BELLA_FARFALLA's SparkPeople Blog BELLA_FARFALLA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Completed my first half marathon I am so excited! I ran in the Rock n Roll San Diego half marathon this morning. My goal was to finish and I met it! It was my first and I was very nervous but I made it through and couldn't be happier! I finished in 3:20:53. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 00:43:45 EST Thank you Spark Recipes I found the Spicy Thai Chicken Pasta recipe here on sparkpeople and wanted to make it. My girls are picky eaters and I didn't think they would like it at all. I was WRONG. They loved it! We gave them their new starter/children's chopsticks and they dug right in. This recipe was such a hit tonight. As you can see below. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 23:59:58 EST Food Food is my weakness. I love food. I am picky about what I eat and stay away from fast food if I can. But anything from Indian to Thai to Chinese is a serious weakness of mine. I know it's not great for me but I LOVE the spices and flavors. But it's not just foods from other countries. I love salads, veggies, meat etc. Just food in general. My problem is that I eat at the wrong times and more than I should. I skip breakfast most mornings and eat dinner at 8 or 9 pm sometimes. I know that my ea... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:02:07 EST Reevaluation Time My husband just came home from an 8 month deployment and his ship will be leaving again this summer. Between the demands of family time, going to school full time and keeping up with the house I had to sit down an reevaluate what I am doing. I realized this past week that I was running myself down because I was trying to be everything to everyone. <BR> <BR> Due to time constraints I have now changed my running goal a bit this year. The goal I had set was run the San Diego Rock n Roll Marath... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:05:38 EST He's Almost Home The plans are being made. The house is getting ready. We are planning to make the signs. My husband is almost home from deployment. I am so excited that he will be home soon. The array of emotions is all over the map. I am anxious, happy, scared and more. I have been counting down to this day since the day he left. <BR> <BR> I set a goal for myself when he left and I have not met that goal. I slacked and made excuses after my friend Laura left. Then I made the decision to run a marathon. S... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:18:35 EST How do you compromise on food? My husband is deployed right now. While he has been gone my eating habits and tastes have changed. I prefer ground turkey over ground beef, chicken over steak, and salad has always won out over potatoes of any kind. And I have realized that pizza, chinese, sweets and most fried foods aren't my cup of tea anymore. <BR> <BR> We have been talking more and more recently since homecoming is approaching. He is not too thrilled that there are no ribs, beef or sweet or salty snacks in the house (mi... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 16:40:15 EST Wisdom Teeth Yup....they are being pulled tomorrow. All 4. Why did I sign myself up for that the day after I came home from Hong Kong. Why did I make the appointment in general? I am scared out of my wits of the dentist. I am 25 and I am scared of the dentist. I will admit it. I don't want to go. But I know if I don't I have two friends who will hunt me down and make me go because they know I am in pain. I was awesome last week at keeping up with my work outs while on vacation. Now I am afraid I am going ... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 23:43:53 EST Vacation Been a while since I have blogged on here. I am on vacation in Hong Kong right now but check in daily to Spark. It is like an addiction that I love. I have figured out how to balance workouts with vacation and it is wonderful. I use the hotel gym mostly. But today I am skipping the gym because we are going to be going on an all day walking tour of China. It's an 8 hour trip and most of the time we will be walking so I think that will count for my workout today. I have my pedometer in hand and... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 19:23:29 EST Two goals met I love shopping but hate shopping for clothes for myself. I needed to buy some new shirts though. I went with my two best friends and was surprised when I tried on an XL it was too big. So I went and tried on a large and it fit! Now being the skeptic that I am I figured it was just that store. When I went to another store I was nicely shocked when again a large fit. Get out of an XL goal....met. <BR> <BR> My youngest is 6 1/2 months old. I have been hanging onto some of my pregnancy shirts. ... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 02:29:32 EST Yay for new things My friend is a personal trainer and I trained with her while she was still here after having my youngest daughter. She introduced me to the bosu ball. I love it so much that I finally ordered one of my own! I am so excited! It was delivered today and I am looking forward to using it. <BR> <BR> In addition to the bosu ball I rejoined the YMCA today. Not exactly a toy but still awesome. I have missed going since I stopped when I was pregnant. I am looking forward to child free workouts. I am ... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 01:23:15 EST SparkPeople 80's Cardio Workout I bought the cardio blast DVD and it arrived in the mail today. I was SOOO excited! After the kids were put to bed I popped it in and picked the 80's workout. 10 minutes later I was feeling great. It was such a great workout! I can wait to try some of the others tomorrow. The Cardio kickboxing looks like fun. <BR> <BR> After the 10 minute video I did my one hour on the wii fit plus. One of my goals is to do one hour on the wii fit plus 6 days a week. I did 30 minutes of the free run and 30 ... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 02:04:20 EST Feeling guilty about vacation I have a weeks vacation coming up next week. I wouldn't be so worried if it wasn't for the fact of where I am going. I know I am going to completely lose a day while flying. Stupid international date line. It's going to throw my marathon training schedule off because the day I lose is supposed to be a day that I run. I am hoping the hotel has a treadmill so I can hop on it when I get there. <BR> <BR> How do you keep up with workouts on vacation? Especially in a foreign country? I know I am ... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 14:29:27 EST Super Bowl Pot Luck We had a pot luck today. There were so many yummy choices. I made the mistake of losing track of the time while getting ready since the party was here. I need to make more of an effort to eat in the morning so I don't overeat in the afternoon like I did today. The chicken salad sandwiches that my friend brought were amazing! I just need to make sure that I eat within moderation and eat before. <BR> <BR> Sleep at a normal time would be nice too. I need to start setting aside more time during... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 02:56:41 EST What happened? Somehow yesterday got away from me. It was a crazy day with so many different things going on. I have been doing great keeping up with my blogging, exercising and such. I have no idea what happened. But I am not going to let it phase me or get me down. I will just continue with what I have been doing. <BR> <BR> I am loving the Wii Fit Plus when it rains. It's a nice way to get some exercise in. I am looking forward to my bosu ball coming in the mail. It will be awesome to be able to do my w... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 23:00:22 EST Today's MT Run Today my friend and I took the two dogs for a run while my other friend took my girls for a walk in the stroller. I love running in their neighborhood because I don't feel self conscious if I run around the neighborhood. We made a exchange...I would run with her dog and she would walk with the girls. <BR> <BR> We ended up walking the first 15 minutes to get a good warm up in. I have been consistently running 4 days a week since the beginning of January and am feeling good. I enjoyed running... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 15:42:58 EST ENERGY Monday-Friday I have to pick up my daughter from preschool. One of my friends lives in the area that her school is. So I decided that it would be a perfect way to get in an extra workout 5 days a week. It's a 2.51 round trip walk. <BR> <BR> At first it was not hard but it wasn't easy either. I was doing okay walking/jogging it. The past two days I have had so much ENERGY afterward. I put our two youngest in a stroller and my friend and I take off for her school. I pick up my oldest DD, she ... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 01:47:24 EST It was a good day I had an appointment for my middle DD. She broke her arm for the second time in six months in November. Today was just a check up to see if her arm was healing correctly. Since we had to wait for an answer I left my phone number for them to call and we headed around the corner to the zoo. I must say I LOVE that San Diego has so many choices of activities to do. And they are all super convenient. <BR> <BR> My girls love the zoo. We walk around and see the animals. I love it because it has so... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 02:29:37 EST Tomorrow Tomorrow is February 1st. Tomorrow I start The Spark 28-days to a New You program. I am excited to be doing it. I can not wait to start it. I have almost finished reading The Spark. It is a book full of tips, inspirations and great advice. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a new day. I will let the past stay in the past and keep looking forward. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 17:40:40 EST He's gone So my husband left this morning for another deployment. They are calling it a surge. Either way....he is gone for a few more months. Him leaving is a good and bad thing. <BR> <BR> Bad because he's gone. Yeah it sucks but I knew what I was getting into when I said yes when he proposed. I grew up an Army Brat and know how deployments work. It still sucks though. Especially when your two year old doesn't understand why Daddy can't come home. But I will get through it like I have before. <BR> ... Thu, 24 Jan 2008 16:35:46 EST Christmas Hiking Yesterday was Christmas. I did good and bad. We celebrated Christmas in the morning. Our 2 year old opened all the presents. LOL. THEN we got ready for our new Christmas Day tradition....hiking. My husband and I bought each other hiking boots. And my parents contributed the new child carrier back pack. We drove to Cowles Mtn and hiked to the top. IT HURT! <BR> <BR> We parked 1/4 mile away from the trailhead entrance. The trail is 1.5 miles one way. Going up I honestly didn't think I would ma... Wed, 26 Dec 2007 13:30:46 EST