MDTWEETY   62,360
60,000-79,999 SparkPoints
MDTWEETY's Recent Blog Entries

2008 in review

Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy New Year, Sparkfriends!

I can't believe that 2009 is upon us. 2008 has been a great year, and so many good things happened:

- I reached my goal weight. (YEAH!!)
- Went on an amazing vacation with my husband in May as a reward for losing more than 60 pounds!
- Completed the Couch to 5K program and found out that YES, I can run for pleasure and enjoy it.
- Started an online healthy living column. (If you want to check it out, let me know and I will send you the link. :))
- Became a leader of a Sparkteam (What Not to Wear Fans — check it out).
- Met many, many wonderful new friends on Spark and strengthened my bond with the friends I met last year.
- Discovered fun new podcasts and the joys of the BOSU ball.
- Realized how much I heart Jillian Michaels! :)
- Amped up my fitness routine with more strength training and circuit training.
- Tried yoga and water aerobics! I LOVE water aerobics, but the yoga is a work in progress.

What I hope to accomplish in 2009 (I don't do resolutions. Too cliche.)

- Maintain my weight (Isn't maintenance the hardest part??) and continue to be active on this site to help me with that.
- Run at least a 5K, but hopefully a 10K.
- Continue to learn about health, wellness, fitness and (in the words of Coach Nicole) ... how to "tread lightly on the planet."
- Learn how to knit. (Totally unrelated to health and fitness, but it WILL keep my hands busy when I want an evening snack.)
- Incorporate new workouts and fitness classes so that my fitness routine never gets boring.
- Work on improving my daily intake of water, fruits and veggies.
- Figure out how to curb my sweet tooth.
- Try more new recipes and lunch ideas. Maybe get a cool bento box.
- Support my Sparkfriends in any way I can.
- Apply for The Amazing Race!!!

I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and prosperous 2009. Cheers!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    Running a 5k seems like such a far away goal for me now, but I'm sure we can both do it. There's nothing like a bit of healthy competition.
Congrats on all you have accomplished in 2008.
Heres to more terrific stuff for you in 2009.


Report Inappropriate Comment
ZIRCADIA 1/2/2009 2:10PM

    GOOD STUFF! :D Congrats on your accomplishments in 2008!

Report Inappropriate Comment
STARTSPARKING 12/31/2008 10:52AM

    You are truly an inspiration with all that you have accomplished in 2008! Congratulations on reaching your goal weight by shedding over 60 pounds and maintaining it. I bet your reward trip to Israel was amazing. My brother just returned from vacation there and had a wonderful time.

My sincerest gratitude to you for being such a supportive friend. Please SparkMail me the link to your online column, and I look forward to the inspirational tips! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOM2ACAT 12/30/2008 7:56PM

Congrats on your accomplishments!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SSANFORD1 12/30/2008 7:34PM

    You have some great accomplishments this past year. Congratulations. I have recently tried yoga as well in order to try to increase my flexibility, but am having trouble really getting into it. I am going to give it a little more time to see if I get into it. Good luck w/your goal of being on Amazing Race. Let us know if you get picked so we can look for you.

Have a happy and safe New Year.

Can you send me the link to your column.

Comment edited on: 12/30/2008 7:35:29 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
DNJEN471 12/30/2008 1:30PM

    Wow. You accomplished so much! Way to go girl! Cheers to a new year!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUPPYWHISPERS 12/30/2008 12:52PM

    You've done amazing in 2008, and I know you will meet all your goals for 2009! I would love the link for your online column. I will SparkMail you my email address.

I thank you for the many, many times you have encouraged and motivated me this year. You have been a key player in my success, and you will always be an inspiration to me.

Happy New Year!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPARKNMOM 12/29/2008 10:13PM

    What a great blog!! It's amazing how much we can accomplish in a years' time!! And to see it all written out is a great visual reminder : ) I'd love for you to send me the link to your neat!!! Just SP mail it to me!! Have a great, safe New Year!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ASTER2606 12/29/2008 9:53PM


I know you sent me a quick note after my comment on your last post. I've been busy. We had the little skiing vacation and trip to MN December 18-21 and then I've been working all but the legal holidays. No more weight lost, but none gained back either. My biggest challenge right now is that we get snow but then it melts so I can't ski reliably and that it's hard to find the time to use the bike in the basement or any of the exercise equipment and to cook dinner too. I hope as the days get longer, I won't be so tired.

You continue to be a great motivator to me.

Happy New Year and Cheers,

Report Inappropriate Comment

Holiday party

Friday, December 19, 2008

Last night was hubby's company holiday party. I'll have a pic of the two of us before we left for the party up later on my page.

We hadn't been to one of these parties in a few years, and I am so terrible about remembering people. It's always so awkward when he introduces me to someone and they say, "Oh, hi, we've met before." Of course, in my mind, I might as well be meeting them for the first time because I have no clue who they are. emoticon

On one such occasion, the guy said to me: "You look good. You lost a lot of weight." I must have had a surprised (or embarrassed) look on my face because he said, "I don't mean to be so abrupt" or something along those lines. The funny thing was, I had JUST picked up a plate with a couple of small treats from the dessert table. So I said, "Thank you, as I stand here eating dessert." I wanted to die! In my mind, I am not that noticeable or memorable. There are hundreds of people at these parties every year. Because I don't work there and hardly ever see these people, I never expected anyone to remember my face, let alone the fact that I was overweight before and now I'm not. Definitely a reminder to stay away from the dessert table. LOL.

On that note, I am trying to find the motivation within me to walk to the gym in the cold rain. So far, the lazy inner voice is winning but that little plate of dessert from last night is weighing on my conscience. Have a great weekend, everyone!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ASTER2606 12/21/2008 8:16PM

    You do not give yourself enough credit. You are darn cute and probably quite memorable in person. Besides that, you successfully lost weight and you've figured out how to maintain it and that you can have a couple of small treats. You just know that you can't camp out at the treat table all night. You're awesome!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DNJEN471 12/20/2008 2:09PM

    Pat yourself on the back girl. That guy complimented you because you have something to be complimented for. Don't lose sight of the BIG picture. You have lost a lot of weight. Even if you feel like you are struggling a little, try to remember how far you have come!

Report Inappropriate Comment
STARTSPARKING 12/20/2008 4:14AM

    I am SO bad with remembering faces and names. When I was losing weight steadily, other gym patrons would come up to me and say, "You're really losing a lot of weight. You look so different than when I first saw you." I'd try to keep a straight face and smile. However, in my mind, I'd say, "When have I ever seen you before?" The trouble is I am always in the front of the exercise classes with my back to everyone, so I don't really notice other people in class.

My most embarrassing incident was when a gym acquaintance told me, "Uh, why do you keep calling me Cynthia? You've been doing that for weeks, and I finally just have to speak up." emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUPPYWHISPERS 12/19/2008 10:14PM

    I think you're both noticeable and memorable.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHAREBEAR74 12/19/2008 6:40PM

    That's really funny! That reminds me of the time I was standing in the bakery item of the grocery store this summer, about to buy a box of brownie mix(it was in my hand), and a guy from my weight loss group came strolling up to me and said hi. My face turned red. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPARKNMOM 12/19/2008 3:04PM

    Cute story!! Love it! Hubby's employees always comment on me too, even though it's been 3 years since I started losing weight. Very few people comment anymore because they are used to seeing me this way now, so I sure do appreciate little motivational comments when they do come my way!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZIRCADIA 12/19/2008 12:58PM

    Dude, in my experience, everyone WANTS to see me eating desserts. They're like -- ok she lost weight, but she can still have a cookie. That makes me feel better about the world and myself. ;) They don't want to see us go to a party and just pick up some fruit skewers or something. HAHAHAHAHAHA But congrats! I definitely have a hard time remembering people I just barely got introduced to at DH's parties. There are some we've become friends with, or that by now (in our 3rd year of him in grad school) I FINALLY remember... :D But yeah the first few parties I did have a couple of people saying the, oh yes, we've met. And me going *blink blink* *SMILE* OF COURSE! :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/19/2008 11:55AM

    Isn't it funny how some people who barely know us will come right out and comment about our weight loss and others, that we really need the encouragement from, may not even notice the change. You know, I don't think there is anything wrong with a person in maintenance-mode eating sweets. That's your reward for achieving your weight-loss goal. Now get to the gym!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Sneak peek into the BOSU class

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Before my Body Pump class today, the instructor announced that we'll be doing a mini BOSU workout before starting the class. My gym is introducing a new BOSU class in January, so I guess they are trying to give us a little taste of what to expect. Up until now, I've only used it for abs and pushups, but today it was an actual aerobics workout. I totally worked up a sweat! We bounced, jogged, did knee lifts, kicks, squats...etc. And it's not exactly easy to stay on this thing. But it was so fun!!
I can't wait till the actual class starts! I have a feeling it will kick my butt, which is totally what I need. I feel as if my workouts are becoming a little bit stale.
A few words of advice for the BOSU:
- The instructor said to tie your shoelaces tight. (Presumably so they won't come untied and make you fall?)
- Don't wear long pants! I kept tripping over my pants. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

STARTSPARKING 12/20/2008 4:06AM

    Once in awhile the weight training instructors would use the BOSU in a portion of the class. It'd definitely be a very intense cardio workout if that is the format for the entire class. I'm glad that you are so excited about the upcoming new class at your gym. It's important to change up the routine for more effective workouts and to stay motivated. Keep up your great work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARALVS2SCRAP 12/18/2008 4:53PM

    Sounds like fun!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZIRCADIA 12/18/2008 3:59PM

    COOL! :) I wish I could go on one! :D

Report Inappropriate Comment


Monday, December 15, 2008

Hubby and I went to see the movie "Milk" yesterday. We used to have a tradition of going to the movies on Sunday afternoons to take our minds off the fact that the weekend was almost over and we had to go to work. LOL. We hadn't been to a Sunday movie in quite a while, partly because we are trying to save money and partly because there haven't been too many movies that we wanted to see. Plus, we have Netflix.

I love the theatre we went to yesterday; it is one of those indy movie theatres. Every time I go there, I am grateful that such a theatre still exists here in Baltimore. It is such a refreshing change from the gigantic multiplexes we see in every suburb today. The structure is 108 years old, and it's been a movie theatre since 1939. Next door to the theatre is a little crepe shop. Ever since I went to Paris in 2005, I have been in love with crepes. The crepes here are almost as good as the ones I ate in Paris. Almost. It's one vice I refuse to give up. A movie and a crepe...what could be better? I usually have an Orangina with my crepe (also a Paris memory) but yesterday I decided to be good and have water instead. ;)

As for the film, I found it inspirational. It reminded me how important it is to fight for what you believe is right, no matter how many people try to bring you down. Fight for equal rights for everyone. Fight for fairness in your world. If you don't like something, change it! This last thought also applies to everyone who is trying to lose weight. If you are unhappy with your weight or fitness level (or something else about yourself) change it. Fight for a healthy, fit body. It's worth it.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPARKNMOM 12/15/2008 9:57PM

    Neat Sunday afternoon it!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZIRCADIA 12/15/2008 7:26PM

    I'd like to see that. We saw The Day the Earth Stood Still this weekend. It was pretty ok -- I wouldn't buy it, but it was worth watching. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/15/2008 7:16PM

    Mmm... crepes...

Have you seen the New Zealand movie called "The Price of Milk"? Its a good love story.


Report Inappropriate Comment
REMA74 12/15/2008 4:12PM

    I can't wait to see the movie!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Saturday, December 06, 2008

BJ Hill passed through Baltimore this past week.

Know the name? Some of you might have seen him around town and stopped to chat with him. Maybe you've even given him a place to sleep for the night. But I see the rest of you scratching your heads. BJ Hill... Who??

Well, OK, BJ Hill isn't really famous ... at least not "Brad Pitt famous." But he's met people from all over the United States, and with any luck he might even get to meet our next president. He's a 32-year-old teacher from Massachusetts who has been walking across America since March. Yes, WALKING, from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to his final destination: Copley Square in Boston. His goal was to visit all four main regions of the country. Currently he's in Maryland, and the finish line is drawing near.

According to his Web site, he walks for 8 to 12 hours almost every day, carrying a pack that weighs anywhere from 35 to 50 pounds, depending on the weather and the gear he needs. He's worn through at least five pairs of shoes. He walks in rain, sleet, snow, hail. Why is he doing this? For fitness, of course, but he has a larger mission. As he walks across the country he stops to talk to people and asks them to write a message to the next president. Anything they want to say.

He's filled up three notebooks so far containing Americans' hopes and visions for the country, advice, words of encouragement (or maybe not) and the issues near and dear to them. They hope Barack Obama will listen and take their words and requests seriously. What the future president will ultimately choose to do with the information, no one can say. But Hill hopes to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Obama to present the notebooks to him in person, thereby making sure that the messages are delivered as promised.

He's done this once before. In 2006 he walked across Massachusetts and later hand-delivered the messages he collected to the newly elected governor in a face-to-face meeting. That notebook is now stored in the Massachusetts Gubernatorial Archives. Well, I for one am rooting for him and hoping he has the same success in meeting our president-elect.

Unfortunately I didn't get to meet Mr. Hill when he passed through my city. But after reading about him in the newspaper, I was fascinated by his story and wanted to find out more about his adventure. See links below.

I don't know about you, but I'm inspired. Next time I feel lazy and start to talk myself out of a workout, I'll think of BJ Hill's walk across the U.S.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DNJEN471 12/13/2008 3:20PM

    Amazing! What an inspiration!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUPPYWHISPERS 12/7/2008 4:00PM

    I have heard of him, and I have been following his story. I'm hoping he comes near to me, so I can possibly meet him. What an amazing story, and an amazing person!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARALVS2SCRAP 12/7/2008 3:58PM

    What a cool story. I'll think about that when I'm doing laps in my condo! thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOM2ACAT 12/7/2008 1:48PM

    Very cool!

Report Inappropriate Comment
STARTSPARKING 12/7/2008 1:39AM

    What a story of strong will and hope! Thank you for sharing such an inspirational story.

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 Last Page