2WHEELER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=2WHEELER 2WHEELER'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/ Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718682 Ahh, summer. When the sun is shining and the days are long. Plenty of time to get in some exercise! My weekly exercise plan for this challenge is <BR> <BR> 1. Walk 30-40 minutes twice a week before work <BR> 2. One upper and one lower body strength workout (30-40 minutes) <BR> 3. One long (30+ miles) bicycle ride or one long hike (6+ miles) <BR> <BR> I'm becoming more consistent with the early morning (5 a.m.) walks and have a friend who will join me beginning tomorrow. That shoul... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:05:10 EST Plateaus: They're Good for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696656 Plateaus. You know what those are. Those flat places where nothing seems to be happening. There are all kind of plateaus: Sometimes they are a speed bump--you just can't break a 10-minute mile pace on your runs or you can't quite move up into that next bike speed classification or you're having trouble moving to a 15 lb. dumb bell from 12.5 lbs. But the plateau that is probably most annoying and most talked about is the weight loss plateau. <BR> <BR> You've been tracking your food, sta... Fri, 16 May 2014 21:40:34 EST RiP, Daisy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688361 Today we put our beloved dog, Daisy, to rest. I remember the day I first laid eyes on her at the Humane Society. She was 9 weeks old and was the smallest and quietest of a litter of 7. The entire litter was in the middle of the room crawling over one another and all of them but Daisy crying "Pick me! Pick me!" Daisy was a lot more subdued and looked a little overwhelmed by all the noise. <BR> <BR> I picked her out and took her over to the quiet room to gauge her personality. She was a ... Mon, 5 May 2014 20:47:54 EST SparkPeople . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677715 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2018016901.jpg"> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:28:04 EST A Letter to the Bathroom Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670325 <BR> Dear Mr. Scale: <BR> <BR> It's time we had a little talk. Or rather, it's time I talk and you listen. For years now, you've ruled my life. It's been a long and unhealthy relationship. I let you control my emotions, my sense of value and worth, and my actions. When you "blessed" me with a reading of a 0.5 lb weight loss, I loved you and did a little happy dance and walked through the rest of the day literally feeling lighter and very proud of myself. I doubled my efforts to exercis... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:29:10 EST Spring 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660856 I hereby pledge to: <BR> <BR> 1. Workout for a minimum of 30 minutes 3 x a week before starting my day <BR> 2. Track my exercise and nutrition <BR> 3. Support team mates by reading and commenting on their blogs and participating in track talk <BR> 4. Focus on portion control (my weak spot) <BR> 5. Embrace and celebrate NSV (non-scale victories) Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:29:48 EST The Scale Will Not Defeat Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642454 Tomorrow is weigh in day. The past couple of weeks I have been facing Saturday mornings with dread. Last week was especially bad--just one of those weeks when I had an overwhelming compulsion to eat, even when I wasn't hungry. It's frustrating when, in retrospect, you can't point to anything during the week that might have contributed to poor behavior. Stuff just happens; deal with it and move on. <BR> <BR> And that's what I did this week--I moved on. I ate much less than previous weeks... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 21:02:56 EST First Backpacking Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521447 This past weekend a friend and I took a 2-day backpacking trip on the West Rim of Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon http://pacanyon.com/ which overlooks the the Pine Creek Gorge. <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Creek_Gor<BR>ge </link> . Along the gorge is a rails-to-trails biking/hiking trail stretching along Pine Creek for about 60 miles. There are a few general stores, outfitters, and campgrounds along the trail. Lots of great fishing, kayaking, and canoeing, too. <BR> <BR> At the advice ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:25:39 EST A Small Weekend Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455935 Tomorrow I start a small, mostly solo, adventure--touring 3 state parks over 4 days on my bike. The weather should be perfect--mid-70s, partly sunny, with very cool nights--in the 40s. That means I'll be packing a bit more clothing than I wanted. Uggh--more weight. When every ounce counts, you'd be surprised how heavy an extra set of clothing can be. I wanted to go really, really light, but comfort comes before weight. No sense being on a miserable adventure. Average daily mileage: 40--... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:30:55 EST Remarkable Raymond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447846 He went flying by on his bright blue bicycle without even a glance my way. All of his attention was focused on the road ahead. Who was that man on the beautiful blue bicycle? There was something strange or different about the bike; I couldn't quite put my finger on it at first. It came to me minutes later after he was well out of sight--could it have been a motorized bike? <BR> <BR> I finished my snack, brushed the grass off the seat of my shorts and proceeded with my ride. Not too muc... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:44:56 EST Three Cheers for Bike Camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434394 Bike Camp is a 3-day event held at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. It’s organized by Brian and his wife from the Southern Tier Biking Club out of the Binghamton area (I hope I got this right). We arrived early Thursday afternoon eager to get on our bikes and tour the countryside. A janitorial worker helped to track down Brian so we could check in to our dorm. He was just setting out the cue sheets and a case of green bananas for the weekend. He took a break, gave us our keys, and we ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:04:30 EST The Big Climb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399543 For a long time, I've wanted to ride up a mountain just outside of town that seemed so intimidating. Over the years, I've attempted it only to turn back because of the annoying, nagging PITA voice that said I couldn't do it. As soon as the berm ran out, I'd turn around saying it was too steep, I'd be too slow, it wasn't safe, etc. <BR> <BR> But a few weeks ago some friends rode the route and all of them liked the challenge. Little traffic, beautiful scenery, and only a few sections had... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:30:58 EST Feeling Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396061 I've been riding my bike home on Wednesdays, a 30 mile trip along beautiful country roads with low traffic. It's a fabulous way to decompress. <BR> <BR> Since my goal is to do more bike camping, most weeks I ride my Trek 730 and carry 20 extra pounds in my trunk bag to simulate the load I'll carry when I go camping. The first ride home with the extra weight felt really sluggish, and I was relieved when I made it home. But this week, the entire ride felt great, and I considered riding arou... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:39:21 EST Inaugural Bike Camping Trip: June 1, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385870 For years I’ve been dreaming about riding my bike across the U.S.A. Truth told, I’m not sure if it’s a fantastic dream or a nightmare. The thought of heading off into the unknown is both exhilarating and frightening. The goal is so huge and there are so many decisions to be made—when to leave, the route to ride, equipment, duration, solo or companions, set schedule and route or seat-of-the-bike shorts exploration, accommodations, and the list goes on and on. So, as any SparkPeople member... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:15:23 EST No Worries; Be Happy; Run Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322994 Plans fell through for a bike ride today, so I took advantage of this fabulous spring day to try one more long run before the Flying Pig in May. With my Garmin strapped on and set to 5:1 intervals, I headed out the door with a general route in mind, but no specific goal for time, distance, or speed. <BR> <BR> What a day it was! It was wonderful to run just for the sake of running. Remember when you did that as a kid? I headed to the park and watched the kids fishing on opening day and th... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:51:38 EST Hope Springs Eternal or No Fool Like an Old Fool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322115 Today was the official opening of the Penn State Community Gardens. This is my 2nd consecutive year of attempted gardening, and my 3rd year of plot "ownership." I first had a garden there in 2008, and had some beginner's luck. There was more arugula, spinach, lettuce, hot peppers, and tomatoes than 2 people could possibly eat. Neighbors and co-workers appreciated the abundance. All went well until the end of the season when I took a week's vacation and came home to find that everyone's g... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 19:56:06 EST Half Century Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314760 Friends and I traveled to Maryland's Eastern Shore to participate in a 50-mile bike ride to benefit Talbot Special Riders. TSR provides physical and emotional therapy to individuals using horses. It was their first annual ride and they did a terrific job. <BR> <BR> The weather was supposed to be in the high 30s in the morning and was to rise to about 50 degrees. The sun was out, but so was the wind, so we layered up not knowing if we'd be stripping down in a matter of hours. <BR> <BR> Th... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 14:59:01 EST Spring in January: Time to Ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215574 Yesterday was one of those rare days in central PA. It was 50 degrees and cloudless. My plans were to do some painting and to clean the bathroom, but I had to take advantage of the glorious weather. We had an early lunch so I could get out and ride. <BR> <BR> There was lots of wind--12-18 mph range, so I wasn't quite sure what to wear. It was very warm in the sun, but quite cool in the shade. Settled on a pair wind-block tights, short sleeved shirt, light jacket, shoe covers & glove... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 12:55:42 EST Look for the Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102396 On the way home from the Black Bear Century, my friends (2 married; 1 single) and I began talking about how we had met our spouses. From there, the conversation drifted into what drove us crazy in our marriages, and of course, that included our moaning and groaning of how husbands don’t carry their fair share of housework, or when they do, it’s not done to our standards. Yes, they do the laundry, but maybe they don’t separate the colors or they do too large of a load. Or they’ll dust the ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:50:45 EST Un "bear" able temps for the Century http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096397 Oh, my. Temps are to be in the low 30s for the start of the Black Bear Century tomorrow and are only get up into the low 50s. I'm running back home to pack a heavier jacket, some hand warmers, regular mittens to wear over my biking gloves and a balaklava. I'll probably be undressing as the ride progresses--thank goodness for the bag drop offs at the first 2 rest stations. Keeping my fingers crossed that I see a black bear along the route--just not one that's too close. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:30:58 EST I Have a Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092977 It's 5 pm and it's been a good, but long day. I am famished! But I am not getting derailed on my 2nd day of tracking food. No I Am Not!!! <BR> <BR> I'm going out for a 3-mile run, then I'm going to drink water on the 30-40 minute drive home. (Exercise usually reduces my hunger for an hour or two.) There's a bag of pre-cut celery in the fridge, and I'm going to munch on that with some Laughing Cow light cheese and have a cup of hot ginger-lemon tea as I prepare dinner. There will be no... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 17:07:47 EST Ride Interrupted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981651 I headed out at 7:30 this morning for a 40-mile ride on some of my favorite back roads. It was going to be an easy ride, stopping along the way to take pictures. Every time I've ridden this route I've seen deer in the fields and often there are turkeys, too. I was not disappointed today. I stopped to take a picture of a deer, but when I un-clipped my shoes, it startled the turkeys (that I didn't see) that were in the field, too. When the turkeys flew off, they startled the deer and it... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 12:04:28 EST St. Luke's Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875925 The HM was held on April 29 in Allentown, PA. I arrived early Saturday for the expo--I wanted to go to the Garmin Pace Group workshop and, of course, do a little shopping. There were a fair number of vendors--I picked up a Spibelt/bib holder--no more pinning bibs onto my shirt or shorts. <BR> <BR> There were kid races, too, on Saturday afternoon. These were so much fun to watch--wish I had had my camera. The kids were just beaming as they ran as fast as they could. Some weren't quite sur... Thu, 10 May 2012 17:52:03 EST Newtons Laws of Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815060 Strap on a pair of Newton running shoes for the first time and you know that you have something radically different on your feet. They feel like a pair of super-charged Earth shoes--remember those? The fronts of your feet were on a higher plane than your heals. I loved Earth shoes--they weren't stylish, but they had a wonderful no-pinch wide toe box and were soooo comfortable. But the Newtons--they are stylish! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l121692328.jpg... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 14:03:12 EST 30 Minutes of Bliss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4191829 30 minutes of yoga under blue skies and fluffy clouds cooled by a light breeze. If I were any more relaxed I'd be asleep. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:13:27 EST Nutrition Tracker and the "A-Ha" Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4186823 Sometime between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday I had an “a-ha” moment. It was one of those nights when I just couldn’t stay asleep. I’ll blame it on Jillian—9 p.m. and she was pushing me through her DVD after having swum for 45 minutes. Did you ever get too tired to sleep? <BR> <BR> Back to the a-ha moment. My SOP is to log what I eat in the Nutrition Tracker after each meal or snack. So, the a-ha moment? Realizing that I’d be more successful staying in my calorie range if I planned mea... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 07:55:13 EST Day 1 - Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4181722 Last weekend I picked up JM's Ripped in 30. It was hard to choose. There are so many exercise DVDs to choose from and they don't give you a whole lot of information on the package, but they all make great claims about how the DVD will transform you. If that were true, the exercise gurus would be out of business by now. I figured I couldn't go too wrong picking any of Jillian's DVDs. <BR> <BR> At lunch, in my office today, I popped in the DVD and got ready to start Week 1. When I prev... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:12:12 EST Just for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4034911 I will track every bite of food that goes into my mouth. That means all those little tastes that I take while cooking dinner and don’t usually count. <BR> <BR> I will get in one hour of aerobic exercise. <BR> <BR> I will practice yoga or Pilates. <BR> <BR> I will accept my limitations and not use them as an excuse. I will find a way to work around them. <BR> <BR> I will not worry about what I did or didn’t do yesterday. Yesterday, last week and last year are gone. I can’t re-write... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 11:00:30 EST Crazy Cardinal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3971077 Since last spring, there has been a male cardinal that flits from the rhododendron onto the outside window ledges all day long. He perches and taps on the windows from morning to night. He starts on the dining room window, then works his way to the den's window. For some reason he skips the bathroom window. Several times I've been startled when I'm in the basement loading the washing machine and he unexpectedly begins tapping on that window. On the weekends, the constant tap, tap, tap ... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 09:04:35 EST Feeling Optimistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3968269 Yesterday I walked 30 minutes on the treadmill and I am elated that today I still feel good. This is the first day that I can truly say I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The massage therapist has been a miracle worker. After each massage, I get a little more range of motion. I have a new appreciation for all the little tasks we do in a day and never give them a thought. I've found joy in tying my shoes, taking the laundry basket down to the basement, empytying t... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 08:37:46 EST New Year, Old Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3892732 The the old year didn't close out and the New Year is not starting off as I anticipated. I've been on the injured list (IT band issues, bursitis--don't old people get that??--and other aches and pains) since early November and my goal was to start training on Jan. 1 for the Just a Short Run 30K (an oxymoron to be sure!). I thought that the PT sessions would cure all my aches, and I'd be as new in 2011. But that's not been the case. <BR> <BR> The last week of December my back went "out," ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 12:52:13 EST Making Lemonade from Lemons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3796427 About a year ago I bought P90X and was so excited to get started. I had big dreams of a new bod. A couple of the guys in our office had done it and the results were amazing. But I quickly lost motivation and found it difficult to train for long races and do P90X. Something had to give, and it was the P90X. <BR> <BR> Well now I'm on the injured list and can't run for awhile, but I need to do something to keep in shape. Already a few pounds have crept back on--it doesn't take long. So ... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 19:59:21 EST Amish Country Half Marathon: A New P.R. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3771074 Saturday I ran in the 1st annual Amish Country H.M. in Bird-in-Hand, PA, with more than 1,300 other runners. It was fabulous! <BR> <BR> The race is in the heart of Amish Country and a big tourist area. I arrived Friday afternoon and checked into my hotel in Intercourse. Then I made arrangements to meet a friend in Lancaster for First Friday. Stores, restaurants and galleries were open late and we browsed through several art galleries and walked the streets people watching. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 18:32:16 EST Last Long Run Before Buffalo Creek HM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3688645 Yesterday was one of those perfect fall days (and today is, too). I didn't get out for my run until almost noon, but it was still cool and comfortable. Without any set plan, I headed toward the park, ran two one-mile loops, then headed out of town on the "back road." The route is nice rolling hills. I felt strong and I settled in to run/walk intervals of 8:2. I wanted to run the entire distance, but was feeling the effects of Friday's yoga class--lots of back bends--and I could feel som... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 10:43:38 EST Women in the Wild http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3638756 The race was held in the beautiful Quemahoning area just south of Johnstown, PA. We didn’t get to enjoy its full beauty thanks to a foggy morning. Driving there was like traveling through dense cotton candy. At the last minute, I decided to travel to Johnstown Friday night after work rather than getting up around 4 a.m. on Saturday to arrive on time. So I had a very restful night and slept until 5:30. <BR> <BR> I arrived at the check in, picked up my bib and headed back to unload and th... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 21:04:32 EST This I Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3632859 Our local NPR station has continued the popular national, "In This I Believe" series. It sums up my thoughts on cycling perfectly. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <link>wpsu.org/radio/single_entry/LL-3108/<BR>thisibelieve </link> <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <em>437</em> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 09:01:36 EST Finding the Flair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3561924 This past Thursday was the first "teaser" run in a series leading up to the Mountainback Ultramarathon (50 miles). The Nittany Valley Running Club offers the "Tussey Teasers", not races, so that runners can get acquainted with the course prior to running the race--either solo or as a relay team. <BR> <BR> Thursday was Leg 1: 3.2 miles up the mountain; 3.2 miles down the mountain. I ran this leg before and when I finished, I could barely walk. My quads were totally spent. I remember f... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 09:29:26 EST Greek Yogurt vs. Strained Plain Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3495709 During my appointment with the nutritionist, I mentioned that I strain plain no-fat or low-fat yogurt to get a consistency more like Greek yogurt. She asked if I knew what was in the liquid that I was straining out--could I be losing key nutrients in the yogurt. <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't know the answer to that, so I contacted Dannon Yogurt, since that's the brand I buy, and here's what I was told. <BR> <BR> 4 fluid ounces of whey (the liquid) contains: <BR> 30 calories <BR> 1 gram protein... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 15:49:38 EST A Heavy Brick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3491099 I hold triathletes in the highest regard. You could say I'm in awe of them. And now they sit a bit higher on the pedestal after I did my first brick today in preparation for the September 12 Women in the Wild Adventure Challenge, a 12 mile bike race, 5 mile run, followed by an obstacle course that promises clothes so dirty you'll have to throw them away. <BR> <BR> When I started out this morning, my plans were to take an easy 20 mile bike ride through some scenic countryside. But I felt ... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 11:26:50 EST Back on (the) Track; Pun Intended http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3486876 I tried, but I couldn't wait to August 1 to test out the broken toe on a short run. It's been more than 5 weeks. X-rays confirmed that it is broken (I waited 4 weeks before having it x-rayed) and beginning to heal. <BR> <BR> I was walking the dog last night and I had a powerful urge to start running. I thought it would pass by, but it kept getting stronger. I tried to talk myself into waiting just a few more days, but I finally gave in. <BR> <BR> A fellow runner advised me not to wo... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 21:11:00 EST What I Learned from a Sports Nutritionist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3479864 I just spent the past hour typing up a new blog to tell you what I learned from my session with a sports nutritionist. Somehow I hit a wrong key and lost everything. So, here I go again . . . <BR> <BR> Reason for appointment: Increase protein intake; reduce or eliminate leg cramps; increase lean muscle mass. <BR> <BR> Resources: 2-week nutrition report generated from the nutrition tracker and a 2-week activity report generated from fitness tracker. These are an invaluable resource. <B... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 20:14:00 EST Waiting for Xray Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3448779 Four weeks ago I broke my little toe--at least that was the consensus of my pals--while loading the get away vehicle for vacation. Of course, I didn't sit still for any longer than it took us to reach our destination. Then it was kayaking, hiking and biking--all in moderation--followed by R-I-C-E and lots of good wine to reduce the pain and swelling (RICE for the swelling; wine for the pain) Try it, it works. <BR> <BR> Today I finally made a doctor's appointment to have the toe check... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 21:17:08 EST Another Ride on the Roller Coaster of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3374948 It's been awhile since I've stepped on the scale or posted my progress. I can ignore the small, but slow weight gain when I don't record it. It's easier to step on the scale, look shocked, then forget what I just saw. I'd make a great ostrich. <BR> <BR> But today I stepped up and recorded my weight and I'm tracking food again. There's no way I can maintain any weight loss unless I hold myself accountable by recording what I eat and my weekly weigh in. Recording and seeing it in black ... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 09:03:35 EST Kayaking and Sleeping Under The Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3365166 I am in the midst of a wonderful vacation with 6 fabulous, fun, adventurous women in the Adirondacks. We have a house on Lake Algonquin and we're here before the throngs of tourists arrive. It is perfect. We've been hiking, biking, and kayaking followed by wonderful evenings of bonding over good food and a few libations. I love and treasure this time with girl friends. <BR> <BR> Two nights ago a friend and I began our kayak tour of the lake at 10 p.m. Not a sound anywhere except the sw... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 23:13:00 EST My Morning Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3234529 Warm, bright sunshine <BR> Cool refreshing breeze <BR> Cotton ball clouds <BR> Birds chirping <BR> Cows passively watching me ride by <BR> Horses frolicking <BR> Gentle rolling hills <BR> Tumbling, rollicking roadside stream <BR> Farmland and forest <BR> Ridge and valley <BR> Freshly mowed grass <BR> Honeysuckle perfume <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> Sun, 16 May 2010 09:19:45 EST Are You Sure It Was Only 26.2 Miles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3190226 Saturday morning DH and I headed to Pittsburgh for the marathon. We drove straight to the Expo site to pick up the registration packet and meet Ruth (Brian36) and her DH. Ruth was sporting a fancy tape job (Kinesio tape) on her knee, and since I'd been having trouble with an ankle, I decided to give it a go, too. I had the right inner arch and right calf taped up to provide support. Then we located our named on the huge wall at Dick's that listed everyone registered for the races. After... Mon, 3 May 2010 16:45:41 EST Almost Starting All Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3107468 This morning I stepped on the scales and was disappointed to see what I knew was happening. I'm putting weight back on. It's not mysterious how this is happening. I've been snacking on Tostitos while cooking dinner, having a cocktail or two during the week before dinner, and, oh yes, finishing off the coconut cream pie from Easter. Of the 8 lbs. I lost, 6 of them are back, and I can definitely feel and see each and every one of them. <BR> <BR> It's time to get back to tracking my food... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 21:20:59 EST Cook Forest Half Marathon 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3053675 I returned to the site of my first ever half marathon on Saturday to run again with Brian36 and to meet fellow-Sparker Europa40. It really makes the race special when you meet new friends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l277734233.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The race seemed to be better organized this year. Maybe not as many walk-ins--they were able to start on time and it looked like they had enough water. It was really cold when we got there around 9:15. It warme... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 19:41:34 EST Ugghh!! Shoes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3018208 I run in Brooks Adrenaline—currently GTS 9s--and love them. I bought my first pair 3 years ago, maybe GTS 6s then, when I started running and loved them immediately. They felt like they were custom-made for my goofy feet—really wide forefront and narrow heels. Add to that an extra bone at the outside of each foot that makes it difficult to find shoes that fit. A sales clerk once described them as <BR> <em>160</em> feet. (For the record—they’re not webbed, and I did not buy shoes fro... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:52:56 EST A Great Run and then . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3012270 Yesterday afternoon was gorgeous. High 50s, sunny, and barely a breeze. Perfect for a 20-mile run, so I took the afternoon off to do just that. I plotted a route that would take me from the office out into the country and back. <BR> <BR> I felt light on my feet and had to reign myself in numerous time because I was running just a tad faster than I wanted. I was enjoying the sounds and scenery so much I didn't bother plugging in the music. At the one hour mark I was just over 5 miles in... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:06:21 EST