BLACKROSE_222's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BLACKROSE%5F222 BLACKROSE_222'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/ Clinical Depression and Anxiety Disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802193 Those are some scary words to hear. I have been diagnosed, and know it is largely due to my work (plus some added points from my Family). I'm attempting to get through right now without medication, but that might be coming here soon. I've called in sick for the last 2 days, and am going to the doctors this afternoon to get a note so I can take the rest of the week off - to try to catch up on some sleep if nothing else. <BR> <BR> Hubbie has been extremely supportive, and has even started t... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:51:51 EST Morning Gym is Dead to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800367 I'm having a funeral. Seriously, I've been setting my alarm for 4am for almost a year. 2 years ago I got up 99% of the time, and now I think I can count on one hand how many times I got up in that year! I have become an un-morning workout person. <BR> <BR> And that is ok. I've realized that this just means that I need to be more flexible with my schedule in the afternoon/evenings - and I get er done. <BR> <BR> So, goodbye morning gym. I am the night. I am Evening gym girl. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:30:50 EST BLC 26 - Mini Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780408 Hi all - <BR> <BR> I'm not going to do the fancy goals this time, because I want to try something new. (I'll be updating my sparkpage tonight, I think - add some of the World Cup pictures). <BR> <BR> Mini goal 1 - Admit to myself that my current lifestyle isn't working, and I can make the changes I need to. <BR> <BR> I have gained back all the weight I've lost, and I need to realize that I'm the only person who is capable of making the changes that are needed to get back to where I want ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:34:38 EST Goal Setting - BLC Round 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595765 Goal Setting <BR> <BR> Goals are put down in writing <BR> If it’s not written down and recorded, it’s not a goal; it’s a wish or a dream. Although wishes and dreams are nice, they usually don’t come true without a written plan of action. <BR> <BR> My Goal: <BR> I need to start slowly doing things for myself again. This week I have given myself a goal to just do something for me that takes 15 minutes (I've done it 2 days in a row now). I also wish to state a goal of losing 10lbs on BLC ch... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:35:30 EST 24/7/365 - Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535699 Hi all, I have not been doing too well these days. My mind has been on everything except myself, and I have just not been 'with it'. Even the good habits I've been keeping up the last year have started to slide. In short, I think I'm just... done. <BR> <BR> I'm struggling with keeping afloat in a life full of other people's problems and they are starting to cause depression and anxiety. I'm so tired and don't know what else to do with myself. <BR> <BR> But the catch is to start focusing... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 10:34:27 EST Sunset Stingrays - BLC Weekend Food Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523058 My PLAN for the weekend! EAT ALL THE GOOD FOODS!!! <BR> <BR> Just kidding. What a plan that would be! Any who, I am once again On Call this weekend, starting tonight - and sadly do not have a lot of food in the house. Hubbie did the grocery shopping while I was away on vacation - so I'm going to go to the store at some point tomorrow and pick up some meals. So I don't have much of a plan in the way of WHAT I'm eating, but here is the PLAN. <BR> <BR> 1. Go grocery shopping, and only get... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:58:59 EST GISHWHES entries - BLOG full of picture and video links http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504231 Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I completely forgot to post on here a link if you were interested in getting some laughs on what Jenn did in August. I was a part of the "Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen", and out of 156 items the teams were assigned (15 people around the world on a team, but mine kind of sucked) I did 31. I went a bit crazy and had the best time of my life. Remember, everything you see here was done in 7 days (videos could only be a max of 30 seconds) <BR... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 09:34:31 EST Taking a moment for a life update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481468 So, now that I'm starting to get back into the Spark Swing (I logged on first thing this morning and planned out my meals using the tracker, and I feel so much better for having that done), I thought it was time to do some free typing on my life this past year. <BR> <BR> Almost 1 year ago, my families life was turned completely upside down - which in turn kept me trying to keel the boat. My Mother's MS took a turn for the absolute worse (has not gotten any better, by the way... in fact, in ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 09:46:41 EST Starting Point - SNAPSHOT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476000 Starting Measurements, on Sept 4, 2013: <BR> <BR> Neck: 10.6 (inches) <BR> Chest: 38.2 <BR> Waist: 35.8 <BR> Hips: 40.9 <BR> Bicep: 11.6 <BR> Wrist: 4.9 <BR> Mid-thigh: 19.2 <BR> Calf: 13.7 <BR> <BR> Starting Photo, Front: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1213032875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Starting Photo, Side: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1626433688.jpg"> <BR> <BR> GOALS for BLC Round 23 <BR> <BR> 1. Make sure that I'm getting ST in 3 x a week... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 18:28:51 EST Day 1, a Re-Org http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469939 <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> Today is the first day, of the rest of my life. I went dress shopping last night and bought a dress for a wedding this weekend in the same size I did 2 years ago... 14. I bought a new bra in the same size I did 2 years ago... 38C. I realized while running that that huffing and puffing sound was coming from me. Just like 2 years ago. (Taking more walking breaks, too - aren't ya, Jenn?) <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> The last 6 months I've been in denial on my steady ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:01:29 EST Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen - 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433260 Do you have what it takes to negate the ordinary? Throw aside the shackles of your sanity? Become, GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen)? <BR> <BR> First of all, check out this link: <BR> <link>youtu.be/88DaqclmHjQ </link> <BR> <BR> This lasts 7 days - August 11 - 18. There are rules. It gets INSANE, and is guaranteed to give you stress, panic, and absolute LAUGHS galore. I helped last year and told myself that this year would be the year I would m... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:58:29 EST The Hardest Thing to say is Hi... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418742 I tentatively shift my weight from side to side, starring at the floor and my feet. I notice that there is a scuff on my right shoe that I'll continue to stare at. My heart is scared of what I need to say, and more importantly what you say in return. I've been thinking of this moment off and on for months now, and I don't know what else to do but plunge right in. <BR> <BR> "Hi, guys." <BR> <BR> And for many people on Spark (or 'Sparkpeople' I believe you are all called. lol), you have b... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:59:18 EST Update on Jenn G and How She is doing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214574 Enjoy! Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:32:29 EST WDW 2013 - Goofy Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214290 Hey guys <BR> <BR> Spark is just awful about allowing me to put pictures on, and I have around 54 official pictures from the race. So i'm going to add a few to my album instead of in a blog - so please take a look when you have a chance. <BR> <BR> The Race went spectacularly - the weather was REALLY hot, which caused my time to be a bit longer than last year. But the Goofy went GREAT, and I'm so glad I did it. It really proved to me what I'm capable of. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the well wis... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 12:41:35 EST Still here... just taking a SP break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176880 Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I got all the wonderful goodies from my lovely, fantastic Sparkers - and I am so grateful. I promise I'm still here (and even losing a bit of weight - although that is more due to training than any eating on my part). I'm just dealing with some hard family stuff at the moment (my Mom's MS is getting worse, her house isn't safe for her, and my Uncle has been back to the hospital 3 times now). My brother comes in tomorrow, Hubbie has been trying to help (but in turn driv... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:50:41 EST 1LBDOWN's Movie Trivia Game! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135828 1. “Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.” - The Outsiders <BR> 2. "Warriors come out to play!” <BR> 3. "Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a *&*$#(# big television.” - Trainspotting <BR> 4. "I’m not a witch! I’m your wife." - The Princess Bride <BR> 5. “Okay, I’m going to have to shoot you now, Archie. But, I’ve got a little time before my plane leaves and I’m longing to humiliate you.” - A Fish Called Wanda <BR> 6. “This is my rifle, this is my gun. This is for fi... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:51:11 EST Movie Quiz - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133823 1. “Even a poor tailor is entitled to some happiness!” - Fiddler on the Roof <BR> 2. "I know you are, but what am I?” <BR> 3. "They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God.” - The Blues Brothers <BR> 4. "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bullers Day Off <BR> 5. “How's it going, royal ugly dudes?” - Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure <BR> 6. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." - The Dead... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:59:18 EST Movie Quiz Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133806 1. "...Bond. James Bond." - Goldfinger, and many others. <BR> 2. “I'm sorry, sir. I could never answer to a whistle.” - The Sound of Music <BR> 3. "Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye." - 2001 Space Oddessy <BR> 4. "Hasta la vista, baby." - Terminator 2 <BR> 5. "I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries." - Monty Python - The Holy Grail <BR> 6. "Surely, you can't be serious. I am serious, and don't call me Shirl... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:47:55 EST Movie Quiz - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130641 1. "Houston, we have a problem." - Apollo 13 <BR> 2. "We all go a little mad sometimes." - Psycho <BR> 3. "I can't believe I gave my panties to a geek." <BR> 4. "I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way." - Who Framed Roger Rabbit <BR> 5. "...I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?" - Meet the Parents <BR> 6. "Have fun storming the castle!" - The Princess Bride <BR> 7. "Stand up. Your father's passing." - How to Kill A Mockingbird <BR> 8. "Do you enjoy...knives?" - Harold and Maude <BR> 9. "Gent... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 14:40:36 EST Movie Quiz Answers - BLC 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129536 1. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." - The Godfather <BR> 2. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." - Gone with the Wind <BR> 3. "Go ahead, make my day." - Magnum Force <BR> 4. "Here's looking at you, kid." - Casablanca <BR> 5. "I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." - Wizard of Oz <BR> 6. "May the Force be with you." - Star Wars - A New Hope <BR> 7. "Show me the money!" - Jerry maguire <BR> 8. "You can't handle the truth!" - A Few Good Men <BR> 9. "I'll ha... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 12:21:16 EST Jenn's Just Punishment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115756 Well, Rangers - my little 'treat' fell through (I had a girlfriend who had a Mrs. Potts costume, and thought this would be GREAT with that... but she got rid of the costume a while back) but T came well prepared with something for us to enjoy! <BR> <BR> You can hear me, but the mask makes it a bit muffled - T can testify, I was quite loud! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Sun, 28 Oct 2012 15:50:57 EST Crazy Weekend Antics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092582 Well, that weekend was interesting. As some of you may have noticed from my last blog, I had no major plans this weekend... it was going to be a chilled out fun time, and I was going to get a LOT of reading done. <BR> <BR> WRONG! <BR> <BR> Here is a list of SOME of the things I did this weekend: <BR> <BR> 2 Family Dinners (get to that in a second) <BR> Concert Night with friends <BR> Baby Sitting the Nephew for a few hours (he cried the whole time... broke my heart - get to that in a seco... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:43:49 EST Long Time... just stopping by to say Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088154 Hi folks, it's been a long time since I've written anything - and I'm usually pretty blabby. But lately, just haven't been feeling the blog. <BR> <BR> Thought I would stop by and say Hi to all my fellow travellers. I've been logging into Spark everyday, and the scale has started to show small improvements - even more importantly I'm starting to feel MUCH better about myself again! <BR> <BR> Sweat is once again my friend, as I've officially started training for the Goofy challenge. It's... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:54:52 EST I am (going to be) the Biggest Loser, 12 week plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060102 ======================= <BR> Blog your 12 week plan for success. Be specific. Don't limit yourself to minutes of fitness and calories consumed. Really think about it! How can you fit in the minutes that you need in your busy day? How will you be sure to have quality food options? How will you reward yourself along the way? Post your 12 week plan in a BLOG entry to receive 150 points. (complete any day, receive one time points) <BR> ======================= <BR> <BR> I guess this will help ... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 08:55:39 EST 4 years later, Jenn goes to Court http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054279 My Monday sucked - just as I'm sure yours did. But mine sucked for a different reason. I had to go to court as a Witness to a First Degree Murder Trial. <BR> <BR> 4 years ago, my next door neighbour was murdered. His wife found his body, and immediately ran into the closest house (ours) - grabbed me, and told me he was still breathing. At the time I was CPR certified so after dialing 911 and giving Chris the phone to get them there, I ran into the house with her, followed her into the (t... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:21:23 EST Still here, and I've gone GOOFY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028128 Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy - well, folks. I've been MIA on the blog front for a while, but I have been kicking around Spark. Logging in, catching up on some of my teams, etc. But no blogging. <BR> <BR> This necessitates a blog. <BR> <BR> I have gone Goofy. Seriously. <BR> <BR> I received an email from the Walt Disney World marathon asking why I hadn't signed up yet for the Marathon - one of those form emails, blah blah blah... but WAIT! The medal this year is SO CUTE!!! <BR> <BR> <img s... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:34:56 EST Bad eating, VE-Gon(e)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986618 I’m still here Sparkies, and I have actually been doing pretty well eating wise. With the exception of camping this past weekend, I’ve been pretty proud of my choices – the scale still isn’t getting it, and after my ankle accident (I’ve been off running for 2 weeks now)... I guess I understand why. Just keep chugging away, and I’ve been using my recumbent bike – so I’m not too overly worried about the exercise portion of things. <BR> <BR> For a while now, I’ve been a part-time vegetarian. ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:15:08 EST Rough Week... not very good Diet Wise either. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973614 This was a ROUGH Week. You know, one of those weeks where fate just jumps up and bites you right on the rump? I was so excited to spend some quality time with my brother, who was visiting for the Calgary Stampede (he was in the parade with the Armed Forces) - and then it happened. <BR> <BR> I work for Alberta Health Services, and we suddenly went to Panic Level 5... it was as close to a natural disaster (without the natural disaster, that is) as I've ever seen in my years there. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 22:17:54 EST Difficult Life Choice This Weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955082 BEWARE... this is a diary blog. I’m just writing to write out my feelings. <BR> <BR> <BR> My family has never been a big believer in ‘family comes first’. I do not have a lot of family left, as by the age of 18 I had already been to over 8 funerals. As my Mom and Dad had me later in life (+35), many of my cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles were well into their lives by the time I was old enough to get to know them. Many of my living relatives can go years without seeing each other,... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:36:28 EST It's Been A Long Time, Since I Rock n Rolled... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949060 Wow, it seriously has been that long since I've blogged! Even just a quick pop on - nothing, Jenn? Well, catch up time I guess. <BR> <BR> I'm doing GREAT - things are going really well with my healthy lifestyle right now. Working out consistently, trying new things, getting my running in, and even taking the occasional rest day with out any guilt (*well... without too much guilt). It's been fantastic! <BR> <BR> Eating wise has been good too - I've been making a lot healthier choices the... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 14:13:23 EST BLC 19 - VLOG Challenge 4 - Sit Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922182 Last of this VLOG series, folks. Thanks for checking them out - all your comments and love were very appreciated. On to the next challenge! Mon, 11 Jun 2012 19:33:23 EST VLOG 3 - with a special treat for BLC ADMIN (MEL) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920435 Video Blog was terminated by myself due to a set of the 'Giggles' coming on - not due to the Marshmallows... but I actually forgot part of the lyrics to my own Anthem. LOL. <BR> <BR> PS. I also know that I only did 5 on each leg, even though I said I would do 10. The other 10 were done after the marshmallows were removed. LOL. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 17:33:19 EST Found an Old Friend Today... SWEAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919026 I haven't been missing, Sparkies. I've been logging in most days, tracking my food (on the weekdays anyways), and getting in my fitness minutes - but I have definitely been in a rut. I didn't even know I was in a rut until I had 4 runs scheduled this week - and EVERY single one of them, I didn't want to do. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong - I did them. And HATED every second up until I actually hit the pavement - then felt better, and just assumed it was 'one of those days'. <BR> <BR> But I... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 14:34:09 EST BLC 19 - Bingo Challenge - VLOG 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918987 Push ups today, and an extra long workout! Sat, 9 Jun 2012 14:00:07 EST BLC 19 - Bingo Challenge - VLOG 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918061 Well, here she be. My Squatting VLOG. I figure the ST ones are more fun to share then me just sitting on my bike (looks like I'm sitting still, sweating) or running (ever see the Blair Witch Project?!), so I'll probably share those all 4 days. <BR> <BR> Happy Bingo-ing BLC land! Fri, 8 Jun 2012 17:42:11 EST Pop goes the Bad Habit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4882323 Once upon a time, like in December 2011/January 2012, Jenn was training for her first Full marathon and decided to cut out Alcohol and Pop before hand. This was not easy - in fact, it was REALLY hard around Christmas/New Years. But it seemed like a good idea and I just did it. <BR> <BR> The evening after the Marathon I had a few beers, some champagne, etc. However, I had decided that I would keep the No Pop thing up for as long as possible. <BR> <BR> I think I made it another 24 hours, b... Tue, 15 May 2012 10:23:47 EST Baby Talk... my forte? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870789 So my husband I have been dating since 2001, married since 2010. We have had a single bedroom apartment, and now own our Townhouse Condo with plenty of room to spare. The joke was always 'Are you two EVER going to get married?!', and it went round and round... even our engagement was over 2 years long. <em>337</em> (Wedding was great by the way). <BR> <BR> We are both happily married, with our fair share of arguments - but rarely do we go to bed angry. <BR> <BR> The natural progression... Mon, 7 May 2012 15:12:41 EST Hitting the Restart Button! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870650 I know many of us have been doing this for a while... I have been guilty for quite sometime. Thinking that even though you have been "So Good", the scale isn't paying attention - or the numbers aren't adding up. Or in my case, the stupid scale is going in the WRONG direction! <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I've still been going out with friends, still have cut back a bit on my fitness minutes, and (up until this past 2 weeks) have been taking a lot of "rest days" - something I never needed b... Mon, 7 May 2012 13:48:55 EST BLC 19 - Plan of Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856517 Goals for BLC 19 <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> I would like to finish the BLC 19 under the weight I was when I completed my Marathon in January - under 153. This means I have 10 pounds to lose in 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> I would like to be in a size 8 pant comfortably. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> I would like to have at least 2 more races scheduled for this year. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> I want to be averaging Strength Training, 3 x a week. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> I want to be back o... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 17:18:36 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854858 Hi everybody. Things have been going well this week - went for a burger on Wednesday night with some old work colleagues, but it was well worth the calories. I also went back through and tracked some of my Fitness minutes in my own personal log for April. WOW ~ I was a bit lazy this month, Check out these figures: <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes in: <BR> February - 2384 <BR> March - 2395 <BR> April - 1825 (planned by the end of the month). <BR> <BR> Coupled with the bad eating, I'm sure this ... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:21:14 EST Back in the Saddle Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848244 I've definitely been off my game for about 2 months, but exceptionally off it for about 2 weeks. However, I've decided to shake it off and keep moving forward. <BR> <BR> This extra poundage that has found it's way back to me will be departing again soon, friends - and I'm going to do all that I can to "Make it so" (Love you, Patrick Stewart). <BR> <BR> In an update that I have announced previously, but not spoken on - I've dropped down from the Full Marathon on May 27, to the Half. My k... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:56:12 EST Update - Been a while... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831737 It has been a WHILE since I've given any type of update on myself, and that is definitely not good. I have been 'On' Spark, but not 'Following' Spark (if you know what I mean) - I check in everyday, but it is just the motions... I think I need a kick in the rear to get me going again... <BR> <BR> All kinds of fun, interesting things going on to update everybody on! First of all, I dropped Hubbie off at the Airport this morning for his trip to Hawaii. Ironically, he couldn’t join me in Mex... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:06:23 EST Ranger Danger - Who you gonna call? Jenn G http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814061 I'm short on time, so I'm just copy/pasting what I posted in my BLC team about it... sorry for the insensitivity of it. Love you all! <BR> -------------------------------- <BR> <BR> WHEWIE! What a freaking day, Rangers - let me tell you! Usually I do my Long Run on Sundays, but because I'm working Midnight to 6 am tonight, I thought I better do it today instead and get some extra sleep tomorrow. <BR> <BR> So had an 18 miler planned - and I did it... tired, but did it. <BR> <BR> But ask me... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 20:27:06 EST BLC 19 - Now Open for New Enrollments! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808870 Anybody interested in joining a group that can really get you moving? Well, The Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC) Round 19 is just getting ready to get going! <BR> <BR> BLC19, Beginning April 25 through July 18!!! <BR> <BR> Check it out: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=56111 </link> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:44:12 EST Physio, Running, and Me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807040 So, went to my first Physio appointment yesterday after work, with a great Physiotherapist recommended to me by a coworker who is training to be an Ultra Marathoner. His name is Dave, and he was extremely helpful. <BR> <BR> Apparently I have a couple of fun things going on - first of all, IT Band issues... so fun with the good Old 'Runners Knee'. However, my right hip is also underdeveloped, and my right knee has a tendency to not line up when I'm walking, standing or (yes) running. Dave ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:28:12 EST Feeling a little down today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790868 Not going to lie - I'm being a bit of a hipocrite today. I've been up weight for a couple of weeks now, and it is really starting to 'weigh' me down. I went over 6 months staying the same weight within 3lbs, and all of a sudden I gained 8lbs, and couldn't find a reason. For the first little while I just took it, but now I can see that I'm falling into some bad habits again eating wise. <BR> <BR> Exercise wise, I'm mostly doing the same as always. BUT THE FOOD, on the other hand - no good... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:28:33 EST Ouchie... Staircase 1, Jenn 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785233 I just started my first On Call shift since being back... it went alright last night - 2 pages that I couldn't do anything about, but at least they weren't emergencies. The crappy thing is that I was just starting to cook when the pager went off the first time last night. <BR> <BR> So with a sigh, I turned off the BBQ, grabbed the BBQ lighter and took the first step up the concrete staircase to the house. <BR> <BR> And promptly slipped and fell straight on my left hand... the hand that 2... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:04:41 EST Update on myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773778 Well, I'm back in Calgary. The week in Mexico was amazing, but boy was I glad to get home to hubbie. I'm still healing from my sunburn, and there are a few places where the peeling is so bad I think I did some serious damage - but it is slowly healing with lots of lotion and drinking water. Hopefully no scarring, but I guess I'll find out later on. Fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> While I did gain a substantial amount over the week, it is slowly dropping off with proper eating. Now to get my ... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:56:55 EST Confession - The Runner Long Distances may be over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4760517 Hello Sparkers. As many of you know I'm sitting in Mexico for a last second vacation right now, and enjoying a few Margaritas, reading my third book, and healing up from an awful sunburn. Many stresses have popped up the last little while... <BR> <BR> One of them that many of you don't know, I figured it was time to tell. <BR> <BR> As mentioned a few weeks back, and shortly after running my first Marathon - I began experiencing Knee Pain. It started the day of the Marathon, when I took o... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:05:36 EST Weird... Vacation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749739 These past few weeks have been just ridiculous at work. People breaking things in my Program (sometimes in error... at least one done intentionally), nurse and doctors unhappy, and my boss and I running around putting out at least 1 or 2 wildfires. I attempted to make things a bit better on Valentine's Day by pranking a coworker - and while the day did 'lighten the mood' around the office, the next day I came back to fighting and all out anarchy again. UGH. <BR> <BR> On the other front, I... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:47:40 EST