MICHCLEARY   60,375
SparkPoints
60,000-79,999 SparkPoints
 
 
MICHCLEARY's Recent Blog Entries

Small steps and new things

Sunday, April 08, 2012

emoticon I'm inspired by one of my Twilight Challenge teammates - Fathin - who does a 1 minute exercise as soon as she gets up. I started today and I chose a 1 minute wall squat. In and of itself, a one minute wall squat may not seem like much, but if I did that everyday for a year that is 365 minutes of wall squats. Don't you think my lower body would be stronger for doing that? So now my streak quest - can I do 365 days in a row with a one minute wall squat?



My daughter and I are trying a few new foods this week:

1. Pomelo - basically it tasted to us like a sweeter grapefruit. We mixed it with fresh blackberries for a quick fruit salad.

2. Cinnamon Raisin ezekial english muffins - Liked - will be this more frequently. I've been eating them plain as part of my breakfast, and she's been putting almond butter on them after toasting. These are in the freezer section which is good for people who are single or don't eat bread often.

3. I also got the same brand cereal and I have enjoyed this. It says on the box you can cook it, but I've eaten it uncooked with milk and chopped dried cranberries. I like the crunch factor. I also liked the fact that there is no added sugar and it has protein.




Two things we bought but haven't tried yet - butternut squash pasta sauce, and a new kind of fiber bar. I was trying hard to find something that had no added sugar, and that I could keep in my purse for whenever I found myself somewhere that I needed a healthy snack and couldn't get one.


I tried Mejool Dates for the first time. They are like sugar. I used one as a spread on my almond butter sandwich instead of the sugar free jam that I normally use. I've seen a bunch of shake recipes that have dates in them so these are now in my pantry for that reason. I wouldn't eat them often since they have so many grams of sugar but on occasion I would think of these as a treat.

emoticon I had a streak of 133 weeks with at least 90 minutes of fitness. After taking a week off and breaking that streak, I set a new one to track at least 150 minutes of fitness. I just finished my first week of that and I'm setting a goal to see if I can carry that through 52 weeks to get a solid year.

emoticonYesterday was an exceptionally sad day - I attended a funeral for a six week old baby girl. The parents/family were just devastated. I ate well all day but then went out for Mexican food with my daughter. I jumped off the sugar cliff and swam around in the deep end with two margaritas, sopapillas, and then easter chocolate at home. In the end all the calories were not worth it, and it didn't make the sadness go away. Today I've been back on track and eating well. I plan on exercising in a little while and will be working to plan out some meals for later this week. I've got a big salad in the fridge for tomorrow. If you're the type to pray, please lift up this family. I cannot imagine how they can have the strength to rebound from this loss for a long time.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SERENEART 4/10/2012 9:30PM

    I am so sorry for the family's loss of their child. My thoughts and prayers go to them, their families and friends.

emoticon

Butternut Squash sauce...sound interesting...
I have never tried a Pomelo...I figured it would be more like a grapefruit. I am not a fan of grapefruit.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNEAU2010 4/10/2012 7:31PM

    I love that 1 minute exercise idea!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FATHINSN 4/10/2012 12:23AM

    Yes, you can do 365 non-stop daily 1-min Wall Squat! Just jump off the bed and go straigth to the wall, it's just 1-min :D For me, I'm still trial-and-error, see what's the best thing I can do at least 1-min after I woke up. Right now, my favourite thing is stretches, really help loosen my cranky body and can do with my sleep clothes :D

Your food look so exotic to me!

Wish the family will rebound from their loss, that's so sad for losing someone so young.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BMCKEOW1 4/9/2012 1:19PM

    You will have to let us know about the butternut squash sauce it sounds like it could be really good.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of such a young life. My prayers will be with the family.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNER4LIFE08 4/9/2012 9:24AM

    The foods you are trying look very interesting. You will have to let us know how the butternut squash sauce tastes and the new fiber bar.

That is very sad news. I have a friend that lost her baby at 9 months and it was a very hard wake to attend. She still grieves for her child and I am sure it will never go away. I will say prayers for the family.

Report Inappropriate Comment
EMILYULM1 4/9/2012 8:38AM

    I am so sad to hear about the loss of that little baby. Definitely I will pray for that family and everyone associated with them. I can totally understand the eating instead of the feeling part. It's amazing what we do to stuff emotions down. My husband doesn't eat when he is stressed (emotional). I eat too much and the wrong things. Neither one are good, but old habits die hard. Glad to hear that you are back on track. What exactly is Ezekiel bread? Is it wheat free. I am thinking of going wheat free?

Report Inappropriate Comment


Unbelievable picture - you've been warned!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Based on a comment from a poster I changed the title of this blog. Gross was indeed an offensive word. The more I look at it the less I can describe all the feelings I have. What would you call it?

Okay this picture is making the rounds on Pinterest. I thought long and hard about posting it or commenting about it. I can only imagine what the young woman is thinking or feeling now that her backside is being pinned on social media. In the end I decided to write about it hoping that it would encourage someone who might be in denial about their state of health or lack thereof.

In May I will have been on my healthy lifestyle journey for 4 years. In August it will be 3 years on SparkPeople. It was a rude awakening that prompted me to focus and lose weight. I was asked by 4 people at my office to join a Biggest Loser competition. That and a fire drill that had me sucking wind after walking up three flights of stairs helped me see how far into obesity I had traveled. Now I thank God routinely that those 4 people were brave enough to reach out to me and become part of the catalyst that helped me pull out of the pit.

So in the end I hope that someone looks at this picture and then at themselves and decides that this is the moment that they will no longer live in denial. Food is an addiction for many with serious health consequences just like smoking, drugs, and alcohol. It's difficult to break the grasp that it holds over us but we can do it.



Seriously, how could anyone wear this out of the house? I made a comment to a friend recently that if we all had eyes in the back of our head we would throw out half the clothes in our closet.

So here's the flip side to that picture:



So where are you? Are you in denial about your weight, your health, your food addictions? Are you losing hope, or momentum, or motivation? Hopefully you will have a rude awakening right this moment and realize that you need help. Obesity doesn't have to be your legacy. You do not have to accept having anything less than a healthy, active lifestyle.



Start with one choice, and make one step in a better, healthier direction. It doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition. Reach out to someone and ask for help. Make a healthy choice for your very next meal. Pick up a glass of water instead of soda. Walk for 10 minutes.



I used to joke around about wanting a do over button, but then I realized I have one of those. It's called a new day. Yesterday is over and done with and I don't have to carry that baggage forward unless I choose to bring it with me.



Have courage to make the changes you need to make. Reach out to someone on a spark team and ask for help. Exchange your fears and doubts for courage and faith. Those things are all choices that we have the power to make. Don't give up your options and accept failure, defeat, pessimism, and gloom as your options. Demand more from yourself.



Girl or guy --- choose your today and plan for a successful tomorrow. YOUR choice - no one makes you stand in the buffet line in shorts that are about 5 sizes to small. We do that to ourselves and the madness can stop.

Choose. Now.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BMCKEOW1 4/9/2012 1:11PM

    I saw the same picture and thought how embarassed this poor girl must be that this picture is making the rounds of social media.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AMYC0128 4/8/2012 7:46AM

    I don't see either how one can go out of the house like that it doesn't matter what your weight is that is my opinion. Awesome blog as always. Lots to think about and acheive. Working on attaining a positive mindset and ditch the negative thoughts that pop up from time to time.

Comment edited on: 4/8/2012 7:47:59 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
BERGIE8771 4/6/2012 9:26PM

    Wow!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHATTIEGIRL 4/6/2012 8:25PM

    Hi Michelene;

I see that picture in real life all the time and can't understand how they can walk around. First that has to be uncomfortable and second you know what you look like.
i am very particular how I look and every time I get up I pull my sweater down in the back and all around. Now I am slender but even when I was in a 12 I did the same and never had clothes on that where too small. We have the intelligent to judge what is right ad wrong and we know how our body should be. God gave our bodies to us to take care of and we must stay healthy and fit. God bless you always.

Smile Joyce

Report Inappropriate Comment
DMSGLASS 4/6/2012 1:13PM

    Great blog! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
1LATTE4ME 4/6/2012 9:35AM

    Awesome blog - thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNDARCYRUN 4/5/2012 6:10AM

    Great blog!! I saw that picture making its rounds too. Great motivational quotes and photos too though!! Keep working on that healthy journey!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JULIA_RUN2SMILE 4/4/2012 11:36PM

    emoticon Blog! Love the way you put it together... it speaks even louder because you can truly testify about it. You really deserve the Spark Motivator Award! We have the power to make a difference in our life and it is up to us to take action...easier with support and I am glad that SparkPeople contribute for so many to be that support. Thanks...

Report Inappropriate Comment
EMILYULM1 4/4/2012 11:40AM

    Well said. As usual, I love your blogs. The only thing that I would change if I were writing it would be the warning. That the picture is sad, not gross. Too many obese people already feel a lot of shame, I guess calling them gross just adds to that, making it harder for them to get out of the cycle. But I do agree that those tight shorts are not flattering for her extra weight. I LOVE your attitude of believing that all things are possible, and many times I use your motivation when I don't have my own. So thanks again for saying all that you say! You are definitely a godsend.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FIT_N_HEALTHY 4/4/2012 11:13AM

    I agree, I myself have never seen something like this is person but really how could she leave the house like that? To etch your own but it just shows in our society that we are getting bigger but our clothes are staying the same. People often harp on Michelle Obama for going to schools and focusing on health and nutrition in our kids, they think she should be in the political scene and debates with others but I think it's great that someone with so much power is trying to make a change in our health. I know I went off on a tandem but it starts with the parents so please don't let your children get like the girl in this picture! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MANDYLOVE_76 4/4/2012 10:30AM

    emoticon Fantastic Blog, thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOSING4LASTTIME 4/4/2012 10:25AM

    Awesome blog!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FATHINSN 4/4/2012 10:11AM

    Oh, gosh, if I'm like the girl and someone posted my picture looking like that in public, I definitely will start taking action - 1st throw those clothes and 2nd join a supportive community like SP that will keep pushing and pulling me to better me!

I chatted with a colleague of mine and her daughter, almost in similar situation: she was in early teen but because she was "too big" (that's her mom's words), she couldn't buy pretty clothes from teenagers department, had to go to those older, big sizes clothes that to her taste, very unflattering. Facing that situation made her just realized she was overweight and she started to taking care of herself more, doing exercises and choosing better food.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNER4LIFE08 4/4/2012 9:52AM

    I am glad you decided to blog about it because it was a great blog.

And the picture.... I actually feel really sorry for that girl. She obviously does not have a good support system or someone to tell her how inappropriate that looks. Maybe she is doing it for attention that she is so dying to receive. Either way.... I feel very sorry for people like that.



Report Inappropriate Comment
M77355 4/4/2012 8:38AM

    Thank you for another fantastic posting!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAMAPOSTIE 4/4/2012 3:11AM

    An excellent blog and reminder to us all, concentrate on the little steps to start to reach your goals. It's always good to have friends out there who will help point out when you are going in the wrong direction, and someone like you to motivate when times get tough. Thanks for your great thoughts.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
YIWEN39 4/4/2012 2:04AM

    Well worth posting this, thank you.
Even if I consider myself "awoken" already, this little reminder sure does the trick anyway!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MATAYASDREAM 4/4/2012 1:25AM

    Wow- it is such a shame that there was no one there to say hey- put some proper fitting clothes on. This blog is to the point and I hope this woman will make better choices for herself.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAANDRUS 4/3/2012 11:03PM

    Always Love your blogs! They're always to the point. I like that! Sometimes I write down your little "sayings" & post them on my fridge~for gentle reminders! Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DFREITAG4 4/3/2012 10:53PM

  My mother used to have a saying... "oh the gift of God to give us...to see ourselves us others see us". I think this picture definitely fits this picture. I'm not sure I'd want to see myself through other peoples eyes but then again I'm not in denial about my weight.
We do have to be aware of our bodies in order to make the right choices.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALLEY2300 4/3/2012 10:39PM

    Wow--Just wow ... I am slowly getting back into jeans that fit me comfortably, i am not poured into them. It is nice. If I ever went out in something like that, I would pray that my friends would tell me to turn right back around and change.

It is a choice!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TXGRANDMA 4/3/2012 10:09PM

    I'll bet this is one of those Wal Mart People photos? I have seen so many of those that are just inbelievable. Actually, this girl is not that bad, compared to some.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNEAU2010 4/3/2012 9:55PM

    I just have to think that was photoshopped. Wow! I salute your friends, too! And I hope you are safe tonight!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DABLUECAT 4/3/2012 9:54PM

    Amazing the establishment let her in! emoticon

Choose - but choose wisely!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WENDIGAYLE 4/3/2012 9:40PM

  Amazes me what some people go out in and revel in the looks they get. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Put up or Shut Up

Sunday, April 01, 2012

On the first of the month I'm pondering my goals for the month. My mantra for the month is going to be "put up or shut up" and here's why:

I made a vow to myself when I started as a regular blogger on The Daily Spark that I would be honest and not ask people to do anything I wasn't asking of myself. I can't expect people to do what I say if I do not walk the talk. So what am I doing this month?

1. I started a 4 week break the sugar challenge with my Twilight Challenge team on Spark People. Today was day one and my goal is to be aware of where sugar is getting into my diet and find alternatives that I can cope with. If I checked everything right, I've had 7 grams of sugar/sucralose today. I didn't realize that my protein powder has sucralose in it, and my dried peanut butter that I use in my shake has sugar in it. I also found sugar in my whole wheat bread. I'm reporting in daily on my team message board, and right now I have one teammate who is checking in with me. Anybody know of a good sugar free protein powder?

2. I started the Spring Into Shape Challenge also checking in with several Twilight Challenge team members. I did the Cardio Kick Boxing video for the day (10 minutes) and I added in 22 minutes of my own cardio. Day one goal met.

3. I'm trying to find new ways this month to incorporate movement into my daily life. I rode my bike to church and back today for roughly a 3 mile round trip. Fortunately I go to a very laid back church and showing up in jeans riding a bike is no big deal! I also walked to and from the restaurant where the ladies had their once a month luncheon for a total of a little more than half a mile round trip. That worked out to be my 22 minutes of cardio. (biking and walking)

4. I don't like to go out to eat very often because I just find it difficult to manage calories. I ordered spinach enchiladas and asked the server to pack up half of my meal in a to go box before he brought it out. I carried that home and gave it to my daughter. She and I have spent most of the last month eating vegetarian.

I'm planning on 5k number 5 later this month and am looking at The Trill of the Grill 5k on April 21st. This would be a new race for me. I'm keeping my monthly goal of 1,500 fitness minutes. In March I took a full week off from working out. It was an unplanned rest but I was trying to listen to my body and felt like I needed some recovery time.

So the vegetarian thing - wasn't planning on that at all. My youngest daughter saw a film at high school about how meat gets into our food system. Just her describing it was enough to gross me out and she wanted to make the switch. When we do have meat which is about once a week, we're trying to buy organic, local from Whole Foods. I like that store because I feel like they do the research for me. It's more expensive per pound, but since we are only eating it once a week it seems worth it.

Over the weekend I had a great opportunity to Put up or Shut up because my daughter and I traveled to a band competition. I took the time to pack an ice chest with food for the two of us - I was grateful for that when we were there. The snacks available to the girls on Friday was chips, and oreos. Breakfast options were honey buns and sugary fiber bars. I sat on my bunk with plain greek yogurt and fresh fruit that I had packed and was grateful that I didn't have either not eating or unhealthy eating. On Friday night my daughter and I had apples, and a fruit/nut mix trail mix that I put together. It also felt good to help support her in her healthy eating because she is really trying to learn how to do that in an environment where it isn't always easy.



Here's my stuff packed to go - took my foam roller called The Grid by TP Therapy - needed that after a night of sleeping on a bunk bed that I think was older than me!








The fun thing was that Rachael's band won their competition. They beat out 5 other bands in their division.

My husband and son bought a juicer while I was out of town. I may be trying to figure out a new base for some vegetable soup with that or juicing a few veggies to go into a shake that I might not necessarily want to eat plain. Anyone use a juicer and have some good recipes?

Here are a couple of posters that I found on Pinterest that I'm going to focus on this month:




We are setting up a new workout area in our house and I'm looking forward to the new space. What is your favorite piece of workout equipment that you have at home?

Share your April goals with me!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BMCKEOW1 4/9/2012 1:06PM

    I love the goals that's so awesome. I've found it easier to just pack my own food sometimes when going over night somewhere. I don't always like the unhealthy options so thats a way to fight it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AMYC0128 4/8/2012 8:08AM

    I don't know about the protein powder, I hope you find a good sugar free one. The family and I ate vegan meals for a week about 3 weeks ago. Interesting thing is my daughter since about 12(she is 19 almost 20 now) has had bad stomach pain doctors have no idea what it is she has had a couple of upper GI's done etc tests and everything shows up normal. Eating vegan for that week her stomach pain disappeared. She has stayed with the vegan and is pain free. Rest of the family felt deprived I didn't care one way or the other, I did have more energy that week.
My goals for April is to step out of my comfort zone. I have been doing good with this so far this month. Alternating my strength training days with differnent body zones Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Continue my walking everyday to get my cardio in. Any suggestions for low impact cardio that won't aggravate the neuropathy pain in my legs and feet?

Comment edited on: 4/8/2012 8:12:21 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
FIT_N_HEALTHY 4/3/2012 11:00AM

    I was wondering about sugar free whey protein also. I see that optimum whey protein powder has less then 1 gram of sugar but not sure about sucralose, that most be hidding in the ingredients somewhere! Good job on biking to church and then walking. That is awesome. I work 2 miles from home but with the baby I can't stap her on and take her to the babysitters on a bike, lol. Once she is older I can do all that stuff!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DONNAJEAN2277 4/2/2012 7:15PM

    I LOVE juicing and have just restarted doing it. My favorite mix is a few large carrots, 1 beet, a plum tomato, a piece of fresh ginger and half an apple. It turns out this bloody red color and is so, so delicious! Go easy on the ginger...it's really fiery and can upset your stomach if you add too much. But it really makes the juice pop! I also love doing apples, oranges, and pineapple...either separately or all mixed together.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNEAU2010 4/2/2012 5:08PM

    I am going to lose 5 # this month and increase my exercise by 10% over last month.
Thanks for the nudge!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUE_KARMA 4/2/2012 4:00PM

    Love your goals and especially that second poster!
As a vegetarian, I appreciate your support of your daughter's efforts. Has your family watched the Forks Over Knives documentary? Fascinating. Lots of great blogs out there with terrific recipes the family will love, like Fat Free Vegan and Post Punk Kitchen (Isa Chandra Moskowitz).

Report Inappropriate Comment
EMILYULM1 4/2/2012 1:18PM

    My first April goal is to get back on track some how. I lost a lot of motivation over the last few months, being that I was a bit depressed. Who knows, maybe I have SAD and I just can't deal with winters. I have also injured something in my knee and I can't seem to run anymore without it hurting. Walking is okay, so I am going to be doing a lot of that. I will look into swimming and yoga this month. Other goals are to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily and to stay within my calorie range. Great goals that you have. Keep up the good work.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNER4LIFE08 4/2/2012 11:35AM

    Sounds like this weekend was a goal met with all the preplanning you did! Awesome job!

I am kind of moving towards a vegetarian route. Not fully because I do like eating meat every once in a while. Maybe I would change my mind if I saw that film your daughter watched.

I posted my April goals as well in a blog. April should be a great month!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOSIEISHEALTHY 4/2/2012 11:26AM

    Awesome goals :) you rule!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WE_PA_FIT 4/2/2012 10:45AM

    I read About Time whey protein has no artificial sweeteners, 0 carbs, gluten free, fat free, 24 g protein, 101 cals. Don't know about taste or anything since I haven't tried it. dumbbells are what I use most at home. recently I got mini trampoline- LOADS Of fun! and surprisingly quite the challenge too! you can do almost any exercise on it- and with the bounce you've got plyometrics!!!
my stationary bike is highly used too. it's where I do most of my reading and TV watching.



Report Inappropriate Comment
SHRINKINGSHERI 4/2/2012 5:30AM

    Wow...love the goals.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUE42DOWN 4/2/2012 4:45AM

    I like that second poster. I've noticed that about my workouts - I couldn't imagine complaining about the time and effort I put into them, especially when they lead to successful increases in ability and strength!

Report Inappropriate Comment
STRIVER57 4/2/2012 2:48AM

    congratulations to you and your daughter (and the rest of her band). my stability ball is my favorite piece of home exercise equipment. crunches and bridges and planks and weights are all lots more fun on the ball ... and according to coach Nicole, more challenging.

Report Inappropriate Comment
YIWEN39 4/2/2012 1:30AM

    It's really cool that you amd your daughter are going vegetarian together :-)
And those are great goals for this month, excellent!
Good luck with the juicing and the new home gym ;-) Right now I only have weights and a hoola hoop. But then I move every 2-3 years so anything more than that would just be a pain!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ON2VICTORY 4/2/2012 12:00AM

    love that last quote - success trains failure complains..

man that is a good one.

keep up the good effort my friend.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JULIA_RUN2SMILE 4/1/2012 9:54PM

    emoticon Keep up your great work with your challenges and keep us posted too! (Reading and sharing is a great source of motivation for me!!! emoticon) Good job on packing healthy snacks and having your daughter embracing healthy habits!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Okay Seriously....

Friday, March 30, 2012

One might think I forgot how to blog. But alas, I am fine just busy like crazy this month.



I found this picture on Pinterest and loved it. You can check out my Pinterest page here:

pinterest.com/michelenecleary/

So what's been up in March? I ran two 5k's and the second one was my best time so far since my shoulder surgery last May. I ran some last night and had my best pace on my first mile so far.

emoticon I've been hitting the gym for more weights this month but my chaotic schedule and my lack of foresight to prepare for it have caused my fitness minutes overall to be down.

emoticon My youngest daughter and I have spent most of the month being new vegetarians. This has been a little more time consuming as I'm not eating the same things that I used to and am researching more recipes and trying new things.

emoticon When I'm short on writing time, I write my blogs for The Daily Spark first. You can find all of my articles on my Pinterest page on one board. My latest one seems to have struck a cord with a lot of people and that makes me happy.

emoticon Worried about my BFF's brother who had surgery yesterday and is coming face to face with the "c" word. Hoping it's not aggressive, hasn't spread, was all removed with surgery, and doesn't have to have extensive chemo or radiation.

emoticon Happy to be traveling later today with my youngest daughter's youth worship band as they go to a competition. This has consumed much of my time the last couple of weeks with extra band rehearsal's, researching and tracking down the right kind of pick up for her acoustic guitar, and today packing.

The thing about telling other people you're eating vegetarian when traveling or being with another group is they equate that to feeding you cheese pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. So I spent time grocery shopping and prepping stuff to take in our own cooler so we have some healthy options even though we are only going to be gone a day and a half.

emoticon My oldest daughter is sick and I'm ready for her to be better. Her BFF has strep throat and a bunch of the kids she is around have had these terrible colds that just seem to linger. We're starting to steam roll into the end of the school year and her graduation. Hoping to hear soon that she is in the dorm we wanted for college in the fall, trying to find a dress for prom, trying to get things down on a calendar so we don't go insane at the last minute with all things revolving around graduation.

emoticon Car issues and expenses with two out of three cars this month.

Busy with work, family, and fitness seems to be the theme this month. So no worries, I'm fine - just trying to fit it all in!



Here's one more pic that I like.

emoticon Forgot one other big event this month was taking my youngest and three of her good friends to the midnight premier of the Hunger Games. I actually saw John Carter and sat in the lobby and read till 2:30 in the morning waiting for them to get out. They totally loved that.

So what's up with you? How's your spark journey going in the midst of your busy life?

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FATHINSN 3/31/2012 8:44PM

    I got my jump rope goal for March, yay! But a bit sad that I didn't get 1000 fitness minutes AND kept waking up late and too much sleep on weekends. I think I'm doing better with food but maybe not, still having problem with tracking meals.

Hope you have a wonderful April!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EMILYULM1 3/31/2012 2:10PM

    Good to hear from you again. I find that I spend quite a bit of time on SP already, so I don't have time to read your other blogs - or read a lot of SP blogs for that matter. So it is good when you write the occasional one here. I like to hear that you have become vegatarian. That is something that I have been toying with in my mind. But I feel that since I struggled eating well with the meat, I would really do damage to myself without the meat. I really have to make a conscious effort to work on the food thing in my life. Sounds like you are crazy busy, but handling it well. Congrats on your best time.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SAC-6582 3/30/2012 6:33PM

    Ok so by your blog I see I'm not the only one who is really busy. Thanks for the blog.
emoticon

emoticon
Steve

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNEAU2010 3/30/2012 4:04PM

    And I thought I had a lot going on! AWESOME that you still manage exercise and healthy eating in addition to/in spite of everything else!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ME40ME 3/30/2012 3:56PM

    Enjoyed you keeping it real!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ISHIIGIRL 3/30/2012 3:41PM

    Thanks for sharing. Life is hectic when you have teens isn't it? I myself haven't blogged in a very long time. Too much going on at work. I am going to follow your pinboards! Have a great weekend!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Dash Down Greenville 5k Report

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Okay spark peeps - I'm tired and not wanting to post in two places tonight, so if you'd like to see my race pictures please visit my blogspot here:

basecamp4health.blogspot.com/2012/03
/dash-down-greenville-5k-with-pics.html


thanks!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RUNNER4LIFE08 3/27/2012 4:05PM

    Great job on the race! I know I said this in a text too but wanted to celebrate on sparks with you as well.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I also just received a parking ticket as well, just last week. I was very angry. I was blocking the half of the side walk parked in my parents driveway. So now I have a $38.00 parking ticket to pay. Errrr......

People keep on telling me to fight it but I just don't think I have the energy. Might as well just pay it right.....

Report Inappropriate Comment
BMCKEOW1 3/19/2012 11:54AM

    Great pictures sounds like everyone was having a really good time. Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FATHINSN 3/18/2012 9:39PM

    Love your pictures, so happy and all green :D And additional run member/AUTUMN :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
PRESHUZ 3/18/2012 11:34AM

    Sounds like everyone enjoyed themselves! Awesome job on race #4! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SAC-6582 3/18/2012 12:41AM

    Great pictures and great blog!!!!! emoticon emoticon

Steve

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 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 Last Page