Friday, May 13, 2011
Well, I'll have to let the other parties involved comment on their own, but I guess it's time I said something.
Yes. It's true. The innuendo, the rumors, all of it.
I have two sisters on SparkPeople with me. Yes, that's right. AMYLONGHORN and CASAM1985 and I are sisters. We all rented the same womb, though at different times.
And not only on SparkPeople! They're doing the 5% Challenge with me!
And not only on the 5% Challenge! They're also Starfish with me!
I know what you're thinking. How could this happen? How DID this happen?
Well, I'll tell you. When I joined the site in 2007, I got super-excited and told the two girls about it. They joined shortly after and then promptly dropped it. During my first 5% Challenge, I went to Orlando with Amy, and I was talking about my Challenge all the time, and it sounded like fun to her, so next time around, I emailed her and said, hey, sign up for the challenge and be a Starfish so we can hang out on the site. So she did.
Right after we started, we mentioned it to Anna. At this point, it was late signups, so she had, like, negative 18 hours to think about it and decide. Because her schedule is already merciless, she declined with such short notice, but said to ask her again for the next one. So we did. And she signed up, too.
Let's see. What else might you want to know? There's 35 months distributed amongst the three of us. That means for one month a year, we're stairsteps, but right now, I'm 28, Amy's 27 and Anna's 25.
I sometimes call Anna Bananas, but I don't think Amy does. Not that I blame her, since it's a little silly. Truthfully, I only did it a couple times, my husband thought it was hilarious, so now he sort of keeps me doing it. And even though it is silly, I also think it's cute.
In spite of this, it should be known that Anna does NOT like bananas. But she does like the banana-shaped Runts.
We heart each other very much!!! And I LOVE having the two of them on the Challenge with me, and I'm super-proud of them!
Any other questions, please ask one of us. =)
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Today is like Friday for me, because I don't have to work tomorrow. I am going to New York this weekend to walk the UAE 10K in Central Park this weekend. It benefits the National Kidney Foundation. My husband is going to RUN it, but my sister and I are walking it.
It's my first "race." I wish I liked running. I tried. I really did! But I just couldn't enjoy it! My husband really enjoys it and has done the Marine Corps Marathon along with many smaller races. It seems like a waste though, that I'm going to this race and I can't run it, but I found out I was going a week ago, so I didn't exactly have time to train. Maybe being in the thick of it, instead of holding the camera, will inspire me to RUN it next year!
And apart from the race, the trip is going to be SO MUCH FUN. Hanging with Bananas and also introducing her to some of my colleagues is going to be a BLAST!!!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
First of all, my streaks are both over. It was time. I went over by less than 100 calories, so it's not such a big deal, and I'm okay with it. I am trying to expand my streaks each time, so it's actually kind of a relief to know I don't have to go too far next time!
And my trigger food blog wasn't very useful today. I wound up with a cookie and chips today. Since when do my colleagues eat chips? I've been offered chips every day this week! My colleagues are not usually chip eaters, but maybe I gave them my chips desire when I tried to give it up.
At least I stayed away from the chocolate.
There were other things, too. I saw a very bad accident on my way to work today, involving an SUV and a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was on the ground. I called 911, just because you hear those stories about people not calling because they think somebody else must have called, but in the end, no one does, you know? But it made me feel bad and sad and a little weird.
And Big Sammy tested heartworm positive. So he can't go to my friend's house for at least a month while he gets treated. My friend is your typical manly-man, not one to show emotions, but you can see he's a little shaken by this development, and I think it's kind of sweet, since he hasn't met the dog yet.
So today wasn't so great, but I'm all right, just a little tired, and tomorrow will be better.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Do you know the story of how I found Little Sammy?
I'd never had a dog before, and I never even much cared for them before, but I went through a phase about a year and a half ago, in which, whenever I was feeling low, I would look at pictures of puppies on Google Image search and it would cheer me up. Well, one day, I made the mistake of looking at the pictures on adoptapet.com of real dogs, not out-of-context Google Image dogs, and there was Little Sammy. He was so cute that I fell in love immediately. Even when I clicked on his picture and found that he was blind, deaf, old, had a heart murmur and was otherwise a bad investment, it was too late. I was already in love.
The reason I tell this story is that I still visit adoptapet.com and petfinder.com pretty regularly. This can kind of get me in trouble, like when I see Baby, this perfect little beagle puppy in West Virginia, or Ira, the chihuahua/dachshund mix wearing a green bandanna. I fear that someday it will get me in big trouble, and I'll wind up on another mission to get a dog. My sisters can vouch for the fact that the era between the moment I first laid eyes on that picture of Little Sammy and the moment I had him sleeping in my bathroom (and well, every moment since), I was borderline intolerable in conversation.
So what I've been doing is looking for dogs for friends. Or a friend, actually. I have a friend at work who had had a samoyed/golden mix that died a few years ago at the age of 14 and who has wanted another one. But he says they aren't common and they get snapped up quickly when they do pop up on these sites. So I look for him for this particular mix, because I like my dogs small, and these are pretty big, so it keeps me out of trouble.
I've found quite a few, but he'll make excuses. He's too far away, she's female, he's too old...
But this weekend, I found one that is about a 7.5 hour drive away. Yes, too far, absolutely. But it was in a shelter, without a rescue organization's backing. In the posting, it said that they only have 5 days to find the animal a home or a rescue organization. Then, in ominous red text, it said, "LAST DAY 5/10/2011." So I sent him an email that he didn't read till yesterday morning.
I asked him about it, and he said, "They wouldn't kill the dog after 5 days, would they? That seems a little drastic." And I said, "What do you think they do on Day 6?" And so he applied for it and was approved! Hooray! Then they gave him the name of a transport company that will bring it up here for $100. A bargain!
It's all VERY SUDDEN, but now, it seems my friend will have a new roommate in the form of this very pretty samoyed/golden mix, whose name is Sammy. His predecessor was also named Sam. Not that this is surprising, because I bet a LOT of samoyeds are named Sam or Sammy or Sami (it's not that creative, really), but still. I've brought a Big Sammy into my friend's life.
And how cool is that?
Monday, May 09, 2011
So, today the Knees challenge was to get 24 points for cardio. 24 points!!! 1 point is 5 minutes, so 24 of them is 120 minutes. I'm not sure this was calculated before the challenge was set, because that's a far cry from doing three arm exercise or burning 300 calories, but I figured, okay, fine. It's one day, and I can handlethis.
So I walked 24 minutes at lunch. I did 73 minutes on the bike. I did 23 minutes on the elliptical. 120 minutes total.
But when I put it in the exercise minutes, my SparkPoints only showed 22 points!
This is A LOT of exercise. Do I have to go for another 10 minute walk or a cardio video to legitimately say I'm maintaining my streak? Or am I cool to have followed the spirit of this crazy challenge?
What do you think?
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