EUPHRATES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EUPHRATES EUPHRATES'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/ Sticking a toe in the proverbial pool... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606200 So, I'm in week 4 of Nursing 102 - which means I've mostly made it through "Boot Camp" (they warned us in Nursing 101 that the first 3 weeks were the make-or-break period). And wow, they weren't kidding - I can't remember ever living with such sustained astronomical stress levels. The first week or so, the mate had to put me back together on nearly a daily basis as I panicked over assignments and impending skills assessments (none of which was helped by multiple classes being cancelled due t... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:30:37 EST So, I've joined the BLC again. Here, have some goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385274 I've got a far longer blog percolating regarding my impetus to start working on being healthy again, and news of various sorts...but THIS blog is due for points within the next 20 minutes. So you'll have to wait for the rest. :) <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> For this round (BLC22) my goal is to get back in ONEderland again. Since I started back to sparking a few weeks ago, I've gone from 216 to 209, which makes me supremely happy. My basic goal is to lose 10 lbs in the next 12 weeks... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:57:22 EST Quick Photo Blog - GRANDBABY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371188 Because there have been requests... <BR> <BR> With mommy last week as we helped both his parents and my older son move to Clifton (aka CLOSER TO ME!) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942499384.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With Grandma (whose collar is apparently a chew toy LOL) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1977429895.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410085585.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The most adorable smile on the planet! <BR> <i... Wed, 29 May 2013 08:17:25 EST Sparkpeople at the Flying Pig Afterparty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346482 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2144730751.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, nobody showed else up for the 12:30 PM photo op at the booth, but we got to meet SHEENADEE and CALIDREAMER76 anyway. <BR> <BR> Also got a neat reaction to the the Sparkpeople t-shirt: <BR> Random Stranger - "Oh, I love your shirt! I love Sparkpeople!" <BR> Me - "They're here this year, the booth is right up there" (points) <BR> Random Stranger - "Really?! Oh AWESOME!" <BR> <BR> So look at that, I... Sun, 5 May 2013 17:57:16 EST As the 2013 Flying Pig Approaches... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336758 I'm having a very hard time with this. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I can even begin to write about it. <BR> <BR> There are something like 40 Sparkpeople participating this year - the JASR crew did themselves proud. Coach Nancy spearheaded an effort to have some folks volunteer at a water station. There is a dinner planned for Saturday night (and more - I just realized I've not been getting the notifications from the facebook group so I've missed a lot of the planning, trying to get caught u... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:42:59 EST You're not done 'til you're dead, and even then you can go to medical school... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262399 Or maybe...not. <BR> <BR> A lot of you know the story of how my dad is my hero. An exceptional student in everything he did, being male he was pressured (as most men were back then) to go into the math and science field, and he got his bachelor's degree from NYU (my dad grew up in Brooklyn) in Chemical Engineering. But as he worked in that field (including serving as an engineer when he was drafted in the army during the Korean War...you can imagine the stories of a platoon full of engineer... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:08:02 EST 2013 - The Year of No Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224676 Okay, I know we're more than 3/4 through January and I still haven't updated my "goals for 2013" (as I'd promised in my last blog). That's largely because I've been taking things week by week lately, making small goals as I go along. And it's been working. <BR> <BR> It's actually working really well. <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> <BR> The first week of the month, I started tracking again (and made spinning the Spark wheel every day a priority again). Just tracking, and spinning the wheel. Th... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 18:02:02 EST 2012 In Retrospect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183974 At the beginning of the year, I wrote a blog splitting the year into two parts and making a goal for each - part 1 was "Year of the B.A.M.F" and part 2 was "Year of the M.I.L.F" <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655782 </link> <BR> <BR> It is not lost on me that the first part involved very specific fitness goals (training for the Flying Pig and the Warrior Dash) and the second part just involved the much more general "losing the rest o... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:38:39 EST It's been a busy week. :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173263 Had the first migraine that laid me out (had to call off work) in nearly 2 years (I suspect I pushed it a little too hard that last week of class). <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Finished the semester with my 4.0 GPA intact. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> But the best part? Of all? EVAR? <BR> <BR> I'M A GRANDMA!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>251</em> <em>334</em> <em>251</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Gavin Rhys Dugan was born at 10:33 PM on December 18, 2012! <BR> 9 lbs (even), 22... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 22:18:59 EST I Didn't Want To Know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131506 But I screwed my courage to the sticking place, and stepped on the scale anyway. <BR> <BR> 207.5 lbs <BR> <BR> *sighs* <BR> <BR> That's 30 lbs higher than my lowest weight ever, back before I did the Flying Pig. And despite my vows never to see the 200s again, and the months of bouncing around in the 190s trying not to let it happen, there it is. <BR> <BR> It could, however, have been far worse. Gods know the past 2 months I've been on a spiral of binging and comfort eating, and I haven... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:21:08 EST Things are kind of scary right now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005065 Now, don't get me wrong. Life is EXCITING! I've got a solid A in three out of four classes for this term (even before taking the Algebra final tomorrow I know this, and I'm currently twitching waiting for the Chemistry grades to be posted, that's the one that's borderline and dammit I WANT that A). I met with my adviser yesterday and things are on track for me to apply to the nursing progression for the spring semester (which would mean I'd start actual nursing courses in January). I've got a... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 12:53:53 EST So...some stuff happened... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964036 Have I mentioned recently how utterly unbelievable it is to me that I've been so ridiculously crazy busy even though I'm still unemployed? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Which gives me pause wondering how I'll ever survive all this with work on top of it. HOWEVER, I expect the discipline of a regular schedule would lead to more organization which would then lead to better productivity, so it'll all work out. But at the moment, it totally seems like some kind of fairy tale world that I j... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:17:46 EST GoT: Battle For Winterfell Challenge - Week 2 Goal Update Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930808 Arg. <BR> <BR> Last week's challenge was all fitness minute oriented. I've got that part down. THIS week? Food oriented. Yeah, not so much. And unfortunately, while you'd think having to focus on eating would have made me more mindful and I would have thus made better choices, it didn't seem to work that way. Our challenges were to 1) stay below our top calorie limit, 2) practice mindful eating by journaling before and after eating and 3) 5 points for each servings of freggies (only 3 can b... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:48:20 EST GoT: Battle For Winterfell Challenge - Weekly Goal Update Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920517 Now that we've put the living room back together enough that I have REAL internet (as in not having to rely on my phone) again, I can finally blog! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> On June 1st, I posted a "June Reboot" blog with some goals for the month. Unbeknownst to me at the time, making goals for the month was part of the first week's assignment for the new challenge on the Game of Thrones team - shiny! To get full points for the Starks, however, I have to post a subsequent weekly ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 18:51:01 EST Origins Game Fair Recap Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913513 I win! <BR> <BR> No really...just take a look at these photos! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l587985617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (Yes, that's my daughter KITTYWULF with Felicia Day and the Red Swingline) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l958802467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wil Wheaton's comment (once I explained WHY I wanted the pic): <BR> "That's the best Flat Stanley EVAR!" <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Oh wait, speaking of explanations...have I... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 16:33:19 EST June Spark Reboot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906906 So in my previous "funk blog" I gave myself a deadline - I could have my pity party until June 1st, at which point I'd dust myself off and get back on the Sparkpeople wagon in earnest. <BR> <BR> Yeah, I didn't last that long. By Wednesday I was feeling physically better enough (the doc was right, I didn't fill the antibiotic prescription right away at his suggestion, and by the following morning the sore throat was gone like magic...I apparently just needed to shell out money for a doctor v... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 06:59:02 EST My Journey to 26.2 Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905014 This turned out far better than I'd even hoped it would. Enjoy!! Wed, 30 May 2012 22:06:47 EST It's My Sparkversary, and I'll Cry if I Want To... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901336 I'm in a funk, kids. Seriously. <BR> <BR> You'd think I'd be soaring, right? I mean, my daughter and I did a full marathon at the beginning of the month. I immediately lept into nurse's aid training, and have been meeting with advisors and getting ducks in a row to start college classes at the end of June. We're still okay financially for the moment (though the clock is starting to tick louder there), even IF my former employer totally screwed me over on the whole unemployment deal (still n... Mon, 28 May 2012 14:17:46 EST Did I Mention I'm Speaking in Chicago on September 15? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899864 Okay, so it's actually Portage, IN (only 30 minutes away), but still... <BR> <BR> Here's the low down! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Portage, Indiana Spark Member Rally Sept. 15, 2012 <BR> <BR> Speakers who have been where you are and have managed to shed from 60 to over 200 pounds. Snacks and an after party are being provided.&#65279; <BR> <BR> <BR> EVENTS <BR> ... Sun, 27 May 2012 11:22:09 EST Marathon Countdown starts NOW - 7 Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858276 So you'd think having not been working the last month, I'd have had PLENTY of time to blog and keep up with Sparkpeople. Yeah, not so much - between running around getting everything together that I need to have for the various school endeavors I'm working on, errands with and/or for the kids, travel and the actual TRAINING, and the fact I was without my computer for about a week, I'm ridiculously behind. I can't BELIEVE the last training blog I wrote was right after St. Patrick's Day! SO muc... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:46:49 EST Oh hey, I need to tell my Sparkfriends in the NEO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825570 (aka Northeastern Ohio) that we're coming north in a few days! <BR> <BR> Link to livejournal blog post on the trip: <BR> <link>mseuphrates.livejournal.com/882727.h<BR>tml </link> <BR> <BR> I know the timing is weird (arriving Sunday and staying until Wednesday afternoon), but I'd LOVELOVELOVE to meet up with any sparkfriends available over those couple of days, not just at Mike's Place on Wednesday (though the more the merrier there). If you want to try coffee or lunch or dinner or drin... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 11:47:23 EST Confessions And Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815385 I know that I owe everybody who's been following my marathon training an update blog, but I need to write this out first (so stay tuned, if not later today, an update will be posted tomorrow). <BR> <BR> I've been in free-fall. <BR> <BR> It's only to be expected really, I mean I left my job last week and immediately went on a road-trip. Just the travel and schedule changes would lead to a bit of free-fall for anybody. Unfortunately, the free-fall started a little early in my case, as the ... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 17:59:47 EST On To Happier Things - Vacation Blog! With Pictures (lots)! And WOLVES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807613 Well, the plan HAD been to get on the road by 7am on Thursday, but nothing ever goes according to plan when travel is involved. LOL Happily we only ran about an hour later than the goal, so we were on the road just before 8am, and really ran into NO traffic heading south (and honestly only dealt with two short slow-downs on the way home either, both of which I blame on UK...but I digress). The reason for leaving early? We were meeting up with MONETRUBY, one of my fellow Wisteria Wolves, in Kn... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:00:47 EST RIP Hagrid :'( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4806946 This cross-posted to Facebook, but since I can't connect livejournal to SP yet (hmmm, may have to suggest that to the tech team) and I don't think I can face typing this whole thing out again, here - have a link: <BR> <BR> <link>mseuphrates.livejournal.com/882321.h<BR>tml </link> <BR> <BR> I know I have a TON of catching up to do - there are picture posts due my wolves having met up with MONETRUBY on Thursday, a recap of the Atlanta trip, talking about training, etc...PLUS I intend to wr... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:18:07 EST Marathon Training Catch Up Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796233 So when we last left our intrepid would-be marathoners, they'd been sidelined by sickness for a week. Happily by last Wednesday I was feeling MUCHMUCHMUCH better and was ready to tackle more hills! Unhappily, my daughter was scheduled to work until 5:30 PM, and between one delay and another there was just NO way we were going to make it across town in rush hour traffic to meet up with the group on time. <BR> <BR> What did we do? Did we scrap it for another day? Did we just knock it out on t... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 06:38:34 EST Sparking at the 35th Annual Cincinnati AHA Heartwalk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795983 So as most of you know by now, we did NOT get the required 15 people on our team to get the Sparkpeople logo on the backs of our shirts this year, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of those who participated! I spent last week running around getting race packets to most of the participants, which gave me a chance to meet some WONDERFUL folks face to face! I didn't get any pictures of those running the earlier races, but a HUGE thank you and congrats should go out to REDEMILY, Michelle, Rob... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:19:47 EST Room of Requirement Blog for CoHP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794193 We've been on a scavenger hunt around Hogwarts this week, and here's my last item to find: <BR> <BR> Something you've hidden in the Room of Requirement - Everyone has secrets. Write a blog today (or post in your common room if you're not comfortable sharing with EVERYONE) about something about your weight loss journey that you've kept to yourself. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Ummmmmmmm... <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> *think*think*think*think*think* <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> ... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 23:47:44 EST Back! And Could Have Done More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784634 Phew! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure how things were going to go, since I knew I HAD to get up super early today in order to pick up the AHA Heart Mini packets for the Sparkpeople of Cincinnati team before the Heart Association closed at 4:30 PM (tomorrow is the very last day to pick up team boxes, I wasn't able to get it last week since I was so sick). And I wasn't having a lot of success getting to sleep when I first got home. I probably managed about 5 hours before the alarm... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:34:32 EST Sickness Happens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780209 <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> When I left work on Wednesday, my stomach was queasy. I figured it was stress (I'd gotten my first "pop quiz" from our newest "OMG Most Important Customer EVAR!" around 7am which, though not nearly as bad as it could have been, left me shaking for a good 20 minutes and required a quick trip to the ladies room to fall apart and then put myself back together again) and even though my daughter had to work late so we'd already planned to skip the group walk that night, I... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 07:19:02 EST Group Marathon Training 10 - And the mileage increases http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771167 Wow, those were SOME storms on Friday, huh? Added some excitement to Game Night with the kids, that's for sure (as the worst of the storms were hitting, I was picking up one of our cats from the vet - the kids, and our friend Jimmy who'd been invited to join in, all tried to reach me and couldn't get through - the cell towers were being bombarded by people who were checking on loved ones apparently). It didn't dampen the fun though - got to show the kids one of the DVDs I had made from one of... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 05:53:07 EST Group Marathon Training 9 - HILLS and an NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4765885 Hills are our friends! That's what Rich (the primary walking coach) tells us, anyway. And considering The Pig is a hilly course (it's Cincinnati, not like you could really avoid hills here), it's good to practice right? Right! <BR> <BR> But FIRST, we met up at the warehouse early for a clinic to review range of motion warm-up drills and post race stretching. I am REALLY glad we went - they went over at least 3 separate variations on stretches for each major leg muscle you want to be sure an... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 18:41:04 EST Group Marathon Training 8 - Chilly but we did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4756474 First of all, if you're keeping track, we missed another mid-week group training run this week. Things at work came to a bit of a head on Tuesday and I worked myself into a headache that could have gone into a migraine, so I took Tuesday night off (frankly more of a mental health day than anything, though the headache could have become an issue but it mostly settled down once I'd made the decision and called my supervisor). Which under normal circumstances should have made things EASIER in te... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:09:05 EST Group Marathon Training 7 - We did WHAT?!? Seriously? (Picture Heavy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4745621 It was a BEAUTIFUL day for a walk when we got up bright and early on Saturday! I was READY! Picked my daughter up at 6:15 and we were at Bob Roncker's in O'Bryonville by 6:45 AM, plenty of time to check in, check things out, hit the potty and get ready to hit the road. This week they had samples of Gu for us to try so we can start experimenting on these longer training sessions to determine what works for us in terms of fueling for long distances. According to the information Rich gave us, yo... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 05:32:43 EST Discouraged Blog is Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741965 Well, okay maybe not exactly. Just hitting a wall I had hoped I wouldn't hit I guess. <BR> <BR> So I got some news before I left work on Wednesday morning. That last hour or so of work was actually rather eventful with news from several fronts (most of which I had to keep under my hat since major announcements were happening during the day...I expect to hear ALL the fall out when I go back in Saturday night, and I don't expect it to be pretty). <BR> <BR> But my boss called me to his offic... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:04:21 EST Individual Marathon Training Session 6 - Back on the horse! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737839 First of all, I want to thank all my sparkfriends for putting up with my whining yesterday. I was REALLY down most of Sunday, and knowing I had mainframe maintenance looming when I came into work just made it all that much worse. Happily the maintenance last night wasn't nearly as painful as the fiasco 2 weeks ago (though I'm not trusting that to be a trend, still too many unanswered questions going into the next one in 2 weeks for me to have a "warm fuzzy" about it). <BR> <BR> You guys raw... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 02:05:34 EST Not A Happy Shiny Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4736026 I feel like a slug. <BR> <BR> No really. <BR> <BR> I made a conscious decision to take Friday as a rest day, in anticipation of walking 11+ miles on Saturday. I was all enthusiastic about walking in the snow - I was READY! <BR> <BR> Until a) I ended up sleeping in a lot later than usual on Friday, forgot to plug in the crockpot so dinner was late, and only remembered I needed to get to bed early once it was too late to make that happen and then b) I got up Saturday morning (after 3 hours... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:07:01 EST Group Marathon Training 6 - Getting In The Groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731472 I think it's starting to gel, this whole marathon training thing. Not that I'm there or anything, I'm just finally falling into the rhythm of the process. <BR> <BR> I was tired when I got up from my "nap" after work on Wednesday, but jazzed about getting out there to walk with the team. I'll admit, I was a little disappointed all the snow from the flurries that morning (we got about half an inch) was gone by the time I got up...oh well (from the sounds of it, we're likely to get 1-2 inches ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 22:23:34 EST Individual Marathon Training Session 5 - Just Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727757 Mondays seem to be big for "just not feeling it" I'm finding, at least the last couple of weeks. Maybe it's the getting up earlier than I usually do. Maybe it's the fact we're doing it at the gym (don't get me wrong, I LOVELOVELOVE my gym and my "gym family", but the farther along we get in this journey, the more I'm realizing I REALLY prefer walking and running outside). Yesterday I'm pretty certain Mother Nature had her hand in things too (though TOM didn't really get going full force until... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 19:52:02 EST Group Marathon Training 5 - Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724514 I did it! <BR> <BR> IDIDITIDIDITIDIDIT! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So Saturday's planned agenda was 8-10 miles. I'll admit, I was a little nervous about it. When I fell in August, it was at the end of my first 9 miler. Of course, I know extreme heat and poor planning contributed to that, but still - the number had me a little intimidated. <BR> <BR> Friday night I was in bed by 9pm as planned (hooray for cooperative mates!), so I'd gotten a good 7 or so hours of sleep (you didn't think ... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 04:46:35 EST CoHP - Extract of The-Transfigured-Being-To-Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724339 The last ingredient I need for my polyjuice potion this week is "Extract of The-Transfigured-Being-To-Be" - <BR> <BR> This means a bit of the person you'd like to transform into once the potion is completed. Take a moment and think about who you want to be once you've reached your goals. Think about details, like what you'll do each day and how you will look and feel. Write a blog about your future self to collect this ingredient. <BR> For the extra ingredient for the Potions stores, sh... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 23:44:04 EST LAST DAY to register and get a $10 Spark Certificate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720769 In honor of Wear Red for Women Day, we've extended the deadline, but HURRY! It ends at midnight tonight! <BR> <BR> Join the Sparkpeople of Cincinnati team and come walk (or run) with us in the Cincinnati AHA Heart Mini Marathon and Heartwalk! <BR> <BR> Click on this link to get to the team page, and then click on "Join our Team" to register! <BR> <BR> <link>cincinnati.kintera.org/heartmini/spa<BR>rkpeopleofcincinnati </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember, we need 15 people by February 16th... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 16:48:52 EST Group Marathon Training 4 - THAT'S More Like It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4718566 You know how when you haven't done something for a while, you can forget how much you enjoy it until you're actually in the middle of doing it again? <BR> <BR> I did NOT want to get out of bed yesterday. We hadn't gotten to sleep until about 11am (got stuck at work for an extra half hour or so, then needed to eat something before sleep was going to happen, yadda yadda) so when the alarm went off at 3pm, the entire body complained. But no matter what else was going on, I had to pick up my son... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 12:28:50 EST CoHP - 16 Things Standing In My Way (Fluxweed) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715634 This is a fun assignment this week! <BR> <BR> *** <BR> This week, you will be brewing your own Polyjuice Potions and submitting them for inspection by Proffessor Slughorn, Potions Master. If he approves your completed potion, you will recieve an extra 100 points for your House. <BR> <BR> Each ingredient (collected in full) is worth 10 points. <BR> If you would like to collect extra ingredients for the students' cupboard in the Potion room, you may earn up to 5 points extra per day. (The wa... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 02:29:04 EST Individual Marathon Training Session 5 - Back on the Horse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4713571 I took it easy on myself tonight, since I hadn't been to the gym since Thursday. No big exciting 10 minute runs, and in fact I only ran 3 times through the whole thing, but focused more on walking form and speed. Still, not an unrespectable 5K time: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743501213.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All in all, 3.5 miles in 50 minutes. And my daughter did about that distance in 60 minutes, YAY! Considering she started "Chocolate Week" today (our family's... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 02:16:40 EST Marathon Training vs. Real Life = Not Always Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710465 *sighs* <BR> <BR> It's been a busy few days. <BR> <BR> On Thursday I had a date with my heart-son Lukey, who turned 12 on Monday. I DID get to the gym early that morning, but I did not win the battle regarding movie popcorn during Sherlock Holmes 2. Or Steak N Shake before the movie. Reminder to self - NEXT time, eat a decent meal before going out with kids, so as not to be tempted to join in on fast food and movie snacks. <BR> <BR> Friday was "date night" - a REAL date night including a... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:04:06 EST Individual Marathon Training Session 4, Spreading the Spark and HOLY CRAP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704031 Dude, I just ran for ten minutes. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> No seriously, I just ran without stopping for TEN MINUTES! Considering I run at 5.5 mph, that's almost a mile! <BR> <BR> SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>104</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>104</em> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, lemme back up for a second... <BR> <BR> My daughter texted me while I was sleeping to let me know she's sick with a fever an... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 20:06:56 EST Cincinnati AHA Mini Marathon and Heartwalk - Join Our Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4702527 If you've been considering joining, but have been putting it off - now is the time! <BR> <BR> The registration and fundraising deadline for "Sparkpeople" to be emblazoned on the backs of our event t-shirts is February 11th!! And the price of registration increases on March 5th! <BR> <BR> As a special incentive, anyone member of Sparkpeople who joins the team by Midnight January 31st will receive a Spark Certificate worth $10 in the Spark Store! (Please send me a sparkmail after you registe... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 04:59:56 EST Individual Marathon Training Session #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4700408 Okay, I'm FAR happier with THESE numbers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54308867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not a PR by any means, but it's still a sub-40 minute 5K. I'll TOTALLY take that! I did my usual 2 minute warm up and then 3 minute run/2 minute walk interval. I didn't really struggle through it as much as usual, so I'm thinking the longer run/walks are helping my stamina on the shorter ones too. It's going to be really interesting to me to watch how all this pr... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 06:19:59 EST Group Marathon Training Session #3 - Called by Ice Storm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698185 Well, I'm sure the coaches were out there anyway, but there was NO fricken way I was attempting to drive across town (through neighborhoods named Price HILL, South FairMOUNT, CLIFton and Walnut HILLS for reasons) in that. Not until the sun had done it's bit to help the salt cut through the glaze on the roads anyway. Though when I looked out the window at 3:00 AM, it sure looked pretty out there. I really WAS disappointed - I'd been looking forward to getting out there for a long session with ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 06:42:01 EST Who fit in (and bought) size 16 pants yesterday, for the first time in her adult life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695297 THIS GIRL! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234532075.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, off to knock out 8 miles on the dreadmill (but first I'll have to chip my way into the car...silly ice storm TOTALLY threw off the planned group walk this morning!) <BR> <BR> Hard work? <BR> Dedication! <BR> <BR> Dedication? <BR> Hard work! <BR> <BR... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 14:15:34 EST