4EVERADONEGIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=4EVERADONEGIRL 4EVERADONEGIRL'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/ Crossroads... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967960 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad4d6b8d-6a79-48a0-8891-b3c251289506.jpg"> <BR> Source: <link>chopperpapa.com/2014/09/at-the-cross<BR>roads-of-lust-and-love-a-fathers-decis<BR>ion-to-walk-away/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm at a crossroad in my healthy journey. <BR> <BR> Down one branch of this road it looks an awful lot like the road I'm already on. It's not a bad road, it's just a road that leads to complacency and doesn't offer much in the way of challenges. There might be mi... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:29:01 EST Oh Hey Now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957683 Whoa...it's been over 3 months since I last posted a blog on here. That's just crazy talk...I know it may seem like I fell off the face of the planet, or at the very least, fell off the wagon but that is definitely not the case. I just haven't had a lot of time for Sparking, and honestly, it's hard for me to figure out where and how Spark fits into my life these days. <BR> <BR> I still love the social aspect of it, but I don't find the blog interface to be very user friendly most of the tim... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 18:49:10 EST 100Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896491 Hey there SparkPeeps...If I told ya'll how many blogs I have started in recent history and never got around to finishing you would probably think me crazy. I've come on here at least a dozen times and typed at least a title and maybe a few words, then have gotten caught up in one thing or another and never find my way back. UGH...life. hahaha <BR> <BR> Anyways, there's so much I want to talk about but all that is going to have to wait until I have some more time. So today I'll just focus on ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:34:38 EST Checking In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865191 Good morning my Spark Peeps! Hey, did you happen to read my goals post (my last one before this post)? Do you remember how I outlined my goals and one of them was to blog 3x each week? No, you don't remember that? Well, apparently neither did I!! hahaha <BR> <BR> I obviously haven't met that goal, but here's the thing...just because I didn't meet it for the past several weeks doesn't mean that I have to just throw it out because it's too late to meet it 100% of the time!! That's the thing wi... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:26:36 EST Go-Go-Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854300 Alright - I've delayed long enough. I'm going to get down a few goals here and see what happens! I've been bouncing it around in my head, but I'm just going to free-write and see what comes out...maybe I'll even be surprised! hahaha <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>550</em> <em>248</em> <em>550</em> <em>248</em> <em>550</em> <BR> 1. Eat the minimum of 5 servings of fruits/veggies (freggies) every day. <BR> ~ I'm going to do this by making sure I eat some type of veggie or fruit at m... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:27:38 EST Intentions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853512 I'm still really knocking around the idea of goals and I know it's ridiculous to say so 13 days into the New Year, but at the same time, if they are MY goals, what difference does it make if they happen on Day 1 or Day 50 of the year? It doesn't matter...I think it's actually better if they are appropriate and well-thought out. What do you think? <BR> <BR> So I talked the other day about what I called my "roadblocks"...but as CRABADA so kindly noted, she sees it more of a road map to help m... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:43:56 EST Free Wheelin'... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848509 I just want to kind of write for a moment to get my thoughts straight since all my thoughts are in the brain and not really organized into any kind of structure yet. So let's just grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a ride in my mind for a moment, eh? I promise I'll try to keep it from being too all over the place. ;-) <BR> <BR> Before I really think about realistic goals, I think it is prudent to talk about some very realistic roadblocks first. Obviously I won't be able to know all of them... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 11:09:37 EST Words, Resolutions, and Stuff Like That... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847986 Well, I would love to say that I'm going to keep this brief, but why start the first blog of the year off with a total lie. Right? hahahaha <BR> <BR> Words - Many of you that have been around here for a bit know that I choose a word to live each year - kind of a one-word resolution or intention over my life. I've been doing this since 2010 and I've really enjoyed the perspective it has brought me. Just as a quick rundown I've had the following words: <BR> <BR> 2010 - Peace <BR> 2011 - Quali... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:05:04 EST Make TODAY the Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830980 Where do we get the mentality, especially when it comes to diet and fitness, to "start on Monday". Like by waiting until the beginning of the week will make everything magically fall into place? Because I've found that it's actually the contrary. Whenever I have gone into a new diet or exercise program and said "I'll start this on Monday" I have then eaten all the foods I shouldn't eat or will want to exclude once I begin this magical program on a magical Monday. <BR> <BR> In the past I've ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:14:59 EST Driving the Healthy Life on a Manual Transmission... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818366 So many times the way this goes is never smooth...it is in fits and starts. It makes me think about when I was first learning to drive, and it was on a manual transmission no less!! Have you driven a stick shift before, or even ridden a motorcycle or something else where you are required to shift gears? Well, the way it works is you have to release the clutch at the same time that you give it gas and if it is in the right ratio of release to gas you smoothly move forward. But when you are lea... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:43:07 EST All it Takes is a Little Puff of Air... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815496 Okay, so you know how when you are starting a fire from scratch you get that little itty bitty flame and then you give a little puff of air, and then another, gently letting the wind whisper across your lips - exhaling gently then inhaling to exhale gently again. And before you know it the little itty bitty flame bursts into life???? Have you ever started a fire that way? What about YOUR fire, you know, your healthy life fire - have you ever started it that way? <BR> <BR> I've always loved t... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:29:11 EST Restart the Fire... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814236 Yesterday I ran a 10k race - the Riverside Mission Inn that I've done previously and it was not a fabulous race for me. Granted, there are a lot of reasons why and some of them are valid and couldn't be helped, but some of them are completely of my own making. <BR> <BR> Then later in the day I was texting with my Mom & Sister about how now that we are done with the 10k our focus needs to turn to our half marathon in January and that we need to get serious with our training. And I totally, co... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:37:42 EST Hello Weekend!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795797 I'm so darn happy that today is finally Friday!! It's been a week and a half for sure and I'm looking forward to whatever downtime I can carve out; which I suspect won't be nearly enough, but I'll take what I can get!! I have a lot going on this weekend... <BR> <BR> Tonight is a Jazz and Wine Fest fundraiser for my work. I need to at least "make an appearance" so I'm going to go and try to get my $40 worth. HA! They will, obviously, have jazz...and wine...LOL; but they will also have food an... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:09:05 EST Happy Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794634 So hey check it out - I'm getting up back-to-back blog posts! Wahoo!! Thank you everyone for your support all the time...I've often lamented the fact that Spark isn't what it was when I started here a gazillion years ago, but that doesn't mean that it is any less POTENT than it was. It's just potent in a different way and that's okay. Everything changes and change isn't necessarily bad...it's just...CHANGE. Right? <BR> <BR> A lot of the change is actually from myself too...the reality is th... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:09:23 EST Miscellaneous... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794222 So I'm making a conscious effort to be a little more active on Spark then I have lately but I don't really know what exactly that means at the moment. I'm super busy with work and I'm back in school - only taking one class at the moment, but when you consider everything else I have going on, one class is a LOT to add in. And it's kind of kicking me in the rear - Managerial Accounting. Not my favorite topic to date and I'm taking it online which *usually* totally works for me. But I have to sa... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:45:25 EST Whoa...It's Been Awhile... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789055 And I will admit that life has been busy and I still don't have time to do a decent update. So in lieu of a full update, I'm going to be lazy and post a link to my off-site blog that has some small life updates and pictures from the marathon! <BR> <BR> <link>thepursuitofaqualitylife.blogspot.co<BR>m/2014/09/which-way-is-up.html </link> <BR> <BR> I promise to be back soon and share more...hopefully I get to breathe here in the near future! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:06:47 EST When the Extraordinary Becomes Ordinary... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744867 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1448053280.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about this concept a lot lately, and I'm sure it has to do with marathon training just a little bit, but as it is when you are in training for a big event, your life tends to ALWAYS revolve around it in some small way. <BR> <BR> I think back to when I first started running and that first 20 minute solid run of the C25K program was EXTRAORDINARY!! I was amazed...I was so proud of that accomplish... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:33:25 EST Day 78 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706197 I am finally starting to see some relief at work so hopefully I can get back to a place where I'm checking in on Spark a little more consistently. So let's see what's been going on... <BR> <BR> I have been busy blogging a bit over on the other site: <link>thepursuitofaqualitylife.blogspot.co<BR>m/ </link> <BR> <BR> My marathon training is so-so...I've definitely been having a hard time fitting in the weekday runs at the levels I am supposed to and it certainly doesn't help that today wa... Thu, 29 May 2014 17:21:20 EST Day 70 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700072 Hey there peeps!! Happy Hump Day! So glad that this week is moving along fairly quickly...and it's a holiday weekend no less so happiness regarding the impending 3-day weekend!! Yippee! <BR> <BR> It's so crazy for me to think that this weekend is kind of the unofficial kickoff to summer when it seems like we just barely got done talking about how awful a winter it was for most of the nation. But I can't say the same thing here in SoCal...it's already felt like summer a few times around here ... Wed, 21 May 2014 14:02:53 EST Day 64 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695737 Hey there Sparklers!!! I've been just slightly M.I.A. lately, but last week was the work week from hell and I can't even say that I'm completely out of the woods yet...just slightly more able to breathe this week so I figured it was a good time to do a little updating! <BR> <BR> I still don't have a ton of time though so this will be quick. <BR> <BR> I'm on week 4 of my marathon training and I'd love to say that it has all been stellar, but there has definitely been some bumps in the road ... Thu, 15 May 2014 13:40:21 EST Day 57 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689711 Good morning, Sparkers! I can't even begin to tell you how much less overwhelmed I feel today even though I still have a ridiculously long to-do list and there are a gazillion and one activities going on. So what has gotten me to this place? I was listening to a podcast last night and this morning during my commute and it was revolutionary!!! <BR> <BR> I am a regular listener to the Another Mother Runner (AMR) podcast. I also read their blog, follow them on Facebook, read their books...you k... Wed, 7 May 2014 11:10:19 EST Day 55 v5.0 - Lessons Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688245 I could actually say that not just lessons were learned, but HARD lessons were learned this past week! I have to rewind for just a moment though and tell you about LAST weekend's adventures. <BR> <BR> So as you know I started my Marathon training on the 21st of April so last weekend was actually the end of Week 1 of training and it had been a great start! My diet was going great and I got in the 4 runs on the schedule with the long run of 8 miles on the weekend. <BR> <BR> I've talked many t... Mon, 5 May 2014 17:24:03 EST Day 45 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680306 I'm going to make this short and sweet because there is just too much to do, it's Friday and I can barely focus, and it makes for a much nicer read for y'all! hahaha <BR> <BR> I actually got up and did a Friday workout!!! GASP - I think that's two weeks in a row! It was getting pretty ridiculous how often I was skipping it in favor of sleeping, but I got up and did 30 minutes of strength training. Like Wednesday, I just did 1 set of all 3 circuits and it felt like a really good workout witho... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:12:14 EST Day 44 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679512 So I am happy to say that I survived a bug-free eating day yesterday! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> But you know I was super diligently staring down my food! LOL <BR> <BR> I was definitely having a hungry girl episode all day though which is always kind of interesting to me because I had worked out harder on Monday and Tuesday then I did on Wednesday, but that was the day I was super hungry. Weird...But today is another hungry day and it's only 10:00 AM but I've devoured my morning snack and ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:11:24 EST Day 43 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678668 Whew...day 3 of the week!! I am still on track and plugging along, but there hasn't been a lack of challenges along the way... <BR> <BR> So I will warn you right now that if you are squeamish, skip this next section including the picture (I've included a header and footer so you can know where to pick back up). It is not pretty at all!! Okay, you've been warned... <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> So, yesterday I told you t... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:57:33 EST Day 42 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677934 Okay, this blogging once a week business has got to stop! LOL Seriously though, life has been pretty busy lately and finding time to get on here has been challenging. But no worries - I'm still plodding along! <BR> <BR> <em>522</em> My marathon training plan started yesterday and I've got two runs in the books already! Yesterday was 3 easy miles with 4-30 second strides at the end; today was just 3 easy miles. I won't say that either of them were all that easy even though it was an easy p... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:22:47 EST Day 35 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672829 Oh...where to begin? My brain is a swirl and it just doesn't seem to want to land on something specific so I'm just going to roll with it and see where it takes me! <BR> <BR> I am in the process of writing a blog post on my other blog about how numbers don't lie because I totaled up my miles this past weekend (I was simply looking for how many miles I have on my running shoes) and it was a little eye opening...and not in a good way! I knew I'd been slacking, but seeing it in ink really highl... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:54:44 EST Day 29 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669269 Ugh...Aunt Flo...how her little visits do vex me!!!!! <BR> <BR> When it comes around to being that time of month the first couple of days I am just exhausted...not just tired...EX.HAUS.TED! Like barely able to summon the energy to breathe, dead tired. So last night after dinner I was so thrilled that we had a night off from babysitting duty so I could go to bed early. And that I did - I was upstairs getting ready by 6 something and was watching TV by 7ish. But that darn Aunt Flo...she also ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:05:25 EST Day 28 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668234 Hey y'all, it's Wednesday!!! All downhill from here, eh?? :-) Let's hope so anyways... <BR> <BR> I actually ended up doing pretty good yesterday and stayed within all my tracked ranges!! I didn't eat more than 5 Red Vines last night (it was probably at least double that the night before) and I haven't touched the leftover birthday cake (from my oldest son's early celebration on Sunday) at all even though there is a lot of it left! Small victories, I tell ya! And my hunger was definitely a li... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:36:13 EST Day 27 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667483 I had a fairly decent day yesterday...It still had a few bumps and a few "oh, I really didn't need to eat that right now" moments, but it was definitely better than what it has been, so that's the victory for yesterday!! <BR> <BR> Today I had a pretty good realization that I'm probably not doing myself any favors by not taking in an energy gel before jumping on the treadmill for harder workouts. Last week during a tempo workout I petered out midway through, and again today. I just didn't hav... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:10:28 EST Day 26 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666745 Well, hello, Sparklers!! Happy Monday to ya! I had a fantastic time this weekend recharging with my son & DIL in the local mountain community and we even got in a nice little hike of just over 2 miles! And I saw multiple deer on two occasions! It was pretty cool...and let's just leave it at that and not talk about the gluttony of cruddy food that went down my gullet over the weekend, eh? :-D <BR> <BR> What I will talk about is the fact that I'm ready to go this week. My weekend, and the last... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:52:32 EST Day 22 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663411 I am going to come clean...I have been eating like crud this week - well, okay - this week AND last week. <BR> <BR> I know I need to get my head together. I don't know why I sabotage all. the. freaking. time. I say "I've got to lose weight - it's no more about want, it's need"...and then I eat the cookies my daughter makes and turn a glazed doughnut into pre-run fuel. UGH. <BR> <BR> Well, all I can do is start making better choices right now and that's what I'm going to do. <BR> <BR> Toda... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:21:20 EST Day 21 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662537 Good morning and Happy Hump Day! <BR> <BR> I have Amazon Prime and recently downloaded the app so that I could watch streaming from my phone. This morning I knew I had strength training on the schedule but didn't really feel like doing any of the regular apps that I have (Lolo Fitness or Nike Training Club) so I decided to browse the Amazon Prime Instant Videos and see if there was anything I could do from there. <BR> <BR> They had quite a few from the Jillian Michaels collection which is ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:49:49 EST Day 20 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661811 So how in the world did I go from Day 8 to Day 20??? Sheesh...I tell ya - life sure does have a way of escaping on ya when you least expect it! <BR> <BR> I would absolutely LOVE to say that I've been eating healthy, working out like crazy, and living the life I know I want to live; but, alas, I cannot say that without writing some bad fiction! <BR> <BR> I've been exercising...but not always at the levels that I should or WANT to. I've been eating...but not always good stuff. I've been *thi... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:48:28 EST Day 8 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652412 I now have two days in the bucket of good days!! And, yes, I am going for a third (and beyond!)!! But today it is definitely going to take a little more effort. Not that the other two days weren't an effort...but I definitely have a couple things working against me today. <BR> <BR> 1. I did not get quality sleep last night for a variety of reasons. I went to bed too late, I was watching the kiddo for my daughter and he apparently did NOT want to sleep...so what I did get was interrupted and ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:29:54 EST Day 7 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651476 And the victory continues because I totally stayed on track yesterday!!!! What's really crazy, I was even under calories by like 23 or something. HA! But I don't track my vitamins so I really did hit in my range. I'm not worried about that at all. I'm just so thrilled that I totally did it...and it wasn't easy either. <BR> <BR> Yesterday the meal that my hubby had planned was kielbasa sausage and macaroni & cheese. Not the healthiest meal in the world, eh? Back when he suggested it on the we... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:42:12 EST Day 6 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650722 So I went over my calories yesterday...but I'm kind of okay with it. I mean, I'm not TRYING to go over, but after eating two cookies in the morning I had a pretty good rest of the day. As a matter of fact, I survived running to Walmart to grab something needed for dinner and that is a HUGE victory!!!!! <BR> <BR> Especially as I walked past all the Easter candy knowing that I could find a single-serve *something* (didn't matter what at that point...), as I walked past the whole end-cap displa... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:27:29 EST Day 5 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649995 Hey - I'm back from an absolutely GLORIOUS weekend...well, as far as weather and such; not so much as far as eating. BUT I did burn a ridiculous amount of calories on Saturday between my long run and heavy house cleaning and I did make *some* good food choices, just not as many as I would have liked. AND I didn't track all that much like I had planned. <BR> <BR> It is what it is and I'm moving forward from there. I had a fantastic long run on Saturday with my Mom & Sister and it turns out th... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:31:12 EST Day 2 v5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647687 Whoa - what the heck is going on here...two days in a row!?!? hahaha I told y'all...I'm trying to get that feeling back and part of it is blogging it out. So should I start with the good or the bad? Let's go with good first... <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> I stayed within my calories yesterday and tracked it all!! <BR> <BR> Bad... <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> I didn't get up to work out this morning... <BR> <BR> BUT... <BR> <BR> I am going to make sure I take a walk around the campus later this... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:31:44 EST Day 1 Version 5.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647150 Okay, seeing how I am now 5 years in at SparkPeople I am going to go old-school and try to get back some of that initial excitement and energy I had for seeing positive changes in my weight. Granted, I'm not the same person I was 5 years ago, but I want to really, really focus on it like it is brand new again. Because in a lot of ways it IS! So many of my bad habits have crept back in and I need to banish them back to the dungeons! <BR> <BR> So I'm back at Day 1 - Version 5.0. <BR> <BR> Tod... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:56:44 EST Reflections on Five Years... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645445 So I just randomly realized that it has been pretty much Five Years that I have been active on SparkPeople. Of course "active" is subjective and I'm not as active these days as I have been in the past, as I would like to be, or as others are; but I have kept coming back again and again throughout those five years!! Kind of crazy to realize that. Here is a link to my blog post titled Day 1 from March 18, 2009 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1891125 <... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:29:04 EST Still Alive, Still Kicking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639546 One of my New Year's intentions that I didn't share here previously was to do a better job focusing on my work when I'm at work. If I could be paid (at the same level and with the same benefits of course!) to be a professional blog reader, food and fitness tracker, and healthy living enthusiast that would be simply amazing, however, that is most definitely NOT the case. <BR> <BR> It's easy to get caught up in reading blogs and articles and posting to the various social sites and before you ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 13:13:48 EST "Hard" is Not a Bad Word... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629315 Reposted from my offsite blog: <link>thepursuitofaqualitylife.blogspot.co<BR>m/2014/02/hard-is-not-bad-word.html </link> <BR> <BR> I think I've convinced myself into believing that HARD is a bad word. That if something is hard, then it is bad. I shouldn't have to feel uncomfortable. I shouldn't have to feel like something is overly challenging. If the going gets tough, take a walk break seems to be my new-found mantra! But today I reminded myself that "hard" is NOT a bad word!! <BR> <BR>... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:12:38 EST Restart Number 1,555,000,227,001 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628432 Okay, so obviously that number is completely and totally made-up and random...or is it??? hahaha Just kidding. I feel like I've been doing nothing but fits and starts lately. And I suppose that isn't *all bad* because at least I keep re-starting, right? It would be a whole heck of a lot worse if I just did the quitting part. But I keep coming back and restarting and I'll continue to do so. And that's the thing...I'm in this healthy lifestyle...well, for LIFE. It's not something that I just do... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:36:25 EST Fitness Updates and Other Pressing Stuff like TBL and Media Perceptions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616157 Okay, so before I get to my "regular" Wednesday blog post to keep me accountable there are two things that are burning a hole in my brain. <BR> <BR> The first is a commercial I saw this morning for 1-800-DENTIST. Here's a screenshot of it that I want you to take a look at first: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l454993231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, let now that we have that image up there let me sum up the content. The gal on the left - you know the one wearing the z... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 17:29:42 EST Happy New Year! (Say What??) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614063 Not everyone is in to setting resolutions each New Year, and typically I don't set "resolutions" either, but I have been setting some overall goals...and I absolutely love the energy that a brand new fresh New Year brings. There's something about shedding the old and embracing a blank slate, right? <BR> <BR> And I did start off 2014 with all kinds of good intentions and some actual goals too! And what have I accomplished so far? Zip, Zero, Zilch, Nada. I actually went in the opposite direct... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:37:21 EST Half Marathon Details, Life Details, and Other Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596166 Hey there SparkPeople! So last I left you I was ready to embark on my half marathon journey and I did! I've got to say that I had an awesome time - and yes, it surprises even me to say that running for 13 miles was "awesome" - even though it was challenging and there were times I wanted to be done, not even ONCE did I think to myself that I was crazy, that I didn't want to ever run another half, that I wanted to quit, or lots of other thoughts like I've had my previous two half races. So I ha... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:08:02 EST Checking In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589238 So TOMORROW is my first half-marathon post-epic knee disaster of 2013!! It will also be my third half over the past almost 5 years since I began running in summer 2009. I wrote a blog post about it on the other blog, you can check it out here if you are so inclined: <link>thepursuitofaqualitylife.blogspot.co<BR>m/2014/01/race-day-preparations.html </link> <BR> <BR> Other than getting ready for that race though I have to admit...confess??...that I haven't done much else to "live a healthy... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:03:39 EST One Little Word for 2014 - Courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585584 *This is also posted on my other blog, feel free to read it there instead if you want: <link>bit.ly/1lN2pWU </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1099049008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Several years back now my bestie introduced the concept of selecting a single word to represent your coming year and we both jumped in with both feet and ran with it. For me, I liked that it provided focus and direction of where I wanted to go, while also being like a single-word resol... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:07:05 EST The PLAN for 2014... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584315 Even though I really don't have the time to write a blog post right now, I am going to just bite the bullet because I just NEED to get it all down on "paper" so to speak. I can't keep it bobbling around in my brain any longer because when it is only in my brain and not out in the real world, it's a heck of a lot easier to let it slide. Right?? And I don't want that to happen... So let's spend some time talking future for a change! <BR> <BR> I have my third half marathon (first one was 2010, ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:51:50 EST