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My window is closed ...

Friday, September 07, 2012

and I'm hearing a jackhammer now.

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There's a fire truck that has been parked out on the street for the last couple hours. They came around to many houses in the neighborhood advising us to close our windows. Apparently there is a gas leak. The jackhammer just started, but I think it made me realize just how serious this is. A jackhammer at 11:30 pm is not something ANYONE would be doing if there were another option.

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Speaking of fire truck ... very sad for my DDa, but a week ago around mid-day a fire started inside the church where she sings in the youth choir. The church is still standing, but unusable while all sorts of investigations go on - most notably to decide if it is structurally sound. It was put out rather quickly once discovered, but happened at a time that few people would have been there to notice.

They lost the sound equipment and main piano, but thankfully not their whole cabinets of sheet music - or any of the personal instruments their group bring in because they don't store them in that area.

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Thankfully no one was injured - just property. Additionally, this is a big city and has many Catholic parishes. Within hours they had notified as many people as possible and already worked out which churches the congregations would go to for the next 6 months or so. But they won't get to hold their Christmas mass and concert "at home" ... and depending on how exact the 6 months is, might even still be away as they come up on Easter.

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Leaping topics again - tonight had a very odd bit of thinking going on.

It's already pretty obvious I just about never stop thinking. Scary enough, for all I talk and write, I think so so much more. Most of which I never verbalize. Not even to my best friend for a variety of reasons.

Anyway, some music video or ad on the TV at the gym set me to thinking in a direction I really hadn't before. Dating sites often have lists of things to pick from - age, height, religion, political leanings, pets, kids, etc - when defining our "ideal" mate.

There's one (or two, depending on how I put them) thing that is pretty much a deal-killer for me. I can think a guy is perfect in most every way. If he pulls out a cigarette ... he's scratched off the mental list so completely he might as well not exist. Ditto for drugs. I walked out on my first real boyfriend because a friend of his came over and they pulled out a baggie with cocaine and did a line. I refused to speak to him, refused to let him give me a ride home, wanted nothing to do with him - no matter how much I cared for him. I ignored it with my EX, but one of the nastiest things ever was having him hand me a burning cigarette just to hold for him while he did something only to have my fingers reek. I don't want to ignore it again.

But that's old news. I ~know~ that part of me.

What came as a surprise seeing this one little clip was realizing I want more than I think. I want someone who pays attention to the little things. I want someone who remembers my birthday and says something, not because he is "supposed to", but because I'm actually that important to him. I want someone who actually notices the music I like and don't like, the foods I eat and avoid, and understands my offbeat sense of humor. I want someone who gives as much as he takes.

Yeah, yeah, I'm back to saying I obviously want the impossible Mr. Miracle.

(And, clearly, I'm in one of my very rare moments this evening of actually feeling a sense of loneliness. It won't last long, but I did learn from it.)

  
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SPARKFRAN514 9/9/2012 12:48AM

    Sorry to hear about your daughters church that is sad I remember how hard it is to get ready for the holidays and breaking up the church for that long is hard on every one. But like you said thank fully no was injured. I can come up some blog ideas will walking on the treadmill. I like your thinking on the dating sites they sound so unsafe to me guess it shows my age. Reading the responses to the blog I agree hold on to you list of what you want in a man . hope the hammer stopped so you could get some sleep . emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 9/7/2012 9:32PM

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I have only lived with electricity (in Tenn)
but friends praise gas - faster cooking,
warmer heat in winter, etc

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just sent up a prayer for your soul mate to come.
It's GREAT that you stick to your principles

Have a Wonderful Weekend

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BLESSINGS!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/7/2012 2:53PM

    Oh no, so sorry for you daughter. Hope they rebuild quickly.

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_RAMONA 9/7/2012 12:14PM

    Sorry for your daughter's troubles! It's hard on a mom's heart when our kids are struggling.
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As for that impossible Mr. Miracle... don't be so sure... just make a detailed list and forget about it (maybe pull it out and read it occasionally). On the saem suggestion form a friend, that's what I did... and he showed up! Though I didn't conscioulsy realize it at the time I met and married my husband, when I came across my list some time later, I realized my husband had every quality on it (and I was picky), as well as some bonus ones I hadn't thought of!

Go for it! Dare to reach for the moon... and be ready to accept it when it arrives!

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TALENKARR1 9/7/2012 11:29AM

    yyowch! you and your daughter has had it rough for the last couple of days! i am truly sorry to here about your church. I may not be christan but the loss of your place of worship can be devistating! I was thinking mabye your priest could hold christmas mass out side if it is not cold where your at. to kind of keep your parishiners a family. and as for the sound system i am sure there is enough speakers and other such the parsh can lend for at least one day.

Now as for your Ideal guy. Most of my family is happly married. my dad and two cousins are the only ones who have gotten divored in three generations. They all have a few rules they live by.
1. NEVER catch a bouquie!!! for some reason only the people in my family who caught it seem to get divorced

2. Never settle, period. There is some one out there for you "god" said be fruitful and multiply so there is a Mr. right out there for you. He doesn't make clerical errors like forgetting to make your match (that is what my Aunt Ermma say's)

3. Stopp looking. As soon as you stop you always find them. don't know why, ya just do

there that is my total sum of knowlege on finding Mr/Ms. right...... Boy I really don't know alot huh lol

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IRELAND0426 9/7/2012 10:19AM

  Hope all is well....

I wouldn't compromise on my standards, that is like lying to yourself if you do. I also don't know that there is a Mr. Right out there for everyone. I have pondered upon that myself. Sometimes I think it is that someone that picks up on the little things...I don't know if you would call that right or the one that loves you, will be there for you and laughs and cries with you. Maybe I am trying to compare Mr. Right to Mr. Perfect...

I have a friend that has been looking for Mr. Right for many many years the thing about it is I think that she has been by herself for so long that now alone is better.

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2BFITKAT 9/7/2012 9:49AM

    A girl has gotta set standards and stick to them. The right man will respect that in you.

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EMGI129 9/7/2012 9:48AM

    Being alone has many perks. At least, in my imagination! One being, no extreme compromises needed. But, the items you list do not sound unreasonable. Well, I don't know any man who remembers birthdays and other details about favorites in the same way women do. But my husband does know exactly what I'm going to say about something and can do a ridiculously accurate spoof of me doing it, and sharing quirky humor is what we've based the entire relationship on.

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JENNCABA 9/7/2012 9:45AM

    Glad to hear no one was injured in the fire... emoticon

I believe there is a "Mr. Miracle" out there for all of us....They are just hard to find sometimes because all of the ones that may not treat us right or may be bad for us always seem to cross our paths first and we need to be strong enough to not let them get in the way of finding who we really deserve to be with..... It may get lonely sometimes but finding that "Mr. Miracle is worth the wait... I was very lucky to have found mine emoticon

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DEBJAE 9/7/2012 9:27AM

    Oh that Mr. Miracle is out there somewhere waiting to find you as well! I will echo what the others have said...do not compromise on what you want. I also see smoking as a deal breaker...and drugs. Your description of what you want out of a relationship reminded me of my last break-up. My then boyfriend was coming over to discuss whether we would stay together or break-up and he was bringing over pizza. He was asking if I had a preference and added if a certain pizza place was okay. We had been together for over a year and a half...and I had previously said on several occasions that I didn't care for that certain pizza place's food...so this last time he asked me if it was okay...well, that did me in. There were other bigger issues with us that weren't working but the fact he couldn't remember something as simple as my least favorite pizza place...sealed his fate!!

I have been lonely in my single-hood but never as lonely as when I was in a miserable relationship!!

I hope they fixed the gas leak safely and you were able to get some sleep.

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SHERIO5 9/7/2012 8:34AM

    Abosolutely. Do. Not. Compromise. You are worthy of the best, so don't settle!!!

My Mom used to always kid me that I had to kiss an awful lots of frogs before I met the handsome prince! I've got some years on you, and I can say it is not worth compromising when it comes to picking a partner....you are dead right on this one.

Hope everyone is safe in your neighborhood this morning. Have an awesome Friday! emoticon

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SABRINASARAH 9/7/2012 8:10AM

    I agree that you should wait for "Mr. Miracle" rather than accepting something less. Relationships based on anything less than what you want rarely work out (if ever). I would rather be by myself than compromise my values just to have a relationship with someone.

Thank you for sharing all that's happening in your life and your thoughts!

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KARL1266 9/7/2012 7:07AM

    Hopefully the leak is fixed soon and you can not have to deal with the jackhammer anymore!

Glad no one was injured in the fire and hopefully the investigators find it sound and everyone can move in quicker than anticipated.

As for your "Mr. Miracle"...I get the same feelings now and then myself. I find myself desiring the "Mrs. Miracle" lately and certainly have those moments of loneliness as well. I take to heart one of the comments already left..."better to feel lonely because you are alone, than lonely because you are with the wrong person." At least you see this and get over it reasonably quickly.

Nice random thoughts blog. You obviously have a lot of things running through that mind of yours. That is a good thing.

Keep well!

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CIPHER1971 9/7/2012 4:49AM

    I hope the leak is repair rapidly, and the church is less damaged than they fear.

It is better to feel lonely because you are alone, than lonely because you are with the wrong person.

Have an awesome day.

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WHQPHQ 9/7/2012 4:38AM

    Bad news on the fire! Hope everyone's ok!

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LEFTHANDLUKE 9/7/2012 3:09AM

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JUDITH316 9/7/2012 3:06AM

    Wow, there's a lot going on in this blog, not sure how to respond but thanks for sharing, I want you to know I'm standing with you and cheering you on your journey... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SBNORMAL 9/7/2012 3:06AM

  I am waiting also on Mr. Miracle.

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BLC#20 - Snapshots, Measurements, and Goals

Monday, September 03, 2012

For the second training weekend challenge, here's my snapshots, measurements, and goals:

For these snapshots, I actually took a couple on my regular camera, but the memory card is being seen as read-only and I don't have a cable to upload the pictures. So I took these at work in the full-length mirror in our lady's restroom with my phone.

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Front view.


Side view.


Back view. (Taken with camera phone reversed to the lens on the face, so poorer quality.)


Second back view - legs not together and top of head showing. Just had to include this because the white hair on top amused me - so I left my head in the picture.

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Neck: 14 inches
Shoulders: 44 inches
Arm: 13.5 inches
Forearm: 10.5 inches
Waist: 34.5 inches
Hips: 43 inches
Thigh: 24 inches
Calves: 16 inches

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The obvious goal since I'm not a maintainer, but not really my big focus, is weight loss:
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1) Lose 1 pound per week average, for a total of 12 pounds in 12 weeks.

My primary goal in participating:
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2) Be there for my Team (once assigned), Teammates, and all participants in the BLC with cheer and encouragement, from beginning to end. Do this with SparkGoodie Gifts, comments on blogs and forum posts - aiming for at least one a day.

Some other goals:
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3) Accept the challenges laid forth by my Team, finding ways to include them together with what I already do, and rise to them.

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4) Upgrade my wardrobe, particularly shirts, by the end of the challenge - this time going into winter wear in L sizes. My XL tops are definitely too big (pretty formless along the waist). I'd like this to include at least one cute fitted sweater, turtlenecks, and some nice boots (suede, thicker heel, calf- or knee-high is the plan).

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5) If I actually lose at least 12 pounds, I'll be ending very close to my original goal of 160. Think as much with how I'll transition to maintenance as with losing, considering how my typical meals and snacks will be adjusted, how or whether my workouts will change, and decide if I want to drop to a half-pound loss per week which means taking a little longer but smoothing the adjustment.

  
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SPSPSP1 9/15/2012 7:21PM

    Congrats on your progress so far!

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DIANNEMT 9/7/2012 3:46PM

    Good for you!

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RUNNINGWILD 9/7/2012 12:25AM

    My grey hair amuses me, too emoticon
You've got some great ideas and goals for this BLC round.
One of them should also be getting rid of all those XL clothes (you know, if you haven't already) because I can tell that there's no way you're going back.
Yeehaw!

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ILOVEMALI 9/6/2012 11:08PM

    you look great! So toned! xoxoxo

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AMARILYNH 9/6/2012 4:46PM

    Amazing pictures - you inspire me!! emoticon

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EMGI129 9/6/2012 10:36AM

    Looking great!! Your goal setting is very inspirational in its clarity. Also, your support has been so wonderful, it has inspired me to take on a new sparker and be an ear for her blog. It makes such a difference.

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VICKLET31 9/5/2012 12:06PM

    Great job! Great goals! emoticon

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TALENKARR1 9/5/2012 8:46AM

    look'n good chicka! by the way I showed my friend pics of your last walk and he said you have great legs!!!! thought you would like to know and yes the exlamations were his. his axact words your "DAAAAAAAAAMN!! that girl has great legs!!!1 Is she single?! ......You know, Some one on a town council should really find better words to compliment. lol By the way what was the paint powder y'all used? Were trying to find fun and healthy ways to bring morre revenue into town.......We finailly got a mud run and are looking for more. stuff.

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TANYA602 9/4/2012 8:45PM

    I really like how clearly you spelled out your goals for BLC. And your pics are nicely showing off your progress! Yes! DO splurge on some new tops and a pair of boots! How fun! Maybe we'll even be on the same team
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JANET4171 9/4/2012 6:23PM

    What a great job you're doing. Best of luck with all your goals! emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/4/2012 2:35PM

    You look great. Nice V shape. emoticon

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DSJB9999 9/4/2012 2:22PM

    You are looking fantastic and your goals are clear.

Keep going!

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MNJONES2 9/4/2012 11:21AM

    You really have made so much progress!! Great job!! YOU LOOK WONDERFUL

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DENNETJ 9/4/2012 9:56AM

    You look amazing!

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BLUJEANLADY 9/4/2012 8:32AM

    Your doing amazing and looking good! emoticon

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YOUNG2012 9/4/2012 8:28AM

    yuo already look amazing! Good luck fulfilling all of your goals!
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IMELECTRIC 9/4/2012 7:57AM

    You have done a super job! Good luck on your goals.

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FAERY_FACE 9/4/2012 6:38AM

    Wow. You are looking great. best of luck during this challenge. We can ROCK this! emoticon

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SBNORMAL 9/4/2012 5:59AM

  Girl, you have done it!! You are looking like a Superwoman these days!!!

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SPARKFRAN514 9/3/2012 11:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon good luck on Sept goals and your photo are emoticon
hope you get your camera fixed to make more fun next month. great blog great plan and i know emoticon emoticon

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BLESSINGS!

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SANDYB223 9/3/2012 10:29PM

    WOW!!!! You are doing great!

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MISSLISTER 9/3/2012 10:01PM

    Good luck with your goals, it sounds like a great plan!

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SHERIO5 9/3/2012 9:29PM

    I'm loving the pictures!! You are doing so well, I think you look great!

Nice job on getting your goals together!

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FITLIKENIC 9/3/2012 8:57PM

    Love your outline, I can see you achieving your goals in BLC 20!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 9/3/2012 8:45PM

    You look fantastic already so I can only imagine how you'll look 12 lbs lighter - good luck on your goals and with the challenge!
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JENNCABA 9/3/2012 8:31PM

    You look great !!! Good luck on your challenge emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALING_LORI 9/3/2012 7:34PM

    Good luck on your goals! I can`t wait to get where you are! Your pictures look great!
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NATE-JANINE 9/3/2012 7:32PM

    great job, emoticon you look smokin:)

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KARL1266 9/3/2012 7:01PM

    Great job! I like your goals and I know you can do it! White hair? Really? Have you seen my head? Or my face? That's white hair! You look great!

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KSCHRAUT 9/3/2012 6:08PM

    Awesome' best of luck!

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SABRINASARAH 9/3/2012 4:58PM

    You look great! Your goals are great! You can do this!!

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WHQPHQ 9/3/2012 4:49PM

    You are looking great, you must be so proud! emoticon

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    You look fantastic.

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Color Me Rad! 5k in San Jose

Monday, September 03, 2012

The Color Me Rad! 5k in San Jose was an absolute blast. I took pictures with my phone, so here we go.


It was about a half mile walk from the bus stop to the Fairgrounds and from the moment I got off, I could see groups in white clothing walking in the same direction. Groups gradually merged and this was a shot of people just as we were approaching the entrance.


This is the main staging area before the race. Some people had bought color packets and were getting started coloring each other up. Others were remaining relatively clean.


Another part of the main staging area - the guys in the lift were the DJs / announcers for the event.


The necessary beach balls to lob around were visible and here you can see a few people already started with colors.


The ground where one group had business colored each other, leaving behind what didn't stick. Patches like this could be found all over.


The starting gate. There were originally four start times, each 10 minutes apart, that we chose from. However, the sheer number who showed up ultimately led to them breaking each wave up even further using a rope and a hose as "markers" to split groups.





More pictures of the crowd in the first wave at the starting line. About this point I realized it might be wise to head toward the end of the line ... and later was thankful I had as the line kept growing behind us even as groups were started.


The "Oh, hey, I'm so clean still!" before picture.

No pictures during the run, of course - didn't want to leave my poor phone exposed.


The "OMG, I have clean spots still!" after picture.


You might have seen the RAD tattoos in some of the other pictures if they were larger. Some people had them on their arms or necks. A number of guys with shaved heads had them on their scalp. I and many others picked our legs. This is my after leg including stick-on tattoo. (I'm actually surprised sometimes at how my calves look - this is one of those times.)


Past the finish line.


Here's someone who REALLY took getting drenched in color seriously!


Tutus were, of course, a fixture. (This particular image was before. )


The rainbow unicorns were a little unexpected, but quite appropriate.

I didn't get pictures of others, but there was one guy running in a wedding dress, a couple of guys in what I'd call clean room suits, and one girl in some sort of full body (including over the head) white bodysuit.


Many lined up after to get pictures taken. This is the best look at just how completely coated in color some people were.


And a last look over that main staging area - after the race - from the opposite side.

And THAT was the Color Me Rad! 5k in San Jose in 2012!

  
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NANCYSINATRA 9/7/2012 6:46PM

    Never heard of such a thing. Wow. your pictures make me want to try it now though. What the heck happens?

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    emoticonIt looks like so much fun !!! emoticon

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KSCHRAUT 9/3/2012 3:46PM

    Awesome! I wanted to do the one in Boston back in July but never got around to signing up! Looks like a lot of fun! WAY TO GO!

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    Totally RAD! emoticon

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TALENKARR1 9/3/2012 1:57PM

    It's a race and color fight all in one!! I gotta do something like that. way to go on your race!

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JANESLOSS 9/3/2012 12:05PM

    Looks like it was a great race!
Nice cool morning yesterday, before the temperature ramped up to about 90 degrees.
Thanks for sharing your pictures!!

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Jane

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/3/2012 12:02PM

    How fun. emoticon Nice looking calf.

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SHERIO5 9/3/2012 11:59AM

    Wow! I'm glad you had a great time! emoticon

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FINALLYBEINGME 9/3/2012 11:22AM

    Looks like a lot of fun! emoticon Thanks for sharing pictures!

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_JODI404 9/3/2012 10:50AM

    Thanks for sharing your pics! That looks like SO much fun!!!!
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LDRICHEL 9/3/2012 9:47AM

    SOOOO FUN!!!!! I can't wait to do another!

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NATE-JANINE 9/3/2012 9:33AM

    Looks like a fun time was had by all. Great legs btw:)

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    Looks like you had a good time emoticon

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HYDROQUEEN 9/3/2012 8:40AM

    Looks like a good time! Your calves look fantastic!

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FLEURGARDEN 9/3/2012 8:40AM

    Looks like a lot of fun. You looked pretty clean compared to some people. :-)

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SABRINASARAH 9/3/2012 8:04AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures! It looks like you had a lot of fun!

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WHQPHQ 9/3/2012 7:41AM

    Looks fun :)

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    Looks like fun! emoticon

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August goal review, some September goals, and more

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Somehow even knowing tomorrow is September, I'm having trouble wrapping my head around August being done with. It was a full month, that's for sure. Without further ado, here's how I did on my August goals:

== August goals ==

1) Weight stably between 175 and 180 pounds. emoticon
** I'm currently bouncing between 177.5 and 178.5 so definitely got this one.

2) August 5k. emoticon
** Didn't quite accomplish this one. The only August 5ks that I could find were too inconvenient. (Even if they sounded fun like the Golden Gate Park one.) But I do have two for September, and had already decided Color Me Rad! tomorrow would count as my August one. So while I'm not saying Goal Met, I do indeed consider it a thumbs up, good job.

3) Lights out no later than 12:30 pm Sunday to Thursday night. emoticon
** Well, I did so-so on this one. I know there were a few nights that I wasn't fully done, lights out and eyes closed until closer to 1:00 am. (haha, only just noticed that should have said 12:30 am)
** On the plus side, I was more conscious of the time and at least preparing for bed by that time, even if I wasn't finished. It wasn't a complete flop, but it was better than I'd been doing the last couple months - which was the real purpose.

4) Add cholesterol to the things I track. emoticon
** Okay, so that alone is a little too easy. However, what this proved to me is that I really don't have any trouble with my dietary cholesterol. I was only over the recommended range (>250) on three days - and every one of those was a day I had an egg or two. I am not concerned with the cholesterol I get from egg yolk, especially since I'm routinely so low that my weekly average never went over 200.

5) 30 day test of Proactivity as my daily measure. emoticon
** This happened, but more because I had the sudden realization that every action I'm taking with deliberation toward improving my health and fitness IS proactive. Things like consistently cleaning my teeth every night are proactive steps. So I feel ready to move on to the next chapter.

I've already met one of my Fall goals as well:

1) Roller-blade once or twice. emoticon
** The first time I found the skates incredibly uncomfortable. The second time I put my specially made insole in and found it made quite a difference. They're still uncomfortable, but with high socks, jeggings, and the insoles, it wasn't too bad. And it definitely was a fun way to add some more activity.

Another of my Fall goals (to walk at least three 5ks) will be done right as Summer comes to an end - the other 5k in September I have is on the 22nd.


SUMMARY? I feel I did pretty good. I didn't really challenge myself much with the goals, but I did face down the sleep one and find that I can gradually ease myself back to a more reasonable schedule as long as I'm not too hard-nosed about it.


MOVING FORWARD!

== September goals ==

1) Weight stably below 175 pounds.
** The usual.

2) Adjust my calorie range and workouts for a little more balance.
** I went from a stated 40 minute minimum to doing 60+ minutes daily, and haven't been taking it as easy on my rest days. I've also noticed my calories in spiking more often. Neither is optimal. Try to vary things a bit this month to find a better balance.

3) Track the main vitamins just to see how I typically do.
** I realize that quite a few of the foods I eat won't have the nutrition info for anything but A, C, Iron, and Calcium - but I'm going to track those, B12 and B6, D, E, Zinc, Magnesium, and Potassium. Not worrying about balancing them yet - just seeing where I'm getting what I am.

4) Read the next chapter of 7 Habits again and start working on the practical application.
** Time to move forward with this.

5) Get registered for Oktoberfest and Turkey Trot for this year.
** These should open for registration soon, so keep an eye out.

6) Begin preparing for sleep at midnight as often as possible.
** Not going to set a number of days, or a time - but I do want to have my teeth clean, clothes packed, and be comfortably in bed by 12:30 am even if I'm finishing off some things on my laptop or reading.


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In addition to the above, I do have my BLC#20 goals to figure out, and snapshot and measurements to do.

My mid-September weigh-in and review will be my 1-year Sparkversary. My join date is in June, but I literally joined for the menu planner, decided it wasn't what I wanted, and left. I came back in September when I was ready to make a bigger change and JAHCANNON happened to mention SparkPeople in another forum we both posted on. So even though SP considers me already well past the 1-year point, I will wait until the 16th to grab the award.

And I have some Fall goals to get done.

ONWARD!

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EMGI129 9/3/2012 7:12PM

    Love the review. Inspiring!

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TANYA602 9/2/2012 3:59PM

    I always like reading the reflections and goal setting- I get some new ideas each time! I've never paid attention to my cholesterol and maybe that it something I should do - more out of curiosity.
Congratulations on your achieving your goals and on your upcoming anniversary with SP! Here's to a healthy and happy September!

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MNJONES2 9/2/2012 2:11PM

    The progress you have made is so great!! You are a new woman!!

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50ISNEW30 9/2/2012 10:44AM

    Congratulations on your August goals. You are an inspiration to many!
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Good job on your goals and the ones you have achieved you are an inspiration to your friends and team mated cheering you o to get those Sept Goals checked off you can do it


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CURVYGURL8 9/1/2012 3:44PM

    Thanks to reading YOUR blog entry, I got up, and dragged myself to the gym this morning, where I did BOTh my strength training AND 40 minutes of cardio. Your words motivated me to do this AND to make goals of my own for September and beyond. Thanks so much for posting. You never ever know when you are going to motivate someone else! emoticon

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KINISUE 9/1/2012 1:21PM

    I must say that you ROCK!!!!!

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SHERIO5 9/1/2012 12:08PM

    In my humble opinion you really did a great job on your August goals!

I just want to mention that every time I see a blog from you with your new picture, I think, yeah, that woman is looking feisty!! I think your lower weight and healthy body totally fit your blog persona, if that makes sense? I hope this doesn't offend, I mean it in the best of ways.

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    I haven't been on SP for a while, then I came back and saw your photos! You've done so well, you're an inspiration! emoticon

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MRS.CARLY 9/1/2012 10:50AM

    You did great with your goals!!

You go to bed late! I'm out like a light by 10

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/1/2012 9:42AM

    You are doing great!

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SABRINASARAH 9/1/2012 7:16AM

    Congratulations on August! You did a great job there! Sounds like you have September under wraps too. Way to go!

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Trying to get all my ducks in a row

Thursday, August 30, 2012

If I hadn't seen a mother duck with 14 ducklings, I might not have an appreciation for that particular idiom.

(What also comes to mind is a Youtube video I saw of a mother duck trying to lead her little family somewhere in very strong gusty winds. www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEBLt6Kd9EY Watching that again just now, what was interesting to me was to think about how we can get completely blown off track by something uncontrollable in our lives - our own crosswinds. Can we do like that family of ducks did and make the choice to get right back on our feet and regroup? Not just once, but every single time the wind gusts us.)

Anyway, that wasn't the reason for the title.

What was the reason for the title is the combination of several things that have me trying to make sure I'm remembering everything I need to remember.

Usually I do my strength training on M-W-F. If circumstances require, I shift those one day. So there have been weeks I did M-W-Sa, and there have been weeks I did M-Th-Sa, or even Tu-Th-Sa, but I always returned back to M-W-F.

Thing is, DDa does her choir practice on Thursday, so she is most likely to text me randomly to meet for dinner on Wednesday or Friday. (In fact, the vast majority of those circumstances pushing the dates have been spontaneous dinners with her.)

In addition, Monday is the most crowded and annoying night to do weights at the gym. Every time I have to adjust, I find weekend weight work very pleasant in comparison.

Also, the gym closes an hour earlier on Friday. Doing my full routine with weights doesn't leave me quite enough time for a shower and I feel rushed.

All of which had me thinking about swapping my weight training days around. I considered the possible combinations and had just about decided moving it to Su-Tu-Th had the greatest appeal and workability.

Then I registered for BLC#20. The daily challenges for Thursday ... are strength training.

At this point it seemed to be cosmically ordained. =P

Except for the actual step of getting swapped over. Last week I had to shift to M-Th-Sa for both that and DDa wanting to meet up on Wednesday. The Thursday worked good for the TNT (Tone -n- Tighten) challenge, but that meant the next ST day had to be Saturday. Because I always leave a rest day between, that meant I couldn't start this week with Sunday. Instead, I have to make this week a M-W-F and start next week as Su-Tu-Th.

Worse, this past Sunday I decided to try out "Zeke's class". He's one of the Personal Trainers at the gym, the one who I've seen challenging and pushing groups of girls with strength training and cardio. Without knowing what his class entailed, I agreed to attend IF I woke up early enough on a Sunday (for a 10:30 am class).

His class was a strength training group class. I stayed for half an hour, doing squats and crunches and planks and more. When that part was done and he was setting up stations with dumbbells and other equipment, I slipped out. I'd done my full weights on Saturday and was doing my full weights on Monday.

OOF ... I'm getting a little sore / muscle tired. I haven't had a two day break since the Monday to Thursday jump of last week, and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday all had some sort of strength training. I also had my normal weights tonight and have the challenge exercises for tomorrow then normal weights again on Friday.

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Oh ... and have I mentioned that I'm doing the Color Me Rad! 5k on Saturday morning? (Yeah? Several times now? Sorry!)

Which reminds me ... I also have to make it to packet pickup at one of the most inconvenient locations imaginable for someone without a car on either Thursday or Friday night. Friday is out because I have to get my weights done or I'll have to put the swap off another week. So tomorrow after work I have to ride two buses for an hour then walk 1.4 miles to get to the store for the packet, then another 1.5 miles to another bus stop to ride another three-quarters of an hour to the gym to get the rest of my cardio and the challenge exercises done.

Good Grief! *Charlie Brown voice*

I feel like one of those poor ducklings right now.

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And just to prove I'm as completely loopy as I sound, that made me think of one of my favorite scenes in Aristocats: Think Goose! (Tune is called something like Goose Steps High.) "Mama, do we have to waddle like they do?"

  
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SPARKFRAN514 8/31/2012 9:52PM

    what a dedicated little Sparker you are and you are an inspiration to so many of us. Not sure i would do all the walking you do to pick up a race packet. you are a true runner emoticon emoticon emoticon Good luck in your race and have a safe run emoticon emoticon ob the emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for being an inspiration

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/30/2012 7:48PM

    OMG that video is funny. Those poor little ducklings, getting rolled over and over... And yeah, then just getting right up and running back to Mom.

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A-NEW-TARA 8/30/2012 1:43PM

    I think I got a work out just trying to keep up with that schedule! lol I have to say you are amazing, your dedication and determination to stick to your plan is more than inspiration it's worthy of an award! Next time I hear somebody say they don't have time to fit in a workout I'm sending them to this blog. Thanks for sharing your schedule, your determination and your inspiration with us.
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JANESLOSS 8/30/2012 12:29PM

    Wow!
That is some dedication my Spark Friend!
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KINISUE 8/30/2012 12:05PM

    Oh man I feel like I have already worked out this morning just reading your blog. I am in total awe! keep up the good work but please do not burn yourself out.

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MNJONES2 8/30/2012 11:01AM

    Uff da! You wear me out just reading about all your workouts. WOW!

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ROXYZMOM 8/30/2012 9:47AM

    All that going on and you are still getting in there! Good for you! It's always good to have a "plan b"

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/30/2012 8:55AM

    Great job on all your strength training! emoticon I know what you mean about having certain days and if it changes it can feel a little off.

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SHERIO5 8/30/2012 8:39AM

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SABRINASARAH 8/30/2012 8:13AM

    You dedication to strength training is commendable and inspiring. I used to take strength training classes at my gym (like you described), but my schedule changed, and I've been doing ST on my own. I am not as consistent and your blog really hit that home for me. Thank you for reminding me that ST is important to make time for three days a week. I know that wasn't your intent with your writing, but it has really motivated me to make a solid schedule of my own.

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DEBBIELCG 8/30/2012 8:03AM

    well all i can say to all of that is i hope your ducks all line up and don;t get blown away. good luck.

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CIPHER1971 8/30/2012 8:00AM

    Wow you sound so busy. I will keep my fingers crossed that it all settles down soon.

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