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Day Sixty - REALLY! ALREADY! - 3/2/10

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Whoa - 60 days! Two months today! I FORGOT! I think this has just become such a part of me now, that the time factor seems irrelevant.

Spark living has really become a way of life for me. I can't stop telling people about it and the more people notice me losing weight and being physical and positive and confident, the more opportunity I have to share all that I have benefitted from this wonderful way of life.

I was helping a friend of mine pack to move today and as soon as she gets to her new place and has internet hooked up - next week - she is joining.
Then tonight I met with some lady friends who I only see once a month...a couple commented on how good I was looking ... and now get this ... one of the other women told them that I was Sparking!!!

Personally, I am super excited...am into week 3 of C25K and now have a running buddy! YEAH! We both have pretty busy lives, but we have two run dates scheduled for this week and tomorrow we are going over our schedules for next week. I don't believe I'm ssaying this, but THIS IS FUN!!! I actually missed running today, and our run isn't scheduled until she is off work tomorrow evening, so I have to wait for her....Just WHAT is this world coming to?

I'm still not having much luck motivating myself to get up and do my fitness in the morning, and that may never happen, but I'm getting it done as well as my nutrition and water - the rest, I do the best that I can every day and I keep trying to push the envelope. But, it's after11:00 pm and I've been up since 5:20 (hit snooze TWICE today) - might be a hint that I need to get to bed and get some sleep.

Keep Sparking Dear Friends!!!

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PAM1864 3/5/2010 5:02AM

    emoticonmy friend. Did i not tell you, that your friends will start noticing your change. emoticonfor that. Glad you are enjoying your run and company makes it more interesting. I too love my 5k run. Keep sparking!!!
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MIMIKK7 3/3/2010 10:08AM

    emoticonThat is exciting that you are excited about running! Since starting SP I have actually thought about maybe running someday in my near future. Never thought I would think that also. emoticonon spreading the spark and your friends noticing a change in you. All of your hard work is paying off right now. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 3/3/2010 8:57AM

    WOOHOO!!! What are you thinking...you're excited to go running??? Funny huh! We've gone wacko!!! I'm so glad you got someone to go with you...makes for easier exercising for sure!! YAY so excited for you!!!!!!

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ANGELFMABV 3/3/2010 5:39AM

    Wow, sounds like you had a great day! So many good things are coming your way! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELFMABV 3/3/2010 5:39AM

    Wow, sounds like you had a great day! So many good things are coming your way! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELFMABV 3/3/2010 5:39AM

    Wow, sounds like you had a great day! So many good things are coming your way! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Day Fifty-nine - New Lessons to Keep Learning - 3/1/10

Monday, March 01, 2010

These past three days have gone way too quickly, and the lessons keep coming, but I can see the progress I am making. I am learning to accept my imperfections and to roll with the punches like I never have before. Planning helps the situations to be more bearable, but even when plans go awry, I am feeling like it's not really the end of the world and to make the best of the situation and keep moving forward.

Got right back on track today with eating, logging, sparking and fitness. Even modified some of my routines to better my efforts at making the 5K in May. It's a good thing too, because I found out this afternoon that my work schedule is heavier than I thought for tomorrow. In addition, I learned that not only do I need to be at work at 8am, but that I have to be in Joliet, nearly an hour's drive in rush hour....YUCK! Then, the chicken for dinner didn't thaw in time, so dinner became a 2 hour affair. Grazing from one course to another as they were ready.

I got alot done in between though and am prepared for the day tomorrow...work, then helping a friend pack for a move and then the Bible study I lead tomorrow night. I'll make it home sometime around 8:30 or 9pm. I'm off the next day, and it's weight training day, so I'll do some circuit trng when I get home and my sparking after that.

I'm surprised, really, that I handled all the changes so well and that I'm not too overly stressed at this point to sleep well. It's amazing how much I am learning to prioritze and plan and accept life on lifes terms in this process...and I'm liking it. I'm even liking the running. I'll miss that tomorrow, but I'm going to try to stick with the plan and look forward to a great run on Wednesday.

Night all - 5am comes early!

  
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PAM1864 3/2/2010 3:05PM

    You have a very busy schedule. What did you plan for this week challenge(to cook new food and blog about it).I don't have time. Study leave for my kid, so busy day. All the best for the run. emoticon

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Day Fifty-nine - New Lessons to Keep Learning - 3/1/10

Monday, March 01, 2010

These past three days have gone way too quickly, and the lessons keep coming, but I can see the progress I am making. I am learning to accept my imperfections and to roll with the punches like I never have before. Planning helps the situations to be more bearable, but even when plans go awry, I am feeling like it's not really the end of the world and to make the best of the situation and keep moving forward.

Got right back on track today with eating, logging, sparking and fitness. Even modified some of my routines to better my efforts at making the 5K in May. It's a good thing too, because I found out this afternoon that my work schedule is heavier than I thought for tomorrow. In addition, I learned that not only do I need to be at work at 8am, but that I have to be in Joliet, nearly an hour's drive in rush hour....YUCK! Then, the chicken for dinner didn't thaw in time, so dinner became a 2 hour affair. Grazing from one course to another as they were ready.

I got alot done in between though and am prepared for the day tomorrow...work, then helping a friend pack for a move and then the Bible study I lead tomorrow night. I'll make it home sometime around 8:30 or 9pm. I'm off the next day, and it's weight training day, so I'll do some circuit trng when I get home and my sparking after that.

I'm surprised, really, that I handled all the changes so well and that I'm not too overly stressed at this point to sleep well. It's amazing how much I am learning to prioritze and plan and accept life on lifes terms in this process...and I'm liking it. I'm even liking the running. I'll miss that tomorrow, but I'm going to try to stick with the plan and look forward to a great run on Wednesday.

Night all - 5am comes early!

  
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MIMIKK7 3/2/2010 7:05PM

    emoticonthat you are doing so well. I need to learn to go with the punches alittle better then what I do. But emoticonto you for a job well done! emoticon

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PAM1864 3/2/2010 2:57PM

    Hi Lorraine, emoticon I have lot to catch up. Good to know you are fine this week and on track. My Son's exam preparation going on. He don't have tension,but I have. Hence bear with me my friend. Take care. emoticon

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 3/2/2010 7:00AM

    Great Stuff!!! I need to learn to roll with the punches like you have!
Hope you slept well!

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ANGELFMABV 3/2/2010 5:36AM

    You are right on the 5 am comes early. I understand that one! Rest well and congrats on all your revelations! emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 3/1/2010 11:41PM

    You're doing so fantastic! Goodnight to you too. Sleep well.
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Day Fifty-eight - The Good, The Bad and ... -2/28/10

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I knew today would be a tough one when I woke up and the computer was locked up...but it was 5AM and I had to get ready to do lighting at church, so off I went. The service was marvelous as always and I was really hoping to get home and find the computer running right, but that was not to be the case...I chalked it up to Google issues, packed my bag and got ready to head out to the state park.

Ah, but family was feeling neglected and wanted to go see friends kids in the CYT play. I have been busy, so I agreed to go when I got home. I'm really glad I amde that choice...it was the best one I made all day! I's amazing how trail walking is different from treadmill walking! Wow, my legs are going to hurt tomorrow! I took the medium trail ( the short is straight up and straight down and the long one would have had me out over 4 hours (plus the hour drive home). I didn't even remember my MP3, but walking outside is soooo much better than the treadmill. I think I'm going to start doing my walk/run outside as long as the temps stay above 40 degrees or so. Time went so quick and it was time to head home...but, I knew that seeing the boys would make them and their family very happy and get my sis out of the house which would be good for her.

Actually the play was quite excellent! A little long for me to be sitting, but these kids really had talent! All along though, I kept thinking of how late it was getting and how I hadn't really taken time to eat, and the computer was still messed up, and the popcorn smelled so good - didn't eat it, but I probably should have....couldn't have been worse that what happened next.

Play ended, met the staff, and then "we" decided to go out to eat. I've eaten out, I can make wise choices, wish I could say I did. "We" decided to go to Red Robbin. Has anyone out there ever had a Red Robbin Burger? I know that they must have something healthy on their menu, but to be honest, I didn't even take the time to look. I was famished and I wanted MEAT! Momentarily, I thought I could eat half and take the other half home...even asked for a plate to cut the burger in half...the knife never touched the bun. Oh boy, that was one good burger! Needless to say I knew I blew it before I even tracked it. Just a couple short of my carbs, WAY over on fat, and low on protein. Oh well, it was one day - no - one meal and tomorrow is another day. At least I didn't order the onion ring appetizer or the milk shake like I normally do...it would have been almost three times worse!

Got home and the computer was still down...took almost two hours before I finally just had to do a system restore...lost a day and a half of entries, but it could have been worse....

On a brighter note, a couple of friends who have run before are interested (maybe) in doing this 5K thing with me and the weather is supposed to be getting nicer - at least this week, so tomorrow I'm getting outside and really hitting it ahrd and should know this week if I'm going to have a running buddy or two.

I'm ready for a new day, week, month.....

  
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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 3/1/2010 10:25PM

    just fyi...there's a chicken sandwich that they have that with the cheese mayo and bacon is over 900, but without all that it knocked it down to 400 something. I can't remember what its called though! Anyway, I saved my calories the day we went there so I could eat their yummy fries.

I hope you get a running buddy! It's so much easier to do WITH someone!!!

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BE_STRONG 3/1/2010 9:37PM

    What a great attitude. This is an awesome way to look at the one meal. It was one meal. One step back and two steps forward. You are already back on track and moving forward.
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MIMIKK7 3/1/2010 11:09AM

    Wow, what a day for you!! Packed full of activities and wonderful food! emoticonRed Robin's food is so packed with calories but the food is wonderful. It is only one day and today is a new day! With your grace and determination you will come out victorious! emoticon emoticon emoticonYou inspire me. emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 3/1/2010 9:18AM

    I don't know if they have healthy things either. I always go for the burger but I've not had one since I started Spark so I've never tracked it. I typically try to not eat all the fries and I like their 5 alarm burger because of the jalapenos - I always rationalize that they are burning the fat I'm ingesting as I eat it! I know that feeling of being way too hungry and eating whatever their is. Let it go and focus on all your progress. You handled that computer down situation really well. And you've had 2 months of really good choices and tons of fitness. Let's keep it up!
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ANGELFMABV 3/1/2010 5:30AM

    Good morning! I have not had a Red Robbin Burger, but one would think you would meet your protein on a burger? LOL Anyway sounds like you had quite the busy day and you did not let anything get you down! You persevered! emoticon

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NELLIEC 2/28/2010 11:42PM

    Well, as they say, "live and learn." But all in all, it sounds like a pretty good day!

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SPARKIE1964 2/28/2010 11:41PM

    Tomorrow is a new day & thankfully your computer is working so blog away to get back to where you want to go.

You will get back up on that horse & trod along as you have been...

I believe in you!

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Day Fifty-seven - Two Months of Sparking Knowledge - 2/27/10

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Well, I'm closing in on a second month of Sparking and oh, what a learning experience it has been. I began this journey with the same mindset as many...just wanting to take off some of the extra baggage I'd collected along the years. It soon became that and so much more. Some came easy and some came with more difficulty. I don't have a very close support group here, but I soon learned that I could find all the support I need right here. I also had to grasp that this is not a diet, but a lifestyle change...and this lesson really hit home as my schedule picked up and I needed to learn to reevaluate my priorities. What was truly important and necessary to me. My tracking, eating, fitness and sleep habits became non-negotiables. Some habitsd die hard and I was not willing to let the old bad habits creep back in. Seems it isn't only the baggage of extra weight that I was learning to let go of, but also that of quitting when times got hard or when I couldn't be perfect. I think that has been my most challenging obstacle...and the one that I am proudest of at this point. That I can accept me being the best me that I can be and continuing the course to be even better. emoticon

For March, my goals are to kick my fitness into overdrive - I am planning on doing a 5K on May 8th, so busy, or tired or sore is not an option. If I have to learn to get up earlier to get in the fitness or stay up later - then that is what will have to be. I've solicited the help of a couple of friends, both of whom have run 5K's before...I will know this week whether they are ready to make the commitment...either way, that's a couple more people who are near by to keep me accountable and give advice and maybe do a couple of road runs with.

  
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PAM1864 2/28/2010 12:30PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are doing really well and on track. At last you had some rest. You have achieved half the goal. Keep going emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 2/28/2010 10:14AM

    Right on! Congrats on all your progress. I am so enjoying this journey with you and all the things we're learning.
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BE_STRONG 2/28/2010 7:04AM

    Wow! This was very insightful. This past week was crazy for me too and not once did I turn to food to help me get through. The things you just wrote are a lot of the same things that I had been thinking about yesterday. Thanks for saying it so eloquently.

We CAN do this...together with the help of this site and all of our friends here.

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MIMIKK7 2/27/2010 10:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonSo well spoken! Through SP, anything is possible. The sky is the limit! The only boundaries that we have are what we place on ourselves. I find it truly amazing how much more we have gained from being apart of SP. I look forward to this journey with you as my emoticon emoticon emoticon

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