CROWGIRL67's SparkPeople Blog CROWGIRL67's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community REstart resolutions I always thought of Lent as a do-over for all the stuff I screwed up between the beginning of the year and now. Of course, that isn't exactly liturgically correct by a long shot, but I bet a lot of people think that. <BR> <BR> I was slogging along on the treadmill today and really thought about offering up the discomfort as a sort of penance. But then I changed my thinking to, "I offer this up as GRATITUDE that I can push past limits!" " I offer this up as an alleluia (whoops not supposed ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:05:12 EST A continuous jog On the treadmill today. I have signed up for an 8K in April and I would like to jog part of it. I was/am using the C25K program, but something...happened. I got to my time when I was supposed to slow down and, well, I just didn't WANNA. I slowed my jogging pace down a bit, but it was still a jog. I kept going to see how long I could keep it up before I really just wanted to stop. Here's the secret- I covered the timer on the treadmill dashboard, turned up the music, slowed my pace as I said, ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:00:35 EST Whew! What a day! Had a continuing education class for work about an hour away this morning, and wouldn't ya know it? Snow. Blurf. Took my time, got there a little late (hate that!) but the good news was the class was informative, well taught and I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help some clients with lower back pain. <BR> <BR> The even better news? I had mentioned in a previous blog that I had a busy few days so I needed to plan. Well, that planning paid off with some venison stew all ready fo... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:30:33 EST I jogged today A few years ago... eh, who am I kidding, about 15 years ago, I used to teach aerobics. I taught about 7 classes a week, I worked at 2 different gyms and I slammed down Slim Fast shakes for breakfast and lunch. <BR> I was still 158 pounds. <BR> So when it comes to exercise, I have this love/ hate relationship. I used to kid that I would only work out if someone paid me, that's how I became a certified instructor. I went to visit my brother in law and his wife, and one of their friends asked ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 18:22:12 EST Be Prepared- it's not just for girl scouts The next two weeks are a little scary, I have to say. I have to order food for a Christmas distribution for the food pantry where I volunteer, get that food bagged up, get volunteers lined up and keep my fingers crossed that it all goes as smoothly as possible. On top of that , I have 3 sermons to write, serve at the Bishop's retirement service, attend a few holiday gatherings, and, oh yeah! work. If I look at it typed out, I can get a little freaked. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, I a... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 09:16:38 EST Mid Life revelation The other day, November 27th to be exact, I realized that I was one month from the other side of my life. Let me explain. In one month, I'll be 46 years old. I eat fairly healthy, move my body around most days, love my life, and try to stay upbeat. I could see myself being a feisty 90 year old. So, at 45, I'm literally at mid life. And after my birthday in December, it will be the other half of a beautiful life. Get it? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I started to think of all the relatives who were obese... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 09:05:01 EST Things I have learned while driving myself crazy I have tried and stuck to many an Eating Plan, and usually come back to plain old healthy eating because, Who knew? It actually works. Here's some of the things I have learned along the way. <BR> <BR> Weight Watchers- portion control. A pound of spaghetti is not a serving size. And a lot of fake food use that creeps me out. <BR> <BR> Paleo- I did this for about a year. If you're not familiar, it means no grains of any kind. It was a tough one, but I did learn that I can ditch the pasta, ri... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:29:39 EST Has it been that long? Geez, I haven't posted anything in a while. Well, probably because I haven't been too proud of my progress. Or lack thereof. <BR> I use the calorie tracker almost every day. I had a Weight Watchers account that I used also. One day, I posted my "points" and even though I thought I ate really healthy and normal sized portions, I was over in points and still had the rest of dinner to get through. So I clicked on over to here. I put the same exact food in, same exact totals and guess what? It wa... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 10:02:01 EST Chuggin' Along I've been pretty proud of the way I've been handling things lately. When I'm out and about, I keep safe snacks with me, drink plenty of water and generally keep myself portion controlled. I've kept to a meal plan, chose to keep my carb grams less than 100, and generally found that I can lose a pound or two with that intake. All in all I've had a good feeling about my health in general. <BR> <BR> The bonus of these choices is better sleep and less achiness in general. I challenged myself to a... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:13:49 EST Return of the Chunky So today, I actually WORKED OUT. I mean, weights, aerobics, the things that make you remember the 80's; mambos and cha-chas, and repeater knees, oh my! <BR> <BR> For a while I was doing what I figured were functionally fit activities like hiking, kayaking, wandering around the grocery store... Evidently, you don't burn a heck of a lot of calories with that last one. Huh. Bummer. So when I saw the boot camp challenge here on SP, I was a little nervous to commit, but I have to tell you that N... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:19:51 EST