ELISAJANE57's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELISAJANE57 ELISAJANE57'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/ From 26.2 to 13.1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139355 I ran my first full marathon last October. It was definitely a tough one! I wasn't sure if I wanted to run another one. Then I heard how great the Ogden full marathon was and finally got the courage to sign up. I have been training for the last few weeks to run another full marathon and it has been going well. I have been feeling great and also running in a winter race series that trains you up to run the marathon. I have ran the 5K, 10K, 10 miler and the 13.1. The final race is a 30K ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 19:48:44 EST Something unexpected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123963 Here I am in the middle of marathon training, running the winter race circuit and working on intuitive eating and I get quite a shock. The hubby and I decided we wanted to try for a third child back in 2012 when my baby turned 2. I went off Mirena and nothing happened, my periods were MIA. After a year I saw an infertility specialist and tried some expensive and awful treatments. I got depressed and gained weight and didn't have any positive changes. I gave up completely on having anothe... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 23:59:09 EST Some thoughts on intuitive eating, goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101672 I finished the book on Intuitive Eating by Tribole and Resch. I believe it has the information that I have been looking for to deal with my eating issues. I thought I would just have to accept that eating would always be a struggle for me, but now I know I can make peace with food! It's going to be a process, but I know it can help me if I can re train myself to be an Intuitive eater again. We are all born with the ability to eat intuitively. Young children only eat when they are hungry ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 23:47:59 EST Some nutrition goals to work on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090518 I'm still trying to work hard on some new goals to feel better and hopefully get some weight off. I have to learn to be more positive and patient with myself. I was considering trying the 21 day fix but I'm still hesitant about supplements and shakes. I would rather just learn to give mindful eating more of a try before I go that route. I'm going to focus more on just putting food in my mouth when I'm actually feeling hungry. The only challenge with that is some issues with hypoglycemia.... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:52:09 EST Working towards more positivity in my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066302 I have been writing about how I need to make changes in my life. I can't keep moving in the same direction that I have been going. Sometimes I have not been even doing anything and that's still a direction as I learned today. If you stand still you are still moving, or more accurately falling behind while other people are moving forward. I have been so negative. I have been the cruelest critic of myself but I have been working hard to not feel that way. Feeling sorry for myself or just ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 23:54:19 EST Some goals for the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058297 I have been struggling for at least a couple years now. I have been tracking faithfully and exercising regularly. I love working out and eating healthy. I have been studying my exercise and nutrition logs from back when the program was working for me. My diet is very similar with a similar calorie and other nutrient intake. The real difference comes with the exercise log. I worked out a lot less than I do now. This surprised me, but it goes along with the popular phrase that too much o... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 19:47:45 EST Getting things back under control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045151 I have been struggling now for the past 3 years to get things under control with my health. I lost over 50 pounds using the Sparkpeople program back in 2011-2012. I don't know if I ever got the weight maintenance thing figured out after that. I have been struggling with hormonal issues and have slowly gained back some weight. I have tried to control it with regular food tracking and exercise. What I have been in denial about for at least a year or two is that I may be hurting myself by e... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:06:23 EST Things are rough right now, I wish I could turn it around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044067 I have had some health issues for a while now, mostly the female hormone kind. I don't know when I could say that they started. I have dealt with some infertility issues. I have been off birth control for over 3 years now. I have dealt with amenorrhea for several years now and I haven't met a doctor who could help me. I have been going from one OBGYN to another over the past couple years to get different opinions. I'm not a good patient right now because I have lost hope and given up on... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 23:52:34 EST I ran a marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017917 I ran my first marathon on October 10th this year. I used to say I would never run one of those. I started running half marathons with my first in 2013. Before that I was only running 5K's and 10K's. I really became a runner back in 2010 after recovering from the birth of my second child. I took me 5 years to get to the point where I was crazy enough to train for a full marathon. I have been training all summer to take on this new challenge. I increased my mileage gradually and actuall... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:08:28 EST I'm not exactly where I want to be in the weight/size category but I am strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967581 I wore a new shirt today and I think it was just the fun colors or the cut that made me feel like I look good today. I haven't felt that way in several months. I really have not been loving how my body looks. I work so hard. I put in so many hours at the gym and so many miles out on the road. I just don't feel like I look like the athlete that I know I am. Everyone at the gym who knows me always make comments about how tough I am, how I just kill all the workouts. I do feel good and h... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:21:18 EST I'm still addicted to racing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945247 Last month I survived my 5th half marathon. It wasn't my best run but it's still good to look back and say that I survived. (See previous blog.) I have awful races and awesome races and I keep wanting to compete. I think I just like the environment and feel at a race. Everyone is just excited, especially after crossing the finish line. I'm not having any success with the weight loss, (I haven't in at least 2 years), so I think accomplishing other fitness goals keeps me going. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 23:53:54 EST Half Marathon #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929895 Last month I ran half marathon #4 and loved the race. The weather was gorgeous and it was a flat course with the last two miles in the Lagoon amusement park here in Utah. I finished in 1:49 and was fairly happy with that time. I just ran the Ogden half marathon yesterday. The forecast called for rain but I kept hoping it would hold off until I finished the race. I had no such luck. If I ever run another race in the rain I WILL be wearing a rain poncho. I went to look for one the day be... Sun, 17 May 2015 23:57:58 EST My current fitness situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864904 I know, I never blog anymore. I want to, but I feel like I'm always busy between working my part-time lab job, managing a household and taking care of a husband and kids. Back in 2011 I got serious about using the tools on Sparkpeople. I was already exercising regularly, but then I started getting serious and honest with my food journal. I was able to drop 50+ pounds in about 8 months. I was totally loving life, and then I hit a plateau. I remember wanting to keep losing weight, but whe... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:21:04 EST I'm lacing up my running shoes again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757244 I just signed up for my third half marathon. A couple years ago I never thought I could run that distance but I really wanted to. I did my first half marathon last year. I did my second one exactly a year later. I'm feeling so motivated that I'm already doing my third one in a month! I have eased back on running a little bit since my last race a few weeks ago, but now I have to get back into training since the second one is only 33 days away. I know I can do this though! One goal I wou... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:58:14 EST Half Marathon #2, kind of dissapointing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745807 If I could sum up this race it would be, "I came, I ran, I survived." My first half marathon exactly one year ago was finished in 1:47. I was proud of my time even though I didn't place. That course was almost all downhill though. This course was mostly flat for the first half and then the second half was a gradual uphill! I really hated the last half of this race. I was on fire for the first half of the race, keeping up an 8 to 8.5 minute pace. My race pace is usually around an 8 minu... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:12:11 EST Decisions... I wish I could make up my mind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628406 I have had a lot of struggles lately. I have even felt some depression creeping in. I'm struggling to find some hope and just hold onto it. I'm lucky my DH puts up with me when I'm such a crazy hormonal mess. The biggest thing really dragging me down is that I have secondary infertility. I never imagined how devastating and heart breaking it would be to find out I can't have anymore kids unless I can afford medical intervention. I starting seeing a doctor in July, after a year of trying... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:03:42 EST What a frustrating year it has been for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566944 I haven't posted a blog on here in a while. I think it's because I have been down a lot and didn't want to drag anyone down with me. I know there have been lots of positive things to reflect on this year. I know I am very blessed for my life and my health. I'm very blessed to be in a good marriage and to have two healthy and happy children. I did accomplish running my first half marathon this year and I do want to run in another one. I will run another half marathon someday and I will p... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 01:44:34 EST After 13+ months... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468455 My DH and I have been trying to have another baby since last July! I hit my all time low weight and was working hard to maintain it and keep up my healthy lifestyle. I was able to conceive my other babies without much intervention. I was 30 pounds overweight when I got pregnant with both of them. I though I would be pretty fertile being at a healthy weight finally. I was dead wrong. In fact I have been waiting for several months for my monthly curse to return but it never has. I finall... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 01:16:07 EST I'm a half marathoner now!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432172 I want to say a big <em>304</em> to all my Spark friends who inspired me to sign up for this race. For a long time I thought this distance was impossible, but then finally I made it a dream to run one someday. I live in Utah and we celebrate the 24th of July as Pioneer day with fireworks, parades and races. I was browsing through races a couple months ago and saw the Deseret News Half marathon and for some reason it just jumped out at me. I kept thinking about how much I wanted to sig... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:48:17 EST I did it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399719 I literally just signed up for my very first half marathon. I'm so excited and scared! I only have a month to train. I have already researched some training plans though I and I think I can do this. I think I will tame the competitive beast inside me for this and just focus on finishing and enjoying the run. I'm doing the Deseret News Half Marathon on 7/24/13 in SLC. We will be running down a canyon road and most the run is downhill. I had such a beautiful outdoor long run yesterday t... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:26:39 EST Weekend recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376168 I have been so weak with my eating on weekends and I want to get better! I'm afraid I failed myself again this weekend. I'm starting to develop some bad eating habits that are so hard to break. Since I started this journey, I have always had a cheat day. Sunday is my only cheating day, but for some reason I have started cheating on Saturday as well. I fell out of my weight maintenance range back in January and it's been a battle since then. I want so badly to get back down to the 130's ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 00:06:02 EST Free from the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358123 I used to be a scale addict. I would weigh myself first thing every single morning. It was usually exciting though. This was back when I was slowly and steadily losing at least 0.5 pounds a week or more. A year ago I ran straight into a plateau face first! I knew I was at a healthy weight. I felt good and was okay with my body but I still wanted to lose just a little more. I have not been able to conquer that plateau. Instead of getting frustrated I am embracing my body for what it is... Thu, 16 May 2013 01:52:29 EST It's a new month... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342714 A new month means it's time to stop slacking and get things right. I'm determined to pick myself up and fight for this healthy lifestyle that I have been working so hard on. Exercise is not a problem at all, unless I'm exercising too much. Sometimes I think I might be but I try to back off if my body tells me to rest. My weekly exercise routine is usually, step aerobics 1-2x a week, bodycombat 2x, bodypump 2x, CX works 2-3x, running at least 10-15 miles, and having one easy workout day wh... Thu, 2 May 2013 01:04:31 EST I'm not a quitter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310759 I'm still here and still plugging along. I gained some weight for some reason starting at the end of last year. It's not a lot of poundage but it's still frustrating when I was doing so good maintaining between 135-137. Luckily my clothes still fit just fine. I do have a couple pairs of pants that are a little tight. I do obviously take the blame. I know I have struggled and been relaxed at times with nutrition. I always drink tons of water and focus on getting enough protein and 5+ se... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:35:14 EST I'm still around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257314 I know I haven't posted a blog in quite a while but I'm still here. I still log in to Sparkpeople everyday. I still track my food and exercise every single day too. I have been very discouraged lately though. I hit my dream weight last year of 135 and was maintaining between 135-137 for a few months. I still wanted to lose just a few more pounds, with a goal of maintaining in the lower 130's. I guess it was just too hard for my body because as of right now I weigh more than I did a year... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:16:05 EST I faced the scale this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189802 I finally got on the scale after a couple weeks of not weighing in. I'm a couple pounds above maintenance. I know I ate bad but it must have been worse then I thought. It's time to face reality and get working. I made a goal to lose 5 pounds by March. That would put me at the lower end of my maintenance range. Yeah I'm frustrated by the gain. At the same time I'm glad it's small and I'm determined not to let it get out of control. <BR> <BR> The good things I did last month were exer... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:25:21 EST A new year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187358 I wanted to post a blog on the 31st or the 1st so I could write out my goals. I know I have resolutions but I haven't put them in writing. When I think about my life there are so many things I can improve upon in every area of my life. I know we all have work to do. My life has changed so much since I went part-time at work. You would think it would be an easy adjustment, but going from working the same schedule for 8 years to doing something new is quite a change for me. My new schedu... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:34:55 EST Just some goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179442 My body went into maintenance mode this year around the end of March and it was okay. My BMI is mid range for my height and weight. I know I am healthy and fit but I still have a dream of losing just a couple more inches from my waist and possibly about 10 more pounds but I'm kind of stuck. I actually exercise more then I ever have in my entire life but I have not been as good with my eating. I'm completely dedicated to eating at least 5+ fruits and veggies. I only drink water. I make a... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 01:03:28 EST Physical therapy dropout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159847 I haven't posted a blog in a while so I thought I would make an update. I started getting a pain in my right leg this last summer. At first it was just hip pain that would come and go. Then I noticed a tightness in my hamstring on the right side. For a while that would come and go but now I feel it everyday. Sometimes I really feel it after a long run. Now I just feel it all the time. I went to physical therapy for 3 weeks. The PT said that if I didn't improve after two weeks that he ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 02:02:31 EST Goals for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123393 Yikes! I can't even believe that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in less than 3 weeks! I really want to survive this month and the following month and stay strong. My chocolate and sweet tooth addictions are just as rampant as ever. I manage to stay within my calorie range but I still feel guilty with the sweets that I ate for the day. I'm having a hard time figuring how to enjoy a little less of them. I just don't want to give them up. I put my kids to bed at night and then I just... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 09:53:07 EST Goals for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091033 I will be on my seven days off this week and I thought I would put my goals in writing and hopefully that will help me achieve them. There is a newer gym that opened up locally that I have heard some excellent things about. The biggest plus is that they have childcare and the childcare has fitness programs for kids. I'm so excited by the idea that when I go to workout my kids will be getting good exercise too instead of watching a movie or sitting on the floor with a toy. I'm definitely g... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:34:22 EST Stalled out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089854 I just had my birthday last week and I finally got a decent HR monitor so I could finally see a better estimate of how many calories I'm burning with my workouts. I had no idea that when I wore the chest strap that cardio machines will pick that up and you can see a continuous monitoring of your HR as you exercise. I have been wanting to get a HR monitor for a while because I have been feeling like I'm not burning as many calories as before in my aerobics classes at the gym. When I run I f... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 10:42:54 EST Never give up, never surrender!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072518 Live by those words if you are ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and become the fittest person you can be. I stole that slogan from the game show Wipeout. There was a contestant who shouted those words all the way through the courses. She didn't win, but she still came across to me as a very determined and strong woman. I'm going to make it my new motto. <BR> <BR> I hit my goal and am not really trying to lose any more weight. Right now I'm committing to stick with healthy eating a... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:21:02 EST Summer Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043734 I'm in shock that we moved from August to September. I do love Fall, but I'm really going to miss all the warm days and all the fun things you can do outside. I love boating and swimming all summer long. I hate being cold and I hate driving in snow. I guess there is nothing I can do but accept that the seasons are changing and enjoy all that Fall has to offer. The best part is Halloween at least. My hubby and I love that holiday. In fact we went to a Halloween store yesterday and had t... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 10:06:19 EST 10 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031648 This is not a blog about my healthy lifestyle or fitness goals. I really just needed a place to reminisce. I just realized that at this exact time 10 years ago I was 18 years old and really just starting out life on my own. I was just starting my freshman year of college and I moved 2.5 hours away from home. I really can't believe it has already been 10 years since I started my own life away from my family. I am not even close to the same person I was back then. I have had to grow up so... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:20:10 EST I had a binge and I'm okay with it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013211 I totally ate myself into cookie oblivion last night and I don't feel guilty about it. I have several reasons why. I plan this every week, so I'm not binging based on emotion. I really look forward to it. I just love baking a fresh batch of cookies...and yes I love the cookie dough too. I think I bake the cookies more for the cookie dough then anything else. Yes I know it shouldn't be eaten raw but I don't care. I didn't get on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon to just eat nuts, seeds an... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:10:27 EST I think I'm sold on adding yoga to my weekly workout routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011139 http://search.womenshealthmag.com/vignette<BR>/wh/search.jsp?q=yoga+for+everday+athl<BR>etes <BR> <BR> I just read this article and it got me thinking about all the soreness I have been dealing with and I totally agree. Yoga has so many great benefits. I really do like yoga and if it helps me become a better runner then I'm all for it. I try to run at least 3x a week, ST 3x a week and do some cross training as well, like kickboxing and step. Now my new goal is to add in yoga for at least... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 16:47:26 EST I made myself younger with Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997748 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l521657158.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was looking through old photos and came across one that looked like a good before photo. I have a photo editor software on my new smart phone that I played with it and came up with this. I want to explain each photo here. <BR> <BR> My before picture was taken back in July 2007, almost exactly 5 years ago. I was only 23 years old and had just graduated from college with my Bachelor's degree as a clinical labor... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:20:38 EST I had a great week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991443 This past week was a really good one for me. I have felt good about my eating everyday this week. I even ate out one day at a restaurant with mainly high calorie options. I found a healthier salad and had them put the dressing on the side. I was feeling kind of negative the last couple weeks. I was making it through the birthday parties for both my kids and wanted to be good around the cake. I just wanted one small piece. I found out that when I am around cake I can't just have one sma... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:38:11 EST I don't want to be stuck anymore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974365 I'm doing my best to just stay the course and be consistent everyday. I track my food every single day still. I exercise just about every single day too. Even on my rest day I like to sneak in a little extra activity like a family walk or at least 10 minutes of exercise that wont break too much of a sweat. On my exercise days I strength train just about every day focusing on different areas of the body. I have a goal to run at least 8 miles a week and I usually run about 10-12 miles a we... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:47:41 EST New goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968320 I might be taking it down a notch soon..that includes taking a break from all my racing that I have become so addicted to. I am still running a 5K next weekend but that might be the last one for a while. My DH and I are keeping this a secret, but I feel I can share it on here. We are planning to add another child to our family. I feel crazy about doing this, but I'm excited at the same time. I think I'm in a good place in my life and in the best shape of my life to be able to have a heal... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:47:28 EST We have good runs and bad runs.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956177 I ran my second 10K race yesterday for the local rotary club. I was excited to do another one since I like a good challenge and that for the most part I usually run at least a 10K or more for my long run every week. I thought I would be ready. My body was just not cooperating . I made it through the first half and I was already exhausted! I want to blame it on the heat. I actually do most my running indoors on a treadmill and it was getting warm on my race. I felt like I just hit a wa... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 09:52:26 EST Addicted to competition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945958 I just signed up for my second 10K this year. My original goal at the beginning of the year was to do at least one 10K, and that was my only goal. So far this year I have ran in 2 5K's, 1 10K and I just completed a novice triathlon. I just love how I feel when I race. I get such a rush and I feel so good about myself after I cross the finish line. I'm running my second 10K on July 4th as part of the festivities for that day. I'm seriously considering training to do a half marathon, poss... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:44:24 EST Always second place, hopefully first someday.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921387 I have been doing a lot of racing lately. I did a Color me Rad 5K on 4/28/12. It was just a fun run so they didn't time anybody or post results. I did time myself though and finished in 23:23, my fastest 5K yet. One month later I did my first 10K. My goal was to get below 50 minutes and I did with a time of 48:30. I was second place for women and 11th place overall. My company had a 5K on Saturday and I got second place again for women. The funny part was that the girl who did beat m... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:18:31 EST My true 1 year Spark Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907112 I accomplished my big fitness goal for 2012, a 10K. I finished second place for women and 11th place overall. That means that I outran a bunch of guys too! Yeah! My time was 48:30. It has been an amazing year so far. I haven't lost a ton of weight, in fact I think I have only lost about 7-8 pounds. It's alright because I am at a healthy weight and really only trying to improve my fitness level. I realized that today is the day a year ago that I resolved to start tracking everything I ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 09:33:03 EST 10K in 10 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883837 I'm getting nervous for my big race. Yes I know it's not a marathon, but it will be the farthest distance I have ever ran. I know I can do it, but I'm still nervous. Right now I run a few times a week, runs ranging from 3-5 miles. I know I can handle it, but I think I'm going to be more happy when the race is over and I finish, alive. I'm sure my body can handle 6.2 miles. The furthest I have run is 5.5 miles and I got really sick afterwards. I think I figured out why though. I ate t... Wed, 16 May 2012 09:23:29 EST Fitness is my anchor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872495 I had a really bad morning. It should have been a great morning, the first day off of seven days. I feel like everything in my life is so uncertain right now. I wish I could just up and quit my job. I'm working in my career. I have a Bachelor's in clinical laboratory science and my official title is a medical technologist. I though this was the right career for me. It is a career in the medical field where I help patients by running tests on blood and various body fluids. I am miserab... Tue, 8 May 2012 14:46:19 EST I have made a decision.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866451 I lost a good deal of weight with SP, about 53 pounds to be exact. I was 190 to begin and anything below 160 is considered a healthy weight. My original goal was to just get to healthy weight. I doubted that it would even be possible. When the weight started coming off I decided to revise my goals. In high school and college I was a healthy weight but stuck in the 150's. I always wanted to lose more weight. I made it a goal to hit the 140's. Once I was in the 140's I decided on 135. ... Fri, 4 May 2012 14:21:21 EST Embracing the lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4851412 I just realized today that it's been almost exactly a year since my little family flew out and went on a Disneyland vacation. I made a before and after photo and the before was on that vacation. I really don't like any of the pictures I am in for that trip. I was overweight, unhappy and feeling hopeless. I was a member of Sparkpeople but I hadn't been utilizing the tools properly and when I did use the food tracker I was not honest. I didn't really want to know how much I was eating. It... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:36:13 EST The dangers of not listening to your body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846243 I had a really big scare yesterday. I scared everyone around me and I scared myself. I thought I was going to pass out and wake up in the ER. It was all because I didn't listen to my body or common sense. I had to work a 10 hour shift yesterday. I normally get in to work at 5am, so my only time for exercise is when I get off work. I normally run on a treadmill but I decided recently to add outdoor runs to my routine. It has been staying fairly cool in Utah lately so I have been able t... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 08:35:57 EST