APRIL_IN_MN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=APRIL%5FIN%5FMN APRIL_IN_MN'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/ Portion control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789389 <em>301</em> <BR> Portion control is this week's "Living the Good Life" challenge in my 5% challenge team. Uffda. I know this is a serious cause of my issues. I've been pretty good with tracking, but it's time to really get into the game. So that little kitchen scale is out and the measuring cups/spoons are handy. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:34:52 EST Saturday... took a break from tracking today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783753 So today was a crazy day in the food world--so I decided to take a break from tracking today. It was the first time in over 2 weeks (which I'm pretty proud of!) and I aimed at making good choices within reason, not telling myself "I'm off the hook today--let's go nuts!" It was my daughter's birthday, and she came home from college with a couple friends, so I made sweet gooey French toast bake for breakfast. Then we met up today for lunch at the local diner after breaking up to go garage sale-... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:27:10 EST Excited to be a STARFISH! and a new family "bucket list" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780692 <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <em>141</em> <BR> <BR> Yay! I have a fall 5% Challenge team! I am now officially a Starfish! From the looks of the team page, lots of fun will be had while we are working towards that 5%! Hello teammates! I look forward to getting to know you! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:02:44 EST Facebook Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777638 I homeschool my 3 youngest kids (6th grade, 4th grade, and pre-k). I decided to go on a Facebook fast for two weeks while we got our homeschool under way. It's been an interesting experiment. I have done this before, but always let myself check in one day a week. Well, this time, I said it would be 2 weeks with no checking. I have found myself sitting at the computer wondering what I should do next... I check my email and SP, so now what! haha! Well, it has given me the extra time I felt I ne... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:08:17 EST Over 200 lb... wait. WHAT?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772980 Yeah. 205. That number is not who I am or what I feel like. BUT it's reality. Just a year and a half ago I was down to 174. At that time I had worked consistently, tracking everything, and I saw the weight drop off. I felt GOOD. Since then I have had a succession of fits and starts, but never stuck to it again. I haven't kept up on SP, which I really NEED to do. I don't like the clothes I'm wearing now, I don't like how I feel. I want to feel GOOD again. <BR> <BR> So today was day 1 back at ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 23:26:22 EST April goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662244 <em>411</em> It's the first of the month already!!! <BR> <BR> So, I was just looking over my last post... goals for March. I have to say that I did pretty well on most of them. I have increased my activity after a terrible slump... got back to the gym and got in a couple outdoor runs now that it is a little warmer (and the mud wasn't too bad). In the last two weeks I've refocused my food goals--aiming for "clean eating" with no white sugar and no white flour. So far so good, minus a couple... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:35:16 EST GOALS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632077 <em>56</em> Time to set some goals! <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> March is just around the corner. This is the time of year I feel like doing something--starting seeds, getting outside (even if there are piles of snow 5-12 feet tall!), organizing the house, etc. etc. So I'm going to set some goals for myself to hold myself accountable and to also maximize the benefits of my "spring" burst of energy and organizational prowess! <BR> ( <em>444</em> <em>425</em> hahahaha...have I LOOKED outsi... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:33:28 EST Sickness...ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615190 <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> WOW. I have not been sick in a lonnnnnng time. That all ended this weekend. And what a weekend for it to happen--my hubbie and I had the kids all going to Grandma's house so we had two days and nights on our own. I had a girls' night out planned for Friday (since hubby was working late) and then a couples' night out on Saturday. Friday started OK, except for a scratchy throat. Went out with the girls and by the time I got home, I sounded horrible. Saturday morning d... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 16:52:54 EST Fresh Produce in the Dead of Winter=HEAVEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609697 I am the coordinator for a local produce buying club. It has been such a godsend to be able to buy organic produce at wholesale prices twice a month! I have 5 POUNDS of red peppers in my fridge--well, actually only 4 pounds now since I munched a pound of them away today. <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> It really does make a difference to have those fresh fruits and veggies in your fridge waiting to be eaten. Better yet, I've been cutting up enough for a day or two at a time so anytime I get the ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:47:17 EST Seize the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605373 Today is your day! Grab it and wrangle it and make it yours. You are in control!!! <BR> <BR> Yes, I am. I WILL make healthy choice, I WILL make time for myself, I WILL M-O-V-E this body and it will be rockin' in no time at all! <BR> <BR> MOTIVATION... gotta keep it rolling. :-) <BR> <em>362</em> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:40:30 EST workout marathon coming up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517445 Logged in, recorded everything I ate (I think?... oh, I need to write it all down right at that moment!), didn't get to workout. Grrr. That's the next step. I told my son today (15yo) that I NEED to get to SnapFitness EVERYDAY until the end of the month to get our discount from the health insurance (dh and I each have to go 12 times a month, and then they pay almost ALL of our membership fee). He is my right hand man when DH is working. He said he will help, even if it means watching the youn... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 01:01:14 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516621 <em>28</em> <BR> I'm down right mad at myself. For the past two months I have let craziness rule my world--basically being too busy with everything to keep on track with my health. I gained weight back that I had said goodbye to. URGH. <BR> <BR> Well, that is old news. I can't go backwards, only forwards. So right now I'm going to move forward. Today was the first day--tracked my food, drank my water. Check. One day down, the rest to go. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I continue to move forward--tra... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 02:53:01 EST Party day on the way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386496 <em>236</em> <em>179</em> <em>236</em> <em>179</em> <em>236</em> <em>179</em> <em>236</em> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> The big party day is coming up quick--Saturday we are doing an afternoon open house for our son who graduated from high school, then at 6:00 we clear the tables out of the garage and will crank up the tunes for a dance party to celebrate our daughter's graduation from college! It's been a crazy busy couple months, and I'm disappointed that my weight loss h... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 01:55:01 EST GRADUATIONS ALL OVER THE PLACE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364148 This has been such a crazy month, and it doesn't look like it's slowing down anytime soon. And the reason is--- GRADUATIONS! Yes, plural! My daughter graduated cum laude from college on the 11th. My son will graduate on Friday night (after "senior week"--a special week at the school full of senior awards, honors, and other get-togethers) from high school! I'm just rolling with the craziness of it all! Being in the Spring 5% challenge is helping keep me on track with exercise and healthy eatin... Wed, 22 May 2013 02:23:02 EST Snow, sickness, and last day of 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328623 It is snowing here again today! Can you believe it?! April 19 and we just got another 3 or so inches. Unbelievable. At this rate, the garden will never happen. But now now... have hope. Summer has to come, doesn't it??? <BR> <BR> Well, I think I might hit my 5% challenge goal... but unfortunately not the way I wanted to. Yesterday I was sick with a stomach bug--quite literally could only handle 1 piece of toast and a handful of Gatorade ice cubes all day. I didn't get to log in at all. Bigge... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:16:05 EST BMI Goal Achieved, NEW BMI Goal in Place! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323449 Yesterday my weigh-in showed another pound lost. This is an awesome pound to lose because it helped me achieve a goal I've been working towards for over a year... I am no longer in the "obese" BMI range on SP! This pound put me at a 29.9 BMI. While I am still in the "overweight" range, this gets me one step closer to that NORMAL BMI range! I am excited! <BR> <BR> The number on the scale also was significant since I haven't seen that low a weight when I stepped on it since before I was pregna... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:51:18 EST Remember This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308261 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1870835596.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes even candy can give you a kick in the pants when you need it. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:42:03 EST Happy Easter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306935 <em>449</em> <em>296</em> <em>449</em> <em>296</em> <em>449</em> <em>296</em> <em>449</em> <em>296</em> <BR> Happy a wonderful, glorious, beautiful Easter weekend! <BR> <BR> I was so blessed to have my kids all home for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. What a treat! We sang in the church choir Thursday night and Friday afternoon. Then last night I was the accompanist while my 3 oldest sang, my 9 yo DD turned pages for me, and my 15yo DS was an altar server. They all did ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 01:33:12 EST Could it be??? SPRING??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301492 <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> Today I was able to go for a 1.25 hour run OUTSIDE! Once again, I drove to the nearest paved road since our gravel road is a mudpit. There is still plenty of snow in the fields, but the paved road was clear and dry, even the gravel shoulder was mostly dry. The sun was shining bright, the wind was minimal, and I made it up the BIG hill again--this time withou... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 01:06:15 EST A runner??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298906 <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Another week has come and gone... another 1/2 pound has been worked away! Woohoo! I am really liking the accountability that my current running program is giving me. It is called Running 4 Fat Loss. I found it on my RunKeeper app. It has runs scheduled every other day with a LOT of variation. There are steady long runs, shorter interval runs, verrrry long runs, etc. So fa... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:06:31 EST Mud season in MN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289415 It's that time of year again... mud season. I absolutely HATE it. I LOVE winter. I LOVE summer, I like fall... but spring??? Ick. I joke that people here keep saying they love spring; but no, what they REALLY like is early summer! March and April = mud, ice, and more mud. We have been getting some snow off and on the last couple weeks, paired up with thawing temps and rain. Makes for some nasty gravel roads! The warmer temps I like--I even got out for a few runs without having to bundle up so... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 01:13:36 EST Not Keeping on Task http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285968 Last week was so crazy, and this week has started out even crazier! Monday I gave 2.5 hours of piano lessons and then led a 4-H meeting; Tuesday was get up early to bake scones for a church women meeting and get all the kids up to go to Mass which I also was the pianist for, then attend the meeting (brunch included), take kids to library on way home, and then the evening was going to oldest son's track meeting; today I played for a funeral, so got everyone out the door to a friend's house, we... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:01:01 EST The Weekend, Weigh-in Day, and Looking Forward to a New Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280123 <em>192</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> To start things off, today is weigh-in day. I was very nervous about it, since I've sneaked onto the scale a couple times mid-week, and was discouraged by the non-movement of the numbers. I've been really sticking with an intense workout schedule, which required that I update my goals/kcal requirements, giving me a lot more calories to work into the day. I increased veggie and fiber content, keeping protein up where it's supposed to be... so as far a... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 12:59:20 EST What Can I Improve Upon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276746 There are so many things in our lives we can improve upon. It all takes looking at things from a different view, making adjustments or changes, and trying to make things better. Well, in this whole getting-enough-sleep scenario, it means I have to look at my entire day. What is causing me to stay up so late at night. Part of it is just that I enjoy the peace and quiet. But part of it is that I don't get things done earlier in the day. I am the queen of putting things off until the last minute... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 23:33:52 EST How's my progress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275188 <em>102</em> <BR> Welllll, last night it was definitely after 12:30 before I made it to bed... had to finish a couple things, check the weather, another couple things, etc. etc, But at least it was before 1:00 AM! :-) <BR> <BR> Tonight will be better. After some white-knuckled driving in the snow this morning/afternoon, then a very busy afternoon at home, I am wiped out. I just barely got my 15 minutes of exercise in (core workout), and now I'm falling asleep at the computer. Exhaustion..... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:34:42 EST Encouragement and staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273688 <em>128</em> <BR> Encouragement to cultivate my habit... well, he's snoozing away in bed right now, so I should, too! It's 11:45... I have fifteen minutes to get there before turning into a pumpkin! LOL <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 00:48:04 EST Get a good night's sleep... how am I going to do it?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271614 Haha. I laughed as I typed that title. It seems like such a simple thing! Just SLEEP. HA! There is the problem... too much stuff to do, mind going a million miles a minute, etc. etc. etc. That I like to think that I can accomplish more at night, which I can... but is that because I'm more awake or just have less distractions? I do feel more awake at night, but probably feel more tired in the morning from going to bed too late. It's a vicious cycle, really. <em>211</em> <BR> So, step one..... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:37:29 EST Blog challenge week... sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270465 So this week the spring challenge team I am on has a"Living the Good Life" challenge about blogs and creating new healthy habits. Each day has a question to blog about. The first question is "what new habit do you wish to develop?" <BR> <BR> Wow, there are a list of habits I wish to develop, but for the sake of space, I will focus this week on sleep. I am a night owl through and through. But that does not work with our family schedules. Kids need to be ready for the day... school, les... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 23:05:24 EST LEVEL 13!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264157 <em>347</em> <em>26</em> <em>347</em> <em>26</em> <em>347</em> <em>26</em> <em>347</em> <BR> Have I mentioned I love Spark Points??? <BR> <BR> I just made it to Level 13! 20,000 SparkPoints! Woohoo! It took me FOREVER to get to Level 12. Level 13 didn't seem like it took as long. But OH, that's right! I've been exercising regularly, trying to get in 3 runs a week and ST! It adds up to a LOT of SparkPoints and bonus spins! WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> OK, so it might be silly.... but ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:10:32 EST Fun with Apps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259475 <em>387</em> <BR> So, I'm kind of a techy geek. I like my gadgets, and like to find new ways to use them. When I started running, I was heavily influenced by a priest podcaster I like to listen to, who is also a techy geek. :-) He had reported on his success using various apps to track his runs, and how there were even apps out there for people who had NEVER run before. Well, that described me to a T! The most I had ever run before March 2011 was around the softball bases. No lie! My mothe... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:48:41 EST I'm Ready and Rarin' to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255636 I decided when I got back with the 5% Challenge Community that I would really make this one count. I made an effort to do all of the pre-challenge "assignments" and have been getting all my ducks in a row. I have to say that I am READY to begin. In fact, I'm having a hard time waiting until Saturday to get this party started! haha! I've been logging my exercise time and checking my individual goals off on my goal page so I am set to take off when it's time. <BR> <BR> Tonight I went for a (t... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:55:19 EST Winter to Spring 5% Challenge Assignment #4--Triggers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250471 So my assignment is to think of all the things that are triggers for making me go off my healthy living plan--people, foods, situations, etc. Yikes. Here goes! <BR> <BR> Foods: <BR> Wow, give me a couple chips and I NEED THE ENTIRE BAG!!! I'm getting better at counting out my chips and putting the bag back in the child-locked cupboard (which also helps deter Mommy from getting into it again, too! haha! <em>211</em> I've decided to skip the potato chips altogether, stick with my plain torti... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:49:32 EST Winter 5% Challenge--Why do I want to lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242174 <em>9</em> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Hmmm, well, there are many... <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> (string on my finger to help me remember, even when times get tough) I want to like what I see in the mirror. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> I want to be healthy... not just "not ill" healthy, but HEALTHY and STRONG and treating my body the way it was meant to be treated--like the Child of God I am. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> I want to look mighty fine in a swimsuit again. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> I am 42 now--my... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 22:19:21 EST Tough couple weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238143 <em>39</em> <BR> The last few weeks have not been good for me. We lost a dear friend unexpectedly, I've been sick, and I have a nasty case of the winter doldrums. I haven't been exercising or tracking my calories. I've been a slug. <BR> <BR> Time to stop this slump. Time to take my life back. <BR> <BR> So there! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 02:25:58 EST New year=new ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194210 2013 is off to a GREAT start! I'm so excited about starting this year out right and meeting my goals! This is the year! <BR> <BR> So, here's the facts: <BR> I lost over 25 pounds between July 2011 and Dec. 2011. <BR> I maintained that weight, but did not lose more, for a year. <BR> I am still at least 40 pounds overweight. <BR> I am about size 12, sometimes 14. <BR> <BR> This year I have a goal of losing that 40 pounds and getting down to 145! When I hit that, we will see if that's the r... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 01:49:52 EST Sick kids = no break for mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158842 <em>24</em> <BR> Sickness is in the household. I'm pretty sure the kids have the same crud I had over Thanksgiving. The 17yo has missed 2 days and will miss tomorrow, the 14yo hasn't been in school all week, and today the three younger ones all came down with it. At 10:00 this evening I had 3 kids with temps over 102, 3 coughing, and all 5 (currently at home) laying down/sleeping/resting. The little guy just sat on my lap for hours (he never sits still AT ALL), dozing off and on. I declare... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 02:08:07 EST Bridge to 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157728 I gotta admit, I like my techie gadgets. <em>387</em> So, how cool is it that I can use my cool smartphone (just got it this summer after much agonizing) to help me in my quest for healthier living. I have the SP app for tracking food and fitness when I don't have quick access to a computer (or when my computer is acting up, as it seems to do more and more often lately. Sadly, it's a dinosaur and there is not much hope for it). I've tried a number of running apps, but the one I have gone b... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 00:43:58 EST Back to BootCamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156610 Completed W2D3. Yessirreeeebob. I got this. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 00:03:24 EST Good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155345 Hubby was off today, so while he did Daddy things with the 3 youngest (including being teacher for the day! Yay!) I taught my piano lessons, had time to practice my own music (I'm an accompanist for our church, plus I just enjoy playing!), and then this evening DH and I headed into Snap Fitness for the 2nd night in a row. I ran 2 miles tonight, then hit the machines and did a lot of core work. I'll be feeling it tomorrow, and it will tell me I'm on my way to getting rid of the muffin top! <B... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 22:50:10 EST Little bump in the road, but on we go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154181 Right before Thanksgiving I got sick. Started with a sore throat and just tired... turned into a chest cold and nasty sore throat. Unfortunately, when you have a big family you can't just "check out," especially during a major holiday! So I did too much, didn't get the rest I needed, and it took about a week to get through it. Ugh. I was wiped out and couldn't even think about getting any workouts in (I would cough to death and then keel over if I tried!) and comfort foods was the only thing... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 00:17:33 EST Cardio-sculpt is a killer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135848 Today as my cardio I did the 20 minute cardio-sculpt workout. I have to say, it's a killer. I was sweating by the end of it. I mean dripping wet sweating! The idea of working 2 muscles groups at the same time is awesome... I think you work 3 times as hard in the process! Whew! That was some effective 20 minutes! <BR> <BR> If you are up for a workout--try this! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-<BR>detail.asp?video=29 </link> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, completed... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:20:36 EST Tuesday, Nov. 12. Catching up after the weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134263 I fell behind a little on my 28 day Bootcamp workout challenge over the weekend. Missed doing anything Friday, Saturday or Sunday, but did 2 of the short toning vids yesterday and 1 of them today. Tonight I'll hit the treadmill or bikes after a 4-H Leader meeting. It will be late, but I need to get back on my workout bandwagon! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed having one of my college girls home for the weekend, though she did have her own things to go and do. That's OK since we had didn't necessarily cl... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:46:25 EST 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129749 I'm getting my blog entry done early today since my daughter is coming home for a visit from college tonight, and I won't be on the computer. Anyhow, today I did the Day 2 video--nice simple lower body workout! The littles were watching me, so they joined in. I purchased a set of 3 lb weights yesterday at Target (and plan on slowly adding to the collection, but this is a good start). Little Guy thinks it is great fun to run off with them, but I'm a little nervous he will drop one on his foot ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 16:07:12 EST New challenge! 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129084 I was sitting here last night sad that I have to wait to rejoin the 5% Challenge until the winter run, when I thought, "Wait a minute! I bet I could find something that will keep me motivated until that Winter 5% Challenge starts up!" So, I did a search and came across the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge! Perfect! This will keep me motivated and give me that little extra to keep the momentum going! <BR> <BR> So, today was the first day. Basically I'm committing to complete a strength/toning video ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 00:57:27 EST Running OUTSIDE. YAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127581 Since I put those November goals down in writing, they are coming along well. This morning I stepped on the scale to see a 2.5 lb loss! I had been waffling about taking the opportunity of a friend watching the kids to get out for a run or just come home and work on projects. Well, there is nothing like success to spur you on! So after dropping the kids off for their playdate, I hit the trail. Our town has a beautiful paved trail that goes about 30 miles on an old railroad bed to another town.... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 17:18:50 EST November goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123135 <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> I looked back and realized I haven't gone over my goals since August. So, let's look at those old goals. They were mostly long term ones: <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> I want to be at my goal weight of 145 by summer 2013. I have about 40 pounds to go. ***Working on this! Seeing slow, but steady progress*** <BR> <BR> <em>42</em> I want to be able to easily run the 10K at Big Woods in October 2012, followed by ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 01:21:37 EST Frustration, but gotta remember I'm going in the right direction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123118 I was getting very frustrated that I have not dropped as much as I'd thought I would, even with keeping within my ranges and bumping up my fitness. In March I was at 178.5. Now I am at 184. But when I looked at my weight chart, I saw that I was up to 188 on Oct. 12. That was when I really started back on SP and have been OP since. Since Oct. 12, I have dropped 4 pounds. That is just over a pound a week! So although I still haven't gotten back to my 178.5, I have to remind myself of the progre... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 00:49:56 EST 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118593 I think I can really say I'm a runner now. When I hit the treadmill at the workout center, I always choose the 5K option. Whoot! Yeah, a 5K is my NORM now. That continues to amaze me! Who knew that someone who never ran more than distance between bases in softball in her entire life would start running at age 40 and consider running 3.1 miles "normal"??? <BR> <BR> So, as I stated on my status today: <BR> <BR> So the more I run, the more weight I lose so the easier it is to run so I can run... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 01:10:45 EST Wii workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117419 <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> Didn't head into the workout center tonight, so decided to get in a 20 minute Wii Active workout. I did the trainer generated workout--basically choose the intensity, length, and are. I did the core medium workout for 15-20 minutes (turned out to be just under 20). I have to say it was a pretty good workout. Only problem was the rug burns I now have on my elbows from trying to do the semi-reclined leg lifts. UGH! haha! <BR> <BR> I was going to use our Wii Fit Plus p... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:09:00 EST Start of the crazy season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116274 My dad's 76th birthday was yesterday! <em>236</em> Happy birthday, Dad! <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> My mom loves to surprise my dad, so we had a family dinner last night at a restaurant, but she didn't tell him that my 2 brothers and I and our spouses would be joining them. It was a fun little surprise and a great time to visit. Then tonight she planned a dinner for our extended family (including all the grandkids). Not many were actually able to come, but it was still a houseful and lots of... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 02:14:12 EST