BDJOHNSON's SparkPeople Blog BDJOHNSON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community High School Reunion I went to my 30th high school reunion last night. I had fun seeing everyone who attended. I just wanted to see folks in person and hug them in person. My wish was granted, and I am content. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:30:03 EST Third Run of the Week! I ran 2.18 miles in 25:05 and felt the same level of euphoria afterwards. I also don't feel fatigued right now. Woo-hoo! I am grateful that the LORD allowed me a good run today. It's been a long time since I have notched up that distance in one session. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:21:15 EST Run Number Two I ran 1.60 miles in 18:18 and burned 223 calories for my efforts. Woo-hoo! My goal is to run one more time this week for about the same distance. My rest was broken on Monday night, so Tuesday was a no-go. Today is a new day, and I feel good albeit still a bit sweaty while I cool off. More anon. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:35:53 EST Off Day Today I ran and unexpectedly walked yesterday, so today is my day to be "off" from cardio exercise just to recover a bit. The scale was friendly this morning, and that's a good start to the work week. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:09:18 EST A Good Start to the Week I ran 1.61 miles in 18:07 today before going to church with my son. It did my body and soul a world of good to know that I've already logged in some serious exercise time. Normally, I don't like to run on Sunday mornings, but today it felt good to get out there. My goal is to run twice more this week. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:09:43 EST Second Run of the Week - September 11, 2014 I ran 1.38 miles in 16:18 including a bit on the street with most on the track to preserve my knees. It felt good to finish and say, "I've done it." Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:39:57 EST First Run of the Week - Sep. 8, 2014 I didn't have time to walk to the track, run, walk a couple of laps, and then walk home, so I simply ran in the neighborhood then walked when finished. I logged 1.35 miles in 15:47 today. It felt good. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:26:59 EST Second Run of the Week I was so dead-dog tired yesterday that I hit my snooze several times, much to my husband's chagrin. Last night I slept better, so I felt that I was able to run this morning. I ran 1.31 miles in 15:46 which is slower than earlier this week, but I could feel that I wasn't going as rapidly. I also knew that it's not the speed but the stamina that determines success. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:33:02 EST A Labor Day Run I ran 1.31 miles in 14:47 today and burned 185 calories. On that last quarter mile, I really wanted to just stop and walk, but I kept going somehow. My big glass of water and some time cooling under the ceiling fan are my rewards today. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 07:39:18 EST In 15 Minutes I managed to run 1.32 miles this morning according to my RunKeeper application on my smartphone, and I did it at a pace of 11:26. That is an accomplishment for this little girl. The other accomplishment is that the scale slid in the right direction this week. Woo-hoo! I think I'll celebrate with a baked potato at dinner tonight. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:21:19 EST Another Mile Run I ran 1.07 miles in 12 minutes yesterday, and it was good to finish up. I think my body liked the track's surface instead of the concrete on the streets, but going 'round like a rat in a cage sometimes seems kooky. I'll manage. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:24:51 EST One Mile Monday After waking up around 3:00 A.M. and heading to my recliner, I set my alarm and began to read my novel. Once it woke me up from a dead sleep, I made myself go out and run 1.01 miles using Runkeeper to help me track the distance. I burned 131 calories in 12:41. I feel proud of my accomplishment. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:30:57 EST School Schedule Time Already? My son is in jazz camp this week, and he has to be there by 8:30 A.M. every day, so I am on work mode as far as waking up goes. Next week, I have a work shop on Monday and Tuesday. My son's high school band camp begins next Monday at 8:00 A.M. We will be juggling schedules and pick-ups then because our faithful old Honda's A/C is on the fritz, and it's summer time in Texas. On we go! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:57:58 EST Half-way Mark We will have hit the half way mark of 2014 at 12:00 P.M. today. We will have exactly 182.5 days left. Random fact of the day. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:40:59 EST Mama's Birthday Today is my mother's birthday. She and her high school friend went on a trip over the week, so Daddy had to pick her up yesterday. They'll be driving back home and arrive this afternoon. My family and I plan to be there to wish her a happy birthday and hug her neck after not seeing her for a week. I have missed her! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:36:10 EST Baseball Fan I went to watch my now former students play in the championship game for their league, and they managed to win with only eight players. What determination they showed! I am almost as proud as their parents as you can see in the picture below. I will miss these boys in class next year! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:50:04 EST There are No Coincidences I was out walking and ran into a wise friend walking her little Scottish Terrier known as Scooter. He enjoyed sniffing out rabbits and exploring the lawns as Dee and I talked and walked. I shared something that is a struggle for me, and her counsel was to pray about it. Those were the words I needed as I headed back to my home. I turned on my praise music and listened to songs by BeBe and Cece Winans, Mahalia Jackson, Michael W. Smith, and Kim Hill before I opened my front door. The combinati... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:47:17 EST Not Good for Me Falling asleep before 11:00 P.M. and then awakening in the wee hours is detrimental to my health. I just know it. My blood pressure was elevated today at work; I had the nurse check it. I'll have to check it again in about six hours. Pray that my numbers are better. Ugh! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 02:24:41 EST Not Good for Me Falling asleep before 11:00 P.M. and then awakening in the wee hours is detrimental to my health. I just know it. My blood pressure was elevated today at work; I had the nurse check it. I'll have to check it again in about six hours. Pray that my numbers are better. Ugh! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 02:24:39 EST Game Day We are having our second annual staff vs. students softball game, and I am praying for a safe game with no injuries. I like to compete against the kids in friendly events like this, so it's fun to "trash talk" about how they will lose and need tissues to wipe away their tears. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 05:24:40 EST Eighteen Years Today my husband and I have been married eighteen years. I wonder where the time has flown, but we have a son, a house, and each other. I am blessed. <BR> <BR> <em>336</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 06:17:58 EST A Good Night I slept through the night last night and the night before, so I feel coherent even before my coffee. Don't tell my students, though. I like to keep the bluff going about needing coffee. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> Thu, 22 May 2014 06:43:52 EST Tuesday I am up and don't feel like moving too quickly this morning. I think it's a result of the Benadryl I took last night to combat the itchiness from a tree in my backyard. The sap makes the skin itch, but it isn't poison ivy or oak. I'll have to figure it out. Tue, 20 May 2014 06:41:19 EST Today's Fitness I walked one mile then came home and did some strength training exercises including squats, standing abduction, overhead shoulder press, and standing Russian twist. I feel good about my goal being accomplished for the day: at least ten minutes of fitness. I managed 29 so far. I'll head to the worship service with my son and then come home to prepare lunch. More anon. Sun, 18 May 2014 08:46:03 EST I Slept In! I woke up around 6:07 A.M. and it was wonderful to sleep in on Saturday morning. My rest was unbroken all through the night, and I feel like a new person today. Sat, 17 May 2014 07:38:23 EST Falling Rain I am listening to a deluge of rain falling outside, and it is a tremendous blessing for our area. I am praying that the lakes fill up a bit more as a result. <BR> <BR> <em>257</em> Wed, 14 May 2014 02:03:02 EST Sweet Gestures I was rather sluggish yesterday but managed to get to work on time before the rains hit. One of my co-workers gave me a Mother's Day card; I nearly started crying because it was sweet. I hugged him thank you. Yes, he is young enough to be my son, but he isn't. I jokingly tell the students that he's my younger brother. Some of them don't believe me, but I think others do. <BR> <BR> Around the middle of the day I have my conference period and teaming period. We had nothing scheduled toda... Fri, 9 May 2014 05:04:14 EST Eyes Wide Open? I went to sleep between 10 and 11 o'clock last night and slept hard until 1:35 or so. Yikes. I have Curriculum Night later today, and my students parents are coming to play games in the classrooms. I didn't think I was concerned about it because I have everything ready for the activity. I just don't like this wakefulness during the wee hours of the night. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 6 May 2014 03:20:33 EST Front Yard Looks Better I worked in my front yard yesterday trimming the spirea and holly bushes. I was hot and sweaty but content to see the results of my labor. Whew! Today may find me working on pulling some weeds that are rather persistent. If not today, then this week. Sun, 4 May 2014 08:52:09 EST Bonus Spin Bust Those bonus spins have been wretched the past couple of days. Yergh. Sat, 3 May 2014 00:32:57 EST National Day of Prayer Today is the National Day of Prayer. Although I won't be attending a special service at my church, I do pray as I walk on my route, drive to work, and go through my day. I adhere to 1 Thessalonians 5:17 which states "Pray without ceasing." Sometimes my prayers are spoken aloud. Others are sobbed as I lie on the floor. Still others are whispers or one breath long. I know that the LORD God hears me and my prayers. I haven't any other option to believe. I also know that I sometimes feel disc... Thu, 1 May 2014 06:20:55 EST I Managed to Get it Done I did manage to run one mile today before I went to work today. It was just what I needed to unwind the tangles of my thoughts. I even had the opportunity to pray for a friend albeit I was panting as I ran along. God is still good all of the time, and all of the time, God is good. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:55:25 EST Running Like a Mad Fool At work, we took part in team building activities such as basketball drills, a game called "Mission Impossible," and relay races. It was fun and tiring. I came home, made dinner, and crashed while watching the Texas Rangers and then Dallas Mavericks take on the San Antonio Spurs. My son decided he needed a break tonight, so he didn't go to Taekwondo. I made some brownies once I woke up, so now they're cooling in the pan awaiting the cover. I will take them to work tomorrow and share them... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:58:59 EST May I Have a Lazy Day? I woke up late for me today and felt no guilt. I went to the grocery store and came home again. My husband woke up and helped me put the groceries away. That was sweet. I ate my breakfast and drank my requisite two mugs of coffee. Now, I have some dusting and vacuuming to do, but the laundry calls me to attend to it, too. I don't want to do the housework, but I'll be happier once it's done. After I am done and get cleaned up for the day, I think I'll take my lazy day, finally. We had ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:50:05 EST May I Have a Lazy Day? I woke up late for me today and felt no guilt. I went to the grocery store and came home again. My husband woke up and helped me put the groceries away. That was sweet. I ate my breakfast and drank my requisite two mugs of coffee. Now, I have some dusting and vacuuming to do, but the laundry calls me to attend to it, too. I don't want to do the housework, but I'll be happier once it's done. After I am done and get cleaned up for the day, I think I'll take my lazy day, finally. We had ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:50:02 EST Loop Jumping There are days when I feel as though I jump through loops like a trained lioness in a circus. Some days, the loop is on fire; other days it isn't. I'd like to know if it's on fire beforehand, if you don't mind. Sigh. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:06:03 EST Getting Back on Track I ran 1.5 miles this morning to get myself ready for a 5K race in May. I am determined to do it despite obstacles that I face. I have to do this. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:20:47 EST Grey Clouds Outside I woke up around 4:45 and spent time looking at Pinterest and logging in yesterday's food on SparkPeople. I took my walk and did some strength training afterwards. I am in great spirits, but the grey clouds that are promising to produce rain (Hallelujah!) are making me tired. I think it's time for a quick rest in the recliner under a blanket. If I get into my bed, then I won't get up in time for church. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:18:47 EST My Miracle! I did receive the miracle I really needed, and I am grateful. Thank you to all who prayed for me and my situation. Much love! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:18:50 EST Payback Time Even when you make a mistake and have to pay the required, necessary consequences, it's still no fun. Praying for a miracle today and tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:09:44 EST Pain Has Me Up I took some Aleve for the pain in my back about fifteen minutes ago, and I am awaiting some relief. It is a sharp, stinging pain that sometimes takes my breath away when the muscles connected to my rib cage hurt. The pain is primarily concentrated on the right hand side of my back. I had to go to sleep sitting in the recliner in the den to feel the most comfortable. Lying flat is the worst thing I can do. Baffling but on I go. I know that the LORD is in control and that He will let me exp... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 04:35:55 EST Upper Back Pain My upper back is still in spasm to the point that I won't do any real exercise today besides walking around the grocery store. I'll be near a heating pad or ice pack to get the pain to break. Yergh! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 07:11:11 EST Dinna Let It Be LORD, just as I am restarting my running, please let this back pain subside. I want to run to be healthy, but I'm being careful. Argh! <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 19:58:32 EST Not Too Much Cardio Today I didn't sleep as well as I'd like last night and found myself awake around 3:00 A.M. due to temperature issues (hot flash). I got up and went on Pinterest then went back to sleep in my recliner. As a result, I stayed there longer than expected and didn't get out of the house in time to go walking. I did some strength training instead and will count my walking around at school as my primary cardio for the day. It's all good. More anon. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:00:20 EST First Run of the Month I ran 1.5 miles this morning and did some stretching afterwards. I feel terrific! Today, our 7th and 8th graders at school are taking their second day of state-mandated testing. The coach has offered a place to burn off energy by walking around the track, playing with balls, and laughing with their friends. I planned to attend yesterday, but today, I am donning my walking shoes and circumnavigating the oval with my students and former students before things begin. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 07:21:28 EST I Hit My Goal I hit my fitness minutes goal for the month of March and managed to exercise for ten minutes per day each day of the month. It feels good to have this as an accomplishment under my belt. I ran 1.5 miles yesterday and 2 miles on Saturday as I am making an effort to change things up a bit with my workouts. I've been a faithful walker for nearly six years and an intermittent runner. I just think that a little variety in exercise helps keep life spicy. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 06:41:15 EST Still Cooking I logged 39 minutes on Thursday and 25 today. Today was interesting because I didn't officially go for a walk. It was related to work with me as a teacher on my feet a good part of the time. Tomorrow will find me with my first meeting of a run group that is beginning in my area. I'm excited to try the social avenue of running. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:28:33 EST I Slept In Even though I slept in this morning, I have managed to accrue 17 minutes of walking for my fitness, and I am pleased. I have papers to grade, a casserole to bake, and laundry to dry, fold, and put away. It's good that I have no other serious plans tonight. More anon. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:34:53 EST Still Streaking into Spring I managed 19 minutes yesterday and have over 30 for today. It's a nice feeling to know that I will reach at least 1000 minutes of fitness for the month of March. It all helps out in the end. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:14:30 EST Just Now Feeling Normal After a three-day visit to Migrainia, I have fully recovered my senses and my well-being. Yesterday found me sleeping and resting to regain my strength after the pain broke on Friday afternoon. It's like a hangover without the chemical involvement (alcohol, etc.). When I took prescription meds, I had this day after the last day when I slept and felt drained. Now, I feel good, and I am ready to tackle some laundry, run some errands, and enjoy time with my husband and son. More anon. <BR> ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:03:57 EST