EBEAMS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EBEAMS EBEAMS'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/ Run Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950485 I started walking with my Spark buddy again for 2 - 3 mornings a week several weeks ago. As we've walked and talked, I've found that I feel better. Earlier this week I told my hubby I was ready to start running again. Funny thing was I told my hubby one day and my Spark buddy told me she had started running again the next day. Life is funny! <BR> <BR> It was 4 am when the alarm clock went off and frankly I wanted to do something bad to the person who had set it. I was thinking more like... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:23:00 EST Surprise! I'm here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928039 Yesterday turned into one of those surreal days where you feel like you were run over by your life and you are not q-u-i-t-e sure what happened. <BR> <BR> When I ate my breakfast yesterday morning, I had a sharp pain in my neck that made it uncomfortable to chew but it wasn't a "stop-the-day" type thing. I did notice a little swelling but it was the size of a small pebble and I wasn't that concerned. Until I ate again and the pain was still there and the swelling was getting more noticea... Thu, 14 May 2015 11:12:22 EST Ugh ... what a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925974 I'm not complaining ... or maybe I am but wow, what an incredibly hectic week. I started out strong but by Friday, I was dragging. This week isn't looking any better ... in fact, it looks more hectic and frantic. <BR> <BR> In order to attempt to combat my feeling of being overwhelmed and overcommitted, I'm going to work out first thing in the morning. And I'm not committing to ANYTHING next Saturday and Sunday. NOTHING except what I WANT to do to relax. <BR> <BR> First though, I've ... Sun, 10 May 2015 20:43:07 EST Need some real rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923326 I am not sleeping well at all. I keep having nightmares and my sleep hasn't been solid, deep or restful for several nights in a row now. Tomorrow is a 16 hour day if I don't get up and go run in the morning ... an 18 hour day if I do. As of this minute, I'm too tired to even think about getting up and going to do anything before I absolutely have to. Yet, I know that I want to stick to my plan ... it's confusing. Maybe I should accept that the plan for this week was flawed from inceptio... Tue, 5 May 2015 22:01:07 EST Enjoying a down day ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921982 Yesterday my hubby and I got our storage unit completely emptied, swept and signed off. We're no longer paying rent on a place to keep things we don't have room for! We do have a pile of boxes in our garage that need to be gone through and lots of organization needs to happen but, as of yesterday, we now have our belongings all in one place. <BR> <BR> This is important to me because my side of the family is overly blessed with the gift of keeping everything. And yes, I really mean everyth... Sun, 3 May 2015 19:49:10 EST Run day #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920970 Ahhh .... I did it! I completed all three run days this week as planned! <em>224</em> I found some more motivation to put on my wall so I see it first thing in the morning ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l934167608.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think this is one of the wisest things I can remember. Weight gain happens so insidiously quickly and, for the most part, unnoticed (i.e. ignored in my case). Somehow, my brain thinks two weeks of eating (fairly) clean ... Fri, 1 May 2015 19:32:09 EST Fueled by competition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920413 So ... I have this little problem. I'm a perfectionist who always wants to be the winner at everything. I'm not a braggart, I just want to be FIRST place ... Always have, probably always will. <BR> <BR> I joined this 14 day challenge through the work fitness program and it's on! Last night I was NOT in the top 5 people on the team and that just can't happen! I don't know that I can match or surpass the number of steps some of those ladies posted (over 28,000 for on day) but I can at leas... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:47:03 EST I'm Grumpy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919366 I am struggling with some things that are not under my direct ability to control and it's making me really grumpy. My natural communication style is calm, collected and compromising but I don't want to be any of those things right now. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I'm going to bed so I can sleep it off. Tomorrow morning I'm going to roll out of bed with a smile and go for a run ... <BR> <BR> Good night! Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:46:41 EST Measurable progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918373 So, I didn't have the courage to get on the scale when I started over again this time. I'm content to go with what I had in my tracker from the last time I adjusted my weight ... and that means the scale reflected a 2 pound loss this morning! It's a little weird that it didn't excite me when I weighed - maybe cuz it was 4:15 in the morning and we were heading out to go on a little run. <em>331</em> That's ok cuz I'm super excited now! <BR> <BR> I love that the first weigh in is "rein... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:22:56 EST God's word is always on time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918021 The message this morning was on finding our joy in God rather than in our circumstances. I so needed to hear that. I needed to be reminded that there is still a place I can carry my brokenness to and be filled up. I know that trials are given to make us stronger and to increase our character ... I believe that God is more than able to see me through any trial I face. Sometimes I just need to be reminded. <BR> <BR> I'm declaring this day a victory already. It's almost 2 pm and I've track... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:40:58 EST Struggling today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917605 It's one step forward and two steps back. My exercise has been good today but I'm really, really struggling with eating. Mother's Day is quickly approaching and that makes me very sad. Last year we took my mom on a train ride with a friend of her's to celebrate what we knew was her last year with us. Sigh ... this year is going to be so very hard to get through. <BR> <BR> I want to go to my cupboard and gobble down EVERYTHING in there! I have some small candy bars that we got in a baske... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:18:57 EST What a day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917201 Whew ... I'm plumb wore out! Started early and accomplished 98% of what was on my to-do list today! Woohoo ... laundry - done; grocery shopping - done; cooking for the week - 98% done (I still need to cook some meat and make buffalo cauliflower bites for my darlin); bedding all washed up, housework done to include cleaning both bathrooms AND getting all of the mopping and vacuuming (which I abhor) done .... That thrills me! I love a clean house. It looks good, it smells good ... it makes... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:55:34 EST My attitude needs work ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916567 There are certain things in life that make all of us happy ... but not all of us are made happy by the same things. There's also the difference between knowing and doing. Take for example (for me), running. I do not LOVE the process of going back to the beginning and working my way up to being able to run for X amount of minutes continuously. YES - I do wish I had not let my weight and health slide but that's hindsight now. As I was pounding my way around the track this morning with my d... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:32:39 EST Ready to go ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916049 ... forward ... I'm ready to go forward. I took off this weekend and spent time with just my sister up in northern Idaho. I love my sister. She is sweet, kind, level headed, financially smart, just retired and what I want to be when I grow up. She gives everyone the best she has to give and can stand up for herself without the other person even realizing they've been had. I so want to be her .... but I'm not, I'm me. <BR> <BR> We stayed up the first night and talked till midnight. On S... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:19:27 EST Eureka! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904382 ... or "Wow, you can find motivation in the most unexpected places"! <BR> <BR> Back in January, I made a couple of medical appointments that that I couldn't get scheduled in for until today! Busy medical facilities around here! Anyway, I wasn't really thinking about the whole weighing and measuring thing cuz it was annual maintenance type stuff, not medical issues type stuff. So ... when the nurse says "Hop up on the scale so we can weigh and measure you", my response was "How about we go... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 19:07:18 EST one step forward, two steps back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902584 Today I did not take enough food to eat and I walked quite a bit. My FitBit says over 13,000 steps and I'm just plumb tuckered out. When I got home from walking with my friend, I was totally in hunting mode and I way too many calories, although it wasn't really "bad" food since I don't keep that stuff in the house. Still, I'm disappointed in knowing that my craving got the best of me. <BR> <BR> Back to the drawing table for better coping mechanisms ... sigh ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:44:05 EST Where'd the weekend go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901962 Wow! This weekend went by way too fast. I had a good time with company that came into town for an overnight stay. I had a good time hanging out with my hubby. Today, we spent time helping the couple that came to stay with us move their son out of his apt. I felt like I got a lot of steps in but my FitBit says no. Oh well ... Tomorrow is another day. <BR> <BR> I've got a busy week ahead and am hoping I can remember everything to get done. Where are my lists??? <BR> <BR> Hope you've ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:26:09 EST Time for a nap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900762 We rolled out of bed this morning at 4 am and were at the Rec Center at 5 when they opened. Yawn ... we got 30 mins in and headed back home. I did 2.5 mins walking and 2.5 mins jogging at a slow pace. That worked better. I was still wore out by the time we started for home but it was good. <BR> <BR> So far today I've completed the grocery shopping, some of the cooking, all of the laundry (to include folded/hung up and put away AND most of my housework. I still need to vacuum but ... it'... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:05:48 EST Another week done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900327 I'm currently working a 4-10 shift so Thursdays are usually Friday for me. It was a great relief to clear my desk before leaving this afternoon so I can arrive to an organized, clean work area on Monday. It still feels weird to have an office. <BR> <BR> I didn't go to the Rec Center today but have been fairly active with things that needed to be done. I just almost at 10,000 steps on my FitBit, which will earn me 15 activity points on the wellness website that tracks that. I am plannin... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:38:09 EST It's always something ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899624 Today I hauled out of bed at 4 am and went to the Rec Center with my darlin'. He's been working on getting back into running as his schedule allows and he enjoys running in the mornings if he can. I had a flash of inspiration and decided today was my day to start running again. Here's a few things I've pondered on all day long .... <BR> <BR> 1. Yes, it is very hard to breath while you are running. Start slower and run for less time. <BR> 2. Running needs to be a gift to myself, not a ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:13:21 EST Thought for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898603 I know what food I'm taking but not sure yet about when I'm going to be working out (I should go get dressed right now and go). There's a meeting this evening my hubby and I want to attend, so this evening is out for working out. I could just take my shoes and a pair of socks and walk on my lunch hour ... or I could go right now. I'm attempting to talk myself into getting dressed and heading out into the rain but I'm snuggled up in front of the fireplace, nice and warm and finally getting ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:54:29 EST Another day in the books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898473 Ugh ... I typed today until my wrists were going numb! Whew ... that was a big bummer! I rarely got out of my chair or even tuned in to what was going on around me. MMMMM ... that's not gonna work! The saving grace was my hubby was still wanting to go to the Rec Center when he got home from work, so off we went. I'm over 11,000 steps on my Fitbit, closed out at 1472 for calories and I'm sleepy. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow ... Tomorrow is another day to try again but for now, I'm content handling... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:39:24 EST Great day for a new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897756 Sundays are still very difficult for me. Maybe they always will be. In the time I've been gone (this go around), we suffered another loss in our family. My son and daughter-in-law lost their unborn baby on the day that marked 8 months since our son died and 6 months since my mom passed away. I just don't understand ... I may never ... <BR> <BR> Things are changing in my world again with my husband moving to a new job. His first day is tomorrow. Everything about it great ... almost ...... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 21:03:37 EST I'll keep starting over ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897119 as long as I keep giving up ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1528808476.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:21:26 EST Sure way to kill a good morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866541 The scale ... sigh ... Yes, I'm pouting and I'll admit I am. I haven't weighed for a couple of weeks cuz I want to make sure that I'm not obsessing about the scale and my weight. That said, I climbed on and I was up a pound. <em>28</em> Right after I felt like screaming, then I felt like this <em>46</em> right up until my husband tried to help talk me through being so disappointed and I felt like <em>234</em> except more not happy. <BR> <BR> Now I've had a couple of hours to... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:26:31 EST More unscientific fun stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864763 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1960577544.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's what I'm talking about on the FitBit feedback. I love knowing that I've only burned (approximately) 1900 calories for the day. I know I've been going, going, going and my steps/mileage show that BUT my calories burned show another piece of the puzzle. <BR> <BR> I like graphics ... they help me a TON! Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:22:24 EST LOVING the FitBit feedback! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863212 I opened up my email today and found this! <BR> <BR> <link>static0.fitbit.com/images/badges_new<BR>/386px/badge_lifetime_miles26_2.png </link> <BR> <BR> It's a "marathon" badge for completing 26.2 miles in steps that have been tracked on my FitBit. Hopefully that works so you can see it. If not, oh well. It was just pretty exciting to me! <BR> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:22:04 EST Mulling over counseling again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862605 Today was a rough day. I'm determined that I am going to get the scale moving in the downward direction and I'm finding myself a little grumpy with nothing in particular as thoughts creep into my mind to tempt me. I wonder how long the ol' brain has been tricking me? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061321219.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have a feeling that the mind has been in control for way longer than I want to even acknowledge. Moving on, today I regressed in my j... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:59:22 EST FitBit game changer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861704 Seeing is believing and it's so much easier for me when I can SEE what I'm actually doing! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l699122627.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That was at 11 pm last night and that means I traveled an unscientific 7 miles yesterday during the course of my day. <BR> <BR> This works for me! I went to sleep happy, happy, happy! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:55:07 EST Processing ... processing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860821 You know that thing you see on your screen when your computer is loading something and it's taking "forever"? My brain has kind of been doing that as I've been working towards setting goals for the rest of the year and figuring out how to fit my healthy new life style into my very crowded life. The excuse goes like this "I don't have enough time in my day already! How am I going to fit (fill in the blank) in too???!" as I start to rationalize why I can't do this. Ahhh ... mind set ... it ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:18:27 EST Dreamed about Mom last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858963 I had the best thing happen last night ... well, actually just before I woke up this morning. I was in this weird dream where I was in a camping environment but I don't know that I was necessarily camping. Things were very disorganized and people didn't care. I was going from here to there and all over, trying to get things organized and trying to meet the needs of the people who were there. Finally, I had gone into the bathroom by myself and (even weirder) was watching a teeny tiny turtl... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:06:37 EST Food and me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857622 Wanna find out how dysfunctional your relationship with food is??? Schedule a fasting blood lab! I'm up at 2 am in the morning and already thinking about how I'm going to "make it" til probably around 11 am without eating. <BR> <BR> It's times like these when I have those tiny break throughs that give me the most insight into myself. I'm obsessed with food ... with when I'm eating again. I'm addicted to sugar and processed foods, although my heart longs to not be. In one part of my mi... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:47:52 EST Made quick pickles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857432 ... sort of. I snagged a recipe out of the paper about 3 weeks ago for making "quick pickle" radishes and carrots. I got most of the stuff I needed last week and the final ingredients on Friday. So, tonight I figured I was just going to go for it! I cut the recipe in half since I have no idea if I will like the carrots and radishes ... first mistake. It says at the end to fill the jar with enough liquid to cover the veggies - Nope, can't do that. <BR> <BR> Oh well ... you live and lea... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:21:53 EST Week in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856459 This is the ever evolving inspiration wall in my bedroom. It's the second thing I see in the morning. It keeps me focused on what my short term goals are for 7 days at a time AND I keep bits and pieces of wisdom that speak to my heart to stay in touch with my emotions. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535478300.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The stars are my goals for the week. This week, they were: <BR> <BR> Log into Spark People <BR> Exercise x 3 <BR> Drink Water <BR> B... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:21:28 EST Day 16 of plank challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856086 Whew ... Day 16 is 2 minutes! I didn't think it was bad at all but last night at 1.5 minutes, I thought that was torturous. Goes to show how each and every day is individual and, really, is a snapshot of where you are RIGHT now. Tomorrow will be different, yesterday was different. Yeah, one bad day can't be the end of the fight. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning it's a run with my hubby and Sunday we're planning on some racquetball. Other than that, I need to get my nose in my computer and de... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:13:35 EST Random things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854639 Here's the plank challenge we've been doing. We are at day #14. Whew! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l251818712.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's my motivation for 2015: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l557423818.jpg"> <BR> I posted this same thing the other day but it wasn't very clear. I think I've decided to break these items down to one a month. During the month, I want to work on introducing these principles fully into my day to day life. I thi... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:09:22 EST Found it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853072 I love this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609750087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this one: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l644203590.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I watched Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead 2 last night and I was stunned to hear the statistic that we are bombarded with about 200 food choices every day but we are only aware of about 30-40 of them. Oh ... my ... goodness! Listening to them talk about how the thought process happens in the brain... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:10:17 EST Little steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852195 It's been an interesting day in my brain today. For the first time in a very long time, Sunday wasn't depressing. Today I did several things that made me feel good. I heard a wonderful sermon and thought on how blessed I am to have my faith, my rock, my safe place to be when things don't make sense or are hurting my soul. I also did something new for exercise. I haven't played racquetball in probably 15 years. I used to be kind of good at it. I used to really enjoy playing. Today my h... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:58:14 EST Tools for success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851323 Here's the tools I've put in my tool box to help me succeed: <BR> <BR> My mission statement for 2015 - Respect who I am RIGHT NOW and move towards my goals. (Sorry it's hard to read. I'll repost it tomorrow with all the verbiage.) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1123906223.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christmas gift for son: Gotta learn how to use this thing! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l493194317.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Love for my feet! Alw... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:36:08 EST Focusing on positives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850620 Today I accomplished at least one thing that I have been wanting to tackle ... sorting out all the ribbons, bows, gift bags and wrapping paper that gets to be such a HUGE mess every Christmas. I troll Pinterest on a VERY regular basis (much to my sweet hubby's chagrin) and I work very hard to use the really great ideas that other people have already tried -- especially for organizing. <BR> <BR> A few days ago, I found this great Pin for organizing the wrapping stuff. There are lots but t... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:01:27 EST Glad it's my Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849756 Whew! This was a long week! I so enjoyed my time off from the office. I worked some from home but going back to full immersion was ... WOW. I might need another week to acclimate again! <BR> <BR> Good news! I'm on track to meet and exceed my goals for my fitness minutes and calories burned for this week! Woohoo ... and I stepped on the scale this morning and was down 1.6 lbs. It's not much but it's my party and it doesn't take much to make me happy! I was also super happy to have no ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:08:34 EST Today ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848998 Today it was a difficult day for personal reasons that had nothing to do with my work. It was just ... hard. One of the parts I was startled by was when I had a skin damage screening done and the health care lady told me I have some damage on my nose, under my eyes, on my cheeks and that I already have "patching" on my forehead. I know next to nothing about skin damage. I will be researching it ... and figuring out if I need to contact a dermatologist ... and ... my spirit is just tired. ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:31:43 EST Today was a blah day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847974 I just typed out my whole negative blog and deleted for good stress relief. Hope you had a wonderful day!!! <em>334</em> Tue, 6 Jan 2015 19:50:51 EST Making food for a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846967 Side note first: I got settled into my desk this morning and it hit me like a tidal wave. I was having a very intense craving for candy. Because I'm working hard on feeling emotions as they come, it took me by surprise how strong the urge to find and consume candy was. I am hoping it is residual from all the holiday goodies AND the fact I left my breakfast at home, which me my brain THINK I was going to starve ... but I already had back up. I wish I could say it helped but it didn't! ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:46:19 EST Planning for success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845436 So, Week 1 is in the bag (so to speak) and it's been a good time of transition. It wasn't stress free, it wasn't perfect but it was good. I was sitting in my recliner last night, flexing my ankles when my husband asked me if I had a cramp. I told him "No, it just hurts but it hurts in a good way that makes me happy". I like happy .... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Some of the small changes I've added in this week are so simple it makes me smile to just think about them. Instead of starting... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:17:49 EST Great start to the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844985 My hubby and I went to the Rec Center again this morning first thing. It was Day 2 of a 30 day plank challenge and, right now, that was easy. 20 seconds - no sweat. However, it was after we did Day 1 of a Couch 2 5K running program after our new Garmin Forerunner 10 watches (that we got for Christmas from our son) would NOT find our location so we could use those instead. It was pretty frustrating and almost de-railed the whole thing BUT we figured out a work around instead. <BR> <BR> To... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 18:18:08 EST What if ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843810 My husband and I started our day off at the local Rec Center, thanks to the generosity of our soldier son. Caleb purchased a punch pass for the Rec Center when he got here in early December and then promptly got completely distracted by a lovely young woman who took up all of his time. When he wasn't with her, he was waiting for her to get off work. So, hubby and I are the proud owner of his punch pass that still has 18 visits on it ... or it did before we went over there this morning! ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:43:57 EST Happy Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842829 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1393181730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning I bit the bullet and stepped on the scale. Minor victory there IF you go by the oft repeated mantra that when people gain weight back, they always end up gaining what they lost and then some. I did not. I am 12 lbs under what I started at when I first signed up for SparkPeople several years ago. Does that mean I'm happy about it? No ... but I was really scared to get on the scale. <BR> <BR> This... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:39:15 EST 2014 in the rear view mirror (very long) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841772 I was laying in bed early this morning thinking about the past 12 months. Wow ... what a difference 365 days can make. I feel like this was a decade, not a year and I am desperately ready to be D-O-N-E! Here's the story of 2014 ... <BR> <BR> January - My mom had 2 weeks of radiation for throat cancer. It just about killed her. My mom was one of the strongest women I've met - and I don't mean just physically. When I was young, I remember watching my mom push cows around in the barn whe... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 08:42:16 EST Not what you are expecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841581 I was going to blog on the personality test that my hubby and I took but I found something I'm more interested in to blog about. I'd much rather tell you about my adventures today. <BR> <BR> I started off my day with my yummy veggie/fruit smoothie on my way to breakfast with my girlfriend from high school. We hadn't seen each other for a week or so and it's always uplifting to talk with her. Because I had just downed my smoothie on the way to breakfast, I ordered some yogurt and granola b... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:28:46 EST