CHAPELSMACK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CHAPELSMACK CHAPELSMACK'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/ Lake Tahoe Half Marathon (Sunday, 9/14/14) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783458 Lake Tahoe Half Marathon: I DID IT! <BR> <BR> What a gorgeous course! Plenty of tough hills, though. And not to mention it was at 6800' elevation! It was a challenge, but I would definitely do the race again some day. <BR> <BR> My finishing time: 3:01:51 <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>366</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l59167585.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1673741205.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:05:55 EST Running Knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740925 My knees have been a bit sore this week, so I took a few days off from working out from Thursday to Sunday. Since Monday, I've cut back my mileage and my speed, and I've upgraded to better shoes, been doing strength training/stretches, and I've been icing my knees after I workout. They are still a teensy bit sore, but feeling loads better than last week. I'm still a fairly new to runner, and I think I've just been overdoing it. Too much, too fast, too soon. Definitely a wake up call to be mor... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:38:15 EST Obese No More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733981 I am finally out of the "Obese" category on the BMI chart and into the "Overweight" category. 30 pounds to go until I reach my goal weight... <BR> <BR> I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 17:25:32 EST Don't always trust the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731394 I had a funny moment earlier this week. I realized that my digital scale needed new batteries. When I replaced them I found that I actually weigh 6 pounds less than it had been reading before. <BR> <BR> It's the little things, right? <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>192</em> <em>312</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 15:21:23 EST 6 Months into the Year: Time for Goal Reassessment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729081 At the beginning of this year I posted a goal worksheet, which mapped out my goals for this year. Now that I'm about 6 months into the year, I thought it would be a good time to see where I am, how I'm doing, and to reassess my priorities and goals for the remaining months of the year... <BR> <BR> MY GOAL IS: TO BE HEALTHIER, FITTER, AND TO REACH A HEALTHY BODY FAT PERCENTAGE. <BR> <BR> *I'd say this is still a good, strong goal for me right now. <BR> <BR> MY GOAL DETAILS: WITH MY HUSBAND ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:49:00 EST 2014 Races I'm registered for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722190 Races I am signed up for during the second half of 2014... <BR> <BR> *San Francisco FrontRunners Pride Run 10K -- Next Saturday, June 28th (SF Pride Weekend): A 5K loop in Golden Gate Park, run twice for the 10K. Celebrates SF Pride and benefits the Castro Community On Patrol. <BR> <BR> *SF Sustainable Race 11K -- Saturday, August 2nd: Lovely race along the SF Bay Trail. It is the 1st annual Sustainable Race "to foster sustainability awareness, focusing on San Francisco’s drive to 100% rene... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:26:16 EST Summer Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719194 Well, May was a little busy, meaning my time on SP was less frequent. My goal is to try and log in most days of the week during the summer. <BR> <BR> I made the big decision to do the Lake Tahoe Half Marathon, instead of the full marathon, in September. I feel good about my choice. I'm still planning on doing a full marathon, but it will most likely be next year. I feel like I need the time to get more miles under my belt. I'm also researching to find a second half marathon to do in the Fall... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:52:41 EST Recent Before/After Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688237 I often have a hard time seeing my own progress, so I decided to make an updated before/after photo to encourage myself in my success. I still have a little more to go, but it makes me happy to see how far I have come in my health/weight-loss journey so far. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1388488739.jpg"> Mon, 5 May 2014 17:07:19 EST Big Sur 10.6 Miler Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684951 Big Sur 10.6 Miler! One race down! <BR> Finish time: 2 hours and 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1001795509.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1418372385.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l807573310.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l982256182.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736634177.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Thu, 1 May 2014 13:08:02 EST Big Sur 10.6 Miler this weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680294 The day after tomorrow is my Big Sur 10.6-Miler event (part of the Big Sur Marathon)! <BR> <BR> My husband and I leave tonight for Monterey and are going to make a weekend of it. The weather looks like it will be a mostly cloudy with possible light rain, but I'm certain that it will still be beautiful. And you never know, the forecast may change. <BR> <BR> I'm so excited! <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> <em>334</em> <em>182</em> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:58:50 EST Big Sur 10.6-Miler this weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677084 I can't believe how fast these last few months have been! The Big Sur Marathon weekend is just around the corner! 10.6-Miler here I come! <BR> <BR> I just emailed my parents about it and about my marathon. I realized that I hadn't told them yet about either of the walking/running events that I'm participating in. I'm not really sure why...I was never really very active, in an athletic sense, growing up, so, I didn't want them to worry or feel uncomfortable about it, I guess. I'm sure they wi... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:50:55 EST "How's the diet going?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675174 A co-worker that complimented me on my weight-loss last week (NOT the rude-hey-are-you-pregnant co-worker. A different co-worker who knows me better.) asked me yesterday, "How is your diet going?" <BR> <BR> I stared at her blankly for a couple seconds before answering, because I was thinking, "What diet is she talking about?" <BR> <BR> Then, I realized she was referring to the weight-loss that she's been noticing. I just answered that things were going fine, and she then asked, "How do you ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:13:32 EST No, I'm not pregnant. I'm just "fat." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673662 So, this morning a coworker asked me the question that a person should never ask a woman. <BR> <BR> "Are you...pregnant. You look like you've gained weight." <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I mean, who asks something like that? And just last week I got a friendly comment from another coworker who complimented me on my weight-loss over the past few months. <BR> <BR> I'll admit it, the stupid comment today hurt. I took a few minutes in my office just to let it out and cry a bit, and I f... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:39:06 EST I Hit Level 12 already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669785 I just realized that I hit Level 12 yesterday! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> It's kind of hard to believe that I've stuck with Sparkpeople since 2012, but the date is right there on my sparkpage. Pretty cool. <BR> <BR> It's also hard to believe that I have come as far as I have, but there I am in the mirror. A size 14 instead of a size 22, which I had been a few years ago. <BR> <BR> I really looked hard at myself in the mirror this morning, but tried looking through all those little tiny blemishes, lu... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:36:55 EST Big Sur 10.6-Miler coming up fast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661723 I just got an email this morning with info and details about the Big Sur race weekend coming up on Sunday, April 27th. Only less than four weeks away! 25 days! <BR> <BR> I am so excited! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>224</em> <em>312</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:57:00 EST Weight-Loss/Health/Self-Esteem Reading List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658611 A "few" weight-loss memoirs and other health and self-love resource books that I am looking forward to reading: <BR> <BR> Half-Assed, A Weight-Loss Memoir by Jennette Fulda <BR> Hungry: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin by Allen Zadoff <BR> 703: How I Lost More Than a Quarter Ton and Gained a Life by Nancy Makin <BR> Read My Hips: How I Learned to Love My Body, Ditch Dieting, and Live Large by Kim Brittingham <BR> I'm Not the New Me by Wendy McClure <BR> The Fat Girl's Guide t... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:07:55 EST "You feel skinnier." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656238 My husband was being silly yesterday and gave me a big hug and lifted me up off the floor and said that he could tell that I was getting skinnier/lighter. <BR> <BR> I think I might have found the perfect feel-good alternative to using my bathroom scale. <em>30</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:18:51 EST This year's mantra: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654493 I've been feeling like a bit of a slave to my bathroom scale recently. <BR> <BR> Daily weigh-ins are a bad habit that I've been trying to kick for years. I found myself doing it again for a good chunk of last month and for the beginning of this month. So, a couple of weeks ago I decided to put it away in the closet. Out of sight, out of mind. To even make it more "official" I vowed to give up using my bathroom scale for Lent (in addition to watching TV at home). <BR> <BR> But I found myself... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:37:54 EST Body Fat % Visual http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645298 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l831025853.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1998202118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Visuals are good. I need visuals. My current body fat % is at about 34% (the last picture) and I am aiming to be at around 23% body fat (picture right next to it). <BR> <BR> Trying my best to feel patient and confident and loving with myself today. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:33:36 EST Frances Kuffel Memoir Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639629 I finished the book I started last week: Frances Kuffel's memoir, "Passing for Thin: Losing Half My Weight and Finding My Self." You can read the synopsis here: <link>www.amazon.com/Passing-Thin-Losing-W<BR>eight-Finding/dp/0767912926 </link> . Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Kuffel's writing is fun to read. She's has a poet's way with words, and she is snarky and brutally honest. <BR> <BR> My favorite thing about the book is that it's not one of those "how-to" kind of books. Kuffel ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:04:51 EST I loved it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635218 My evening of dancing was so much fun! I am so happy that I went. I did the 1 hour yoga session, which was fairly simple and beginner friendly. Very relaxing, too. Then I danced for about 2 hours. There was still another hour of dancing left to go when I left. I probably could have kept on going, but I didn't want to overdo it, as it was a Wednesday night. <BR> <BR> I think I will definitely be making Ecstatic Dance a part of my routine. It felt very freeing to just be able to dance without ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:46:27 EST Dancin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634459 Going out dancing tonight! <BR> <BR> <link>ecstaticdance.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've been hearing good things from folks that I know. It's a drug free and alcohol free atmosphere (and shoe-free). Plus, there's a choice of a one-hour yoga or dance movement class before the freestyle dancing starts. I don't know if I will do the full three hours of dancing, but I guess I'll see where the mood and music take me. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I am both excited and nervous. I have been wanting to... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:40:07 EST Weight Loss Memoir http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630218 I just started reading a memoir by Frances Kuffel entitled "Passing for Thin: Losing Half My Weight and Finding My Self." It's very well written and I really identify a lot with the author so far. It is very reassuring that I am not the only person in the world who has had huge life struggles with emotional eating, negative body image, and poor self-esteem. Yet another reason why I love and feel comfortable being a part of SP and the SP community. I don't feel alone in my journey. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:10:16 EST My Smart Goal-Setting Worksheet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629280 SMART Goal-Setting Worksheet <BR> <BR> STEP 1: Write down your goal in as few words as possible. <BR> <BR> My goal is to: Be healthier, fitter, and to reach a healthy Body Fat Percentage. <BR> <BR> STEP 2: Make your goal detailed and SPECIFIC. <BR> <BR> Answer who/what/where/how/when: With my husband and Spark community by side my goal is to train for a marathon and to reach 23-25% Body Fat by the end of the summer. <BR> <BR> HOW will you reach this goal? List at least 3 action steps yo... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:39:41 EST Squeezing in the Strength Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617062 I was very lazy in the strength training department throughout January. So, it's my February goal to incorporate more strength training exercises in my day-to-day routine. It is recommended to do about 20-30 minutes of strength training 2-3 times a week, and I'm trying to be a little creative in fitting it in. I've been researching and trying out several body weight exercises that I can manage to pull off in my tiny office at work. (And when I say I have a tiny office, I mean I have teeny tin... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:42:23 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584321 Well, like many, I am now hard at work losing some holiday weight gain. I really did let loose during the holidays while visiting family, so I was definitely expecting it. But, despite the tiny set back, I feel good and I'm right back on track now. Healthy eating is now my "normal" way of eating, so it feels really, really great to be back home and making my own meals. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Dinner: Baked salmon fillet on a bed of greens with veggies <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Exercise: 4 mile hi... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:55:27 EST I Just Signed up for the Lake Tahoe Marathon 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555274 I have officially signed up to participate in two fitness events next year. The first one is the Big Sur 10.6 Miler in April 2014, and the second one is the Lake Tahoe Marathon in September 2014. <BR> <BR> I've got hotels booked for both events, and I have already started training! I've got training plans all mapped out and scheduled. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 17:40:25 EST Keep Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540093 I have really been focusing on making sure that I get in at least one 40-60 minute walk in every day. I have been slowly adding in more hills again, which I think is really helping the scale budge. I work in San Francisco and there are some beautiful (and very, very hilly) neighborhoods only a few blocks away. The weather has been a little cooler but still warm. Ideal walking weather, but it's hard to believe that it's November. <BR> <BR> Personal celebration: I made Level 10 this morning! ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:44:46 EST Tao of Calvin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535865 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1317038246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone. Fri, 8 Nov 2013 14:10:11 EST Good ol' Garfield http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534928 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l201893211.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great day! <em>30</em> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 13:13:40 EST Just need some laughs this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533881 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l489810125.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know I posted a cartoon yesterday, but I just need to laugh this week. How about you? Wed, 6 Nov 2013 11:56:53 EST Have a little laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532985 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l343484500.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what my stomach feels like this week, haha. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:26:06 EST Body Image and the Media http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531945 I know that there are a few videos like these floating around the internet, and I thought that it might help many of us on SP gain a healthy perspective. This video I found through Upworthy.com and it is entitled, "See Why We Have An Absolutely Ridiculous Standard of Beauty in Just 37 Seconds." You can see the video here: <link>www.upworthy.com/see-why-we-have-an-<BR>absolutely-ridiculous-standard-of-beau<BR>ty-in-just-37-seconds?c=ufb1 </link> <BR> <BR> Makes you a little sick doesn't it... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:51:10 EST Halloween Potluck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529226 Well...surviving the holidays is not off to a good start. I went to a Halloween potluck get together with some friends. To put it bluntly, I devoured many things. How many things...I am not sure. I thought ahead and actually had a snack with protein and carbs before leaving for the party, thinking that would help prevent me from overeating, but, unfortunately, it did not seem to do the trick this time. There were a lot of desserts, and I basically tried a little of everything. <BR> <BR> Sigh... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 12:02:09 EST I am determined to survive the holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528348 I love the holidays. I love the decorations, the music (Yes, I am one of those people who loves listening to Christmas music for the entire season.), the shopping, the traveling. It's all super crazy but also so magical. To me, anyway. I know some folks just find the holidays a big mess, but I love mess sometimes. <BR> <BR> One thing I hate, though, is the temptation. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE holiday treats, especially the homemade-with-love kind of goodies. That's why it is so difficult. ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:29:23 EST Anticipating the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527433 In honor of the holidays coming up (fast) and the ending of daylight savings time this weekend... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l669706437.jpg"> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:43:43 EST It feels great to stay on track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526582 It's true. It just feels so good when I have a good day of healthy eating, exercise, and a good night's sleep. I don't think there is anything else like it. I feel proud of myself, energized, and even at ease. Now, I just need to remind myself of that when temptation calls me. <BR> <BR> Healthy living does seem to get a little easier with time. I've been working on gaining a healthy lifestyle for over five years now, just very, very small changes over time. I mean, my 22-year-old self hadn'... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:06:47 EST Weekend Goals: How'd I do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525495 1) Pay attention to what I put in my body. <BR> <BR> I was very relaxed in this department this weekend. I didn't log everything, which would have helped I think . I am back on track today. <BR> <BR> 2) Take care of myself. If I am getting sick, I need to really pay attention and not ignore my symptoms. My health is very valuable. <BR> <BR> I ended up staying home for the majority of the weekend due to lack of energy and feeling generally blah. Probably for the best, but I did do a lot of ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:57:14 EST Heehee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523947 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1691461652.jpg"> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:03:04 EST Feeling a little blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523154 The weather has changed pretty dramatically out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the first half of October it was quite warm, an indian summer some might call it, but this week, it has become chillier and I'm finding myself wearing hat, gloves, coat, scarf. It certainly feels like Fall now. And I think this change in weather has been messing with my body a bit. Not feeling too great today. This morning I definitely felt like I could sleep all day in bed, but I managed to get myself to ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:01:15 EST Blog Recommendation: Can You Stay For Dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522283 I have been following the "Can You Stay For Dinner?" blog for about two years now, and I'd like to recommend it to you all. It is a fun and reflective blog with recipes and photos written by a woman named Andie, who lost 135 pounds about 7 years ago. It is a really wonderful blog. She reflects a lot on how to balance food, activity, love, cake, humor, life, and all the things that life throws at you. Andie is wonderful and a delightful writer, and I hear she is having a couple books (one of ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:28:56 EST Another site that helps me visualize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521292 MyBodyGallery.com is a website project that accepts anonymous photo submissions to help women see what real women look like. You plug in your age range, body type, weight, height, and clothing size(s) and then you can browse a collection of photos that women have submitted of themselves. There are also articles about body image and some personal body image stories from women that have submitted them. <BR> <BR> I know that when I look at myself in the mirror, I often warp what I see. When I ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:23:26 EST My journey (a little reminder) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520356 To help me get into a good perspective today. I decided to plug my measurements into the "My Virtual Model" generator (modelmydiet.com) to see where I am in my weight-loss journey. <BR> <BR> It really helps to see how far I have come in this journey and what my goal might look like. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l435761104.jpg"> <BR> Where I was: my highest weight of 250 pounds <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2051714948.jpg"> <BR... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:43:45 EST Monday again...How'd I do this weekend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519451 How'd I do on my goals this weekend? Let's see... <BR> <BR> 1) Make sure to get plenty of rest (8+ hours) <BR> <BR> Check. I got at least 8 hours of sleep both Saturday night and Sunday night. <BR> <BR> 2) Be aware of what I am eating, even if I don't log during the weekend <BR> <BR> I did pretty good logging my food this weekend and stayed within my calorie range. I downloaded the SP app for my phone on Saturday, so it will be easier for me to log my foods on the go. <BR> <BR> 3) Get a... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:34:59 EST Weekend Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516958 This weekend's goals... <BR> <BR> *Make sure to get plenty of rest (8+ hours) <BR> *Be aware of what I am eating, even if I don't log during the weekend <BR> *Get a walk in <BR> *Go grocery shopping by Sunday evening <BR> *Be kind to myself <BR> <BR> Hope everybody has a good weekend! Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:19:59 EST Connecting to the Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516118 I took some time yesterday to take advantage of the warm weather in the Peninsula, because I know it will soon cold and foggy for most of the winter. A friend and I went to a nearby beach in Pacifica to watch the sunset. (I always forget what a workout it is to walk/run in sand!) It was a very much needed little excursion. I found myself instantly calmed by connecting with my feet on the earth with the sound of the waves and with the beautiful sky. <BR> <BR> A great end to the day and a grea... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:15:11 EST Pushing On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515155 Well, unfortunately, I'm dragging a little today. Took me a lot longer to wake up this morning, but I can feel my energy slowly coming back to me. It was a little challenging to get to sleep last night, because I was feeling a little stressed. <BR> <BR> Admittedly, I am disappointed in myself a little today. I did some mindless snacking last night due to some stressful stuff. It wasn't awful, but I definitely went over my calorie range. Despite this disappointment, I am still trucking on. St... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:13:45 EST Full of Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514277 I have always liked the British saying, "full of beans." It means full of energy or full of spunk. (Spunk, by the way, is not a good word in British English I found out.) And I am feeling full of beans today. <BR> <BR> I woke up with a lot of energy this morning, raring to get the day started. Trust me, that is not a normal thing. I am not a morning person and I am not a coffee/caffeine drinker. So, it usually takes me a good hour or so to be fully awake and alert, but today I felt awake aft... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:00:43 EST Weekend Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513263 This weekend went really well, and I'd say I did okay at achieving my goals considering that I ended up going out of town for the weekend to celebrate a good friend's birthday in Santa Cruz. <BR> <BR> Weekend goals, how'd I do?... <BR> <BR> 1) Plan ahead my meals for next week and go grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> I'm afraid I did not get a chance to do this. Time just got away from me. So, I am currently writing up my grocery list for the week and plan on going shopping right after work toda... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:15:33 EST Weekend Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510890 Goals for this weekend... <BR> <BR> *Plan ahead my meals for next week and go grocery shopping <BR> *Stick to my plan and calorie range <BR> *Make healthy choices if I go out to eat (Going to a birthday celebration on Saturday) <BR> *Get some walking in <BR> *Wear cute, pretty clothes to boost my self-image and make me feel good <BR> *Ah, yes. And spend some quality time with the hubby. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:18:57 EST