BAM0827's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BAM0827 BAM0827'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/ My HM#3 Recap - Buffalo Creek HM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4540549 Eighteen months ago I would have never imagined writing a half marathon recap blog – now I’m writing my third in 6 months’ time. Yep, me, Britt who couldn’t pass the one mile run on middle school fitness test and couldn’t run between two lamp posts five years ago (maybe even 3 years ago if I thought hard enough of an example in which I tried). <BR> <BR> I signed up for the Buffalo Creek Half Marathon only about 3 weeks ago. When I finished my second in mid-Sept, I figured I had a good am... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:56:32 EST Half Marathon #2 Completed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4494560 After our May half marathon, Bonnie and I thought we should do somewhere for another one in the fall. Looking at schedules and costs, Erie's Half Marathon on Presque Isle seemed like a good choice. <BR> <BR> We went up late Saturday morning and went right to pick up our packets. I've never really been to Erie (maybe twice in college to visit a friend) so it was nice to see such a pretty place like Presque Isle. Packet pick-up was quick and easy and they had three vendors (I think the lo... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:33:18 EST The "doctor's scale" and a new mini goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4422721 Since I bought a new scale earlier this year I was a bit bummed that I'll never know how much I really have lost since my new scale was higher than my old one. While I totally understand that scales are calibrated differently, having just one scale would help with knowing total pounds lost - apples to apples. <BR> <BR> It hit me this past Monday that I have a consistent scale - the doctor's style one in the locker room at work (we have a small gym). I used to use it all the time when I use... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:11:59 EST Best Pound I've Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4409385 I stepped on the scale this morning to see 159.2. I think this means I officially ended a 5-6 month plateau. In February, I had to buy a new scale which showed me about 5 pounds more than the older one. I didn’t like it but it was what it was. Since then I have fluctuated between 161 and 164. That’s a long time to see the same 3 pounds up and down. Two weeks ago I was at 160.4 and then this morning’s results…the plateau has ended. In this time, I lost a half inch to a full inch in the ... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:20:36 EST Why I Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4271135 I saw Serene_Me's blog about "Why I Run" and thought it was a great idea. Since hers, I see there have been a few more - I guess it's a good bandwagon to jump onto! <BR> <BR> My dad started running when I was about 8 and continued for another 30 years or so. I remember he going on runs every morning - rain, snow, heat, whatever - I don't think he knew what a rest days were. He'd come back all sweaty but always in a good mood. We slept in the race shirts he acquired over the years. He is... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 21:42:08 EST 1 + 3.1 + 5 + 6.2 + 189.5 + 13.1 = Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4245900 I ran my first half marathon this past Sunday - the Pittsburgh Marathon. I know, I've been slow on a recap but I'll be honest, I don't remember a lot of the race. I didn't remember it a few hours later - kind of weird. <BR> <BR> The weekend was a good one - except if I saw one more carb, I would have puked! We met a few Sparkers before the Expo, so that is always fun. We walked around the Expo and bought a couple of things - probably was there a bit too long because I was tired when we g... Fri, 20 May 2011 17:12:39 EST My 2 New "Experiments" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4181355 I have been too focused on the scale for too long. Like I've written in other blogs (and responding to so many posts on a message board) it's just a number and one that we have so little control over. In reality, though, I'm still overweight and not only want to lose weight but need to. So I can't ignore the scale entirely. <BR> <BR> My new things <BR> <BR> 1) Stepping on the scale every other Friday. I think this will help me have a better perspective on the importance of the scale. I... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:53:37 EST Strength Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4143446 I rarely ever do it. Last time was at the gym and it's probably has been a month since I've been there since I've been running outside (cross training has been slacking, too). Even when I would do some at the gym, it wasn't a lot. <BR> <BR> I need to do it. I know the importance. I know the benefits - both physically and mentally. <BR> <BR> I have dumbbells. I have resistance bands. I have a book or two. <BR> <BR> I need a plan. I also need a reward. I've learned that I am mor... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 08:18:57 EST My sort of weekend review and a couple ah-has http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4127801 I’ve been writing this blog in my head for a little while now, when I tried to get it typed last week, I had trouble organizing my thoughts, so I hit delete. After Just a Short Run (JASR) this weekend, I wanted to give it another try - it may be long because I’m realizing another blog I was writing in my head is related – so my apologies in advance. Also I hope it looks OK because I typed it in Word - I hope it transfers OK. <BR> <BR> “Shy isn’t a feeling, it’s an action” – a therapist I... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 22:07:27 EST Saying No http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4065617 Means saying YES to me. <BR> <BR> I finally stayed awake for a whole The Biggest Loser episode the other night. One of the contestants made this statement after she was home for 2 weeks facing temptations "When I say NO, I say Yes to me!" <BR> <BR> Gosh, that's such a great statement. Is it one that's popular and I haven't heard before? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just thinking about it in that way boosts my confidence... I haven't even had a temptation since I heard it but when I think "Says... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 09:53:20 EST How early to eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4025326 I've been at a basic standstill with my weightloss for what seems like months. I know I need to add more strength training and quit the mini Snickers Bars throughout the day - but besides that I've been eating well and exercising often (enough). <BR> <BR> I was thinking the other day that I may be waiting too long to start my metabolism going. I eat breakfast every day but it's usually 2.5-3 hours after I wake up. I wonder if by eating earlier, it may help get the weightloss going again. ... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:58:17 EST The scale is dictating more than it should http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4009154 For most of January I was in a holding pattern at about 161. Some times plus a pound or two but that's OK because of water. Then I saw the scale at 158. YAY, a great feeling. I love being in the 150s, it helps me mentally because I don't ever remember being here before. I don't remember being in the 160s either but something about the 150s just makes me really happy. <BR> <BR> Then a week or so later (last weekend) I see 154.5, 155.5, 155. YAY!! I even waited until mid week to change ... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 10:11:09 EST My Third Sparkversary! How great it's been! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3894790 Three years ago today Bonnie stumbled upon SparkPeople and we signed up. That weekend, I remember walking around Wal-Mart buying Tupperware (to pack work meals in) and a food scale. I'm guessing Bonnie probably wanted the food scale because she loves "gadgets"; I made sure we bought the cheapest one because I thought we probably weren’t going to use it. In other words, I had little faith in myself and my ability to make a change. <BR> <BR> Over the next few days, I looked around SparkPeo... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 22:16:59 EST A few pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3869017 Can be a world of difference in one's psyche. <BR> <BR> I have gained about 4 pounds (maybe 5) over the past few weeks and it feels like 20. I'm sure anyone looking at me can't tell but for me it's like I'm back in size 16W pants. (OK, maybe size 14). I LOVED being in the 150s and I'm not right now. <BR> <BR> I learned a long time ago not to expect perfection. I'm OK when I have a higher calorie day realizing that it's what I do the majority of the time that really matters. Well, I t... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:06:47 EST Conservative goals for December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3814492 Thinking of my life last December and how this year will probably be the same - I decided to have very conservative goals for the month. <BR> <BR> - Work out 2 times a week (I know I should shoot for more but I know me) <BR> - Only get take out 1 time a week <BR> - Lose 0-2 pounds this month. <BR> - Staying in my calorie range on all days except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day my family celebrates Christmas (day or two after). (This goal isn't too hard to achieve) <BR> - Drink my... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:42:39 EST One of my best runs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3775950 For no other reason than I went for a run. I started a blog this morning titled "Confession" where I wrote about not exercising for 2 weeks. I decided not to post it because I didn't have much to say about it. I have no reason, excuses, etc. I just didn't exercise. I only started feeling bad about it in the last 2 days. And that was only slightly bad about it <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I left work late, it's getting dark earlier, had to make dinner etc and I really just was going to sit... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:19:15 EST It's the little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3752497 We had a Halloween party last night. I don't like the holiday because I hate the pressure of finding a costume. I figure if I'm going to dress up, I need a good costume. So, I realize it's a self-induce pressure but then again, most pressures usually are. <BR> <BR> Anyway, Bonnie had a 50s work party a few weeks ago and they had Pink Ladies outfits. So we went the easy way and used them. She borrowed a jacket and poodle skirt (cheap costume one made of felt) from her co-worker for me. ... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 19:54:23 EST 61 Paperclips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3739135 I put my 61st paperclip on my strain the other day. I looked back at when I put together the 54 as a reminder of how far I've come. It was July27th. That is 14 weeks ago - so I'm averaging 1/2 pound a week. At this rate, it's going to take another 40 weeks to get where I hope to be. <BR> <BR> A big part of me thinks "well, it's no big deal, I'll be living those 40 weeks anyway, so I might as well lose weight while I'm doing it". <BR> <BR> A small part of me thinks - really, another 1... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 13:20:40 EST Fat Talk Free Week" - I'm liking it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3723223 I found this link on Jilian Michale's Facebook page this morning. (There's a few embedded links in the article for a little more info) <BR> <BR> <link>www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8<BR>599,2025345,00.html?xid=rss-mostpopular </link> <BR> <BR> I think we all know the power of good self-talk. I was thinking last week how many people on Spark continually bash themselves in small ways - which really hurts their self-conscious more than any caloric high day would hurt our bodies. La... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:18:27 EST Is this really that hard? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3697559 Every once in awhile it hits me, this just isn't that hard. Today is one of those days. I'm sure many people who are on the same journey as I would whole heartedly disagree with me but for me - it’s just not that hard. I apologize in advance if what I write offends anyone, I don't mean to sound flippant or demean anyone's feelings. This is just my thoughts on it all. <BR> <BR> I often have pictures in my head when people say/write certain things. When I read "this is so hard" I envision... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 19:42:58 EST Oct 4th - No creative blog title http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3692498 I kind of shocked myself today thinking I need a fitness goal (half marathon is a pretty far off). Until recently, I'm not much of a goal setter. My goals of 5 and 6.2 miles changed that. I enjoyed having a plan and something to work towards. I went to the gym today (a little dreary to be going outside) and got on the treadmill. Did my usual 3 minute warm-up to Queen Latifah's "Champion" and then set the treadmill for 5.7 - that's a 10:30 mile. I kept it up for a mile - even moved it up... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 20:47:55 EST The Great Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3671787 I guess it was official name of the 10K this morning, but also an unofficial name for mine :) <BR> <BR> I started writing a long blog about my dilemma with clothes, my yucky stomach this morning, etc, but then thought no need to bore anyone - I had a goal to run one 10K this year and I DID IT! Struggling in January on the treadmill to do a half a mile is long gone. I planned, trained and met my goal. Even up until yesterday I was giving myself that small out of "walk if you have to" but... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 15:46:02 EST Quick blog on my 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3607638 I had anotherPR today- 35:03. So close to under 35 that I was hoping. Really, I was secretly hoping for 33 but it wasn't in the cards. <BR> <BR> We ran the whole thing, with a sprint at the end (Bonnie said 33 minutes so we ran faster to try and finish at 35). I was slightly disappointed in the time because I felt like we were at a better pace. We were passing and weaving around people and it felt good. Our pace was a little slower in the second mile so we must have lost a bit of ti... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 22:05:46 EST Another first this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3600221 I haven't come up with a plan for the month of September when it comes to running so I'm just using the one I had to reach the 5 miles. So today was a 2 mile run. It's staying darker longer in the mornings so I'm not entirely comfortable looping the side streets of my neighborhood - they are the somewhat flat ones. The main street, as I've described before, is basically a hill up. There's a few valleys and a little flat. But with valleys come hills on the way back. :) One great thing i... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 11:43:09 EST YAY Me! I ran 5 miles today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3586689 Yep, I did. <BR> <BR> We chose to go to a trail by my parents that's basically a flat one. I thought it was more tree covered but oh well. We got a later start than we planned (the dog lets us sleep in the one day getting up would have been OK) so of course it was warmer than we had liked. <BR> <BR> 5 miles is kind of far (takes me 15 minutes to drive 5 miles to work). I am happy I did it. I did walk about 3 minutes of it (excluding the 3 minute warm-up) but I'll take that. It was abo... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 20:41:14 EST Body Image and other stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3573564 The other day I was reading someone's Spark page after reading a post on a message board. At the top of her page was her "before" picture. I looked at her thinking - you're not as overweight as you think. I scroll down some and see her starting weight was 168. While I fully support anyone who wants to lose weight even if it's 5 pounds because I know it's more to do with feeling good about oneself, I thought - you look good. <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 165 this morning - so that's 3 pounds ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 13:33:27 EST I am thin, I am healthy, I am athletic, I am... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3494882 I was reading the Panic message board on Friday and there was a post “Depressed and Discouraged” in which the original poster writes about the roller coaster she is on when it comes to weight. I see a response from newest SparkFriend SPARKINGMYLIFE suggesting the poster read an article – <link>www.ironmagazine.com/article151.h.tm<BR>l </link> <BR> <BR> Curious, I clicked on it - and I’m glad I did. Although, I didn’t fully understand his money analogy - the rest of it made total sense ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 12:06:07 EST Family Feud - a little fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3477974 Let's Play Family Feud! <BR> <BR> Found this on SUSIEMILO’s blog who got it from someone who got it from someone and so on. I thought it was fun and since my work to-do list is only 20 items long I thought I would fill it out myself. (My to-do is usually about 5 things - so there is some sarcasm there.) Here goes… <BR> <BR> You are not allowed to use my answers ... you must use different ones!!! <BR> <BR> 1. Name something you use in the shower? Loofah <BR> <BR> 2. Something people h... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:22:04 EST Peacock Feathers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3475180 I feel my peacock feathers are flaired all day when I exercise in the morning. It could be endorphines (is that what they're called) or it can be just a sense of accomplishment - maybe a combo. It's like I walk with an extra bounce in my step throughout the day after a morning of exercise. I wonder if the bounce has extra calories burned because I also seem to walk more to the bathroom after a morning run :) <BR> <BR> This morning's run was still at 2 miles but the good thing was my avera... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 13:52:03 EST 52 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3452622 I have to keep reminding myself that I've lost that much weight and I've kept it off. I feel like I'm in a mental rut and obsessing about not losing any weight in months. To help me remember it, I'm thinking about making a visual of it. My first thought was a paper clip chain - 52 for now. I thought fun colors strewn in my cube at work would be a good reminder. Then I thought how I'm getting a new cube soon - a window one but it has a pillar. I then thought I could do 52 paper flowers a... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:04:04 EST Plan on hold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3410251 I am not sure for how long. <BR> <BR> I got up early to do my 2 miles and got to the end of my street did a kind of run/walk/jump off the curb to cross the street and I feel something in my calf pull/tear. It was weird, I almost heard it, too. (that could be my imagination, though.) It hurt to put pressure on my leg and walk. Luckily I was only 5 houses away, so I turned around and headed home. <BR> <BR> That calf muscle was sore at the beginning of the week after a run but I just thou... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 08:33:16 EST I have a plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3383458 I've written a few times that I'd like to run 5 miles on my 40th birthday - Aug 27th. After running races the past couple of weekends I thought it wasn't going to happen. Bonnie thought all I needed was a training schedule - I thought she was crazy. <BR> <BR> I googled 5 mile training programs and found one right away. I don't remember the site (I copied the chart into Word) but it was a Novice to 8K, 8 week program. What I like about it - running only 3 days a week, cross training 2. D... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:04:06 EST Dang weathermen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3366092 I set my alarm to get up before 5 and go running/walking. As I was getting ready for bed I had the news on and good ole Jeff the weatherman said that a huge storm would be coming in and would be with us "during our waking hours" and last for awhile. Then the day would clear up and be quite pleasant. I thought I could run in the rain but it sounded like a thunderstorm because Jeff said that it could be waking us up before our alarms. I reset my alarm and figured I'd go after work today. <BR... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 09:27:10 EST 5K - Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3353194 I finished but didn't meet my goal of running the whole time. I didn't walk for any length of distance or time but I did walk for 10-20 yards a few times. So that's the not so good news. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I did a 11:50 mile finishing in 36:42 beating my previous best time of 38:44. <BR> <BR> There's really not much to write about. I'm not sure if I'm happy with my walking but I think I was listening to my body - there were times that breathing was hard. We started at pr... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 17:03:01 EST My nephew - a motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3351370 We were in Cleveland for yesterday and today for my niece's dance recital (gosh those are long, luckily my niece was in 10 of the 60 songs - her cousin in 2...made the 4 hours go by a little easier). <BR> <BR> My nephew, Patrick, turned 14 on Wednesday. I can do a lot of bragging about him but I won't :). He has been an active soccer player for years and is headed to the high school team in the fall. He mentioned that he had to go for a run this morning but slept in - he'll go tomorrow. ... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 22:31:44 EST I know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3328206 I know I know how to make a good choice <BR> I know when to say no and use my voice <BR> I know that ice cream isn't a good dinner <BR> I know that I am a winner <BR> <BR> I know that my body needs to move <BR> I know I need to find a new groove <BR> I know I have the strengh from within <BR> I know I want to know what it's like to be thin <BR> <BR> I know I am not taking care of me <BR> I know if I start I'd feel more free <BR> I know I it starts with one small step <BR> I know I know what... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 21:56:56 EST An update - not much happening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3280801 But I was thinking WOW, what a difference a week makes. <BR> <BR> A week ago I was just so blah. I can think of a few reasons why but none of them were really that significant of things. Maybe collectively, they just added up. Anyway, this week was better. <BR> <BR> I realized this week that I eat when I'm bored. I don't think I really pinpointed that before. I'm not a stress eater - I very rarely am stressed. I don't eat if I'm upset - I am rarely upset (I'm pretty even keeled). ... Sat, 29 May 2010 21:39:58 EST Blahs and shopping... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3255249 I think part of my blah mood has been my weight being at a standstill for over a month. I tell people daily on the message boards we can't control the scale but I still have that small part of me whose hopes get squelched when I step on it. I'm debating about going back to the weighing daily but I'm not sure if that will help. I do know that I haven't been doing all I can to lose weight but I'm stuck in the cycle of being blah so not exercising, but I know that exercising will help with the... Fri, 21 May 2010 21:32:19 EST New Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3223459 I work for a consulting company and wrote a blog last week. I was asked to shorten it and try and relate it a little more to business- so I did. As I was looking at my original one, I thought it would apply to SP to some extent, although we've probably all heard it before. So here it is. (edited question at the end) <BR> ________________________________________<BR>_________________________ <BR> <BR> For the past couple of seasons I have been a dedicated "The Biggest Loser”fan. A reality... Wed, 12 May 2010 19:44:55 EST ABC Quiz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3200341 I thought this would be a light-hearted thing to do first thing in the morning. <BR> ________________________________________<BR>_____________ <BR> <BR> If you've are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog. <BR> <BR> A - Age: 39 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Emptying the dishwasher <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: Levi <BR> <BR> E - Essential start ... Thu, 6 May 2010 08:07:41 EST A few random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3176796 Thought 1- Daily for the past couple weeks I think "I should blog today". I started one the other day abut how I admire those who blog daily or almost daily. I appreciate them sharing their story with me (us). I am awe that they find such great topics to post about and wonder how they do it. Their honesty helps me with my own. I want to blog more often hopefully I can be as creative and honest as all of you. <BR> <BR> Thought 2- I've barely exercised in the past 2 weeks. While I unders... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 20:52:22 EST I think I've made a decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3033672 To hide my scale <BR> <BR> My normal morning routine has included stepping on the scale before I jump in the shower. This morning I went to the gym so as I was in my morning grog getting ready to head out, I said to myself "don't step on the scale." I stepped on the scale. So many of my thoughts while on the bike and rowing machine was how dependent I've become on a number and I needed to stop. So what did I do before I got in the shower I stepped on the scale in the locker room (it's ge... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 11:41:36 EST Overwhelmed, inspired and thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3019659 On my one year anniversary with Spark I had written a message board post about all the great things I had learned through the site and its members. I enjoyed the reflection of how far I’d come and how I was becoming the person I wanted to be. You can imagine my joy when I received an email from Coach Nicole asking if it would be OK to turn the post into a Spark People article. Um, yeah, it would be OK. More than OK, really. When the edited version (of course, Nicole’s grammar is better t... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:01:44 EST Exercising in Pittsburgh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3008062 Is not that easy. <BR> <BR> I live right outside the city limits so it is still almost like the city. I take this one route to work often and last week picked a point and checked the mileage - about 3 miles round trip. I thought - I found my new course. <BR> <BR> Um, it will be awhile before I do that one again. In the car, I did not notice the hills and the slight uphill grade that seems to be the majority of the way. I knew there was some hills but I must have blocked out the other... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 18:40:26 EST Today I became a runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2961543 I had 36 minutes to think of a title for this blog while on the treadmill this morning. Today, I am became a runner! <BR> <BR> Sure I have run before. I even have two t-shirts to say I did a 5K (although, truth be told I walked part of them, which was OK with me.) My February 22nd blog was about running 1.25 miles consecutively. I was so happy that day because I realized I was finally tearing down some of those mental limitations. Tuesday of this week I did 1.75 miles straight. After ... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 10:11:34 EST Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2917898 Part of the reason I joined a bigger gym this year was because I wanted variety in working out. I have a very small gym at work that is free but I was bored. Until this morning I was doing the same things at LA Fitness as I did at work's gym but the vibe is different in the big gym - so that's been good. One of the appeals of LA Fitness was the pool. <BR> <BR> Now, I haven't swam more than a lap of a pool since high school and even then I'm sure it was for a few weeks during swim class. ... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 12:53:38 EST One song, two songs, one mile - maybe more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2913682 Before the big storm that shut us down for a few days, I was kind of doing the C25K program. I'd slightly modify it - usually for the better (meaning I'd run a little bit more on the run intervals). Last week, I resumed my jogging at the gym. Well the first day was killing my calves. So the other days I remembered what a friend of mine suggested a couple years ago when I started out - get some good songs going and run a song, walk a song. So that's what I did for a few days, including S... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 14:25:35 EST January Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2822244 I had a pretty good January. The scale hasn't moved much this month and I'm trying to take my own advice that I've given many on the message board - you can't control the scale, so don't try. Most of the time, it works - that frustration creeps out every once in awhile. <BR> <BR> I have had a major focus on eating more fruits and veggies every day. So far, I've done well. Usually it was 2 fruits and 3 veggies a day. That is something I could be proud of. Since, I've had this focus, I f... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 20:10:39 EST Been here 2 years and haven't added a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2765781 I have been thinking about this a lot in the past week. I've been here over 2 years and the only friends I have on my page are my partner and SparkGuy. At this point, though, I feel like it's too late to start adding. I have had a lot of people add me to their list but I have never reciprocated - it feels kind of rude to start adding people now. Where would I start if I did? <BR> <BR> Also, I'm trying to figure out why I really haven't added. Is there a certain maintenance to the friend... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 08:19:31 EST Joined the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2736970 Well I joined on Jan 1st (got a good deal) but went for the first time yesterday, then made a repeat performance today. The jury is still out if I'm going to like it. My company has a gym, but it's small. I think there's 6 cardio machines, 5 weight stations and a bunch of free weights. It is nice to be able to go when I want and most often have the place to myself (I'd be there at about 5:40 in the morning) <BR> <BR> The new gym is quite intimadating. People everywhere, lots of equipmen... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:41:01 EST