CSROBERTSON621's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CSROBERTSON621 CSROBERTSON621'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/ Marking the End of a Rough Year -- Still Standing, But Not Unscathed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927082 One year ago today, I received a phone call that changed my life forever. I learned that my beloved Dad had suffered a heart attack doing what he did every morning -- put out the flag after having his coffee. No one called me until after he had been taken by ambulance to the city hospital over an hour away, and was on the table having open heart surgery. By the time I was called, my sister and I barely had time to catch the last flight out of DC home. When we had to turn off our cell ph... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:44:04 EST Sidelined, But Not Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724118 My mystery illness has been getting worse -- will be seeing the doctor this week for more testing. In the meantime, I'm supposed to avoid basically any real physical exhertion. Not really a problem, as I've lost feeling all over (tingling, like when your foot "falls asleep"), but in my arms and legs especially, and have a really serious pain at the base of my neck. I'm even having a little trouble breathing, but so far not enough to make me think I ought to go to the emergency room. <BR>... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 21:15:15 EST Pulse Check Blog -- Still Holding Steady, But It Ain't Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709531 So, thought I'd better check in since my last blog was a month ago... <BR> <BR> First, the good news. I'm still on track and within my maintenance range for another month, so all's good on that score. <BR> <BR> However, I'm still adjusting to the idea that I really can't eat very much, and have to exercise (although not as much as I thought), if I want to stay this weight. I've given myself a broad range (1350 to 2050) in my tracker, but in reality I mostly stay at the low end of that (b... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:38:34 EST Life, Loss and Moving Forward (Even When You Don't Want To) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640913 It’s been about a month and a half since my last entry, and well past time for an update. I’m still trying to pick myself up off the floor, but I guess it’s time now. <BR> <BR> We lost Dad just minutes before midnight on November 27. Mom, Maggie and I were with him, holding his hands for his last hour. I wish I could say it was peaceful, but for some reason the doctor on call was fighting us on starting the morphine drip earlier in the day, and his nurse was nowhere to be found, so he had... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 23:01:26 EST Running in Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589471 Put in another few miles on the treadmill tonight. Just trying to stay in shape for the Jingle All the Way 8K in just a few weeks. Although I haven't really been pushing -- particularly because I've been having trouble with dizzy spells lately -- my running is getting easier. Did 9.5 - 10 minute miles tonight, and it didn't feel hard at all. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm running in place in other areas of my life as well -- but unfortunately without the same level of progress or satisfactio... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 23:55:33 EST Blog Article on The Last 20 Pounds-- And Why Losing Them Is Tough for Us Big Losers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580273 Saw this over on the Refuse to Regain blog. In part, she discusses some of the "scale disconnect" I'm experiencing (I'm 5'7", 155 pounds and wear a size 2 or 4, depending on the item), and also why it is so hard to get those last few pounds off. <BR> <BR> Thought I would share: <BR> <BR> <link>http://refusetoregain.com/refusetore<BR>gain/2011/11/the-last-twenty-pounds-a-<BR>common-dieters-dilemma.html </link> <BR> <BR> Not sure why I'm really trying so hard to lose additional pounds.... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 23:59:59 EST Suiting Up for the Cold Weather Running... And a Major Scale Weight/Clothing Size Disconnect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578830 We've just gotten a new Athleta store here in Georgetown, so I walked there tonight instead of going straight home from work. Discovered the past couple of weekends that I have NOTHING to wear for outdoor runs in the cold. Even the few things I saved from the last time I lost weight are pretty big on me -- plus the high-tech wicking fabrics have gotten so much nicer in the ten years since I've needed them. <BR> <BR> Doesn't get THAT cold in DC, so didn't get the "polar" tights this time ... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 23:54:02 EST Signed Up for the Jingle All the Way 8K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577271 So I signed up for an 8K (~5 mile) race on December 11. <BR> <BR> Probably a little nuts, since I've only JUST gotten back to where I can run 5 miles all at once. Also probably nuts because I have SO MUCH going on, both at work (where several cases are very active through the end of the year), at home, and of course with Dad, who is STILL in the hospital. <BR> <BR> But, I needed a reason to force myself to get my miles in over the next few weeks. Otherwise it is too easy to make excuse... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 23:41:32 EST Just One of Those Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573859 Not much to say about today, other than I'm glad to have made it through in (more or less_ one piece. <BR> <BR> Seems like everything that could go wrong, did. And not just the things I was expecting... there were also the "surprise" bits of wrongness that popping up every time I picked up the phone or looked at my email. Didn't get home until 20 minutes ago -- and am expecting additional wrongness to hit me overnight when the partner who is over in Asia right now gets done commenting on ... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 23:59:19 EST Return to Strength Training -- Not Perfect, But Good Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4570383 Finally got myself back over to the strength training section of the gym today. I've done a good job at keeping up with cardio since Dad's illness (I can run pretty much anywhere), but strength training had fallen by the wayside. <BR> <BR> I learned that I lost quite a bit of strength over the last few months, which is disappointing, but not surprising. Steve and I worked out together at the gym at my office, which I learned will suit my needs for the time being. Will quit the too-expensi... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 23:19:14 EST This Is Why I Weigh (Almost) Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4568469 Read this post from Lyn over at Escape From Obesity while eating lunch at my desk today: <BR> <BR> <link>escapefromobesity.blogspot.com/2011/<BR>11/role-of-denial-in-weight-gain-or-re<BR>gain.html </link> <BR> <BR> So much truth there. <BR> <BR> This is the second time I've had to lose 100+ pounds. The initial gain happened pretty quickly, and was largely due to stress and illness (and the weight gain very much noted). Because I had previously been fit and active, it was pretty har... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 14:59:14 EST A Little Late to the Blog Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4567344 I'm over a year and more than a hundred pounds into my weight loss journey, so it seems a little late to be starting a blog about it. <BR> <BR> Then again, maintenance is a really different thing than active weight loss, so it might be a good idea to use a blog to keep track of my ongoing journey. A lot is going on in my life right now -- including a planned IVF, and a very sick parent. It may take a lot more work to stay on track, and I'm hoping the blogging will help. <BR> <BR> Here's... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 21:30:15 EST