DANILYNNG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DANILYNNG DANILYNNG'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/ It's my birthday - come see what I got!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266341 My husband and I don't really do a big Valentine's Day thing, we never have. We've gone out to dinner a few times, a few flowers, but generally speaking, over 26 years, Valentine's Day has always been low-key. This year was even more so, as we were both working. On a break, we were talking and he mentioned that he'd have liked to have gotten me something. I told him that I had been toying with the idea of a Pandora bracelet, and if I got one, he could just get me a charm going forward. For t... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:35:05 EST 2012 in review, with pictures and numbers. Hey, I did math! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184405 I'd like to show you where 2012 started: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l519128140.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was January 1st, so it was mandatory for me to "Begin Anew". But honestly, I wasn't really feeling it. According to Spark, I got in a whole 181 fitness minutes for the month, and that was mostly in the first half, so, yeah... Not a spectacular start. I was still in the grips of my "Woe is me" phase. I had developed plantar fascaiitis in spring of 2011, so I sp... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:27:20 EST If you were wondering what I look like... here I am! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183027 I'm pretty typical of many Sparkers, I'm sure, when I say that I hate, hate, hate, taking pictures of myself! I'm insanely, harshly critical of any and every picture of myself. I see gray hair where everyone else sees dark auburn. I see my missing tooth, which makes me so self conscious that I barely smile anymore, let alone if there's a camera in the vicinity. I see the folds in my body that my clothes can't/don't cover. Do I need to go on? I can't focus on a happy moment because I obsess ov... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:31:15 EST Sharing my inspirations today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121492 Here we go, one day only: I'm going to share some of my recent motivations and inspirations! Feel free to come in, look around, take anything you like or that really resonates with you - it turns out, inspiration shared becomes exponentially stronger <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1950684552.jpg"> <BR> I've noticed that running seems to tone my legs faster than anything else. I know we can't "spot reduce", I'm just thrilled that my body has ch... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 12:58:08 EST Amazing P90X transformation - I had to share it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100627 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l358035689.jpg"> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:04:20 EST My baby Ares - the best running partner a girl could ask for! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073391 Having finished C25K and run in 2 5K races, it's time to get back on the training wagon! I've just been floating around my workouts, sometimes running, more often not... and considering the fact that I'm registered for a half marathon in May, that doesn't seem like the best course of action for me <em>24</em> So, I've chosen a 10K training plan that will last for 10 weeks, then I'll have 10 weeks before my half training plan starts, so I've chosen a 15K training plan to fill the gap. Tur... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 19:00:43 EST My first ever Vision Collage - be kind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032412 In my quest for challenges that will keep my butt in gear, I've joined the newest Biggest Loser challenge (BLC20). It's a little intimidating, because it's 12 weeks long, and, well, that's longer than any challenge I've done before. But I've got a great goal, beyond just hitting my final goal weight for New Year's Eve - if I lose the 18 lbs I'm shooting for during this challenge, I will have a healthy, or normal, BMI for the first time in a great many years!! Try and tell me that's not someth... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:57:50 EST What does another 5% mean? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920057 I was successful in losing 5% of my weight during the Spring 5% Challenge, and I plan on doing the same for the Summer 5% Challenge. The question posed by our leaders is Why? Why do you want to do this? <BR> <BR> I want to run. I want to be able to lace up my Defyance and hit the road and not feel like I may collapse. I want to run 8K's, 15K's and half marathons - but it starts with 5K, and so I'm training for that. <BR> <BR> I want to avoid my family's tendency towards diabetes, heart dise... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:40:51 EST Really? You really think you can do that? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915119 May was a frustrating month for me. I let myself take the easy way out, much more than I should have. Yes, I broke into 150-ville early in the month, and dropped to 156, but then I bounced up and down between 156 and 159 for the rest of the month. I didn't do any ST and I think my arms have forgotten what a push-up is... Bleahhh. I did make progress in my C25K program, but I lost time in it by skipping planned days. <BR> <BR> So now it's June and I'm ready to go again. I hate that I lost mom... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 17:18:58 EST Holding myself accountable - 'cuz none of you do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864762 I'm actually following up on the goals posted on my Sparkpage - go figure! I've always had goals listed on my page, and I've rarely met them, and I've NEVER been called on it. Bad, bad Sparkfriends! Of course, the blame for not meeting them falls entirely on me, and I know it - I'd just like it if just once, somebody would say, Um, Dani, about this lack of minutes... I just want to feel the love, people! <BR> <BR> For 4/30/12, I wanted to weigh in at 158 lbs, do 1000 cardio minutes, do card... Thu, 3 May 2012 13:10:15 EST Please help me help my cousin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4821801 Yesterday I read an article on Spark about 100 reasons to work out today, and I loved it so much, I decided that I would share the reasons, one at a time, in my status updates. It got my cousin's attention, and she wondered if there were any at home exercise DVD's for people undergoing chemo. Which makes me wonder: are there? I know that the chemo saps her strength for a week or so after treatment, and in general, she gets tired easily. <BR> <BR> So come on, Sparkers, I want to help my cou... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 12:09:47 EST So very true... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4820744 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l983553770.jpg"> Wed, 4 Apr 2012 18:46:41 EST On my way to goal weight (a daily funny to share) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807355 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l228365856.jpg"> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:19:00 EST It's mind over matter... we forget that too often! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803081 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444994863.jpg"> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:29:46 EST I forgot to introduce Ares! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4793651 I'm such a bad, bad puppy Mami... I got so much love and support when we lost our beloved GSD, Zeus, and then I plum forgot to post a picture of my newest furbaby! Everybody, meet Ares, Boxer baby: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l499346664.jpg"> <BR> This was a few weeks ago, he's gained another 6 lbs since. We're hoping for a heavyweight! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l625511625.jpg"> <BR> He loves his new sister, Athena. <BR> <... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 17:10:58 EST Is it too much to ask? (a daily funny to share) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4791339 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l624133029.jpg"> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:11:04 EST My Beloved Zeus - Best German Shepherd Ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4502041 When we lived in Jacksonville, FL, there was a pet shop that we stopped in whenever we went to that particular shopping center. We cooed and cuddled all the precious babies, well, all the large breed babies, anyway. We liked to dream about the Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Rhodesian Ridgebacks - yeah, we like big puppies. Then one day when we went, my husband saw a German Shepherd puppy, on sale because he was 4 months old, and fell head over heels. I had my doubts, as 1) I don't like p... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 18:48:46 EST Sweet Caroline? Really?! Wow, this was a big mistake. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4267694 Just over 3 weeks ago, I thought that I would give Spinning classes a try. My gym added an "Intro to Spin" class on Tuesday mornings, so I figured, aside from having to wake up at the inhumane hour of 9am, an intro class would be perfect for me. Oh, and in my defense, for those that don't know me well, I am the ULTIMATE night owl, I don't go to bed until 2-3am, so yes, 9am is inhumane! My husband was very happy with that idea of mine. "Spin class would be great for you, honey! Fast paced, gre... Tue, 31 May 2011 14:27:02 EST New babies always make me smile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4236409 I have a tweaked knee that's been bothering me for a couple of weeks now. It comes and goes, mostly, it doesn't like inclines or declines, shoes with modest heels or pedaling a bike and certain Zumba moves make it scream! I've been trying to baby it, so just some easy walking for me, which is killing me - I gained 4 lbs last week! But, my husband came up with something to make me smile. People, I'm here to tell you, ain't nothing going to make you smile as much as 7 week old kittens will! All... Mon, 16 May 2011 13:35:20 EST 4/10 Numbers for the Week and Goals Met and Failed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4156320 Sunday afternoon and I have to confess: I missed a day. I'm so bummed, but I'm going to continue my 100 Day Challenge, just tag it differently. So today is Day 37(-1). The week had more highs than lows, though, so I'm ok with it. Here are my numbers, distances and times: <BR> <BR> Run: 10.46 mi 2:39:04 <BR> Walk: 8.3 mi 2:30:00 <BR> Bike: 33.0 mi 3:15:20 <BR> Weights: 1:05:00 <BR> Other: 1:33:44 <BR> <BR> As for my goals, I lost steam Wed/Thurs/Fri, and then picked it back up over the wee... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 19:36:43 EST 4/3 Numbers for the Week and Something New: Ambitious Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4139494 Sunday afternoon introspection: Streak of days with at least 30 mins of activity is at 30, but wow, did I cut it close or barely make it a couple of days! So here's the breakdown of distances and times for this week: <BR> <BR> Run: 5.82 mi 1:31:22 <BR> Walk: 5.3 mi 1:30:01 <BR> Bike: 22.0 mi 2:13:43 <BR> Weights: 1:30:36 <BR> Other: 30:00 <BR> <BR> See how low "other" is? No Zumba this week? At all? What's up with that? Only ran intervals twice this week, and once was a deliberately short,... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 19:36:14 EST 3/27 Numbers for the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4122193 Just like that, it's Sunday afternoon again. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the week. Not perfect, but pretty darn good. Streak of days with a minimum of at least 30 mins of activity is now at 23! Distance and times for this week, with Zumba as "other": <BR> <BR> Run: 8.42 mi 2:15:59 <BR> Walk: 8.4 mi 2:30:05 <BR> Bike: 24.0 mi 2:05:22 <BR> Other: 3:43:51 <BR> <BR> Weight: 161 lbs <BR> <BR> Again this week, I only ran my intervals 2x, but 3.86 miles each time, so I'm ok with it. My walkin... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 19:30:15 EST 3/20 Numbers for the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4105350 Sunday afternoon again. I'm happy that my 30 minute minimum streak stayed intact this week - that makes 16 days in a row. Not much else to be happy about. This is what I did this week, distance and times. Zumba and step class is shown as "other", thus no distances. <BR> <BR> Run: 7.3 mi 2:00:30 <BR> Walk: 8.1 mi 2:14:37 <BR> Other: 2:23:14 <BR> <BR> Weight: 162 lbs <BR> <BR> I only ran my intervals 2x this week, not happy with myself over that. I did walk an easy 5K today, I wanted a rest... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 17:37:47 EST Excuse me, I don't mean to be rude, but... I know what the problem is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4096887 Excuse me, ma'am? Yes, you - the heavyset lady in the XXXL t-shirt and the rattiest pair of sweatpants I have ever seen. I'm sorry, I don't mean to be rude, but I don't know your name. I know your face, as I've been seeing you at my gym since January, but we've never spoken before. I've noticed you several times in my Zumba class, and I have to be honest, not in a good way. <BR> <BR> Like so many others, I like to people watch. I especially love it in Zumba. Everybody's smiling and shaking ... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:41:57 EST 3/13 Numbers for the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4088647 It's Sunday afternoon, and I'm done with my workout. I'm happy to say that I have done a minimum of 30 mins each day this week (although my weight doesn't reflect that!) This is what I did this week, distance and times: <BR> <BR> Run: 9.0 mi 2:33:39 <BR> Walk: 4.0 mi 1:00:00 <BR> Bike: 23.0 mi 2:05:03 <BR> Elliptical: 4.15 mi 1:00:44 <BR> <BR> Weight: 161.4 lbs <BR> <BR> I know, that's some mighty slow running, but I'm still doing walk intervals, so that's why. My weight went up this wee... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 16:55:14 EST OMG! I finally found a use for GOLF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4071615 March 6, 2011. Um, really? Are we sure about that? I'm fairly certain that it was the first week of February just last week. Time simply could not have slipped away that quickly... <BR> <BR> My husband and I both came down with horrid cases of the flu the first week of February, and then congestion hung around, making it hard for me to breathe - but, surely, some of the exercise cease and desist had more to do with it being easier to just NOT exercise? I didn't gain any weight, but I didn't ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 22:04:02 EST 1/2/11 - To My Favorite Cyclist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3882295 I met a skinny, cute guy at a Halloween party in 1985. I was there to dance (and look amazing in my one-shouldered, asymmetrical, toga that barely hit mid-thigh) and he was there to decorate the club for the occasion. Long, very wavy hair that came just past his shoulders, eye liner, jeans that were faded from a great many washings and wearings - yeah, he was good-looking, but so NOT my type. Until I was told to keep my hands off of him by the neighborhood skank, she wanted him for her own...... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 22:26:33 EST 1/1/11 - How I'm going to shrink my backside this month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3878168 I don't like resolutions, there's something about them that just seems arbitrary. I do better with specific goals and challenges. After being very scattered, on-again, off-again with my fitness for much too much of 2010, I decided I needed a jumpstart. I figured, just workout every day, for 30 days, and see how it goes. Some days could be easy days, but that didn't matter, so long as I did SOMETHING. My expanding backside demanded it. <BR> <BR> That was 22 days ago. In that time, I've run f... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:05:56 EST OK, yes, I admit it: Stacy and Clinton were right all along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3236568 For 7 years now, What Not To Wear has been on the air, desperately trying to teach American women that wearing ill-fitting, inappropriate, mis-matched clothing does a woman a huge disservice. For 7 years, I have been watching Stacy and Clinton tell women that <BR> <BR> 1) every body has it's flaws, but they can be downplayed <BR> 2) every body has assets that can be played up <BR> 3) very few items will fit perfectly so visit a good tailor <BR> 4) dress the body that you have, not the body ... Sun, 16 May 2010 21:56:05 EST