EJENKINSB's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EJENKINSB EJENKINSB'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/ Back from the black hole...sort of. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741677 On a whim today, I logged into Sparkpeople to catch up on the blogs of some friends. Then I realized how quickly I dropped off in February. <BR> <BR> Well, here I am. <BR> <BR> I can't say that I'm disappointed, as I have good cause to be MIA from the web: I am expecting our third child this fall. I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant, and couldn't be happier. Well, I'm happy that our family is growing...it's just unfortunate that my circumference needs to do the same! <BR> <BR> My overa... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:23:35 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618532 The last few days I've been trying to pay attention to how food makes me feel after I eat it. Indulging in a huge bowl of the kids crackers makes me feel lousy. Replacing that with a moderate sized bowl of grapes and berries made me feel terrific. I'm making an effort to remember how food makes me feel before I eat it...and really just be more mindful about what I put in my mouth. Not a terribly difficult concept, but not always the easiest when I'm fighting a hunger pang. <BR> <BR> I've... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:45:52 EST Day 1. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615978 I'm trying my best right now and doing my darnedest to stay active despite the ice/snow/rain/slush/freezing cold. Last night, my husband and I made reservations for a ski weekend in early March. He's never skied, and I haven't skied since college, but we're all going and he and the kids are going to try it. YAY! Let's here it for active, family filled fun weekends! <BR> <BR> In other news, I've done an okay job getting to bed early and this week kinda-sorta conquered getting up early (th... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:43:59 EST My Happiness Project - 2014, the Year of ME. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597129 Last night I felt so lousy, and I am pretty convinced that the pizza was a pretty sizable factor in that feeling. Not that pizza is bad, but I knew I was making a poor choice, and I was making the poor choice because I was tired and feeling lazy. Also, yesterday was pretty convenience food-heavy. It's not exactly shocking that I felt crappy. <BR> <BR> However, today's a new day. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I read Gretchen Rubin's book "The Happiness Project." I didn't do anything with ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:49:46 EST Blooming Where I'm Planted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593640 I've just collapsed on the couch after a morning of cleaning and organizing. Rather than get hung up on looking for a new place to live, I'm trying to reframe my perspective and be happy where we are now. Kind of like the magnet on my fridge reminds me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1058171314.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While the weekend was difficult, I chose to not beat myself up and move on. So as of yesterday I am back on plan. My husband got home early last nigh... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:43:57 EST Super Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588046 Today is one of those days where I am bursting at the seams. The sun is shining (though it's still cold - after the polar vortex it feels downright balmy), my kids are feeling better, and even while I'm a bit stuffy, all feels right in the world. Maybe it's the coffee I had this morning, or maybe I'm just feeling good since I'm overhauling my diet, but it doesn't matter to me...feeling good just feels good! <BR> <BR> My husband's been working late the last two nights so I'm really looking ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:13:25 EST Goals: 2014 Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586608 Well, I didn't get to bed early last night, but after making the call early this morning that R wouldn't be going to school (raging fever), all of us got to sleep until nearly 7:30 this morning. I hate that my kids don't feel well, it's the worst feeling. However, Tylenol truly is miraculous and at least we can have a quiet day at home, recuperating and catching up on board games, cartoons, and stories. <BR> <BR> I love the New Year. I love the feeling of a fresh start and blank slate. ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 09:10:05 EST Checking in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585955 I'm keeping this short given that I've got two little boys to bathe and get ready for bed, but still - Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> The holidays were lovely...and a whirlwind, but now we're home. Our flight landed last night just in time to avoid a weather related mess at the airport, so that was good. Of course, the first week of 2014 was a train wreck. BUT, I will say, it was a train wreck with a load of walking, so there's my silver lining. <BR> <BR> Today I have been entirely on plan an... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:01:33 EST Busy mornings and quiet afternoons. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566592 I love it when things go as planned. Well, duh. Doesn't everyone? Anyways, I didn't have an especially crazy morning by any means, but we had things to do and places to be at precise times, and it all worked out marvelously. <BR> <BR> This morning was my five year old's kindergarten Winter Concert. Honestly, the cuteness was just ridiculous. The concert was at the local middle school, so I had to get everyone up and out the door a bit earlier than usual since we had to drive and could... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:15:43 EST Climbing back out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565689 The last few weeks have been really difficult. I've been struggling with dealing with stress and anxiety and I have been anything but healthy. It would not be inaccurate to say that I've been teetering on the edge of depression this fall. It's been hard. I've been too hard on myself, and haven't been asking for help. Luckily for me, I have a wonderfully supportive husband and family. <BR> <BR> My parents (divorced, but both happily remarried to my stepparents - whom I adore) have both s... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:02:10 EST Undone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545096 Wow. I really have no words for how awful the weekend was. It was awful eating-wise, it was awful outside, and most of all, it was awful inside my head. I was just in a funk - a miserable, miserable funk. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I was disappointed about EVERYTHING, and my mood and eating reflected that. I did a lot of eating this weekend, and I was most definitely trying to eat away my sadness and disappointment. <BR> <BR> Yesterday proved to be a little bit better, in that my mood was bett... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:35:38 EST Going into the weekend...and this time I'll be prepared! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541834 The phone rang a few minutes ago, and it was the nurse calling with my MRI results from a couple of weeks ago. I am so happy right now! As it turns out, I just have acute plantar fasciitis! Yes, it stinks and I don't like it, but it's completely reversible, and I don't have any nerve damage!! Really, it's terrific news. <BR> <BR> Most of all, it means that I can get real about having some running goals for the spring. Namely, running the 2014 Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in early April. I... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:34:25 EST Making it another good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540987 Yesterday my dad came over to watch my son so I could go to my first physical therapy appointment. I love being able to type that out, because this is the first time since I was eight (and I'm 33 now) that I've lived this close to my dad. It's such a thrill for me to be able to drive up to his house for lunch, or for him to be close enough that he's always offering to babysit. Most of all, I love that he and my stepmom are able to be close with my sons. <BR> <BR> My dad and stepmom have... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:31:45 EST When the weekend is over, the work starts again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539137 This weekend my family headed out to Western Pennsylvania to visit my mom and stepfather. They have a beautiful home on the side of a small mountain, and while there isn't much around out there, there's still PLENTY to do! And while we really did want to visit with my parents, we also REALLY wanted to get out of the city. Oddly enough, it was the first time that my husband left DC since we moved here over Labor Day weekend! (I've been out and about with the kids, visiting friends and fami... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:00:06 EST Back from the abyss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528342 Well, I'm back! It's been a few months since I've done anything remotely geared toward my health and fitness, but I'm getting back to the program. <BR> <BR> Truthfully, the last few months have been stressful and not entirely happy for me. We moved, and our move was not altogether smooth. The last time I checked in, we were living in sunny and warm Pensacola, FL, and now we've settled into our new place in Washington, DC. Needless to say, our first several weeks were riddled with stress ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:25:29 EST Back from the abyss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528341 Well, I'm back! It's been a few months since I've done anything remotely geared toward my health and fitness, but I'm getting back to the program. <BR> <BR> Truthfully, the last few months have been stressful and not entirely happy for me. We moved, and our move was not altogether smooth. The last time I checked in, we were living in sunny and warm Pensacola, FL, and now we've settled into our new place in Washington, DC. Needless to say, our first several weeks were riddled with stress ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:25:28 EST Checking in - and three pounds lighter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438883 Do you ever go through a stretch where you're sticking on plan but aren't necessarily logging on to SparkPeople each day? That's where I am now. I'm on plan, exercising, and generally sticking with it, but am decidedly NOT doing such a great job logging on. Eh - it is what is it. <BR> <BR> I'm pleased to report that my physical therapy is going really well. For two hours each week, I hang out with my physical therapist and basically get the knots and kinks pulled out of my leg. It's fun... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:40:36 EST Revelations from the sideline. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430463 Yesterday marked the first time I had stepped into a gym in a month. I was a little bit hesitant since I'm terrified of hurting myself further and extending my rehab. No thank you! Nonetheless, my trip to the gym was doctor approved, and it felt great. Yes, my rear is a bit sore from the repetitive movement on the bike, but I showed up and did it. I paid attention to my body, noting a couple of things to ask my physical therapist, but otherwise biked 5.24 miles in 20:25. Today I woke up... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:39:05 EST Making the best of a bad situation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428150 I realize that I've been "off-the-grid" lately and thought I'd check in. The last couple of weeks have been challenging, but I feel like I'm at a point where I can try and get back on plan. Namely, I'm finally feeling well enough that I can sit in a chair, or on the couch for ten or even fifteen minutes at a time. <BR> <BR> On July 10th I woke up with debilitating pain down the left side of my hip and leg. I like to think that I have a fairly high threshold for pain...I've birthed two chi... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:59:35 EST Making the best of a bad situation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428149 I realize that I've been "off-the-grid" lately and thought I'd check in. The last couple of weeks have been challenging, but I feel like I'm at a point where I can try and get back on plan. Namely, I'm finally feeling well enough that I can sit in a chair, or on the couch for ten or even fifteen minutes at a time. <BR> <BR> On July 10th I woke up with debilitating pain down the left side of my hip and leg. I like to think that I have a fairly high threshold for pain...I've birthed two chi... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:59:34 EST Ta - da! I'm not giving up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413217 So I'm back. I'm not back running, but I'm here. Yesterday was the first day in nearly three weeks that I didn't require massive amounts of ibuprofen to get through the day, and that felt god. In fact, I didn't need ANY! <BR> <BR> It's going to sound really dumb, but it's always really nice when you have a good experience at the doctor. Last week the doctor I saw wasn't my usual guy since he was at his residency graduation (good for him, sad for me!). However, the new guy was really g... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 12:01:32 EST An unintended break. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404796 I haven't dropped off of the face of the earth...but I have been down and out. Last weekend I woke up from a nap and promptly fell down trying to get out of bed. Weird. I put off going to the doctor, but kept having pain in my lower back and legs. <BR> <BR> Finally I went yesterday and as it turns out I have a majorly inflamed sciatic nerve. Effectively I just need to stop lifting heavy things for a while, and take it easy on the exercise. Sadly, I cannot run or row for the next six w... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:55:16 EST Bumps, bruises, and changes of plan (or, Life!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396263 Well, I did not get up and run this morning. I'm not upset though, because I stayed up late last night, and getting up at 5:30 would not have been in my best interest. <BR> <BR> Last night, my two year old was running across the kitchen floor and fell. He then slid across the floor at full speed and landed head first into the corner of a wooden kitchen cabinet. It was awful...and terrifying. I don't think that I'll be able to get that horrible sound out of my head anytime soon. He was ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:50:39 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395344 After what feels like forever, this morning I woke up at 5:40, and managed to get myself out the door and running by 5:50. Not too bad! <BR> <BR> I'm SO happy, and it felt really terrific to have my workout done before my family had woken up for the day. My goal is to do the same thing tomorrow, so we'll have to see how that goes. For now, all I know is that going to bed at a reasonable hour is benefiting me tremendously! <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:06:34 EST Catch up and recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393456 This morning my kids and I had a dance party in our kitchen. Granted, the timing wasn't great since they would rather dance than sit down and eat their breakfast, but we were running ahead of schedule, so it worked out. My sons LOVE impromptu dance parties, and my almost five year old insists that he's just practicing for his uncle's wedding in September. Who am I to rob a child of their dance practice?! So we danced it out, and I have to say it was a pretty great way to start our morning... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:59:48 EST Starting off on the right foot. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390719 The latter part of last week didn't go so well. I fully expect the scale to laugh at me this morning, but that's okay. After a couple of nights of restful sleep (my kids...how I love them. But they've been testing me this week with multiple night wakings) I'm feeling better about...well, everything. It's SO much easier to make healthy choices, and make the effort to actually prepare something than order takeout when I'm not running on empty. <BR> <BR> There's some good news though...desp... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:00:47 EST Mish mash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387170 I am having a "meh" kind of week. Vague, huh? It's not intentional, I'm just having the sort of week where I'm going through the motions. It's hot, and I haven't been sleeping well (we moved our boys into one room a couple of months ago to get them ready to share a room in DC, and I am definitely regretting that decision this week). I've been logging, and eating pretty well, and I'm still exercising, so that is definitely good. <BR> <BR> Truthfully, I stepped on the scale today and it wa... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:01:27 EST Making it count...today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384546 This weekend was decidedly unhealthy. I didn't track, and didn't run or make it to the gym. That being said, I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Instead, I'm drinking my water, staying on plan, and getting ready to go to the gym TODAY. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:39:22 EST Running through my head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380325 I'm suddenly feeling like the days are flying by, and that June is nearly over (of course, rationally I know that I have time). It's kind of stressing me out, mostly because the movers will be here the second week of August, and we still have no housing secured. Being a planner, keeping everything up in the air is really killing me. Of course, everyone (namely realtors) that I talk to tell us that the rental market in DC is really fast paced and so we won't really begin to see properties t... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 12:23:14 EST Back at the gym and going decaf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379372 My feet are still a bit of a mess from the ant bites, but I managed a ten-minute run on the treadmill before the itching got out of control. However, I was able to get in twenty minutes on the rower (3814 meters!) and ten minutes on the bike before calling it a morning. <BR> <BR> It's hot and humid today, so the rest of my day involves playing lifeguard around our kiddie pool and dishing up popsicles and icy cold water to the kids. <BR> <BR> I had a non-scale victory today! My husband a... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 16:49:15 EST Tuesdays, fire ants, and making the best of it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377933 Yesterday was a great cardio day, though I have to say that I REALLY need to start running outside. The treadmill is killing me! I'm finding that even if my legs feel good, I get bored after twenty minutes or so. Not great since I need to be running at least 32 to get three miles in! One of these days I'm going to figure out how to get to bed early so I can get up and run before my family wakes up. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I'm going to reach my cardio goal today, but we'll have to see. Ye... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 12:23:58 EST Working out on the weekend = SANITY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376794 Our shopping trip yesterday got canned...mostly because we ended up having a bunch of stuff to do around the house, which wasn't a bad thing. It worked out pretty well actually, and we had a really nice Sunday. <BR> <BR> I was so relieved that yesterday was a nice day. For the last few weeks, Sundays have been horrible. I always end up getting really irritated because the kids are all wound up after being off schedule, and my husband isn't able to help out since Sundays are his day to do... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:13:58 EST Sunday Suit-Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375449 I just pulled out my planner to write in my workout plans for June, and I'm so irritated! I have a meeting at 9:00 Tuesday morning, meaning that I'm going to miss the first rowing / spin class of June. Boo! Unfortunately, it's a meeting I can't miss since I'm turning over job responsibilities at the hospital where I volunteer. I'm eager to hand everything over (namely the on-call cell phone!) so I'm not really willing to reschedule. So, while I'm bummed, I'm owning it. Even though I can'... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 10:17:44 EST June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374382 I've seen so many Spark Friends post about their June workout plans / goals, so I thought I'd follow suit. After all, it is a pretty great idea to put it out there. So here it is: <BR> <BR> Monday: Run 3 miles + strides & Row <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Spinning & Rowing <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Run 3-4 miles (at least three) <BR> <BR> Thursday: Bike & Rowing <BR> <BR> Friday: Run 3 miles <BR> <BR> Saturday: Run between 3-5 miles (Beginning of the month, start w/3 and work up) <BR> <BR> S... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:56:12 EST Little losses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373852 Today is a rest day for me (our gym is closed on Fridays now) and so I've been hanging out today. I think I'm going to do a couple of SP videos though (I like the pilates ones) to get in my fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> For the last few weeks, I've been pretty good. I'm DEFINITELY exercising more, though I've had more than my share of slip ups. Even so, yesterday the scale finally dropped, and I was woefully disappointed. I lost ONE stinking pound. BOO. I know, a pound is still a pound,... Fri, 31 May 2013 16:28:38 EST Rowing the River in June. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372628 Yesterday was such a great day with great friends. Four adults, nine kids, and a trampoline and trip to the beach made for a really wonderful (and exhausting!) time. I had NO trouble falling asleep last night, that's for sure! <BR> <BR> Today we're back to normal and T and I headed to the gym. I have to say, I'm really on a bit of a rowing kick lately. It's kind of fun to be on a machine that really gets you sweaty, and mostly works your arms and core! I ran for 20 minutes, with a five ... Thu, 30 May 2013 13:42:39 EST Monday-Monday...except it's Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370552 As much as I enjoy long weekends (though this one - not so much), it was really nice to wake up and be back to normal this morning. <BR> <BR> The smoke has finally cleared from our neighborhood from the weekend's fires, so I think we're going to head outside and wash my car this afternoon. Not exactly exciting, but I let a crayon roll out of my purse and then it melted into the passenger seat. It was a bonehead move, but so far Goo Gone seems to be helping. Besides, tomorrow we're carpo... Tue, 28 May 2013 15:12:58 EST When fire strikes, too close to home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368261 Well, our weekend took a turn for the exciting and scary yesterday. While my husband and I hunkered down in our living room, and our kids played around us, we started to notice an overwhelming odor of smoke. Also, the sky seemed to take on a weird yellow color. I threw on some shoes, and my oldest son and I went out into the front yard to be faced with a huge, billowing cloud of smoke just about a quarter mile away. <BR> <BR> All of our neighbors were outside and there were emergency ve... Sun, 26 May 2013 09:41:34 EST Long Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367444 I should have known when I didn't really feel like cookies the other day that something was up. Sure enough, my husband came home from work with a stomach virus, and I woke up with it yesterday. <BR> <BR> I skipped yesterday's weigh in since I was pretty dehydrated all day and frankly didn't do much in the way of eating. This morning I'm feeling a bit better and am going to try and convince the boys that today would make a great movie day, meaning that they can watch movies and play ind... Sat, 25 May 2013 10:06:44 EST Cookies on a wet Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364636 My kids and I are making chocolate chip cookies this afternoon, somewhat against my better judgement. Even so, just because I'm struggling with my weight doesn't mean that my kids need to suffer in the process. Baking cookies is a simple pleasure for them, and I think it's perfectly reasonable for them to indulge in licking the spoon once in a while. <BR> <BR> Of course, they're also young and so we do have rules about treats (not everyday, in moderation, and making healthy choices the r... Wed, 22 May 2013 13:26:17 EST My not so secret goal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363484 This morning I got really excited about something: I have NO plans for the summer. Well, that's not entirely true since we're moving in August, but until then we're staying put. <BR> <BR> Suddenly I realized that this is a perfect opportunity. I have the freedom of an open schedule. Of course, it's not all that open since I've got my two boys to keep busy, but it sure makes it easier to head to the gym when I don't have to attend a meeting or bake for a bake sale! <BR> <BR> I don't ha... Tue, 21 May 2013 13:02:29 EST Feel good Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359254 The last couple of days have been going pretty well. I've been careful of what I eat, making time for exercise, and feeling good. Mostly I've been trying to make really conscious decisions about how I spend my time and what I put in my mouth and feed our kids. Not so shockingly, when I really think about how I want to spend my time, I found out that it's way more fun to be active! <BR> <BR> My kids are tiny. Really, they are both very petite despite their average appetites. Of course,... Fri, 17 May 2013 11:50:21 EST Taking a break and breaking up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352444 Yesterday was the first time I logged into Sparkpeople in over 45 days. I told myself that I was taking a break, and I did. I took a break from most exercise, healthy eating, and being invested in my own well being. You can imagine how well that went. <BR> <BR> April wasn't a great month for me. I felt lousy, my shorts were getting tighter by the day, and more than anything, I felt defeated. If that was my version of a "vacation" from myself, what sort of break was I actually on? It tu... Fri, 10 May 2013 18:27:56 EST Taking a break and breaking up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352443 Yesterday was the first time I logged into Sparkpeople in over 45 days. I told myself that I was taking a break, and I did. I took a break from most exercise, healthy eating, and being invested in my own well being. You can imagine how well that went. <BR> <BR> April wasn't a great month for me. I felt lousy, my shorts were getting tighter by the day, and more than anything, I felt defeated. If that was my version of a "vacation" from myself, what sort of break was I actually on? It tu... Fri, 10 May 2013 18:27:55 EST April Goals / Back at it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305131 I've been off-plan. Terribly, off-plan, in fact. Running hasn't been happening as often as it should have, and I let myself get lax with making healthy choices. I've gained weight. <BR> <BR> But today's a fresh start, and a new day. I'm making myself a priority. <BR> <BR> I've been sick for the last few days, which is not fun, but part of life. While I truly do *want* to run, I can barely breathe and my sinuses ache, so I'm giving myself a few days to take it easy and shake this cold. ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:27:28 EST Seeing with a new pair of glasses. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279438 While I blogged yesterday about the Disney Princess Half Marathon, I really wanted to blog about something else; the ultimate non-scale victory, at least for me. I woke up yesterday, and today too, for that matter and not only did I not hate my body, but I liked what I saw. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's the trim I got at the hairdressers on Tuesday, but I tend to think it's something else. I think that I'm seeing changes in my body that I didn't notice before. Yes, I still have a ways to go. Bu... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 21:40:28 EST Princess Half Marathon Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277550 Well, I've been back home for a few days, and it's taken me that long to get back in the blogging mood. It's not that I've been off-track or feeling down - just the opposite! The weather is gorgeous, I've been feeling pretty motivated, and I'd just rather take my kids to the park than sit down and type. <BR> <BR> So - the race. While I didn't finish even near my goal time, I still think I did really well, and I'm very proud of myself. I finished with a time of 2:56, and I'm completely ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 14:22:11 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265700 So, I'l do a full race report when I get back to Pensacola (I'm still enjoying sunny/rainy Orlando with my family!), but it was a good time. Mostly, I'm just excited because the soreness/discomfort really only lasted a day and a half. YAY! I'll be back in the gym today for a recovery run. <BR> <BR> I'm trying really hard to make healthier food choices on vacation. It's not easy, but I order a salad when I can, or a grilled chicken sandwich with no cheese or mayo. I've also ONLY had wate... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 09:15:43 EST The sweetest kind of lemonade. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257803 Today has been pretty stinking awesome. Well, it didn't start out that way, but even so, I'm tickled pink! After THREE trips to the Personal Property Office (we're military, so I've got to work with that office each time it's time for us to move) this morning, I finally secured our move date for this summer. YAY! Between a missing signature, and a simple miscommunication, I ended up making the trip too many times this morning. Even so, right now it doesn't matter because it's done! <BR... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:41:20 EST Weekends are not good for my waistline! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253402 Sometimes I just never learn. <BR> <BR> I *know* that I can't keep sweets in the house. I *know* that as confident and motivated as I might feel one moment, in the next I might not be able to scrounge up the willpower to walk away from the cake / cookie / chocolate / treat that is hiding in my kitchen. I know all of this. And yet, on Friday and Saturday, I chose to forget. <BR> <BR> Last night I tossed the last of the Valentine's Day candy and treats that my kids acquired. Not only ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:29:31 EST