Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wow, it's really been 11 months since I blogged on Spark People?!? Time flies, and it has been mostly fun. At least I can say that, overall, it's been good. I need to do some updating on my page, to be sure. I'm no longer 'getting ready to turn 40'; been there, done that! November brought that milestone, and right before that, I met another. I decided early on in 2012 that I wanted to run 4 half-marathons to commemorate my year of hitting forty. I think one of my last blogs detailed my bout of bronchitis which sidelined me from my first scheduled race. After that, I ran the IL HM, the Carlyle Lake HM, and the St. Louis RnR HM. I capped it off the first weekend in November (right at the buzzer as my birthday was on the 16th) with the St. Louis HM. My big goal was to crack 2:30 and I did it- 2:29 and change! WHEW! So, my mission (2012=4(13.1)B4BIG4-0) was accomplished. Not all has been about running, though that was a goal I got to check off that meant a lot to me. I've continued to exercise with good consistency. I also have continued to have some struggles on the food front. My two friends that I work out and run with (my angels, to be sure!!!) use My Fitness Pal for food tracking. They convinced me to start tracking my food there so we could hold each other accountable. Majority ruled, so I've been doing that on there for a week. Things are going well, but I have to say that I like Spark People a WHOLE lot better. For one, I like the set-up of the trackers here. Secondly- and this is a big one for me- I can't believe how incredibly 'snarky' people are on their message boards. I have read a few threads, and some of the things people post blow me away. I have no intention of taking part in their 'community', other than corresponding with my friends who are personally known to me. Wonder if anyone else has looked at or been part of My Fitness Pal and felt similarly? Well, I am hoping I can convert my friends to Spark People's food and fitness trackers at some point...but at the very least I plan to come here for the online community support. The Spark People atmosphere seems so much more positive and helpful in that regard! My goal is a monthly blog, for me as much as anyone- but others are more than welcome to read them and comment should they choose. So to my friends, I'm sorry I haven't been around for support. I hope this finds you well. My plan: to stop by weekly, catch up on as many blogs and status updates as I can, and take in the positive vibes everyone here provides. Hopefully I can pay some of that back in kind.