EVERSTEPH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EVERSTEPH EVERSTEPH'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/ Annie's Locker Fitness Center http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165538 In November, I spent an afternoon interviewing recovering addicts and the director of the Men's recovery program at the Rockford Rescue Mission. The men I spoke to said that physical fitness was a key piece in their recovery and the Annie's Locker Fitness Center enabled them to workout in a safe, empowering environment. <BR> <BR> Read my story published in Rockford's PEAK-ON-THE-GO and consider donating to my favorite organization! <BR> <BR> http://www.peakonthego.com/ <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:16:01 EST Seasons of Grandma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109768 Haven't blogged lately but a good sparkfriend reminded me that I don't need a big event like a half-marathon as a reason to write. The truth is that I've been a moody wreck since September 22. My grandma was hospitalized early that morning because of pneumonia and it was so bad she was in septic shock and had kidney failure because of it. <BR> <BR> In addition to pneumonia, my grandma also had emphysema and atrial fibrillation (from a lifetime of smoking). They determined she also was admit... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:47:30 EST Back from Jeep Jamboree 2012 - Northwoods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993883 Back from Vacation! <BR> <BR> Although I was only off work for a few days, I feel like I've been in vacation mode for weeks. BBQs, booze, bonfires, and friends have made such a fun summer. Needless to say, all this partying and overall endulging resulted in a 5 lb gain. It's hard to wake up for a 5am run when I'm hungover! Almost back to normal now. :) I want to be down to 145 for the half marathon in November too. While training for my last half, I actually gained weight (MUSCLE, accord... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:07:04 EST Dirty Girl Mud Run (5K Obstacle Course) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952801 Dirty Girl was AWESOME. It's been 2 days and I still feel like a freaking rock star. Running was a breeze, the obstacles were tough (yet doable), and the mud was fantastic. <BR> <BR> There were 11 major obstacles - I was most proud of scaling a 8 foot wall (in 1 try), powering up the steep Tough Mudder Hill (without the rope!), climbing up/down a 2 story cargo net, and army crawling through muck. Here's a brief description of the course - http://www.godirtygirl.com/about/ <BR> <BR> Until... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 23:15:23 EST Advice from A Skinny Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943001 I'd like to open this blog by sharing that my husband recently took third place in his department's Biggest Loser Competition. At 5'11, 155 lbs, and naturally athletic, he never needed to lose weight -- he entered the competition simply in an effort to become more active. He did great at first, losing .5 pound here and there from all the extra physical activity. Then, he stopped losing because there was nothing left to lose! The more he worked out, the more muscle he was gaining. He gave... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:44:55 EST Biking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927134 Josh and I have started riding bikes together on Wednesdays evenings and Sunday afternoons. When he was a teenager, he did BMX and would mountain bike with his dad so he is awesome at biking -- even though he's had several years "off". Josh bought me a really nice Trek bike after we moved in together (2007) but I haven't used it much until this year! <BR> <BR> We've been doing trails and it's been incredibly challenging. I have fallen a few times - involving blood but no tears! I did c... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:46:07 EST My Advocare Horror Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909077 The day after the Rockford Half Marathon, I started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. A friend of mine recently became an Advocare distributor and she has been raving about their products (she lost 130 pounds between Zumba and Advocare in less than 2 years)! Advocare sells vitamins, weight loss products, and supplements... their tagline is "We Build Champions"! <BR> <BR> The 24 Day Challenge has two phases. A 10 day cleanse and then a 14 day max phase. Both phases involve specific supplemen... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:57:14 EST Recap of Rockford Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889997 Today was the big day! Woke up at 5:00am for my long-run ritual: black coffee, peanut butter toast, and a few mins of yoga. <BR> <BR> Before the race started, I stood in line to use the bathroom. Before I exited the porta potty, I rubbed my eye... and my left contact popped out. Soft contact lens on the porta potty floor. NO WAY! THIS NEVER HAPPENS!!!!!!! It was a lost cause so I ran this race with 1 contact! Since my vision is so poor, I couldn't just take out the second lens. <BR> ... Sun, 20 May 2012 16:52:24 EST "Motivator of the Day" Rant - My compliant to Sparkpeople.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877412 Dear Sparkpeople.com, <BR> I love you guys but I have my first compliant ever. And it's a biggie. <BR> <BR> I have a major concern over who is being selected as "Motivators of the Day". Do you have a system in place for moderating candidates for Motivator of the Day? Today's "Motivator" (Miss_Rikki) has her page tagline as who "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels". I find this kind of attitude very saddening and I hope you consider choosing Spark members with healthy attitudes in ... Fri, 11 May 2012 17:43:34 EST My Thighs Make Their Debut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867554 That's right -- my pasty Scandanavian thighs saw the sun running today!! For the first time ever, I wore shorts (without leggings!) running. Not only that, I was on a very busy path two weeks away from the Rockford Marathon and Half Marathon! People everywhere! Not only strangers - this was a Buddy Group run! <BR> <BR> I've always been very self-consicious of my thighs and buns because not only are they unproporately large, they look all dimply when I'm standing and pasty. Not cute. <B... Sat, 5 May 2012 11:36:15 EST Shamrock Shuffle 8K in Chicago and Life Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809097 If you live in Illinois, you need to add the Shamrock Shuffle 8K in Chicago to your bucket list. Participating in a race with 40,000 runners with a zillion cheering spectators through the heart of the city will make your heart smile! <BR> <BR> I signed up to do this race with my best friends from college. We agreed to "stick together" during the race. As a group, we maintained a 14:00 min/mile pace and everyone was able to jog the whole thing the whole time! 14:00 is a lot slower than wh... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:47:30 EST RW Article: The Magic of Mantras http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716230 RW Article: The Magic of Mantras - Think strong words. Repeat inspiring phrase. Run even better. - http://www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7120<BR>,s6-238-244--13819-0,00.html?cm_mmc=NL<BR>-Womens80055402012012-_-Use%20Your%20Words <BR> <BR> This is great - even for non-runners! The last page gives you lists of sample words to choose from so you can even piece together your own mantra word by word. <BR> <BR> I have two that I use now: "How bad do you want it?" and simply "GO". <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 10:46:00 EST 10K Trail Race Playlist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685740 This Saturday, I am running the Rock Cut Winter Survivor 10K Trail Race. There is a real chance that it will be a few inches of snow on the trail! Luckily, it's looking like it should be around 30 degrees, rather than 10, at noon! <BR> <BR> Here's the final cut: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l286929083.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And to completely hijack the blog... here's another awesome pic of my inspiration, MLP. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l4... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 23:29:35 EST Big Race Countdowns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641838 So far, these are the big races on the docket for 2012. <BR> <BR> Arny Johnson 10 Mile (Rockford, IL) - 100 days away <BR> Crazy Legs 8K (Madison, WI) - 121 days away <BR> Rockford Half Marathon (Rockford, IL) - 143 days away <BR> <BR> I'd normally say that 100 days is ages away. Like 1/3 of a year! However, 2011 flew past so quickly that I know that 100 days will go by in a blink! <BR> <BR> I run my second half marathon in 143 days. That's 20 weeks away. <BR> Following the "FIRST metho... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 14:30:08 EST Overloaded http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626957 I am so overloaded right now. And feeling quite Grinch-y. <BR> <BR> Last night, I worked late and missed my last ballet class. When I finally got home, I was burnt out and cranky. Even though I have a great evening routine, I totally pushed it to the side. I didn’t exercise or pack myself a breakfast or a lunch for today. Instead, I enjoyed some takeout and cuddled up on the couch with the hubby for 2 hours before bed. <BR> <BR> So now it's 1pm and I’ve consumed an incredible 1,245 calor... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:35:53 EST Rave Run - Tyranena 2011!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584629 Tyranena was one of the most exciting events of my life. The only other days that can top Tyranena are my wedding day and the day I got engaged! <BR> <BR> Just a little back story.... All of 2010, I had the aspirations of running a 5K but I doubted even being able to run a whole 3.1 miles. I was running with my dog through my neighborhood but I wanted to try something different - running with a group. In April of this year, I contacted a former co-worker to see if she had any recommendatio... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 22:50:10 EST Final Preparations for Tyranena Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4562385 My first half-marathon begins in 4 days and 12 hours. I'm following all the rules. No crazy foods this week, staying hydrated, taking my vitamins, and eating more carbs (and therefore avoiding the scale this week). My wardrobe & morning meals for Saturday are picked out. <BR> <BR> My new ipod nano arrived today so now my official "Tyranena Half Marathon 2011" playlist is synced up! My old nano wouldn't hold a charge so I've been using my Android device for music on runs. <BR> <BR> The... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 00:37:56 EST My first Half Marathon in 11 days, 22 hours! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550923 On Saturday, I basically did 10 miles is 2 hours. IT FELT GREAT. <BR> <BR> I really surprised myself - I felt fabulous afterwards. I know I'm not breaking any world records but it felt like an amazing accomplishment. I came home and seriously almost blacked-out in the shower... but that's beside the point. Had to get out of the shower with sudsy hair and lay on the bathroom floor for a few minutes. Anyways - my legs felt like jello for the rest of the day but I really didn't have any ... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:01:52 EST Lovely fall festivities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4539915 After my run on Saturday, I called my mom. Since it was a beautiful fall day, we decided to take a drive up to Beloit, WI to visit our favorite store. <BR> <BR> Kauffman's Country Store sells bulk and natural foods. I've been told that a Mennonite family runs the store. It is a quiant store in the middle of no-where. Women and teen girls in their proper dresses and bonnets check up on you as religious music quietly plays while you are purusing the 4 aisles of merchandise. <BR> <BR> I l... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:04:53 EST Running Safely at Night (pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4529536 <em>31</em> <em>312</em> When running at night, it’s important to have a few necessities. Dorky, yes, but we’re running safe! Here's what I'd recommend to running safely during twilight runs! <BR> <BR> <BR> A ferocious-looking dog. Check! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l343777901.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A fuel belt filled with bear spray (to fend off dogs, humans, and whatever else could attack) and doggy treats (to feed to a dragging pooch). Check, check, and c... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 00:23:46 EST Goals and Rewards - Check-in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512167 Today I did reached my next goal of 157 so it's time to shoe shop! I have 35 days to break in the puppies in for my half marathon on November 5! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> **** <BR> Goal: Weigh 157 - done! 9/30/2011 <BR> Reward: Second pair of running shoes <BR> <BR> **** <BR> Goal: Weigh 155 <BR> Reward: New Ipod (My nano from 2004 only holds a 4 minute charge nowadays. I've been lugging around my Evo 3D & using Pandora to stream music. So annoying when I get under trees and I lose my... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 13:29:46 EST Perspective is a funny funny thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4473778 Perspective is a funny funny thing. <BR> <BR> Last night, I was mistaken as the ballet instructor. A woman told me that I was "thin" and had a dancers body. (awesome!) I laughed and told the woman no. It's so strange to hear that I'm thin.... because I don't think that I'm there yet. Most days I feel like a wide-hipped clumsy giant walking around in the world but I thanked her for the compliment. <BR> <BR> I sat with her as I waited for my class to begin. I'd guess that she was in h... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:12:33 EST Couldn't be Anorexic if I Tried! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462793 Am I the only person that can't survive on 1,200 calories? <BR> <BR> I snoop, yes snoop, at other Sparkie's shared food logs and see women regularly getting by on 900 - 1,200 calories a day. I can't do that. <BR> <BR> I've tried. In April, Sparkie Heidigene and I read "Cinch" and followed that diet plan. We were consuming 1,000 - 1,300 cals a day on that plan. Every damn day, I felt light headed and had no drive for exercise. When I would exercise, I was so close to fainting that I... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 14:33:22 EST Get To Know Me From A to Z... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459651 My belly is full from soup so I'm killing time before Insanity. <BR> <BR> Get To Know Me From A to Z... <BR> <BR> A. Age - 26 <BR> <BR> B. Books - Currently reading "Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving--and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity" by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell (for fitness motivation), "Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die" by Chip and Dan Heath (for professional development), and "Bossypants" by Tina Fey (just for fun)! <BR> <BR> C. Chore - Groce... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 23:32:04 EST Never thought I'd run into this problem... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4449807 Never thought I'd run into this problem... but I think that I need to find foods with less fiber. <BR> <BR> I am a big advocate of Joel Fuhrman's "Eat to Live" book and diet. If you strictly follow his plant-blased diet, your daily intake of fiber will be 77 grams. No joke. <BR> <BR> I've consumed 43-56 grams of fiber each day this week and that's pretty typical, too. On the weekends though, I usually plummet to the teens. <BR> <BR> The reason I need to back off a bit from the fiber ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:07:18 EST Morning After... [Insanity Day 29] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4444066 It's the morning after Insanity Day 29. There's a little achy-ness in my shoulders and quads. After the ridiculous amount of time doing "hip flexor burners" and "shoulder burners," I shouldn't be surprised. <BR> <BR> This week is "recovery week" and the half-way point through the program. All week we do the same workout - "Core Cardio and Balance." It's not as extreme as the others so far but you definitely still need a sports bra, water, and a fan blowing to make it through. I wore ... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:56:22 EST Goals and Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4432254 I'm short on time but just wanted to post that I have some new found motivation. Last night, for the second day in a row, I was struggling to give it my all with a "why bother" attitude during my Insanity workout. My fit tests really haven't improved all THAT drastically.. plus taking 1 week off last week for traveling messed up my flow so I felt like I needed to start over. But I'm not. I'm going to finish this! <BR> <BR> Before today, I've never set-up actual rewards for myself. To ge... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 09:55:41 EST The Morning After... [Insanity Day 19], Fit Test #2 Results, and Why Shaun T Made Me Cry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4408999 Monday was Fit Test # 2 - Day 15! Fit tests are scheduled for every other Monday to track your progress. <BR> Switch kicks – ? (previously 66. unknown improvement, I lost count) <BR> Power jacks – 34 (improved by 1) <BR> Power knees – 81 (improved by 14) <BR> Globe jumps – 7 (improved by 1 globe jump = 4 jumps) <BR> Suicide jumps – 11 (improved by 1) <BR> Push-up jacks – 14 wussy ones (improved by 7) <BR> Low plank oblique – 67 (improved by 1) <BR> <BR> Tuesday was Plyometric Cardio Ci... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 13:40:04 EST My BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4394961 2010 was a year of firsts - some fun, some exciting, and some really really bad. I started running. I got my FOID card and shot a few guns. I created a much larger vegetable garden. I stepped on an underground yellowjacks colony in my garden trying to harvest my cauliflower. I tried Absenthe for the first time. I got my motorcycle license and rode motorcycles. I also found my dream job. Looking back at these "firsts," I look like a real bad ass. <BR> <BR> Because of obtaining my motorcy... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 22:38:39 EST Wallowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4394215 How is it that I hate seeing pictures of myself? I have lost 41+ pounds since my highest weight in high school. By leaps and bounds, I know I look better and have a lot more confidence than I ever have. Yet after seeing pictures from last weekend's soiree in Chicago, I feel... discouraged. <BR> <BR> (I'm on the left) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891064715.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (I'm on the right) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l423283277.jp... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 13:35:27 EST The Morning After... [Insanity Day 9] - This sh*t is bananas, yo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388933 OMG, Insanity Pure Cardio is a freaking nightmare. You KNOW it's bad when the instructor is bitching and says "this sh*t is bananas, yo." Even the folks in the DVD (who are fitness instructors) were being tapped out by Shaun T to take a break because they were comprimising form. I was wasting energy laughing out loud that THEY couldn't even do it. <BR> <BR> Pure Cardio "warm-up" is 11 minutes - 3 circuits that you increase with intensity each circuit: jogging, jumping jacks, heismans (jump... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 06:24:58 EST The Morning After... [Insanity Day 8] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386869 Cardio Power and Resistance was on the schedule last night. We did this workout once last week. Still not able to do walking push-ups but I just do my girly push-ups instead. Still incredibly challenging to get through but I'm NOT feeling sore at all today. <BR> <BR> Tonight we do the Insanity DVD that we missed on Friday: Pure Cardio. <BR> <BR> Also on my schedule tonight: interval training... <BR> 10 min warm-up (walk/jog warm up) <BR> 1200 meters interval (then 90 second walking rest)... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 09:19:43 EST Completed Week 1 of Insanity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4384550 Was offline for a few days because of a girls trip into Chicago. We went in Friday afternoon and came home Sunday afternoon. Most definitely didn't make the greatest choices. Had a primarily liquid diet (margaritas and other delicious drinks of the sort) on Friday and Saturday and I've paying for it now. I haven't had alcohol in 33 hours and I still feel horrible. I'm getting too old for this sh*t..... <BR> <BR> Because I wasn't home, we didn't do Insanity on Friday and Saturday. Sunda... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:03:02 EST The Morning After... [Insanity Day 3!] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4376596 It's the morning after Insanity Day 3. Wow, my calves are tight to walk on. Instead of calf muscles, it's like I have old rubber bands that are threatening to break with every step. It hurts my core to laugh or sneeze. However, the rest of me feels good. <BR> <BR> Insanity Power and Resistance was a great workout. Josh and I took a few minutes before starting the DVD to do some stretching. We were both super sore going into it. Again, Insanity's "warm up" is super tough. The warm-up ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 09:33:47 EST The Morning After... [Insanity Day 2!] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4374462 It's the morning after Insanity Day 2. My calves, quads, gluteus maximus, abs, lower back, upper back, chest, biceps, and triceps just hurt. Is it sick that I like it? Change is happening! <BR> <BR> Probably overdid it yesterday with the walking/jogging, sand volleyball, and then Insanity. I had an awesome number on the scale this morning but it’s probably just because of dehydration – there was a lot of sweating going on yesterday. <BR> <BR> Sand volleyball was tons of fun. For years... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 09:45:13 EST Insanity Fit Test - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4372127 Officially started Insanity with Josh last night. Day 1 is just the 25 minute fit test (which included warm-up and cool-down) and it was tough. During the warm-up, Josh was like “What the heck? This is a WARM UP?”! The warm-up was jogging in place, jumping jacks, high knees, butt kicks, and other high impact moves. We were sweaty before we even began the real work-out! The fit test is on the schedule for every other Monday (to track your progress). <BR> <BR> Here are my numbers for Fi... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:48:41 EST New Toy: Body Fat Caliper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4361305 I bought a body fat caliper today because my Taylor scale is wishy-washy from day to day on my body fat composition. The caliper instructions say to only measure the suprailliac skinfold (located one inch about hipbone) to determine your total body fat %. Based on my 9mm reading (I tested, retested, then hubby tested, retested), this equates to a body fat % of 19%. The chart says this is lean/ideal. However, I wanted to do more extensive testing since I have an unusually small waist in ... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:41:15 EST Commitment [to Health] - May 1 Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4203222 "A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise." ~A.A. Milne <BR> <BR> My goals for May 1 were to... <BR> Run a complete 5K in under 35 minutes <BR> 1 real push-ups <BR> <BR> I ran Run Fur Shelter 5K in Elgin. Completed in 36 mins. Didn't quite meet my goal... but my time has significantly improved since March 31! I'm not disappointed at all.. I'm actually really satisfied! My Garmin Heart Rate Monitor Sportswatch should arrive tomorrow so I can train a lot more efficien... Sun, 1 May 2011 20:52:45 EST Commitment [to Running] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4192935 "Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."-Oprah <BR> <BR> Last week, I was listening to a webinar on association member retention and social media. The speaker was reviewing social psychology and the desire that most people have to be a part of a group. He stated that social media is one way for our members to feel more connected to the group and “take charge” of the association they belong to. He listed the personal benefits of belongin... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:24:26 EST Commitment to health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182824 “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” -Buddha <BR> <BR> I recently hit a road block and needed to re-evaluate my goals. Here are my goals & the plan on how to achieve them in 2011. I have constant reminders of my goals as I have them posted on the fridge at home, bulletin board above my desk at work, and now on here. I will check in May 1, June 1, July 1, August 1, and December 1 with my progress! Since I'm running a 5K race ... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:25:12 EST