CJROMB's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CJROMB CJROMB'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/ Uh-oh, I Lost My Workout Watch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493855 I lost my workout watch when I was in Houston about a week ago. It was a Polar F11 heart-rate monitor. (How DOES one work out without one of these heart-rate monitors?!) <BR> <BR> I've lost a lot over the past few years, and I've gotten pretty tough. But I'll admit, losing that watch made me cry. <BR> <BR> It had sentimental value because it was a precious gift my (now ex) husband really put some thought into getting for me. And although I'm the one who left him, I left because he di... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:14:41 EST Tricking Me Into Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466838 SEE BOTTOM FOR PICS! <BR> <BR> Saturday I was scheduled to walk/run about 4 miles. I made myself get my workout clothes on. Still, I didn't get going. I made excuses, I distracted myself. <BR> <BR> Then, when I finally went to leave, I realized I'd waited until far too late to make my usual stomping grounds. <BR> <BR> Now what? I had my clothes on, and I HATE taking exercise clothes back off if I haven't gotten them nasty sweaty from working out. <BR> <BR> I went outside for a few m... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:06:48 EST A Step and A Trip and A Trot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464171 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l361603411.jpg" width="500"> <BR> I worked out on Sunday, but then skipped Tuesday and Wednesday workouts. <BR> <BR> I get it. I know what happened. I was so determined to get AFTER this, that I did too much on Sunday. I did so much that for a few hours after my 7 mile walk/run, I couldn't even step down on my feet. <BR> <BR> It only took a day or so to get over it physically. But it took several more days to get over it mentally, even ... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:59:08 EST Slow And Steady Does It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459958 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1720992787.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been pretty patient with myself for the past 2.5 years getting through all these life transitions, but I've kind of come to the end of my patience. <BR> <BR> I know, though, that suddenly forcing myself to make a bunch of radical changes after something like this, isn't going to work out in the long run. <BR> <BR> So I decided what my priorities are, and I made a bit of a plan (understatement). The plan inv... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:29:09 EST The Walls Between Me and The World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403540 I lost all that weight - 50 pounds. I did, I did. I knew how to keep it off, too, you know I did. <BR> <BR> But here's the thing. When I took down the wall of fat between me and my world, it empowered me. It made me feel like I could do anything. And it took away my restricted view of what was going on in my life. It gave me the energy and the moxie to say "No Freaking MORE!" <BR> <BR> So I started making changes in my life that had nothing to do with losing weight or getting in shape... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:35:58 EST Baby Stepping Out of My Hole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401650 Oh, my, my life! What a change, what an adventure, what a challenge. I would have NEVER predicted the past 2.5 years, but I'm not sure what I would have done differently if I could have. <BR> <BR> And now, it's time for some baby steps out of my hole. My stress level was so high, I crashed my thyroid, and I'm on meds for it now. I stopped taking care of my health, and I gained back a good chunk of the weight that I lost. Now I'm not comfortable with my body, my health, and some parts of ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:27:12 EST Why Women Can't Do Pull-Ups...Why People Don't Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145274 I found these two articles today while I was on the web. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share them with you, and put them somewhere I can refer to them again: <BR> <BR> One of them is about why people don't exercise, even though it feels good to do. I found this on Facebook. Here's what the intro said: <BR> <BR> If exercise improves health, boosts brain function, fights aging, and <BR> makes you feel happier and more energetic -- why do so few adults get <BR> the recommended amount? Use the lin... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 17:19:12 EST Distance Challenge and Training Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144650 I ran the 5 mile Turkey Trot on Thanxgiving. Correction. I walked the first three miles with a friend who's losing weight, and then I ran the last two. <BR> <BR> Today, I created a schedule so I can train for the Austin Distance Challenge. I've already done two of the races without training (doh). The 10K, and the 10 mile. The Decker Half is in 2 weeks. Then there's the 3M Half, the Rogue 30K, and the LIvestrong Full Marathon, stretching out between now and mid-February. <BR> <BR> And... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 23:13:05 EST Getting Comfortable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126301 That's what got me motivated last time...the desire to be comfortable...and it's what's motivating me this time, too. <BR> <BR> This time, when I regained weight, I have a lot of belly fat from cortisol. I stopped working out, I stopped watching what I was eating, and I let my stress level become nearly catastrophic. <BR> <BR> My thyroid shut down some, and I'm on meds for that, but that's not the underlying problem. My habits are. <BR> <BR> And here's what's happened. I'm uncomfortable... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 15:08:09 EST Nothing But Pure Motivation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118998 You're welcome. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l462986190.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1924963209.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1321081766.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1554455451.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1805392783.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695770051.jpg... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:16:08 EST Proud of Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118245 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1386978211.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I came in 66 out of 67 in my age group for the 10 mile Run For The Water last Sunday. And can I tell you? I'm gosh-darn PROUD of myself! :) <BR> <BR> Perhaps you wouldn't be, and perhaps you think I shouldn't be. But I am, oh yes, I most certainly am, and here's why.... <BR> <BR> The day before, after being sick all week, I signed up for that race, and while I was there? I also signed up for the Austin Dist... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:29:58 EST Romance, Writing and Rock Star Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064845 From the time I was a little girl, I wanted to be a writer, I wanted to be a rock star, and I wanted to be passionately loved. But as I got older, I saw my dreams dying on the vine, my heart shriveling from a lack of love, and my time getting shorter. I had settled, and it was killing me slowly in a way I didn’t want to go. <BR> <BR> So 21 months ago, I started a journey, seeking to reclaim my heart, and hoping to find a truly intimate trusting love. I also wanted to do something else with m... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:05:28 EST Ask Your Doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054614 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l43687439.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I feel better, I look better, I sleep better, I have a better handle on all the changes going on in my life. <BR> <BR> It's pretty simple for me. If I get off my a$$, I get all these great benefits. If I don't, I lose...but not in the way I want to lose. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:49:55 EST Body Dysmorphia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950499 Is there such a thing? I think so. I have this. When I'm overweight, I don't see it, when I'm thin, I don't see it. <BR> <BR> I've figured out three ways to tell where I'm at: <BR> <BR> 1) Take a picture of myself. I'm lucky that I don't have a lot of judgment about myself in other ways - I don't pay attention to my nose size, or my hair, or any of that stuff. If I'm okay with people taking pictures, and I like how I look in the picture, I'm at an acceptable weight for me. Seeing a... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 15:04:14 EST Slow Starts and Alot of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940378 It's taking me a little while to get started back full on with this. <BR> <BR> That's okay because my experience in the past is that a small amount of change at a time is what sticks best for me. <BR> <BR> What I've done so far is workout more than I was working out. It's a little tricky right now because I have a broken ankle. But I managed to continue when I had a broken back several years ago, so I'm not letting this get me TOO down. <BR> <BR> I've also purchased some better food than... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 16:45:33 EST I'm Back, Are You Here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933369 I've been missing for so very long in many ways. Yet in others, I've discovered myself for the very first time. <BR> <BR> On Jan 1, 2011, as I blogged about here, I walked away from a 21 year marriage. Was it the right decision in hindsight? After 18 months, I'm not so sure, but it is what it is, and there's no rewind. <BR> <BR> What's happened since then...well, I started a list here, but then I decided I can blog about all that later. <BR> <BR> I was down to a low weight of 125 or so.... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:16:37 EST My Poetry/Essays & Believable Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419008 I have another website where I write poetry and some essays....I know we can't put a link to something like that here, so what I was wondering is this: Would you like me to paste some of my stuff here instead? They are not generally related to weight loss, but rather to the life transitions I'm going through, getting divorced, making personal changes, going through emotional turmoil, experiencing new relationships. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to paste it here if you're interested. :) <BR> <BR> Her... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:55:46 EST The Magic of Accountabiliity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4414759 Accountability is magic. Pure magic. Perhaps the structure, the tool, the software, the paper, the process...plays into it some, but for me, accountability is where the rubber squeals on the road. <BR> <BR> Last week, my friend Anna told me about her War Board (is it okay to spill the beans about this Anna?) Pfft. *I* wanted one of those. So I made one. And MAN did that motivate me! I haven't managed to cross anything off on it, but it's in my face reminding me of everything I need to... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:20:00 EST Isn't It Obvious? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4382528 Isn't it obvious? <BR> <BR> A friend of mine was telling me this last night about someone she knows.  <BR> <BR> The person she knows sees successful people, and he gets really bummed about where HE'S at.  <BR> <BR> She asks "Is that what you WANT to do?  Is that where you want to be?" <BR> <BR> He usually says no. so she tells him: <BR> <BR> "If you don't want to do it, then why be unhappy that you're not doing it?  Why not just be happy with the choice you're making?" <BR> <BR> If you ... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:54:43 EST A Field (Feeled) Trip to Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4223787 On January 1st I dropped a bomb in the middle of my life, setting off reverberations that echoed to my core in ways I never expected. <BR> <BR> I've been married for 21 years, and on the morning of my 21st anniversary I asked for a divorce. I never thought I'd be "one of those people" who had long term marriages that failed. I never thought I'd be one of those single women again, back to dating after having something they were sure they'd always have. I always believed that, despite our ... Tue, 10 May 2011 19:02:18 EST The Ride To Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4207557 Are you happy. Don't know? How about doing this exercise: Each day write down what percentage of the time you felt happy that day. <BR> <BR> Is that too long of a time period? Do you tend to write down how you're feeling at that moment, when you're tired and exhausted, discounting the rest of what might have been a happy day? <BR> <BR> Try starting with smaller time periods and adding them up, examining your happiness in smaller increments. Each half day, each hour; find a unit of time t... Tue, 3 May 2011 14:06:47 EST The Plan of the Hour & The Next Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4131938 I know it's been awhile since I posted. I haven't known what to say, and I haven't wanted to say what I know. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are still going our separate ways. Let's be honest, although we're still living together, we went our separate ways long ago. I posted something on Facebook recently that said it all. Something like: Of course it rots if you drain the formaldehyde from it. <BR> <BR> This journey, that I started when I asked for a separation on New Year's Day, has been ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:09:12 EST It's Not The Decision That's Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4053931 I wrote this mantra for myself this morning: <BR> <BR> <BR> **************************** <BR> I am so glad I made the decision I made. It was the right decision for me. And although it is going to be challenging to follow through on this decision, and all that it entails, the life waiting for me on the other side will be worth the cost of following through on this decision I've made. <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> I am going to memorize this and apply it to my whole life, st... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:47:54 EST Running for My Life - My First Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4041800 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l80365035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last Sunday, Feb. 20th, I completed my first marathon. My goal was to finish in under 6 hours, and I did it. My final time was 5:41:54. <BR> <BR> I thought for sure I wouldn't be able to walk afterwards. I thought for sure, I'd be brutally sore for days. <BR> <BR> As it turns out, I'm not. I got a 90 minute massage a few hours later, and although I'm likely going to lose two toenails, other than that, I'm just... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 14:50:51 EST Just Registered for my First Full Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3952614 In this moment, on this day, I am so proud of myself I can barely breathe. <BR> <BR> I signed up for my very first full marathon. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l686283263.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is the last in a series of five races that make up the Austin Distance Challenge. I've done three of them. There's a half marathon next Sunday, and then this marathon on Feb. 20th. <BR> <BR> What's amazing to me is that the half marathon next Sunday? Pffft. Barely a b... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 12:05:42 EST Small Big Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3940294 I have been writing, nearly non-stop, since I wrote to you here on Jan. 3rd. What I've written isn't here. It's on another site, it's in my notebook, it's in my correspondence with close friends. So I haven't gone silent, although I have gone somewhat dark. I fear sharing because I know it's hard not to soothe when someone is in pain. <BR> <BR> I want you to know I'm okay. I'm a person who's been at the bottom, who knows what wanting out feels like. It isn't so hard to be there if you ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:28:53 EST A Short Essay About A Long Marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3884411 I can share here, right? I'll tell you straight out what happened. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are separated. We got separated on January 1st, our 21st wedding anniversary. We didn't get in a fight. It was just time for me to go at least for now. I hope if he sees this, he's okay with me sharing. I will be careful not to say anything too personal, but as I believe my life can be an example of good and bad for others, and because my friends always help me see things better, I can't miss ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 13:33:00 EST 2010 - What Did YOU Think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3864799 So...I just want to let you know that I'm here. I've just been on Facebook a lot. If you're there, you can friend me. (My name is CJ Romberger; just tell me you're from SparkPeople when you friend me.) <BR> <BR> Be warned; I post a lot. But I have a lot of friends, and I'm having a lot of fun out there. <BR> <BR> I made a spreadsheet of my SparkPeople blog posts today. 377 of them. I guess I had a lot to say. I'm so grateful for all of you reading them and commenting so much. <BR> <... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 13:00:21 EST Two Tales of a Miss Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3815280 It's okay to stick out. It's ok to be uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> It's important to be aware of when those feelings are because you're pushing your boundaries in a good way and intentionally, vs when those feelings are messages from you to yourself that you're in a situation that doesn't fit and isn't adding value to your life. <BR> <BR> In either case there's something to be learned, even if what you learn is what not to do in the future. <BR> <BR> I'm frequently in situations where I stick ... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:46:18 EST Non Negotiables, Creativity and Scheduling My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3812204 This blog is a bit long, but I hope you'll find it valuable. It helped ME get solid on it by writing it out... <BR> <BR> When I go down the highway, there's dummy bumps in the middle and vibrating lines on the side. Those are there to keep me awake and on the highway, as you know. <BR> <BR> I like to think of my life as a highway (or truthfully more like a winding road :) It's a journey I'm on. There are dummy bumps and vibrating lines all over it, too, trust me. I run into them when ... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:40:01 EST Tackling Transition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3810310 It's November, my birthday month. In fact, today is my birthday. I always try to plan my next year during November. The truth is, it never comes out like I plan, not usually even close. But the process of putting together the plan, regardless of the results, is priceless for me. It always sets me in a transition frame of mind. It gets me ready for change. And handling change well, as it turns out, is one of the most important life skills you can have. <BR> <BR> 2010 has been an interes... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 17:05:57 EST Back to Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3773037 So a year ago in September, I celebrated 50 pounds off. Over the course of the last year, about 14 of it has snuck back on, little by little. <BR> <BR> At first, I kept thinking it would go away if I kinda did what I used to do, but not all the way. <BR> <BR> As you can see? That's not happening. <BR> <BR> The GOOD news is that I know exactly what I was/wasn't doing, and I know exactly how to get it back off. <BR> <BR> 1) Get sleep. Really. Go to bed. I've mentioned this over and ove... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 14:01:52 EST What Would You Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3761671 If you knew you could not fail? <BR> <BR> There's nothing like the slightly scary, completely exhilarating feeling of knowing I'm pushing the edges of my own possibilities. It makes me feel alive, vital, energized. <BR> <BR> For some of you, I know the scary thing is even allowing yourself to figure out what you'd want to do. I'm lucky, because I already know. <BR> <BR> Here's what I'd do: <BR> <BR> * Be a storyteller, telling stories that make people laugh, cry or both. <BR> * Write a... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 11:41:24 EST The Lighthouse and The Flashlight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3739622 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950206763.jpg"> <BR> (Flickr - <link>www.flickr.com/photos/garry61/388501<BR>7240/ </link> ) <BR> <BR> Here's what lighthouses do: <BR> <BR> They stand strong on the rock they belong on. <BR> <BR> They shine their light for everyone who needs that light on that rock. <BR> <BR> They may turn their light back and forth on a defined axis so they can be seen a little further and cover more territory than if they just shine straight forward... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 16:40:29 EST Just Get Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3721025 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l433876333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Friday night I didn't feel like running. That goal of 2500 calories a week wasn't going to happen if I didn't do SOMETHING, though. I play a game when I don't want to work out called Let's Make A Deal With Me. It usually consists of telling myself ALL I have to do is put on my shoes and drive to the starting point. You don't have to do ANYTHING else, CJ, I promise! :) Then when I get there I tell me "All you... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 14:20:51 EST Moving Cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3694454 Oh, boy, a bunch of stuff has shifted all at the same time! There's LOTS more than this, but I'll just mention a few of the bigger things. <BR> <BR> My husband is going to transition to a different smaller role in our business, and eventually probably leave altogether. He's going to start another business on his own. <BR> <BR> My exchange student from two years ago is living with us until the first of November. She came here to hang out with some friends. That didn't work out so well. <... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 14:50:07 EST Enchanted Rock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3690059 I want to capture this moment and remember it, breathe in the sweet of it for a long time to come. <BR> <BR> My husband and I have had a tough go of it for awhile. But we had a big breakthrough that was 20+ years in the making, and we both feel more hopeful than we've ever felt. <BR> <BR> I've always said he's my rock and I'm his wave. He's solid and strong. I'm fluid and unpredictable. I smooth off his rough edges and he stops me from washing the town out to sea when I'm feeling tsunami.... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 22:04:51 EST And The Change Begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3677726 I got back from Colorado late, late last night. It was hard because I didn't want to even look at my husband. He was being nice, too, which made that even harder. <BR> <BR> Today, I wrote a bullet point list of the things I needed to talk to him about, and I had an imaginary idea of how I thought the conversation would go. We went to lunch together and found an empty park. <BR> <BR> I couldn't be more happy with how it DID go. We had a three hour conversation where we made more prog... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 19:00:13 EST Being Brave is a Bargain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3670850 First, let's discuss The Silent Treatment I've been giving you. I'm sorry. What else can I say? i just haven't wanted to talk about what's going on until I had it sorted out at least a little bit. I didn't want to take you on the roller coaster ride that is my life when I couldn't tell you where I was going. <BR> <BR> And I don't know if you're like me, but if I don't want to talk about it, and I don't want to hear about it, I sometimes just don't show up. Because if I DO show up, I fee... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 04:34:32 EST No. No. No. (I'm Practicing that Word) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3573101 Nah. <BR> <BR> No. Probably not. (Woos.) <BR> <BR> No. I don't think so. (Weenie.) <BR> <BR> No. I can't. (Ahem. That's weak....let's try that again.) <BR> <BR> No. I don't want to. (Hm. Still not *quite* there.) <BR> <BR> No. Fukc No. (You didn't have to take it THAT far!) <BR> <BR> No. I won't. <BR> <BR> There. <BR> <BR> That's better. <BR> <BR> Now for some manners. <BR> <BR> No, thank you. I won't. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I noticed that I've been adjusting... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:27:27 EST Alone And Proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3558868 Last time I lost a bunch of weight, I did it by going to an aerobic class every single day with my husband. Same time, same people, same place. <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> I wondered then if I could have lost all that weight if it weren't for that class, those people, that situation. <BR> <BR> I wondered, I did. <BR> <BR> And then I found out. The instructor got a new job (she's still a wonderfully close friend, though)...the class broke up, they all moved on... <BR> <BR> What... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 00:15:27 EST A Random Act of Harmony... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3552902 Small world things are ALWAYS happening to me. <BR> <BR> Check out the latest. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I was running at Zilker. I saw someone's keys on the ground. Everyone else was running past them. People either run past them or they pick them up and put them on this rock under the Mopac Bridge. Everyone else knows to retrace their steps or go to the Mopac Bridge to look for them. <BR> <BR> Unless they're new to Austin or the trail. <BR> <BR> I'm a 'harmonizer'. Everything has ... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 09:30:56 EST Things Don't Turn Out Like You Plan....But That's Okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3550197 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l445453163.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's important to plan, it's important to be flexible. <BR> <BR> I was just re-reading my blog from last Saturday. Funny how things turned out differently than what I'd put there. <BR> <BR> I didn't box. I did ride my bike. My massage therapist had our massage listed on her schedule tomorrow. I didn't eat at Whole Foods. <BR> <BR> I DID pick my son's doggie and then my son and girlfriend up. We went to dinn... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:23:37 EST DUPLICATE IGNORE THIS :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3550191 DUPLICATE POST - See the other one please. :) Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:21:38 EST A Very Special One Of A Kind Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3535938 Here's my special one of a kind day plans <BR> <BR> This morning until 9:15: Nothing. :) An entire hour of doing nothing. Well, not REALLY nothing...let's reframe that. An hour of just hanging out. <BR> <BR> 9:15 - Leave for boxing. <BR> 10:00 - 11:30 - Box. <BR> 11:30: Ride my bike on the trail downtown until I'm sick of it. <BR> 1:00 or so: Shower cuz I'm sure I'll stink to high heaven after 3 hours of working out in 100 degree weather. <BR> I'll probably stop and eat some lunch in t... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 09:26:05 EST I Like To Hit Things...and Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3533193 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20073214.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So...if you've been my friend for awhile, you know some of this, but it's the backstory for why I'm doing this, so there's a bullet point list of info to catch you up if you don't know. <BR> <BR> 1) I hate repetitive things (haha, so I'm repeating this stuff?) <BR> 2) I memorize numbers and codes like a savant, but I can't count because I get immediately distracted by the rest of what's going on in my very busy min... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:06:27 EST A Short, Short Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3522546 Last Thursday, we drove to where we park for our run. There were roads blocked off and all kinds of chaos. We finally got there. <BR> <BR> I got out and started my run...and then about a mile and a half into it, I found out why all the road blocks. <BR> <BR> There was a race about to start. <BR> <BR> A 5K. <BR> <BR> To support the trail I run on all the time. <BR> <BR> It was going to start about 1/2 hour from the moment I found out about it. <BR> <BR> What else WOULD I do? <BR> <... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 15:49:20 EST I HATE Routine and Structure...Or Do I!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3492445 I've always said I hate routine and structure. <BR> <BR> But I've learned this year to pay closer attention to some subtle differences between things that seem similar on the surface. Understanding the difference between them, and how one works for me while the other doesn't, has been PRICELESS in my personal growth and business direction this year. <BR> <BR> The first one I've gotten quite clear on is teaching vs. training. The second is managing vs. leading. The third, more recent disc... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 19:25:32 EST My First Real Day Off Work This Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3463613 I am taking the entire day off of work tomorrow, on purpose, declared in advance, that I've taken since January. And the truth is that it's probably actually been way longer than that since I said, beforehand, "I'm not working tomorrow". (I am cowering a little bit, hoping Miss Fortune doesn't hear me and make the server go down. That's what happened when I tried to take memorial sunday off) <BR> <BR> I've ended up taking a few other days off here and there but only because I was sooo exha... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 23:18:22 EST What is WITH July!? I'm Banking on it Ending Soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3454338 In July... <BR> <BR> Two years ago, I broke my back in 4 places. <BR> <BR> Last year, my Dad almost died. <BR> <BR> This year, my doggie almost died. <BR> <BR> What is WITH July??!! <BR> <BR> I find myself actually holding my breath and counting down the days until it's over, as if there's some magic that's gonna shield me once I can't see July's calendar in my face. <BR> <BR> Which reminds me (of course)... <BR> <BR> of how I thought at the beginning of the year that everything would ... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:03:44 EST