EMERALDIVER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMERALDIVER EMERALDIVER'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/ Sassy Water... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253976 I think it's worth a try...even if it does nothing but perk up the water taste for me! <BR> <BR> Sassy Water <BR> <BR> 2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups) <BR> 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger <BR> 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced <BR> 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced <BR> 12 small spearmint leaves. <BR> <BR> Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight. <BR> <BR> Drink the entire pitcher by the end of each day. I rinsed out a milk jug and will be... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 19:33:59 EST the race... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239418 Well, if I wasn't so mad..it would've been funny. (I can laugh now..but grrrrr). I usually run with music in 1 ear, and listen for dogs <em>338</em> , traffic <em>226</em> , etc with the other. So....when I line up for the race I put my earbud in and my phone starts to dial my last phone# entered into the keypad-okayyyyy-I thought I'll just hit the cancel button and everything will be coming on as planned. THEN....it dials again and again and again and again and again and again... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 22:19:24 EST 15k Double Bridge Run this weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227939 I'm not gonna lie....I'm getting anxious. <em>40</em> I've done what I can to prepare. Ran the training miles <em>198</em> , drinking the water <em>274</em> , read about the nutritional prep (carbs for a few days to make sure I have stored enough energy) <em>149</em> , took a preview run over 1 of the steeper of the 2 bridges that are on the route <em>186</em> . Ran a 10k race a few weeks ago with an fairly average time. <em>186</em> But....it's the thought ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:36:51 EST Mardi Gras night out a dancing success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226017 Good news....Mardi Gras party went super!!! So fun, and so many opportunities to be making good decisions. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Food vendors from all over our city, but I tried to stay closer to the Japanese booths for the sushi and edamame (one of my favorites!) <BR> <BR> The music was a local band and they played mostly older, familiar songs so we got out and shook our tail feathers. <em>351</em> <em>373</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:04:06 EST Mardi Gras... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224143 Help! I'm supposed to be attending a fundraiser for Sacred Heart Hospital called The Mall Ball. It's a black tie affair in Mardi Gras style. Masks, and costumes everywhere. The trouble is the food that's going to be there....all the "A" list restaurants have tables set up with "free" food! What's a Sparker to do?? The very idea of Mardi Gras is overindulging and throwing everything to the wind!! I don't want to look like a party pooper ~~~~ any ideas? Sat, 26 Jan 2013 09:49:29 EST 1st 10k race finished today!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204163 <em>236</em> <em>345</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I finished my first ever 10k race today with my daughter Jen!!! Mile #5 was the toughest ever......why I'm not real sure but WOW. lol <BR> <BR> I have a 15k race next month, and then in April is my 1/2 marathon (both will also be with Jen ~ I'm glad we can do this as a Mother-daughter duo) <BR> <BR> BLC-21 is about to start, and I'm excited to get back into the swing of things. I've also joined a challenge at work. It's a... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 20:59:27 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143067 I wish everyone a wonderful day filled with family and friends and lots and lots of love!!! I feel 90% better and will be getting out of the house and start back exercising tomorrow bright and early. Put the turkey on and then the workout clothes ~ watch out......here I come <em>334</em> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:38:05 EST Staying positive... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135796 Trying to stay positive about all I've accomplished and not get down about having to take a small step back from exercise for a week or so because of the surgery. I feel so lost without my routine. I know it's just temporary but hoping to get back on the trail soon! <em>24</em> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:15:20 EST The better decision..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129027 Evening all...........After meeting with the surgeon, and discussing both sides of treatment vs non-treatment ~ we have decided to do surgery and scheduled for Monday morn. I had monday off from work anyway....... just didn't plan on spending it this way. <em>24</em> I feel like I'm in denial about the whole thing.....it can't be such a mess from such a fun event.....stupid zombies ~ I'LL GET YOU NEXT YEAR~~!!!!!!! Thu, 8 Nov 2012 23:18:46 EST Zombies......boooooooooo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127660 Well, seems like the Zombies @ my last 5k race got the last laugh! :( I have had an EXTREMELY large bruise on my lower back since my Zombie Run on 10/27 when I got scared and slammed my back into one of the obstacles. (He really scared me!!!) Since it's been 1 1/2 weeks & the "lump" within the bruise hasn't gone down I went to the Dr today (because my kids and hubby told me to). They did 5 x-rays to be sure that my back is good (and it is! whew).....They said the "rather significa... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 19:01:01 EST BLC-20 Challenge --- re-examine my goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109263 I reflect back over the past 6 weeks and it looks like everything was working for me until I had a shift change at work - I lost 2 guaranteed bonus workouts (in my own mind anyway). My biggest weightloss came when I had 782 minutes for the week and stuck to the nutrition plan and drank all my water. I also injured an abdominal muscle and started getting pain in my shins. :( <BR> <BR> <BR> So for the remaining 6 wks of the challenge here are my re-vamped goals: <BR> <BR> I will keep my ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:34:11 EST Remodel ~ day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107752 Can't go to bed too late tonight, work tomorrow and then back to more flooring! Sanding, sanding, sanding!! then glueing, glueing, glueing...it's coming along but alot slower than we thought. Most of the tiles have to be sanded because of leftover glue from prior installation. A bargain is still a bargain, and I'm just glad we didn't opt for having SOMEONE else install. My back and arms will be buff, and I think I did enough squats today for a year (lol - or close) <BR> <BR> nite! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 22:57:56 EST Sunday, 10/21/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106635 I've got to get some sleep! We have started prep on our DIY oak flooring! It's reclaimed from a home in west pensacola. 1900 sq ft of parquet flooring, solid oak. We did some of the carpet tearing out today, pulling staples, rolling up the padding, sweeping, priming, whew! Tomorrow we are actually laying some of the flooring ~ will be working throughout this coming week to get it done. <BR> <BR> yawn......zzzzzzzz Sun, 21 Oct 2012 01:27:45 EST Zombie ...........AAHHHHHHhhhhhhhh.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105606 I'm so excited! I have a partner for the Zombie Fun Run next weekend. Andy said he'll go with me before he heads out to go see his mom in Missouri on Sunday. <em>333</em> woo hoo <BR> <BR> This means that I only have to find a race for November <em>333</em> and December!! <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l814620990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'd say I should have some pictures....but I think I'll be busy trying to keep my brains (... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 01:35:51 EST Went so well...I think I'll do another, and another, and..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094638 My time from my 5k was 41 minutes and some change. Stef came in right behind me and I couldn't be prouder of her. She stuck it out EVEN though she only had 2 hrs sleep. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> The inner cheerleader has taken hold of me and won't <BR> let me go!!! <em>321</em> I have agreed to do a 10k, and a 1/2 marathon with my other daughter Jen. <em>40</em> What have I done.....well, the way I look at it ~ I've buttoned myself into success!!!!!!! Here ar... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:43:34 EST Pensacola Seafood Festival 5k... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078685 <em>334</em> Guess who's running a 5k tomorrow ~ bright and early @ 7:30am!?? <em>40</em> It's going to be fun, fun, fun. I convinced one of my daughters to sign up too. (I feel bad though, because she just started a new job as a cocktail waitress and won't be getting of until 3am. ~ didn't think that one through very good but she's young)lol <BR> <BR> This 5k is the kick-off for the racing season.....woohoo!!!!!!! Wonder what my <em>12</em> will be?? I'm shootin... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:05:31 EST I love Tuesdays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065648 <em>334</em> At least it's not a Monday! Managed to get 2 workouts in today <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Took a walk with my 7 month old granddaughter.....life is good Tue, 18 Sep 2012 23:27:12 EST Not enough sleep... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064227 Yawn, I can't seem to get enough sleep. <em>24</em> I always feel like I'm missing part of the day if I go to bed at a decent hour. Old habits die HARD.....any ideas? I know I'm tired because when I hit the pillow, I'm out quick. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:30:00 EST December 2011 - before I made myself a priority! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060995 I should have posted this before I posted the more current ones taken today....but oh well ~ sometimes I just do things backwards. This was taken at my heaviest ever....193#. I have only 1 or 2 pictures that I kept and haven't deleted off everyone's cameras I could find. :( not a high point in my life that's for sure ~~~ well I guess I can't say that either, during this same time frame my husband and I got 2 brand new grand daughters! That's why I'm smiling :) <img src="http://ph... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 22:54:50 EST BLC 20 - before - back side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060991 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l412526905.jpg"> backside picture Sat, 15 Sep 2012 22:50:48 EST BLC 20 - before http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060989 Profile - side picture <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l396705390.jpg"> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 22:48:27 EST BLC 20 - before http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060978 I usually am not in pictures...and still feel selfconscience about them. I actually started this journey back in December but wanted the support of the BLC20 to achieve my final goal <BR> Weight! My weight loss has stalled and I usually give up ~ but I REFUSE TO so I'll just ........ Row row row <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459988470.jpg"> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 22:43:54 EST My BLC 12 wk plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060615 I will lose 12lbs by exercising 30min daily x for a min. of 5 days per week OR a minimum of 150 minutes total weekly. <BR> <BR> I will consistently use the food tracker daily for all foods that find their way to my mouth paying more attention to hidden ingredients, and drink at least 64oz of water daily. I will know I am making progress because the food tracker and my scales will tell me so! Plus.... I just might have to shop for a smaller size in 12 weeks! <BR> <BR> For the days when I on... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 16:58:00 EST Nope....not here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035217 Well, seems as though we have dodged the Hurricane bullet! ~Whew~ I have lucked out and have not had to endure the storms fury yet. Been in Sunny Northwest Florida since 7.2005 and luck has followed me here. <BR> <BR> I feel sympathy for the people's lives that Isaac has torn apart! <BR> <BR> Be safe... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:59:49 EST Hurricane planning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031576 Good morning all! Going to spend the planning, and preparing for the coming storm. Cleaning up the yard and making sure everything is as secure as possible. Have a good day Sun, 26 Aug 2012 11:24:35 EST Singing in the rain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021990 No excuses today just 3 miles singing in the rain! I am awesome. (Affirmation ~ not my ego) Sun, 19 Aug 2012 15:41:36 EST My journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015909 Hello All! <BR> <BR> My final journey to being healthy began in 2010 but kicked into high gear last year. I've been on a weight yo-yo for most of my adult life. My weight peaked at 193# in 2011 ~ a low point in my eyes and in the mirror. My health was suffering, and I believe I was pre-diabetic, plus suffered from low energy and my feet actually ached from the weight. I stood in front of the mirror and made a promise to myself to take better care of me and stop with the excuses. ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 23:07:20 EST