DICANRUN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DICANRUN DICANRUN'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/ What do you do when you are done? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4431047 Over at the Determination & Accountability Team, I was asked the following question. I truly struggled with the answer. Trying to be honest, without coming off cocky, had me stumped for a minute. Makes me wonder, am I the only person who has this "empty" (for lack of a better word) feeling about reaching my goal? Re-posted below is the question and my answer... <BR> <BR> <BR> ***Since you are soooooooooooo close to reaching your 100-pound weight-loss goal, what do you have planned to ce... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:04:53 EST The Chicken & the Pig http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4421037 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l781552397.jpg"> <BR> The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed. <BR> <BR> ~ Martina Navratilova <BR> <BR> I guess I am still a chicken. <BR> <BR> So up to this point I have been talking, thinking, and writing about my grand goal of the Tinker Bell half marathon. It seemed so far away last February, just slightly less than a year. As the weeks and months ticked ... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:32:03 EST Weekend Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4414990 I was in Kashmir over the weekend. Went to visit one of my sweaters. <BR> ~ Albert Brooks <BR> <BR> This past weekend we made a concentrated effort to be more active. The weather has been uncharacteristically cool for this time of year (typically mid 90’s) so it was nice outside. This helps me tremendously when my default is a cozy weekend nap. Both teenagers were gone to their respective activities, so the draw of a quiet house made it harder to go outside. Nevertheless, once my iPad b... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 17:24:17 EST Mornings - Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4406815 "Unlike their night owl counterparts, who prefer to stay up late and sleep away the morning, a morning person actually gains energy from the sights and sounds of a day just beginning..." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l720377355.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I.don't.think.so <BR> <BR> Every night as I am falling asleep, I mentally go over my “plan” for the next morning. Every night, part of that plan is to get up and workout. My intentions are great and I am super excited... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 12:29:07 EST Lazy, revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402988 la·zy (lz) adj. 1. Resistant to work or exertion. 2. Slow-moving; sluggish. 3. Disposed to idleness. <BR> <BR> Yup, that is my default when I get overwhelmed. This could be physically or emotionally overwhelmed. It is as if all my good habits go into hibernation. Which, in turn, makes it harder to get going again. I think I went into habit hibernation during my week in Hawaii. Yes, we did exercise (hiked a volcano for goodness’ sake) and I did not go off the deep end on food. I only... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 18:35:58 EST Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4400135 “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure” <BR> ~ Bill Cosby <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l152928080.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Easier said than done Mr. Cosby. Everybody has fears, some more than others and some more severe than others. Anyone who said they are afraid of nothing is not being honest with themselves – IMO. <BR> <BR> For me, I am learning that one of my worst fears is Atychiphobia- the fear of failure. It has ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 14:36:23 EST Day 322: So bad, but so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4152200 “Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours.” <BR> <BR> ~ Doug Larson <BR> <BR> One of the perks of being so close to my goal, and not *needing* to lose any more weight, is that I can allow myself some culinary indulgences from time to time. Well today was one of those times. <BR> <BR> There is a local diner type place that we adore. I always order the same thing. It is sort of like Cheers, where they know our names and what we order. Hone... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 16:19:12 EST Day 323: Zoey's first hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4152193 “Bulldogs are adorable, with faces like toads that have been sat on.” <BR> <BR> ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> Meet Zoey. She is one of our French Bulldogs. Zozo will be 2 at the end of May and loves people to a fault – most people. What she does not love is other dogs. As an adorable puppy she frolicked all over the local dog park with her little sister Abby. Life was grand. Then something happened and they lost their manners with other dogs. No more dog parks unfortunately. <BR> <BR> French... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 16:16:29 EST Day 324: Perseverance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4152184 “A person’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” <BR> <BR> ~ Joan Welsh <BR> <BR> Sigh. Although the day was lovely, we had to go to a parent’s club meeting for one of the youth groups. Dinner was provided in the form of greasy KFC and salad. Needless to say, I went for the salad. I skipped the mashed potatoes, but did have a few drumsticks for some protein. I am totally a dark meat person, and there is very little actual chicken on the pieces. The ... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 16:13:32 EST Day 325: Up up and away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147503 “I don’t know what keeps me going. Sometimes I wonder… I think it’s just pure perseverance and wanting to succeed and having that burning desire to always have success. ” <BR> <BR> ~ Tanya Tucker <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l107495159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather was still fabulous so honey and I set out to explore another local hiking trail. This time the park was much smaller, which seemed perfect for a short work night expedition. The weather gurus have... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 17:50:35 EST Day 326: Here we go again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147495 “It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s that pesky grain of sand stuck in your shoe.” <BR> <BR> ~ Robert W. Service <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l9066383.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While everybody else slept in or went out to brunch, Honey and I were headed up yet another hill. This time it was a doozie. I had hiked up this ridge about 20 years ago, before I had kids, and remember thinking I was going to die right there on the path. There is a steep c... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 17:47:23 EST Day 327: Rest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147492 “It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain, though, is fatal.” <BR> <BR> ~ Stirling Moss <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l153524424.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every book or blog I have read about training recommends a rest day between run days. This allows the muscles time to recover from the arse whoopin’ they had the day before. I assume this to be true for hiking as well. I can guarantee I am using more and different... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 17:44:02 EST Day 328: Respect for nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4145022 “The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” <BR> <BR> ~ Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484307699.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is supposed to be one of the last warm days for a bit. It will also be day 5 of our week of hiking. I am really loving being outside and learning to appreciate the beauty of the trees and hills. I find myself getting really irritated at the rude and insensitive people who sp... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:19:55 EST Day 329: The lion and the lamb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4145018 "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." <BR> <BR> ~ Charles Dickens <BR> <BR> <BR> Another absolutely beautiful day outside. My computer weather gizmo has it at 77 degrees currently. It will be perfect weather for day 4 hiking. <BR> <BR> It seems that March has indeed ¡°come in like a lion and out like a lamb. We had so many days of miserable soggy cold weather. It was so depressing. T... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:17:46 EST Day 330: The Bionic Woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4145015 “When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body. I measure your health by the number of shoes you have worn out.” <BR> <BR> ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l366404001.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was our 3rd day in a row of hiking after work. I must say, I am really learning to love being outdoors. I say this now, before the influx of seasonal allergies torment my waking moments thoug... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:15:37 EST Day 331: The world needs more green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4145008 “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.” <BR> <BR> ~ Mae West <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l155415620.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, I’m not so sure I agree completely. Diamonds are wonderful, I have several. But the feeling of health and energy that comes with eating a balanced diet full of veggies is hard to beat. <BR> <BR> As a kid I didn’t much care for my vegetables. The food that was prepared with ... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:13:50 EST Day 332: Hiking with cows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4145006 “People who want milk shouldn’t sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them.” <BR> <BR> ~ Curtis Grant <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l890862834.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tonight honey and I decided to take advantage of the first sunny day in eons and go for a short hike after dinner. We went to a local regional park and took off up the trail to the summit of our local foothills. The view was excellent. It is fun to see our little... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:12:01 EST Day 333: Six Flags http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4145000 “Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.” <BR> <BR> ~ Billie Holiday <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday was yet another day of percipitation and cold weather. Just our luck it was also the day we were to be at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for a youth group event. The park opened early for the 450+ DeMolay members and their families to enjoy a day of fellowship and fun at the local amusement park. It did rain on us little bits here and there, but mostly we were COLD. Eve... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:10:06 EST Day 334: Do over, please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4144996 “If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.” <BR> <BR> ~John A. Simone, Sr. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l929055580.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ever have one of those days you *know* is screwed from the moment your eyes flutter in the morning? The type of wake up that sets the tone and mood for the whole day? <BR> <BR> That was Saturday. It was not an annoying alarm I forgot to turn off or loud mu... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:08:14 EST Day 335: Charms and tokens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4144987 “The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” <BR> <BR> ~ Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> <BR> For some reason I am a person that likes to have “things” as reminders of what I am focusing on. Perhaps it is just because I like to shop or because things that sparkle catch my attention. I know I mentioned this previously when I talked about my “ask…believe…receive” ring. I also have a raspberry colored carabiner in the shape of a crown hanging on my off... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:06:41 EST Day 336: The rainbow on the fringe of the cloud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4144983 “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. When I’m inspired, I get excited because I can’t wait to see what I’ll come up with next.” <BR> <BR> ~ Dolly Parton <BR> <BR> <BR> I am trying, but getting tired of putting up with the rain. Today was one of those days where the rain pelted continually, fueled by wind, making it useless to open an umbrella. The sky is so dark I can actually feel my Vitamin D levels dropping. <BR> <BR> I about threw my hands i... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:03:11 EST Day 337: The epic fall off the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4123917 “Every breath you take today should be with someone else in mind.” <BR> <BR> ~Dame Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011, Rest in Peace <BR> <BR> <BR> How is it I can be so strong and focused on some things, and then other things reduce me to an autotron programmed to keep repeating the same wrong choice? <BR> <BR> The battle de jour is between my head and my hands. My head *knows* that the box of See’s molasses chips are not a wise afternoon snack. My hands – o... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:26:27 EST Day 338: Taco Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4123910 Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE Mexican food? Chese enchiladas are my favorite hands down. Heck, almost any Mexican food will catch my attention. That is why it is hard knowing that my local place has “Taco Tuesday.” I think it is 3 small soft tacos for $5. Compelling, especially on a budget. It is the rest of it that gets me though. The chips and salsa that are constantly being replenished. The margaritas. Sigh… <BR> <BR> Alas, just because I have backed off the carb restriction ... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:24:04 EST Day 339: Another rainy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4123888 Monday, Monday. Back to work and back to my routine. I have my shake in the morning, a snack bar around 10am, and home for lunch. I have my water reminders programmed and set out my vitamins so I don’t forget them. It is much easier for me to rely on these notes and reminders so I am not *thinking* about food so much. <BR> <BR> Fall out from last night’s indulgence is better than expected. I am up less than a pound, and considering what all I ate I am happy to take that. <BR> <BR> I f... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:16:39 EST Day 340: For the love of cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4123875 Yes, I said cheese. Keep your butter and pasta and chocolate. The thought of melted cheddar will reduce me to a salivating mess. So my first thoughts this morning, when the sunlight peeked through the curtains, was a fabulous omelet with cheese. Today is honey’s birthday so we went to our favorite breakfast spot. It was the first time in weeks that I have not had a meal replacement shake in the morning. It was also the first time I have had fruit. Oh how I have missed the natural sweetn... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:14:11 EST Day 341: Rain rain go away...please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4118023 Today starts what will be a busy weekend. I am committed to a youth group activity from 3pm until around dinner. Considering I slept in (up at 8 rather than 6), I don't have as much time this morning to do all the things I really want to do. At least I got my nails done. There are some things a princess has to stay on top of, and nails are one of them. <BR> <BR> I am having a hard time getting my mojo flowing to get on the treadie... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>tiarasandrunningshoes.com/2... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:52:55 EST Day 342: TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4118019 Happy Friday! I wish I could congratulate myself on completing a whole week, but my week did not start until Tuesday. At least my work week is almost complete. The weather is gloomy and blustery with rain pelting down diagonally. It is the type of day that calls for warm soup, a fireplace log, and snuggling with the most adorable French Bulldogs ever. Too bad they have no indurance to be a running companion... <BR> <BR> <link>tiarasandrunningshoes.com/2011/03/da<BR>y-342-tgif/ </link>... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:51:08 EST Day 343: Inspiration and temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4118012 "I am happy with the way running makes me feel." <BR> <BR> While I agree with this statement AFTER I have finished running, I am still not so sure DURING the training. Last night I started back at square 1. The program calls for a 5 minute brisk warm up walk, followed by 8 running intervals, and a 5 minute cool down walk. The intervals for Week 1 are to run 60 seconds and walk 90 seconds. Does not sound horrific, right? <BR> <BR> I can painfully recall last Fall when I tried this and ab... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:48:23 EST Day 344: Off to a good start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4118004 Confession time. I was naughty last night. <BR> <BR> We were in a rush and starving, so to the dreaded drive thru line we went. The bright side is that my food choices were far better than they would have been 6 months ago. In my fatter life I would order a big greasy burger, large fries, and a large coke. Last night I had a small burger without the bun (meat, cheese, onion, pickle only) and a grilled chicken snack wrap without the tortilla. We also shared a garden chicken salad. My ha... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:45:35 EST Day 345: This is how it's going to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4117999 To get things started, I am pondering the best way to go about tracking my fitness plans. Perhaps the best thing to do is post what I am commmiting to do, and then come back the next morning and report on how it went. Seems like double blogging, but maybe that extra effort will keep me focused. <BR> <BR> I am also a person who benefits from outward reminders to keep me focused. I have a ring with the words "ask...believe...receive" which I wear daily. Around my next is a pendant represen... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:41:44 EST On your mark, get set, blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4117993 The time has finally come. After many months of reading the running and training blogs of many fantastic women, I have decided to start my own. The primary reason is selfish - I want a place to brain dump. The exercise of blogging is one of accountability, at least for me. I am much more focused and reliable when I have to write about what is going on in my world. <BR> <BR> This all started a little over 2 years ago when I was FAT. I was 260 pounds of unhappiness and apathy. I had no d... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:38:44 EST Training Recap - Session 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1971825 Push - pull - push - pull - collapse! <BR> <BR> I told the trainers (as if they could not tell by how I hobbled in) that my legs were still shot from Friday's session. No worries (for them!) we would be working upper body. While this was a relief, I knew there was no way I was going to just plan myself on a bench and do curls all night... <BR> <BR> Funny how the "no leg" workout had me sitting, standing, on the floor, back up again, etc. My legs got a mini workout just moving the rest of... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 12:25:17 EST Training Recap - Session 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1968491 OMG <BR> <BR> That almost covers it! OMG I was sore when I left training on Friday night. We did lower body work, focusing on thighs and gluts. Usually I do not leave the session sore - it hits on day 2. This time I walked out with the most nagging pain in my tush. Almost like a "funny bone" type pain - it hurts in a surprising way. <BR> <BR> By Sat am the tush pain was gone, only to be replaced by discomfort in my inner thighs and quads. It was not horrible yet so we went about our d... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 12:43:43 EST Training Recap - Session 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1961831 Wednesday was my third session with the personal trainer, and the last of the sessions for my "evaluation" week. My arms and shoulders were still sore from boxing on Monday, so I was hoping it was time to work the lower body. No such luck... <BR> <BR> I did sets of incline presses, bent rows, bike sprints, and lunges. It still amazes me how quickly I get winded - and sweaty - there. This is a new component of fitness for me since before I guess I always stopped prior to the point of drip... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 18:15:59 EST Training Recap - Session 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1952004 Cardio Boxing! <BR> <BR> I have never sweat so much, been so winded, yet had so much fun in my life. I can honestly say that everyone needs to try this at least once. Strapping on the gloves and throwing punches was the last thing I ever thought I would do, and the best thing I have done yet. <BR> <BR> You have to understand that I am not your average dyke. I am a femmy makeup wearin', acrylic nail sportin', diamond type of girl. I have never hit anyone in my life. <BR> <BR> After a ... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 14:39:51 EST Training Recap - Session 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1937133 Last night was my first personal training one-on-one session at Fitness Together. After my initial evaluation on Monday, I was back feeling a mixture of excitement and anticipation, coupled with dread and apprehension. <BR> <BR> Taking the step forward with personal training seems like a logical progression towards my health and fitness goals. I have lost over 50lbs on my own, but find I am bored and at a 6 week plateau. I wanted to learn to work my body smarter and safely, be more challe... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 14:23:35 EST Putting it on paper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1915573 <BR> I want... <BR> <BR> ...to have more stamina <BR> ...to gain endurance <BR> ...upper body strength <BR> ...defined shoulders and arms <BR> ...shapley calves and strong ankles <BR> ...to walk, then run, a 5K <BR> ...to participate in the Disney 5K in 2010 <BR> ...enough strength and flexibility to comlete the Relay for Life this summer <BR> ...firm thighs and strong quads <BR> ...better posture with a stronger core <BR> ...to buy clothes off the regular racks and not the PLUS sizes <BR> ... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:21:51 EST Motivation and Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1912084 Boy do I struggle with these. I have lost enough weight now to look and feel better, so my motivation is slacking. I know there is more work to be done, but my drive and determination is lacking. I have all the tools I need, a gym at my disposal close to home, dogs that need walking, and all the fitness clothes I could need. My iPod is full of upbeat music and a few videos to watch while I do cardio. I should be set... <BR> <BR> But I am not. <BR> <BR> I start each day looking forwar... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 14:16:16 EST 59,000 Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1866785 The wife and I took an impromptu weekend trip to Disneyland last weekend. Flew in late Friday and flew home late Sunday. This gave us two days at the park. <BR> <BR> We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel, which coupled with our annual passes got us into the park an hour earlier. I am convinced this is the only way to go now, staying onsite and early admission. <BR> <BR> We rode our favorite rides, but also took our time and walked a lot. When I say a lot, I mean a TON. Over the two days ... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 14:00:06 EST Awaiting something, but what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1846621 I am anxiously awaiting. Awaiting what though...? <BR> <BR> Better weather – yes. The gloomy gray clouds and rain make me feel so tired and lifeless. All I want to do is curl up in bed and stay warm. Seems like I am always cold. Perhaps I have lost most of my insulation. <BR> <BR> The weekend – sure! We are hoping a plane on Friday to Anaheim to have a quick Disneyland escape. Hopefully the weather is not horrible and the lines are short. It is a good way to get in a lot of walking ... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 13:11:45 EST Off-scale accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1826282 I am finding that after losing a bit more than 50 lbs my body is rebelling. Well maybe "rebelling" is not the right word. Okay - uncooperative... <BR> <BR> I am trying to eat clean and get my workouts in. From my limited experience, I think 4-5x a week at the gym should be good enough. Yet the scale number is stubborn. I have gained and lost the same 2 lbs all month. <BR> <BR> I have read the articles and understand the reasoning behind the dreaded plateau. I know my body is recalibra... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:00:33 EST Blast from the Past...Roller Skating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1804933 I have kept a mental list of "things I want to try when I lose weight" <BR> <BR> Roller skating was on that list. I roller skated often as a child, taking lessons and wearing the cute little outfit. It was fun then. But then I grew up. <BR> <BR> As an adult, and as a fat adult, I would talk myself out of doing things I used to enjoy. Excuses like "it is too hard on my ankles" or "I am too old to fall and break something" kept me out of the rink. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was an "all you can ... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 02:05:15 EST Fondue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1801713 Ohmygod! I don't know how else to start... <BR> <BR> For Valentine's Day my lovely wife took to me Simply Fondue, a fancy-pants restaurant. The images you may be conjuring up at right on. Cheese. Rich Food. Decadence. <BR> <BR> The 4 course meal started with a gorgonzola salad - this was lovely. Then the fondue pot was simmering beer to which our server added copius amounts of cheese, pesto, garlic, and sun dried tomato. It was soooo good. That would have been enough. <BR> <BR> The... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:30:23 EST Does it help or hurt... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1793423 Neoprene. <BR> <BR> The wet-suit material that makes up "sauna" shorts. The package and advertising boasts that these shorts help slim and tone your tush, hips, thighs, etc. with compression and sweating. I tried them last night and heck yeah, I sweat. <BR> <BR> It was nice to feel warmer in my right hip, which tends to give me problems. The sweat was a reminder that I was working - hard. So far so good. <BR> <BR> Then the scale this morning was up 1.5lbs! <BR> <BR> Not a lot of dif... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:52:35 EST Dare I say it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1791335 I think I am very close to being out of the Plus Size department! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Recently I bought two pair of levis on eBay that were 16 Long. Not 16W. They fit, and are finally long enough for my 5'11" frame. I was so looking forward to getting into the misses department because there are more pant options there that come in Long/Tall. Hopefully I will not have to rip the hem out of any more plus size pants. <BR> <BR> This brings to mind another topic - swimwear. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 19:58:25 EST The Monday After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1784643 I must say the installation on Saturday was a smashing success. We had family come in droves, filled all the chairs and still had folks standing in the back. My son got the DeMolay of the Year award and … <BR> <BR> I looked great! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/9/b494701615.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All the hard work I have been putting forth since last June was worth it. I have pictures I am not embarrassed for people to see and I had the stamina and energy to stay on m... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 18:00:57 EST What's Next...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1775886 So today I am pondering my next steps. <BR> <BR> I have been focusing so much energy on my incremental 50lb loss goal by our big formal event tomorrow. I am thrilled I made that goal. Tomorrow I will get to show off my new shape to family and friends who last saw me much heavier. It will feel wonderful. <BR> <BR> So what happens on Sunday? It is sort of like my take on the Holidays. So much is done to "gear up" for it. Decorating and shopping and cooking and planning. Then it is Janu... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 14:04:38 EST Success - it feels good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1769962 Today I had my morning date with my Wii Fit balance board, thinking it would again mock me with a very small change in my goal for losing 50 lbs by Feb 7th. The little character on screen greeted me with the usual "video humor" by referencing someting about worrying that its circuits would get frostbite this time of year. <BR> <BR> Once the video pleasantries were over I stepped on the board for the analysis. <BR> <BR> Everything I ate yesterday was running through my mind. Subway tuna ... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 14:33:34 EST So close... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1749781 198 days ago we bought a Wii Fit. That day changed my life in very positive ways. <BR> <BR> From that day on I have been faithfully weighing in. More than that, I have improved my balance and posture. I have watched my little line graph slope down to the right and been chastized by the little dude when I miss a few days. <BR> <BR> I never thought I would have a streak that lasted more than 30 days. Then I got to 50 days, then 100. Today was day 198. <BR> <BR> At that time, last June... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:58:23 EST Random thoughts to start the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1742103 Well I am not much of a writer, or blogger, but friends smarter than I continue to advocate for this form of self-expression. Until I get my blog groove going, I will just post random thoughts and reminders to myself as I think of them during the day. <BR> <BR> Today I stepped on my Wii Balance Board and found that my weight was up 0.2 for the weekend. Not bad. My eating and water routine was off yesterday because I slept until Noon! I am thinking I needed the extra rest or I would have ... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 19:44:21 EST