeled after an email address created during a time in my life when I was most active and fit. I will always be a nerdy rock collector at heart and I will always love distance running to help keep me in shape. I have run many 5K and 10K races over the last several years, and so far I have completed two full (Pittsburgh) marathons in 2003 and 2010. I am not sure when I will be able to run again due to my current injury situation, but I won't give up hope.

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  • v STACEY3940
    Thanks for your kind words and thought about everything going on in my life right now. My dad came home from the hospital yesterday and he and my mom are coming over for dinner tonight for Nicks bday. I had the hardest time getting a gift for him. I ordered these teeth for his dump bucket and they were not coming in on time despite already having paid for them... then I ordered him a new phone cuz his screen is broken, but turns out it was on back order also... finally I got him a drill set he wanted but it was $250 and I was not indending on spending that much on him (especially cuz I already paid for the bucket teeth). Oh well, with what happened to Isaac, the anniversary of his moms death being a few days ago, and now it being his bday... I thought maybe a good gift will help him enjoy is bday if thats possible.

    Not to dwell but the lady that hit Isaac actually had the nerve to text me something along the lines of "I had the week from H3LL, first the dog, then I had to put my old horse to sleep, then I saw Aaron a so-in-so's house".... I was shocked and so mad. First of all, how can she refer to killing my dog as "First the dog" like it barely makes a blip on her radar for the week... all she was worried about was that dude that she's not even in a relationship with. I didn't even reply. She tried to call me later but I didn't answer. I figured I'd be best not saying anything at all than saying something negative and bringging me to her level.

    Aside from all that, I'm 100% with you on the need for exercise (as you said in your most recent blog). I have been thinking about the fact that in the last 6-8 months I've gained about 15 lbs... and not NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT. I still eat about the same but the part that is missing is the exercise. I need to join a gym or something but I really dont have the extra $50/mo right now. I'm going to take it 1 day at a time and I need to focus on my water because although I never had a problem with that in the past, it also is becomming a problem. I am going to try to severly limit my calories during the day because I have to admit that my dinners are often higher calories than I'd like so if I have more room later in the day maybe my days wont be so bad. I'm thinking if I can stay under 750 calories for breakfast and lunch then that gives me about 750 to play with all for dinner and maybe a snack. I thought about taking my dog Buddy for walks at night but he is too old and I dont think walking him is a great idea. I also thought about getting a bike, maybe that would be a good idea to get some exercise in. I could walk but I'm kind of out in the country so thats not the safest idea... I dont know why but it seems like a bad idea to walk in through places where there are no houses for long stretches. I cannot wait for pool searson, although I do more floating than swimming at least its another means of exercise if I can make myself do it. When its nice outside we have been walking at lunch time which is like probably 100 calories burned... better than nothing.

    Well although I dont have much going on here at work today, this message is long enough so I'm going to end it. I hope all is well with you, Bob, and the kiddos. Talk to you soon!

    1510 days ago
  • v NANCY-
    Thanks for your supportive comments on my blog. Becoming Kudzu free is a challenge. :)
    Congrats on your new little one. He is a cutie.
    Keep on Sparking.

    1516 days ago
  • v STACEY3940
    Hi, how r u? I'm not so good. Very stressed and sad actually. I'll start with stressed... I am so because my dad ended up having emergency surgery yesterday because the MRSA in his ear came back. This is the fifth time in the hospital for it. The surgery went well. All other times they treated him with antibiotics but this time they went in and attempted to remove the damaged/infected tissue. I feel bad for him. He's in a lot of pain and this whole ordeal has already caused him to lose his hearing in that ear and have to have his gullbladder removed. At least the surgery seems to have been a success and the doctor said he may actually get some of his hearing back now.

    As for the sad... well my puppy Isaac was run over on Sunday and died. We are absolutely heart-broken without him and becuse of the way he had to go. He was such a sweet loving good dog... he did not deserve that. He deserved to go warm in his bed in his sleep... many years from now. He was 7 but acted like a 2 year old puppy. I miss him so much and I didn't realize how bad it would hurt. The lady that gave Ben to me stopped over and asked if she could use out shop-vac to vac out her car. Nick said ok let me move the car and grab the dog (only Isaac was outside at the time). Well she waited for him to move the car and was petting Isaac right outside her drivers door. Once nick got the car out of the way she shut the door and backed up. She changed directions suddently toward the garage at the same time that Isaac started walking toward Nick (he did the right thing, he was moving around the car in the opposite direction). He didn't know she was going to so quickly forget about him, change directions, hit him, knock him over and proceed to run overtop of his belly. Nick and his friend Bill tried to stop her but she was too busy paying attention to another one of Nicks friends driving down the driveway that she has a crush on and she just kept going. She actually nearly ran Nick over too. If its not enough to hit a 107 lb dog over and drive probably 5 feet to him and up overtop of him... then she was still going and immediately Nick without thinking drove under the car to get him and finally another one of Nicks friends is runing over pounding on her door and got her to stop. I was inside for all of it but apparenlty Isaac was gone with about 10 seconds. He never yelped or mad a sound. He just looked at Nick and closed his eyes. I cannot believe how hard it is without him or how much those dogs are a part of our lives, especially because we dont have any children and love our animals so much. Nick is espeically taking it hard but each day gets a tiny bit better. I cannot help but be mad at her. I already have mixed feeling about her and have no idea what she was even doing there but some of the stuff she did and said after has sealed her fate with us. Immediately she says "I gave you a horse" like that makes up for killing my dog because she was careless. Then offers to buy us another dog, like its a piece of clothing that can be replaced. But I can look past those things but apparently the guy she likes called her later and yelled at her for being so careless. So she calls the other friend that was there and started complaining to him about this guy being mad at her and going on and on about how he shouldn't be mad and she hopes he doesnt stay mad for long... never saying anything about us or the dog. So apparently the only thing that is bothering her is that this guy is now mad at her... not that she needlessly took an innocent dogs life and in turn ripped our little so-called family apart. I also think of the fact that Ricardo was coming over with his little ones and my cousin had been there earlier with her toddlers... what if it was actually a kid she hit. I know she's didn't do it on purpose but I also cannot help how I feel and I'm angry. I said the "right stuff" and told her I know she didn't mean it and all that but I cannot help be angry especially after how she was in the aftermath... does that make sense? We took him Monday and are having him cremated and getting a little doggy urn made for him with his photo on it. Some people may think its over board for a dog but we love him so much and couldn't bear the thought of just putting him in a hole in the ground.

    Anyway, thats my story. I missed Monday cuz of Isaac and yesterday cuz of my dad but I'm back to work today... although I'm not getting much done. I didn't put anything on Facebook or Spark becaue I just wasn't ready but I think I'm ok enough to talk and deal with it now. It just makes me mad because he didn't deserve it at all and it was totally preventable if she was paying attention. Oh well, I guess we just have to find peace with it and move on. Now I just hope my other dog is ok because he is starting to realize Isaac is gone and he's not eatting now... not even people food or treats.

    As for my March points? I have not totalled them all up but we will just say you won because I only had like 21 points as of the 27th and I just am not in the mood to try to go back and calculate and remember exercise, food, and water for the rest of those days. I actually started over on 4/1 which was the day Isaac passed cuz I had already tracked my breakfast that day and other than a grilled cheese Monday and a philly cheese steak at the hospital last night I have not eatten anything else (healthy huh?) so I know my points (or lack of actually) for this month. I'm back on track and unless you want to add something, I'm ok with continuing with the 3 points a day we have now. You believe I have not eatten much of anything but not even lost a pound? Figures huh?

    Well I better get something done. Talk to you soon!
    1516 days ago
    Congratulations on the new baby. You have two beautiful boys now so enjoy your growing family.
    1516 days ago
  • v STACEY3940
    Yes its pretty busy here at work but not crazy like insaneland yet....YET. I think having both boys home while you are off only makes sense. You get to spend more time with Ko this way and like you said save money in the long run. Wow, he's 3 already huh? Where does the time go?

    Dont feel bad, my point are terrible and I have no excuse. I missed 6 days of tracking already this month which is nearly an entire week. I'm busy at home in the evenings every single night so that means half the time we eat fast stuff like tacos, hot dogs, burgers, spaghetti, etc. Not the healthy stuff I should be eatting.

    So as I'm sure you have seen, I got my baby chicks. They are soooo freaking cute! They are little fluff balls and they peep and chirp all the time so its uber cuteness! I dont think there is much difference between brown and white eggs, but there is a difference between fresh free range eggs and store bought eggs. The ones at the store are older and you can tell. For example the yolks are a yellow color, like that of the sun, and they kind of lay flat in the bowl or skillet. Well fresh eggs are more of an orange color and stay pretty much completely round when broken into a bowl or skillet. I read that all eggs are the same nutritionally when they are laid but the problem is that store bought eggs can be weeks old which like anything else start to lose their nutritional value the longer it sits around.... plus I believe that free range eggs are a little better not only because they are fresher but because they are eatting bugs and grass and other things besides grain all the time.

    Well I guess joining the gym is off for now beacuse the girl I was joinging with is a school teacher and decided she wouldn't be going in the summer because its too far out of her way when she's not working so she says she is going to wait until the fall. So my options are join by myself or wait. For now I'm waiting because we have so much going on at home... but I'd like to get back into the gym sometime soon. I've been walking a few times a week with Sarah on our lunch breaks. We average about 1.25-1.5 miles so thats not bad.

    Hope you are having a good time with your boys and Kolt isn't keeping u up all night every night. Talk to you soon!
    1522 days ago

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