2013_ISNOW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=2013%5FISNOW 2013_ISNOW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Depression. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565282 It's a heavy thing to deal with. We all do deal with it, even if the bouts are not as near or deep as someone else's. It is still a terrible thing. <BR> <BR> This past Thursday, my grandmother died. It was extremely sudden and unforeseen, but the Lord decided it was her time. Why that is, we have no idea, but I know that there was a reason for Him keeping her here as long as he did. <BR> <BR> What happened has not truly hit me yet, and I suspect I'll be prone to little bouts of crying and s... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:56:47 EST Let's get back to it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508983 After the past several weeks of recovering from a suspected case of shin splints, I decided that the 5k I was working towards is not the one for me. I will run a 5k some day--but November does not equate to this particular 'someday.' <BR> <BR> I've noticed recently that I've fallen back into old habits--unhealthy ones. I had (and still have) some Godiva truffles in my freezer (they last up to a year in there), and I ended up not caring how many I ate in one sitting (I did limit myself, but o... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 13:03:51 EST Hurting :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493293 It's a short one, but sometimes I have a lot to say -- and right now, I don't... <BR> <BR> So, for the past week or so, my shins have been killing within the first few minutes of running/jogging...and even more recently, they've been hurting when walking...standing...being completely still... <BR> <BR> I'm still training for the 5k, but until my shins are feeling better, I'm trying not to run or jog too much... I like the rowing machine and the bikes at the gym, so maybe I can still work on... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:51:22 EST Towards the 5k! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484978 My walk/run training for the 5k in November started Wednesday, and even though it's shaped for beginners, I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be for beginners who are even mildly in shape... Which I am not. <BR> <BR> I went to the track Tuesday, just to see how difficult the process (I couldn't think of the word I wanted to use) would be, and I only made it halfway through -- I blame it on the fact that I am ridiculously out of shape, and the pizza I had several hours beforehand. <BR> <BR> I w... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:33:16 EST Pleasantly Plump does NOT describe me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481922 However you want to phrase it: pleasantly plump, junk in the trunk, curvy wurvy, heavyset, overweight, obese, fat, it doesn't matter: I'm tired of being it. <BR> <BR> Yes, I have curves. I will always have curves. But I don't have to let my curves be as large and round as they are now. <BR> <BR> I have stretch marks. They don't go away, but I can make sure that I don't get any more until I have kids (and hopefully, there won't be too many then, either). <BR> <BR> My BMI is current 38.2, w... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:15:59 EST Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474250 Unfortunately, it seems I can't even do that. I lost four pounds in one month without trying, and I think I became comfortable the next month (which was August). If there's one thing that seems to be my enemy, it's over-comfortableness. <BR> <BR> I don't think that's a word, but it's true, anyway. <BR> <BR> While I've been "comfortable" (I use quotations because I don't know if anyone can be comfortable at 236 pounds (which I did indeed log on SP...no matter how much I didn't want to)), my... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 07:09:57 EST Back Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445227 As I said in my previous blog, I don't do bandwagons....but if I did, I've sure as heck fallen off of this one in the past few weeks. <BR> <BR> Though I did lose weight, I lost the momentum of walking and eating right. Now, I didn't go off the deep end and eat everything in sight, I did use moving as an excuse for Monopoly game pieces at McDonald's. While I did move apartments (both with my belongings and my friend's), and the place was a mess when we got here, I know I shouldn't use that a... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:13:42 EST I don't jump on bandwagons. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422166 There are so many times that you could summarize a new (or old) concept by saying, "It's very much a 'jump-on-the-bandwagon' concept." <BR> <BR> But the thing is: weight loss is not a concept -- it's a struggle. It's a journey. <BR> <BR> It's life. <BR> <BR> And I don't want to jump on the bandwagon -- most of the time, when I jump on some bandwagon, I fall off. Quite painfully, I might add. <BR> <BR> I don't want to have weight loss be something that I fall off of. You can't fall off o... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:59:25 EST I got my ticket for the long way 'round. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417331 And this is not the one with the prettiest of views. <BR> <BR> After a two-day break (again, not the greatest of ideas), the best friend and I get with it and head to the track once more. We did jog, though not as much as I did last time, and we went five laps instead of four, but I'm finding more and more often that I just don't want to go to the track. <BR> <BR> I've never been particularly averse to it, but I just think workouts would add variety if I weren't going around and around in c... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:49:24 EST Just Keep Walking...Just Keep Walking, Walking, Walking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413755 In the (somewhat revised) words of Dory from 'Finding Nemo,' "Just keep walking, just keep walking, just keep walking, walking, walking....what do we do? We walk." <BR> <BR> Today, I hit a milestone. I went to the track with my best friend at 3:00 in the afternoon on a 90 degree day -- not the best idea we've ever had -- and started walking. A warm-up lap was accomplished, only to then jog as much as we could. <BR> <BR> I made it all the way around. <BR> <BR> I wanted to push my limits --... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:42:19 EST Is that wind? I'm being blown away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410177 I log onto SparkPeople, totally prepared to write a blog entry about how I walked again today, and then (by chance, I assure you) I check my last entry...there are three comments on it, all of which are simple encouragements from people I don't even know. <BR> <BR> This just reaffirms my belief that this is going to be better than any other time I've tried to go it alone -- with support from strangers and Jesus, I know I can do this. <BR> <BR> Thank you all so much, and I hope tomorrow's be... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 00:12:28 EST Six Miles (roughly), Three Days, and a Bruise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409225 Today marks the third consecutive day that my best friend and I have walked/semi-jogged almost two miles. Today, however, is the first day that I've gotten a bruise (I don't know if it is one yet or not, but it definitely hurt). <BR> <BR> Since Friday, she and I have walked every day for the past few days, with the exception of Saturday. I am so stinkin' proud of us that I don't even know what to say, except that we're doing this. <BR> <BR> We got this. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 02:26:22 EST