CTINAARTISTA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CTINAARTISTA CTINAARTISTA'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/ The Past Year and Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211122 I am so happy to be back. Because, Spark is not only a place I love to come and hang out and get motivated, but it means that my life has improved to a place where I actually have the free time to visit! It's amazing what a year and change will do. <BR> <BR> My son, my 2nd child, was born 14 months ago, near the time of my last blog post. And OH MY GOODNESS HE WAS NOT AN EASY INFANT. I say that in caps because any of you parents who have had a tough one know what I mean. Some babies, l... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 17:57:21 EST Strong, Independent Mother of Two Under Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950272 After this second pregnancy and c-section #2 as well, I am returning to Sparkpeople to help me lose the "baby weight." I put that in quotes because really most of it was just me being inactive and eating too much, not due to the baby. The good news is that this time around I gained about 9 lbs less than my first pregnancy. So, I hope that means it will be easier to lose. <BR> <BR> The bad news is that while my recovery was going great at first, I've had a recurrence of stabbing pains... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:05:31 EST Stopping, Studying, Then Hitting That Stride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328760 BIG ALARM BELLS. After my birthday late last month, I could not believe it. That 141 was back on the scale -- just a pound shy of where I was 9 years ago, when I joined Weight Watchers. After just a weekend, I went from 138 back to 141 ! I was there again! <BR> <BR> It made sense to be there a month prior. After my hormone -smashing past 12 months. I gave myself some time to grieve, and not worry about my weight. But now, after all that business, after I'd been working ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:42:08 EST After Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293664 I had been so worried, about my knees, about my weight, about the altitude, about it all. But, in the end my vacation turned out okay. Better than okay. I went on 3 long and challenging hikes in Costa Rica and Peru, and I did just fine. The altitude did hit me in Cusco - I got horribly sick. But within a day I was sorted out, and able to hike a day on the Inca Trail, and Wayna Picchu the day after that. <BR> <BR> It was beautiful, breathtaking, dramatic, and bold. My photos dis... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:05:13 EST A Loss Is What I've Got http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263252 WOW - what a bumpy road it has been in the past 2 weeks. The eating has been the hardest part. I simply fell out of the habit of telling myself "NO" over the past year, and it still feels uncomfortable passing delicious things up. <BR> <BR> Exercise has also been the hardest part. Snowboarding went pretty well.... after 13 years since I've been on a board, getting back on was NOT like riding a bike. The first weekend, in Colorado, I did OK. The next weekend, in New York State, ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:58:50 EST Not Cheating on Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256099 I hate to write a whiny WHY IS IT SO HARD? post. But, man, it is. Except for a blip last week when I was eating right, and my weight dropped to 141, I've been doing a great job of maintaining the same weight for nearly a month. 144. I hate that number. <BR> <BR> I've been exhausted. So tired. Weekend before last I was pretty prepared, I'd been doing a half-hour of stairmaster 4 days a week, I'd been eating relatively little. Then we went on a snowboarding trip in Colorado, whe... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:19:18 EST Back After a Long Hiatus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221674 Here I am, back at Sparkpeople after about a year of inconsistent activity. Since my last blog post, I've had a real hard year, and an especially rough 6 months. Without getting into it, my hormone levels have been all over the place - which, coupled with no exercise for the past 4 months, has done a real number on my body. My weight is now at a 10-year high, 144, and though my hormone levels have gone down, my weight seems to be stuck there. <BR> <BR> I haven't had this much w... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:02:47 EST KEEPING IT UP is so hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785886 It's starting to get crazy. My husband and I are revving up for several weeks of crazy activity. First, we're going to Austin for SXSW tomorrow. We come back Monday and a friend is staying at our house, then my mother, then it is my birthday, then we go on a trip to Tennessee, then a trip to St John! <BR> <BR> I know when things start to get busy like this, I start to lose focus. Already, last night, I had planned to have a green machine juice for dinner... then around 10pm I t... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 16:14:42 EST "Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771971 I've been reading The Omnivore's Dilemma over the past couple months. And, it has really inspired me to take a hard look at my diet. Over the years, I've focused most my energy on exercise, which has been good (I ran 2 marathons!) and bad (I've been in PT 3 times). <BR> <BR> The more I read Michael Pollan, the more interested I've become in what exactly I am eating. There are so many diets out there, and lifestyles, it's really hard to choose. This weekend, I watched two great docum... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:36:46 EST Going Low(er) Carb - Day 23 (Week 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4765301 The past 3 weeks I've done a Great Job keeping my carbs low and my protein high. I was aiming for a 2:1 carb to protein ratio or better, and I've done that. Most the time I've been more like 1:1. <BR> <BR> The first week or so was hard on my stomach, I had this "rock" feeling so much of the time. But now I'm completely adjusted to eating salads and protein at every meal. I don't crave pastas and rice and candy like I used to. <BR> <BR> I've had candy or sweets a couple times during t... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:30:41 EST All Diets* are the Same http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730881 I've just had a thought. <BR> Eight years ago, after I completed Weight Watchers, and was just starting to understand more about food, my stepmom asked me- in front of all my stepsiblings - what I'd learned. <BR> <BR> "What's the best thing you can eat?" <BR> <BR> I answered right away- "Vegetables." <BR> <BR> "And what is the worst thing you can eat?" <BR> <BR> I paused for a second, then said, "Cake. And Juice." <BR> <BR> They were surprised by the Juice answer. But, like I lea... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 15:19:54 EST Going Low(er) Carb - Day Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730669 So far, so great! <BR> <BR> Here are more things I've noticed. <BR> <BR> 1- My protein to carb ratio has been closer to 1:1 than 2:1 the past 2 days (both around 100 g). Somehow, it's been getting harder to find foods that have a higher carb to protein ratio. What's good - I have cut out refined sugars! What's bad... see #2 <BR> <BR> 2 - My fiber isn't adequate. It's been declining as the protein has been increasing. I need to eat more veggies, especially when I eat main courses of... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 12:50:31 EST Going Low Carb - Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4728669 Today I feel SATIATED. <BR> <BR> I can already notice a difference in my morning appetite, and how I am thinking. <BR> <BR> Proof: I bought a box of Yasso Greek Yogurt Pops at the market on Monday. They seem like the perfect lower-carb treat, 13 grams of carbs and 6 of protein (almost a perfect 2:1 ratio!). <BR> <BR> They are very good. And, unlike most frozen yogurt, they actually taste like real yogurt, frozen. Not too sweet or syrupy. <BR> <BR> Usually, I do not bring nary a... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 10:16:20 EST Going Low Carb - Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727354 I'm going low carb for the forseeable-future. The "whys" are multi-fold. <BR> <BR> 1) Three days ago, my #1 calories source was Jelly Beans. My second biggest calorie source was doughnuts. This isn't the rarity it should be. <BR> <BR> 2) The more I read, the more I see that too many carbs can lead to hormonal imbalances. <BR> <BR> 3) I know that correcting my diet would only help my husband and I conceive. <BR> <BR> 4) I have always suffered from food-related mood swings. Mos... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 14:54:06 EST Beware the Groundhog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716975 One of my favorite holidays is Groundhog Day. It's adorably ridiculous, and for me it signals the end of winter. <BR> <BR> At the same time, every February, I start to get the itch to get out of the gym and start my outdoor sport activities again. It's warmer for a few days, the sun is out, the Groundhog says it's practically Spring, so all's well, right? <BR> <BR> Well, let me put it this way. In February 2008, I decided to do my first outdoor race all winter. I tore my calf... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 16:51:27 EST Momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711983 The hardest part of weight loss, for me, has always been momentum. I get going on a roll for a few weeks, I start to see results, THEN a wrench is thrown in. Sometimes it's social -- I have so many parties and dinners out, my routine starts to dwindle. Sometimes it's an injury - I feel my knees start to shift, I get a little scared, and wean off the cardio "before something happens". <BR> <BR> This time, I got sick. At first I thought a few days off would boost my immune syst... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:42:43 EST On Finding Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4617563 I have this nervous energy inside me. From the outside I appear very calm, so you would not even know it's there. As good as I am at vegging when I do, it's always on. I am usually thinking of a hundred things, getting up every few minutes, jumping from one task to the next, reading 4 or 5 things at once - trying to remember everything, and inevitably, feeling like I have forgotten something. Or, that something isn't right. <BR> <BR> To temper this, I exercise. In the past, I u... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 09:58:30 EST On Going to the Gym No Matter What, the Pill, Wine, Reading, Tea, and TTC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4606127 I slacked big time. I have a million excuses. I came off of the Pill and my hormones are a sloppy mess. I am nervous about TTC and all the painting and renovations we are doing at the same time. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving was full of the usual holiday stress, plus some extra unbelievable family stress, plus adopting some of my mom's bad habits : pie for breakfast! <BR> <BR> A 5 hour hike just didn't do the trick. My routine was busted for about a week. Then I was hit with a hun... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:07:00 EST 10 Minutes a Day Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587002 When I was in junior high school, I remember my 2 PE teachers sitting down our whole class on the gym floor. I was embarrassed about my florescent green Keds- esque gym shoes (which I had covered with white deodorant to cover the noxious rubber odor that's typical of knock off shoes). I remember listening to the teachers as I tried to hide my shoes by sitting on my feet. <BR> <BR> "We are challenging all of you to do something active for 10 minutes a day. If you do this, we promise you... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:36:26 EST noDrinkvember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585242 Since I turned 21 in the year 2000, I've never taken conscious time off of drinking alcohol. I've restricted my calories (many times), gone to bars less to save money, but I've never tried to make a conscious effort not to drink for a length of time. <BR> <BR> I have to say, I kind of love not drinking. <BR> <BR> It's freedom to not have to factor in those empty calories every time I see my friends. I sleep Much better. And, though in some senses I miss the social lubricati... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:57:05 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4583795 I'm feeling great and I'm finally back on track this week. I did a mid-week weigh in, and things are going back in the right direction! So, that is encouraging. <BR> <BR> I did make some changes, which really ahem sparked it. I pulled my food scale down from the top of the cabinets- that's made a big difference in my calorie accuracy this week. <BR> <BR> I upped my gym visits to 5 days a week, burning 300 or more calories every visit. <BR> <BR> I really worked on organizing our ... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:05:30 EST Weigh In *sigh* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578082 The scale wasn't nice today. I was about to get really bent out of shape and head to a Dunkin Donuts when I remembered a little something I had forgotten for years. That the scale sometimes doesn't show your hard work right away. My old WW group believed your weight hits the scale a week later. <BR> <BR> That made me feel much better. Because, truthfully, last week was not perfect, and neither was this weekend. The past 4 days I've been eating well. But those other days? Pre... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:32:39 EST Marathon Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4566547 I love the NYC marathon. Long before I ever knew anyone who ran it, I watched it on TV. Then, when I moved to Brooklyn in 2004, I was thrilled to realize the course passed a block from my house. I watched it and cheered, loudly, every year. <BR> <BR> Then, I started to know people in it. I moved to another part of the course, and kept cheering. <BR> <BR> It's always given me a high, watching it. Tens of thousands of people who look relatively normal, intensely pounding t... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 11:16:41 EST Like, Planning Out Your Whole Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550970 One of the things I like about Sparkpeople, is that it helps you reach goals. Any goals, really. I think it's natural, once you have that focus in one area of your life, you start to look at the other areas. <BR> <BR> For me, I need a new 5 year plan. I've realized why I've been feeling so skittish lately. My five year plan is up. I need to renew. Reevaluate. <BR> <BR> My career has been on hold, in a way, because my very intense year pushed focus to a new relationship, engage... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:31:43 EST A Good Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4545119 Sometimes, you gotta acknowledge a good week. This week was great. Last night, I had the best steak of my Life, the Ribeye at Strip House. They said it was the fattiest most marbled steak they have, and I said, bring it on! LORD that was the best steak ever. Huge. Charred to perfection. Medium rare. I am salivating just thinking about it. <BR> <BR> i am not a prime rib girl. It's Ribeye all the way. <BR> Of course, there was some struggle involved. I have to keep... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:57:57 EST New Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4541528 Today I cheated and weighed myself early, a bit before my real weigh-in day, which is Thursday. I'm glad I did, though, because I was so happy with my number, it's motivating me to stay on course for the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> My new routine is starting to take form. Monday nights I work or do errands, and read before turning in early. Tuesdays and Thursday I wake up at a painful 5am to make breakfast and get ready for my PT appt at 7am. Between 8am and 9 am I can read th... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 11:37:56 EST Occupy Your Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4539893 Yesterday, my husband finished our kitchen to where we now have counter and storage and cooking space. With joy, I made an incredible grocery shopping trip. I have never been so excited to Use my kitchen. It would be the first time in three months. <BR> <BR> It's always a challenge to combine saving money while also buying healthy. But, yesterday I was shocked to see the stark contrast between buying meals out and cooking at home, so in my face at the grocery store. <BR> <BR> It... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:52:41 EST And We're Off... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4533361 Week 1 of my weight loss challenge with ZEEBC3 is over, and wow, it was a rocky one! A food-centric weekend upstate, the conclusion of a month of eating every meal out, and almost 0 exercise amounted to just a half pound loss. <BR> <BR> The good news is it was a loss! And now, the sling is officially off and the pain is lessening. This means II can go to the gym again, and possibly even work up a sweat for the first time since Labor Day! And finally, this week we are staying home, ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 08:51:33 EST Surviving Running Season (When You Can't Run) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4516488 Being injured is one of the hardest trials for any active person. For me, it took so long to Find activities I loved, that when injury tore them away from me this year, I panicked. Even now, as I sit at home & the air is getting crisp - and talk of the NYC marathon is starting to buzz, my legs twitch. <BR> <BR> It's not that injury is a stranger. In 2008, I tore my calf muscle, and could not run for a year. I adapted - enrolled in boxing classes, made friends with the elliptic... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 09:11:01 EST ING NYC Marathon 2010 Race Report (LONG!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3791715 Hi Everyone! I'm so sorry to be getting this out so late. Things have been a little crazy this week, and I have a LOT to say about this year's marathon! <BR> <BR> For me, this year's ING NYC Marathon was a hundred, no, a thousand times better than last year's. And, it couldn't have been more different. <BR> <BR> It started on a shaky note. The Saturday before the race, I went for a short 5 mile run in East River Park. I took it easy. About 2 miles the front of my left hip began ... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 10:19:53 EST New Project - Intuitive Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3478420 Well, I've come to a decision. Partly, this has been brought on by one of my favorite blogs 'The Great Fitness Experiment' and partly, it's been brought on by myself. I need to tackle this ONE HUGE FEAR I have. <BR> <BR> I am very afraid of what could happen once I stop tracking. So, I've kept tracking and tracking. Only letting up once in blue moon, on vacation. I'm shocked when I get emailed reminders from Sparkpeople telling me to track 'a couple days now and then'. Did they... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:05:42 EST Running... With Other People? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3410734 So my marathon strategy has almost completely changed. Except for one part -- I am still set on losing weight. It's been 2 weeks of serious focus on my diet - and I'm down to 123 lbs! . <BR> <BR> The biggest change to my strategy was my impulsive move to join Team for Kids. I was already in the marathon, you see, and I thought - what the heck? My goals for this year were to train with a Team, run for a Cause, and improve my time by an Hour. <BR> <BR> Joining the Team made t... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 10:37:08 EST 43 things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3382244 Remember 43 things? It's this cool website where you list 43 life goals. And then you check them off one by one.. <BR> <BR> I had totally forgotten about this list until last night. I looked it up just for fun. And, I've realized that I completed several goals without even realizing it! <BR> <BR> The biggest surprise has been hanging out on my "Working on it" list for a long long time. It was "Lose 15 lbs." My trouble with that one was that it seemed like I was ALWAYS trying to... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:40:05 EST NYC ING Marathon Training Strategy 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3320065 It's coming up... very quick. Marathon Training for this year's ING NYC Marathon starts July 5th. I've decided to do the Hal Higdon Novice 2 schedule. <BR> <BR> The Novice 2 is slightly more difficult than the Novice 1 I did last year, but only requires 4 days of running. <BR> <BR> I thought about trying his Intermediate program, but this summer is just too busy to commit to running 5 days a week. I do want to PR by a lot -- still hope for an hour or so, a time goal of 4 hours th... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 08:45:15 EST Magic Number http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3319949 Yesterday a work colleague told me she'd read a study that stated that doing a lot of exercise wasn't the key to weight loss. The key was really eating less. As I listened, I nodded. I knew all of this. I mean, I trained for a marathon and didn't lose a pound. <BR> <BR> What I wondered, while she was speaking, was why I know this, but I've never really acted on that knowledge. I've always preferred working out more, eating just a BIT less. Like hitting 1500 to 1700 calories a day ... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 07:58:23 EST That Girl... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3077149 Today I am working on visualizing THAT girl. Myself, smaller. My life, as I want it to be. I want to be my best self, all the time. THAT girl who runs, that girl who is kind and friendly to others, that girl on top of her finances and her life, effortlessly cool and welcoming, that girl who is into new music and new things. Who keeps up. Who is on game. <BR> <BR> Some days it feels like a lot more work than other days. I go months with energy - eating right and getting all my mil... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 20:45:56 EST Remembering how to do this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2991610 It's amazing. It's been a while since I actually tried to lose some pounds. And, I am just now really remembering the weird inner-dialogue that takes place. One side of the brain wants to snack to procrastinate, or to fulfill some salt or sugar craving, and the other (considerably more quiet) side wants to stick to the plan and achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> It's so hard to think about swimming suit season on a day like today, when it is cold and rainy and I would really just like to nuz... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:10:52 EST Knocking an Hour off my Marathon Time... and other Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2737621 The year is off to a really good start! <BR> <BR> After about 2 weeks off, I'm back in the running routine, doing 15 miles a week. The plan is to gradually increase from there until I get up to about 20 to 25, and do speed training. I hope to hold that level for months so I'll be in FANTASTIC shape when ING NYC Marathon 2010 rolls around. <BR> <BR> Yeah, if I haven't mentioned it yet, I'm definitely qualified for this year's marathon. I ran a nasty 15K in bitter cold, with a sinus... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 23:40:36 EST New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2681276 2009 was full of surprises. So, I hate to make predictions as to what 2010 will bring. I HOPE it wil be nothing like I expect. <BR> <BR> I'm starting the year doing the opposite of most people. I'm not hitting the gym. I took a week off exercise for the first time in many many months. It feels strange. I definitely have a excess of energy. I'm getting tired of the couch. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I go back. I'm going to need to change my routine, especially with arms and weights, b... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 15:27:21 EST Shocking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2635702 It's a shame. When I go out and run in the cold, my nose runs to a ridiculous degree. The rest of the time, it seems, I'm fine. <BR> <BR> To get acclimated to the cold, I still do at least one run outside a week. But the rest of the time, it's about the treadmill. <BR> <BR> When I remember my Ipod and my headphones, it isn't so bad. I try to keep these runs after work and only around 3 to 5 miles. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I forgot my Ipod, but I had my headphones. So, I... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 13:41:47 EST 4M Race... and Weight... and a Neti Pot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2628722 My goal for these past couple months has been to lose 7 lbs before the end of the year. I was imagining hitting 120. Now, with about 2 weeks left, I must report. I am not there. <BR> <BR> It's been a 2 lbs battle since Thanksgiving, up and down 2 lbs. I'm not where I thought I would be. Diet has been harder than I expected. <BR> <BR> Am I giving up? Heck, no. I've revamped my schedule a bit so I have time for dates, friends, and ME. Oh yeah, downtime is actually schedule... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 12:32:43 EST Joe Kleinerman 10K Race Report ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2614001 It was supposed to be a big race weekend. Yesterday was the Peter Rabbit Run in Prospect Park - a cross country race that I have been excited about (you could say, more excited than I was for the marathon) - for months. SO excited, in fact, I convinced a friend to run it the morning after her return from vacation. AND I sent her a reminder, since it's not a NYRR race w/ automatic reminders. <BR> <BR> Friday night, though, I crashed and burned. I barely had any wine in Spanish class, and prac... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 11:40:25 EST Losing Weight is Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2556496 I'm sure everyone out there is saying DUH!! right now. But, honestly -- I kinda forgot how hard it is. I thought maintenance was harder for some reason.... I guess whatever is going on at the moment seems like the biggest challenge. <BR> <BR> So far so good. I've dropped 3 lbs this week, which puts me about where I've been for the past year. Now comes the part that is tough -- GOING BELOW where I've been. Cutting calories. Seven more pounds. <BR> <BR> It's been challenging - th... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 15:33:42 EST Week Zero -- SPEED and TRAILS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2538467 I've been thinking, and I've decided to set some new goals. I'm SO CLOSE to being a fit person. As in, a really fit person. Someone who is at their peak. Who has realized their fitness potential. <BR> <BR> So, one of my new goals (I'm thinking of it as a New Years Goal for 2010, even though I'm starting now) is to lose weight. I've been fine with the 126 lbs for a while now. My clothes fit and have for over a year. I'm not yo-yoing at all, save the 5 lbs I put on during ma... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 23:15:18 EST Revelation! Why I Ran the Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2530551 RE_EDITED.... yeah, I'm still thinking about this ! <BR> <BR> - <BR> <BR> Before the marathon, people said, "a marathon will change your life." "If you can finish a marathon, you can do anything." "It's the hardest thing I've ever done." <BR> <BR> I've cried on multiple occasions, watching the marathon. I've felt moved. I've felt envious. I've been in awe. <BR> <BR> Finishing the marathon, with a good time, 4:50:25 - I was proud. I was proud I finished. I was proud I sprinted the end. But... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 10:31:59 EST ING NYC MARATHON - NOVELLA - PART TWO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2529532 I looked and in the middle of the huddle was a tiny, elderly Asian woman running with her eyes shut, being guided by two of the other ladies. The woman with pom-poms ran up and rubbed the pom-poms in her face. Because she couldn't see them. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/2/b427800534.jpg"> <BR> Completely inspired, I kept going. My headphones were blasting, and I read the backs of people's shirts - everyone was running for something it seemed. For a child that was lo... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 23:01:31 EST ING NYC MARATHON - NOVELLA - PART ONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2529526 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/4/b545567857.jpg"> <BR> Well, I did it! I finished the ING NYC Marathon in 4:50:25, officially. For the record, I am VERY HAPPY with my time. <BR> <BR> Now for the full report... sit back, it's a long one.. in fact, it's a novella! <BR> <BR> The Friday before the marathon, I was nearly giddy. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face-- everything was hilarious. I didn't feel any of the pent up aggression or nervousness that people talk about. I was ... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 23:00:17 EST Week 18 - Marathon Training - Being My Own Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2517527 It's done. The last week of training is officially over, and now, all there is to do is wait. Get more and more excited. Eat carbs. Try not to step in any potholes or wear high-heels. <BR> <BR> This week is all about preserving this little vessel I have created, this little tube of fibers and fluids that has been trained to run 26.2 miles at once. I just have to take care of it, make sure it says fluid, relaxed, stretched and content. I'm not going to do anything to rock th... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 11:17:21 EST NYRR's Response to the NY Times Infamous "Plodders" Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2510303 <link>www.ingnycmarathondaily.org/index.ph<BR>p?option=com_content&view=article&id=6<BR>4:missing-the-essence-of-the-marathon&<BR>catid=42:the-marathon&Itemid=71 </link> Mon, 26 Oct 2009 19:23:00 EST Week 17 - Marathon Training -- TAPERING TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2502442 Wow. Tapering is very strange. After the high of completing 20 miles, I am truly bored. And tired. <BR> <BR> I got sick over last weekend, and I wasn't able to complete the 12 mile run. I only did 5 miles. Then I stayed in bed all day Tuesday, and missed the 4 mile run that day. Wednesday and Thursday I went on a mill trip for work, and did my 6 mile run at the hotel fitness center. Yesterday I almost did the 3 miles that were scheduled.. but came up short due to a route c... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 13:42:09 EST