BLKLILY's SparkPeople Blog BLKLILY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Run or Dye 5k & 10k @ Potomac Park <img src=""> <BR> This is me and baby girl! I tried to match us as close as possible. The kids had a blast yet I can do without another dye run. It was not fun or boring just not my speed. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This morning I ran a 10k on the Potomac River and it was deliriously gorgeous. I had on the perfect brand new running shoe by New Balance. The hoodie was by New Balance and c... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 16:36:49 EST Closing Date!!! Hello Lovely Spark People, <BR> <BR> As you know I am leaving Spark. I find myself coming on once a week, if that, and my want to stay around until December 31 is seeming more not a reality. It bothers me that I cannot lend the support that I use to and it is counteractive to be in a community but are not able to participate. <BR> <BR> Long story short, I am going to take baby steps. So... <BR> <BR> Step 1: I will be taking my page offline after this weekend. I realize that many of you an... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:11:17 EST 1 Week Til November... Just finished looking at some sites to join a rowing team. Rowing is going to be my next adventure! My <em>365</em> is in two weeks and I am pretty excited. The day before, the kids and I are doing the Run or Dye <em>364</em> they are going to lose it with so much excitement...I cannot wait. <BR> <BR> I bought some new running shoes today and cannot be any happier. I am finally cleared to get back to working out again feet and hand wise. This was a great setback but I am now going to ge... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:01:26 EST Evolving... With sadness, I have to admit that my time with Spark is coming to a close. So much has happened these last 6-8 weeks that I am really trying to calm down from the storm. As life happens, you begin to realize the most important places, people and things in your life. This does not discount Spark and all that I have received in this lovely and supportive is just time to move on! <BR> <BR> I know what to do and not, what to eat (for me) and not, when, etc. so this also prompted ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:48:14 EST PF Update The podiatrist said my Plantar Fasciitis (PF) was acute! I am so thankful. He cleared me to run again and said to get a cross training running shoe, specifically New Balance. He also said to buy two pair. Uh...cross trainers are EXPENSIVE so I am not sure if I can afford this habit lol <BR> <BR> He told me NO more flats which sucks. I stand when I instruct so who got time to wear a wedged heel? Not this I am not trying to ignore the doc but...wedges for 4-6hrs ain't go cut it. I wi... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:54:21 EST Been a While The last time I blogged was over a week ago. This month has been a September from hell. I will spare the details and just focus on the fact I am still alive. My colleague likes to send out quotes for the day. Two resonated with me or have since the recent laundry list of drama. <BR> <BR> "I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once."-Jennifer Yane <BR> <BR> I swear this was or is my life “Problems are in your life so that you can discover potentials that yo... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:23:40 EST Could? My day get any worse... <BR> <BR> I go to pick up my son from school and how about he wandered off to end up on a school bus. My son does not ride the school bus to or from school and never have. He has ASD and even if he did not, I am not comfortable with him riding on the school bus. No one knew, including both of his teachers, how he ended up outside let alone on the school bus. I was livid!!!! <BR> <BR> Now his dad is considering homeschool. Mentally, I am not prepared yet at this poin... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 20:37:58 EST Much MORE!!! The week of my <em>366</em> finally made it. I have been training since May and it has truly been a learning experience. I am not finish with running after this. I know: <BR> <BR> 1) summer races are a No-No <BR> 2) I like 10ks. <BR> Humidity here is brutal and a <em>365</em> is a nice distance! <BR> <BR> My feet are killing me since running 10mi yesterday. I honestly think it is my shoes. I hate Nikes and should have known better but they were cheap. I do not have enough money to buy a n... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 19:46:57 EST YOU got WHAT It TAKES!!! ...especially in LOW humidity lol <BR> <BR> Yup, so I been resting after my incident with the stop sign. I felt bad though, not bad but blah after not being able to exercise on Friday (run 4mi) although I sat out very hard to do so. Slept through the alarm to make sure I rested properly though so oh well. <BR> <BR> I took my son to school and long story short, I am upset with the way his same teacher from last year is handling his ASD as though she now has amnesia. Anyway, I did a grocery r... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 17:38:31 EST Lesson Learned What I have learned is not fight resistance! <BR> <BR> As you will note, my Tuesday was jammed packed. Wednesday morning, I did not get up to exercise, just to darn tired so I slept pass 6am. I thought about working out after work and getting the kids until I flew threw a stop sign then coming to a hasty halt after waking up and realizing I dozed off! <BR> <BR> REST is AWESOME! That though is not my point, my point is to say this, I hope each of you will know when and not to push... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 12:14:50 EST 88lb Transformation <link><BR>-time-lapsed-weight-loss-video-goes-vi<BR>ral-135734803--abc-news-health.html?vp=1 </link> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 12:09:32 EST Just This Once... I hope my September will not be like the day I had today! (please) <BR> <BR> 6am - alarm rang. I could not get up so I slept instead of getting dressed to run 2mi. <BR> <BR> 7:30am - alarm rang for prepping my son to school (1st day) yet I still slept (smh) <BR> <BR> 7:45 - I get up (finally) get us all dressed and out the door. I am in workout clothes b/c I am determined to run 2mi somewhere in my day (smh) <BR> <BR> 8am - my son's uniform pants are too short, not really but they won't l... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:56:56 EST According to Jillian Michaels People should weigh themselves 1x a week, at the same time every week. Weighing yourself every day can have a negative impact on you. Your weight varies throughout the day. Not only does your weight change every day, it also changes at different times through a single day, so there is no point to weighing yourself every day — and definitely not multiple times a day.This is because of body fluid fluctuations –— you might be retaining water from too much sodium consumption, or you may not have ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 20:01:06 EST Just 4 You SparkFriend <img src=""> <BR> And me too... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 19:08:23 EST Goals for 9/1 -9/7 Sunday - REST <BR> Monday - Walk 60mins <BR> Tuesday - Run 2mi <BR> Wednesday - Walk <BR> Thursday - Run 4mi <BR> Friday - Rest <BR> Saturday or Sunday - Run 10mi Sun, 1 Sep 2013 16:59:59 EST Virtual 10k Against Diabetes I ran a virtual 10k this morning. I have to stop thinking I can run past 8am in this darn heat. It was brutal this morning and caused my asthma to act out..ugh! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I did it. The <em>366</em> is literally 2 weeks from today and I need to run 10mi & 12mi at least once. I gotta figure out how to get it in before the race with the kids going back to school this week, well my son is at least. Here are some pics from today...loved the bling-bling <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:28:15 EST Final 4 There are 4 months left in this #1 goal is to lose 20lbs by Dec. 31 (5lbs per month)! I think that is MORE than doable. On average, 4-8lbs per month is recommended so 5lbs, again, is doable! <BR> <BR> September = 5lbs <BR> October = 5lbs <BR> November = 5lbs <BR> December = 5lbs <BR> <BR> EXERCISE PLAN <BR> Monday Morning: Run 2-3mi outside & Strength Train @ Gym <BR> Tuesday Morning: Walk 30-45mins outside <BR> Tuesday Night: Bikram Yoga (FREE neighborhood class) <BR> Thursday M... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:14:24 EST Green Tea Supplements Review It has been 2 weeks since trying the Green Tea supplements; no complaints! I hate coffee and these do not make me feel jittery. I am always in "mommy" mode so a lot of times, I keep going and going although my body says "I'm tired, please sleep" but I ignore and keep going because the list-to-do seems so long...well, the GT supplements do not allow me to overload, when my body shuts down, I go with it and have gotten the best sleep I have had in a long time! So...for me, GT supplements are a ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:03:26 EST The Human Experience "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." <BR> <BR> Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:32:17 EST Checking-In Thanks Spark Friends for sticking by me and saying hi although I have not been on as my usual activity and self. Not feeling things...period! These things include Sparking. I battle with depression and some days it is worse than others while other days it is as though I do not have it at all. I recently changed birth control pills. The pills I was taking were monophasic (one hormone) for an entire month because I was breastfeeding. My daughter is almost 5 so I never switched them until now + ... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:13:33 EST Long Story Short Work went very well yesterday. I had anticipated more students yet when I arrived many dropped; no problem! I like the small group I have. One student is so bubbly and bright. She smiles and engages with me the entire time. It was so uplifting and encouraging to see how much your instruction means to someone who desires, wants to be there! <BR> <BR> Hubby and I took the kids to the water/splash park. It has been hot the past 2 days. We wore the kids out and then decided to have a date night... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:45:43 EST Healthy Food for Stress Relief <link><BR>lthy-food-for-stress-relief?utm_source<BR>=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Da<BR>ily%20Aha%20Full%20List&utm_campaign=A<BR>HA%20Horizon%20-%208%2F22%2F13%20Hard%20Coded#11 </link> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:16:36 EST Preparing for Work in the Morning Summer is officially over for me. I am so glad to get back out the house and be among somewhat adults (my undergrad students). Keeping up or at least trying to bring in the fall the correct way with my nutrition, I packed my lunch. I even have a lunch bag <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We really do not have much a choice. Pay around here is slim so making a lunch was out of necessity for my health and wallet which is NOT a bad thing! What's for lunch you ask <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> Ha, nothing ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:03:10 EST Monday/Tuesday Monday - Could not run 8mi at all. I did not want to blow off the day totally so I completed homework and took some Ibuprofen to attempt to feel better. I called my walk buddy to see if she wanted to walk. She said yes but as the time drew near she canceled after having to take her sister to the hospital. I walked 3mi alone and went to the grocery store afterwards. I came home to eat my "lately go-to" which has been a chicken wrap with raw kale, cucumbers, low-cal cheese & mustard. The deli h... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:30:58 EST T.O.M. My T.O.M. is here and I am starting to feel drained. Today is strength training day and stretching so at least that is not too strenuous. I am going to do this with Jillian. I took some Ibuprofen and swear they are not working. I cannot take more than 8 (per the directions) and have already popped am I going to make it through the night let alone the morning for my 8mi run? <BR> <BR> Ugh...draining, draining, draining...have a great day <em>223</em> s Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:33:23 EST Information Overload It seems like everywhere I turn there is dieting/nutrition advice. This week I just shut down and had to step back on top of all the other things I had going on. It can be really overwhelming for me so when it does happen, I know what I have to do. Anyway, I just have to watch for being burnout on this journey and not just from exercising either. <BR> <BR> August is halfway over! Nothing much to report except I am able to run farther and will be glad when training for this 1/2 is over. I ha... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 20:40:28 EST Catching UP! Thursday - walked 55mins with the lovely BGR ladies. I was late but still caught up with some of them. I had to set up my classroom since the course starts next Wednesday morning! <BR> <BR> Friday - Ran 5mi, went to the doctor, an Army surplus store (Hubby), Thrift shop & Foreman Mills to finish the final and 3rd installment of getting the kid's uniforms for school. We took the kids to the free water/splash park and listen to a band cover Dave Matthews. It was really nice. We tried a new res... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 20:29:49 EST Today's Haul - MANY Pics Wednesday's are 50% off @ the Salvation Army. I thought to stop there for kid's uniforms. What ever they did not have, I would buy outright on Friday...Part 3 of Back-to-School shopping (ugh) <BR> <BR> Well...I found 2 shirts for my son...1 more to buy <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No jumpers or skirts for my daughter but I did find a lot of stretch pants to go under them! <BR> <img src=" Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:36:17 EST Making a Difference What a difference a day makes! I awoke at 6 and walked out by 7am. It was so cool out, 62 degrees and loving it. I ran 4.5mi today and beat my time twice. <BR> <BR> July 3 - TIME 1:08 <BR> August 9 - TIME : 1:09 <BR> August 14 - TIME 1:06 (today) <BR> I am so glad I listened to my body! <BR> My great <em>223</em> MISSUS, knows me a bit too well <em>20</em> by suggesting I need more recovery when running 8mi. I think her theory proved to be true. I swear I felt like I caught a 2nd wind toda... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:49:49 EST 2 & a Quarter That is how much I ran/walked today. I called a friend who I know walks as a means for motivation. She is like my Exercise Sponsor so when I feel like I want to give in, I call her. She said sure, meet me at the track. I drug me and the kids there. They had fun and I started to run. I could not finish after a quarter mile. I felt so sluggish. My little engine could not. So...I walked for 2 miles and with speed. Soon enough all types of women came out of the woods running on the track. I felt ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:18:54 EST Not Feeling It!!!!! Haven't really bounced back since Sunday, 8mi run. Yesterday, a lot of running around getting the kids prepared for school. I still have uniforms to buy and that will be done on Wednesday. I have to break a lot of this running around into chunks...ugh <BR> <BR> I received my hiring packet last night and began to work on that. The institution is a 1 hour behind me so I had to get on the phone/computer to request transcripts. I know...I could have put it off but I did not since it is my liveli... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:12:45 EST Superfoods for Beauty Eat your way to young skin, fuller hair and a whiter smile. <link><BR>ds-for-beauty </link> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:31:37 EST 8 HEALTHY SLOW COOKER RECIPES FOR SUMMER Who says slow cookers are only for winter? Just because the weather is warm doesn’t mean your slow cooker has to stay in your pantry. With a few simple and fresh ingredients, you can whip up a light and healthy meal that’s perfect for summer. Best of all, you can relax by the pool with a tall cocktail while it’s cooking. Take a look at these delicious recipes that are perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/summer-slow-cooker-recipes ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:30:49 EST For Spark Friend *NappiGurl* you love to make the neatest treats and I am so jealous that cooking is not on my "like-to-do" list! I found this for you and anyone else is welcome to it! I think you will enjoy this my beautiful friend... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-beauty-of-cooking/strawberry-rhuba<BR>rb-sorbet-recipe?utm_source=Sailthru&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_term=Newsletter%20<BR>Full%20List&utm_campaign=Plated%20Meal<BR>s%20-%208%2F12%2F13&utm_content=Final </link> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:19:09 EST Running w/ Winners!!!!! Awoke at 6am and stretched since I did not yesterday. I dreaded running 8mi and tried several times to talk Flo Sho out of it but no go lol <BR> <BR> I got up after stretching, ate breakfast and prepared to head out. Let me state, I did not add any cuteness to myself (i.e. lip gloss or sun glasses). Made it to the river park and stretched again yet while I am stretching one lady asked me if I knew where the Black Girls Run meet-up was. Of course, I did not as I told the lady. Then another on... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 21:43:41 EST Hot Sauces w/ Double the FDA’s Led Limit Four hot sauce brands have scary levels of lead in them! I was hurt since I have used one of the brands! <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:37:01 EST Broad Spectrum Project Hello All, <BR> <BR> Broad Spectrum Project is a non-profit organization devoted to creating authentic images of autistic children, teens, and adults. We do this by offering free professional photography services for families with autistic children, going into schools and events for autistic children and teens, and developing photography programs that are designed for autistic children, youth and adults. <BR> <BR> Please check them out and SUPPORT them how YOU can! Also, if you can, read th... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 16:37:17 EST What Is It All About? Did anyone get a chance to read Spark's Featured Blog for August 8? If not, here it is <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422946 </link> <BR> <BR> I touched on being at MY "Happy Weight" yet I am NOT happy with being this weight. I am not sure if that makes sense to you so I will try to explain. I am VERY proud of my progress and LOVE that I am no longer 225lbs. I AM Happy at this Weight yet I am NOT happy with just stopping here! No o... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:30:58 EST Wk 3 out 6 Goals to 1/2 Marathon: 8/12/-8/18 It is never too early to plan yet these goals are 2 days early but I wanted to post them NOW as they are fresh + I am going into my week 3 of training. My race is in 7 weeks, sounds a bit away but it is here's to next week!!!! <BR> <BR> Monday: 3mi walk & Strength Train <BR> Tuesday: 4.5mi run <BR> Wednesday: Walk 55mins <BR> Thursday: 5mi run <BR> Friday: REST <BR> Saturday: Stretch & Strength Train <BR> Sunday: 8mi Run Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:17:50 EST Introducing Flo Sho' (my running alter ego) This is from my 10k last month. Better late than I come <em>366</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:12:21 EST For Spark Friend *Maria Jestrada* Balancing Act: The Baby Penalty - A new book explores the price that women in academe pay, and men don't, for having children. <BR> <link><BR>ty/140813/?cid=oh&utm_source=oh&utm_me<BR>dium=en </link> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 14:14:17 EST 3 Benefits of Increasing Your Running Cadence <link><BR>enefits-of-Increasing-Your-Running-Cad<BR>ence.htm?cmp=291&email=joltingjoe%40co<BR><BR>8138550&page=1 </link> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 14:06:17 EST 8 5K Races for First-Timers Hello <em>223</em> s <BR> <BR> Here are some races for those of you are just starting out and running your first race :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k-races-for-firsttimers?cmp=291&email=<BR><BR>memberid=149906966 </link> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 14:01:08 EST Switch It Up...L8R I remember last year writing a blog about how often do people switch up their exercise regimen. As a matter of fact it could have been written May this year! The whole point was trying to see what or when others did in regards to switching up their exercise regimen. <BR> <BR> I had made the effort to make sure to switch up my exercise regimen every month. Some people switch every 2, 4 or 6 weeks while others do not switch at all. I can understand the individual choice. For me, after walking ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:09:20 EST SMH (shaking my head) The kids and hubby are back so things have truly picked up where they left off. I was told the kids would be going back to school on August 26...well, got a note from their school today and...NOPE they will not be going back until September! <BR> <BR> to those of you without kids September is 3 weeks away! For those of you with kids especially ages 4 & 6, September is 3 months away. Anyway, it is great to see them though. My son loose tooth finally fell out. He caught 2 fish and it... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:24:38 EST 10 Exercises to Build Strength Are you getting ready for a 5K, obstacle-course race, marathon, century ride or triathlon? Or do you just need to change up your strength-training routine? These 10 exercises will build strength, and help your body adapt to the sport-specific training you're doing. <link><BR>Exercises-to-Build-Strength.htm?cmp=28<BR>2&memberid=149906940&lyrisid=42127136&<BR> </link> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:56:48 EST Vitamins & Spices That Protect Your Skin From the Sun What we eat can provide a helping hand to the SPF in your sunscreen. <link><BR>eat-pretty/vitamins-spices-that-protec<BR>t-skin?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_term=Daily%20Aha%20Full%20Li<BR>st&utm_campaign=AHA%20Horizon%20-%208%<BR>2F7%2F13%20Hard%20Coded </link> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:46:24 EST The brain responds to sugar the way it does to cocaine. Like cocaine, sugar boosts the levels of pleasure molecules in your brain, including serotonin and dopamine, which feels good—at first. Over time, your brain adapts to the higher levels of those neurotransmitters, and you need more to feel the same effects. Sugar crash? You betcha. And what’s more, a sugar habit is big-time bad news for your skin. <link><BR>uty-equals-health/sugar-addiction?utm_<BR>source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_t<BR>erm=Daily%20Aha%... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:43:18 EST Pressing Forward Up very late...slept in late and made the day longer than I had to. Got in a 3.5mi walk, 35% of my homework completed and a grocery store run. Came home to eat then headed out to Hip-Hop Dance @ the gym. Not to be a Debbie Downer...I did not enjoy the class. It was more like a Cardio Kickboxing class. My thighs will be upset at me in the morning. The instructor was okay! Even she admitted *out loud* the class was dead. She tried though yet the umph just was not there. I sweated and worked my ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 00:17:03 EST 21 Ways to Style Your Maxi Dresses & Maxi Skirts for Fall Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> So...the Fall is slowly approaching and depending on where you live, you may not be able to wear those dresses for long...well, if you are like me, you want to keep wearing them anyway; check out how you can! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-your-maxi-dresses-maxi-skirts-for-fall/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy beautiful LADIES!!!!! Tue, 6 Aug 2013 12:40:28 EST