CHRISTINA791's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CHRISTINA791 CHRISTINA791'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/ This blog is about small things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622347 <em>414</em> A commercial is a small thing. <BR> <BR> I wanted a lazy Saturday, because my brain is in that transition mode where exercise doesn't quite feel like punishment, but it does feel like work. I was planning a long run on Sunday (more on that later), so part of me wanted to rebel and spend the day relaxing and watching the Olympics and NOT doing my planned workout, even though the workout itself was relaxing almost by definition (Saturday is my yoga day). <BR> <BR> I was about ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:03:34 EST Training log: From Ow to Awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616779 Tuesday, Feb 4: <BR> <BR> 3k Tempo run (supposed to be 5.5k) <BR> Pace: 6:00 <BR> Felt: Painful <BR> <BR> The week didn't start out on a good note. The temperature took a nasty turn and dropped us down to a -30 windchill, which does not make for good running conditions. I publicly shamed myself into showing up and started out on a 5-ish km tempo run. About half a kilometer in, my left leg started cramping up, the same way it did last month. By our first turn-around spot I told my running pa... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:30:57 EST Training log: 10k LSD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614118 Sunday, Feb 2 <BR> <BR> 10K LSD <BR> Pace: 7:00 <BR> Felt: Good <BR> <BR> Sunday's long run started with me looking at my alarm clock at 6:00 (the time I'd need to get up to catch the bus downtown to meet the group at 8:30) and deciding that two more hours of sleep sounded like a much better way to spend my morning. I'm going to have to work on that for next week. <BR> <BR> The nice thing about Sunday is that there's no excuse not to run even if I miss the group (although, I'm really goin... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:39:08 EST Training Log: 5k Steady run, 5k Tempo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611186 Tuesday: 5.3k steady with clinic <BR> Pace: 6:45 <BR> Felt: Challenging but good <BR> <BR> First clinic night! I went out with the 4:30 pace group and we kept it to an easy 6:45 pace. 6:45 wasn't as easy as I would have liked it to be, but I was able to complete the entire run without walk breaks. I haven't had a chance to run lately, but I've been weaving in other physical activity, so it felt good to be back. <BR> <BR> Thursday: 4.9k Tempo with walk breaks, solo <BR> Pace 6:15 running, 6:... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:06:22 EST This diet plan may require a mortgage (but the bonus gift is really nice) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609217 Have you been struggling with building good habits? Are you having trouble kicking old habits, even though you *know* what you have to do? Is your current situation making you lazy, which makes you fatter, which makes you more tired, which makes you even lazier? <BR> <BR> Blow it all up! <BR> <BR> For the low, low price of (consult your local real estate listings) you can have that fresh start! <BR> <BR> Yep, it turns out that buying a new home is an excellent shock to the system. In th... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:08:31 EST This house will be a healthy house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590419 So, among all the other stuff I was goofing off with in November and December, I bought a house! <BR> <BR> It's a townhouse that falls somewhere between the 'burbs and being truly inner city (in other words, it would be a pleasant 10k walk home from work during the summer, but not within practical walking distance of the downtown core. It's about 34 years old, but recently renovated inside. It has two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a nice open kitchen and living area, and a little patio that backs ont... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:07:40 EST 144 days to go - 3 kilometers of ArghUghSigh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586336 A disappointing run after work today, unfortunately. <BR> <BR> First, the good: <BR> <BR> - I got out and did it. This was my first after-work run in almost a month (Most of my running happened daytime during the two weeks off for Christmas). I've been having trouble motivating myself with the cold and the darkness, and an insanely busy November and December at work didn't help. I had several days during those two months where I was at my desk until 7 or 8pm, and a run just wasn't going t... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 00:02:31 EST 146 days to go - How to make -32 seem pleasant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583174 Right. <BR> <BR> So, this is what I woke up to this morning: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l65229665.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And that was a balmy -32 with the windchill. I snuggled up back in bed and decided that it might be a good day to hit the treadmill instead of outdoors. I don't think that was a bad decision - I haven't done many COLD cold runs yet, so I didn't want to stress my lungs by going out for over an hour in weather I wasn't used to. <BR> <BR> I thi... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 15:55:21 EST 148 days to go - Hey dummy, your body is trying to tell you something! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581008 Reading back through my blog entries from the last couple weeks, a word pops up more often than I'd like: Tired. <BR> <BR> I figured that was natural. I've been trying to ramp myself up from doing maybe one day a week of exercise to getting five quality runs in. Most of my weekday runs haven't been long, but it's still a lot more activity than I've been doing. Add in a few Christmas cookies weighing me down, and it's natural that I've feel a little sluggish. <BR> <BR> It was getting worse, ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:40:34 EST 150 days to go - How's that for motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578357 Ever have one of those days? <BR> <BR> I had a bad sleep the night before last thanks to the cat deciding he needed reinforcements to help him defend the house against invisible pixies at 3am. Because of that I overslept, which meant I woke up feeling groggy and grumpy. Not a good start to the last day of the year. <BR> <BR> I spent the first half of the day glaring at my to-do list and daring it to change on me. No luck. I had to clean the house (for an apartment showing that still hasn'... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:18:48 EST 154 Days to go - 8k LSD, starting to feel right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574899 I promised myself that after four days off to visit the in-laws in the mountains (mmm... turkey), I'd enthusiastically jump right back into training and meals that didn't involve massive mounts of chocolate or booze. I stuck to that plan, if 'enthusiastic' means sitting on the couch and working up the motivation to go outside, one piece of clothing at a time, over three hours. Hey, it eventually worked. <BR> <BR> I was thinking a lot about motivation and decisions while I was sitting there. ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:51:05 EST 159 days to go - Chinook and speed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571193 For those who aren't familiar with Calgary climate, throughout the winter we get a weather phenomenon called a Chinook. Warm air blows in across the mountains, which means we can go from -20 conditions to above freezing overnight. When that happens, you're pretty much obligated to get your butt out the door and take advantage of it. <BR> <BR> So, where Sunday meant finishing my run with chilled legs even with wearing fleecy tights, today I was very comfortable in crop pants: <BR> <BR> <im... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:19:46 EST 161 days to go - Icy 5.5k LSD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569961 I started the day with a 5.5k run... <BR> <BR> Actually, I started the day with ignoring my alarm clock, playing about ten games of Candy Crush, eating two shortbread cookies from my mom, building a new running playlist and figuring out dinner. <BR> <BR> But after all of that vital stuff was taken care of, I went for a 5.5k long run. I was going to put 'long' in quotation marks since it was barely 6k even with my commute to and from the park, but the point of logging my training is to recor... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:37:34 EST From 0 to 4:30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569580 Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I've made an early New Year's resolution for myself. I like to do that, because I feel like I can sneak in a head start and hit January 1st running. <BR> <BR> I have some hefty goals for 2014, and I'll be honest: at this point, they seem far off and scary. Those goals will depend on me being fitter (and smarter, and more disciplined) than I've been in the past, and I've already got a bit of a climb just to meet my fitness level from a year ago. What are the goals?... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 23:12:52 EST Oh, hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529465 Okay, so summer was kind of a bust, wasn't it? <BR> <BR> Actually, no, it wasn't that bad. It's more that I kind of let *me* take a backseat to a bunch of other stuff. There's been good stress and bad stress, opportunities, exciting things, family, work, planning... and not a whole lot of eating well and moving my body. Somewhere in there I ran a half marathon, and didn't do too badly, but I definitely noticed how different it feels to push through 21.1k when you haven't made yourself a prio... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:33:09 EST I wonder how many calories there are in my hand... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481722 ... Since apparently I tried to cook it for dinner last night. <BR> <BR> I'm sitting here with a lovely set of blisters right on the meaty part of my palm. I was taking a hot cast iron pan out of the oven and managed to burn myself with about two seconds of contact through a fairly thick oven mitt. I don't want to even think about what it would have done if I'd brushed against it with bare skin *cringe*. I think scared both the husband and the cat with some very, very choice words. <BR> <... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:55:56 EST An interesting note on hunger and cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460201 An hour ago, I thought I was hungry. I was also thirsty, but I was craving food like a madwoman, and I was so busy focusing on what I wanted and debating whether I should buy it that I kept forgetting to go get water. <BR> <BR> And what did I want? <BR> <BR> - A lime slurpee <BR> - Chocolate <BR> - Doritos <BR> <BR> Really, me? What are you, ten? <BR> <BR> Yep. I totally wanted to walk into the convenience store and buy dinner like a pre-teen on allowance day. My planned dinner just did... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:59:06 EST Travelling through time on the packrat express http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454084 I'm cleaning out my email archives at work today. I've been getting squawking messages for the last week that I'm getting close to my limit (part of working in document control means I save a lot of stuff to cover my own butt), so I'm trying to delete some of the oldest stuff to make room. It's kind of appropriate, because today is also my fifth anniversary with my company. I've actually worked here for six and a half years, but the first year and a half was as a contract worker. You can accu... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:21:29 EST Share your homebuying wisdom - Help me buy a home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439850 Or rather, help me build a binder (but that's not as exciting) <BR> <BR> Yep, after a couple years of talking about it, we're coming down to crunch time where the home buying thing is actually going to happen soon. Our absolute deadline is April 30 2014, but with the housing situation in the city we're going to start looking around September/October. Thanks to the flooding in June, the rental vacancy rate in Calgary is essentially 0% and houses are being snapped up quickly by displaced rente... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:31:08 EST Week 3 of 12: Over the hump, one plodding step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438964 Sorry guys, I'm going to throw another racing analogy in here. I promise I'll find another hobby one of these days. <BR> <BR> One of the things that gets mentioned a lot, especially as you move up to longer race distances, is that a big part of the game is mental. I've definitely experienced it, mostly because I'm kind of a stupid racer. I always start too fast and then hit that point around 75% of the race where it feels like someone snuck up and put weights on my legs. <BR> <BR> It's dif... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:14:47 EST The working for the weekend plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435146 It's Saturday, and I'm about to head into the office for a fun filled day or two of data entry. Woot! (actually, it's a good thing. It means I get to finish off at big task we've needed to tackle for a while without anyone bugging me, plus I get a very nice chunk of overtime pay). <BR> <BR> It would be easy to forget my other goals for Saturday since it tends to be my slacker day, but I'm determined not to do that. So... I've already gotten in 40 minutes of yoga this morning (which was awes... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:14:21 EST Guess who has stickers again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433187 I'd like to say that I stepped onto the treadmill two and a half years ago and instantly loved it. I'd like to say that I bounded down to the gym every day like a happy, energetic bunny, ready to melt the fat off my overweight frame. I'd like to say that from day one, I appreciated fitness as its own reward, and that I never called those no-such-thing-as-a-bad-workout people dirty rotten liars. Unfortunately, all I had were the stickers. <BR> <BR> Workouts in the early days were painful thin... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:48:57 EST Week 2 of 12: Once more with feeling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430610 After the first week of my little training challenge, I feel like I'm back to normal (the good normal that I'm aiming for, not the status quo normal that's involved way too much chocolate). Normal feels good. Really, really good. I like not feeling bloated and sluggish all the time, and that little voice that's telling me my day isn't complete without dessert is going away. <BR> <BR> Last week wasn't flawless. I overdid it a bit on Saturday, when we had our first farmer's market trip in almo... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:49:29 EST When a non-scale victory sneaks up on you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426304 When I'm in weight loss mode, I keep a pretty close eye on various numbers and stats, so I don't have a lot of surprises along the way. Which is too bad, because those little non-scale surprises are an awesome boost when the weight loss process seems sluggish. I had a nice one this morning. <BR> <BR> Before Stampede a couple weeks ago, I bought myself a proper belt instead of a $10 cheapie from the accessory store - because when you get a ginormous belt buckle as a race medal, you WEAR your ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:31:47 EST At peace and soggy. It's a good evening. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424717 This afternoon was crap. <BR> <BR> I've been feeling my stress level build at work for no good reason over the last few days. I'm busy, but I'm managing my time well enough that I shouldn't be feeling the constant OhGodFallingBehind pressure that I'm feeling. Things came to a bit of a head this afternoon when the emails started flying around 3:00. They weren't flying so fast that I could just shrug and say "eff it all, I'll deal with it tomorrow", but they were coming quick enough that ever... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:42:08 EST Week 1 of 12: I guess it's a start line? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423102 First of all, yesterday I'd written out this long and rambling... thing about my current headspace. I didn't really want to post it and it didn't even do its usual job of helping ME figure things out in my brain, so I closed the window and shrugged. <BR> <BR> Then The Oatmeal posted this: <link>theoatmeal.com/comics/running </link> (It's Oatmeal, so may be NSFW) and I didn't have to type anything more than a great big "Yeah, what he said." To thank you Oatmeal for summing up my (and may ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:42:03 EST The ghosts of weight-loss past, present and future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417879 One of my biggest allies when I was losing weight was an imaginary friend I liked to call 'future-me' (and later, 'healthy-me'). I wrote about it in what was probably my favourite of all the blogs I wrote on Spark, because it ended up being the secret weapon I could always turn to to get myself on track: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4432688 </link> <BR> <BR> Basically, it was a trick I used to visualize the habits I wanted to have and use tho... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:06:52 EST This could be kinda ugly.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412793 In a little less than 12 hours, I have a 10k race to run. I'd say this is the least prepared I've ever been for a race, but that's a lie: When I did my first 10k, I'd managed precisely ONE 10k run on the treadmill, and I had never run more than five kilometers outdoors. I was also 20 pounds away from my goal weight, and believe me... those extra 20 pounds add up when you're carrying them for an hour. I did all right on that race, even though I felt it for several days after. <BR> <BR> This ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:02:17 EST When life takes a turn for the surreal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407762 Two weeks ago, on Father's day, I slept in. I was planning to go to run club, but I woke up with my alarm and decided that I wanted to enjoy an extra week of being on my own schedule. It was nice. I had a lazy morning, called my dad, goofed around online, and then changed in my gear for a solo run at 11:00. It was a gorgeous, sunny day. I was three weeks away from the 10k I signed up for, and finally fully back into a normal run schedule after the marathon. <BR> <BR> My starting point for my... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 18:46:07 EST Scumbag Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386934 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2117980928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes my brain likes to fudge the truth a bit. I don’t think it’s outright lying to me or in denial, but it does like to round numbers and take shortcuts just to make things easier. This normally isn’t a problem. Calories or kilometers rounded to the nearest round number sort themselves out over the long run, and I’m a big fan of taking averages when it comes to things like weight. Taking shortcuts doesn’t alw... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:31:42 EST Someone needs to take my credit card away before I get myself in trouble... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374799 A side effect of recovery week is that I seem to keep accidentally signing up for races. I've now clicked 'submit' on two race entries in the last two days. I guess you can call it a decent race experience when two days later, all you want to do is go out and run another one. <BR> <BR> One of the things I was worried about following my race was post-marathon blues. I felt that a little bit after my first two half marathons, with a bit of a.... what now? feeling once I was finished. It didn'... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 16:18:41 EST The dusty toolbox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373730 When I'm describing SparkPeople, I don't like using the word 'diet'. I don't like using 'diet' at the best of times (unless I'm using it to describe the fact that I eat), but even putting that aside, it feels like it falls short because 'diet' only describes, to me, a meal plan. Obviously Spark offers a lot more than just a meal plan, and many members don't even follow the ones that are available. <BR> <BR> Side story: I did try the Spark 'Diet', as in following the meal plans, waaaaay back... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:59:38 EST And this is what a marathon feels like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369323 I have a shocking revelation. Are you ready for this? You might want to sit down... <BR> <BR> Running a marathon is really freaking hard. <BR> <BR> I think there's a little mental padding around the race. I knew it would be difficult as I was training. Today, I remember that yesterday was probably the most physically demanding thing I've ever done. But the actual feelings I experienced during the race are starting to fade, pushing the whole 'marathon is hard' back into the hypothetical zon... Mon, 27 May 2013 13:03:12 EST How an astronaut just guilted me into a better lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357540 An hour or so ago, I was trying to figure out how to cheat myself out of a good lunch. I was feeling lazy, so I really didn't want to go home and go through the massive effort of throwing veggies and other good stuff on a plate when I could stand in line for twice as long to have someone make my lunch for me. My excuses were many: <BR> <BR> - I just got paid, so I have cash on hand <BR> - I just found out I got a kick ass promotion at work and I should celebrate (squee!) <BR> - I'm tired <BR... Wed, 15 May 2013 14:21:15 EST My calendar is starting to look like an art project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347410 I'm the type of person who likes to colour code things to keep myself organized, and right now my second half of May has so many different colours of pen and highlighter that I'm tempted to just give up and start drawing happy faces and flowers over the rest of it. Amazingly, even though I have a dozen little seperate things all falling in that three week period, and somehow I haven't had any major timing conflicts yet. Where things get difficult is keeping the constant training and eating ri... Mon, 6 May 2013 12:54:50 EST Things to try for next Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339527 Next Sunday is my last long long run before tapering, which means it's my last chance to really experiment. The long runs have been going well, but I did get pretty tired yesterday - not enough that I had trouble finishing the run, but I was completely worn out and achy after. When I looked at my heart rate info after the run, it had spiked quite a bit between 20 -25k before settling down for the last few kilometers. So, with that in mind I'm trying to tweak things for next week's 32k: <BR> ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:32:31 EST Midway training impressions from a marathon noob http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316113 It's been too long since I've posted a blog update, especially since the last one was about a crappy run. <BR> <BR> Correction: The last blog was about a difficult run, not a crappy one. It was still a good run, even though it tested me mentally and physically. <BR> <BR> The good news is that the 26k blizzard run still stands as my most difficult run ever, which means the last few weeks have been pretty good. We seem to be getting into a typical Calgary 'spring' (ha!) weather pattern here ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:21:05 EST A 26k run in the park ain't no walk in the park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290174 I had a feeling today's run would be tough. I wasn't psyching myself out or anything, but this run was a jump into new territory for me. <BR> <BR> My previous record was 24k, on a beautiful Sunday morning back in mid-September. We headed out to a park I'd never visited before, enjoyed the scenery and conversation while testing out new gels and sucking back as much water as we needed. I was tired by the end, but had enough energy left over to push my running buddy to go one bridge further so... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:44:56 EST A bit of sunlight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278918 Literally and figuratively... last weekend, Winter got tired of Spring trying to sneak in, so it came back with a vengeance. Sunday's run was 20k of wishing I had sled dogs. I've decided to create a little mental box labeled 'Do not open until Kilometer 33': When I get to the hardest part of my race, I'm going to crack open that box and remember how I laced up my shoes and went through two and a half hours of a heavy snowfall in my face, so I can definitely - DEFINITELY - run another nine kil... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 13:11:07 EST Feeling a little blue today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275936 I could use a pick-me-up. <BR> <BR> I've been feeling kind of blah for the last couple weeks. Training is going well and I'm enjoying it, all my goals are on track, and generally life's not bad. At the same time, I've been having trouble focusing and really working up enthusiasm. It's just one of the normal ebbs and flows in life, but it's still not great when you're in it. <BR> <BR> My eating over the last couple weeks hasn't been great. It hasn't been awful, but many of those extra train... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:52:25 EST A reminder from space... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275235 "Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you'd be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. <BR> <BR> Don't let life randoml... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 00:11:41 EST Musing.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257561 Today I found myself wishing -again- that I could just have a day to relax and meditate and sort things out in my brain. <BR> <BR> Dude! You just had a four day weekend, and I can guarantee there was some free time between the long run, grocery shopping, and ice cream (One scoop of coffee with hot fudge this week. Mmmm...) <BR> <BR> If I'm going to get my calm, brain-sorting day, I'm going to have to make it happen. I need to put aside the to-do list, turn off the TV and computer and phone,... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:28:30 EST Why is it the short weeks that seem so long? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249061 Next Monday is a holiday here. Officially, it's Family day, but it's really We-Need-A-Stat-In-February Day. I'm taking this Friday off to give myself a four day weekend sandwiched by two four day weeks - which would be ideal if Nick wasn't doing 5am - 1pm inventory shifts over the same two weeks. His only day off with be Monday, but I'm guessing he'll spend most of it unwinding before going in for another four days. Oh well.... I can enjoy my little mini vacation myself. <BR> <BR> I have a p... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:15:42 EST When plans change (and I put my ranty pants on) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242905 So, I think we're going to buy a home. <BR> <BR> Not right this minute (although, it's tempting), but "No later than May, 2014" is a much more solid date than "Sometime in the next few years". It means that in less than 12 months, we're going to have to be well into the process, not just talking about it as a near-ish future dream. <BR> <BR> Eep. <BR> <BR> I'm still not quite where I wanted to be. I was really hoping to go in with at least a 10% down payment, but since a decent two bedroo... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 13:28:42 EST Slowpoke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241542 Slow down. Relax" <BR> <BR> That's what the pacer for my group told me last week when he asked if I was running solo on Saturday. Saturday is supposed to be an easy run. You take your time, walk if you want, enjoy the day. <BR> <BR> My problem is that my body has one speed, and it's too fast. Fast for me, anyway. I'm never going to be a Boston qualifier and I get passed by plenty of people on the pathways, but if you look at speed as a personal scale, my body likes to head to the top and s... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 12:18:04 EST Analysis time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240554 Wait a sec... let me come up with some important milestone for doing this today (other than having finished my work and being in an analytical mood). <BR> <BR> Okay! It's been about six weeks since I flipped the switch in my mind from holiday slug-fest to training mode. My goals were to: <BR> <BR> - Clean up my diet and look at food decisions as appropriate fuel for my body <BR> - Drop my weight down to a more comfortable number than where it was sitting in December <BR> - Get my base runn... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 17:32:08 EST Smoothie operator... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239060 We have a new toy in the house. This happens a lot when you have a husband who sells small kitchen appliances, and it's dangerous when you have a microscopic kitchen... but that's another issue for another day. A couple weeks ago, we picked up a smoothie maker to replace my horrible cheap blender. The main reason for this is because I'm looking for ways to get a quick dose of good quality calories, and so far it's been doing the trick. <BR> <BR> The problem with smoothies and juicing is tha... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 17:19:42 EST When procrastination works in your favour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234798 I'm in a procrastination mood today. <BR> <BR> I slept in (needed it). <BR> <BR> I ate breakfast, changed into my running gear, and then sat around for the next two hours reading stupid stuff online. Half that time, I was wearing nothing more than tights, a sports bra and my chest strap, because I couldn't be bothered to actually put on a shirt. <BR> <BR> Eventually, around noon, I got my butt out the door and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. That's one run off the to-do list for the weekend.... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:46:06 EST This is starting to feel pretty good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231655 Yesterday, I said no to this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1029340852.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and had this instead: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l417496784.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It doesn't look very exciting (mostly because I took a crappy photo), but it did the trick <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Normally, I don't have an issue with indulging in our monthly cake day at work, but when I was writing out this week's menu I decided to leave it... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:01:03 EST In my gym bag right now: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228770 1. Pair of Asics Gel Nimbus 14's (the hot pink ones, not the ones that look like the Easter Bunny had an episode of severe gastrointestinal distress on your feet -- Though I might buy those as my second pair) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1546923931.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2. Thick running socks <BR> 3. Fleecy tights <BR> 4. The comfy sports bra <BR> 5. A HRM chest strap <BR> 6. A long sleeved tech shirt <BR> 7. An old lululemon hoodie <BR> 8. My normal running jacke... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:48:23 EST