DEANNROSP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEANNROSP DEANNROSP'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/ Time to get back in the saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664665 I've been MIA for too long and it shows. Time to get back on track. Thank heavens my account still works. I even remembered my password on my first try. It's fate. So glad to be back. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 23:11:38 EST Week 2 Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880071 Today ended the second of an 18-week marathon training program. How did it go? <BR> <BR> Monday and Friday were my rest days. However I prefer to do some swimming in the pool along with water aerobics. I never work too hard though. When I'm doing laps, I wear flippers, my legs do very little work. Likewise, for water aerobics, I keep my movements simple. I mostly go for the social aspect. <BR> <BR> Tuesday called for me to run 3 miles. My pace was slightly over 12 min/mile. <BR> Wednesday ... Sun, 13 May 2012 23:15:21 EST 8.5 Miles at at Snail's Pace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868098 My marathon training program required I run 8 miles today. I did it. Actually, it was more like 8.5 miles. I went a little farther just in case my GPS was off--they're not 100% accurate. I haven't run 8 mikes since last October when I did a half marathon. After that, I spent the winter focused on learning to swim. So, doing 8 miles again is quite an accomplishment. I took very slow. I averaged 13 min/mile. Even though it was at a snail's pace, I feel good about the run. I know as I continue t... Sat, 5 May 2012 19:54:44 EST Day 3 & 4 Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864645 Yesterday, for my marathon training I needed to run 5 miles. Normally on Wednesdays I run with my friend Robin; however, she hadn't arrived at my house by 8:15 as expected. I debated if I should just go or try to call her. Finally, after waiting ten minutes I took off. I ran a little over half a mile when I heard someone calling my name from behind. It was Robin. She parked the car along our route. Good thing I'm a creature of habit. She knew exactly where to find me. Her company made the run... Thu, 3 May 2012 11:57:17 EST Day 2 marathon training: 3 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862271 I ran my three miles as required and it was pretty uneventful except for one thing. Why is it when I run in a race I run much better than when running alone? Just this past Saturday, I ran the 10k in the the Get in Gear race. For that my average pace was 11:39 min/mi. Today, I ran basically half that distance and I barely could hold a 12 min/mi pace. Running half the distance, I though I would be closer to an 11 min/mi run. Tomorrow, I run 5 mikes. We'll see what my time is after that. Tue, 1 May 2012 23:54:49 EST Day 1 Marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859443 Today, I started the Hal Higdon 18-week marathon training. What did I have to do? REST. I wish they could all be this easy. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> But sitting still really isn't my thing, so I went to water aerobics. Good class. I enjoy water aerobics so I will work it in around my marathon training. I figure I can go on Mondays and Fridays which are official rest days. I'll rest on Sundays which are supposed to be cross training days. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I run 3 miles. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:15:25 EST Wow! Has it really been that long? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858412 I'm looking at my blog and realized how long it has been since I've written anything. ANYTHING! What's up with that! I got nothing. No good excuses. I didn't just wake up from a yearlong coma or recently recover from amnesia. I didn't testify in some high-profile mobster trial and then placed in the witness-protection program. I just haven't written. I know TOTALLY LAME! <BR> <BR> But that ends today. I'm getting back in the saddle and writing to all my Sparkies. To reinvigorate my blog wri... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:17:42 EST I'm learning to swim...FINALLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4135785 There, I've said it. I am turning 50 this year and I am finally learning to swim. <BR> <BR> It's something I've always wanted to do, but I have to admit was too embarrassed to really pursue. I did make sure both my sons took several years of lessons. But I figured I could continue to just get by. Until one day, my son Jaden told me he feared if I ever ended up in water over my head, he would not be strong enough to save me. That did it, I knew I needed to learn to swim if only to put his mi... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 00:08:06 EST I did the Polar Bear Plunge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4076424 For all my friends over the years who've ever said to me "Aw go jump in the lake" thanks for the idea. <BR> <BR> Actually, on March 5, my friend and I did the Polar Bear Plunge. It's a great fundraiser for Special Olympics. We called our team The Hot Flash Fools and wore jester costumes. We had so much fun we're going to do it again next year. Anyone interested in joining our team? It'll be a hoot! Tue, 8 Mar 2011 14:40:19 EST I'm taking the Plunge!!! (Polar Plunge that is) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4058535 Remember my 50-50 Challenge list. I said I would take a Polar Plunge before my birthday. I must admit, I started thinking this was nuts--I HATE being cold and gave some serious thought to nixing this wacko idea. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Then I realized, if I didn't at least sign up I'd forever regret it. Every time I'd look in the mirror I'd see the word WIMP written on my forehead. So, before I could think twice about it I signed up for the March 5 plunge in Minneapolis. <BR> <BR> After I ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 19:42:23 EST Crossing Over to Boy Scouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4036418 I meant to post this last week when it happened. My son crossed over from cub scouts to boy scouts. He received the Arrow of Light; the highest rank in cub scouts. My husband and I were so proud of him. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l601666253.jpg"> <BR> He also earned the second highest number of badges in his den. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l131090907.jpg"> <BR> Jaden raced across the bridge to Boy Scouts <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:59:04 EST Oh no she didn't! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3958230 It's January 24th. Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year's and MLK Day have all passed. Valentine's Day is right around the corner and today I just got another holiday letter and I'm pretty peeved about it. Okay, before you think I'm some sort of Scrooge, let me explain why I'm annoyed. <BR> <BR> My hubby has this friend from before we were married whom I shall call Cindy. I actually like Cindy and her husband, their both very nice people. But, Cindy believes in writing ridiculously long holiday let... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:24:04 EST Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3912325 Now that Epiphany Day has passed, it was time to move on, so this past weekend my hubby took down most of the holiday decorations. He packed away the other indoor holiday knick-knacks, stripped the tree of it's ornaments and put the it outside for recycling. All that remains are our outside lights and they'll probably stay up until late spring. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely ready to move on. But not our next door neighbors. Their Christmas tree sits in a window that faces a window on our staircas... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:13:20 EST The unmitigated gall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3882111 I would honestly like to know why people who are not vegan feel they have the right to say rude things about my dietary decisions, especially when I go the extra mile to be polite to them. <BR> <BR> My husband and I made the decision to be come vegan in November, a decision that we know is not for everyone, but one we feel is appropriate for us. Since doing so, I have noticed some people will make various comments that range from curiosity, confusion or point blank rudeness. For example, aft... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:45:15 EST I kicked off NewYear's with the Polar Dash 10k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3878855 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l66318725.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's called the New year's Day Polar Dash. Over 1500 people participate in either the 5k or 10k. I ran the 10k race. The temp at start time was a balmy 7 degrees with wind chills making it feel more like -15. Yup, it was cold, really really cold. But this is Minnesota, so you got to be prepared. <BR> <BR> This race was super well planned. They had shuttle basses set up to transport racers and families to the start ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 23:18:17 EST Snowboarding + Running = Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3870592 Note to self: Never again take a beginner snowboard lesson a few days before a big race. <BR> <BR> But, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I needed to learn at least the basics of snowboarding as part if my 50 things before my 50th b-day and the perfect opportunity presented itself to me. Originally, I was going to go to one of the popular nearby ski places and take a set of lessons, which I knew meant coughing up some serious money, plus I would need to carve out a big chunk of time to dri... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:02:04 EST Winter running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3859047 Well, this week I've been running outside again. Ever since the big blizzard last week, I've only run indoors at the rec center. However, New Year's Day I have a 10k race so I decided I better start acclimating to the elements, since I have no idea what the weather will be that day. <BR> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today I wore spikes on the bottom of my shoes. My hubby doesn't think I really need them. He said when he runs, he moves fast enough not to slip on ice. But I feel a l... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 10:21:44 EST Blizzards, family and being vegan(ish) in a non-vegan world. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3853999 First, there was the blizzard. Saint Paul got 23 inches of snow. It closed the schools last Monday and Tuesday leaving me with my son to entertain and no opportunity to go running. However, five minutes after my son boarded the school bus last Wednesday I was at the rec center running on the indoor track--90 laps; 6.4 miles. I ran a couple more on Thursday too. <BR> <BR> Then Friday, my husband's relatives drove and flew in for a pre-holiday gathering. His sister, brother-in-law and nephew d... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:58:09 EST Why I like running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3834258 I didn't always like running, I actually loathed it in the beginning. I hated not being able to go one block without nearly collapsing from oxygen deprivation. I hated the painful shin splints. I hated feeling like a failure. <BR> <BR> But then, one day it all clicked; my stamina increased, the shin splints faded away and my confidence soared. Now, I love running. <BR> <BR> Why? Because it is the only form of exercise I can do ANYWHERE! I love that I can just walk out my front door and voi... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 12:34:12 EST My goals for December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3818221 I got this idea from my Sparkfriend Bella. Here are the goals I want to achieve for the month of December. <BR> <BR> 1. Run 3x/week to train for a 10k on New Year's Day (brrrr). <BR> <BR> 2. Make 3 Spark recipes during the month. <BR> <BR> 3. Lose 6 pounds (in spite of all the holiday parties). <BR> <BR> 4. Get a tattoo and piercing (from my 50-50 Challenge list). <BR> <BR> 5. Ride a mechanical bull (50-50 Challenge). <BR> <BR> 6. Sing karaoke (50-50 Challenge) <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 22:32:47 EST I'm smiling from ear to ear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3814432 Why? I'll give you three good reasons. <BR> <BR> 1. Because today when I stepped on the scale, I had gone down nearly another full pound, bringing my total weight-loss to a smidgen over 40 pounds and within striking distance of my goal: losing 50 pounds. <BR> <BR> 2. Because when I entered my new weight in both Sparkpeople and the Wii Fit, they both said my BMI had finally crossed over into the Healthy/Normal range (I'm on the edge, but I'm there nonetheless). <BR> <BR> 3. Because when I w... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:20:12 EST The vegan Thanksgiving was great...and so was my son's girlfriend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805834 So, in my previous post I expressed all my worries about meeting my son's girlfriend today. He's been dating her since summer but never told me about her until about two weeks ago. Then today he said he was bringing her to Thanksgiving dinner. I was shocked to think he chose a big holiday to introduce me to her, especially since the dinner was going to be at his step-brother & wife's house who are vegan. I was worried that this could turn out bad. <BR> <BR> Nothing could be further from the... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 19:27:58 EST Oh Noooo! My son is bringing his new gf to our vegan Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805251 For some parents, this would be no big deal. Usually by the time their son has reached 22, they have met a slew of girlfriends. They have photos of prom dates and have been there to offer comfort for the inevitable breakups. But that's not the case with my son. Brian has always been a mystery. He basically was a playboy all through high school, never giving his heart to any one girl. There was the occasional awkward moment when he'd stop in with a girl and he hesitated to introduce me to her.... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 10:17:46 EST Vegan Week Midway Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3798639 Well, I gotta admit this week of eating only a vegan diet has been going surprisingly well. Initially, I put this on my 50-50 Challenge list because I wanted to walk in another's shoes. I assumed my vegan lifestyle probably would not extend past the week. After it ended, I would return to my regular diet, which actually did not have a lot of meat in it anyway. But to get ready for this week, I did several things. <BR> <BR> First I read various books and other literature that really opened m... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:35:07 EST Sometimes I'm like the absentminded professor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3784732 So, this year I started my running career and after running six 5k races, I moved up to my first 10k earlier this month. All my races have been a great experience. My husband and son have been there cheering me on for all but one and that was due to an unavoidable conflict. They are my biggest fans, which inspires me to keep doing more and more. <BR> <BR> As holidays approached, I hoped to squeeze one more race in, so I booked the Turkey Run scheduled for this upcoming Sunday (11/21). At lea... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 09:17:49 EST It just doesn't add up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3777972 I'm not sure if this happened to anyone else, but today I noticed I wasn't receiving my points for the emails I diligently read. First up was the recipe of the day email. I read the recipe then clicked on the points button which took me to the points page. But instead of seeing a 1 there was a zero. This went on for each email I read today. I have no idea what happened. I do know the site was down last night for maintenance. Perhaps that had something to do with it. I noticed my nutrition pag... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 19:00:13 EST Belly dancing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3774137 Yesterday, I started another one of my 50-50 challenges; learning belly dancing. Finding a spot turned out easier than I thought because they offered an affordable six-week beginner course through our community education program. At the start of class, we went around the room introducing ourselves and telling why we're taking lessons. I told the class about my goal to try 50 different things before my 50th b-day next year. The instructor then mentioned she would love it if some of her student... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 23:35:15 EST I ran my first 10k--AND LOVED IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3769723 This past Saturday, I ran my first 10k race. Finally, after six 5k's, I was ready to take my running to the next level. It was great! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l540733861.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Registration included top quality orange long-sleeve running shirts. It came in handy because I needed an extra layer to keep warm. It was chillier than I had expected; I even wore my husband's gloves until start time. The event was well organized and I was totally pumped. <BR>... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 09:49:17 EST Wading into the vegan world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3765185 Today, I dipped my big toe into veganism. I bought some nutritional yeast. <BR> I just finished reading the book "By Any Greens Necessary." In it, the author Tracye McQuirter talks about how nutritional yeast is basically a staple in any vegan kitchen. Since as part of my 50-50 challenge I will eat vegan for a week I figured I should stock my kitchen with a few essentials, so I bought that and some almond milk. I sprinkled a little of the yeast on my salad and I was pleasantly surprised. It ... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 22:54:48 EST To be or not to be ...Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3759964 After seeing the movie Food Inc. last year, I switched from regular meats and veggies to organic. <BR> <BR> After discovering how much sodium is in fast foods and processed foods, I eliminated them from my diet. <BR> <BR> Now I'm facing my next big challenge: to be or not to be vegan. <BR> <BR> I consider myself to be a flexitarian, reducing my meat intake substantially over the past few months. I've liked the results. My body is quiet regular and rarely talks back to me anymore (ya know ... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 16:58:39 EST Promoted to Community Team Member today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3755251 First, I'm so glad Halloween is now behind us. Someone actually gave my son a full size Snickers bar ,which he promptly gave to me since he hates Snickers. So, naturally I ate it. I also wanted to know which house it came from...so I can be sure to stop there again next year. <BR> <BR> <em>493</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so glad Halloween only comes once a year. But now that we begin a new month, I suddenly realized I have been part of the SP family for over three months now. It's become so much ... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 20:12:16 EST Time for some new clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3749436 I kinda have been putting this off--clothes shopping. Why? Well, even though I've lost over 30 pounds thus far and purged my closet of most of my oversized clothes, I've been reluctant to buy new clothes. I did buy some new clothes in the summer, shorts mostly, but now the season has changed. I wanted to hold off on buying more clothes until I actually reached my goal of 50 pounds. I didn't want to buy new clothes only to have to buy more when I lost more weight. Basically, I'm cheap. So, I'v... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 23:30:59 EST Big surprise at tonight's Irish dance class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3745106 So, just as I was beginning to slack off practicing my Irish dance steps, the teachers had a surprise for us tonight. A new student started. A young new student. A young male new student. That's right, we now have a male dancer in our all female class. <BR> <BR> WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Why am I excited. Irish dancing in these parts is overwhelmingly dominated by girls and women; very few guys enroll. I imagine very few guys sign up for any dance programs. So when I came to class and saw young Ja... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 22:16:20 EST What's the difference between a power walk and a light jog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3716343 I'd say about half a mile. <BR> <BR> That's about how long in took for me to run pass a woman who was power walking about a block ahead of me--nearly half a mile before I caught up and passed her. <BR> <BR> I'm not a fast runner, I know that. But that doesn't bother me. While other runners glide pass me as if they have wings on their feet, I plod along at my 12-min mile pace. On a good day, I can bring it down to 11 minutes. But what I find fascinating is up until this past summer, I couldn... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:13:18 EST Feeling a little rundown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3700678 Well, I see it's been over a week since I last blogged so I thought I'd jot off a quick note before I hit the hay. <BR> <BR> I've started working on my 50-50 Challenge and have noticed that I may have been a bit ambitious when I made my list. Oh well, aim high, right? Anyway, I hope to knock off four or maybe even five before October ends. I've already got a few of the things lined up, so I feel like I'm on track. <BR> <BR> What hasn't been on track in my running plan. I picked up a nasty c... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 00:14:04 EST It's Time to Start My 50-50 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3682556 Finally, after several weeks of weeding out ideas for my 50-50 challenge, i have finally arrived at the final list of things I want to accomplish before my 50th birthday on 9/9/11. I have just under one year a achieve my goals which averages to completing one goal each week. Can it be done? <BR> Here's my 50-50 challenge list <BR> <BR> 1. Spend a day planting trees for charity/Oct 2010---DONE <BR> <BR> 2. Spend a day building a house with Womenbuild/Oct 2010 <BR> <BR> 3. Interview my p... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:27:02 EST NO DUATHLON! So What's My Plan B? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3661679 Well, this upcoming weekend I had planned to participate in the Iron Girl duathlon. This would have been my first duathlon. Having never participated in anything of this caliber, I committed myself to a serious workout routine, mainly consisting of learning to run. Over the past several months I took part in five 5k runs, each one shaving a few minutes off my time. <BR> <BR> As the date approached, I finally felt confident I was ready to show off my skilz. But, unfortunately, I will not be ... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:39:33 EST My Birthday Wknd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3655289 Aside from the one bit of sad news i mentioned in my last post (see Goodbye Julian) I had a spectacular birthday weekend. <BR> <BR> Friday was "Monthly Surprise" day. Each month we take turns surprising each other with a secret date. We've been doing this ever since our engagement in 1998. This month was my tun to surprise Mike; I took him indoor rock climbing. We had a blast! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646820164.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:29:46 EST Goodbye Julian (1918-2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3655025 On Friday, September 17, my husband's father died in Southbend, Indiana. Mike's brother from Seattle coincidentally had just arrived St. Paul for a meeting and was staying with us. I felt sad he couldn't be at his father's side, but glad he had some family here with him. They were able to reminisce about their father together. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l93344362.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Julian was born in Florida in 1918 (barely surviving the flu epidemic); but gre... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 12:25:26 EST Maneater (a poem) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3636720 Maneater <BR> by Deb P. <BR> <BR> Shorty shorts <BR> show off her <BR> great gams. <BR> <BR> Ipod melds with her waist. <BR> Earbuds pipe music in her head, <BR> the cord bounces, with her chest, to the song <BR> <BR> --Maneater. <BR> <BR> Her strut catches the eye <BR> of all who pass by. <BR> <BR> A man stares, motionless; <BR> jaw-dropped. <BR> She smiles. <BR> He speaks. <BR> She lends him one ear. <BR> He shouts-- <BR> <BR> "You're a gorgeous lady." <BR> <BR> Her smile brightens... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 09:46:00 EST Making Adjustments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3618584 Now that my son has started back to school, I've quickly discovered I need to make some adjustments to my daily running routine. <BR> <BR> Before, I was able to run at 6:30 am, while he was still sleeping. Sometimes when I returned home and hour later, he was up and watching cartoons or playing with Legos. Leaving him alone really wasn't a big deal since he is ten years old. I enjoyed running at that time, especially on the blazing hot summer days. I could get a good run in before breakfast... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 12:47:34 EST Using Music to Pace My Runs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3604153 If you run, do you have a set soundtrack you listen to? Do you use it to set your pace? Can you tell if you're having a good run or a bad run based on the song playing? <BR> <BR> My girlfriend burned a cd mix of some excellent tunes that turns out to be perfect for my run. In order, the songs are: R-E-S-P-E-C-T; I Feel Good; Brickhouse; Build Me Up Buttercup; Dancing Queen; My Sharona; Walking on Sunshine; Sweet Caroline; Cecelia; Cotton Eye Joe; Sugar Pie Honeybunch; Lilo & Stitich's Aloha ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 14:20:59 EST Caption this Pic-Win a Spark Goodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3600198 Yesterday, I went to The Great Minnesota Get-Together with my family (the Minnesota State Fair to those not in the know). This was my second trip and hubby's first this year, so we focused on the animals, which is hubby's favorite, since he's an old farm-boy himself. I loved all the animals but these two were, by far, my favorites. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223327774.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think it's adorable! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I thought it would be fun to b... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 11:37:03 EST Inspiration is a 2-Way Street http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3592687 On Saturday, I ran my fifth 5k race since the first one I did on Mother's Day. I finished with my best time to date: 37:19. That evening, I was at a party hosted by my friend V who congratulated me on my race. She then told me I inspired her to run and she is now training to run her first 5k in mid September. I was so touched she saw me--ME-- as an inspiration. <BR> <BR> She also told me her goal is to run a 10-miler in 2011. Suddenly, I realized all my running has been to prepare me for on... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:56:12 EST In a Nutshell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3590060 I've been MIA ever since my vacation, so I thought I better put up a post so everyone knows I'm still alive and well. I've been meaning to do this for some time but end of summer activities have kept me pretty busy. However, school starts next week and I know if I don't write something now, I'm likely to get bogged down with all the beginning of school zaniness that happens. <BR> <BR> Here's what has happened with me, in a nutshell (from a very large nut). <BR> <BR> 1. We had a week-long ... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 17:59:57 EST Vacations: Friend or Foe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3542192 Yesterday my family started a week long vacation at a YMCA Family Camp. We did this last year and loved it. It's like an all inclusive vacation; horseback riding, sailing, archery, you name an they've got it--including all the food you can eat. <BR> <BR> Last year I easily put on five or more pounds (maybe even ten) by the time the <BR> week was over. It's easy to do. the food is amazing; not like camp food you might have had as a kid. No this food is prepared my a professional chef. Ever... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 11:03:47 EST Dancing at Irish Fair (2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3537536 Here's my class doing our Hard Shoe dance at Irish Fair, St. Paul (8/14/10). <BR> <BR> I truly enjoy dancing with Rince na Chroi Irish dance school. I started doing it on a whim and now I've danced with them for the two years. <BR> <BR> And just like last year, Irish Fair was hot and humid and of course a ridiculously wild thunderstorm blew through just before we went on stage which caused our dresses and shoes to get sopping wet. But we all had a great time anyway. <BR> Sat, 14 Aug 2010 20:52:39 EST See It, Be It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3515794 I did It! I finished my vision collage. <BR> <BR> I spent the past couple of weeks looking for the ideal images, then the past two days putting it all together. And now, it's all together. I call it my "See It, Be It" collage. <BR> <BR> In my collage I put: <BR> 1. Healthy for Life--this is my lifelong mission not a quick temporary fix. <BR> 2. Measuring tape--there are other ways to measure success, not just a number on a scale. <BR> 3. Head Outside and Move--don't be a couch potato. <... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 18:00:35 EST Saved by the bell (literally) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3512860 I really can't believe I did this; but I really did. <BR> <BR> This morning, I was rockin out to a great cd my friend Anne burned with some of my favorite dance music while cleaning up the dining room. It was very motivational as I piled the recycling with papers and the trash with junk. The music kept me dancing all across the floor. I especially went wild when Footloose came on--I had to play it twice. <BR> <BR> Later, I noticed I hadn't seen my cell phone for a while. I started retracin... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 15:22:36 EST The clock is officially ticking now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3510342 T-minus 44 days until my 49th b-day. <BR> T-minus 51 days until my first duathlon. <BR> <BR> I kicked off the day with a 3.5 mile jog. Overall it was a good run but I hope my time improves over the next few weeks. I really believe the key for me to be successful in the Iron Girl duathlon, is to have a good run time. If I'm exhausted at the end of the first two mile run, I'll have little chance of completing the 22.7 mile bike ride; not to mention the additional two mile run at the end. Righ... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 16:42:19 EST