FINCHFEEDER80's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FINCHFEEDER80 FINCHFEEDER80'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/ Vacay and Color Run Pics (LONG and lots and lots of pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781767 Mom and I went to the Outer Banks for four nights last week on our annual "Mommy and Me" excursion. I was scheduled for a six mile training run that week, so I got up super early, went out there and got it done before we left! My first mile was 16:47, and my last was 19:43- HAHA! I haven't done that many miles since the 10k at the end of March. <BR> <BR> We've had better weather down there, but we always make a good time for ourselves. We got in Saturday and it was pretty that afternoon so ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:03:41 EST Adventures in Exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773231 So I'm a total schumck and am copying this from a post I just left on one of my message boards. Because it's short (for me and a blog) and I'll never tell it right a second time. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I found my wall at the gym on this new plan today. I'm not supposed to be eating "first breakfast" before the gym anymore. So far this has not been an issue. This morning I banged out three miles in about 54 minutes on the treadmill. Apparently this is a problem. I was ok until about... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:06:08 EST Week One Results on the new plan and Phentermine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772755 First off, let's get the big news out of the way: I lost 12.6 pounds this week! <em>244</em> I'm super happy, but I also know it's the norm when you start a new eating plan to have an awesome week one. But I will certainly take it! <BR> <BR> My nutritionist is pleased. I won't see her again until the 19th. Since I didn't have any problems staying on plan, and she's just a phone call away, we can space out our visits. (My HSA thanks me for that one!) <BR> <BR> I only "cheated" once this ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:33:03 EST Writing it out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771177 I'm just here to ramble for a moment. I'm less than a week into this new plan and today is definitely my first challenge. It's a day off from work and I'm home alone. Usually this leads to all day snacking. And camping out on the couch. <BR> <BR> I'm not entirely sure what if anything I'm going to do for movement. It's going to be a hot one today, I think the heat index is already around 100. There is, of course, a couple of rooms I need to work on. And I may go for another stroll later. I ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:10:58 EST You ask, I deliver! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770727 Introducing, my hair: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1480231454.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364094803.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1188301356.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love it, maybe I finally found my style! <BR> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:46:17 EST Days 2-4: Of training, bestie time, and Lush http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770702 This blog is brought to you from the luxury of my first Lush bubblebar bath. It's also the first bath I've taken in our house! The bubblebar has turned my bath into a silky, rose scented, pink watered spa treatment for my well worked legs. This may be the best bath ever! <BR> <BR> So Friday was fine. The Phentermine made me a little amped up, but nothing serious. No heartburn since the first day. I did miss a snack in there. I've noticed a tendency to forget to eat on this stuff. But I stuck... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:02:38 EST I have a wild hair. Pun may or may not have been intentional. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769315 So. I was going to wait until after we got back from the beach, but I'm feeling this wild urge for a new haircut. I saw this video yesterday and I am just in love with her haircut. It's similar to the pixie cut I've been sporting for about a year now, however it is pretty short on the sides and back. Like, really short. And a cute fringe in the front. My hair's kind of curly, but I think if I hit it with the blow dryer in the morning it would be fine. I think I'm going to call up my hairdress... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:37:44 EST Day One Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768964 Good evening! <BR> <BR> So today was my first day on the new plan and the Phentermine. At first I really didn't notice much, but when I realized that I had eaten about a third of what I normally would have and wasn't fixating on when I could eat again, I could tell it was doing its job. I had a little heartburn, but that could have just as easily been breakfast as the medication. I haven't noticed any nausea yet. I've had a couple of friends mention that as a side effect. I am glad that I l... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:21:14 EST My new Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768205 Weight: 341 <BR> <BR> My nutritionist, Carrie, is definitly a proponet of no food is truly off limits, and no food group should be excluded. That being said, for the first week or two, as kind of a system reboot, my new best friends are protein and veg. I am *temporarily* giving up starchy carbs and fruit. The general idea is to get my body back into the habit of tapping fat stores for energy instead of all the carbs I shovel into it. The one exception is my long run days for the 1/2 trainin... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:31:11 EST Chin Up and Carry On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766601 So I took a pretty big blow Friday afternoon at my set up appointment in the doctor's office where I'll be seeing a nutritionist. I've been sitting here thinking I'm going to finally get myself out of the 300's any day now, so stepping on that scale and seeing 344 was a massive shocker. I have just been gutted. I went out and bought a scale for my home yesterday because the one we did have wasn't reading correctly anymore, it would never settle in on a weight, just bounce around for a minute ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:24:50 EST 11th Annual Movin' and Groovin' 8-23-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765668 This was my second running of this race. The weather was kind of blah: low 70's, HUMID, and intermittent rain. Thankfully the rain stayed on hold while we were on the course. This race is primarily a trail run through a park, so it's a nice change of ppace from my road races. I actually almost stayed home. I woke with an upset tummy, so I ended up not eating at all, or drinking much before the race. <BR> <BR> Despite all this, I was actually set to PR this race. Not by much, but it still co... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:27:05 EST Took the leap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763482 I made an appointment for Friday to get started on a medically supervised nutrition/lifestyle program/counseling. A friend's roommate is the nutritionist and trainer for the program, and she put us in touch after I had kind of a mini-meltdown on facebook a few weeks ago. I spent some time getting my crap back together and working the nerve up, but I got back to her yesterday, and away we go! <BR> <BR> I looked at their website after I made the appointment- this is a legitimate doctor's offi... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:57:16 EST August Fitness Assessment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760248 First of all- thanks everyone for all the support and comments on my office food blog. I'll make sure to make some time this afternoon and give you a personal thank you for stopping by! <BR> <BR> I had my monthly check in with my trainer at the gym, so I thought I would put the numbers up from last month versus this month. It's good to have to look back on during the hard days. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight: July 322.8 August ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:29:45 EST I am food shaming my office. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758907 I had some delicious oatmeal this morning, and my tummy will be satisfied until I eat my much anticipated butternut squash risotto that I made last night for lunch. <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=294054 </link> <BR> <BR> I got up to get some water and I find this has appeared: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l501770444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Seriously????? <BR> <BR> This is the fourth day in a row of s... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:15:53 EST Winging It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758300 I've been doing a lot of cooking lately, and sometimes I just don't feel like digging through dozens of recipes looking for one that strikes my fancy. So a couple of times now I've just decided to wing it and give making it from the top of my head a try. The three recipes I've tried so far are: black bean enchiladas, spinach bacon and feta quiche, and tuna noodle casserole. I know just enough about these things to get into trouble. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I pleasantly surprised myself... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:34:02 EST Productive weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757051 I got a ton accomplished this weekend and I feel great! <BR> <BR> Yesterday my contacts came in so I picked those up on my way to a yoga seminar. The seminar was a half hour shorter than anticipated and since we didn't actually practice, just held three poses; I jumped on a bike since I was already at the gym and dressed to work out! I did the 10k program for some active recovery because I ran Thursday then I walked three miles with my best friend Friday after work. I picked up subs on the ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:38:41 EST Getting myself back together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755071 I've been in a little bit of a slump for the past week. Nothing major, just felt a little blah. I've been blaming some of it on the glasses. I kept putting off filling my contact prescription, and then one in my last set finally gave out, so I'm in glasses in the moment. I usually only wear them at night or on the weekends before I start moving around, so it's like a signal to my body that it's time to wind down at this point. Not to mention that exercising SUCKS in glasses. I don't know how ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:34:56 EST Score one for organization! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754318 My car wouldn't start after work yesterday. We have towing through our insurance, so I called their roadside assistance and they sent a tow truck out my way. An hour and a half later, still no truck, so I called roadside assistance back and they called the driver and he said something about getting held up and he was right around the corner. FORTY minutes later I called roadside assistance again and while I was on hold for them to make another call to the driver, he showed up. No explanation,... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:05:42 EST Cat Care Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748169 We had fleas a little while ago, and we had thought we had gotten the problem under control, but apparently not. I used the flea comb on the cats and got close to 30 fleas off of them, so we gave them a bath in Dawn ( if you didn't know, the regular old school blue Dawn kills fleas on contact!!) I ended up putting on a swimsuit and just climbing in the tub with the cats. Especially with my big boy, it's just easier to wrangle each one that way. <BR> <BR> I did some reading and determined th... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:57:23 EST July 24, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746243 I feel better since I made an active, conscious effort with my food yesterday. Overall all, it was a good day. I came in at 2263 calories. My fat was a little high and that was because my dinner was delayed. The hubs called while I was heating the oven up and said he was running low on gas. He works 45 minutes away, and he thought he was going to make it home but just in case he may be calling me back from the side of the road. FYI- there are gas stations where he works. He doesn't work out i... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:06:02 EST I can do this, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745562 I followed up a GREAT C25k session (I nailed two intervals of just over half a mile a piece!!! Half a mile!!!!!) with a crappy step on the scale. I know that I have identified the areas that I think are causing me problems, and it's been all of like 24 hours; I'm just so annoyed with myself for getting so close and then letting it slip away. <BR> <BR> I know, breathe. <em>29</em> I sholdn't let that stupid little thing upset me so much. It's not the boss of me! The good thing is, I have... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:42:53 EST The Neverending Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744873 Another day, another lesson. I think I was always aware of this, but it really kind of floated up to the forefront of my reasoning last night. <BR> <BR> I was on a pretty good roll there for a second, and rapidly approaching a major milestone. And then I stalled out, and I've been kind of stuck on a plateau for a few weeks now. Lucky for me, I have had this realization about three weeks before my next check in with my trainer, so I have time to put a plan into action. <BR> <BR> I usually ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:38:51 EST Musical desks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736576 They've been moving us all around lately, and it's my little group's turn. Lucky me gets the desk right in front of our manager. Also in front of the landing area for when they bring in bagels, pizza, etc. I'm going to be stuck smelling all that food! Thankfully, it seems like there hasn't been as much food ordering lately. Needless to say, I'm not particuarly thrilled about any part of my new desk situation. <BR> <BR> I'm totally going to get an air freshener so I can't smell the pizza goo... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:08:31 EST July weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733640 The theme of this weekend was self-sabatoge. I don't really know why I do this sometimes. I know some of my eating was emotional eating. Some of it was probably hormone driven. And I was just laaaaazy!! It was just the perfect weekend to be out jogging, doing yard work, just being outdoors. We were in the 80's with minimal humidity, sunny, barely a cloud in the sky- perfect weather! Besides hitting the gym Friday morning, getting my hair cut and grocery shopping on Saturday, I don't think I ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:56:49 EST Boot Camp 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731248 Yesterday was the last day of our summer boot camp at the gym. I have very mixed feelings about it being over. <BR> <BR> First, why I'm glad it's over. I'm exhausted. Pulling two work outs a day for four days of the week, and single work outs the other two has definitely worn me out! All the boot camp classes are in the evenings, and since I'm normally a morning exerciser, I maintained my regular work out schedule because I knew if I took the month off from the mornings, I would destroy all... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:00:19 EST Busy weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724028 This weekend I worked on getting the rest of the house unpacked. I got the half of the kitchen stuff we hadn't put away yet tackled, which subsequently cleaned out the dining room, since that's where all the kitchen boxes were. I also got half of the den cleared out in my quest to get all of my clothes out and hung in the closet. If I encountered a bag that wasn't clothes, I would just go ahead and get that put away too, so didn't have to do it next time. I'm hoping I can get the rest finish... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:42:38 EST Celebrate good times. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722240 I'm going to be out of the three's in nine pounds! I really need to take a second and celebrate that when it happens, but I have nooooo idea what to do! At least I have a couple of weeks to think of something! I haven't really rewarded myself before, usually when I try to think about it, all I see are the dollar signs attatched. I'm going to have to put a little aside or some such thing until it happens. How odd it's going to be. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:55:38 EST Boot Camp- Week 2, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720565 Let's discuss the medieval torture known as planks, shall we? My boot camp class yesterday was a TRX session, and we did a purely core workout. It was brutal. It was all plank work. So in your mind, take a plank. Now, take your feet and suspend them in straps and envision the same plank. Yup. Do the same with side planks. That's right, I said suspended side planks. Here was the kicker. Lie on your back (supine) and put your heels in said straps. Leaving your upper back/shoulders pressed into ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:47:41 EST So yesterday was fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719774 I ran yesterday, finished up week 2 of my C25k program. The boot camp I'm doing this month had a class yesterday, but I couldn't get a slot in the class, so I really pushed it in the morning, since I knew I wouldn't be back later on. <BR> <BR> Well, I got a call from the gym and someone had to cancel so I got into class! We did elliptical intervals. The basic run down is we did a minute fast on the elliptical, then hopped off and did 12 reps of a strength exercise with dumbbells. Then repea... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:27:29 EST Throwback Thursday Fun (I'm stealing this from a friend!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716576 Cause that's how I roll. So I'm over here on my work computer trying to find the oldest serviceable pic on here. I wish I knew how to put two pictures side by side in a single image, it would be neat to do a comparison, even though I'm fairly convinced not much has changed. So, for your viewing pleasure, here are two pics from two and a half years ago when I was choosing my wedding dress: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223527897.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:45:07 EST Connects Corporate 4-Miler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711999 This race is designed for teams from the same company to sign up together. It's billed as a way to make new contacts at your office and network with other professionals. Of course, you can sign up sans-team as well. <BR> <BR> We had a guy in our office start a team, and there were about 17 of us from SunTrust out there. It was a beautiful evening- upper 70's, sunny/clear, no humidity- you couldn't ask for better weather! <BR> <BR> The course was nice, and the miles felt like they went by r... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 10:16:14 EST WOO HOO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708756 So you all know I've been in the midst of a ridiculous plateau, like, all year. I weighed in last with my trainer on January 23rd at 338 pounds. Since then, I've floated anywhere between 345-327ish, mostly hanging out in the mid 330's, using the same scale each time- the one that lives in the locker room. It's been a very frustrating experience. Especially when people tell me they can really tell I've lost weight. I usually run around saying that people are lying to me, but I appreciate the t... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:34:09 EST Jean-Luc's a big brother! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706135 We got a new kitten Monday! She is teensy and ADORABLE! We haven't name her yet, but she is my fearless little Valkyrie, that's for sure. She's nine weeks old tomorrow and she really can't weigh more than a pound, but she's not scared of anything- not even the giant Jean-Luc. He was a little put out at first, but he seems to be coming around. We think he kind of wants to play with her, but she's so tiny, it's like he can't figure out how. But yesterday he started shoving his nose up her butt... Thu, 29 May 2014 15:00:57 EST Howdy ya'll! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700662 I just wanted to drop a quick hello! I haven't been as active on here this week. It's been busy at work, and I've been fighting off some kind of upper respiratory fungus. I don't know if it was a cold or not. I certainly never felt sick, just a little run down. But no fever, no chills, aches, sore throat, just chest congestion and a stuffy/runny nose. It seems to be on it's way out, although I'll have the cough for a while. The joys of asmatic lungs. <BR> <BR> I'm going camping this weekend... Thu, 22 May 2014 10:15:09 EST Empowering camping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695662 Next weekend is my annual Memorial Weekend camping trip and I'm soooo excited! We'll be there Friday and pack out that Monday. I usually use this as an excuse to go crazy with the food, but considering my big scary half marathon is a week away and I have a weigh in the following Monday, I've been sitting here working on a game plan for groceries this weekend, since this will probably be my last chance to shop before I go. Here's a rough idea of what I'm thinking: <BR> <BR> Beveridges: <BR> 4... Thu, 15 May 2014 11:52:55 EST Di's Fun Factoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694120 I learned something interesting about myself Saturday while hanging out with my Mama. I've been dairy-free (mostly- still have some cheese here and there, butter and sour cream) for a month or two now. I noticed that my skin, while still not great, has cleared up a lot, and my sinuses aren't in quite as much turmoil. I have year-round allergies, they're never going to be perfect, but if I can help my poor little sinuses, I'll do what I can. And I just don't feel quite so bloated and sluggish.... Tue, 13 May 2014 11:30:28 EST Happy Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690528 Thank you for the well wishes yesterday!! I don't know what was up with my tums, but I'm feeling much better today. I could have done with a couple extra hours' sleep, but who couldn't these days! <BR> <BR> Got in a really good workout this morning. I spent 20 minutes on the ARC trainer, I did a quick 20 minute strength circuit, and then I did a 10k program on the Octane bike. It starts out the mileage counter at 6.2 and the time keeps counting until you finish the 10k. I forget what my PR ... Thu, 8 May 2014 11:47:53 EST The problem with being everyone's back up...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689557 Is there will come a day when you try to call in sick (which I rarely do) and someone you cover has beat you to the punch. <BR> <BR> We did DIY tacos last night, and before dinner I was munching on chips and salsa. We didn't actually eat dinner till nine. So I was up half the night with heartburn, and then while I was getting ready to soldier on to the gym I decided I would see if I could find my pepto bismol (which I never did). TMI alert!- I had just started rummaging through a box when I ... Wed, 7 May 2014 08:17:51 EST My house! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688902 Thought I'd put a couple of pics up for anyone who's interested in seeing the new digs. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the front: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l749040321.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The kitchen: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1005529141.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Living Room: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1467663263.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Den/Family Room/Whatever people are calling it these days: <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 6 May 2014 11:40:47 EST Closings and FitBit and Rain, oh my. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684766 We have gotten so much rain since Saturday evening, it's crazy! There are several roads in the area that are closed down because they're flooded, and we drove past a couple of neighborhoods yesterday evening that I don't know how they're going to get in or out. Apparently it is monsoon season here in Virginia. Our POD has been sitting in the driveway of what will be our new house since Monday, and I'm terrified that everything in there is soaked now. I'm almost afraid to open it! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:05:26 EST What a morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680147 First, for the folks kind enough to comment on my last blog that I haven't written back to, here's an update on the gym shower situation. It has been acknowledged that there is indeed a problem. It was discovered when they were correcting the issue with not having enough hot water. The plumber, I believe, had to order a part and has also been going through a lot in his personal life. Apparently his wife has cancer. The owner has been working with him for a long time, and is pretty loyal to hi... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:38:36 EST Drama Llama Strikes the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677033 I talked about this some on my BLC team board, so it's old news to some, but here's what's been going on and why one of my besties there is leaving. <BR> <BR> About a month ago now, we were having trouble getting any hot water to last through all us morning folks showering. There's about 10 or so of us who are there basically every day. But depending on what's going on, there can be up to 20 or so folks cycling through four shower stalls. After a few days of some COLD showers, a couple of th... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:38:25 EST Venting the Crazy Parade in my head. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674286 It's Thursday- which means the start of Week 6 for the Spring into Action BLC. It also means weekly weigh ins are due. I haven't been 100% on point with food this week, but it's been an over all successful week. I didn't even have a weekend long eat-a-thon as I am prone to do. And I STILL posted a nine pound gain despite my hard work. Below is some of the crazy ranting that occured about 9ish this morning when there was a part of me trying to talk myself into a snack when I really didn't actu... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:53:19 EST Happy Anniversary, Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672655 It's been two years today since I re-joined SparkPeople. <em>504</em> <BR> <BR> Weight wise- I'm 24 pounds less than when I started this thing. So I'm effectivly averaging a pound a month. There have been many ups and downs, but I never have quite gotten all the way back up to where I started. <BR> <BR> Fitness wise- I'm in better shape than I was. My times haven't really gotten faster, but I have oodles of stamina, and I'm so much more willing to try things, instead of just assuming I... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:11:53 EST The hodge podge blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671872 Good morning and happy Monday! <BR> <BR> My weekend was fairly quiet. I did go to an alpaca farm and watch their shearing, though, so that was a lot of fun. Alpaca look so funny when all their hair is gone; like little aliens! I bought a box of roving, which is the fiber after it's been "processed", which is basically carded. I have some rudimentary spinning skills and a drop spindle somewhere in my pod, so I'll play with my soft soft alpaca when we move. <BR> <BR> I didn't eat quite as we... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:40:32 EST Poetry Corner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667533 This is one of my favorite poems, and for whatever reason, it's been floating around my brain today: <BR> <BR> The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls <BR> <BR> The tide rises, the tide falls, <BR> The twilight darkens, the curlew calls; <BR> Along the sea-sands damp and brown <BR> the traveller hastens toward the town, <BR> And the tide rises, the tide falls <BR> <BR> Darkness settles on roofs and walls, <BR> But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls; <BR> The little waves, with their soft, ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:13:40 EST My chat with Molly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667222 I got done eating dinner last night and settled on the couch, then sat up in a blind panic and said, "OH MY GOD- MY CALL WITH MOLLY! WHAT TIME IS IT? It was 7:15, and my call was at eight, *WHEW!* <BR> <BR> It was a great experience! She's very down to earth and easy to talk to. I wish I could afford to hire her, but I'll keep spreading her message, for sure! <BR> <BR> She made me feel better about a lot of the things I am doing, and gave me some advice on things that stress me out- like n... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:32:52 EST 32 Weeks and Counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666594 No, I'm not pregnant- That's how long I have until my very first half marathon! EEK!! So in the time it takes to grow a whole new human, I'm going to grow a whole new me! Because this race is going to take a lot more dedication than anything else I've ever done. It will be the longest distance I've ever traveled by foot, and I'm hoping to run as much of it as possible. <BR> <BR> 10k training this year took a bit more of a toll on me than I expected it to, so I'm feeling like I'm starting fr... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:25:21 EST Love Yourself Body Challenge Closure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664483 It actually ended yesterday, but I wrote my final response out to Molly this afternoon. One day one we filled out the below questionaire and tallied our score. <BR> Rank how you feel about a few things on a scale from 1-10, 1 being the worst, 10 being the best. Print the questions out or write them down and write down your rankings for each one, and compare them to your original score to see the tangible improvement. <BR> <BR> 1. How do you feel when you think about how your body looks? <BR... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 17:15:26 EST 10k/ Move Out Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661829 This weekend was super super busy! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It got started Saturday morning with my dad and I doing our second Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k. I really almost didn't do it. The forecast was for crappy weather, I was running on a couple of late nights and too early mornings, and after my last two races being soggy nightmares, I just wasn't sure I was up to it. My blog prior to this goes more into how I turned that attitude around. I got up, and the weather was.... ok. It was dr... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:23:54 EST