AELARLEE1's SparkPeople Blog AELARLEE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Yikes - Need to take a break from SP! Hey all, <BR> <BR> As I watch the emails mount up without a response and time dwindle away, I realize something has to go -- at least for a season! So sorry (why do we always feel like we are letting people down when we have to be wise about time??) <BR> <BR> Anyway, we are still trying to finish up the remodel, I am still working harder than I should, and like is changing all the time -- but I am okay, not gaining 20 lbs a week (its a joke) and still exercising, but just not enough time.... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:59:22 EST Finally, an update! Really, has it been since March that I wrote? Too much has happened to fill everyone in on one blog, so let me touch on the high points. <BR> <BR> Travel: I have taken 3 trips since I wrote last. One was to Texas where I taught a seminar and ended up doing an impromptu mediation at the end. Once again I was pleased after 3 hours the 4 sisters were gloriously reconciled. This is a picture I took right at the end. <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Wed, 15 May 2013 23:14:19 EST A View From My Window Wednesday, March 6th, after nearly 48 hours of emigration, airports and flying – Dhaka, Singapore, Tokyo, San Francisco, Salt Lake City then home to Billings, Montana---I am finally back at work on a normal schedule. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I spent two weeks and one day traveling to Asia for work, and although it was fun to be in a different place, it was indeed some work. We began in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia with some teaching then went from there to Dhaka. Only our arrival in Bangladesh was on ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:26:05 EST The Morning 10K and Training for Life After a rather roller-coaster end of 2012, 2013 is ramping up to be a another year of changes, activity and keeping an even keel. It must look like I have no control in life, but truthfully it isn't just me -- I live with (and love) an adventurer who thrives on adding frenetic activity to everyday life as a means of feeling alive and productive. The only problem is, we end up with 15 projects all needing to be done NOW. So since hubby's work layoff in December he has decided to finish his ma... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:54:28 EST Finally Off SP Break Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> It feels like forever since I had the chance to touch base with my SP friends! For nearly two years I remained consistently on SP in one way or another but it became clear about 6 weeks ago that I couldn't keep up with all that was going on. Even now, I will have to ease back in slowly, but I did want to update everyone on what has happened, where I am at, and how I am doing. <BR> <BR> First – the job situation. Oh, my, what an upheaval! A new CEO took over the non-pro... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:24:39 EST Big Changes and A Break Greetings all you who still know who I am :) I have been absent for a while. <BR> <BR> Here is what has been going on. Last week hubby lost his job -- he was laid off from the non-profit we both work for. We all knew big changes were coming but it doesn't prepare you for the impact. Added onto this news was the additional news that our sweet little grandbaby (only 2 months old) has a heart murmur and my co-worker is leaving and I am taking on her responsibilities as well as my own before th... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 12:34:18 EST A Wintery Morning Run and Job Security? After finally getting a bit caught up on the house work that was left to go to seed while I was doing all my fall trips, I set up a new running plan for December. I had another motivation as well to get back on track food and exercise wise -- we decided last week to go ahead with our daughter's wedding on December 22nd (nothing like adding a little stress to the holidays). <BR> <BR> Actually we had been on track for this date orginally until she wanted to explore some issues they were having... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:26:18 EST A Short Run and Interesting Sound I arrived home Sunday afternoon after traveling every weekend since October 1. I have only slept in my own bed about 11 times and was quite eager to be home. <BR> <BR> After my return from NYC two weeks ago I haven't run at all. It was originally scheduled to be a rest time post marathon, but even though we didn't run it, I still factored in the rest. It was indeed a wise decision. <BR> <BR> Since NYC we had a family reunion with DH's family, all 137 of them. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:32:30 EST NYC Marathon - An Experience of a Different Sort As you can imagine, after months and months of training and anticipation, the news of hurricane Sandy heading toward New York City was watched very closely by the little group of people who made up “Team Friesen.” Fred from Queens, Ruth from Virginia, my husband Rick and I from Montana, our youngest son Jared from Alaska, and my brother-in-law Jerry from Oregon along with Sara, Andrea and Jason-- supportive spouses along for the ride – were all glued to the TV the days before and after the st... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 14:43:10 EST NYC Marathon -- Will we make it? Just a short update -- this is probably the longest I have been "MIA" from SP. I miss commenting on blogs, participating with teams, etc. but when life gets challenging it is best to make wise priorities and that is what I have been focusing on and work and family are high priorities, which more often than not leave little time for other things, but I am sure you will agree is good. <BR> <BR> Since my last blog I have been to Portland, Ohio, Chicago, and now fly to NYC this weekend to run t... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:26:40 EST Survived the Weekend Let me start by saying thank you to all those who wished me well on my long run! It went great! Surprisingly great! I was out the door by 4:30 am (I needed to get done in time for breakfast with the grandson). It was one of those mornings when the dark and the familiar plod of the feet was comforting and calming. It had been a long, hard week but the run was almost rejuvenating -- considering it was 20.5 miles! I was very pleased with how it went. Hubby did well too on his 15 miler. Didn't ha... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 23:20:41 EST Keeping Up With the Torture Sisters To be honest, I am weary. While it's really mostly physical weariness (last week was big and the first part of this week was quite stressful), my heart and mind are weary as well. So pushing myself out the door early each morning for a run has been good because I know that routine and exercise are helpful. But by the time I get home from work I just want to lay down on the bed and cry; more from exhaustion and pressure than from a serious crisis. Instead of giving in though, I make a supper... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:52:35 EST Return to Work and Grandchild #4 Well, it was a loooonnnnnggg week in Denver last week, but I survived. I was only able to put in 11 miles of treadmill running. But despite that, I was faithful to the plan of working hard all week and being fully in the moment in the right way but oh my, I went from meeting, session, meal, appointment, meeting, task, meeting, session, meal, greeting people the whole time and being on duty nearly 24/7. <BR> <BR> We arrived home late Sunday night to a bit of family drama that fortunately reso... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:00:48 EST The Long Run and Long Week Ahead Greetings all! <BR> <BR> Well, it was a week for the books. Hard, long, busy, short nights, but I made it through. The training I was in charge of went well, the BBQ for all our staff prior to heading to Denver for the annual conference went well, but I am still behind in my prep for the workshop I am teaching this coming Saturday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got up early and and headed out for the 18 mile long run. I have been pushing pretty hard on these long runs. August started with a 19 mil... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 20:24:01 EST The Long Run and Long Week Ahead Greetings all! <BR> <BR> Well, it was a week for the books. Hard, long, busy, short nights, but I made it through. The training I was in charge of went well, the BBQ for all our staff prior to heading to Denver for the annual conference went well, but I am still behind in my prep for the workshop I am teaching this coming Saturday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got up early and and headed out for the 18 mile long run. I have been pushing pretty hard on these long runs. August started with a 19 mil... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 20:24:00 EST Weekend Highlights On Thursday of last week I had a rather challenging and difficult situation come up. While I won’t go into detail here, it was a work related type of thing (not in-office thankfully, but in the network of work) that has the tendency to make you feel rotten to the core and you question your ability to do anything of value. Now of course, I know that one incident does not a person make, but still. It was hard to hear, hard not to defend myself, and I do believe I was meant to be hurt and “punis... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:34:58 EST Learning, Listening, and Riding Greetings all! It has been a whole week since I have blogged. Life just has a way of getting busy. <BR> <BR> So in this last week, here is what I have learned. <BR> - Recording my food here helped me see that I consistently eat more than 1600 calories a day. Even with a good calorie burn for the day, it isn't going to bring any weight loss when I have a desk job. <BR> - Recording food in SP is okay, but in MFP (my fitness pal) it is a heck of alot easier. Since hubby records there, I have u... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:59:57 EST Update and Never Quit Pledge Yesterday was a challenging day. No other way to put it. I appreciated the early morning easy run with my running partner but I never really got very perky or peppy yesterday. After two days of heavy workouts I suppose I needed a lighter day. Maybe it was the weather (it was cloudy and rainy), maybe it was the tired body or hubby's absence, but either way, I was down and overwhelmed about all the details of life ahead. I didn't need to be overwhelmed, but I was. <BR> <BR> I did manage yeste... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:32:31 EST The Ride Home and Short Update Greetings all! <BR> <BR> Indeed, yesterday's interrupted bike ride to work ended well. Despite the problems with the tire, oldest son helped get me back on the road, and by 3 pm he had my bike up and running waiting for me at the office. So at 5:15 pm I headed out for my ride home, backpack and all. Traffic was crazy and it was a super hot wind, but I made it home in about 35 minutes (it was a bit uphill and I chose to walk my bike over the crosswalks of the new round-about areas since traff... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:04:20 EST An Interesting Start to the Day Morning all -- well it is still morning here, although not much left. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a fairly productive day. Longish morning run (a hair over 7 miles) then a few strength exercises, headed to work, did my noon time walk, and once home did 40 minutes on the elliptical, a salad supper and painted till nearly dark on the house. Almost done with the front. <BR> <BR> This morning I had an even longer run planned, 8 miles, and I completed that. A bit slower than yesterday, but that is ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:07:06 EST Reporting In Greetings all! <BR> <BR> I sort of feel like our Golden Retriever when she has been caught doing something wrong. It was NOT a good weekend calorie wise (I have many spark friends who are succeeding to, so I have no excuse). On top of that, my 21 mile long run got interrupted by a thunderstorm and lots of rain at mile 6 - so that didn't happen. But this is a new week, and I am not giving up and started out with a 7.2 mile run this morning! <BR> <BR> Hubby is in the thick of things where he... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:09:16 EST Discipline Feeds Discipline and Today was the Day... earn this <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When hubby lost his 55 lbs. last year he said that he felt that the new discipline of going to seminary had fed the new discipline of eating right which then fed the discipline of exercise. This is true. When we can learn to conquer an area of our lives that seems out of control (clutter, cooking, organizing, finances, exercise, etc.) then it seems to roll over into other areas. My eveni... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 14:41:10 EST Another "Amazing" Day Today hubby left for 2 1/2 weeks traveling to Bangladesh, Malaysia, Australia and going through Japan and Tokyo. Further away and longer trip than his normal travels. Instead of running this morning I chose to stay in bed and snuggle a bit more with the wonderful man I married and have been married to for over 36 years. It was the right decision :) <BR> <BR> I am however getting ready to head out for a lunch time walk now that I have had my lunch of my homemade healthy burrito (whole grain t... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:45:17 EST Looking at Life -- Keeping Perspective Morning all! <BR> <BR> First let me get the stats out of the way. After eating a bit more than necessary and laying like a slug on Sunday (okay, I did have a near migraine, but still) I was motivated yesterday as my caloric picture will show. <BR> <BR> Day 14 – August 5, 2012 <BR> <BR> Breakfast—small orange juice, 1 egg, 1 slice of toast w/ a hint of butter <BR> Lunch—leftover piece of pork loin, leftover red potato <BR> Supper—Big helping of Green salad with Sun Dried tomato dressing, ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 12:02:39 EST Running the Numbers and Eating Update Greetings all! <BR> <BR> It is the beginning of a new week, and yes, I am super glad for new beginnings. Had an enjoyable weekend (although maybe too much so?) but am back at it today. I enjoyed no plans, a relaxing Olympic night on Saturday, and had a wonderful and not too painful 19 mile run on Saturday, finishing my week with 43.5 miles. <BR> <BR> However, (ah-hem) I didn't eat so good last week, as the list shows. So, bad me and I am going to try harder this week. <BR> <BR> Here are th... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 14:27:18 EST A Buck on the Road Run Seriously, today while finishing the first loop of my hill route this morning, I came out of this subdivision under the rims onto a main street and there across the street was a big buck, his rack still in velvet but growing large, ambling down the street. When he saw me he jumped through the bushes of the house yard so he could hide. It is happening more and more here that the deer are moving into town and it is always interesting to see them when you running. <BR> <BR> Anyway, managed to w... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:09:31 EST August Goals, Virtual 5K and 10 Years Ago It's the first of August and this is my big month. Big in that I am not traveling but have to really push to get my fitness in as the rest of the fall I will be on the road. Hubby is traveling though and is headed back to Asia (where we were in March) for 2.5 weeks. While I will miss him, this frees me up to pursue some projects while he is gone. <BR> <BR> This month I will: <BR> - begin wedding dress shopping with daughter and over all wedding planning begins (the wedding is December 22n... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 12:44:38 EST ...And I keep Going <BR> Despite some serious low points yesterday, I kept plugging away, which is always good. Things always improve as I remember to believe the right things about myself and others. Thanks for all the encouragement everyone!! <BR> <BR> Over the weekend, I managed to restart my goals on SP (didn't mean to) so I don't reflect any weight loss, but since I first came to SP I have lsot 13 lbs. and kept them off. Now the goal is to lose even more by keeping the ratio between intake and output rig... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:38:52 EST The Long Run of Life You know you are busy and overwhelmed when you look back on your weekend and realize your 17 mile long run was the easy part. That is true of me today though -- life is catching up with me and I feel like I am needing an energy gel for my mind and heart :) not just for my long runs. <BR> <BR> So here is yesterday's food report. Not great, but not awful either I guess, considering how I CAN eat. <BR> <BR> Day 7—July 29, 2012 <BR> <BR> Breakfast—Toast, butter <BR> Lunch—Chips, salsa, half of... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:56:11 EST 30 Days of Eating in Range Well, I got behind (for a good reason) but now I need to catch up, so here is some more days. <BR> <BR> Day 3 – July 25, 2012 <BR> <BR> Breakfast – 1 soft boiled egg, 1 cup cantaloupe <BR> <BR> Lunch – green salad with lettuce, grape tomatoes, about 1/6 avocado, red onion and low-fat ranch mixed with plain non-fat greek yogurt, small amount homemade chicken-tortilla cheese casserole (about the calorie value of a chicken-cheese quesadilla only made with corn tortillas), 1 cup sliced strawb... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:11:46 EST Two Pics and Announcement I know I have some food updates to post and indeed I will do it, but I have a couple of things to post here and will do the food in another post. <BR> <BR> First, got this picture this week of my son and my little grandson having fun in the pool. Such a fun and sweet photo and most meaningful, because this oldest son of ours came to live with us after a very sad break-up of his marriage in 2007. He was a sad, broken man, but we faithfully rallied around him, got him some good support, and wi... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:06:46 EST Eating in Range - Day Two So far so good on this blogging my calorie intake and output plan. Below is yesterday's data. <BR> <BR> For WONDERWOMAN who was curious what fruit I ate (since noticing I didn't have any of substance on day one) I had cantaloupe and the crushed berries in my smoothie. I had a good calorie burn yesterday. <BR> <BR> Breakfast – egg substitute (1/4 cup), cheddar cheese (.3 slice), bacon bits (1 tsp), wheat toast (1.5 slices), margarine (2 tsp.) <BR> <BR> Lunch—leftover sole, potatoes, peas ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:18:29 EST Eating in Range - Day One For those of you who didn't read my last blog, I am chosing to write out everything I eat and post it here with the total calories taken in and burned. My hope is that I will be more mindful of what I eat and will work to burn more calories, and I think it is working. <BR> <BR> For instance, yesterday, after looking at what I ate I realized the only fruit I took in was in the form of pie. Well, that isn't the best choice! (But I do love pie!!) So today, fruit is on the docket for my lunch. <... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:48:54 EST Short and to the Point - 30 Days of Eating in Range Okay folks, I am ready. CATREBEL, BLESSED2BEME, MIRAGE727, DAISEYBELL6, and my entire Runners With a Purpose team have inspired me. I need to be more faithful to not only eat the right foods, but the right quantities. <BR> <BR> So, I am going to begin to log what I eat here, all the time. I know we make it possible for people to visit our food logs for everyone to see, but how many of you do that? I know I don’t take the time to do it, not only do I not look at others food dairies, but I d... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:17:06 EST Charging Bunnies and Vacation Update #2 Morning all! <BR> <BR> It has been fun to read the blog posts of everyone who did some amazing feats recently -- like triathlons and marathons and long runs, etc. Great job you all! <BR> <BR> <BR> The first part of our vacation was in a rental house in the Sonoma wine country. The house was on a crazy road up the side of a mountain and while it had a great view, the accommodations had been "oversold" if you know what I mean :). We still managed to have a good time, especially in the eveni... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:57:22 EST Vacation Week One and Re-entry Update Re-entry to life update: <BR> <BR> As usual, when I arrive home after a vacation I need to get life in order. First on the list is always stocking the food supply, which I will admit, got pretty low. I incorporated 3 errands over my lunch hour, and 3 more stops on the way home, but finally unloaded everything. Before I put everything away, I managed to totally clean my fridge! Love putting food away in a clean place. <BR> <BR> My organizing, purging, decluttering mode is still going stro... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:47:52 EST Vacation Re-entry Greetings all! <BR> <BR> Short blog to say I am back at work. Hoping to blog a bit more about the vacation that was exhausting, fun, draining, and full of family and grandkid, but I have so much to catch up on!! Can you relate? <BR> <BR> I did, however, manage to run and bike on this vacation. My total weekly miles dropped significantly though, so I have some real catching up to do if I want to reach my goals this month. <BR> <BR> Whenever I get back from vacation though, I always find I... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:10:21 EST Vacation Re-entry Greetings all! <BR> <BR> Short blog to say I am back at work. Hoping to blog a bit more about the vacation that was exhausting, fun, draining, and full of family and grandkid, but I have so much to catch up on!! Can you relate? <BR> <BR> I did, however, manage to run and bike on this vacation. My total weekly miles dropped significantly though, so I have some real catching up to do if I want to reach my goals this month. <BR> <BR> Whenever I get back from vacation though, I always find I... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:10:21 EST July 4th Vacation Update Greetings all! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday, in whatever situation you are in, with power, without power, in the heat, out of the heat, with family, or alone. <BR> <BR> I am currently in Geyersville, CA situated in a large home that rents as a "lodge" with son, daughter-in-law, grandson, and my daughter-in-law's family -- parents, brother and grandmother. They are a very nice group to be with. We have been, however, busier than I thought we would be. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I drov... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 13:44:23 EST 20 Reasons Why I Race (Even if I don't want to) Today I ran the Heart and Sole 10K. It’s a yearly race that if I am in town I like to run. While I run shorter distances, I prefer the longer ones really (half-marathon/marathon). In a longer distance race you start out slower and give yourself more leeway to walk every now and then and just try to maintain a good pace (read:” not fast pace”) for a long distance. Shorter distances like 5K’s and 10K’s always put a bit more pressure on a person to run the entire race fast. At least it does to m... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 18:59:10 EST Weekend Report and Long Run Guilt Good Monday Greetings to you all! Hope you all had a good weekend. I for one, had an interesting one. <BR> <BR> First off, I had a 16 mile long run planned for Saturday morning. As has been my routine, I try to get this long run done before grandson comes over for Saturday morning pancakes with Grampy and Grammy (when one or both of us are in town -- this weekend Grampy was gone), which means I need to be out the door by 5 am. In anticipation, I laid out everything the night before and eve... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:10:24 EST A Small but Sweet Victory This first week back from my last trip has been interesting. I have found myself totally overwhelmed at work and then evenings have been full with positive but somewhat time consuming conversations with daughter and soon-to-be fiancé. While this time with them has been needful and helpful, it is interesting how much I don't get done when I am investing with them. I know the real value of these conversations over tasks, but still, the house doesn't clean itself. At work I was busy preparing to... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 17:36:30 EST A Mindful Update Greetings everyone! Been a bit since I blogged and thought I would give you a quick update. After last week's trip to hot Phoenix, hubby and I returned on Friday in time for me to do my 15 mile long run on Saturday. It was hard since the running I had done earlier that week was indoors and I didn't always have a ton of time. The long run was refreshing though. I have posted a couple of pics below: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This w... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 12:45:06 EST Running with the Bug – NOT! After a super busy weekend, I was ready for a bit of a rest on Sunday, which I was blessed with by the family's indulgence. But on Monday as hubby was busy preparing for a week of travel and we were both heading into two days of a work retreat, I got an awful stomach bug – the kind that cramps up your stomach, makes you nauseous enough not to be able to function well, but just keeps coming in waves. <BR> <BR> By Tuesday when we left for the retreat it was a bit better, but food –even bland... Thu, 17 May 2012 11:03:03 EST The Race that Was! My last post was "The Bike Ride that Wasn't" but truly today was the race that was!! I was going to title this blog post "The Race I Hate But Do" because I really don't like this race. It's hard. It's a push with little music or magic in the race itself. It's a scramble at the beginning. Despite the many, many announcements that the organizers make about runners in front and walkers in back, runners always have to weave and bob around the walkers at the beginning. A little frustrating if you... Sat, 12 May 2012 12:20:02 EST The Bike Ride that Wasn't Yesterday's break from running needed to be a cross training day. I had been doing the stationary bike downstairs in the evenings, but hubby encouraged me to take another spin on the new bike with the new shoes (that clip in). The last time I rode I was trying to figure those crazy shoes out and fell twice before we even started and then once on the ride. The big bruise I got is just now fading weeks later. <BR> <BR> So all day yesterday I was dreading this ride! I feel so unwieldy on this ... Thu, 10 May 2012 11:54:50 EST Starting a New Week I must admit, I ended last week pretty dang tired and while I am starting this week with soem energy, I am still feeling a bit tired. While I would love to blame it on poor sleeping habits or not enough, I believe it probably has more to do with stress at work and other areas. But fortunately, working on eating better and keeping physically active will only help there and not hurt. <BR> <BR> Here is my First Week's report on my May goals: <BR> <BR> 34.6/150 miles run <BR> 5/100 miles biked ... Tue, 8 May 2012 12:56:49 EST Rest Day Reflections One of the goals of my Runners With A Purpose team has been to do something outside my comfort zone each week. I realized the other day I hadn’t done that this week, so made a decision to attend a play being performed at our church alone on Friday evening. But Friday’s tend to be busy and I normally do my grocery shopping for the next week on my way home from work. <BR> <BR> I thought I could squeeze everything in--grocery shopping and errands, but when one sports store didn’t have the hand... Sun, 6 May 2012 16:36:33 EST Saturday's Long Run Greetings all! This will be short. Wore the "special" NYC Marathon training hat for the long run today. This is me at mile 5. Not smiling but doing okay. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The run was HARD! I kept reminding myself of all my SP running races today. But still, this run never really had the "runners high." Here I am at mile 10 -- looking a big haggard. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 5 May 2012 17:10:18 EST Friday's Rest, Tomorrow's Motivation Short report today. <BR> <BR> Had another busy day Thursday. Did my tempo run in the morning, lots of work at the office, walked my errands at lunch, went to Son and DIL's and made them dinner (DIL is suffering from severe morning sickness again). Played with sweet little grandson, headed home and did menu planning and picked up the kitchen. We went to bed around 10 pm but I woke an hour later to our neighbor doing some sort of home construction with a hammer. It stopped before long though.... Fri, 4 May 2012 11:18:09 EST