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I haven't disappeared, I just haven't been as active on Spark.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A lot has been going on in my household that the stress level is really getting to me. We are remodeling the basement and it is just a lot to deal with. I wasn't the happiest camper and I just retreated inside to deal with it. Now that the project is almost over I feel like I can finally open back up without just constantly bitching about the basement stuff (definitely first world problems).

Well, I finally got my but in gear and completed the 10K that finished on U.S. Cellular Field (it will always be COMISKEY PARK TO ME). The course was a little strange, but I finally got the running bug back. I have now signed up for 2 more races - The Fleet Feet 10 Miler and the Chicago Women's Half Marathon. This week I run over 25 miles and believe me I already feel it!

My friends Beth and Michelle have also turned into runners and we now try to run together every Saturday. It's a really nice motivator.

To end this short and positive blog post, here is a good quote:

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

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62NVON 5/7/2012 8:16AM

    Glad you checked in! And congrats on the 10K!

We've missed you in the Stand-Up.


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March is almost over

Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's unbelievable how fast time flies when you are busy! With the nice weather Chicago has been having and St. Patrick's Day last week, I feel like I blinked and 2 weeks have come and gone!

So a little update on me:

- I am still not smoking! It's been over 45 days and even when I went out for the holiday I did not smoke! Pretty proud of myself (and hubby) for that!

- I am working out Monday through Friday but the weekend work outs have been a no go for 2 weeks. It has been so busy around the house with the basement remodel going on I find myself with no motivation to go to the gym or even run outside. I am determined to break this cycle and get my butt moving this weekend

- My stress levels have been low at work but at home they have been a little elevated. I have a glass of wine at night to relax and to decompress.

- The burpee challenge is really improving my shoulder strength/push ups. Even the trainer is impressed!

- The CORE challenge has forced me to concentrate on ab work which I hate. I cannot believe how much my core has strengthened in 22 days. Before I would do CORE work twice a week with a trainer.

I am ending my blog with one of the best movie quotes ever:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
-Ferris Bueller

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 3/23/2012 11:45AM

    Great positivity! I love the quote at the end - I think I'm going to steal if for the day! :-)

I've been enjoying the weather too - even ran the trails in my 'burb last night. It was amazing. Get out there while you can!

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Darn head cold!

Friday, March 09, 2012

Well, I was doing really well this week.

I had one day I went over my calorie range but I was actually over my fitness minutes for the week so I had balance. My runs were going great and I was really into the CORE challenge and the Burpee challenge.

I woke up yesterday with a severe sore throat. I was thinking allergies so I went to work. It persisted all day, even through my workout. I got home last night, ate dinner and decided to go to bed early.

I woke up several times in the middle of the night - stuffy, hot, couldn't breathe through my nose. Yup - I'm sick. I am really mad because 2 weeks ago, I was laid low with the flu. I cannot even tell you last time I was sick - let along two times in 3 weeks. Now, I did visit with my nieces both times the previous Sunday, but I am not sure if that is where I got it from.

Am I over training? I don't think so. Is it the change in weather? maybe. All I know is I have 3 miles to do today and I am not sure if I will do it or not. We shall see how I feel and if this headache ever goes away.

Even if I don't work out, I still can stay within my ranges. When I'm sick I am usually not hungry so hopefully i will hit the minimum.

Stay healthy out there everyone!

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CHGOJMG 3/12/2012 9:44AM

    thanks Bree! I am now!

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BRE7482 3/11/2012 5:36PM

    I hope you're feeling better by now.

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February Reflection/March Goals

Friday, March 02, 2012

My February Goals were:

Quit smoking for good! Quit date is January 6th the Monday after superbowl
****Done and done! Its been over 3 weeks and still going strong!

Actively participate in the Weekend Challenges
****Well, 2 out of 3 aren't bad!

Meal Plan, cook and go grocery shopping
*****Pretty good. Not as good as January, but I was a little burnt out and will be better in March!

Stay within my ranges
****This was a little hard for me due to the no smoking and getting the flu. Spark people did keep me on the straight and narrow and I have not gained weight back since quitting smoking, but the snacking has lightened a bit. I have also given up sweets for lent and this has helped.

Be on target with my running schedule
*****Well, I got burned out on my running schedule. I think mentally the long run was not happening. I have time to get there, but I need to run outside. I am consistently getting 20 miles in a week so that is a highlight.

Get 2 days of strength training in
******On target - but its going to be hard with the running schedule this month. I have to figure out a balance.

Weigh myself at least once a week
*****This never happened. I need to do this

March Goals emoticon

Keep on track with the no smoking. I really feel the difference
No sweets until Lent is over
Complete the March (CORE) Madness
Complete the Burpee Challenge that I never did in February
Find a balance between the running and strength training. DO NOT OVERTRAIN
Keep on meal planning
Participate in the Weekend Challenges

I think this is realistic but might be a lot for all at once. I am trying to find a balance between quitting smoking, eating right and working out.

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NIKI8911 3/6/2012 4:01PM

    Great goals! You can do this. I am doing Burpees for March as well since I missed out on the February challenge. They are getting tough already lol.

Keep up the great work girl!

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CHGOJMG 3/5/2012 9:37AM

    Thanks guys!!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/3/2012 5:52PM

    You can do it!

God bless,


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BRE7482 3/2/2012 11:51PM

    Looks like you had a great February. Congrats on quitting smoking. That in itself is quite wonderful. Finding a balance is very hard for me too, but I know you can do it.

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MARTHROID 3/2/2012 9:46PM

    That's great. I am terrible with goals...unless they are tiny ones. emoticon

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Jacalyn the Irritable

Monday, February 20, 2012

Day 15 of quitting smoking. No one has died or been injured. Yet.

I have to say, my attitude has been really bad the last two weeks. Not for any specific reason, but just trying to fight my demons on the quitting smoking thing and its making me be bitter in other areas. Like exercise. Like eating right.

I think quitting smoking, starting a running schedule and eating right is a bit much all at the same time. It takes a lot of organization to maintain each one and I feel like I am juggling.

Brian, my husband, has been great about this. I think I have been asking a bit too much from myself. The quitting smoking is going very well - I have been in two situations (one with wine, one without) with friends and I didn't crack. I want my health more.

The running schedule - not going so well. I mentally cannot get myself to do 6 miles. You know what? I'm not going to push myself. I'm going to do what I can and just go to the gym. I skipped Saturday and Sunday workouts to avoid the long run. As long as I am doing something, I am doing good!

Eating: This weekend was bad. Well, I should say, Friday was bad. Our friend in New Orleans sent us a King Cake for Fat Tuesday. It was delightful. It was my dinner. Along with 4 glasses of wine. I redeemed myself Saturday, Sunday and today. I needed to not deny myself since I am denying myself smoking. I'm fine now.

So what is my plan for the week? Well, working out 6 or 7 days a week is not going too well. My body is protesting - literally. After Friday's 24 flights of stairs, my calves were sore. As in, hobbling sore. I will stick to the running plan, but I am cutting out a day. We shall see how this works out.

I did not meal plan or make lunches for this week, but I will be going to the places that have calories listed for lunch or bring left overs (chicken stir fry tomorrow - yum!).

Breathe in. Breathe out. Move forward.

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62NVON 2/22/2012 3:03PM

    Really proud of your progress with the cigs! You did take on a lot of things at once, WOW!

Anywho, it sounds like you have a plan, and a good one at that, which involved balance. I have no doubt you will be successful in all your goals!

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NIKI8911 2/21/2012 9:24AM

    You do sound frustrated. I must say, GREAT JOB on not caving on smoking with your friends. That is typically the only time I do it. Drinking makes me want to smoke, I almost never really want to smoke until I have some alcohol any more. I think that is something that never goes away once you've been a smoker.

Taylor down your running schedule a bit. Can you throw in a spinning class or something different to spice up your work-outs? It sounds like you're on the verge of burning out. Stay at the same mileage for a few weeks to break it up and maybe after another week or so you will be ready for that six miles. I personally have a hard time running six miles on a treadmill. Is there a park or trail you could run six miles instead?

Keep at it girl don't give up! You can do this!


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