CODEMAULER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CODEMAULER CODEMAULER'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/ What's Cookin'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720629 Hey there Spark Friends - <BR> <BR> Let's open with something cute. Rascal - aka "Boing" - sat still long enough for a photo. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1252140329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The trip to China and Japan was amazing. I don't know when (or if) we'll go again, so we really did it up big. Now that the credit card bill has arrived, I just need to keep reminding myself that we had a ton of fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:03:34 EST It's All About Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685192 Hi Sparklers! <BR> <BR> Yes, it's been a while. I'd love to say that I've been busy - and it would be mostly true - but that's really not an excuse not to check in. To be honest, there's been a swirl of energy around me, both positive and negative, and sorting it out has been tricky. I'm not one to 'just be' so I've been tinkering. No, it doesn't really change the outcome, but at least I feel like I'm doing *something.* <BR> <BR> Time to get to the point? OK, let's do this: <BR> <BR> I end... Thu, 1 May 2014 19:01:32 EST Blog Challenge - Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605978 I made it! It's the last day of the challenge! <BR> <BR> As you may recall, my SparkFriend DogLady13 posted a blog challenge that looks like a great way to express and examine my goals and accomplishments, so I. AM. IN! <BR> <BR> Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 21. This is a long one. You just spent three weeks reflecting on yourself and your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Write you... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:41:16 EST Blog Challenge - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594978 I'll bet you thought I ditched this... <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> 20. What simple step can you take to make yourself happier today? <BR> <BR> So. Very. Timely. <BR> <BR> I've had a few interviews lately that *I* thought went well... until yesterday. What happens from here is anyone's guess, but I'm already over it. <BR> <BR> So, what can I do to make myself happier? Focus on the things that I can control and make time for happier tasks. <BR> <BR> "Life is like riding a bicyc... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:51:37 EST Blog Challenge - Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571561 Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 3 Week Blog-A-Day Challenge <BR> <BR> 19. Think of the person who loves you the most. How would they describe you? <BR> <BR> There's the challenge; my husband is always telling me that I'm sexy and fun. How do you tell him that he's clearly delusional? <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I don't agree with him, but it doesn't seem to change the mess... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 10:07:29 EST Blog Challenge - Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570989 I'm happy to have the day off today, even if I woke up early and took a frigid walk to the Y. A day like this should not be wasted!! <BR> <BR> Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 3 Week Blog-A-Day Challenge <BR> <BR> 18. One word that least describes me. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> Heh, my old pal 'Patient' comes to mind. 'Quiet' is another "not me" describer. Even 'Tentative' would be ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 09:21:10 EST Blog Challenge - Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570278 Looks like this is going into 2014, LOL! <BR> <BR> <BR> Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> I know that DOGLADY13 has been super busy. I hope that she finds time for a super holiday! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 3 Week Blog-A-Day Challenge <BR> <BR> 17. One word that best describes me. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> Gads. This is a family-friendly blog, so I won't use the first word t... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 06:33:00 EST Blog Challenge - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565371 Sheesh, still going... <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 16. If I could change one thing about myself, it would be _______. How and why would you make that change? <BR> <BR> It's either patience or acceptance; I'm lacking in both and I'm not sure which would suit me best. I hate acceptance, because too often it feels like defeat or disappointment.... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:36:00 EST Blog Challenge - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564859 Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 15. True or false: I feel good about myself. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> Ugh. You know, it depends on the day. I mean, I mostly feel good about myself... and then there are the days where I wonder what the heck am I doing? It's pretty easy to beat myself up and it's usually over something small or avoidable. <BR> <BR> I know that I should be my best friend. ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:22:46 EST Blog Challenge - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562993 LOOK OUT - IT'S ALMOST A STREAK! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 14. True or false: I like the way I look. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> It helps that today is a good hair day, right? <BR> <BR> <em>32</em> <BR> <BR> I don't dislike how I look, and I certain see spots for improvement, but overall it's pretty good. I think studying for the PEM exam b... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:14:53 EST BLog Challenge - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562533 Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 13. True of false: I need to be pushed. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> Hmmm, is this the better question. Yes, perhaps, I need to be pushed... but I can do it myself. In fact, I hesitate to really reach out to other folks, because I know that challenge isn't everyone's idea of "what works." <BR> <BR> In other news, my husband gave me the pass to be lazy. With ... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:01:44 EST Blog Challenge - Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561405 Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 12. True or false: I like to be pushed. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> It doesn't bug me. Really. In fact, I'm usually the one doing the pushing. Whether I do it enough is certainly debatable, but I can usually muster up a good challenge for myself. <BR> <BR> Hm. I suppose that question is supposed to elicit a different response. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <B... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:21:20 EST Blog Challenge - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552089 Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 11. How often do you participate in physical activity and for how long each time? Are you satisfied with that? <BR> <BR> Satisfaction is tough to determine. I mean, I feel pretty good but wish I was losing weight. Getting in shape is its own reward, and I know I'm not climbing into a bikini any time soon, but I would like fewer pounds on these creakin... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:08:50 EST Blog Challenge - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551680 I'll bet you thought that I was ditching this project! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Nope, this is just what I expected as the holiday weekend collides with my test preparation; crunch time! <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> The source for the challenge: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 10. What are the ways in which you are "slippery" and might cheat yourself in your efforts to reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge?... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:20:44 EST Blog Challenge - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543439 The Source! <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> Answer one question each day: <BR> <BR> 9. What supports do you need in your life to help you reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge? Do you have those supports? What undermines you in reaching your goals? How do you use those supports to your advantage? How do you work around those things that undermine you? <BR> <BR> Wow, that's a lot of question to ponder! I'm really rather ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:06:17 EST Blog Challenge - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542074 The source: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> Answer one question each day: <BR> <BR> 8. Have you ever worked with a physical trainer? One on one? Small group? What skills or talents did the trainer have that helped you? What didn't help? <BR> <BR> Yep, I bought a few sessions and worked with James. He's very knowledgeable about the YMCA itself, as well as most group classes. He is a spaz (and I say that with respect; really!) and is ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:15:01 EST Blog Challenge - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539896 The recap: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> Answer one question each day: <BR> <BR> 7. What is your least favorite physical activity overall? at the gym? Explain. <BR> <BR> Honestly, there's only one part of the gym that I don't like, and it's the stair climb to check-in. Yes, there's an elevator, but I'm not too far gone to take the stairs. Two flights up - minimum - every visit to just to get into the gym. My yoga, Pilates and Group... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:20:55 EST Blog Challenge - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538459 To recap: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> Answer one question each day: <BR> <BR> 6. What is your favorite physical activity overall? at the gym? Explain. <BR> <BR> Overall? Just one?! I think the clear winner is cycling, indoor or out. <BR> <BR> Outdoor is where it's just me and the bike, training for and participating in the longer events (25-75 miles). <BR> <BR> Indoors (@ the gym), I can get into the tunes, don't need a helm... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:19:56 EST Blog Challenge - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537270 The first order of business: Thank you all for stopping by to read my blogs. It's SO nice to see my SparkFriends, along with a few new faces. Your interest and enthusiasm is infectious! <BR> <BR> To recap: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 5. What demotivates you and takes you off your fitness and health goals? <BR> <BR> Gads, what doesn't? OK, that's an exaggeration. I joke that I workout in the morning, because my excuses are notori... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 11:22:48 EST Blog Challenge - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535211 To recap: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 3 Week Blog-A-Day Challenge <BR> Answer one question each day: <BR> <BR> 4. What motivates you to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle? <BR> <BR> Honestly? The pain of arthritis. The frustration of not being able to move as I want to. The inner fire that is fueled by stress and negative emotion. <BR> <BR> It's counter-intuitive and a tough lesson, but (for me) nearly everything in my ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 20:26:23 EST Blog Challenge - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534149 (Yes, I know I've lapsed... but I sure thought about posting a blog!) <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> To recap: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> 3 Week Blog-A-Day Challenge <BR> <BR> 3. What is your big picture, long-term goal? Why is this goal the one you work towards? <BR> <BR> That's a great question! Even though my current efforts feel as if they're part of something big, they are still rather short-term (1-3 months... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 17:39:31 EST Blog Challenge - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530894 As a recap: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> Answer one question each day: <BR> <BR> 2. Imagine you have met your new short- or medium-term goal or challenge. What would you like to say happened for you while you were working toward that goal? <BR> <BR> Woof. That's a tough call to make. Let's see... <BR> <BR> 1 - Take and pass the PEM exam; well, I really want to pass it in one try. I'd also like to think that my brain won't... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 11:40:23 EST Blog Challenge - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530211 As a recap: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypa ge_public_journal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> Answer one question each day: <BR> <BR> 1. Have you set a new short- or medium-term goal or challenge recently? Do you have a goal or challenge that you have been working on for a while? What is it? What do you hope to gain from it? <BR> <BR> Not sure that my goals are new, necessarily, but my commitment is renewed. <BR> <BR> - Take and pass the PEM exam; gads, what a slog! What I hop... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 16:41:23 EST A Different List Today - Please Join Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529317 Hi SparkFriends - <BR> <BR> It's SO nice to have energy thanks to good sleep and a great workout. It's the best feeling!! <BR> <BR> *insert Flashdance music here* <BR> <BR> My SparkFriend DogLady13 posted a blog challenge that looks like a great way to express and examine my goals and accomplishments, so I. AM. IN! <BR> <BR> Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=DOGLADY13 </link> <BR> <BR> I have excerpts po... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:44:47 EST A List for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528599 Hello SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been here on the site, watching you gain fitness minutes and Spark points, reading your blogs and whatnot. It’s a busy hive of activity out here! <BR> <BR> <em>540</em> <BR> (Since I couldn't find a bee, how about a Vespa?) <BR> <BR> A few ideas for a blog have crossed my mind and – to be honest – it would make one long, wordy post that wouldn’t be much fun to read. That said, I do want to share, so I... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:06:32 EST Here's a quick blog - the China 2013 trip photos are up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437628 Good Afternoon, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to announce that the webpage with our trip photos is available. There's a lot of content, so take your time and enjoy in small doses. <BR> <BR> Feel free to post any boo-boos or ask questions, I'll do my best to field 'em! <BR> <BR> <link>www.realmofzorcon.com/China2013Main.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <em>388</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:02:43 EST Ten Things I Love About My Body - Thanks, SHAKINGTHETREE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425507 My SparkFriend SHAKINGTHETREE posted an awesome blog yesterday and included the following 'challenge' for the readers: <BR> <BR> "Find ten things about your body that you genuinely appreciate right now. It might be something that functions really well, a hidden strength that you take for granted, or a part of yourself that you simply like the shape, color, or texture of. List your ten appreciated body parts in your journal..." <BR> <BR> Here it goes, in no particular order: <BR> <BR> 1 - ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:18:03 EST Watch This Space – Trip Updates Forthcoming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363822 Hello, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> It's so nice to be home. We had a fantastic trip but it's always awesome to sleep in your own bed. Truth be told, I've been waking up in the middle of the night and finding myself 1) wide awake and 2) wondering what city I'm in. I sure hope that the confusion passes as I recover from the jet lag! <BR> <BR> It may take a few blog entries to cover the bulk of the trip. Ten days of travel on the other side of the planet makes for a lot of news and pictures to sha... Tue, 21 May 2013 19:28:02 EST More news on the parental fronts (it's a long one!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330483 You knew it was coming, right? I mean, the fun with family just. never. ends. But let's focus here, shall we? We know that *I* will feel much better putting this out into the Spark universe. With any luck, *you* will also feel better, if only because your family is not this whacked. Let's share this smile, hmmm, and open with something more positive, just because. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm still between assignments and seeing some interesting opportunities posted. I may not be... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:56:40 EST Happier Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304575 Hope you are enjoying the day, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Lest anyone think that there's only bad news a-brewin' in these parts, I've spent some time since the last blog thinking about happier things. <BR> <BR> - Writing that blog really helped me to organize my thoughts and feelings. Getting feedback and support from my SparkBuddies helped me to validate my experience. Thank you, Everyone, for helping me get over that hill!! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> - I'm still between assignme... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:39:27 EST Catching Up - Vent-y and Lengthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296298 Hey Gang - TGIF!! <BR> <BR> I apologize for what might have looked like a vapor trail where I used to be. The past few weeks have been a sad replay of events from 2011. Some of you might recall that my father-in-law was ailing AND my mother managed to injure herself. Just like the movie "Groundhog Day." I'm stuck in a repeat; grrr! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> My assignment wrapped up in early March and we loaded the car for an unplanned road trip to MI. My father-in-law was given ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:50:46 EST Happiness-Loaded Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223180 TGIF, SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> I have some small updates to share and thought I’d also take the opportunity to wish everyone an awesome weekend! <BR> <BR> First – and most importantly – the Hubster is now fully qualified as human (vs. mobile cootie dispenser). He’s feeling pretty close to 100%. I even took him out for not one, but two dates this week. It’s sure nice to have him back. Thank you so much for the well wishes! <BR> <BR> And, yes, I managed to dodge the germs myself (so far!). <... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:11:33 EST Today's Horoscope - It's a Keeper! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197354 Hi SparkFriends - <BR> <BR> I don't put a lot into my horoscope, unless it says "don't go to the office" or "make today more fun than you can stand." <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Seriously, it's interesting and kind of neat when the signs align with what *I* think I've got planned. However, today's horoscope caught me by surprise and has stayed with me all day. <BR> <BR> Aries - Jan 8 2013 <BR> If you haven't yet made any New Year's resolutions, Aries, there is one that you really... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 17:21:09 EST Planning and Reassessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191261 Good Morning, SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> In reading through some career-related articles, I came across something that I thought could be used to examine our health journeys as well. <BR> <BR> Here is the source: <link>blog.gainingresults.com/2013/01/busi<BR>ness-leadership-questions-2013/ </link> <BR> <BR> From the article: <BR> Why not take an hour alone or with someone and answer these questions: <BR> <BR> 1. What has given you or depleted energy from you this year? <BR> 2. How can y... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:23:14 EST Happy 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186607 Happy 2013, SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> I’ve had a number of small blog ideas rolling around in my pea-sized brain, but nothing seems to make it to the screen… until now. It’s my goal to de-clutter and simplify where possible, and that means that I need to get these ideas out of my thinking space. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I really want everyone to know how well my work at the YMCA is going. To be honest, I received the best gift of all by joining the ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:51:53 EST Sharing an Article - Stop Overextending Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132796 Hi SparkFriends - <BR> <BR> It's a familiar feeling for some of us, come the holidays. In preparation for the "Busy Season," I thought this article was helpful. <BR> <BR> <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/stop-overextendi<BR>ng-yourself-to-please-others-6-simple-<BR>tips/ </link> <BR> <BR> My favorite passage: <BR> I began to wake up to the idea that I actually do have choices. I can make decisions based on my preferences and needs instead of a sense of obligation. <BR> <BR> I have a choice ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:31:42 EST Sharing an Article - Measuring Progress w/o the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118926 Happy Halloween! <BR> <BR> Nothing scary, I promise! I just wanted to share a post from Molly Galbraith, an author that was recommended to me by a personal trainer at the YMCA. While you may not be a heavy lifter like Molly is, her guidance and ideas about what constitutes progress is something that most of us can appreciate. <BR> <BR> <link>mollygalbraith.com/blog/measuring-pr<BR>ogress-beyond-the-scale-part-2/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:18:31 EST October Wind Up (A Bit Lengthy + a Few Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116693 It's hard to believe that Patrick and I were in Virginia Beach / Norfolk, VA just a week ago. I think we got out just in time! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Our conference went well. The test preparation course was canceled, and I felt strongly that I wanted/needed the course for success in taking the test. We ended up postponing the test and enjoying the conference much more fully. Next year's conference will be local - hosted in Minnesota - and we're on the hook to help. Being able... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 11:42:19 EST Personal Trainer and Dogtoberfest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089326 Happy Saturday, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I had my first working session with James, my personal trainer, on Thursday. To be honest, it knocked me out! I had taken a Group Cycle class that morning, and moving the weights around that afternoon proved to be a a lot for me. I sure slept well! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I took Friday easy and then got busy again today. I had my Mat Pilates class first thing, and then replicated most of the weight training that James had prescribed. Yes... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 20:11:21 EST In a Rut? 4 Ways to Get Unstuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086282 I'm sharing another article snippet. The full article can be found here: <BR> <link>www.nextavenue.org/article/2012-09/r<BR>ut-4-ways-get-unstuck?utm_campaign=Oct<BR>.%204%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&ut<BR>m_source=Eloqua </link> <BR> (It's a free newsletter, in case you are required to register to view it.) <BR> <BR> Since we all know what ruts are and what our warning signs are, let's jump to getting out! <BR> <BR> From the article: <BR> "Reconnect to Your Passion <BR> <BR> The g... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 08:57:29 EST Begin / Continue the Journey to Your Life's Passion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083917 Hi SparkFriends - <BR> <BR> I found this article when searching for some career-related advice. You know what? It applies to a lot of things in life, so I'm sharing it! <BR> <BR> Are you Ready for an Encore Career as an Entrepreneur? <BR> September 3, 2012 <BR> Source: <link>thewomensexcelerator.com/site/?p=907 </link> <BR> <BR> There’s been a lot of “buzz” lately about the Baby Boomer Americans who are changing their paths to retirement. It used to be that this age group (now 48-66) ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:28:57 EST Sept 30 - Already?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080656 Hey yo, SparkFriends! It's been a great month and I'm almost sorry to see it go. Maybe it's the weekend, maybe it's because I'm not going in the office tomorrow, but I feel better about things than I have in a long time. <BR> <BR> I am meeting with my personal trainer tomorrow. I'm looking forward to see what sort of program we can design. <BR> <BR> Today's Blog Question: What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the month of September? <BR> <BR> Honestly,... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:06:28 EST Sept 29 - A GREAT Day in the making! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079546 Good Morning, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I mentioned the 2500 Calorie Burn Challenge at the Y in an earlier post. Well, I'm not sure that I have every detail worked out, but I may be over-analyzing it (chronic problem of mine). There's a sheet where I track my calorie burn and total it... and I think the goal is 2500 calories per week. It's supposed to be an above-and-beyond sort of thing, so I think that's how the numbers line up? <BR> <BR> Anyhow, coming into today I only needed 63 calori... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:51:53 EST Sept 27 - A Busy-ish Week So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076782 Happy Thursday, SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> It's been a week, alright! Monday was a crushing long day, Tuesday I played hooky (I know - I mean, I'll have a month off, so what the heck?), yesterday was long-ish with a nice gathering of work friends afterwards, and today is shaping up. I have an exit interview, of all things. Since when do consultants/contractors get those? So here's your laugh for the day. My project lead told me to go into the interview and "speak my mind" (he's an employe... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:35:36 EST Sept 24 - Last Working Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072569 Hey there, SparkFriends! It's another chilly and sunny morning in the Twin Cities. I decided that Mat Pilates wasn't what I wanted to do this AM, so I tried another elliptical machine (that's at least three unique machines that I've found) at the Y. With any luck I'll be back there today for a meeting with my Personal Trainer. <BR> <BR> Today is the last Monday at my current assignment. I'm counting down the days and looking forward to moving on. There are a lot of great people there, b... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:04:08 EST Sept 23 - Fun with Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071615 Knowing that the VisionWalk was today, I didn't get to check out any classes at the Y. It's a bummer, but I know I'll get there. That would be a good goal for next weekend? Instead I went and ran on the elliptical for 30 minutes, came home and got The Hubster for the VisionWalk. <BR> <BR> With all due respect to those of us in warmer / more temperate climates, it was the perfect day in Minneapolis. Sure, a starting temp of 37 sounds brisk, but climbing up to the 60 degree mark in a clo... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:11:46 EST The VisionWalk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071609 Hey there, SparkFriends! The day is SO gorgeous! You know how an unplanned day can be amazing? Well today is rather planned and still amazing, because I had to be outside ALL morning; woohoo! <BR> <BR> Here's where you can find more info about the VisionWalk: <BR> <link>www.fightblindness.org/site/TR/VISIO<BR>NWALK/VisionWalktr?pg=entry&fr_id=4692 </link> <BR> <BR> And here are photos of the team and the amazing day!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l642... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:00:50 EST Sept 22 - An Early Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070251 Hi Gang! <BR> <BR> I love the crisp cold of autumn and today did not disappoint; Happy Autumnal Equinox! Tomorrow is the first day of a challenge at the Y, so I'm ready to keep moving and adding fitness minutes (more about the challenge as I learn the details). <BR> <BR> Let's catch up on the blog challenge, hmmm? <BR> <BR> 19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely? <BR> <BR> Oh, boy. Beer <em>297</em> Wine <em>181</em> ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:13:39 EST Personal Trainer and More Y Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068459 (ETA: Blocks of text hurt my eyes!!) <BR> <BR> Note to all my SparkFriends: Feel free to pose questions like you did re: Personal Trainers. I'm happy to help provide answers!! <BR> <BR> I met with Angie on Monday afternoon. Before we get too far, I learned that she won’t actually be my personal trainer, as she has enlisted in the Navy and will be transitioning at the end of the month. This is a bummer (for me), as she and I really clicked. She assured me – and has followed through – tha... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:32:08 EST Sept 18 - Moving Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064492 Good Morning, SparkFriends! It's gorgeous here today, sunny and cool (my kinda day). I'm trying to talk the kitten into making coffee for me while I type, but she's not going for it. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> I went to the Y this AM and got in an elliptical run. I'm meeting with a personal trainer today and hope to nail down the plan... or at least formalize it a bit more. <BR> <BR> 18. Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat an... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:14:14 EST