BOBCATGIRL76's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BOBCATGIRL76 BOBCATGIRL76'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/ Day 1264- Feeling Powerful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930893 Day 139 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Sorry for the delay since my last blog. <BR> <BR> I was really confused and unsure with how to move forward. <BR> <BR> I think since I've been doing this for so long and because I have so many wonderful SparkFriends who constantly comment and check in on me, I was worried to let you all down. <BR> <BR> I was worried about feeling like a failure. <BR> <BR> But it's like something magic happened. <BR> <BR> It's as if writing all my thoughts out and express... Tue, 19 May 2015 15:00:22 EST Day 1260- Soul Searching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928602 Day 135 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 504+618+507+180=1,809 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 43,915 <BR> <BR> This blog is going to be a long one. So I'm just warning you now. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning, when I woke up, I got out of bed, looked at myself in the mirror and thought, "You look pretty dang good and pretty dang healthy." <BR> <BR> Then I stepped on the scale and saw almost a 2 pound gain. <BR> <BR> And I couldn't understand it. I ... Fri, 15 May 2015 11:21:26 EST Day 1258- Recharging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927768 Day 133 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 185.0 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 504+618+507=1,629 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 43,735 <BR> <BR> Today, I was battling yet another migraine that came on hard last night after I played soccer. <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm back on the soccer grind. A girl from my team last season, had a team that was short on girls so I'm joining. The best part? No team fee, just $15 to use the indoor facility. So that will be fun. <BR> <... Wed, 13 May 2015 22:55:46 EST Day 1256- Catching Up To Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926392 Day 131 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Last week's Calories Burned: 280+180+324+435+288+471= 1,978 <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: 186.0 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 504 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 42,610 <BR> <BR> When I logged into SparkPeople yesterday from my phone, it said that I'd logged in for 1 day! What? My streak was broken? How could that be? I read so many interesting comments to my latest blog on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Apparently clicking the links SparkPeople s... Mon, 11 May 2015 13:39:43 EST Day 1253- Lookism. It's a Thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924795 Day 128 of 2015: <BR> <BR> More and more I've been noticing the way I'm being treated. <BR> <BR> It's not that I'm being treated poorly; in fact, I'm being treated so kindly that it got me thinking. <BR> <BR> I'm completely aware that prejudice exists. People have prejudice based on gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, age, and so many other things. But it wasn't until I started feeling like I was receiving special treatment that I started thinking about how ... Fri, 8 May 2015 11:18:09 EST Day 1252- Redefining Goals and Surprising Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924186 Day 127 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.8 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 280+180+324+435=1,219 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 41,347 <BR> <BR> Last night, when I got home, I went for a run like I said I would since the weather was so nice. I found a running path that leads to the bikepath near my house and when it loops back through my neighborhood is exactly 3 miles from start to finish. Well, I just like running 5ks so I ended up running 3.1 miles, but I did that in 30:... Thu, 7 May 2015 10:00:49 EST Day 1251- No Excuses and No Justifications http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923749 Day 126 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 184.0 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 280+180+324=784 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 40,912 <BR> <BR> Monday, I was pretty tired so I rushed through my blog. But one thing I noticed was that even when I posted my weight, I didn't feel the need to justify the gain. I post my weight every time I blog, just so people know where I'm at and if I'm headed in the right direction. But every single time before that, I always explained about the s... Wed, 6 May 2015 14:23:34 EST Day 1249- 30 Day Shred Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922709 Day 124 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 185.6 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 280+180=460 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 40,588 <BR> <BR> Today I started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, and it was just as difficult as I remember it. My measurements are as follows: <BR> <BR> I took all of these at the widest part <BR> <BR> Chest: 40.5 <BR> Waist: 32.5 <BR> Hips: 41 <BR> Arm: 14 <BR> Thigh: 24.25 inches <BR> <BR> Here's my photo. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Mon, 4 May 2015 22:26:12 EST Day 1248- Wonderful Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921963 Day 123 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 183.6 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 280 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 40,408 <BR> <BR> This weekend was great. Saturday, I took Marigold to meet one last family, the retired couple, and after meeting them, I made the decision that they'd be the best fit for Marigold. She would never be crated, and she has two people who love to take walks and just want a companion. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l159779... Sun, 3 May 2015 19:08:06 EST Day 1246- Forgotten Lunch Means Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920756 Day 121 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.6 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 458+370+163+535+157=1,683 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 39,872 <BR> <BR> As I walked out the door this morning, I left my wonderful packed lunch sitting on my kitchen counter. <BR> <BR> Great. <BR> <BR> But then I thought, maybe it is great? I work less than a mile away from a great little grocery called the Produce Station that has an awesome salad bar. So today, I'm going to wa... Fri, 1 May 2015 11:13:38 EST Day 1245- Last Soccer Game Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920255 Day 120 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.0 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 458+370+163=991 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 39,180 <BR> <BR> Yesterday's meet and greets went well. I'm definitely leaning towards one family that seemed the most excited and most in love with her. Still have two or three more applicants to meet but I'm almost positive this family will get her. <BR> <BR> Walking the dog every morning has made me realize I'm completely capable of getting up earlie... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:41:32 EST Day 1244- Two Workouts in One Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919592 Day 119 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.4 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 458+370=828 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 39,017 <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon, I met up with my friend to go to a spinning class. A local athletic club was offering free one day passes to see if you like the club. I'd agreed to it, completely forgetting that last night was my last soccer game for my Tuesday night league. But I decided to try it out. <BR> <BR> Man, were my thighs burning! I alway... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:00:46 EST Day 1242- Somehow Did What I Said I Would? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918573 Day 117 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.0 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 0 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 38,189 <BR> <BR> As I went to update my weight from Saturday's weigh-in onto my front SparkPage, I noticed something. <BR> <BR> A while back, I talked about controlled plateaus. How I seem to do better focusing for one month and losing some weight, then allowing myself a bit more leeway and maintaining for a month. And I decided that I'd lose in January, maintain in... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:01:33 EST Day 1241- Hello Marigold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918178 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l647465670.jpg"> Say hello to Marigold. She is very calm. Like hasn't barked yet. She's content sleeping most of the day but she's very attached to me. I know most people would also get attached but it's hard to explain. I've always wanted a really active bigger dog. And she won't even chase a ball. She's super sweet just a bit less active or energetic than I wanted. She's also still in pain meds so that could be some of her sluggishness. The... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:47:02 EST Day 1239- Ready For the Weekend...And Our New Foster Dog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916967 Day 114 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 180.6 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 702+502+570=1774 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 38,189 <BR> <BR> Last night at our soccer game, we were too tired and lost. But I did score! And my mom was there to see it so that was nice. <BR> <BR> I also wore a dress to work yesterday and realized how much more comfortable I am in my body these days than I used to be. I mean I think everyone has issues when they're staring at the... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:03:18 EST Day 1237- It's Not Just Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915823 Day 112 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.8 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 702+502=1204 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 37,619 <BR> <BR> Last night during my soccer game, I was body checked into the wall by a 40+ year old goalie, who I believe was not happy that I had scored on him earlier. He was carded for it, and his team played down a player for 2 minutes, but I'm a bit sore today. That's what I get for playing coed indoor soccer I guess. We lost and it wasn't as fun as ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:41:46 EST Day 1236- Somehow Still Breathing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915253 Day 111 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 185 (yikes!) <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 702 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 37,117 <BR> <BR> Boy do I have a blog for you. <BR> <BR> To start with, I've realized a serious correlation between times when I'm not doing as hot, and the times that I stay away from SparkPeople. Now, I haven't completely stayed away because I'm still on my 111 day streak of logging in, spinning the wheel, reading some blogs and posting somewhere. However... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:00:51 EST Day 1235 Hectic Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914844 I will tell you more about my hectic day tomorrow. Prayers for an ill family member who had to have emergency surgery. And also. I was contacted about my first chance to foster a dog. And who could say no to this face? <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1884457611.jpg"> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:37:15 EST Day 1234- Couldn't Give Blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914180 Day 109 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Today, I was unable to give blood because the veins on my arms weren't large enough. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, I'll be able to hydrate better next time and be able to donate. <BR> <BR> Had a good weekend with J.D. and our friends. <BR> <BR> Today, we decided to pick a paint the piano room a lighter shade of yellow because the wall treatment the previous family used is a little too dark for our taste. Sherwin Williams is having a 40% of sale until tomorrow so J.D. ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:00:54 EST Day 1232- We're Preapproved! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913207 Day 107 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Calories Burned This Week: 488+214+499+293+554= 2,048 <em>248</em> <BR> Calories Burned This Year: 36,415 <BR> <BR> Today, two women from the dog rescue I volunteer with came and did a home visit at our house. They asked us questions about our routines, how we plan to train our dog, how we stored poisonous chemicals and other questions. At the end of the visit, they presented us with our approval certificate meaning that when we find the right dog, it will be mu... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:33:46 EST Day 1231- Pictures of Our New House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912320 Day 106 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Calories Burned This Week: 488+214+499+293=1494 <BR> Calories Burned This Year: 35,861 <BR> <BR> And now the blog you've all been waiting for. I'm going to attempt to post pictures of my house, but I'm not sure how many it will let me post. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l283057367.jpg"> <BR> What will be our formal dining room once J.D. builds a dining room set. (We'll probably buy a cheap one until that happens, because woodworkin... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:34:32 EST Day 1230- Today Is a Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911831 Day 105 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 183.8 <BR> Calories Burned This Week: 488+214+499=1201 <BR> Calories Burned This Year: 35,568 <BR> <BR> First, thank you all for your prayers. We are still figuring out what to do about J.D.'s back pain but he seems to be in good spirits despite the nagging pain. <BR> <BR> Last night, I made Garlic Hoisin Chicken Thighs and Fried Cauliflower Rice. Here are the recipes: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2758697... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:59:50 EST Day 1229- Sympathy Pains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911265 Day 104 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Calories Burned This Week: 488+214=702 <BR> Calories Burned This Year: 35,069 <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning, and although I hit snooze twice, I still ended up getting up around 6:45 to head out on my run. I only did two loops around my neighborhood. I've discovered one loop is .85 miles so I only ran about 1.7 miles but thank goodness I cut it short because I completely forgot that I had a meeting at 9 that I had to get to. I made it on time, but was then remin... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:49:11 EST Day 1228- How Do I Put This Nicely? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910818 Day 103 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Calories Burned This Week: 488 <BR> Calories Burned This Year: 34,855 <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I just need a kick in the butt. <BR> <BR> I am so comfortable at this weight, and I keep allowing myself to eat the food that got me to 275 pounds by justifying it with, well I'm running tomorrow, or soccer will burn a ton of calories. <BR> <BR> And I have watched and seen too many people in my life lose weight, just to put it back on. And I get so frustrated when they s... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:11:55 EST Day 1227- Not All Is Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910107 Day 102 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Calories Burned This Week: 488 <BR> Calories Burned This Year: 34,855 <BR> <BR> I forgot to blog yesterday. I actually logged in and spun the wheel, so my SP login streak is still intact! 102 days in a row! However, I was about to right my blog when my friend came in and I just never remembered to log back on. Yesterday, I showed her around Ann Arbor and then we came back to the house and watched a few movies. <BR> <BR> She was worried about slowing me down but ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 19:48:56 EST Day 1225- 100 Days in a Row http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908971 Day 100 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.4 <BR> <BR> Calories Burned This Week: 877+662+437+533=2,509 <BR> Calories Burned This Year: 34,100 <BR> <BR> We lost our soccer game last night. I couldn't make a shot for the life of me. But I was still playing well, getting open, and challenging the ball. It's crazy how much pride I get from hearing the other bench tell their team to stay on me. <BR> <BR> And I realized how much I really need to change my way of thinking. Multiple times, I was ch... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:18:01 EST Day 1224- Finally A Moment To Breathe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908319 Day 99 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 183.4 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 877+662+437=1976 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 33,567 <BR> <BR> Whew. Let me just take a moment to breathe. <BR> <BR> The past few days have been a whirlwind. My parents and J.D.'s dad got in on Monday night while I was working and helped move a bunch of smaller things in the UHaul my dad brought up my BABY GRAND PIANO in. I'm only a *little* excited about finally having my piano w... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 13:22:52 EST Day 1223-Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908020 Day 98 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 183.6 <BR> <BR> Such a busy day. Still love you SparkFriends! I've discovered I love grocery shopping at 11 at night though! Wed, 8 Apr 2015 23:36:52 EST Day 1222- All Moved In! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907363 We are in our beautiful home. We have a lot of unpacking to do. We will have Internet tomorrow. And I can't seem to find my laptop but hopefully I can find it tomorrow. Then I can take a bunch of pictures and show you our home! I think my Fitbit broke. It said I took 23,000+ steps but has stopped syncing or lighting up. :( I will have to try returning to tomorrow if it doesn't come back on. Sorry for another short blog. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 22:16:17 EST Day 1221- We Got The Keys! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906565 Day 96 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 877 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 32,468 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886413114.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, J.D. and I got the keys to our house. We started moving in small things and some clothes before I had to head to work. The next few days will be very busy so I apologize if my blogs are lacking. Especially since we have to wait to have internet installed so I'll be blogging from my phone. ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 17:08:24 EST Day 1220- Long Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906109 Day 95 of 2014: <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 877 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 32,468 <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a lot since my mental toughness class. <BR> <BR> One thing I've been thinking about is how happy I am, and also how fit I feel. And how I continue to allow myself to get discouraged by the scale. <BR> <BR> So I've decided to try what all of you have been telling me, although it may not last long, and only weigh once a week, at my Weight Watchers at Wor... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 23:32:09 EST Day 1219- Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905470 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l649497285.jpg"> About to get on the road and head back to Michigan but no guarantee that I'll remember to blog when I do. Had a great day at my friend's bridal shower and took a photo that I thought, hey! I look normal sized! I promise a much better blog tomorrow. Love you SparkFriends! Sat, 4 Apr 2015 18:58:32 EST Day 1218- A Huge Compliment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904812 Day 93 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.8 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 2,112+288+484+515=3,399 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 31,591 <BR> <BR> I ended up heading to walk dogs last night and it was great. The unconditional love given by a dog who just wants attention and a good belly rub is unlike any other. It definitely makes me want a dog more, but until I can be a good owner, I'll be able to get my dog quota met by volunteering with the rescue. <BR> ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 12:40:57 EST Day 1217- The Battle Between The Ears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904200 Day 92 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.4 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 2,112+288+484=2,884 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 31,076 <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I attended a workshop on Mental Fitness and Mental Toughness. <BR> <BR> We started the workshop by coming up with definitions for Physical Fitness and then compared those to the definitions of Mental Fitness. <BR> <BR> So think about that. We think of someone who is physically fit being someone with a g... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:48:09 EST Day 1216- Another Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903449 Day 91 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.4 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 2,112+288+484=2,884 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 31,076 <BR> <BR> We won again last night! 4-1. And I scored the first goal, and assisted on the second goal, so it was a pretty great night. <BR> <BR> Arriving at the soccer field, I was still feeling pretty stiff. I warned my teammates that I was still recovering from my half-marathon so I might not have my usual speed. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:55:20 EST Day 1215- Yoga Classes and Making New Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903039 Day 90 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.8 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 2,112+288=2,400 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 30,592 <BR> <BR> I won't lie. The scale is bothering me. I've read it can take your body up to a week to fully recover from running a half marathon. But I've been eating well and drinking lots of water. And I just feel swollen. I know I need to just give it time and be patient. And probably stop weighing myself for a bit, at least until m... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:07:47 EST Day 1214- Establishing a Fitness Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902333 Day 89 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.8 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 2,112 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 30,304 <BR> <BR> With all the excitement of my race, I didn't get to talk to you about the rest of my weekend. <BR> <BR> My parents came in to town on Friday evening to help us pack up on Saturday. On Saturday morning, I ended up going to volunteer training for a local dog rescue I want to become involved with. I LOVE dogs. And I want one so bad.... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:04:02 EST Day 1213- 14 Minutes Off My Personal Record! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901830 Day 88 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.6 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 2,112 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 30,304 <BR> <BR> I DID IT! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l310058197.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning at 7:30, I lined up behind the 11:27 mile pace leader. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l325684309.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And for 12 miles, I stuck with her. <BR> <BR> And at that 12th mile marke... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:54:17 EST Day 1212- 13.1 Miles Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901371 Day 87 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.2 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 397+636+460+121=1614 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 28,192 <BR> <BR> Today, my parents are here helping us pack up our house and to cheer me on at my race tomorrow. <BR> <BR> J.D. took a 42 mile bike ride and I went to pick him up so he wouldn't have to make it all the way back. When I got to where I was supposed to meet him, he wasn't there yet so I walked for a bit and burned my 121 cal... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:02:39 EST Day 1211- Getting Nervous for My Half-Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900646 Day 86 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 179.8 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 397+636+460=1,493 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 28,071 <BR> <BR> Can you believe it? 7 calories short of my goal. Guess I'll be taking a short walk this afternoon. <BR> <BR> The other strange thing is my Charge HR said I only burned 383 calories during my soccer game, but then when I totaled up my calories burned between 9-10pm it totaled to 460. So that's what I'm going off of. I think it was a glitch i... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:02:26 EST Day 1210- When Life Happens (Legal people please read!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899996 Day 85 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.2 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 397+636=1,033 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 27,611 <BR> <BR> So right after I finished my blog yesterday, I received a phone call from a person interested in seeing the house we're currently renting. <BR> <BR> Let me give you some background information, and anyone who reads this and is in law or real estate that could give me feedback, would be awesome. <BR> <BR> We have a lease that went from S... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:44:28 EST Day 1209- A Whole Bag of Broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899368 Day 84 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 180.4 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 397 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 26,975 <BR> <BR> Since today is Wednesday, I have my break in the middle of the day, since I supervise study tables from 6-10 this evening. During my breaks lately, I've been running house errands, or going shopping, or taking naps in my car. What can I say? I'm exhausted sometimes. <BR> <BR> However, today when I was getting ready for work, I was all prepared to w... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:47:37 EST Day 1208- Life Is Like a Game of Soccer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899106 Day 83 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.2 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 397 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 26,975 <BR> <BR> Now I lay me down to sleep, <BR> I think of the promise I must keep. <BR> I jump out of bed, mind in a fog, <BR> And find my laptop to write this blog. <BR> <BR> I was starting to fall asleep and realized, I DIDN'T WRITE MY DAILY BLOG! <BR> <BR> So far in 2015, I've written a blog every single day and burned at least 1500 calories every week. And... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:03:54 EST Day 1207- My Own SparkTeam? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898133 Day 82 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.6 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 0 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 26,578 <BR> <BR> Yesterday, J.D. and I had some friends over and we made homemade pizzas and tried each others. It was a fun little day, but after already having sodium bloat, it definitely added to it. But I'm okay with it. I know drinking water and tracking will have me back to normal in a day or two. <BR> <BR> After the amazing comments you've left over the past f... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:51:26 EST Day 1206-Honest Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897798 Day 81 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.6 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 0 (Though I did burn and additional 1,089 after yesterday's blog) <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 26,578 <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you all so much for all your kind comments, SparkMail messages and goodies. Your support after my last too blogs has been overwhelming and so appreciated. I love you all! <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon, I found out the local golf course was in fact open, and I was able to walk ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:21:11 EST Day 1205- The Blog I SHOULD Have Written Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896984 Day 80 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 180.8 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 302+410+649+1007+754=3,122 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 25,489 <BR> <BR> First, let me apologize. To you, all of my Sparkfriends who faithfully read my blogs and offer support and encouragement. I should never have written that blog yesterday. I should never given that one commenter any attention, and I especially shouldn't have let him control what I wrote. <BR> <BR> Because I wri... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:28:28 EST Day 1204- When My Best Isn't Good Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896542 Day 79 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 180.4 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 302+410+649+1007=2,368 <em>248</em> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 24,735 <BR> <BR> Well. <BR> <BR> This blog was going to be much more upbeat a few hours ago. I was all set to be excited to let you all know that my Thursday night soccer team, the one that didn't win a game last season, got our first win last night...and I scored the first goal! Off of a direct kick from a foul. It was an awesome... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:04:17 EST Day 1203- Diet Versus Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895839 Day 78 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 180.8 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 302+410+649=1361 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 23,728 <BR> <BR> On a previous blog post, someone asked the following questions: <BR> <BR> Could you talk more about the diet aspect? Did you ever feel afraid of change? How did you get past it? <BR> <BR> To be honest, at the beginning of my journey, I was so out of shape and sluggish that changing my diet was what I viewed as easier, because exercise ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:43:48 EST Day 1202- I'm a PSYCHO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895218 Day 77 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.2 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 302+410+649=1361 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 23,728 <BR> <BR> Last night, at my soccer game, a girl called me psycho. I wasn't offended because she was commenting on the intensity with which I play. She had been open most of the night while I was playing forward, and was taking shots due to a lack of defense on our part. So I switched with someone and started playing defense, and stuck like her to ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:52:10 EST Day 1201- My Fitbit Charge HR Review So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894693 Day 76 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 182.6 <BR> <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 302+410=712 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 23,079 <BR> <BR> I bought my Fitbit Charge HR two weeks ago, and so far, I love it. It definitely pushes me to get more steps and stay active. I also find myself doing the stairs for no reason, other than to meet my daily 10 flights goal. I like that it connects with SparkPeople and is able to pull in my food into the program. This way, it tells me how many c... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:29:05 EST