DNS9264's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DNS9264 DNS9264'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 goes up, must come down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889099 I've been having a good week, feeling really happy with all I've accomplished: I'm almost down 14-pounds, I ran my fastest time in a 5k ever last weekend, I ran my longest training run ever Thursday, I caught up all the laundry, and I finished a majority of my planning for the semester. In addition, my daughter was awarded all A's and the highest average in writing for her grade, and my son brought his grades up to A's and B's. Things are going well! <BR> <BR> So why is it I let little thin... Sat, 19 May 2012 22:24:06 EST The Good, the Bad, and the Terrible. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852800 So, apparently, Thursday is my blogging day. :-) <BR> <BR> Something rather interesting is going on in my life. I'm going to be working on two 5Ks over the next few months. By working on, I mean helping to organize and plan, not working on running. <BR> <BR> They are both small events - one for my kiddo's former elementary school and one for my daughter's cheer squad, but it's still super cool to me to be helping with the planning and organizing of these events I love.... Already thinking ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 07:09:43 EST So what now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842862 I've kind of hit a stumbling block in my career path and don't know what to do now. I worked very hard on my masters degree, got mainly straight A's, and was set to graduate until I got stuck on my thesis. After a year and a half of trying, I've given up on it. <BR> <BR> It's taken me a while to accept this, but some things are not meant to be, and this is one of them. I'm not looking for encouragement to keep pushing forward, but rather I'm looking for ways to keep growing and figure out w... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:09:30 EST My son's PR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835489 I'm so proud of my son! He finally got his PR under 40 minutes for his 5k. It was a great moment watching him cross the finish line at 38 minutes. I got a new PR, too, by a few seconds, missing getting into the 26 minute zone by 15 seconds, the time it took me to stop and tie my shoe around mile 2.5. But none of that mattered because I was grinning ear-to-ear when my son met his goal! <BR> <BR> My whole family ran today, and I'm proud of them all. The fiancé is determined to beat me and kno... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 00:14:40 EST Keep on keeping on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831052 Wow! I did not realize how long it has been since I posted on here. So much has happened, namely I got engaged!!!! I am marrying my best friend, and great news- he is a Sparker, too! Together, we've been eating healthy and running and doing all kinds of good things. As a matter of fact, we got engaged after a half marathon in Nashville. It was cold and snowy, but it was still amazing and beautiful, and he's the best guy ever. <BR> <BR> Why I came to write this tonight was because I wanted t... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:59:33 EST Broken scale say WHAT??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4690263 I've recently had that dreaded moment. You know, the one where you step on the scale, look down, quickly jump off, say a small prayer the number isn't right, and jump back on only to find, well, dang, the scale really must be broken.... Yeah. That moment. <BR> <BR> So here's my confession, one that a truly lady probably would never make, but here's for honesty over modesty: I've gained 20 pounds. Twenty. The weight of a two-year-old child. Or a stack of wood. Or a small hippo. <BR> <BR> Ok... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:58:49 EST Soarin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591875 Today, my program called for a forty minute easy run. Even though lately my runs have been getting easier, for some reason, today's run was more difficult. Maybe it was the fact that I was running in the afternoon when I normally run in the morning. Or maybe it was the weather, cold after several days of warmth, a shock to the system since I've been running on a treadmill on any day that dipped below fifty. Or, possibly, just possibly, it was the Taco Bell that I ate just a few hours prior to... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 23:03:53 EST I am a runner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4583273 This weekend, I took my first actual class on running. I've been running for over a year now, but this was the first time I got professional advice from anything but a magazine column or a book. The class is a form class; I feel like I have pretty good form, but the lady at Big Peach recommended the class for my boyfriend and I decided to join him. <BR> <BR> It's weird, how running has become such a part of my life. Not only did we wake at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to go freeze... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 08:11:03 EST Baby, It's COlD outside! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578264 This morning, it seemed like a hundred things were blocking me from getting to my run. First, I woke up and couldn't find the warm up pants I wanted to wear. My son had a doctor's appointment, and I'm not a big fan of going in to any business in my tights and jogging shorts. I finally decided I would run in a pair of yoga pants I have, even though they were a little short when paired with my running shoes. My ankles were showing and they looked like the biggest fashion faux pas ever when pair... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:49:32 EST Pace Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4574820 The other night/morning/whatever, when I was at the time change race, I kept watching these people cross the finish line with these incredible times. 16, 17, 18 minutes. I was amazed. <BR> <BR> <BR> I know I'll probably never have a time close to those, but it did make me want to improve my own PR. Right now, my best 5K is at 29 minutes - not terrible, but not great either. My new goal is to get it down around 27, running about a 9 minute mile. I think it's doable and can hopefully help me... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 14:39:04 EST The Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146927 I started reading The Spark last night, and I have to say it has inspired me, not only on the weight loss front, but also on my other goals. Since I was a kid, I've had one dream, one goal: to write a novel. It's the thing my heart desires more than anything, the one thing I really need to accomplish before I die to make my life successful. <BR> <BR> I know all this and always have. The thing is, every time I start to push toward that goal, I put up my own roadblocks to keep me from reaching... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 13:31:42 EST Getting Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4142873 So, a few months ago, I lost down to the smallest I have been since I had my children: 148 pounds. I achieved my goal through a combination of watching what I ate on SparkPeople and training for a half marathon. I felt amazing! <BR> <BR> But then I ran that half marathon, and I got busy with school and work and my kids. I knew I was gaining weight, but I wasn't ready to face the number. Last week, I weighed for the first time in a couple months. I was up seven pounds. Today, when I stepped ... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 22:46:37 EST Welcome to thirty-ville http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4132725 Thirty is not old. It's not something to be ashamed of or scared or anything of. It's just three decades of living, of experience, of learning. <BR> <BR> I always thought when I turned thirty that I would feel something different, but honestly, I keep forgetting that I'm not in my twenties anymore. Nothing has changed, really. I'm still a grad student, still a teacher, still a mom. I still work hard and play harder. I still have the best friends in the world and an awesome boyfriend and the... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:34:54 EST My first half marathon: Walt Disney World! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3907935 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l230980175.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, I had zero athletic ability. When I played baseball with my cousins, I caught it more often in the mouth or leg than the hand. When I tried gymnastics, I got as far as a cartwheel. And when I ran, everyone laughed at me and told me I looked like a chicken. <BR> <BR> But after I had two babies and gained what felt like a gazillion pounds, I needed something athletic to help me get back in shape.... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 20:46:38 EST Halfway there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3832202 Yesterday, I entered my most recent weight, and I realized that I am halfway to my goal. I can't believe how far I've come using SparkPeople. I'm down two sizes and fifteen pounds, which, compared to how much some of the amazing people on here have lost, may not sound like a lot. But it's huge to me! It's ten percent of my body weight - well, my current body weight at least. <BR> <BR> This weekend, my kids, mother, and I went on a trip to the Smokie Mouuntains. I knew I was going to eat badl... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 13:23:40 EST I'm not scared anymore!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3814800 <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> For a month now, I have been avoiding the scale. I went to Disney, ate whatever I want for a week and a half, came back, and just could not get back on track. <BR> <BR> But for at least a few weeks now, I have been running and eating right. I feel better, less bloated, less tired, less puffy, more excited about being me. However, I have still been avoiding the scale. <BR> <BR> At first, it wasn't on purpose. I have always refused to own a scale of my own. Instead, ... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:13:49 EST Procrastinator blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3807040 Okay, so turkey day is over. Black Friday shopping is done. What's left for my holiday weekend? A stack of papers to grade and a major homework paper to work on. <BR> <BR> For some reason, I am having a tough time getting motivated. I'll clean the house, take a run, even do laundry to put off working on my paper. I haven't come this far to just give up. This is my last major paper before I graduate and I have a full year to work on it; how come I can't put four sentences on the paper without... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:01:29 EST On not running... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3792419 I don't want to run. To be honest, I hate it. I hate getting sweaty and hate being forced to move and hate having to change and would really rather just lie down and take a nap. <BR> But I need to run. I need to run because I have thunder thighs that need to be narrowed and my pants feel a little snug and I spied just a bit of muffin top peaking out earlier today. I need to run because SparkPeople says today is a cardio day for me and I have calories to burn. I need to run because it keeps me... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 15:20:54 EST My melancholy mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3785548 <em>39</em> <BR> I broke up with my boyfriend. It was a good thing to do, a thing I needed to do, but it still stinks. He didn't adore me, didn't think I hung the moon, and sometimes, didn't even seem to like being with me all that much. Still, I hate being alone. <BR> <BR> For ten years, I was married. Not to a great guy, but a guy who did love me, sometimes a bit too much. But we weren't meant to be together, and we both knew that. I think I've gotten into a routine of settling because I... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:10:41 EST Losing my spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3719731 Today, I ran my first 10-K. I did it in an hour! It was amazing, a demonstration of just how far I have come. Even with all the success I've had today, I feel like a failure because I'm gaining weight and losing track of my goals. <BR> <BR> While I definitely am in the best physical shape of my life, I have lost my spark, and I've got to get it back. I keep making promises that I am going to get back on track then don't. I'm not sure what to do. <BR> <BR> My life is super busy right now. ... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 20:29:48 EST I am not doing this again!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3657171 For the past few years, my body and I have been through a vicious cycle. I lose weight in the summer when I have time to work out and eat healthier, but then when school starts - I'm working on my masters and teach at two different colleges - things fall apart. I start eating bad. I start skipping workouts. I start gaining weight. <BR> Last week, I had to go buy new pants. Even though I always have a summer weight loss, I am the smallest I have been since having my babies. I don't want to giv... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 06:28:43 EST I am... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3570339 I am a mother. I have two children that I am raising by myself. They are amazing kids who, unfortunately, have been through a lot. Everyday I am proud of what they do and the people they are becoming. <BR> <BR> I am a daughter. My parents keep me going. My mother helps me and encourages me, and without her, I wouldn't be the successful person I am today. My dad loves me more than anyone I know. He cuts my grass, which is a big deal considering my lot size, and is always there when I have a ... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:21:37 EST My first Spark blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3503423 This is my third week on SparkPeople, and I have to say it is awesome! For the first time, I feel like I am doing something sustainable. I am inspired by all of the people on here and hope to someday have little markers counting off the pounds I am losing. Wed, 4 Aug 2010 16:46:07 EST