DAINALYNN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAINALYNN DAINALYNN'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/ Feel the fear and DO IT ANYWAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287643 I've recently gone indoor "rock" climbing for the first time. I've had a long-time (is forever a long time?) fear of heights and at 32, have done only a few things in the past to challenge it. I came to the wall with confidence that I didn't have before. My thoughts: I've been strength training - I know I'm strong enough; my partner is below - he's going to keep me safe; I'm just going to do it once and then it will be done; STOP THINKING - you'll talk yourself out of it. I ended up doing ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:21:52 EST The basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234395 I read a blog post recently that explained the authors opinion that being overweight isn't defined simply. It doesn't all come down to too much food, too little exercise and letting yourself go. Instead, it means something different to each person. <BR> <BR> My reaction to this statement was immediate and two-sided. On one hand, yes, depression, mental health and physical circumstance does have some role to play in determining if we're overweight. But I like to think I have more control... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 11:15:28 EST Simplicity and other fine things in life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4138141 I call myself a pleasure delayer. Someone who notices that a book, a special treat, a sad "girlie movie" might be good for my soul. Then I deny myself. Not on purpose, or for the sole reason of not experiencing joy or happiness. But instead I come up with excuses. I don't "need" it. It's too expensive. I'll use it once and never look at it again. It won't *really* make me happier. <BR> <BR> And I must say, I generally agree with my own sentiment. "Stuff" is not something that I alwa... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 07:51:05 EST Just like riding a bike... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3574910 It's a beautiful, cool night in my town. The perfect night for a bike ride, but it almost didn't happen. <BR> <BR> I had a plan to go for a ride with a new friend. She's had a *brand, spankin' new* bicycle in her basement for... oh, 2-3 years and she's never used it. She hasn't rode a bike since high school (10+ years). I'm not sure how we got on this topic last week, but I knew then that I was the girl who was going to help her get back on the "horse". <BR> <BR> Like all "good" fears, ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 21:47:12 EST Women Food & God - by Geneen Roth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3201494 Ok... I've commented on a message board, I've changed my status and now I'm blogging about it. This is ONE GREAT BOOK. Sure, I'm not too far into it yet (I only bought it yesterday) but the plain, common sense talk that this book uses defies the "ah-hah" moment that you'll find on almost every page. <BR> <BR> I don't know who you are, reading this post, but I encourage you, to read this book. <BR> <BR> Basic premise (so far): The diets, the quick-fixes, the yo-yo back and forth is all ... Thu, 6 May 2010 12:49:16 EST The Virus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3197612 I normally wouldn't blog about something so trivial and temporary as a computer virus, but I'm trying to blog more so here it goes.... <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of a virus as being similar to my own negative thoughts and emotions. They both corrupt from the inside, out. They both begin as small and innocuous intruders, but they grow and overtake and trick you. Then, before you know it, you're fully infected and passing it on to others without noticing. <BR> <BR> I'm hopeful that positivity ... Wed, 5 May 2010 12:47:28 EST Ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3195251 I was reading a Message post today that was asking if anyone else got bummed out after the excitement of reaching their goal weight had passed. <BR> My answer in short: YES, YES, YES, YES... <BR> <BR> Since hindsight is 20/20, it makes perfect sense. When I was unhappy and stewing in my unhappiness, I had blinders on. I was only operating on a certain level of consciousness, I guess. I wasn't asking myself the right questions, facing my fears or pushing myself out of my comfort zone in an... Tue, 4 May 2010 21:10:47 EST I love telling my story... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2782811 Well, my story is in progress, but I guess it will be until I die. <BR> <BR> I had a fitness assessment to start off my gym membership a few days ago and it went great. I explained everything I've been active in since March '09 (or so) and told my story of how I lost 50+ lbs since then. I had a great chat with Amanda and she was truly inspired by what I had to say. I really think I lost the weight in the right way. With consistency, exercise and good fuel for my body. <BR> <BR> I real... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 16:54:26 EST Off to a good start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2677642 Welcome 2010! I'm feeling energized by the new year. <BR> <BR> I had a pretty good run yesterday, though I felt sluggish when I first started. I eventually warmed up my muscles and went a bit faster than the run before. I went up the HUGE hill near my apartment (for the 3rd time!) and always feel accomplished when I fight my way to the top. It's not getting any easier, though I might just be pushing myself more and more each time. <BR> <BR> Today I went to the small gym at work and di... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 20:08:46 EST New Beginnings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2672720 I haven't given my official New years Resolutions as much consideration as they deserve. Or, maybe I'm old enough to know that a promise made because of the day of year is just as fallible as any other (or maybe more so). <BR> <BR> I've made huge strides in 2009. I committed to losing weight (over 50 lbs since last January). I challenged myself physically (joining a soccer league and a running clinic, running my first 10K ever!) and mentally. I expect more great things from myself in 201... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:38:02 EST The finish line! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2595990 Well, I'm not *really* finished running. My clinic doesn't end until Dec 10th, but today I did see A finish line. And I crossed it. My first 10K race was this morning at 9:30AM. I was aiming for a time of 1h 03m, and I *definitely* beat it. I'm awaiting official results, but excited to know. So impatient. <BR> <BR> I didn't sleep well last night, but I was chipper this morning. I took Fri & Saturday off (though I did some serious uphill walking) from running, and I felt strong. But ... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 16:39:25 EST Almost there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2584409 The race is approaching. Sunday, November 29th. Time: 9:30 start. <BR> <BR> Today I ran 9.2 km -- it's the farthest I've ever run and I'm going to be really proud when I finish 10km. It was a beautiful day today, and I was on part trails and part sidewalks. I think the race is mostly trail, but I'll be prepared, either way! <BR> <BR> I've felt like my last 3 or 4 runs have been challenging, but very rewarding. I feel more and more proud of myself after each one. <BR> <BR> I'm feeli... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 21:43:17 EST The 10km race is in sight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2559710 I've registered (as of 10 minutes ago) for my first 10k! It's pretty exciting... <BR> <BR> It comes on the night of one of my hardest runs. I was just hatin' on the world when it started, but by the time it was over, I was happy to have fought my way through it. Although I wanted to quit and just start walking at times, I knew it was my mentality that was holding me back, and not my physical strength. Sometimes the biggest battle is the one with yourself. Tonight was entirely that. <BR>... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 21:32:51 EST Finding the balance... a work in progress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2510048 The past few weeks have been very hectic, both in my work and social life. I think I bit off more than I could chew by enrolling in my first insurance course AND my first running clinic at the same time. A busy 12 weeks, no doubt! <BR> <BR> So far, I've been juggling my responsibilities quite well. My partner has picked up a lot of slack on the home-front (he's been making all of my post-running dinners through the week) which has helped tremendously. <BR> <BR> Now, however, my mid-term... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 17:20:26 EST Playing catch-up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2449872 Well, it's been a "middle of the road" kinda week, but that might be about to change tomorrow. I'll be running my first official 5K... it's the run for the cure for breast cancer research. 8:30 am. <BR> <BR> I had the best intentions to run today, since my "program" told me to, and I even went out in the cold. But then it started raining, and blowing a fierce wind. Then the hail started. It was like a higher power was telling me to go inside. So I did, after just 1 of my 5 "reps". <B... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 20:51:40 EST The big push... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2389981 Today was a pretty good day at work but I wasn't looking forward to going for a run after work. Even though I committed to running 3 times a week (two weeks on my own, then with my running clinic starting Sept 22) I've already been questioning whether I will truly learn to ENJOY running, or if it will always feel like a chore. <BR> <BR> I ran on Tuesday with KPH, and did my strength exercises on Monday and Wednesday, as well. But I knew it would be hard to get me to run tonight. Kurt want... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 22:09:33 EST The pre-game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2380954 The "game" would be the Running Clinic that begins on the 22nd of September, and ends with me running 10km (or that's how the story goes). <BR> <BR> The "pre-game" is the 2 weeks before the 22nd of September where I commit myself to a strength training schedule and running 3 times per week. The running begins tomorrow (though, it really began a few months ago) and the strength training began tonight. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that I will really enjoy strength training and tracking my improvemen... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 20:41:21 EST Feeling lighter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2379730 Well, not physically lighter, but I'm moving a bit lighter on my feet today since I don't feel as sore. My walk this morning was much more enjoyable today. <BR> <BR> I cleaned out my linen closet/secret storage stash and am giving some things away and just eliminating clutter. When my mind is less cluttered, my life feels less cluttered. And vice versa! <BR> <BR> I felt REALLY good the other day when I took some old, now oversized clothing to the consignment store. It made room in my ... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 11:40:12 EST Coming to an end... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2378247 Oh, my vacation is almost over and I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get more accomplished. I expected to do more running, more cleaning, more resting. That's always how it goes, I guess... we all stretch ourselves too far and expect a little too much. <BR> <BR> I must say, the weather has been ideal the entire time and I have been outside quite a bit. I will be happy to get back to work and see some familiar faces. There is one co-worker that I haven't seen for over a month -- she... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 19:14:36 EST The Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2371683 In a recent Sparkpeople article about Goal setting, it was said that identifying a goal is the easy part and the tough part comes after. I, however, have always found it very difficult to set goals -- deciding where to put all of my focus and direction... It always seems so high pressure. <BR> <BR> As I began losing weight, I had a secret goal. It was such a secret that I wouldn't even admit it to myself until very recently. My goal was to participate in a running group, or clinic. I wa... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 19:12:00 EST A refocusing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2366429 Since I'm reading some posts from team-members about new beginnings and keeping things in check (with the beginning of the fall season), I feel motivated to try to get more in touch with my goals. <BR> <BR> I've already scheduled some upcoming weight goals on my calendar (based on 12-week increments) and some other important dates to keep in mind. However, I don't want to be too general, and start a slippery slope of detachment from my commitments. <BR> <BR> Since I'm on vacation for the r... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 23:19:11 EST Keep on pushin'. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2298708 Well, well... it doesn't take long for over 24 calendar months to pass by and have no idea it's happening. <BR> <BR> Here's the scoop.... <BR> <BR> In December 08 I started a new job at an Insurance company. In March '09 they introduced a "Biggest Loser" competition -- not so much for the competition, but to start replacing bad habits with good ones. <BR> <BR> This lead me to go from around 191 lbs to where I am as of today, around 160. When I started the 12 week "head start to a healthi... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 18:20:40 EST Keeping it up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=552101 My boyfriend, Kurt, and I moved at the beginning of this month. Although we only moved about 7 minutes away from our old home, we still managed to eat "take-out" food for a good three days in a row. I was convinced that this would wreak havoc on my eating plan. Maybe it did, but the heaving lifting and cleaning must have countered that phenomenon. <BR> <BR> When I stepped on the scale at the Y a few days ago, I found that I'm down a few lbs. So happy. <BR> Wed, 9 May 2007 10:21:50 EST A better week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=526436 Well, I certainly was more dedicated to making time for the gym this past week. I'm proud to say that I went 3 times and burned more calories than was required. I did yoga (for a few minutes) to refresh my memory and stretch some muscles after a hard few visits at the gym... I was really glad to try it. Very relaxing and challenging at the same time. <BR> <BR> My portion sizes have suffered a bit this week, since Kurt and I ate out one night and have had some company lately. I'm confide... Sun, 22 Apr 2007 20:42:10 EST A new week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=518298 For the first time in weeks, I gained a pound last week. I would (under normal circumstances) beat myself up for my weakness -- I know that I overate and wasn't as determined last week as I have been in the past. However, I am acknowledging that weight loss (and health) does not happen over night. Having one week of missed goals has, if anything, reaffirmed that I'm on the right path. I'm going to be that much more aware of my meals this week, and do my best to reach my fitness goals -- e... Tue, 17 Apr 2007 10:09:08 EST