EJRANVILLE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EJRANVILLE EJRANVILLE'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/ So long summer; Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770371 Most of my life has been driven by an academic calendar. My dad was a teacher, I was in school K-12 then 4 years of college, my husband has always worked for a University and I now do too. This has always--for me--been the reset and renew time of year much more so than January 1. <BR> <BR> Today, I feel driven to restart. To do some deep house cleaning and deep bad habit cleaning. I've bought some new back to program clothes (yay sale on Old Navy's website) and am ready for a new term with n... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:46:12 EST What's up with me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663709 So last Friday I had my gallbladder removed to treat biliary dyskinesia. Basically that means my gallbladder wasn't doing it's job and instead just spasmed trying to empty, causing me a lot of pain and nausea. I did not have gallstones, which is part of why it took so long for my doctors to finally give me a diagnosis. <BR> <BR> Surgery was planned and laparoscopic, so recovery has been pretty quick. I was off prescription pain meds in two days and have been pretty much taking it easy al... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:24:18 EST I need this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637999 That's not easy to admit--I really need SparkPeople in my life. I need the accountability. I need the virtual hugs. I need the advice. I need it all. <BR> <BR> I also need to find a way to make this a part of my life and remember to work the plan I make daily--like brushing my teeth or other routines that I can't imagine forgetting. <BR> <BR> To get myself going again, I'm going to start small, but at the same time go big. This week I'm going to: <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> Revisit my go... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:26:05 EST It's been awhile . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614390 If real life were really like this thing we all call a "journey" in this forum I would currently be wandering somewhere in the middle of Asia having gotten so very very far off track. <BR> <BR> Lots has happened since I last was fully participating with Spark People. I could use this moment to rehash that--again--but that is not constructive. I've spent too much time IRL doing just that (often while skipping exercise or eating badly). What has happened is in the past; let it go. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:54:37 EST After the storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478472 The last two-three weeks have been completely insane. Students are back at the U, days are incredibly long for both me and my husband. Stress is at the maximum level--pretty much I have been working, eating (badly) and sleeping. Gym has been closed and I have been too tired for running. I feel like I am finally coming up for air. <BR> <BR> I know this happens every year. I know it. And yet every year I sit here and wonder how I got so far off track. <BR> <BR> I did a little better f... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 09:50:04 EST #Backontrack August Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440238 Stumbled across the Daily Spark blog the other day and it really hit home for me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=back_on_track_a_consistency_challen<BR>ge_for_august </link> <BR> <BR> I struggle every year in August. Work gets insanely busy, my gym closes for the 2 weeks leading to Labor day and the weather is typically just HOT, HOT, HOT! <BR> <BR> So I am committing to the following in August. <BR> <BR> Track my food every day! I'm getting better but the... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:44:35 EST Reflections so far this month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426751 Three days remain until I am no longer solo at home. I can hardly wait for this weekend to pass! I had really big plans for this time alone. Some things went well, others were a learning experience. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> Plan to be a total gym rat - While I did not get to the gym every single day, I did make my usual schedule and also participated in a 5K as planned. Things that waylaid me were: <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> sleep disruptions - getting used to sleeping solo. <BR> <em>2... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 19:35:30 EST Gallup Gallop Race Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420707 Ran the Gallup Gallop this morning, a nice flat 5K in Ann Arbor. Gallup park runs on either side of the Huron River; the race was 2 laps of the trail that runs through the park. <BR> <BR> Weather: <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>67</em> It was about 82 when the race ended and about half the path was in the sun. So it was a hot one! <BR> <BR> Shirt: Decent shirt. Plain white t-shirt but a nice graphic of a heron on the river. <BR> <BR> Friends: Met up with a bunch of friends from ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:27:11 EST A plan for the next 3 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406644 Hard to believe it will be July tomorrow. This year has flown by me with little progress on a lot of my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> In eight days my husband will be off for a 2 week trip with our church youth group and I'll be flying solo at home. I'm looking at really kicking it into high(er) gear over the next three weeks (why wait to start?) and hoping this will help me jump start better fitness habits and a healthier lifestyle. A few ideas: <BR> <BR> 1. Get and read The Spark Solut... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 19:45:34 EST Hello square one. How've you been? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362630 For the last 2 months at least, I have just been going through the motions. I'll log food . . . sometimes. And by sometimes I mean breakfast. I have fond thoughts of going to the gym, but really make it about 1/2 the time at the most. I would say I'm faking it until I 'make it,' but the reality is I'm not even doing a good job of faking it. <BR> <BR> I just spent a week on vacation and felt tired and sluggish for much of it. Sure, we logged a lot of hours and miles on bikes, but never ... Mon, 20 May 2013 18:47:19 EST Searching for ways to get happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321716 The last few weeks have been mostly grey skies and rain. Today there is even a chance of SNOW. This is not usual for Southeast Michigan in April. It should be warmer. Rain yes, but some nice days too. Right now the 10 day forecast is as gloomy as it gets--wet AND cold. The worst combination. <BR> <BR> I find nice sunny days really help my mood; and long grey days don't. I'm grumpy and so is everyone else. And when I'm grumpy I want to eat THOSE foods. You know the ones--salty, sweet... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 11:03:34 EST Spring DONE Challenge and other thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303099 Some of the DONE girls have formed a Spring walking challenge. Pick a destination and walk to it during Spring. My destination was the Mackinac Bridge (which is pretty much where the Mackinac Island Docks are as well). This is my favorite vacation spot and the idea of walking to my vacation and back home again was kinda cool. Total mileage from my house would be 556 (284 each way). <BR> <BR> Challenge started March 20 and ended June 21. So far I have walked 36.15, which is way below my ... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:50:01 EST Race Season Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279935 It's the day before my first 5K of the year. By next week at this time I'll actually have run 2-5Ks! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a "real" race complete with numbers and timing chips. Thursday a bunch of friends are getting together to run a "pie day" race at a local path that is 3.1 miles around--and then eat pie. <BR> <BR> I'm excited and a little nervous. I've been running some, but all indoors due to snow/ice outside. Hoping rain for tomorrow holds off until noon--then I just don't care. ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:58:04 EST Lions and Lambs--oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271450 March's entry has been pretty mild around here, but February left with a 7" sloppy snow/rain bang. I love having four seasons in Michigan but even I'm a tad tired of icy everything. The slushfall also brought down the power line from the pole to my house and I've spent way more time and energy over the last week trying to get the power company to come fix it. It should be resolved in the next few days, but I am beyond frustrated with the situation. <BR> <BR> Said frustration tends to flow... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:32:30 EST Time to act like a grown up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224404 I've been tossing this idea around in my head for a while. Probably because my inner 3-year-old has been acting up a lot lately. <BR> <BR> I have decided that if I am going to be successful on this journey, I have to act like a grown up. <BR> <BR> What does that mean? Well, for me it means: <BR> <BR> *Eat your fruits and veggies because you should. Of course I WANT to eat sweets and fattening foods (say <em>22</em> ), but my body actually NEEDS the good stuff. <BR> <BR> *Say no to ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:15:00 EST Reflecting in time of sickness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205369 I got a cold last week--not a terrible one, but one that results in being super tired, a sore throat and laryngitis. No chest congestion thankfully--it's all in my head. <BR> <BR> As often happens, being sick is making me mad. I feel like when I just get my mojo back I keep getting sidelined with illness or injury. It sucks, plain and simple. <BR> <BR> So today I'm taking my last lazy day to recover and rest, and taking some time to reflect: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:24:26 EST Thoughts on a New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182092 In roughly 13 hours I will be toasting the New Year with my hubby. While this has not been the hardest year, it has certainly not been the easiest. Those challenges have unfortunately also derailed my weight loss and healthy living efforts. But I'm not here to blame bad circumstances--after all life has good as well as bad times in the same year (sometimes even the same day). <BR> <BR> When I think on a New Year ahead and what I want to see or do differently, some simple ideas come to min... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:23:40 EST Taking a teeny break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136617 I should be at the gym right now. I should be on an eliptical machine and then heading to my PiYo class. <BR> <BR> But I'm on my couch--because I am tired. Not just a little sleepy, but the kind of tired where all you can think about is laying down and sleeping. <BR> <BR> I don't think I am sick. I think that I have not been sleeping well due to allergy issues. And I'm getting stressed out with thinking about weight loss efforts that are not working so well. <BR> <BR> So I'm taking a t... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:48:59 EST November goals as promised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131959 I realize that 1/3 of the month is already gone. And that Thanksgiving is 11 days away. But I figure it is never too late to set some goals for myself, and the best way to keep myself on track it to go public. <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> Get moving more! I've been slacking in the fitness department lately. Call it daylight savings, call it family craziness, call it what ever you want. When I move I feel better. As a start I need to run at least 3 times in the next 10 days as I have a Tur... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:38:48 EST I should be thinking about November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120832 I should be thinking about that. Or end of year challenges (I have 2 going on right now). <BR> <BR> But I'm really thinking about my husband and his family. My father-in-law is having surgery at 8am to clear a blocked carotid artery. Tonight my husband is with his family so he can be at the hospital tomorrow bright and early and I am back at home. I know tomorrow will be hard for everyone, especially those of us waiting for a good news call. Which I know will come. <BR> <BR> So goals w... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:56:56 EST Talmer Bank 5K (Detroit International Marathon) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113978 Last Sunday I ran the 5K at the Detroit Free-Press International Marathon. I signed up for this race on the very last day when I found out my cousin Sue was planning to run this as her first 5K. I was her running 'buddy' <BR> <BR> Weather: <BR> It was cool (high 40s) but dry thankfully. The weather lately had been very rainy--even the day before. In the end it was a perfect October day. <BR> <BR> Pre-Race: <BR> Because this is an international event (the marathon goes over the Ambassad... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:09:00 EST The Big Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102721 Just read a great Spark Blog by ONTOVICTORY. If you want to check it out go here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102418 </link> <BR> <BR> Minutes before reading that I got my internal employee newsletter which included a picture of me (as part of a group). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l738214977.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's me on the far right. <BR> <BR> I don't like this picture. My shirt is fitting badly an... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:35:58 EST What really happened on my fall vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091603 So let's see: <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Day before leaving for vacation got a message from my in-laws (aka our house sitters that they couldn't house sit for us at all as FIL was going in for a medical 'test.' <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Good friend volunteered to be last minute house-sitter and stay with pets. Whew. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Lost power at 6pm same day so could not pack (too dark) or cook items to take with for vacation. Power came back on at midnight, so we were 6 hours... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 16:45:59 EST The Vacation Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076993 Saturday morning I am off for my semi-annual trip to Mackinac Island. Some of my friends think my husband and I are a little nutty for taking the same vacation all the time. "What do you do up there?" they ask me. <BR> <BR> Actually, a lot. First of all--I don't do the online thing. That's right--no internet. It exists, but I opt to leave the laptop at home. I might track my food on my iPod, but not sure yet. No TV either unless we go out to dinner at the local bar and watch a sportin... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:15:20 EST Contract with Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051350 Dear Erin, <BR> <BR> If you really want to accomplish your goals--not just play at it--you need to make some changes. Some of these are things you KNOW you can do; some are a little more challenging. We've tried making promises to other people--online and IRL--but really, we need to make the promise to our self. The result has been what you would expect. We're not losing weight--we might have gained a little, we feel cruddy and we are generally cranky too. <BR> <BR> We need a contract, ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 17:50:06 EST So Long August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040278 I've been way way off track. My gym closing really threw me even though I knew it was happening and made a plan. I did not run. I did not do any videos at home. I didn't even walk as much as I should have. <BR> <BR> After about 3 days of inactivity I started to feel awful. My digestion was off, my muscles are antsy to move, and I'm eating anything that will hold still long enough. I didn't do anything to change this so I still feel terrible. <BR> <BR> I've been down this road before--... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 17:18:35 EST Downloading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030321 Fair warning--this may be whiny and a bit of a brain dump, but I need to get this all out of my head so I can refocus and renew my efforts on this journey. <BR> <BR> This time of year is always challenging for me. Weather is usually hot and humid (my least favorite), work ramps up to 300% crazy, and my gym closes for 2 weeks for maintenance. This year we have been lucky to have really moderate weather, for which I am thankful. Work is still super crazy and promises to be worst over the ne... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 09:59:43 EST Ugh-August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998255 I have to be honest, I really don't like August. In Michigan this is typically the month when it get hot and is so humid you feel like you're surrounded by warm water all the time. It's when my garden starts laughing at me because the weeds have won--again. The bugs are loud and everywhere. And work ramps up to frenzied pace. Also my gym closes for 2 weeks leading up to Labor Day. <BR> <BR> So I basically just aim to SURVIVE August. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So my goals for this month a... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:57:59 EST Red Hot Heartbreaker Blog Assignment--Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991559 Why do I want to lose weight? What am I seeking? Why can't I get there? <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> I want to dump the spare tire from around my middle. Every time I see myself in a sitting or squatting position in a mirror (happens a lot at the gym) that band of fat gathers together and frankly depresses me. I can feel really strong abs under there--I'd like them to show off. <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> I would like my thighs to gain independence from one anther. Being an expert and anti-ch... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 11:01:18 EST Great Workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987947 Yesterday my Rec Center hosted a free circuit training workout led by 3 of the trainers. I had a blast. <BR> <BR> There were 3 circuits with 90 seconds at each station. During this I: <BR> <BR> ran agility ladders <BR> Did planks with a partner while rolling a tennis ball at each other <em>320</em> <BR> Threw a 12# medicine ball against a wall while lunging <em>322</em> <BR> Squat kicks <em>216</em> <BR> Obstacle course <BR> And weighted rope waves <BR> <BR> And then ended with a... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:58:17 EST I need something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979247 Every have a 'taste' for something and you can't quite put your finger on it? So you eat a little of this and a little of that trying to satisfy that yearning. <BR> <BR> I feel like that right now, but not for food. I feel like I'm missing a key piece of the puzzle in the journey. <BR> <BR> Let's be honest--we all KNOW how to lose weight. For most people who don't have other medical issues it's a simple formula of calories in/calories out. When the result is a negative, you lose weight.... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:47:50 EST Went biking with a piano http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972587 Yesterday I participated in a charity bike ride from Chelsea, MI to Ann Arbor with Mr. B and the Joybox Express <BR> <link>www.joyboxexpress.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> We started with a concert in Chelsea led by the Joybox band <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584443611.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our group was 60 riders total ranging from 11 years old to 73. The ride was 16 miles long and mostly flat. We stopped twice along the way, once for everyone to group back up and once... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:18:35 EST Went running with a quitter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970232 I'm car-less today as my husband has our lone vehicle. I was going to walk to the gym, but realized that I would be walking THROUGH a park with a Parcour Trail to get there. Seeing as it's not raining and the high is 90 I decided to try something different and go for a run mixing in the Parcour stations. <BR> <BR> I ran from the trail entrance closest to my house to the first station, and than ran between most of the stations. Of the 18 stations I only omitted 3, the body pull, the vault ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 16:32:24 EST Hi there July! Where'd you come from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952262 So I blinked and BAM June was out the door and took her nice mild temperatures with her. It's in the 90s here in Michigan when it should be in the 80s. I don't get along with warm weather at all. I burn easily and tend to get headaches from the heat. This basically turns me into such a B that I don't even want to be around me! Saturday and Sunday each I drank 128 ounces of water (or more) to try and cope. Working on the same today too (sip). <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> However, I still ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 16:30:10 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948088 Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Friday, June 29, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who ... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:00:16 EST Sparking with a Puppy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939863 Twenty days ago I wrote a pretty ambitious blog with goals for June. I was going to knock it out of the park. But then life changed for me quite a bit. I adopted a puppy on June 9. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l574944003.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is Kaya. Her name has different meanings in different languages, but we are going with the Tibetan translation which means 'companion.' She is a Lab-Newfoundland mix and 46 pounds at 6 months old. She is great and a... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 08:56:24 EST Hello June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911808 Everyone else is busy setting goals and it is a new month so hey, here it goes. <BR> <BR> I have been frustrated lately, mostly at myself. I know what I need to do to be successful, yet somehow I keep not doing it. And then I'm upset with myself, do something else self defeating, etc. It's a spiral and for me it's time to pull out of the tailspin. So June, here is my plan for you: <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Make a workout plan and stick to it. I have been seriously slacking in the weight tr... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:50:34 EST My feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901148 Today's 100 day of summer challenge is to blog about a painful memory about fitness or nutrition. When I think of pain and fitness I think of my feet. <BR> <BR> About 10+ years ago I developed a pain in my left foot that rest wouldn't heal. At times I would go to stand up and nearly fall over from the sudden pain. After x-rays and MRI revealed nothing (my dr. was sure I had a stress fracture) I went to a podiatrist who quickly diagnosed Morten's Neuroma or a pinched nerve. I tried orthot... Mon, 28 May 2012 12:02:19 EST Some Vacation Lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899865 I am back from a week long vacation on Mackinac Island. If you don't know what Mackinac Island it, go here. <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_Islan<BR>d </link> <BR> <BR> Biggest thing you should take away from the above link is NO CARS. All transportation for the week is self-propelled (walking or bike). Horses are for taxis and cargo drays, so we never use them. <BR> <BR> My husband and I honeymooned on MI and fell in love with the place--we often talk about moving there for pa... Sun, 27 May 2012 11:24:49 EST Pre-Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888295 We are mostly packed and ready to go. It's always amazing the amount of stuff we take, but when you are going on a vacation to bike, run and walk around as well as go out at night you need 2 wardrobes with some extra items for weather surprises. <BR> <BR> Just stepped on the scale and got the pre-vacation weight of 239.8. This is up even from earlier this week which isn't surprising. I've been an eating machine for some reason. Hoping the reduced stress and extra rest will reverse that t... Sat, 19 May 2012 08:42:33 EST Revised Goals and how I plan to get there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884195 I am a member of the team DONE Being the Fat Girl (awesome group BTW). One of the group challenges was the Frolicking Summer Goddess Challenge. It is a weight loss challenge (no surprise) with self-set goals and some other mini challenges. I signed up and established my first goal of going from 238 to 234 by today. <BR> <BR> Today was my first goal date and--I didn't make it. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I was not at all surprised. Life has been very trying lately and the first things that ... Wed, 16 May 2012 13:05:02 EST Race review: For Women Only 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879717 Today I ran the For Women Only 5K <BR> <link>www.aatrackclub.org/2012-05-13/for-w<BR>omen-only-5k/ </link> <BR> <BR> I have not run this race before, but I can tell you I intend to make this a regular event! <BR> <BR> Weather: <BR> Rainy and overcast, high 50s/low 60s. It was sprinkling right until the start and then it stopped, so we ran on wet pavement, but no rain to cool you down! <BR> <BR> Pre-Race: <BR> This is a very small scale event, so the pre-race hoopla was pretty minimal.... Sun, 13 May 2012 18:30:16 EST With apologies to my body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878027 Dear Body, <BR> <BR> I'm sorry about the way I have been treating you this week. You may know things around here have been stressful, but that really is no excuse for: <BR> <BR> Not taking you out and exercising <BR> Not feeding you good and healthy foods <BR> Stuffing you with fatty, salty, junk foods <BR> Dumping too much beer into you last night <BR> Not giving you the water you need <BR> <BR> Body, this morning I hear you. My stomach is churning and I feel bloated <em>15</em> <BR> ... Sat, 12 May 2012 08:53:51 EST 100 Days of Summer Challenge: Why I need to get healthy right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872262 This morning I put my dog of 13 years to sleep. Her health had been declining for the last 3 weeks and over the weekend she became immobile and stopped eating. This has been the hardest thing I have done in a very long time. <BR> <BR> It has also lead to a lot of time to reflect--on her life, my time with her and her contribution to our family. Although I have had dogs my entire life, this was the first dog my husband ever 'owned' (I hate that term but nothing else fits), so there was som... Tue, 8 May 2012 12:30:12 EST An update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865343 First, thank you to everyone for all of the kind words about my last blog post--I really means a lot to me. <BR> <BR> We are trying another medication at the advice of our vet and waiting until mid to late next week to see if we get positive changes in our dog's eating and mobility. I'm hopeful but if things don't improve at least we will know we have done everything. <BR> <BR> I also went to the gym tonight and mentally feel a lot better. Thu, 3 May 2012 20:56:59 EST And then life happens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863619 I said earlier today I had been really stressed for 3 days--it's probably been more like 2 weeks. My dog of 13 years--a beautiful red Chow/Retriever has been ill. It started with not being able to get up. We treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and got some good relief, but the last week has been a roller-coaster of her not eating, then eating something new, laying around looking depressed, then being more alert but still not moving/getting up, seeming lost and (worst of all) l... Wed, 2 May 2012 19:38:42 EST Not gonna make it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852130 I've been participating in the Spring 5% Challenge as a Determined Daisy. I really like the idea of the challenges and the atmosphere of the team is great--there are little things we track each week (some weeks it is eating 'freggies'; this week it's eating breakfast). <BR> <BR> The challenge ends May 12 and after some stress eating I have regained almost all of the weight I lost and realized today <BR> <BR> I will not make goal <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I had it in my sights--it was possi... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:03:52 EST Stressed and I show it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845119 I have had a really tough week. <BR> <BR> I got sick over Easter and have been coughing up the last bits of that gem all week. <BR> <BR> Last Saturday I had to take my 13 year old dog to the emergency animal hospital as she was having a hard time stand up without help and was also not eating or drinking without me feeding her. Fortunately, they gave her some antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and had me up her pain meds and she is returning to her original state of elderly dog status. ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:34:16 EST Race review: Big House Big Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837556 <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday I ran the Big House Big Heart 5K in Ann Arbor, Michigan. <BR> <link>www.thebighousebigheart.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> This was the 3rd time I have run this race and I have to say I just love it. As promised earlier this year, here is my review: <BR> <BR> Weather: <BR> High 50s and thunderstorms. Oh yeah. <em>27</em> <BR> One friend wussed out pre-race but I said "If I don't run the race I can't ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 11:51:56 EST I've stopped trying (but in a good way) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830503 Something occurred to me over the weekend--it's been bouncing around in my head for a few days and I decided the only way to wrangle the thought was to blog it out. <em>17</em> <BR> <BR> I've stopped trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> You see, to me, somewhere in the idea of the word TRY or TRYING there are two possible outcomes. Success and failure. Well, failure in this situation is no longer an option. <BR> <BR> It was once. There have been times (oh so many of them) where I started... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:43:45 EST