BDJOHNSON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BDJOHNSON BDJOHNSON'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/ I MISS Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831711 I cannot believe how much I miss being able to run. It's taken me twenty-odd years to make such a statement, but my recent ankle sprain has me chomping at the bit to heal and return. I haven't even ventured to power-walk but have relied on strength training to provide the bulk of my fitness minutes this week along with my normal walking around at work as a teacher. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:58:59 EST The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of The Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828599 I ran this morning and logged in 3.32 miles in 38:19 but managed to wrench my left ankle on an uneven sidewalk in the neighborhood. Grrrr!!! I've been icing it and keeping it elevated. I have a race in one week and want to be able to finish it. We'll see how the healing process goes this week. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <em>364</em> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 12:11:54 EST Only 300 Minutes Left! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825193 I have only 300 minutes left to meet my annual goal of 12,000 fitness minutes. Perhaps I can make it to 13,000 for the year with a little extra effort during the last month. We'll see how it goes. I'm enjoying my last day of holiday by baking gingerbread men and decorating my house for Christmas while listening to NFL Red Zone. Woo-hoo!!! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:26:10 EST Thanksgiving Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823775 "Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! <BR> Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! <BR> Know that the LORD, he is God! It is He Who made us, and we are His; <BR> We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. <BR> Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! <BR> Give thanks to Him; bless His Name! <BR> For the LORD is good; His steadfast love endures forever, <BR> And His faithfulness to all generations." - Psalm 100 <BR> <BR> <em>28... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:20:21 EST I Ran My Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822625 I signed up for and ran a virtual 5K this week. It was actually a wee bit longer. I ran 3.16 miles in 38:55. Thank You, LORD, for allowing me to run the distance. It has been three months since I officially started training for 5K distances. One of my friends wants me to try a half-marathon in March, but I am content with what I've done so far. Maybe when I'm fifty, I'll do a half-marathon. Ha ha ha! That reminds me; I still haven't registered for my 5K race on December 13. It's the Frosty 5... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:43:59 EST Two Runs So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815971 My first run was 2.12 miles on Monday for 24:52 on the track at the school around the corner. Today's run was 2.30 miles with a time of 28:29 on pavement in the wind. I felt good at the pace and had no desire to speed up. I think I like the cooler weather for running instead of the summer time simply because I am not still mopping up sweat fifteen minutes after a run. It was also nice because I finished before too many people were out and about. I could be alone with my thoughts. For some ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:09:16 EST Keeping Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808520 I ran twice this week and feel good about myself. They weren't the long runs of last week but kept me in shape for any future races I plan to undertake. Feeling strong today! The picture below was taken last week as I reached the end of my 5K race. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1459798943.jpg"> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 07:36:59 EST Bed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807236 I baked four batches of cookies tonight; half will go to work with me tomorrow. I hope I can drag my happy hide out of bed in the morning. More anon. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:39:45 EST Goal Achieved! I did my 5K race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804520 My fellow staffers and I posed for a picture before the race began. I ran a 5K in 35:31 on pavement at an 11:27 mile pace for my birthday. That's pretty good, if I say so myself. That's me on the end in the bright yellow shoes. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>364</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1261901609.jpg"> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:55:01 EST Last Training Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802611 I planned to run at least two miles this morning, but something in me said, "Keep going!" I ran 3.2 miles in 37:48 and burned 427 calories for my trouble. The next time I plan to run will be on Saturday morning for my 5K race. I am elated but a bit sweaty since the weather was warmer than expected for late October, but it's Texas, so go figure! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>521</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:34:16 EST I Ran the Distance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800236 I ran 3.11 miles today in preparation for my 5K in one week. I just had to see if the legs had it in them, and they did. My time was 34:20, and I burned 435 calories. Whew! I have an ESL Supplemental certification test on Monday morning, so I think I'll save my next training run for Tuesday morning. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:08:13 EST Making Progress - Second Run of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799099 I ran 2.73 miles in 31:38 and burned 374 calories for my efforts. It felt good even though I'd been up a little bit later than I expected. My race is in nine days, and I pick up my packet on Saturday. Woo-hoo!!! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:30:56 EST First Run of the Week - October 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797876 I ran 2.65 miles in 31:04 this morning in 50-something degree weather. It was marvelous to return from a run without sweat coursing down my face. I think I am part-Siberian Husky after all. Ha ha ha! I've registered for my race on October 25 and plan to be in the jogging corral. The only competition is with myself to complete the course. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:33:52 EST Run Day - October 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793878 I didn't run yesterday when the lightning flashed as my alarm. I held off until today and ran 2.39 miles in 27:50ish and burned 329 calories. I feel accomplished despite the lack of sleep. LORD, thank You for the stamina to keep going. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>248</em> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:39:18 EST This Week's Progress - October 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792111 In 50 degree weather before the sun illuminated the sky, I ran 2.39 miles in 27:46 and burned 329 calories for the day. My race is in three weeks, and I had a 'flu shot on Thursday afternoon which explains my vitamin C addiction the past two days. Time for some more water, but the scale has been my friend today! Woo-hoo!!! I feel FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 08:06:03 EST Two Miles Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788861 My RunKeeper app freaked out but I knew approximately how much and how long I ran. It was definitely two miles of distance. I am training for a 5K race on Saturday, October 25, and I want to run the distance at least once before I run in the race. It's called the Gary Burns Fun Run, and it's held each year to raise money for the Frisco Education Foundation. Want more information? Check out the link below. ¡Ciao! <BR> <BR> <link>www.friscoisd.org/news/2014/09/25/fu<BR>n-run </link> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:30:26 EST High School Reunion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783892 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1842246285.jpg"> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:30:03 EST Third Run of the Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782768 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781436 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780096 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779655 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778286 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775642 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773791 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770926 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769186 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760692 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757338 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743191 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730423 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728239 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720506 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1085883313.jpg"> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:50:04 EST There are No Coincidences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714833 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710205 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710204 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705722 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702572 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700500 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698950 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697509 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696832 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694589 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691024 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688605 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l487685837.jpg"> Tue, 6 May 2014 03:20:33 EST Front Yard Looks Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687005 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686151 Those bonus spins have been wretched the past couple of days. Yergh. Sat, 3 May 2014 00:32:57 EST National Day of Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684583 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684170 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682843 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680893 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