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REI is a dangerous place!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



Drove to Pittsburgh today for a hair appointment and decided to treat myself to a stop at REI for a new pair of Chacos sandals for my trip to Ghana later this week.

I walked in the door and it was all over! Right as you walk in is all of the shiny new cycling gear. Some of the prettiest cycling jerseys I have seen - clearly I should look it over. As I am about to walk away with my 3 must-have jerseys I spy the pair of Pearl Izumi clipless shoes I have been wanting...and they have them in my size. By now, DH is shopping as well. I remind him we are only here to get a pair of shoes and proceed upstairs to the shoe area. Sadly I must walk past ladies fitness apparel to get to the shoe department. I stop to check out a floppy hat (it is very sunny in Africa after all) when I notice the new Prana shirts. My husband tells me that they are "ridiculously expensive" for tshirts. I tell him that Ghana is hot and uncomfortable and that anything that makes me feel better there is worth the money. He sighs as I pick the colors I like best (purple, orange and blue). We finally reach shoes. I manage to only select one pair. Final damage occurs near the cash register when I see light weight frisbees and hacky sacks which I think will be fun for down time in Ghana.

Yeah, I am a sucker for REI. Happens every time...

Hope everyone is having a great day!



  
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GIANTOCR1 4/2/2013 7:29AM

    I am a sucker for that store as well.... I can never leave without getting something.

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BARBARAROCKSIT 3/29/2013 7:30PM

    Rockman is right -- the word vibrant! springs to mind.



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CORNERKICK 3/28/2013 11:39PM

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BTW, you are looking so vibrant Hollynn!

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CELIAMINER 3/28/2013 10:55AM

    Amen! And when I get my bonus, I end up spending way too much on my next trip! Dangerous is right.

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LILPAT3 3/28/2013 10:43AM

    I have only been in one in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I live about 650 miles from it...thank God! I was in there for 5 hours when I went in to get "just a pair of bike shorts". Finally got the bill paid and I can't wait to go back! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 3/28/2013 9:37AM

    Oh me too. I just got my annual bonus from them too. So I know a trip is in order soon!

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SIMONEKP 3/28/2013 9:02AM

    me and almost every store I walk into

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VHALKYRIE 3/28/2013 8:42AM

    I miss having a nearby REI! But it's probably for the best, though!

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PMRUNNER 3/28/2013 7:48AM

    Glad you enjoyed your splurge! Quality gear is worth a little more, I am sure you will appreciate it in Ghana and beyond!

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KAYOTIC 3/27/2013 11:31PM

    Did you at least use your rebate money? They did just come out....And that type of shopping is the reason I went on a spending sabbatical this month, last time I went to REI to pick up a tank top I had ordered, I walked out with a bunch of stuff, including tops, sweaters, and a dress!

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DALID414 3/27/2013 11:11PM

    Oh my gosh! I'm supposed to have gotten myself a dress as my February reward for maintaining my goal weight, here we are nearing the end of March and no dress. Why? Because every store I go to I head straight for the workout clothes section!!

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KITTYKITTEMMING 3/27/2013 10:49PM

    I'm thinking I'm very glad I don't have one anywhere near me. Saves my pocketbook. :)

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PRETTYPITHY 3/27/2013 10:49PM

    Oooh, Ghana. What's the occasion for the trip? I love REI!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/27/2013 10:23PM

    I love and hate REI stores! But man, when they have their end of season sales....."Hello, Bank of America...what was my credit limit again?"

Good luck...enjoy your swag and enjoy Ghana!

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PASTAFARIAN 3/27/2013 10:14PM

    REI's return policy makes it worth the extra penny.

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KONRAD695 3/27/2013 10:04PM

    I would say it worked. I'm talking about the millions stores spend on how to lay out a store so you spend maximum money.

But- if it was fun, and you use it. Then, it's worth it.

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IDICEM 3/27/2013 9:56PM

  REI is fabulous, dangerous, and addictive. Glad you found what you needed for your trip!
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Cold Weather - No problem! Wear your skiing clothes cycling :-)

Sunday, March 24, 2013



Someone in the universe loves me because the sun was out today!!! It was only 45 degrees out -but you can't have everything right? I actually wore my skiing clothes cycling :-)


Yup there I am in thermal pants, layered over biker shorts, layered over long underwear, and of course - my Swix spring ski jacket - not bad for biking because it has open zips over mesh to allow cooling off!
I will say the best thing about this picture: I like how my legs look (did I just say that?) I don't know if it is the left over euphoria endorphins - but I look strong...

The ride was through bucolic country roads in southern Pennsylvania. Went about 32 miles in 2 hours in 20 minutes, which is reasonable time for me, especially with some of the climbing. Despite the chilly air it was a lovely day with blue skies. Road past many farms with the horses, cows, goats, and lambs watching us curiously as we went by. I managed to ride about a mile off the handlebars (getting that core strong!) and hit >40mph for the first time ever. If I want to race I need to learn to get off the brakes so I have been practicing when on familiar hills.

The other thing I noticed is that I had less pedal fatigue than usual. Often, after about 20-25 miles in my clipless pedals I get sore on the part of my foot that sits on over the clip. This has limited the length of my rides in the past but today I didn't notice much of a problem. Maybe all that time in the trainer this winter is paying off after all! Would really like to do my first century ride this summer.

Hope all of you got some relief from the winter snow as well! It is supposed to stay cold here in WV this week, although next Saturday I am heading to Ghana, which will be about 105-120 degrees (from winter straight to summer). I would like to get in at least one more ride before then.



  
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LOOZINITNOW 3/25/2013 9:38AM

    You look very strong and beautiful! You are unstoppable! emoticon

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 3/24/2013 5:15PM

    First, you are soooo pretty!! and I always knew you were smart (as evidenced by your ski clothes!) and way to go for not making excuses!

Now, whatcha doin' in Ghana?

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FITMARY 3/24/2013 3:16PM

    Great job! And not easy with the hills either! Ghana should be fascinating; have a great trip!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/24/2013 10:33AM

    You look AWESOME Hollynn!
Nice job on the bike ride and it sounds like you are getting stronger! All of your hard work is paying off and that is so motivational!

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ISLAMOM 3/24/2013 10:27AM

    You look fantastic!! Congratulations!!! You are an inspiration!! emoticon

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JSTCHLIN 3/24/2013 8:34AM

    That's awesome! Glad you made it happen despite this cold unbearable weather. It is supposed to snow again tomorrow night I believe. At least with all this cold there should be less mosquitoes this summer! Lol. Keep riding.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike
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KONRAD695 3/24/2013 2:34AM

    Glad you enjoyed the ride. It's funny how you talk about racing. I was just thinking if I should start training as a running racer. One day when I visit, you can kill me on a bike and I'll kill you in some shoes.

Ride strong my friend, Konrad

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PMRUNNER 3/24/2013 1:27AM

    Great progress! It sounds like a really nice ride, what part of southern PA were you riding in?

Have a great trip to Ghana! What are you going to do over there?

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GIANTOCR1 3/24/2013 1:23AM

    I had a great cold weather ride today as well. Great job on the miles. I got in 37 I was thinking of you while I was riding. Thinking to myself I wonder if Hollynn. Is out now... and you were

Have a great night.
Marty

PS looking good in your bike gear.

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JANTWO 3/24/2013 1:20AM

    Looking good!!!!!

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Invisible Butterfly Wings

Monday, March 18, 2013



Ok, you can't see my butterfly wings in the picture...but they are there!
Thank you to everyone who took a moment to write me last night when I was in my funk. I know these moods come and go, and I agree with all of you that I just need to keep working through it.
I had an epic workout today and the endorphins carried me for part of the day. The scale gave me two pounds, and I did recognize the confident girl in the mirror today (nice to see her there!)

Thank you for lifting me up!
Hollynn aka Spunkyducky
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SADWHITEWOLF 3/27/2013 11:43AM

    Mine look more like DragonFly wings. I love the colour of yours!

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CORNERKICK 3/21/2013 1:03AM

  Good for you...Congrats!

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    You are in control!!! emoticon

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    emoticon *hugs friend*

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RENZRYD 3/19/2013 11:51AM

    Owls, butterflies...just get your pilots license cause you sure want to fly! Way to Go!
-Renee

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MANLEYSANDY 3/19/2013 11:30AM

    Great picture!

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    You are welcome! emoticon

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JSTCHLIN 3/19/2013 7:13AM

    See? Told ya so! LOL. Take care and stay healthy.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 3/19/2013 4:24AM

    You truly are a beautiful lady with wings of a butterfly!!

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KONRAD695 3/19/2013 12:02AM

    Those are Butterfly Wings-- I thought they were Angle Wings, maybe it was the good looks throwing me off.

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LILIVW 3/18/2013 11:57PM

    So glad to hear it!

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KITHKINCAID 3/18/2013 11:55PM

    Love that pic of you. Beautiful!

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KNYAGENYA 3/18/2013 10:17PM

    Good for you!

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The Girl in the Owl Shirt...learning to live comfortably in your own skin

Monday, March 18, 2013



So Sparkies I have to say it has been a rough week. Not really sure why but I feel like I am cloaked in some sadness. It may be clinging to me from work - working in the ER can be an emotional drain...It may be from the ups and downs of travel recently- always hard to be away from home...but I think my dear Sparkies that it is more than that. I think it is a bit of an identity crisis. I look in the mirror and I am not entirely certain who I am. Am I the fat girl who projects that no one would ever be attracted to her, am I the thinner girl athlete who exercises at all costs and is borderline obsessed with hitting her goals, am I the more confident (But still not comfortable) butterfly just stretching her beautiful wings? The truth is I am all of these things and feelings quickly change some days from one to the other. Like a slipping identity and it is causing me some emotional distress. I know I tend to be a bastion of positivity, but honestly if anyone else has thoughts on these feelings please let me know. It has been a hard week to stay positive through...

Happy Saint Patrick's day - be safe and take care!
Hollynn

  
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LOOZINITNOW 3/25/2013 9:41AM

    I just read this and coincidentally, I find myself in the same place right now. I know what I want but at the same time am so lost as to who I really am anymore. I'm so happy that you have kicked this funk and are taking back your strength. You are simply awesome!

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FLDEEZ 3/19/2013 7:57PM

    Great post and great comments and support from all the replies!!

I think (hope) it's pretty common to be completely happy with bouts of blinding feelings of being overwhelmed with thoughts of "who you really are". I know that I can ride that roller coaster.

You do look beautiful and confident - as all the others have said - and it's a pretty common (I hope) strategy to fake it in between the times of true confidence! ;-)

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PRETTYPITHY 3/19/2013 5:02PM

    I had a similar week last week. Just couldn't shake the feeling that I'm a failure somehow. I think you're right --there are a lot of emotional and identity changes associated with large amounts of weight loss and sometimes it just feels hard. I was glad to read this blog and see I'm not the only one going through this. Together, we can beat back these blues. emoticon

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KARVY09 3/19/2013 12:42PM

    I know who you are... a wonderful and giving person.

We all feel that way some time. It's life! I love the shirt!

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PIPSANDMSMAMA79 3/18/2013 2:38PM

    LOVE the owl top :) Its gorgeous. You look great in it. You are who you want to be, so be happy. emoticon

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KONRAD695 3/18/2013 1:25PM

    So, you are the happy, fat, skinny, girl who's sad. I agree.
I'm the sad, lazy, athletic, happy guy. Do you agree?

Same feelings, same personality, just a different way to write it. Wish I had this great healing insight for you, but the best I've got is- I'm with you.

I'll sit with you in the park. Let you mope, grump, and be askew of happiness. Then when you're ready- here's your coffee, kiss on the forehead, and "take care, have a good one".

That's my little bit of friendship for the day.

Take care, and have a good one, Konrad

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KITTYKITTEMMING 3/18/2013 12:52PM

    Been there, done that, still fighting the battle. Every once in a while when things really get to me, I have to stop and have the "bathroom mirror conversation" with myself. Stand in front of the mirror, any mirror will work. Take a good look at yourself and see you as you actually are. Not what you were, not what you are working to be, but as you actually are. Then say at least three positive things about you as you are right now.

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NEEDBU66 3/18/2013 12:41PM

    Finding our soul is never easy. Thinking that the bones, muscle, fat then skin makes a difference to the soul is a hard lesson to learn. All that stuff does is cover it up.

Being loud, being flashy, being ____ doesn't change the innermost self. Theat inner most self is still there.

Extremely important to not try and cover it up, or "wear a mask"

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MANLEYSANDY 3/18/2013 11:55AM

    I hate that we measure ourselves by the number on the scale, and we use terms to describe ourselves, like "fat girl"... These things should not and do not define us but we let them don't we?

You are not alone, I too wish I could reconcile how my heart feels about myself and what I see in the mirror or on the scale. All you can do is be kind to yourself, take it one day at a time and remember that you are awesome!

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LILIVW 3/18/2013 11:31AM

    The beautiful thing is we get to choose which person we want to be. We can be either. I have been both and I much prefer the confident person who is evolving and believes in herself. If is fine and natural to question but don't let yourself question too much or you might get bogged down and forget about the girl with the butterfly wings.

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FITMARY 3/18/2013 11:24AM

    I'm pretty sure you are NOT the "fat girl"! And I don't think you really want to be the borderline obsessed girl so, at least in my book, that makes you the competent and confident young woman, who does what she must to stay healthy. As for the sad feelings, could it possibly have something to do with the time change and the upset and fatigue that comes from that? I know it affects me. And, lately, I've found that if I slow down and take a bit of a rest when I feel "sad," it usually improves my mood. Just a few minutes ("just 10 minutes"), but it helps! Maybe it will help you?
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SAWYERPATTI 3/18/2013 10:21AM

    You are BEAUTIFUL- inside and out. Spark on- it will all become clear when it's time.
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ROCKMAN6797 3/18/2013 10:13AM

    Beautiful shirt!
It must be in the air because I, too, was feeling down after I failed to meet a goal. But then after some reflection I spun the disappointment into triumph! I think we all get into a funk but the trick is to work through it, don't backslide, and soon you will see blue skies. What you have accomplished in the last few months is nothing short of amazing! Think about it, let it soak in, and revel in the awesomeness of you!
You are a beautiful person, who also happens to be an exercise beast!

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SADWHITEWOLF 3/18/2013 9:25AM

    That shirt is so FUN!
I know what you mean by the way. I seem to have the same "identity issues" these days. I agree the answer to the questions is YES. We are all of things.
Most of all though, we are Awesome! We are Beautiful! We are Strong!
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JSTCHLIN 3/18/2013 9:23AM

    We all go through this from time to time. There are times I feel like the athlete yet I'm eating a donut. Or I'll be eating right and exercising and feel I'm going backwards. Don't sweat it (pun intended). We will bounce back once again in to a mental state of mind in which we are comfortable with everything once again.

For me, I blame it on the weather. It's the end of Winter, still cold and even supposed to snow again today. Grrrr. Once Spring begins and the birds are singing we will we blogging about how well things are going. Great pic, keep SParking!

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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NGCHILD 3/18/2013 8:56AM

    I think it's normal to have these thoughts. Everyone has an off week. Just keep your goal in sight and take one day at a time. You ARE doing it!

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GIANTOCR1 3/18/2013 7:38AM

    Love the picture... I want to say those boots show off your legs. And I love your legs.


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KITHKINCAID 3/18/2013 7:13AM

    I hear you honey. No real words of wisdom, just I know where you are and how feel and it's a bummer. Just be who you want to be every day, whatever that might mean.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 3/18/2013 3:56AM

    I think you look STUNNING!

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LWLAR7 3/18/2013 2:32AM

  Keep going

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    Whoooo? Owl always remember you. emoticon

You're progressing. The best present you can give yourself.

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JJPOCAIGUE 3/18/2013 2:08AM

  You are not alone in feeling like many different people. No matter who you are feeling like everyday, just learn to love that person. You are a beautiful creature no matter who you are feeling like. :-)

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SPSPSP1 3/18/2013 1:47AM

    You don't need to be positive all the time. Just accept yourself for who you are...someone who is constantly evolving. Most importantly, practice being kind to yourself every day. This is as important as any exercise you could do...if not more. I wish you the best!

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Finally Home...Down 3lbs...Back in the Saddle!

Sunday, March 10, 2013



Finally home! After 12 days of business travel for conferences in Orlando and Denver I am HOME!!! It felt great to sleep in my own bed last night. This morning the scale confirmed what I was hoping was true - my dedication to exercise and healthy eating while out of town made a difference - down 3lbs (even with water weight from flying!!)

It was 70 degrees here today so I decided that it was great day to get back in the saddle. I only cycled outside 1 day this winter (January thaw) and I was excited to put on my new cycling jersey and head to the hills. Usually I cycle with my husband but he was tied up in a project all day, so I loaded up my cycle on the jeep and drove into the foothills of Pennsylvania to a place I always enjoy. Felt really good! It is amazing how much lighter I feel! Even without being in "cycling shape" climbing the hills came sooooo much easier - I felt like I had an extra 3-4 gears. I can't wait to see how fast I will be flying this spring after I have more rides under me.

Spring forward today- oh yeah I did!!!!

Hollynn
aka SpunkyDucky

  
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MYWALK2FITNESS 3/19/2013 10:31PM

    emoticon can't wait to get my bike out too! :) emoticon on the 3lbs loss!

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SMOKINGUN 3/16/2013 9:43PM

    You deserve all the best!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great job on the healthy routine while on the road for work. That's never easy. And spring is coming...those rides are gonna be fabulous! emoticon

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RENZRYD 3/16/2013 1:04PM

    Awesome as usual lady! Thanks for the comments you have been leaving!

-Renee

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LOOZINITNOW 3/12/2013 8:10PM

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PMRUNNER 3/12/2013 3:54AM

    Awesome!

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CONNIEWILDE 3/12/2013 3:20AM

    Good for you! Any kind of weight loss while out of town deserves major congratulations!

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HIPPICHICK1 3/11/2013 1:46PM

    Great photo!!
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MOTHEPRO 3/11/2013 10:58AM

    Awesome!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 3/11/2013 7:40AM

    You are looking amazing!!

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GIANTOCR1 3/11/2013 7:35AM

    Check out the HOT girl on the bike.... You look great Hollynn... Welcome back home.

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ROCKMAN6797 3/10/2013 9:24PM

    Looking good!

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ISLAMOM 3/10/2013 9:21PM

    Congrats!! Your hard work paid off! I'm going to try to follow your example since I'm also heading out soon for a 10-day biz trip....

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JMEPAYNE 3/10/2013 9:20PM

    awesome job!!!

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JSTCHLIN 3/10/2013 9:20PM

    Your doing so well. And beginning this early, even before actual Spring, you will have an amazing year. Congrats on another 3lbs lost.

Take care and stay healthy

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PRETTYPITHY 3/10/2013 9:20PM

    Wonderful! So psyched to hear about your loss! I'm at 196, now; we're losing at about the same rate, it seems. Still, I'm going to keep trying to catch you! emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 3/10/2013 9:16PM

    Congrats on the weight loss!! Welcome home and glad you're back in the saddle again!!

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