BLUEROSE73's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BLUEROSE73 BLUEROSE73'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/ Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242502 Still here. Still running <BR> Hip still sore. Swelling this morning. It's getting frustrating. <BR> <BR> Still no time. I'll update when I get some time to play online. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, here's some motivation to get out and get 'er done <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e433582-28c9-4d8b-b27c-09dd8bab1ada.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/315bfda1-b2fe-4626-bb10-f1093335038b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:43:44 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242006 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6768cb8f-8de2-44d1-b2b1-6f75c37c3dc3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ef3e244-272c-44ed-84fb-4ee60b0517b5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8dbeebdc-0834-48a0-8e75-f013ee76b85d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ae50523-79f6-47c4-8e53-5ac4ac0ab094.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f908767-e206-4bba-b88a-c9972ed0cd0b... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:44:51 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241015 Today is a rough day to get out and run. It's pouring rain. I haven't had a good, strong run in 2 weeks now. My hip has been in too much pain. Despite this I haven't given up. But even though I've been walking, I'm so frustrated. I got on the scale this morning. My weight is going up again. I shouldn't be surprised. I haven't been able to do my workouts like I nee to in order to loose weight. <BR> <BR> So here I sit this morning. The first day after having my insoles adjusted (so ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:13:45 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240093 Once again, I'm just back from this mornings run. I was actually able to push myself this morning. I'm just hoping I didn't hurt myself - my hip still isn't 100% . <BR> <BR> So here are some motivational images to help push you out the door today <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e21a66f2-8066-4ee9-8618-885662292ed1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/235a14f9-9a6b-45ad-bfbf-2d6ae502fe4f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:38:32 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239513 Once again, back from today's run already. The pain in my hip is still not gone, but it's not getting worse. In fact, it seems to be easing up. At least I hope it really is and not just in my head. <BR> <BR> I've got so much to do again today. I'll be logging off sparkpeople within a few minutes, and not able to log back on today. But it's all good. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cce73ad-c313-4545-ab8d-d6662f34ee23.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:17:30 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238407 Yesterday's run brought back the hip pain. This mornings run made it worse again. <BR> <BR> I am beyond frustrated. My weight loss has been stalled since I've had to stop running. <BR> <BR> Today I made it farther than I expected, but I did things a little different. I took a pain killer on my way out the door. I still listened to my body, and didn't push too fast. I just wanted to see if I could still simply go the distance. Speed has never been my thing anyway. <BR> <BR> I am... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:59:50 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237819 Today is only a little kick. The plan is to go running this morning. First time in a week. I'm really hoping my hip holds up alright. It was pain free yesterday - first time it's actually been completely pain free. <BR> <BR> I'll be taking it easy, but I'm hoping it all goes well so I can get back to training soon. <BR> I also have dance lessons starting t 4pm today. So I'll be busy. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I took my thrive and it's going to kick in soon. Time to get dressed and get m... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:21:28 EST Plans for the Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236763 Tomorrow I'll be weighing in. I haven't had a chance to do an actual weigh in for the past week. My mornings consist of getting up and getting out the door within 10-15minutes so I can get my walk in before I have to get ready for work. Today too. In fact, I only have 5min before I have to get up and get moving again. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'll be able to sleep in. I don't think my body will let me, but I'm looking forward to no alarm. <BR> <BR> We have plenty to do in the house - movin... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:51:23 EST Today's kick in the butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235660 Already back from this mornings power walk. <BR> <BR> I LOVE getting my fitness in right at the start of my day. It helps wake me up, and I end up feeling accomplished before my work day even starts. <BR> <BR> My hip is still bothering me, but it's not getting worse. It is however getting a bit better. Powerwalking only is tough, but I'm doing what I can to let this recover. Next Friday I'll see my podiatrist Hopefully he can help. In the meantime, I need to make sure I stay on tra... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:13:17 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234456 I'm up. I just took my thrive. Giving it a few minutes to kick in. <BR> <BR> When I was at dance lessons last night, doing the body isolations - especially the hip rotations and movements - loosened up my hip. I had no more problems with my hip for the evening. <BR> <BR> My plan for today is to get out there and power walk the 3 miles. Stretch first. Do some hip rotations, etc. NO running yet. But I'm hoping I can complete it as a walk. <BR> <BR> I know I'm pushing it, but I nee... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:13:15 EST Needing to rethink things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234096 My hip hurt again during today's run. Not a little nagging ache. Actual pain. I didn't even finish walking the entire route. Lulu and I stopped and went straight home. <BR> <BR> Since finishing, my hip is really bothering me. <BR> <BR> On Friday when I walked the rest of the route, I realized later in the day that was the wrong answer. So I didn't this time. <BR> <BR> I didn't have much problem on Saturday - I also didn't run. <BR> <BR> This is not a pain to work through. Th... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 15:42:14 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233824 I'm frustrated today. <BR> <BR> I got on the scale this morning. When I weigh about an hour after waking up - no food or water - my weight is at it's lowest for the day. This past week I've had to do my weigh in's later in the day - once even right at the end of my day. I saw higher numbers, but was not frustrated. I know my weight climbs during the day <BR> <BR> Today I was hoping to see my progress, since I've been able to stay committed to working out (5/7 days running, only one da... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:51:01 EST My Goals for this week, and review of last weeks goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233527 I didn't actually do a review of the previous week, or define this weeks goals at all. I was just too busy. <BR> <BR> Despite this, I can still review how my week went. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> over 8 glasses a day - over 12 most days <BR> <em>17</em> Tracking all of my food (all 5/6 days. 80% on remaining day). This is an important one to me. I'm glad I'm finding the time to take care of my personal business this week <BR> <em>551</em> I ate really well all week long - salads ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:29:33 EST No Kick in the Butt today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233523 I was up at 2am making a roast beef dinner for 250 people. Around 200 showed up. <BR> <BR> I had to go home after 13 hours. I started to have stomach cramps - I think I was around too much gluten for too long (I have celiac disease). <BR> <BR> I got in over 10,000 steps before I got home. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm resting. Feet up. Painkillers close by (in case the pain doesn't stop). Time to catch up on some homework. <BR> Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:17:14 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232719 I'm still on track with my stepbet. I have also joined two dietbets as well. One starts today, the other on Monday (I'll be weighing in on Saturday or Sunday) <BR> <BR> This morning I had to get up early to make my salad for lunch. I was so tired last night by the time I got all of my school work downloaded and organized. I haven't even had a chance to read my week1 school work. Luckily in most classes it involves simply getting familiar with due dates, etc. But one of my classes has a... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 08:07:02 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232155 Yesterday was alright. I needed the rest from running though. The pain I had on Tuesday night is long gone (thank heavens). <BR> <BR> Now time to move forward. <BR> <BR> I weighed in for a dietbet last night. I weighed at the end of my day, as I just don't have time to do a proper weigh in during the mornings. I knew the number on the scale would be up, but it's still a little frustrating to actually see it - 246.4. But that's my starting place. That's already part of my past. Time ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:06:37 EST No Kick in the Butt today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231595 Last night I was in a lot of pain. As if I ate something I shouldn't have. I took one pain killer and went to bed. No luck. Took another. 3 hours later still not sleeping because of the pain. <BR> <BR> I was not going to be up most of the night in pain, get out of bed before sunrise and go running. So I reset my alarm to sleep in. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling better this morning, but I'm frustrated. I hope I can get all my steps in for the day for my stepbet. If not, I guess I'll be walk... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:10:30 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230949 Today is the first day of my practicum. I'm excited to get started. I packed lunch last night, and have tried to make this morning as easy as possible to get out the door on time. <BR> <BR> I've just taken my thrive, and I'll be heading out for this mornings run in less than 10 minutes. It looks like a cold morning out there, so I'll have to be sure to dress for it. <BR> <BR> Today's going to be a busy day. <BR> Run <BR> 1 hour drive to and from my practicum <BR> Back in town to wo... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 08:17:12 EST Upcoming Dance Classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230760 My line dance group asked for it. So now I'm ready to go. I sure hope they're up for it. We're learning this line dance <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFqOw<BR>HzGWI8 </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out. I figure it'll be one heck of a workout. And this is only one lesson I'm teaching that day. I have 4 other classes after this one. <BR> Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:38:19 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230385 Today is my last day before life gets incredibly busy. Tomorrow, on top of everything else I've got going on, I start classes as well as my practicum. I'm excited to get started on my last year of school before graduating with my BSW, but a little nervous also. There's so much to do and only so many hours in a day. <BR> <BR> Oh well. I'll have to start being VERY organized, and prioritizing. I NEED to make sure my fitness and health does not take a back burner more than once a week. ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:22:07 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229976 What an interesting start to my day. <BR> I just entered 3 of my baking mixes in a contest for emerging specialty foods -Gluten Free Brownies, Gluten Free Sugar Free Brownies, and Gluten Free Sugar Free Angel Food Cake. I'm so excited. Here's hoping I am chosen later this month to attend the blind taste test as a finalist. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, despite that excitement, I'm needing to get my butt up and out the door. Yesterday was a travel day - hubby and I ate junk food on the road. Then... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 11:31:38 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228906 Yesterday was a crazy busy day for me, but it was very productive. <BR> <BR> I went for my morning run, but was not able to complete a training run. No worries. I still walked the distance. Then went to work for the morning. After that I went into the kitchen to make pizzas. I made 20 pizza crusts, and made 15 pizzas (sold 12, brought 3 home for hubby and I). No, we didn't eat 3 pizzas. We have enough for two days, including lunches at work for hubby. <BR> <BR> By the time the la... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 10:27:46 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228243 I'm up. I'm working on waking up, but I'm up and out of bed. <BR> <BR> Today I have a busy day. <BR> Work <BR> Making Pizzas - I have 16 gluten free (some dairy free) pizzas to make before supper today. <BR> Then when I finally get home, I still have 40lbs of apples to process. I made apple pie filling yesterday with the first 20lbs. Now I'm on to making apple sauce, and apple butter. <BR> I need to keep on top of all of this, as this weekend I'll be picking up tomatoes from the far... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:29:11 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227912 No need for a kick in the butt. I've already finished my run, and even got in enough steps for my stepbet. <BR> <BR> This morning I had to be in Regina early for a podiatry appointment. So it was a dry run at seeing what I can get done, how fast I can get it done, and what time I can get into Weyburn. <BR> <BR> Up at 6, run 3miles, shower, make smoothie and fill water bottles, dressed, out the door just before 8am, and in Weyburn just before 9am. <BR> <BR> So now I know I have to l... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:36:58 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227011 on my plate for today, in addition to meeting my daily goals (see blog My Goals for the Week): <BR> <BR> running - C25K Week 3 Day 3 <BR> Baking - I have an order for 3 dozen cinnamon buns being picked up tomorrow. <BR> Work - I am working for 3 hours later today. <BR> <BR> On top of all of that, I want to meet my stepbet goal. That shouldn't be a problem (running takes me to my active goal and the rest of my day often takes me over my stretch goal for the day. <BR> <BR> I jumped on th... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:12:12 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226433 I'm so frustrated. Yesterday I went for a run and my MP3 player shut off - low power. I had it on the charger for 4 days. So when I got home, I put in on the charger, and made sure to check to see if it was charging - it was. This morning same thing. Low power and it shuts off right away. I'm done with that one. Time to get a new one. Unfortunately there is not much for selection around here unless I want an iPod. I really don't <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I'll try to use my ph... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:16:53 EST Triathlon Training - Week2 (2nd try) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225978 My schedule this week is: <BR> <BR> Monday: Off <BR> Tuesday: Run 15min <BR> Wednesday: Bike 6 miles <BR> Thursday: Swim 300 yards, Walk 30min <BR> Friday: Off <BR> Saturday: Run 20min <BR> Sunday: Bike 8miles <BR> <BR> This is my last week before I'm back in school - full time studies, as well as working my practicum (almost 40 hours/week, plus a 1 hour drive each way 5 days/week). <BR> My plan is to can apples this week - I need to get some to cook into apple pie filling, apple sauce, a... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:12:24 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225833 Time for me to get back on track. This week is C25K Week3. I'll redo day 1, as it's been a few days (ok more than a few) since I ran. <BR> <BR> My daughter wants to run a marathon. In less than a year. I've got a lot of training to get done. So does she. We've decided we want to do the hypothermic half this coming February. So we'll see how that goes. That's still a lot of training though. <BR> <BR> My running partner Lulu has been sick for the past few days. I'm not doing well ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:49:37 EST My Goals for this week, and review of last weeks goals - Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225832 My goals last week were: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue tracking all of my food, and continue drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day <BR> I tracked half of my week. The days I missed I know I didn't do enough water on at least 2 of them, possibly 3 <BR> 2. Continue with my fitness - finish at least week3 of my running training, and stay on track with triathlon training (biking at least). <BR> I didn't get week 3 done. I also missed two biking days <BR> 3. Track calories burned every day ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:36:47 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224986 I've been offline for the past couple of days. Wednesday I was exhausted (right from the minute I woke up) and had to prepare 30+ pizzas for Thursdays Market. I was on my feet enough to get my steps in for my stepbet so that's a plus. But I did notice I did not drink enough water. I really need to be more aware of that. <BR> <BR> Thursday was market day. I live 2 1/2 hours away from the market. So my entire day was tied up. Loading the truck, driving to market, setting up (we were set ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:39:40 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223018 First off, I have some great news. The scale is down again. Second day in a row. I think I've found my stride. At least it's working for me for now. <BR> <BR> This is no time to slack off. It's time to use this momentum to get into the 230's. I just might be able to make it by the end of this week. <BR> <BR> There's a heaviness in my chest. I have asthma, and running lately has been a bit of a struggle. But the heaviness today is a little different. It's more like a muscle ache... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:30:59 EST Day 1 of my first stepbet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222664 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb6a94ab-5332-41d4-938c-91ecaed6a9f9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not bad. I met my stretch goal of 8,439 steps. <BR> This week I still need to meet one more stretch day (over 8439 steps), and 4 active days (6,406 steps). I get one day`a week off <BR> <BR> The numbers I'm going to start watching next week are the total pot (right now at $16,680) and the number of eligible players (currently 418). This week no one gets eliminated - gives everyone a ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:02:22 EST Triathalon Training - Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222579 My training schedule is: <BR> <BR> Monday: Off <BR> Tuesday: Run 15min <BR> Wednesday: Bike 6 miles <BR> Thursday: Swim 300 yards, Walk 30min <BR> Friday: Off <BR> Saturday: Run 20min <BR> Sunday: Bike 8miles <BR> <BR> My previous Sunday was a 5 mile bike ride - I wasn't strong enough to do it in the heat of the day. So I did it on Monday instead. <BR> <BR> So far this week I'm on track, even ahead since I'm running daily. <BR> <BR> The only concern/issue is the swim on Thursday. I wo... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:01:19 EST My Goals for this week, and review of last weeks goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222468 Starting with last week, here were my goals: <BR> <BR> This week is about baby steps. <BR> My goals this week are: <BR> 1. Track my food. All of it. Be honest to see what I'm eating and when <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Drink water. At least 8 glasses/day <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Start moving again. For me, it's more about getting out there and trying. I have no intention of going from couch to marathon. Instead, for this week I'm focusing on simply motivating myself to get out the door. No judge... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:59:50 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222413 I've been up for just over an hour already. I've got my bottle of water beside me, and I just finished taking my Thrive. I'm hoping I'll be energized and ready to go once this blog is finished. <BR> <BR> This morning I noticed the dimples I get just under my ribcage when I start loosing weight. I decided to try the scale again. It is lower than it's been in a very long time. I take that to mean I'm making progress. Since my scale has been so unreliable, I do not have an actual starti... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:36:20 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221859 I've been up for just over an hour now, sparking and drinking my bottle of water. <BR> <BR> Lulu (my big black lab cross running partner) is sitting looking at me. She's starting to get used to the morning routine. <BR> <BR> I started yesterday as my rest day. In the evening, I took the dogs for a 3 mile walk. Power walked most of it. So it really wasn't a day off. I did not make myself go though. It was a choice. <BR> <BR> So what's on for today? <BR> a morning run - C25K Week2Da... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:41:37 EST Ready to throw the scale at the wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221578 My reason for wanting to throw the scale is not simply because it isn't moving. Rather, this morning when I got on the scale, I kept trying it again and again. I moved the scale - just a few cm in either direction. NEVER did I get the same reading twice. The lowest was 244lbs. The highest was 247.8. <BR> <BR> I know where I have my scale is a concern. I know it changes based on where I place it. It's the only space I have to use it though. Seriously. I can't keep it in the bathroo... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:40:52 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221353 I honestly do not know if this is going to work today. I feel heavy - mostly due to some aches, but I'm sure allergies are also playing a role as well. <BR> <BR> Just sitting here, drinking my water and taking my morning thrive. I hope when they kick in I'll be energized and ready to go. <BR> <BR> I just realized it's Saturday morning. There's farmers market. Realistically, I should run first, then go to the market after. And then into the kitchen. I STILL haven't made it into the... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:11:23 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220835 Yesterday evening was a tough one. I need to put that behind me right now. I can't fix it by worrying about it. Besides, letting my mind work it out while I'm running might be the only way to find an answer. <BR> <BR> This morning I'm feeling drained. I'm feeling frustrated. I am feeling a bit accomplished too. I have really killed my workouts this week so far. I've stuck to them. I've found sticking to them the easiest part of my day. Last night when I was frustrated I did not turn... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:03:50 EST Hystorectomy - time for me to make an informed decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220411 I am on the wait list for a hystorectomy. I've been told it could happen as early as this Nov/Dec. <BR> <BR> I was ready to go through with it. But now I'm not sure. <BR> <BR> I have been having health issues for a couple of years now. I turned to doctors for help. First they removed my gallbladder. There were issues with that surgery, but that's a whole other story. The outcome overall - things are better. I am no longer having severe gas attacks that make me believe I'm having a h... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:35:48 EST FRUSTRATION!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220310 I seem tor be using this title relatively often. I don't think that's a good thing. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, today's frustration is around swimming. I am starting triathalon training. Biking, running, and swimming. <BR> <BR> The local pool is run by monkeys. At least it seems that way. I've tried repeatedly to engage with different classes/programs there. I ALWAYS end up leaving pissed off. The last time, I pre-paid for a class. THEY cancelled it and I had to spend a MONTH fighting to get ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:09:49 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220259 Today's Thursday, so that puts me past the half way point for this week. <BR> <BR> So far this week I've been killing my workouts/nutrition. There was some concern yesterday - I didn't eat nearly enough so I had to eat an additional meal later in the evening. After much consideration, I made my choice, and fully enjoyed my meal. I don't know why it's still bothering me this morning. Maybe because I didn't sleep well - between eating and the heat I struggled to fall asleep last night. ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:21:45 EST Daily Visualization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220224 Daily Visualization <BR> <BR> For today's visualization, think about the last time you got off track with your diet. What caused you to get derailed from your good intentions? Imagine rewinding the memory, but taking a different path where you make better choices. Think of this exercise the next time you're in danger of falling off the wagon. <BR> <BR> Hmm. What got me off track? Not seeing any progress. I guess you could call that my weight plateauing. Nothing I did could get my weigh... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:33:53 EST Running into a problem I did not expect to have so early into this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219824 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4055eb2d-b71c-4a24-a0c0-71340299bf89.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't know if you can see it all that clearly. That's a screen shot of my nutrition tracker for today. <BR> <BR> I just finished tracking what I plan on having for supper tonight., <BR> <BR> I have really kicked butt with my fitness today, and I'm not sure I'm done yet. Not that I'm into overdoing it. I just need a walk tonight to help my legs work out the lactic acid that has bui... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:31:43 EST Triathalon Training - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219636 I'm going to try my best to stick to my 11 week triathalon training calendar over the next few months. <BR> <BR> This weeks workouts are: <BR> Monday - off <BR> Tuesday - Run 15min <BR> Wednesday - Bike 5miles <BR> Thursday - Swim 200y <BR> Friday - off <BR> Saturday - Run 15min <BR> Sunday - Bike 5miles <BR> <BR> So far I'm on track with this this training, with the exception that I'm running more than scheduled. <BR> <BR> My workouts so far have been: <BR> Monday - Run 2.5miles (40min)... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:38:05 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219564 I set an alarm for 7am. Turns out I didn't need it. My eyes popped open at 6. I struggled to fall asleep last night. I need to watch that. I tend to have insomnia. Tonight I'll have to remember to make myself some sleepy time tea before bed. I'm still feeling strong/good, but I might as well try to nip this in the bud. <BR> <BR> I woke up with some aching muscles. No surprises there. The only surprise is that I'm not as sore as I thought I'd be. Just a few aches here and there. <B... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:23:18 EST Daily Visualization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219517 Daily Visualization <BR> <BR> Today, visualize yourself walking along a beach, wearing a bathing suit and feeling zero discomfort or shyness about showing off your body that you've worked so hard for. Your confidence is high, and you're not even thinking about your body; you're simply enjoying the moment. Remember this feeling if you're struggling today. <BR> <BR> I've been there. I had great success on Sparkpeople in the past. I do not just have to imagine how it feels. I just have to ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:23:55 EST My New Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219166 I feel I have some downtime right now, and am bored. So I figured I'd blog about some of the things that have happened in life since I stopped tracking. <BR> <BR> One is my new business. Well, I've been running it for a year now. <BR> <BR> Blue Rose Gluten Free Baking Mixes. <BR> <BR> I've been doing gluten free baking locally for a couple of years now, and finally made the leap to create mixes. They are federally and provincially inspected so I can sell them on grocery store shel... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:03:15 EST Daily Visualization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218991 Daily Visualization <BR> <BR> Today, spend 1 minute visualizing that you're standing in front of a powerful waterfall in a beautiful place. Harness that energy and power to help you stay strong all day long. <BR> <BR> Wow. What a powerful image. Between this, and how I'm feeling from finishing my run this morning already, I'm sure I'll have an awesome powerful day. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:24:29 EST Today's kick in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218948 I woke up with aches, but I'm not surprised. <BR> <BR> My first thoughts were to not even try this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2525e53-a369-47eb-b7ba-3e98970ffaf6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was not the image I was thinking of at this exact moment, but it's close. The one I thought of talks about a choice, you can either be sore tomorrow, or sorry tomorrow. The choice is yours. <BR> <BR> Besides, I know if I go running today, I'm likely to actually ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:03:30 EST