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/ 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 2013 in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579813 Before I start delving into my plans for 2014, I wanted to spend a few moments looking back at 2013. After all, it's always a good idea to see where you've come from so you can use it to help where you're going too, right? <BR> <BR> January 2013: The year started off in not a really great way as I had a lingering knee pain issue that had begun back in November 2012, continued through a doctor's office visit in December 2012 and then progressively worsened in January 2013. I had big plans to... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:05:49 EST Catching Up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570505 I have so much I've wanted to be sharing lately, but have been so pressed for time. But what's new during the holiday season, right?? No surprises here that I've been running crazy. So let's talk... <BR> <BR> Healthy Living: <BR> My eating has been no bueno lately, but you know what, I'm just not going to care right now. I know that might not be the best attitude to have, but there is enough stress, the last thing I need is to stress everything I'm eating. What I CAN SAY is that I have defin... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:10:58 EST Stir Crazy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562349 As the days tick by at a slower than molasses rate during the day, and then speeds by during the time I'm not stuck at a desk I am realizing that it is probably because I am super anxious for my winter break to begin! You see, I work for a Community College so we do get at least a little winter break even though it isn't the same length as an average k-12 school district might get. But that doesn't mean we don't anxiously await that time off!!! <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to have a hard time... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:15:10 EST Checking In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560493 So who else is surprised to find us already a solid week into December?? I mean, it's the NINTH of December already, peeps!!! Crazy how fast this month is already going. <BR> <BR> I have been crazy busy at work lately. This is normally a somewhat busy time for us anyways as we prepare for a short winter break; however, this year my boss is also going out for surgery on his hip so we are really cramming a whole lot of stuff into this period of time to prepare for his extended time away. I lo... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 11:57:59 EST November Wrap-Up, December Goals, and Well, About That... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555349 November Wrap-Up <BR> <BR> I had good intentions of kicking butt on some November goals, but it just all kind of fell apart. Wait, let me rephrase that because when I say "it just kind of fell apart" it makes it seem like it was nobody's fault, like it just *happened* out of the blue for no reason and that's just not true. I had some good intentions and I didn't follow through with them. *I* just kind of let it fall apart. Alright, now that we have that out of the way, let's take a look: <BR... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 19:28:50 EST Mulligan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550157 Okay, I'll admit it - this month has not been the November I was hoping it would be! I set some pretty awesome goals at the beginning of the month, but honestly, I have been seriously slacking on them and now I'm to the point where I'm just "Whatever". <BR> <BR> That is what I do when I start slacking...I just get the whole I don't care attitude and let me tell ya - I apparently have perfected that attitude and then some!!! Not that I'm proud of that fact, because I'm not. <BR> <BR> So con... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:11:28 EST Goals Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544559 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1517102365.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>225</em> <BR> Last Week's Weight: 179.4 <BR> This Week's Weight: 179.8 (WTF?!?!?) <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> 2,000 Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> STATUS: Nowhere near where I should be. Oh, you mean that's probably not enough to actually be accountable with? haha Alright - here's the deal, I made up a little bit of lost time with the long run this past weekend, but my total is only at 821 minutes as of 11/18/1... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:53:04 EST Fitness Wednesday and Goals Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540381 Well, here it is Wednesday and it has been a whole week since I last blogged. YIKES. How the heck did that happen???? So really I need to do food, fitness AND goals update. Alright, let's get to it then, eh? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2107206017.jpg"> <BR> Seeing how it is already Wednesday, I can barely remember what happened during the last week as far as food goes. But what I do remember? It wasn't all that pretty, folks! Although now that I'm looking ba... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:17:50 EST Hump Day Fitness Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534238 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838822333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is going to have to be a very quick update, but I didn't want to flake out on it even though I don't have much time. So, let's get down to business... <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Thursday, October 31: I ran in the morning with my mom only and did 4 miles; 1 mile warm-up then 2 miles at 1/2 marathon pace with 3 minute rest interval between sets, finished off with 1 mile cool-down. It was a great run and everythi... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 19:48:08 EST Accountability Monday - Goals Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532019 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1407001890.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So this being only the fourth day of the month, there isn't a whole lot of goal update that I can do so far. But I didn't want to just ignore it, so I'll do a quick check-in with where I'm at so far! <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> <BR> Starting Weight: 180 <BR> Today's Weight: 178.8 <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> 2,000 fitness minutes <BR> <BR> STATUS: This still scares the bejeesus outta me!! Honestly, I don't know if I... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:56:14 EST It's November!! Time for New Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529221 Well, happy November, folks!!! Can you believe we are in the next to last month of the year and are officially in holiday season mode?? Yeah, me neither! But you know, as crazy as it is that the year is almost over, I'm thrilled that it's a new month. I love getting a fresh calendar page and a new month to make mine. Are you??? So what am I going to do to make sure my November is a success? Here's my goals for the month: <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> I am going to earn 2,000 fitness minutes this... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:55:43 EST Did I Rocktober??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528536 First off, Happy Halloween everyone! I'm really shocked that today is the last day of OCTOBER already!!! Seriously, someone needs to tell everything to slow down just a bit because it is all going WAY too fast!!!! I feel like it was just barely maybe a week, no more than two for sure, ago that I set October goals....and then just like that - POOF - time to do a final report-out on them. <BR> <BR> So did I ROCKtober?? Let's take a look: <BR> <BR> First off, here's the link to my original blo... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:22:31 EST Fitness Update Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527405 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1606445464.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Guess what day it is? What day is it today? HUUUUMMMMPPP DAAAYYYYY!! Yeah-Yeahhhhh! <BR> <BR> I'm definitely glad it is Wednesday because, sheesh, this week has just been dragging by as far as work hours go. I feel like today should be Thursday at the very least, but alas, it is merely Wednesday. So let's take a moment to celebrate that we are at least getting over the hump today. And tomorrow? Well, tomorrow is ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:05:17 EST Accountability Monday - Goals Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525788 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l204547418.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last Week's Weight: 178.2 <BR> This Week's Weight: 180 <BR> <BR> Can I say I'm surprised by the gain? Nope...not at all considering the disaster that was last week. But it is what it is...If I was looking for motivation to get back on track and quit it with the outta control eating, seeing 180 on the scale is definitely motivation!!! Time to get to it...again. hahaha <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> Blog 3x each week <B... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:28:08 EST Food Friday Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523219 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1063856178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I confess: my eating this week has been no bueno!! <BR> <BR> I confess: I just completely lost my mind yesterday. <BR> <BR> I confess: I seriously want to lie about it, but I won't. <BR> <BR> I confess: I'm already planning on throwing my "diet" out the window tonight. <BR> <BR> Okay, so now that I have all those confessions out of the way have I cleansed my soul? I don't think so. So let's see what I'm talkin... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:52:21 EST Fitness Update Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521280 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l911845433.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I would love to say that this week has been as stellar as last, but I can't; however, I can't say that there is anything wrong with that either!! I've been shakin' my tail feathers and getting it done no matter what so that's something. Let's take a look... <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> Thursday, October 17: I ran outside with my Mom & Sister and had a great workout! It was a 4-miler on the schedule with a 1-mile warm... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:10:37 EST