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Missed it by .21 miles

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My first attempt at a 5K just occurred, begining at 8:05 am and ending at 8:53 am. Yeah you heard me, it took 48 minutes!! Ha, well quite a bit slower than I'd hoped for, and not as far as I thought, but it was my first try. Now I have a place to start from, it's only up from here! I actually did run some of it, obviously from my time, not very much. My whole body is sticky now though, so I feel like I did something good for it. I tried to walk as fast as I could, and I did tae bo punching arms while I was walking, since that is the one part of my body that hasn't lost any inches yet. And if I look at it this way, a month ago, I would have still been in bed, for another hour or so. And I've already had my smashing breakfast and did 48 minutes of fitness time. Not too shabby. So what if my almost 5k time is hideously slow, who cares, now I know where I'm at and have a time to beat. I am going to have to figure out how to add .21 miles to my distance. It's the little details that keep me coming back for more!!! Spark on people, own that sweat!!
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ME_HERE_NOW 9/14/2011 2:15PM

    i have run a cpl 5Ks - i am more about walking them - and my time was like 43 something, so u arent that far off for someone just getting started, tells me you will be fabulous and keep trimming time off. sounds like you are really enjoying the new routine and putting your body thru its paces - very cool. i like that you are discovering the you that has lain dormant inside for so long and now she's getting out and loving the world & conquering challenges every day! congrats!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/14/2011 12:05PM

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SEASPIRIT1 9/13/2011 9:45PM

    You Rock!!
I love trying to beat my own times....it's the only type of physical competition that I'm motivated by! Keep going before you know it you'll zoom through that 5k and will be working towards a 10k goal!
PS....My arms are still not losing either ~ I was told today that the arms are the last to show change...so keep going strong!

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WENDYLEE15 9/13/2011 2:47PM

    emoticon and you just keep going !! That's a great accomplishment !!Keep us updated !! YOU GO GIRL!! emoticon

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EVANSMOMCOLLEEN 9/13/2011 12:29PM

  Good job!! I have had a hard time getting out of bed to work out lately, so I am proud to see that you can!! What are you using to keep track of your distance? If you have an android phone, you might what to get the "Run Keeper" app. I believe you can set it to Kilometers, so you can go 2.5 one way and turn around.

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HJFOGARTY 9/13/2011 12:22PM

    now that is awesome!!! and you are right you have a starting place and will only improve from here! take your time and you will make it happen!!! thanks for sharing and continue to inspire!

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My beautiful weekend

Monday, September 12, 2011

Spent the weekend with family. Had my brother and sister-in-laws baby shower on Saturday, then a wonderful day at the park today.

My healthy contribution to the baby shower, veggies and hummus



A tee pee my brother found on the side of the road, he spent most of the baby shower putting this up



My neice wearing her hand crocheted hat I bought for her at a local craft fair



My beautiful day at the park with my brother, sister-in-law and neice



Perfect baby belly



My bro



My 3 year old neice doing an impromptu backbend, wish I could do that!



It was a very lovely few days, hope you all have a great week!

  
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WENDYLEE15 9/13/2011 2:43PM

    What a wonderful weekend you had.Love the pics!! Beautiful :) !!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/13/2011 11:03AM

    Looks terrific!

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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 9/13/2011 9:50AM

    emoticonpics! So glad you had a great time!

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TEMPERANCE88 9/13/2011 12:20AM

    What beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. And way to go on bringing a very healthy (and delicious!) food contribution for the baby shower! It looked yummy. Have a great week!

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PEPPERCHILD 9/12/2011 11:34PM

    Thanks for sharing .... Such a wonderful weekend and beautiful family.

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Sometimes less is more

Monday, September 12, 2011

This morning I cut my ride down from 6 miles to just over 5, which I thought would really affect my calories burned, but actually I ended up riding a bit faster and didn't really burn that many less! Kind of funny. Also it seems the harder exercise isn't always better for me, because then I feel too tired and too hungry. It is the stuff that I can stick with and I like to do everyday that seems to be working better! I have exercised everyday this month for atleast 10 minutes, (most days it is 20-30) and I feel great. I've been waking up on my own at about 6:30 every morning, ready to start my day. My house has never been cleaner, and my fridge has never had as much healthy goodness in it. This is really an incredible life. It's hard to beleive that on the 16th it's only been a month. It feels like so much longer, in a good way. I can't even dream of not doing the things I am doing now. The exercise, the healthy food and GOOD sleep, it is all like a dream to me.

I have a really great day planned, taking prego shots of my about to pop sister-in-law at a really nice park. I am excited, I love taking photos of anything, but especially of my family. This is the first biological baby from my siblings, so we are all super crazy excited. He/she will be here within the next three weeks. I can't wait. I've got to snap those shots like crazy because this may be my last chance before the baby is born.

So, time to clean the house, dream up and make a delicious/nutritious lunch and go play in the park. My new work schedule is so wonderful! For the last two years I felt like I didn't have time to do all this, I worked 9-6 M-F, and 9-12 Sat, which left me with barely enough time to breath! Now I have Sun and Mon off and don't go in till 11:30 on weekdays. I feel so spoiled! And with my new spark life it really helps me to have the time and energy to do all the fun stuff I've been inspired to try this last month. Life is good.

  
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ME_HERE_NOW 9/14/2011 2:02PM

    i am really glad to hear of this positive wind blowing thru your life, good changes, more time for yourself and family & your fitness program, i love it! really love reading your blogs - the good vibes abound!

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FREETHEGODDESS 9/12/2011 9:19PM

    You sound like you are really happy and content right now. Isn't it amazing how much better we feel when we eat right and exercise...who knew?! I guess I really didn't believe it until I tried it.

Congratulations on making the switch from "diet" mentality to a lifestyle change. You are a quick learner! Consistency is key in this program.

You are on your way to making your goals a reality! WooHoo TO YOU!!!
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CROOKEDLETTER 9/12/2011 6:20PM

    Space to breathe, to move and to play can make such a difference. Hope the photo shoot as as fun as it sounded.

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WENDYLEE15 9/12/2011 5:04PM

    All that in just a month!! Wowsy..imagine it will only keep getting better.Feeling better and getting good sleep at night is so important and we don't really think about those things too much.Thanks for your continued support..and here we go..keeping on keeping on:)!!
Life is good..you got that right !!

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9 inches!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Yes, I have lost 9 inches in less than a month. Can't really believe it, but it's true, the tape measure doesn't lie!!! Every time I am frustrated with the weight not coming off (even though that is going pretty well also) I measure myself, and EVERY TIME it goes down, atleast 1 inch. That is incredible. This lifestyle is the greatest gift I have ever given myself. emoticon

  
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WENDYLEE15 9/12/2011 2:39PM

    I am sooo happy for you..and proud of you too!! What an inspiration you are to us all.So determined..and with such a totally awesome..positive attitude.So glad we are friends!!Have a great new week and keep up the good work !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINDYJOURNEYS 9/12/2011 1:26PM

    Way to go! Very good thinking on going off of results other than the scale! :D

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/12/2011 12:03PM

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To be sung like Julie Andrews.."The hills are alive with the sound of music..."
Good for you! Missy Sis!! Like a whip that tape measure is your bi*#@!! Like music to my ears. Well Done! emoticon

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CROOKEDLETTER 9/12/2011 7:17AM

    Wonderful!

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/12/2011 1:21AM

    awesome girl, your spark is flowing and you are inspiring the rest of us with your joy, dedication and motivation, keep it going sista!

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A decade

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I do remember where I was, I do remember how I felt, I do remember all the flags, even the one on the shopping cart of the homeless guy I passed by that shocking week. I had never felt a sense of patriotism until that week. Never known what it really meant to be united, to be one country under God. I can't claim that I feel that same feeling anymore, it was kind of a one off deal for me. But it did happen, I had never felt so proud to be American as I did in the weeks following September 11th, 2001. There was something intangible in the air, I can't describe it. See I work with the public, so I pick up on things from people, because I am around so many. Around tax time it's a certain feel in the air, Super Bowl quite a different feel, but the week or two after 9/11, that was a feeling I had never had before and have never had since. I felt like we could conquer the world if we had to, I felt united with every man, woman and child I met. I felt like we were one body, united for one cause, and that was to grieve and to heal. A decade later, watching the changes that have happened around me, both good and bad, I can't say that I understand why our troops are still dying abroad. I can't quite explain why I sill have young, wounded men filtering into the barbershop with expressions that only come to a face that has seen war. So today, as I look back on the last decade which shuttled me from 21-31, I must find the balance in all. And today particularly, I want to remember, and honor those that lost their lives in the tradgedy of 9/11 and have been losing their lives everday since then, and a special blessing for the families who live day in and day out missing their loved ones. It is a blessed life we live, and our troops deserve more than they get. They deserve special treatment, because they do a special job. So today, as you reflect on your last decade, and remember where you were and how it felt to be an American on this day in 2001, please have hope for a brighter tomorrow. Have hope for our troops, our country, our economy, our families and ourselves. We need every prayer, every hand united in the dream for our future. We are together in this, this boat doesn't sail straight unless all oars are paddling together. So go into your communities, into your jobs, into your homes, into your heart and feel the promises that the next decade can hold. Let it be the beating in your heart to create the life you want around you, and in the world. Be the change, you never know who you will influence. It's a rare kind of bravery that is needed in these times. A bravery to face every obstacle full on, with strength, and courage. We can do this. So dear ones, please be gentle today. Smile on your neighbor, hug your friends and family, be close, mourn the past, but dream of hope for the future. The children of today are counting on us to lead them through to a better tomorrow. I love you guys, thanks for being there, for being strong, and for being a force for positive change in the world, you are all priceless to me.

  
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MAESTRACH 9/11/2011 11:56PM

    God bless America! Land that we love! Stand beside her and guide her through the night with the light from above.

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WENDYLEE15 9/11/2011 7:02PM

    Beautiful blog.Yes we must reflect..and pray..for all those affected and for our futures.We must live every day to it's fullest and not take one second or person in our lives..for granted.Peace and love :)
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