ALL4THEMUTTS's SparkPeople Blog ALL4THEMUTTS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My father's pets need homes - Please Help! Please see the following note at my facebook page: <BR> <link>!/notes/laura-long<BR>-tatman/fur-babies/443074732376591 </link> <BR> <BR> My father in St. Louis is terminally ill and has been moved to a nursing home as he is no longer able to care for himself, or his pets. I am unable to take his four dogs in due to my own four, here in Ohio. I have had to expand my contact circles as I am not having any luck finding placements for these sweethearts, here, or there. ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 08:58:17 EST What can One Woman do? Big question. <BR> <BR> What can any one person do? <BR> <BR> Well, I am about to find out. <BR> <BR> I have begun 100 training runs - 99 training runs actually, and one final big event... a 50K. <BR> <BR> It is not an event actually, but a personal journey. But I have chosen to use this personal journey to support a local organization, the Dayton Montessori Society, in order to elevate this undertaking to another level... to expand my quest beyond myself. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 09:13:28 EST Getting up the gumption... Long time no chat... <BR> <BR> Life has pretty much been good. But there have been some adjustments. <BR> I finally started back to work after 2.5 years. Giving up all my free time has been hard. Getting back into a routine (especially in a job without set schedules) has been hard. <BR> Falling into old sedentary patterns has been a little too easy. <BR> <BR> Compound all this with the fact that, while I did not need to replace my former income, I really need to be making more than I a... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 09:15:05 EST Motivating! ;) What a great way to start the day... Wake up, put the coffee on, settle in to read email and discover that I am Sparkpeople Motivator of the Day! <BR> <BR> It is great to have gotten to a comfortable weight. <BR> It is great to be able to do all the things I want to do. <BR> <BR> It is FABULOUS to inspire others, to let them know that it can be done, to lead by example! <BR> <BR> Thanks for the validation... ;) <BR> <BR> Now get moving... ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY!!! <BR> XOXOXO Sat, 16 Apr 2011 08:20:28 EST Just Pulled the Trigger! Deep Breath.... <BR> <BR> I just enrolled to become an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer. <BR> Time to take what I have learned and share it with others. <BR> Time to learn more and share that with others. <BR> Time to do more, be more, live more! <BR> <BR> I have come so far from where I started... interesting to see how far yet I can go! <BR> Wish me luck! ;) Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:19:56 EST Of all the silly things! I am getting ready to run a local 5K I have run the last few years on Memorial Day. A friend was wishing me luck, and I got to thinking about it. <BR> <BR> I really hadn't planned to run this race, because I don't have much to prove anymore, but I have been trying some new things in my training and thought I would see if they have been paying off. So I looked at last year's results, to see what the competition had been like, what my time was, and what the time was to beat. <BR> <BR> Um.... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 12:37:21 EST Healthy does NOT come in a bottle! Okay... <BR> <BR> Stepping up on my soapbox here... <BR> <BR> A little storefront here in Xenia touting themselves as 'Xenia Nutrition Center' had a sign out front saying 'Help Wanted'. I have been unemployed for over a year, so I went in to check it out. The place is under construction, but the gentleman advises me that they have a weight loss meeting in the evening and stop by then to talk to the owner. <BR> <BR> No problem, I can miss one yoga class to attend. <BR> <BR> I print off ... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 21:16:27 EST Thoughts on ThanksGiving... I don't want you all to think that my absence around here is bad. <BR> I have been happily maintaining... My weight hovers between 140-145 depending on water weight, moon phase, exertion, whatever... ;) So, I am quite pleased that my 80lb weight loss has been holding. <BR> I have found me a supportive, active, loving man who keeps me on the go. Now that the running season is more or less over (at least outside) we are exploring spinning and rock climbing in preparation for next year's explo... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:41:55 EST What a difference a year makes - Chapter 3! Last year - ran the Dayton River Corridor Classic 5K with a :30:34 finish.... <BR> <BR> This year - ran the DRCC HALF MARATHON with a 2:09:29 finish! <BR> <BR> 'Nuf said... ;) Tue, 13 Oct 2009 07:54:59 EST What a difference a year makes - Chapter 2! Last year - :32:23 5K time at the Holiday at Home run <BR> THIS YEAR - !!! :25:23 !!! <BR> <BR> AND... drumroll........ 1st Female in my age group!!! <BR> <BR> Okay - It was a rainy sucky morning.... so maybe some of my competition begged off... but really - 7 minutes off of last year's time??? Outstanding! <BR> <BR> YAY ME! ;) Mon, 7 Sep 2009 16:36:03 EST Love is Alive! I haven't been around much here. <BR> For one - I no longer get email notifications of any traffic here. I cannot figure out why. But in some respects, it is good, because I have barely had time to keep up with the email I DO get. <BR> For two - I have a wonderful man in my life! Very active, very health conscious, and keeps me on the move... so my computer time has been cut way down. I have many better things to do!!! ;) <BR> <BR> So - Love is Alive... I love myself, I love my life, ... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 14:41:56 EST What a difference a year makes!!! Last year I ran my first 5K (in idon'tknowhowmany years!)... <BR> This year I ran the same race to see the changes. <BR> <BR> Last year, while I was walking to warm up, I marveled at all these silly people running and burning off energy before the race... <BR> This year, I whipped off a quick mile for warm up! <BR> <BR> So the results are in! <BR> <BR> ..................Last year.......This year <BR> Weight......196.2 lbs........150.8 lbs... <BR> 1st mile..........10:20............8:16 !!!... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 08:43:36 EST Reinvention My company has issued its restructuring plans. I have decided not to participate, so I am taking my severance and getting out while the getting is good. This is at once scary and liberating! <BR> I have spent the last year restructuring myself - so why not go all the way, and reinvent myself? Decide what the next stage of my life is going to be like and set a path and go? After all, I have come this far... <BR> <BR> Wish me luck, as I do you! ;) Sat, 4 Apr 2009 03:50:02 EST BUMMER! (Race Report) Last fall, after my last 5K, I generated a training plan on Runner's World Smart Coach geared at improving my 5K time. So yesterday I entered my first 5K to see how well I did. My goal was to complete it in under :30 minutes. (Secretly, I sorta wanted to get close to :25) <BR> <BR> Sadly, it was a smaller race that I thought, with far less organization and planning than one would hope for. It did not start on time. It was a very informal start - everyone took the road, and then someone ... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 08:18:05 EST Did I mention I hate rollercoasters? Geez... just read the last blog.... depressing, depressing, depressing. <BR> And the one before that was so up-beat. <BR> And before that - depressed. <BR> And before that - elated. <BR> <BR> Stop the ride, I want off!!!! <BR> I finally got some sleep the other day, but that means I didn't sleep that night, so was a toasted cookie after one day of day shift. So you would think I would have slept, but no... 3am and I was wide awake again. Tried to deny it, and finally gave in and got br... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 05:59:18 EST Falling Down... I am on third shift. <BR> It is nearly the anniversary of my ex's death. <BR> More friends and family are dying recently. <BR> I may have been overtraining. <BR> Whatever... pick any one or two of the above. It can make it hard to keep going. Take all of the above. I hate to admit it here folks... I am crumbling under the pressure. I have finally reached my limit. <BR> I haven't been sleeping, which is probably the biggest thing feeding the madness. But I just feel this pervasive sadne... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 22:06:43 EST Inspiration! Exchanging emails today with one of my Sparkbuddies got me to thinking. <BR> This really is a great thing. SparkPeople has really been a great gift. It has given me great resources to help me achieve my goals. It has put me in touch with like-minded people working toward similar goals. We can support each other, exchange ideas and strategies, whine with abandon - because the other guy knows exactly what we mean and can understand it - and possibly provide solutions. It really is the be... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 12:58:18 EST Durned Third Shift! I returned to a third shift schedule this week. In the last 15 years with this company, I have spent at least ten of them on third shift. Every time I come back to it, it gets harder to adapt. <BR> <BR> I didn't sleep at all for the first few days. Then today, I slept too much - apparently I forgot to set my alarm - this must have been a subconscious thing, because I still have that 11 mile run to do, and I am still not looking forward to it. So since I overslept, I did not have the ti... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 02:01:36 EST Uninspired... Yesterday I was scheduled for eleven miles. I was dragging my feet (literally). It just sounded too daunting. I didn't really have enough time to do it, because I kept doing other projects, thereby procrastinating. And I just plain wasn't feeling it, even as I started the run. Had all my fluids and gels at the ready... Got 5 miles in, and just lost the will. I made myself go to 6, though. <BR> <BR> I set some pretty ambitious goals for this year. Adding 5 miles to my goal every month... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 10:43:24 EST I survived Boot Camp! I got to the end of the New You Boot Camp! <BR> <BR> All in all it was not that hard. But I was slightly reluctant to commit to daily activities in the beginning. And rightly so, I think. <BR> This is probably a good exercise for those who don't Regularly Exercise. Because it forces them to do a little something every day. As for me, I was already engaged in a certain level of activity. But I also had one or two off days a week, for recovery. I found that planning for the boot camp a... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 05:10:22 EST NYBC Day 18 challenge blog... So here I am at Day 18 - coach says to blog about my experience. <BR> All in all, it is pretty good. The daily workouts are manageable, considering the shape I was in to start with. I like the variety of exercises. Finally, another use for my stability ball other than 'office chair'! And I like doing lunges now... Always hated them before, but using the ball makes the form right, and helps me get them done. <BR> I admit, I was doing really well with the daily thing, but I finally fell ... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 21:29:35 EST New You Boot Camp Day 1 So this is me on Day one... <BR> I am not expecting significant changes in this month, but I am hoping to shake up my routine a little to keep my body guessing a bit. And if I find some other exercises along the way that I want to incorporate into my general routines, more the better! <BR> <img src="">The first workout seemed less than challenging, but possibly because I had already done my regular warm up and stretching followed by a 3 mile... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 23:53:51 EST Year End Wrap-Up... 2008 is over. <BR> <BR> How did I do? I set out to lose 60 lbs. I lost 58. I had several major life-events this year, so that meant several inappropriate binges. So all in all, 2 lbs shy of my goal ain't all bad! <BR> <BR> OK - so on my official weigh in today, I picked up 1.2 pounds back... but my net loss for December was 4.4. I'll take it! And looking at my measurements last January (20th), it seems I have achieved the following: <BR> <BR> Bust -6 inches <BR> Waist -9 inches <... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 01:01:09 EST 2009 goals? Hmmm... what to do, what to do? <BR> <BR> I like the sound of 900 miles in 2009. But that is just 75 per month. Perfectly doable in my current condition, barring any unforeseen incidents. <BR> <BR> But that does not account for building on where I am now. I have a goal for December for 70 miles. So if I add 5 miles every month (really conservative), that would have me running 1230 miles for 2009. Not a nice round number, or catchy-sounding as a mantra, but probably still doable. <BR>... Sat, 6 Dec 2008 20:51:06 EST So close, now...! Weighed in this morning and realized I am just over 5 pounds from my goal! <BR> While I had hoped to reach it by the end of the year, I had pretty much abandoned that hope. I thought that if I could just get through to the new year without putting anything back on, that would be victory enough for me. <BR> As it is, my weight loss has slowed down, but my toning and conditioning has greatly improved, to the point that I have gone from a size 20 at the first of the year to a size 12 now. ... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 12:28:09 EST My 'Running Weight'! For years, I told myself when I get down to 170lbs I would start running again. <BR> <BR> Earlier this year, I owned up to the fact that I wouldn't get there WITHOUT running - so I got started on the C25K program, and am now running regularly every other day. <BR> <BR> This morning, I weighed in at 169.8! So I am officially at my 'running weight'! Which is hysterical to me, considering how many miles I have logged so far this year! ;) <BR> <BR> Just imagine what I can do now! Mon, 24 Nov 2008 06:39:37 EST WOOHOO!!! Another milestone - I can finally say I passed the 50 lbs lost mark... Finally! <BR> (read previous blog to see why this is such a big deal!) Wed, 5 Nov 2008 20:46:54 EST Gettin' Busy!!! So this is it... Last week I commented on how I can't seem to eat enough. That my body just wants to stock up. <BR> <BR> This morning I did my regular weights and measures like I always do on the first of the month. Yes, it was disappointing. Officially, only two pounds down from last month. <BR> <BR> On the up side - my measurements are down. So there has still been progress... just not near as much as I would have hoped for by now. <BR> <BR> Time to face some cold, hard facts. ... Sat, 1 Nov 2008 20:02:04 EST Is it just the time of year? I have really been struggling with eating the proper things, and the proper amount of calories in the last week. It started with the Ren-Fair last weekend, and has spun out of control ever since. <BR> <BR> Now, I haven't exactly been feeling myself in the last week either... I don't feel bad, I just don't feel good - can't quite put my finger on it. But it seems that I am always hungry lately. Is it because my body senses the winter coming and wants to bulk up? OR is it because my diet... Sat, 25 Oct 2008 22:41:20 EST I stink at this! I really have to get better about this whole blogging/journaling thing. I am long overdue.... <BR> <BR> So, I am just shy of 50 lbs shed, just over 10 lbs from my goal.... and I gotta say that I never would have believed it possible, nor would I have believed how good I feel! It just seems to be exponential - the more I do, the more I can do, the more I want to do, so the more I do - and so on! <BR> <BR> And the boost in my self perception and confidence - I would not have seen that com... Sat, 18 Oct 2008 21:57:16 EST Rollercoasters... I am not a big fan of roller coasters.... and yet that is how I am feeling these days.... I am up one day, down the next.... I can't seem to find a level playing field. <BR> <BR> Sunday, remnants of Hurricane Ike came through Ohio... My power was out for 20 hours. The winds were crazy. Part of my fence is down, minimal damage to the house (siding/flashing), businesses closed... BUSHELS of pears fell off my tree... I spent the better part of monday cleaning up pears.... and then curled up... Wed, 17 Sep 2008 16:40:49 EST Back in the Saddle! Yes, one day I whine, and the next day I come back singin'! <BR> <BR> I woke up, ate breakfast, and got right to work on the workout... got 3.5 miles running done and felt so good after! <BR> <BR> I think I just really needed some down time. But it feels so good to be back in action! Refreshed! Renewed! Reinvigorated! <BR> <BR> I have a little work to do to catch up to my mileage goals for this month. But I think I can swing it! Thu, 11 Sep 2008 23:27:49 EST BLAH!!! Not a banner week.... <BR> I finally crashed into my wall... I just felt so stressed out and overwhelmed by current events that I just curled up in a ball for two days. <BR> Managed to eat halfway decent. Failed to exercise at all. But I just couldn't make myself go. So the dogs and I curled up in bed and watched reruns of old favs and pulled into our own little cocoon. <BR> <BR> I wasn't ready to come out Wednesday, but work beckoned, and I had no justifiable reason to stay home. I st... Thu, 11 Sep 2008 02:14:52 EST Feeling GOOD! So, I missed my #2 goal - hoped to be at 180.2 by the end of August... <BR> BUT - I did cross over the 40lbs lost mark, which is very exciting. <BR> <BR> And reflecting on this year, I must say I am very proud of myself. <BR> While I may go over on calories more often than I should, I am still very much aware of what I am eating, so I am not disappointed by the slower progress I am making. I am really not interested in getting there too quickly anyway. My skin is shrinking right along with... Sat, 6 Sep 2008 21:28:44 EST Dog Food! So once a month, I donate puppy food to the local animal shelter. 2 35lb bags.... As I was loading up to run over there I realized something. These bags are heavy! But more importantly, these bags each represent the amount of weight I have lost thus far. I used to carry these 35 lbs around with me all the time! No wonder I was so tired all the time! <BR> <BR> Yep, I think I'll just keep letting the pound puppies have those pounds! ;) Sun, 17 Aug 2008 17:55:37 EST Renewed energy So I was whiny the other day. And now I am not. The scale is nudging slowly downward again. My endurance is increasing. My running speed is increasing. My energy is increasing. And goal #2 is 5.7lbs away. And I am going to get there. By the end of August. Period. Exclamation Point! <BR> <BR> Accept no excuses - Only results! Fri, 15 Aug 2008 22:58:38 EST Which one is it? 1) Ugh... 7 lbs to goal number 2... I am making such slow progress... <BR> <BR> -OR- <BR> <BR> 2) Yay! 7 lbs to goal number 2... I am more than halfway there! It may be slow, but it is still progress! <BR> <BR> Sometimes your state of mind can really shape the way things look. Because I have really been having a rough summer. And it is going slow. And I am feeling crappy (depressed, unmotivated, etc.). <BR> <BR> So sometimes you have to reframe the feeling (#1), in terms that are m... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 22:39:51 EST Not anymore! Headline on homepage.... "Shop Plus-Size Fashions" <BR> <BR> Well, not me.... not anymore! Never again! <BR> <BR> I finally get into size 16's again. (Some better than others, manufacturing inconsistencies being what they are...) And I am only getting smaller from here. I am not going back into the plus-sizes... <BR> <BR> And another thing.... <BR> <BR> I have the following quote posted in front of my treadmill where I can see it: <BR> "It's very hard in the beginning to un... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 22:42:37 EST Whaddaya know?!? So I made goal #1! Lost my first 10% of weight. The funny thing is, I weigh 15 pounds more now than I did 2 years ago. But my clothes (yes, same ones) fit way better now than they did then! Back then, all I was doing was walking. Now, I am running, and dancing and performing some yoga type exercises. It seems that things are tightening up very well. <BR> <BR> I always said that I wouldn't care if I weighed 200 lbs as long as they fit into a size 10.... and while that may not be possib... Sun, 25 May 2008 01:55:33 EST Harder than I thought... I have been wallowing a bit after the loss of my ex. It has hit me much harder than I had ever thought possible. I started seeing a therapist, which opened up new levels of the emotions I was feeling about that - which landed me in the bottom of a bottle for a few days. And so went the motivation and the discipline. <BR> <BR> But I am getting it back. Slowly. My eye is still on the prize. I know what I did wrong. And they were conscious choices I made - just not good ones. But I ga... Thu, 8 May 2008 22:59:47 EST I lost my best friend... Saturday night, my best friend passed away. I was with him. I knew he wasn't well, but he wouldn't let me take him back to the hospital. He had just come out of 32 days in the hospital, and had no interest in being poked and prodded any more. <BR> <BR> I loved this man. We were supposed to be married several years ago. He couldn't overcome his alcoholism, so I had to leave. We continued to work in the same office - provided each other support and respect - but nothing personal. Until... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 20:42:15 EST Breathe Deep... ... and relax. <BR> <BR> This is what I am learning to do a lot of. Breathe Deep. Relax. Begin... Again. <BR> <BR> Life is still in a bit of turmoil. I am still not going up or down the scale. But I got into a pair of jeans that I could not get into three weeks ago - so focus on the positive... <BR> <BR> And Breathe Deep... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 02:15:50 EST Bleccchhh! So, not much progress... none in fact.... <BR> <BR> Although there is no gain, which is something short of amazing. And I am nudging down a little. But my exercise plan is so hit and miss, and my eating gets tracked most days, but some days I just lose it. <BR> <BR> My friend is out of the hospital, but very shaky, and needs lots of support/services. This largely cuts into my schedule, fitness, and diet plans. And then last weekend, burning it at both ends landed me in bed with the fl... Fri, 11 Apr 2008 00:37:45 EST Slow and Not so steady... I have been really bad this month. I have fallen prey to all my worst habits. My personal life is a bit of a shambles, my ex has been hospitalized for over two weeks, I have let all of this get to me. Depression leads to too much alcohol, leads to zero self-control, leads to binge eating and blowing off exercise. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I have managed to not put any weight back on. The better news is that I have gotten back in the exercise groove (three day streak - whoo!). <B... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 05:26:44 EST Hmmmmm.... ... and I just read an article about this today! <BR> <BR> Since the first week of January I have been serious about this. We have been counting, logging, and agonizing over calories. He is down ~7 lbs. I had lost nothing..... until finally, this week, the scale started nudging (ever so slowly) downward. YEA!!! <BR> <BR> So, sometimes, it takes longer for some folks to see change - and I am one of them. <BR> <BR> I am finally staying within my calorie range most days... <BR> I am gett... Sat, 26 Jan 2008 05:34:46 EST Another week down! So I am finally getting used to the reduced calories... I am not S-T-A-R-V-I-N-G at the end of the day anymore. And we are finding some interesting low cal alternatives to keep us going. <BR> <BR> With two weeks of doing my basic morning workout, my body is slowly returning to a happy place - it feels GOOD to move again! <BR> <BR> Now if the weather could just cooperate, I could get my butt out the door! <BR> <BR> So, not losing anything yet, but feeling better - and ain't nothin' wrong... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 03:29:56 EST