BRIDGIEEE's SparkPeople Blog BRIDGIEEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Opinions of Other People I won't let the opinions of other people keep me up at night. <BR> I won't let the opinions of other people make my stomach churn. <BR> I won't let the opinions of other people effect my mood. <BR> I won't let the opinions of other people effect my diet. <BR> I won't let the opinions of other people dictate my life. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:23:59 EST Foot/Heel Pain I had some foot pain during the half marathon which was expected but now it has kind of morphed into something else and I'm not sure what. <BR> <BR> During and after the half both my feet were hurting but eventually my legs and right foot stopped hurting. The outside of my left foot was still hurting a bit but I didn't think much about it. A couple days later the pain moved to the inside near the arch. Then starting yesterday the pain has moved back to the outer side but on my heel. It... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:18:28 EST My 1st Half Marathon Well I did it! After all these months of talking about the half marathon I finally did it and now it's hard to believe that it has already passed. I have a medal to prove it though! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I woke up early on Sunday morning it was COLD! 22 degrees to be exact and I was kind of freaking out about that. I don't like the cold and I certainly don't like running in it either but I bundled up and got going. I to... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 17:35:06 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:07:35 EST 5% Challenge Before Photos & Measurements The challenge starts today and I've challenged the Daisies <em>87</em> to blog with their before pics and measurements. Here are mine! <BR> <BR> 2/23/13 Measurements <BR> Arm 12.5 <BR> Bust 37.75 <BR> Waist 36 <BR> Hips 44 <BR> Thigh 26 <BR> Calves 15.75 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great start to the challenge! <BR> <BR> PS I see that it ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:31:27 EST Great Deal on Garmin Forerunner 410 <link><BR>runner-sport-watch?c=all&p=55 </link> <BR> <BR> I saw this on groupon so I thought I'd pass it along to you guys. I love my Forerunner 410. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:11:10 EST The Fart that Almost Altered My Destiny Well...not my destiny but this blog post is hilarious. If you need a pick me up then please please please read it. It's been passed around a lot on pinterest so you may have already read it but believe me, it's worth a second read. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ost-altered-my-destiny/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <em>30</em> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 17:13:53 EST January's Gone with the Wind How is it that a full month in 2013 has already passed us? It doesn't even seem real. I remember as a kid my mom would tell me that time goes so much faster when you're older and I never believed her. Now it all makes is just too busy to hold on to moments like you could when you were a kid. <BR> <BR> January really didn't go as well as I'd hoped and, of course, I only have myself to blame. I won't go over it all but this past week was just a mess. I hurt my knee last Sat... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 17:40:49 EST Goal Weight Review & Curves Complete Week 2 I weighed in last night and I had gained 3 1/2 pounds. It was frustrating but it is also that time of the month so I'm going to contribute most of it to that. I'm still really struggling with the diet portion. The plan offers more than enough options and the food quantity is quiet large but I'm always wanting more. I know it is a matter of re-training myself to eat less but it is a struggle. I'm still trying to figure out how to stay on the plan but eat enough for my long's a c... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:27:03 EST 570,240 Inches That's how far I ran on Saturday...well 9 miles but I think it sounds pretty cool in inches lol. As with all of my longer runs, this one was no less a learning experience. My BFF and I went to a state park (Petit Jean for you Arkansas peeps). Whit wanted to eat breakfast at the lodge there so we did. We ALWAYS get waffles for breakfast at this lodge because it brings back a lot of childhood memories. I was nervous about eating something so sweet before the run but I didn't use any syrup ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:19:57 EST My Name is Bridgett & I'm a Sparkoholic I haven't been on Spark much the past two has been busy, I've had stuff going on at night, life is just busy. <BR> <BR> I also haven't worked out since Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I also had a minor binge incident a few minutes ago. <BR> <BR> Correlation? Yeah, I'm thinking so! The more I'm on Spark the more motivated I feel, the more support I get, the more I work out, the healthier I eat, the more empowered I am! <BR> <BR> Even just writing this blog I feel less stressed ab... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:17:36 EST Only 5 Full Weekends...Eek!! I'm kind of freaking out, only 5 training Saturdays until the 1/2 marathon. Eek! I'm doing 9 this weekend so every week I get a little closer and closer but I'm to the point where I'm just ready to GO! <BR> <BR> Look at these medals!! Mine will be the second largest. I can't remember the exact specs but the full marathon medal weighs almost 3 lbs and is 1/2 thick!! The half medal is 12 or 13 ounces which is still decent size! I'm so excited! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:30:35 EST Curves Complete Week 1 in Review I was nervous about my weigh in yesterday because I had been bad on Saturday and not that great on Sunday but when I stepped on the scale I had lost 5.25 lbs!! Woo hoo!! I'm hoping that success will carry me through this next week. <BR> <BR> As I reported a few days ago, the first week was rough! But for the most part I stuck with it and it paid off. Week two starts phase too which means more choices and increase in calorie intake. Definitely can't complain about either of those! <B... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:30:52 EST 8 Miler This morning I completed 8 miles for the first time and it was ok. Every long run I learn something new, something about myself, my preferences, or just common sense stuff lol. Today I learned that I'm not particular fond of running by the river on cooler days. I'm really cold natured and the wind coming off the river froze me. It was a nice change from running in my neighborhood though. I'm sure I will like it better in the spring. <BR> <BR> I invested in this belt to hold my necessities a... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:17:19 EST Today. Is. Hard. Wow, I'm struggling with my food today. I haven't cheated but I want to eat everything in sight and I've been hungry constantly since I woke up this morning. Argh! Days like this make dieting so hard...but then I remember if I can make it past this first week then my food intake will increase. <BR> <BR> That is all lol. I just had to write it down to remind myself that I can do this and I will do it and it will be worth it. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:18:45 EST Diet Day 3 & Rewards It's day three and the diet is going pretty well. Phase one is less food than phase two and less choices so I'm struggling with that. I can eat as many certain veggies as I want (green beans, broccoli, zucchini, carrots, etc) but I get so tired of them very quickly. I've gotten into the habit of snacking 'round the clock at work so I'm struggling with that too. All in all it hasn't been as hard as the first time I went through phase one so that's good. <BR> <BR> I've discovered I've alre... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:58:28 EST I'm Disappointed in you, Lance So I know it is all over the news so everyone is probably on Lance Armstrong overload but I feel so betrayed so I wanted to blog about it. <BR> <BR> I'm not huge into biking or anything but I do (did) really love Lance. I have never really read anything about his personality (until today) but I just thought he was such an inspiration and he charity work was amazing. Sure, there have always been rumors about drug use but I had sincerely hoped he was telling the truth. I'm not naive but we ju... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:29:53 EST Vegas Baby! Over the weekend my hubs and two of my girlfriends decided to compete in the Vegas Tough Mudder in April. I won't be competing because that's a little much to ask of my body at the moment but I will be going to take pics and to enjoy Vegas! I'm super excited because I've never been to Vegas and it is definitely on my "before baby bucket list". <BR> <BR> It is really perfect timing because we are leaving on April 13th and that is the end of my Curves Complete diet so hopefully I will finally... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:01:17 EST 6 1/2 Mile Run So yesterday as I'm running I'm planning out what I would write in my blog to chronical my longest run yet. It was something along the lines of: <BR> <BR> "I rocked that 6 1/2 miles and I showed it who is boss!" <BR> <BR> that went out the door at about mile 1 1/2. Fail. <BR> <BR> It was forecasted to rain and storm like crazy all day yesterday...and it did for the first part of the morning. So because I was so panicked about ruining my phone and gps watch I went to Academy ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:50:21 EST Inquiring Minds: Silly Running Questions Ok, so you know how some things you just can't find on Google but you still want to know the answer to? Well I'm going to post a few all my embarrassing hopes that someone can help me answer them! <BR> <BR> 1) How do you protect your phone/ipod/gps watch while running in the rain? Do you just go without? <BR> <BR> 2) What do you do when you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of a run...a long run at that lol? I know this is TMI but I'm not just talking #1 ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:30:35 EST How do you reward yourself? I'm trying to come up with milestone rewards for myself but I'm not coming up with anything. <BR> <BR> How do you reward yourself for the milestone losses? <BR> <BR> For five pounds down I'm going to get myself a shellac manicure. <BR> 10 pounds - ? <BR> 15 pounds - ? <BR> 21 pounds - complete new outfit with shoes and everything <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for the ideas. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:45:01 EST Curves Complete Round 2 & Before Photos Wow, I just looked back and it has been since September since I've posted a real blog. I've posted short ones here and there asking for people's help or opinions but none of my own thoughts in several months. <BR> <BR> I've missed all of my Spark friends and I'm sorry for my absence. I wasn't in a place that I wanted to lose weight or watch what I was eating so being on Spark wasn't the right avenue for me, I would have only been detrimental to all of you who are working so hard. I have... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 17:38:28 EST Running Cramps - Help! Every time I run toward the middle to end of my run I get cramps in my right side. I've read all kinds of stuff about this but nothing has worked for me. What helps for you? Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:22:02 EST Acts of Christmas Kindness It's hard to believe that it is already December 2nd. Christmas will be here before we know it. I just wanted to ask everyone to go out of your way this month to do something kind for your family, friends, and mostly strangers. I'm doing 25 acts of Christmas kindness (similar to my birthday project you may remember) but I'm not asking you to do that. Do one act of kindness a week or more if you are so moved. I promise you it will improve your mood, your Christmas spirit and it will help us al... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:09:12 EST Fitbit Zip or Fitbit The One So I've been contemplating the Fitbit for a long time but I couldn't justify spending $100 on it. Now they have the Fitbit Zip for $60 and I love that it automatically syncs to Spark. But here is my the Zip just a glorified pedometer? Other than it syncing to Spark is it going to do much more than my $20 pedometer? I know The One tracks sleep and I think that is a really cool feature but I'm really not sure how to use the knowledge it would give me. <BR> <BR> Anyway, just... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:08:53 EST Suggestions for Austin or San Antonio Hey friends, it's been far too long since I've been connected. I have a new 5% challenge coming up so I'll definitely be sparking more then. Recently life has been crazy and I've really slacked on everything. <BR> <BR> Oct 5 - 12 the hubs and I will be taking a road trip to Austin and San Antonio. I have never been to Austin and it's been several years since I've been to San Antonio so I'm not sure what to do or where to go. So that's where you guys come in! Can anyone give me suggest... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:13:56 EST Thank you for your kind words & prayers It's crazy that it has been almost a month since I have blogged. A few times I've clicked on the link to blog but couldn't quiet formulate my thoughts and just ended up deleting it. I'll be honest, these past few weeks have been a whirlwind for me and my diet and exercise have really been placed on the back burner. It will all come together with time and I'm not going to worry about it. My goal is to maintain my current weight and if I do that I'll be satisfied. <BR> <BR> First of all,... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 17:54:57 EST Just Checking In Man, these past two weeks have just been pretty sucky! Now let me rephrase that, most things in my life have been great but a few things have been off and that just made everything off. Anyway, I've been itching to blog the past couple days but have refrained because my last two blogs were so negative Nancy and I try to keep things more upbeat. <BR> <BR> Today I'm feeling so much happier! I got up this morning and went for a run then I got to work and just felt positive. I love days lik... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:36:37 EST Finding My Happy Medium & Goal Accountability for July 30 - Aug 5 I'll start out with the accountability because it really won't take long. Second week in a row that things didn't go as planned. I started out really well at the beginning of the week July 30th - Aug 2nd went well. I worked out, I counted calories, and I stayed in my ranges (except for Wed I went over my calories by about 500...oops!). Then Fri - Sun I stopped counting calories, we ate out a number of times, I didn't even work out. UGH! I did pretty well on my steps all but 2 days I got... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 16:41:13 EST Life handed us lemons but I don't like lemonade... I'm supposed to be writing my accountability blog for last week but that will have to wait until tomorrow because I'm just not in the mood at the moment. Today has been an ok day for me but a pretty disappointing and frustrating day for my husband. Therefore, it's been disappointing and frustrating for me as well. He got some disappointing news at work today and my heart is aching for him. Please keep him in your prayers. Thank you all. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 20:09:29 EST 30 Acts of Kindness - The Birthday Project My birthday was last month but it took me all month to finish my birthday project and I'm just now getting around to posting my blog about it. For those of you who didn't read my previous blog a couple months ago here is the back story: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link>!/TheBirth<BR>dayProject </link> <BR> <BR> Originally I had planned on accomplishing all of my acts of kindness in a three day period...well that just didn't happe... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 13:29:34 EST Goal Accountability for July 23rd - July 29th Well if anyone read my last blog you know that this last week has been a disaster for me. BUT I'm keeping one promise to myself and that is to blog about my progress and be open and honest. So as much as this pains me to post here it goes. <BR> <BR> Just as a reminder, here are a list of my original goals: <BR> 1. Reach goal weight of 145 by September (11 lbs to go) <BR> 2. Work out at least 5 days a week <BR> 3. Of those 5 days at least 3 days a week need to include running <BR> 4. D... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:45:17 EST Considering My Options I haven't blogged much this week because I've been struggling on what to say. For the most part I try to keep my blogs upbeat and not be too much of a Debbie Downer, I know everyone has their own issues and I don't want to put mine on someone else. So when I'm feeling down or confused I don't blog a lot about it. Most of the time my feelings are short lived and by the time I get around to sitting down to blog about it, I'm over it. I had hoped that this is what would happen this week, but... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 17:37:58 EST Lazy but Talented...No Thanks Nike Have you seen this shirt? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw a guy wearing it yesterday and it really bothered me. Nike is supposed to be all about working harder, longer, faster, etc. Not about tooting your horn that you've got what it takes to be awesome so you can be lazy. I'm sure I'm just over-analyzing this but this isn't the brand I've come to know and love. I voiced my irritation to Cole and he just laughed, although he did ag... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:41:35 EST Goal Accountability Blog 1 I developed my new goals on Thursday so this doesn't cover a whole week, just Thursday through Sunday. <BR> <BR> Thursday, July 19th: <BR> I ran/walked for 24 minutes <BR> I tracked all of my food but went over my calories by 574...eek! <BR> Got 9,234 steps <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday, July 20th: <BR> Did a short 17 minute workout in my living room <BR> I tracked all of my food and was within my ranges <BR> Got 8,121 steps <BR> <BR> <BR> Saturday, July 21st: <BR> Did a short 20 minute w... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:14:28 EST New Goals Ever since I got back involved with Spark in February I've been set on losing 33 lbs by July 11th. Well it didn't happen but that doesn't mean I can throw all my cares out of the window and continue on like a food rebel. So now I have to formulate some new goals. Here they go: <BR> <BR> 1. Reach goal weight of 145 by September (11 lbs to go) <BR> 2. Work out at least 5 days a week <BR> 3. Of those 5 days at least 3 days a week need to include running <BR> 4. Do 10 min of exercise the othe... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:50:27 EST GPS Watches - Worth the cost or not? I really want a GPS watch and I've been doing a lot of research about them but I'd like to hear from someone on here that has real life experience. <BR> <BR> Do you have a GPS watch? What brand? Would you recommend it? <BR> <BR> Right now I'm using the app Runkeeper to track my runs which is a nice app (and free!) but I really don't like taking my phone with me when I run because I'm always afraid something is going to happen to it or it is going to get rained on. So ideally, I'd lik... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 15:48:36 EST Bridgiemas! Ok, yeah so I'm 6 and I love my birthday lol. Several years ago I renamed July to Bridgiemas because it's like Christmas and I celebrate all month haha. With my family all over Arkansas we really do end up celebrating several different days because it is hard to get everyone together at the same time. <BR> <BR> Last night I went to dinner with Cole, my mom, my best friend, and her husband. We had a really great time. Today I'm leaving work early and me and my mom are going to drive to ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:44:07 EST The Birthday Goal Well many days have come and gone and now I've reached my birthday goal date to lose 33 lbs. I unfortunately didn't lose 33 lbs by my 30th birthday but I DID lose 25! I've been stuck around 23 - 25 for about a month and a half now (ever since Cole has been home) and I'm ok with that. Yes, I want to lose the full 33 but it will come in time. After all of the birthday celebrations (mine, my dad's, and my mom's is all this week) I will get back on the healthy lifestyle wagon again. I'm stil... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:56:59 EST Firecracker 5k I did it! I completed my first 5k and I didn't fall out or anything haha. I don't know my exact time but I know it was a little over 36 minutes. I'm pretty pleased with that time because I expected to finish in about 40. It was SO freaking hot and that definitely wore on my energy some. I don't think I'll be doing another run in the dead of summer...well not until I'm in better shape. For the most part it was a downhill course but it was still tough. It sucked though because the last h... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 12:54:56 EST Nerves Well it's July 2nd and I'm still nine lbs away from my birthday goal...I'm certain I'm not going to lose it by the 11th. I would be happy if I could drop a few more lbs by next Wed but I know I'm pushing it. I'm not really feeling hard on myself about it. Sure, I'm disappointed that I'm not going to meet my goal but I've come so far already and I will lose these last nine lbs, it's just going to take a little longer. <BR> <BR> I got my race bib and chip for the Firecracker 5K that is on... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:43:33 EST Surprise in the Mail I have been stressing about money lately due to unexpected bills, rising a/c costs, and just life in general. Then today I got a nice surprise in the mail I got a refund from my doctor's office for a co-pay that my insurance decided to pay. It is only $25 but it was so unexpected and really made my day. Makes me want to pay it forward somehow! I hope everyone is having a great day! Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:04:45 EST C25K Week 6 Day 3 The last week was pretty much a bust with my diet and exercise. I tried but not hard enough and I know why the scale isn't moving (in the right direction). This week I am doing better and I'm trying harder. My diet still isn't where I need it to be, I'm having trouble with extra snacking that I wasn't doing before and I'm not measuring my servings therefore I'm overeating. It will all come back with time, I just have to focus. <BR> <BR> I'm doing much better with my exercise this week ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:32:08 EST C25K Week 5 Day 3 This morning I completed week 5 day 3 of C25K. It was 20 minutes of nonstop running and I DID IT! It really wasn't as horrible as I expected it to be, I'm not saying it was easy but it wasn't terrible. My next run will be 5 & 8 minutes and that will be a piece of cake compared to 20. <BR> <BR> I should be done with the program the first week in July so I am going to sign up for my first 5K and I'm super excited. It is the Firecracker 5K held on the 4th of July. That is also exactly a ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:00:52 EST The Birthday Project I'm sure most of you know that my goal is to lose 30 - 33 lbs by my 30th birthday which is on July 11th. Well who knows if I will get there or not but I'm going to try. I do have another goal for my 30th birthday that I'm super excited about and I want to share it with all of you and hoping some of you may be as inspired as I was by it. <BR> <BR> It's called The Birthday Project <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link>!/TheBirth<BR>dayProject... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 17:54:50 EST C25K Week 4 This morning I completed week 4 and it was definitely tough. This week was run 3 min, walk 1 1/2 min, run 5 min, walk 2 1/2 min. The 5 minute runs were tough but not as difficult as I expected. My next run is 5 min with 3 min walks in between repeated 3 times but by the end of week 5 I am supposed to be running 20 min straight with no walking. That sounds scary to me but I'm hoping it won't be as bad as I think. Every day I surprise myself that I can actually complete the runs, I may fee... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:42:09 EST Running on Empty I feel like I've barely been on Spark since Cole has returned, I've missed you guys! Things are so wonderful having Cole home. We are now home from visiting his family in PA and are trying to return to a normal life. He has been off all of this week so it's still been a bit of a challenge. On top of that I've been sick and had to miss a day of work and go to the doctor...ugh. I haven't worked out since Monday and I've been eating terribly! My weight is starting to creep back up and I ne... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 17:38:59 EST Cole is Home! And Other Randomness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dear sweet husband arrived from Kuwait on Friday afternoon. It was so wonderful to see him and it is still almost surreal that he is home. The great thing about us is that he has been gone for five months but we picked up just where we left off and it feels like he was only gone a few days. This past week was full of preparing for Cole's homecoming and a big 30th birthday party I was throwing for my best frien... Mon, 21 May 2012 10:38:33 EST C25K Week 2 The beginning of week 2 was really tough, my knees just didn't want to carry my body forward but I pushed on. By the third run of week 2 it was easier but still harder than I had hoped it to be. I'm terrified to start week 3 where I will have to run 3 minutes at a time. I'm really worried I won't be able to run that far. I know 3 minutes isn't very long but last week at about 1 min 15 seconds I thought my legs just couldn't go on. If I can't do the 3 minutes at a time the first run I may... Tue, 15 May 2012 11:41:39 EST Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! To all of my fellow military spouses out there, happy appreciation day! You all have a special place in my heart because I know we all go through similar struggles being a military spouse. Make your husband (or wife) take you out to celebrate tonight! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>12/05/11/presidential-proclamation-mil<BR>itary-spouse-appreciation-day-2012 </link> Fri, 11 May 2012 14:41:49 EST