CWRISTON1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CWRISTON1 CWRISTON1'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/ Update...too late? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4251570 As always, I haven’t meant to be absent so long from the Spark. Just because I don’t get here much doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped keeping myself fit though. <BR> <BR> I still hit the gym close to 5 days a week, and try to do something outdoors too. I have a friend that just got a job as a manager at Dick’s Sporting Goods and I told him I’d definitely buy my kayak from his store (I had planned to buy one anyway since I have two lakes within a mile of me). <BR> <BR> My life is definitely ... Mon, 23 May 2011 17:47:15 EST Run, Row, Ride Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3720483 Well, its been two weeks coming, but here is my recap of the Triple R <BR> <BR> Two days before this race my ex informed me that "he wasn't going to be in town" -- therefore, I needed to tote my son along to this race. Luckily, I have friends that live in Charleston, and they were kind enough to make sure my son didn't disappear during my race. I wasn't going to leave him standing on the street corner when I knew it would take me just under 3 hours to do this race....so, not cool!! <BR> ... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 09:19:53 EST Run, Row, Ride Capital City Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3596573 October 2nd I will be competing in a triathlon that skips the swim, and goes right for the kayak. While I'm not a paddler by nature, I have done some paddling in my time, and am just hoping for a beautiful day to enjoy the water, the energy and the fun. <BR> <BR> I also like the layout of this race -- You run first (ah...running when I'm fresh, not frazzled - distance 4.2 miles), then kayak back to the start point (4.2 miles), then grab your bike and make two loops (total of 16.8 miles). ... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 12:29:41 EST I TRI-ed again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3552462 August 14th -- Glade Springs Resort -- my 2nd attempt at this tri <BR> <BR> All went well, except that again, I had no family or friends there (that really sucks) to cheer me on. <BR> <BR> I got to the resort early and dropped off my bike, set up T1 and T2, then headed over to body marking and chip pick-up, then boarded the bus to take me back to the lake/swim start. <BR> <BR> This being my first official tri since I learned how to swim properly, I was a bit nervous, but I knew I'd be fi... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 05:42:45 EST Facing Down….EVERYTHING (but mostly myself)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3486143 I’ve been absent from Sparkpeople for several months now, and I won’t do a total recap of all the events that have led me to this moment, but I feel a resurgence of the strength that I felt last May, and I’m really trying to bank on it. I think I do better during adversity, than in calm waters. Exercise puts things into perspective for me – it’s my sanity lifesaver… <BR> <BR> My 2nd tri is coming up – and while an injury kept me from doing my big race planned for July – I have to put that ... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 15:28:24 EST Babcock Gristmill Grinder Trail 1/2 Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3137547 Now onto the monster!! The Babcock Gristmill Grinder – it chewed me up, and it spit me out upon the craggy rocks and slanty hillsides of West Virginia. I had a leisurely morning at my Mom’s since the race didn’t start until 10 a.m. – I had about a 30 minute ride over to the park, and just needed to arrive in time to pick up my race pack. With the temps in the 30’s, standing outside wasn’t something I wanted to do. <BR> <BR> I arrived and picked up my packet. They did a great re-usable ... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 16:49:22 EST Charlotte RaceFest 2010 -- My first 1/2 Marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3136270 Its been a blockbuster two weeks – not only did I complete my first half marathon at the Charlotte RaceFest 2010 on April 10th, but I went on to complete another half-marathon – on a rugged, terrain trail at a State Park here in WV. Two TOTALLY different animals, and I dare say, doing a road race now would seem like a walk in the park – no pun intended….. :-D <BR> <BR> I have to write a little about both of the events – first, the Charlotte half. I took Friday off from work and drove down... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 11:39:05 EST Time Flies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2890265 Wow -- I'm looking at the date on my last entry and I see it was January 26th! <BR> <BR> It is so hard for me to get to the computer these days, but I figured while I'm here, I'd best drop a blog. <BR> <BR> I'm settling into my new life in West Virginia. The new job leaves a bit to be desired and the new town leaves a lot to be desired, but it is mostly the bad weather that is skewing my viewpoint. <BR> <BR> The roads have been ridiculously slick for the past week with me trying to g... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 19:26:20 EST It's been nearly a month since my last confession..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2801123 Well -- here I am. Living the dream ~ I'm still trying to figure out exactly if this is what I dreamed, but I'm trying to make the most of it. <BR> <BR> I have joined an AWESOME GYM!! that is the highlight of my day. I say that because I go every day at lunch. I can do that since I have an hour for lunch; its fabulous! <BR> <BR> I am still shooting for the 70.3 Rhode Island Half Ironman in July. My more immediate goals include a half-marathon on March 27th just north of Pittsburgh, a... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 19:11:10 EST New in Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2718541 If any of you have ever seen the movie "New in Town" with Renee Zellweger ~ that's about how I'm feeling right now. If you haven't seen it, its worth a rent. Kinda funny. That's how I'm viewing my life right now. <BR> <BR> I packed up all my things last Saturday in Rhode Island, and slept on the floor until the following Tuesday morning until the snowy roads here in the mountains of West Virginia seemed relatively passable. I made great time on the trip down, and by 4 pm was nearing Cu... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 09:59:00 EST Drunk Dialing SparkPeople.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2659152 Okay - so I'm not drunk....I just feel like it! <BR> <BR> Its one of those times that I have to blog it out when I'm bursting to confess it all kind of like a drunk dial..... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/6/b560344979.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Anyway -- It didn't start last night....its just culminated last night into a full out binge. I have slowly (with the lack of exercise and determination to keep it together during this move) put weight back on. I've eaten everything in... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 15:27:03 EST I may have flipped out....BUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2640673 You ever had one of those days when you "react" to everything instead of just rolling with it? We've all been there and its disturbing to say the least to watch yourself get caught up in the things you CANNOT control. <BR> <BR> All day I've felt this weight on me about the move, and life, and everything thats swirling around me. I stepped out for lunch to get some fresh and calmed down a little. I have to focus on all that has been accomplished, not what has to be accomplished. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:51:12 EST Quick Catch-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2637204 In the past week, I've managed to do next to no exercise at all (I did swim on Sunday morning). My eating has been horrible, but I know its just a sign of the major life changes and that once the turmoil is settled I'll be back to normal...... <BR> <BR> That being said, in the past week I have accomplished the following: <BR> <BR> 1) Secured a place to live 10 hours south of here in a great location (10 miles on the interstate from work) <BR> <BR> 2) Gotten my son registered at the WV sc... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 06:06:36 EST Mentally Preparing for the Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2609626 As we all know, physical and mental health is about so much more than what we eat, what we do and where we live. <BR> <BR> After my interview this past Monday in West Virginia, I was mentally exhausted. The days leading up to the interview were stressful to me. I was in my mother's house, eating off my norm and exercising off my norm, with little quiet time. The drive down was long and tedious due to the early darkness coupled with rain. <BR> <BR> I drove up and stayed close to the int... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 10:34:06 EST Rippin' Mad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2536608 I get emails from Women's Health magazine nearly every day -- most I delete...sometimes I get curious about their "claims" which I rarely buy into on the mag covers in the grocery line. <BR> <BR> Today -- I get one for the "Flat Belly Diet" -- I apologize if I offend anyone with my rant for the day. I was so P.O.'d when I read the email.....I wish I could post it here, but I couldn't get it to copy. <BR> <BR> These are some of their claims as to how eating "calorie-laden, oily fat" will ... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 10:43:54 EST Best $50 I've Ever Spent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2528087 ** Look at me Go, MA! ** <BR> <BR> There have been many things I purchased in my lifetime, but swim lessons were the best investment I have ever made. <BR> <BR> This is why -- I went to the pool Saturday a.m. to practice. When I got there, most lanes had 2 people in them...which I expected, so I took the Leisure Lane because it was empty. I figured, I can move if someone wanting to do water exercise comes in. <BR> <BR> Here's the short of it. I swam a bit then thought, I'm going to swim... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 14:41:23 EST Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2506918 This was a fun run ~ my son didn't run, but its such a small town, that he was able to stay behind at the rec center and when I got to the finish line, there he was with his camera snapping pictures of the finishers...including me....after I stopped running.....haa haa! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/3/b43906725.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then, when I saw him, I started "WOOHOO"ing, but he only got my arm... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/6/b36534704.jpg"> <BR> ... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 15:58:52 EST False Starts and Empty Promises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2496761 These are the things I have gifted myself over the last few weeks. My resolve has fizzled, and I know that its temporary, and yet I hate the feeling that it gives me when its all over and I know that I've, in essence, wasted time. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why, but today I feel different -- second wind kind of different.... <BR> <BR> I think my tactical errors have occurred in the form of the following excuses: <BR> <BR> 1) "Oh, having some of this (bad for me food) won't hurt".... <BR> 2) "... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 12:16:14 EST Roller Derby Nite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2491449 Well, let me just say -- I had fun <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> This is a whole other sub-culture -- a side of RI that I had never seen, and I thought it was pretty cool! <BR> <BR> There are some tough ladies in these crews....and oddly enough... a lot of men with cameras in the viewing crowd ~ haa haa! <BR> <BR> I've concluded.....my son is an old man. He did not have fun....he would never go back.....his only comment was "I can't BELIEVE we paid money to watch people 'break their bones'..." ... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 16:13:42 EST Flames of Hope 5K and other news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2471863 Flames of Hope 5K <BR> <BR> Friday started out like every other day - got my son off to school, and went to work, but around noon I got a call that he had gotten hurt in gym class. I talked to him and he thought he could "last" the rest of the day. He had gotten plowed down at full-force by a big 'ol 8th grader during football. <BR> <BR> Regardless, he didn't make it through the rest of the day and had really "bruised" either his lower back or tailbone. I immediately started consideri... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 07:42:25 EST "Great Strides...." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2450856 "Great Strides"......Those are the words my swim teacher used to describe my progress today. He hasn't been there for the last 2 weeks, and I was hoping he would notice that I have really been making an effort to learn. <BR> <BR> I also talked to my other "classmates" (a mother-daughter team), and the mother (who has also been out for 3 weeks) said "my daughter was telling me how much you have improved" ~ that to me is SO EXCITING! To know that not only can I feel my progress, but other p... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 10:43:35 EST For my Mama 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2446859 I've gone back and forth on running the upcoming Gloria Gemma Flames of Hope 5K on October 10th. This is a breast cancer awareness run that I want to do with my son in honor of my mother, a breast cancer survivor. <BR> <BR> This is an inaugural run and culminates with a WaterFire event on Saturday evening with the torches on the water being lit up with pink flames in honor of all those stricken by this terrible disease. And the statehouse being lit up too ~ looks beautiful, heh? <BR> <img... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 12:15:00 EST Catch-Up Blogging....Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2435588 Seems like I can't find the time lately to sit and write down anything. I guess that's good, but the days fly by without me feeling very accomplished. So, I guess I'll try to catch up on the blogging here :-) <BR> <BR> Swim Class <BR> I'm starting to REALLY enjoy this. Considering that my teacher has only showed up for 2 out of the 4 classes, I'm learning a lot. Its starting to feel like it should be that way because each instructor has their own way of teaching and...well, explaining. ... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 13:55:39 EST Catch up Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2411625 Geez ~ I think its been close to two weeks since I blogged and I've decided its therapeutic to me, so I need to make more time for it. <BR> <BR> I severely miscalculated my fall schedule. And, while I haven't missed a weight training workout, I have missed MANY cardio sessions. The extra hour that I used to have in the mornings when my son was in elementary school really gave me an edge. I literally have one hour (5a.m. - 6 a.m.) to get the weight workouts in on Tues and Thurs. I also go... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 07:14:14 EST My Abs have motion sickness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2382407 Another challenging day with my son yesterday....oh, surprise. I think I better get used to it ~ the teenage years are going to be a constant challenge. <BR> <BR> I should have run yesterday morning, but I slept in. I also did an tough 30 min ab workout which I knew would really put it to me. I figured by this a.m. I wouldn't be able to move, but I seemed to be fine when I got up and went to the gym. I did my leg strength workout, and then moved onto my abs. AAAAAAAAGHHHHHH! That's w... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 10:48:38 EST Shorter Hair, First Day of Swim Class & Random Other Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2378209 Well, yesterday I went to my "real" stylist and she fixed my hair to the best of her ability. I know I've flogged this subject to death ~ but I think I'm on my way to normal now. I'll leave it at that. <BR> <BR> In other news, it was my first day of swim class. We started with the intros by each of the 6 participants in my group - 3 men, 3 women. We had a mother/daughter team who want to do tris, we have two guys who want to be stronger swimmers and another guy who also is training to do ... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 18:52:22 EST Thursday ~ with a long weekend coming my way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2371196 I've stumbled in my first few days of getting back on track this week. However, I know this is typical and totally acceptable. Stupid ice cream sandwiches that I bought for my son keep chanting my name after dinner ~ ggggrrrrrr! <BR> <BR> I did manage to get each workout in so far this week (weights), and will catch up on the cardio this weekend. I had an impromptu dinner with our German colleague last nite because no one else was available to take her to dinner. But, I was up at 4:30 a.... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 15:12:19 EST My Dangling, Lifeless Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2363586 First day of upper body weights this a.m. at the gym.....need I say more. When you haven't done any upper body weights in a month, there is a lot that you lose. My arms feel like jell-o. <BR> <BR> This is also my dry run day of "getting into the school schedule" with my workouts. And, while 4:35 a.m. (my alarm time) came very quickly, I only paused a moment when it was time to get up. I'm excited to get back to it, and the cool weather outside has me energized. The 55 degree temps are e... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 06:27:15 EST First Day of the Rest of My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2357771 Autumn is in the air ~ my favorite time of the year. <BR> <BR> I love the crisp air, the crunch of the leaves, and the fact that my son will be back in school and into a "groove" of normalcy. I'll be ready to get out of that same groove sometime around May 2010 :-) <BR> <BR> Regardless, this groove also gives me the opportunity to settle into my own groove. No traveling, packing, unpacking, setting up pet sitters, figuring out when I'm going to have time to workout. <BR> <BR> I sat do... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 07:10:56 EST So My Gym is Closed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2340003 Well, every time this year, my gym closes for a week of deep cleaning....always good, but inconvienent. The weather here is humid....yuck! but I'll be running and biking outside, and supplementing with yoga and pilates at home until next week. <BR> <BR> I'm so anxious to get back to the gym. Its been weeks since I set foot in there. Last week, I didn't do ANYTHING! and I mean NOthing!! The cold really took me out, but it seems to have subsided and I'm back to not wheezing up the steps, a... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 20:58:20 EST Calling RI Runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2332079 Warwick City Park will be holding a UltraMarathon & Relay on November 15, 2009 ~ and we are trying to gather 4-6 members to make up a relay team. Each member will run the Warwick City Park loop as many times as they wish...preferably 45 mins to 1 hour...after which they will hand off the relay to the next member. We can only have one runner on the course at one time, but can complete as many loops as we want (or can) in the SIX hour race timeframe. <BR> <BR> If interested, post here and w... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 15:07:57 EST Tri Results and Pics!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2324045 After catching the death of a cold and starting that good 'ol TOM Thursday nite, and spending Friday feeling like I was hit by a truck, I did my best and damn good if I may say so for my first tri attempt! <BR> <BR> Alright, so I went to the pre-race information dinner and packet pick-up Friday nite. I made sure to drive the bike course after the meeting, during which they warned us that there are some tight turns (a weak point of mine) on the bike route. After driving the course, I tota... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 21:01:32 EST Why do I torture myself like this?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2296379 I couldn't help it ~ I've been enthralled with the "participant" list since I signed up for the triathlon. I've taken to "google"ing some of the women in my age group. <BR> <BR> The first couple didn't seem too bad ~ not that I'm trying to win, but because it is a small race, I just don't want to finish last. So, then I google a woman from Stony Point, NC ~ ha! she finishes these things in like 1 hr 14 mins.....WHAT?! <BR> <BR> I have to remember its fun ~ its all about having fun and the... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 16:26:47 EST Its All Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2292553 Man did I have a TERRIFIC swim this a.m. ! ~ not only did I have excellent "lane" partners, but I was on my game. I mopped around at 4:45 trying to convince myself that the "pool will be too crowded" (which it was even at 5:10a.m.!!), and that "I wasn't going to get any better with two more swims before I leave" and that "I could go later" ~ I overcame all those obstacles and arrived shortly after 5. After negative talking myself about looking like a idiot in a swimcap, I showered off and w... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 10:31:39 EST Bad Cut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2276164 Alright ~ a couple of weeks ago I went back home, as many of you know. When I was there, I got the bright idea to get my hair cut. It's been one week and 3 days and I'm still reeling from it. Not that I had awesome hair before, but it was long enough to do "stuff" with. <BR> <BR> I've really tried to embrace the new hair until it grows out, but I hate it, hate it, hate it. Most of my time since the cut has been spent in trying to figure out how to make it look better. <BR> <BR> I fe... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:04:20 EST Layin' Bricks to Build my Brickhouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2269952 ....aahhhhh.....admit it, we all like that old song about being how she's a "brick...hawse". This is one of the songs that played the other night after I had finished my bike ride and was headed into Phase II of my bike/run "brick". I thought "this can be my theme song for these workouts". <BR> <BR> It got me through the end of my workout ~ and though my legs were cramping up (my inner left thigh muscle), I was still able to get up and go to the gym the next morning. <BR> <em>33</em> <B... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:18:56 EST Results Week 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2262286 I'm a little early in posting my Week 12 results, but I know the week will get away from me. So, instead of working out this a.m., I decided to measure and move the workout to the evening. <BR> <BR> Drumroll please................. <BR> <BR> Week 12 (spanning 5/7/09 - present): <BR> <BR> Weight: 126lbs (down from 133) <BR> Hips: 36 1/2 inches (down from 39 1/2) <BR> Chest: 34 inches (down from 35) <BR> Thighs: 20 1/2 inches (down from 22) <BR> Waist: 27 inches (down from 29 1/2) <BR... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 06:54:03 EST Its all coming together! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2261179 My friend, Tom, from WV emailed me with encouragement on the tri this a.m., and a 3 week work-up-to-it plan. So good to have his guidance ~ it makes me feel a little more comfortable. He also said "you SHOULD have a wetsuit"....and I've been avoiding thinking about it. He said, "oh, you can get one for under $100"...well, that's fine, but I can't even think about dropping $100 for a wetsuit. So, I get the big idea to try the local closeout store, because sometimes they have them (after al... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 18:07:36 EST Look Ma! I'm Climbing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2259951 The rock climbing gym was fun ~ one might say it RAWKED! ha haa <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway ~ after a 30 minute belaying and climbing lesson, we were off on our own. I guess I didn't realize there was so much to be known about the "how to", but once you learn, you realize, you wouldn't want to be high in the air with someone you just had no faith in holding the other end of the line. <BR> <BR> But, I trusted my buddy....even though she is so tiny that she had to use a child-sized har... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 08:04:39 EST I'm "TRI-ing" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2258153 Since arriving home on Wednesday afternoon, I've been blasting out the workouts in preparation for my final weigh-in and pics for BFL and the tri in mid-August. <BR> <BR> I got up early this a.m. thinking "oh, I'll get to the pool and swim before it gets crowded"....plan squashed. I pulled in to find only about 10 cars in the lot ~ but all pool lanes had 2 people swimming already....aarrgggghhhh! So, I sit around for a few, until a guy pops up out of the water and offers to make it a thr... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 10:34:02 EST Back, Tired, But Ready to Roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2252908 So, I'm Back ~ need to rest, but I'm still thinking "tri....tri.....tri...." and on top of that its my final week of the Body for Life program.....whew! I'm tired.... <BR> <BR> The good news is I didn't gain a pound while I was away. I did miss one day of exercise, but it was a day I drove 11 hours, and I didn't overeat! Protein bars (thank you PowerBars and Zone Bars) saved my life (and my hips) on the drive to, from and during the vacation. <BR> <BR> My mother in infamous for filling... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 10:46:17 EST Seriously ~ Calling all Brains to Formulate a Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2228564 Okay ~ I need some serious help. I am 95% sure I'm going to do this tri on August 15th ~ but I have NO IDEA where to start. I am just finishing up (2 weeks left) the 12 week body-for-life program. That being said, I haven't been in the pool since March/April timeframe, but my running is good. My bike is tuned up and ready to go, so that isn't an issue..... <BR> <BR> The issue is me.... <BR> <BR> So, my mind keeps going back to an 85 degree day a couple months ago when I had biked 19 mil... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 14:41:59 EST Fly By the Seat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2225773 I just got a call from an old, dear friend of mine from WV. He has been the fitness director at the local Y back home (where we met) for the past 10 years. I told him I would be home later this week, and also that I would be back in August. He said he was competing in a tri at the resort where I used to sell real estate on the 15th ~ and that I should join in! <BR> <BR> Well, I immediately declined and made all kinds of excuses like the altitude, and I've never done a tri, I'd have to bri... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 16:40:25 EST The Old Me wasn't So Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2225480 Yesterday evening my son and I went to dinner ~ not just any dinner...my birthday dinner. And, of all the places I could have gone, I chose to go with the Cracker Barrel (nothing wrong with that, just in the mood for root beer and hashbrown casserole). I was so full after my veggie plate, diet root beer (yeah, I went with the diet), and the chocolate cobblerw/ ice cream, I was slightly miserable. <BR> <BR> To say I haven't eaten like this in nearly three months, is NO exaggeration. What... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 14:44:03 EST YIPPEE! Its Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2216146 I am so in love with Thursdays ~ I get up at 4:45 and drag myself to the gym, do my weight workout, 45 mins of cardio and then skip home to get my son up and off to camp. I muddle through work and rush home to get dinner ready before we rush off again to guitar lessons. <BR> <BR> But, the good thing about guitar (besides that my son is getting really good) is that I get a BONUS workout in ~ 30 mins of running in a picturesque New England town where there are tree-lined streets and histori... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 16:53:33 EST Perfect Beach Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2205010 Yippee! My son went with a friend to a fair today ~ and I spent 3-4 hours on the beach working on my colorin'. <BR> <BR> I was able to not only spend time at the beach, but got a great workout in afterward when the gym wasn't crowded. <BR> <BR> Now, I have to vent just a little about my gym experience on Friday. I have never seen such freaky moves in my life!!! WTH are people thinking. Maybe its just me, but if I don't know how to do a move, I will google it.....and if I can't do it pro... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 21:56:32 EST Blowing the Goal Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2194305 Goals are great to have ~ goals are necessary to track progress through the process. <BR> <BR> Beating goals is totally AWEEEEESOME!!!! <BR> <BR> My goal = 128 lbs by someday.... <BR> <BR> Today = 126 lbs....consistently for a few days on the scale <BR> <BR> What's a girl to do? Revise the goal, of course!! <BR> <BR> When I tell you I was stuck at 133lbs, I was stuck. First of all, I figured my age had set in, and that I would never see the 120's. The diet on the BFL program (plus the... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 06:46:29 EST Curse the Dr's Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2189239 Annual check up today -- and damn if the doc's scales didn't agree with mine (in a negative way)! I am not going to let this set me back ~ however, I am sure that you ladies can sympathize with my feelings. I walk out of there and I feel instantly fat...its as if I can already feel the flab increasing around my middle. What is it with this psychological game that is played in our heads when we hear or see #'s related to our body size?!?!? <BR> <BR> Aaarrrrrgh! Regardless, I'm going to fo... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 11:42:46 EST I feel so much skinnier with a tan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2182367 It has rained here for weeks on end ~ and this weekend is promising to be the first real sunny weekend in a few. We are going to get that "oppressive" heat the south has been feeling for a while. <BR> <BR> So, me, in my infinite wisdom has been self-tan spraying myself in an effort to have a little color. Its working! Before I got in the shower this a.m., I weighed myself and then caught a glimpse of my tan-self in the mirror and did a double take! AWESOME! <BR> <BR> It could have been... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 09:45:42 EST Re-Commitment Feels Sooo Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2179856 Ever since taking and posting the pics in a previous blog, I've completely re-focused on the task at hand. I'm stepping up my cardio and pushing myself harder on the weight training. <BR> <BR> I've kept a log since Day 1, and its interesting to see the progression of "weight lifted" on that day and now. My arms and back are still sore from my Tuesday workout, but today was heavy lower body (ironic statement since I do have a heavy lower body....). I'm really picking up the pace and brea... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 10:32:01 EST