FITBIZZZ's SparkPeople Blog FITBIZZZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community cat is finally out of the bag So, I've alluded to a lot lately. A lot of this and that, overtaking my life so to speak. In a good way. Always. Change is hard but it's usually for the best. The Walrus and I took a bit of leap recently. Well today, I can finally talk about it. I can also finally start paying attention to all areas of my life instead of living so utterly focused (on one thing) as I've been. <BR> <BR> Our official announcement: <BR> <BR> Announcement! The Walrus & I are new business owners!! <BR> <BR> So a... Tue, 6 May 2014 14:11:18 EST checking in I'm still here. I had to drop out of the 5% challenge with all that's going on. I'm still exercising, still cognizant of the choices I'm making. Checking in and typing what I'm doing just seemed to be too much, if that makes sense. It's such a small thing to post to a board but at the same time it was a big relief to give it up...just one less thing to do...for the time being. I'm hoping to get myself together by the summer challenge. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I'm reading our book club's selecti... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:30:56 EST trying not to toss my cookies I have so much going on right now. I don't think I've ever been this overwhelmed or pulled in so many different directions. BUT, it's all good. We're working super hard to take our family and careers in a whole new direction. I can't wait to share the details! Hopefully, by May. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I previously mentioned how I love stepups because I feel an immediate difference from doing them. I feel stronger functionally for walking, climbing, and hiking . The problem? I get so naus... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:14:57 EST it's not a tumaa (in my best schwarzenegger imitation) So it's not a tumor and it's not even torn. This pain in my shoulder that's been going on a year now, is just inflamed. Still utterly painful to the point that I can't put a bra on like a normal person. There's pain, yelling, awkward maneuvering going on in the closet in the mornings around here. At night? It's even worse...more awkward and louder. <BR> <BR> I already forgot the term for the diagnosis but it has something to do with not having enough synovial fluid in my shoulder joint affe... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:48:29 EST you've got this Loving that message atop of my start screen: You've got this! Indeed. <BR> <BR> It's been a very fun, productive Spring Break. <BR> <BR> We started off the week with some roller skating. I've been on a skating kick lately and it's quite the deal on Sundays. Good thing sonny boy likes it too. He's getting quite good at it in spite of losing a permanent tooth on his first skating trip a little over a year ago. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:04:01 EST clean What does 2 days of cleaner eating get me? A better attitude, a better mood, a lighter overall feeling, and an overall better sense of well being. <BR> <BR> And notice I said *cleaner.* <BR> <BR> As in, not completely clean but I'm paying attention. It started with my quarterly physician visit Monday. "Pom," she says (I love how she pronounces my name and soothes me the way she gently tells me to get with the program), "Pom, what are you eating for breakfast?" As we go through my typical d... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:01:35 EST recapping and mapping It's been crazy, busy. I mean if running around like a maniac counted as exercise, I'm #1 on the leader board. Unfortunately the "maniac part," means I was stressed which means cortisol production. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I organized a talent show and live baked goods auction...which doesn't sound so bad... but think about the deadlines that nobody cared about and the calls I got up until the night (and an hour) before the show and you can imagine how stressed I got. Programs people! Trying to organ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:36:50 EST daffodils! Every year since I've moved here, I've promised myself that I would see the daffodil field in bloom. I've come close but never in full bloom. This year, I put my wish on FB and lo' and behold my friend Brittney took me (seeing as how I couldn't quite remember the last turn on the back road to get there, I needed somebody who did know the way). I think I'll make another wish be known tomorrow and see what happens! lol. <BR> <BR> Anywho, B is the park's naturalist. I LOVE hiking with her (she'... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:51:56 EST 15 minutes of fame...maybe OMGosh, today was so fun and it's not even over yet because tonight I get to go to book club. I'm bringing marinated hibiscus flowers stuffed with mozzarella cheese. Yum. Squeee. But so far? The Walrus and I were picked to have a "before meal" at Big Jim's Bama-Que before Restaurant Impossible came in. <BR> <BR> I told Wonder Boy I'm going to be like Spongebob when his elbow shows up on the Krabby Patty commercial at 3 am. I'm going to walk around giving autographs to unsuspecting people th... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 15:48:03 EST blocked and delivered Just a small crafty update. I had 2 friends graduate nursing school last year and let them choose the yarn, project, and pattern for their graduation gifts. I'm happy to announce they're finally completed, delivered and looking good. I'm so proud of these two ladies for their accomplishments. They both have children to take care of and still managed to go back to school for a dream and a different life. Both of these beautiful ladies are so inspiring. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:21:17 EST 2 blogs in one day? Ok, not really my blog. I just had to share something I read today from a favorite blog that I read regularly. <BR> <BR> A bit of FitBit hilarity. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-sense-of-moderation/ </link> <BR> <BR> BaH! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:49:58 EST momentum vs. recuperation So as I mentioned earlier, I took 2 trips in a row that afforded me at least 20,000 steps a day. It was a good kick in the butt to keep the momentum when I returned home. And I did. But today I need a bit of recoup time. <BR> <BR> We had a drastic change in weather from yesterday to day (as in warm to very cold). Since it was so cold this morning, my trainer asked if we should skip. I was already dressed and would normally say let's just do it. But my feet were not so cooperative. <BR> <B... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:09:58 EST a little review So, yesterday I shared a vlog about a personal record I attained Saturday... <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632593 </link> <BR> <BR> I have a friend or 2 that can't access videos on SP so I'll give a little recap. Very little. Vlogs are a lot of work so I won't spend too much time here. Plus, I complain a little at the beginning (about weight gain) and promised myself that was the last time I would allow myself to complain. It's time to move on... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:08:22 EST holy moly, i can hardly believe it myself The one where I break my 'steps in one day' record. <BR> <BR> Whoa, momma. :-) <BR> <BR> I had a very challenging but fun and rewarding weekend. I don't want to spoil the fun of the video so I'll summarize it later for those that can't access it. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:58:40 EST altimeter personal record attempt...part 2 The conclusion on whether I achieved 300 flights in one day. <BR> <BR> *Spoiler Alert* <BR> <BR> I'm summarizing part 1&2 of my personal altimeter record for those that can't access SP videos on their devices. <BR> <BR> We took a trip to New Orleans and arrived at a high rise hotel for our stay (49 flights of rooms, 51 to the roof). I thought it was a good time to attempt 300 flights of stairs in one previous record being 200 flights. I made a valiant effort but came up short. By... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:57:31 EST altimeter personal record attempt...part 1 I've been traveling a bit lately and decided to attempt my previous record of 200 flights of stairs (achieved on a long hike in Cloudland State Park) in one day by attempting 300 flights of stairs in one day. Here, I present part 1 of the video log for this adventure. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:56:51 EST wth... It was another long night with a doggie, this time Shine. A few weeks ago, Holly (14 yo) lost control of her bodily functions, balance, and use of her legs. It was so bad we thought she had a stroke. We never found out for sure what was wrong. The vet treated her for an inner ear infection and possible bacterial intrusion. She was fine within a week's time. <BR> <BR> Last night was major deja vu but with Shine ( about 5 yo). It started on her walk. Her back legs kept giving out. She lost co... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:11:04 EST i hope this is it!!! If these shoes work out, I'm buying 5 of them!!! I've had such bad luck with my workout shoes lately. Going on 3 years now. So far, these feel good!! <BR> <BR> WHAT?!?!? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> YOU CAN'T HEAR ME? I said...THEY FEEL GOOD!! <BR> <BR> Even if they are a bit loud. <BR> <BR> ETA: They're Saucony Women's Guide 6 Running Shoe Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:44:36 EST snow days The boy and I are home safe for a couple of snow days. The forecast was quite off by about 7 or 8 hours. We only got 10 minutes' notice that the schools were closing and several got stranded at the schools trying to pick their kids up. We knew the weather was coming but we all thought we could get through our work and school day. This community is awesome though. The sheriff's department worked perilously to drive families home as well as people with 4 wheel drive. Although I was able to get ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:23:08 EST urban hike So, I took myself on a group urban 10 mile hike in Chattanooga Saturday. It was cold, cold, cold and sleety. And I was a big ol' cranky-puss. I set my alarm for 5:45 pm instead of a.m. so when I woke up at 6:30 thinking, "my, the sun sure is coming up early this alarm hasn't gone off yet," I bolted. Got myself out the door in 10 minute's time. I should've gone back to bed. My mood did not improve. I was achy, crampy, and I could not get the stitch out of my side. Well, that's not... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:01:52 EST ironically enough Just a couple of little weekend updates... <BR> <BR> They didn't coordinate their shirts but it made it super easy to keep up with them at the roller rink. Actually, I only brought them so I wasn't the creepy adult hanging out at the rink. Great workout! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of course, there was hiking... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:22:08 EST so much fun I have fun on every hike. But yesterday? It was the most fun I've had in awhile. Some friends of ours have been inviting Wonder Boy and other kids to learn about rock climbing. Wonder Boy has been rock climbing since he was 4. SO, it's nice that he's actually learning HOW, along with his natural ability. You know, with safety and all. Because although little man can usually scale a high rock successfully, he doesn't always have a plan to get down. <BR> <BR> So anyway, the boy learned some s... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:07:41 EST fun little tidbits <img src=""> <BR> Hmmm. A T-Rex on a 1236.997 mile high unicycle. MmmK. Lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> No news here, but an interesting (to me) evaluation nonetheless. I wish I could remember what I did Oct 6th. I don't think that's a date of one my walking-all-freaking-day days. Weird. I've certainly done more mileage than that in one day in November. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, that w... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:36:52 EST on a roll On a roll...or at least trying to work off that roll. Yesterday I got my 2000 mile badge and later that day I got my UFO badge. I've climbed 14,000 flights of stairs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been so long since I've received a badge and now I'm getting a bunch at once. Which means it will be a long while again. I can shoot for the most flights of stairs in one day next. I guess that's feasible. Right now, my record is 200... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:56:28 EST 2000 miles bay-beeee! YAY! I got my 2000 mile badge this morning. I thought I had a few hundred miles left but I was wrong. I love being wrong. Well, sometimes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had another lovely, albeit shorter hike this morning. I think I'm still set for 10,000 steps today. It was a beautiful but soggy, muddy morning. I tried to pick what I thought would be the driest trail but I'm not so sure I did. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:51:09 EST i &#10084; winter I really do love winter. I have to admit that last week I was less appreciative of the winter when it was 1º. That was tough. I think most of us southerners prefer our winters not to dip below the 30s. Very thankful it didn't get as cold as it did up North. I might have just hunkered under several layers of comforters and hibernated. <BR> <BR> The bitter cold only lasted 2 days and although my love didn't waver, I was very thankful for the return of 'regular' winter around here. The 30s and ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:00:57 EST 50000!! we did it. with a bonus. I can't believe it but I got 50,000 steps Saturday!! I thought it would be around 45,000 but at dinner I looked at my fitbit and I had like 48,800 so I knew I had to go for it. I was already extremely tired, achy, and cold but I had to do it. So, we took a lap around the shopping center where we ate. I took the the long way around when I stopped for a potty break on the way home. And finally, I had a little bit left when I got home so I took one doggie for a short walk. I over shot it a littl... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:25:19 EST it's coming. tomorrow! It's time to hit the 2nd section of our section hike on the SIlver Comet Trail. My friend and I are walking from Hiram to Braswell. Last time (right after Thanksgiving) we walked from Smyrna to Hiram. Tomorrow will put us a little over half way to the end of the whole trail which is about 61 miles. BUT, it's only a third of the trail that continues into Alabama. After the state line, the Silver Comet Trail changes to the Chief Ladiga Trail which adds about 33 miles more. We should be able to ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:08:11 EST whipping up It's been a fun holiday break for us all. Although I'm still working quite a bit, I have taken a day off here and there and it still feels like a big break not having to run the boy all over kingdom come. An added bonus, my car's been out of commission for almost a week now (waiting on a part, hopefully it comes tomorrow!). It's all good though. Taking life at a slower pace is much welcomed. <BR> <BR> SheilaV kicked my derriere as per usual this morning. My legs were jello the last .25 miles... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:56:45 EST yes sir, yes sir 3 skeins full As I mentioned in my previous blog, I would be making wool dryer balls this past weekend. Don't be jealous, my weekend was that good. I had this leftover yarn from an abandoned felted Easter basket I was going to make. The yarn was relatively inexpensive and since I bought it several years ago, it seemed like it was free! I never did like the colors. Back when I was going to do this project, I didn't really know where to buy good wool yarn. The stores (ok store, as in 1) around here only sell... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:40:13 EST have you any wool? My latest project... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry for the crappy picture. I love making these ruffle scarves. They're quick and easy homemade gifts. This particular color feels very Christmas-y and Winter-y with the bare wood and snow tones. <BR> <BR> What do I have planned for this weekend? 2 hats and wool yarn balls. I still have 2 hats to make for friends who recently graduated nursing school. Hopefully their yarn arrives... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:58:07 EST handmade heaven I really do feel like I live in the mecca of handmade. I can't wait for the Real Starving Artist Show this weekend. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Starving-Artist-Show/704893876188943?r<BR>ef=br_tf </link> <BR> <BR> I have several friends showcasing at the show with steel quilts, woven garments, paintings, photographs, and more. Should be a hoot. <BR> <BR> This past weekend, I scored a few handmade items via silent auction at the One World Adventure Co fundraise... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 14:32:46 EST what a bargain (that almost wasn't) I've been putting off buying some new runners for awhile. This is one of the few times in my life my procrastination paid off. I wrote awhile back that I was going to be purchasing these runners. Well, they've been sitting in my amazon cart forever. Today, Zulilly offered them for more than HALF off. I know, right? Since I just noticed a hole in my runners last night, it's high time for a new pair. Way passed time, in fact. <BR> <BR> Then as I was checking out, I noticed my total was like $... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:46:14 EST 38000 plus so much more It's been a great week. I mentioned that I was meeting up with a friend from college and we subsequently worked together after college (2 different jobs, oddly enough). We decided to meet up and do a big step day. Indeed it was. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She walked with a fitbit too. As I suspected, I confirmed Saturday that I have a short stride. My trainer suspected it too, attributing it to tight hip flexors. But yes, my frien... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:20:43 EST stepping out and stepping up I haven't had a lot to say lately so excuse my lack of posting. Have I been slacking? A bit, but I certainly haven't stopped. This week's been a good week. I've been picking up the pace and I'm looking forward to seeing an old college friend tomorrow. We're meeting for a BIG step day. We initially set out to do 45,000 steps. Since I've slowed down a bit these past couple of weeks, I asked if she wouldn't mind doing more like 25-35,000 steps instead. She agreed. <BR> <BR> I had a great hike w... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:09:34 EST are you playing this game? Are you playing this game on FB with your friends? I love reading these about other people. I thought it would be fun to share with my Spark buddies. I hope you might share yours. <BR> <BR> Alright, I 'm a glutton for punishment. Sandra B. gave me 12. I'm already plotting revenge. Please like my post because I love reading others' more than I liked writing this. <BR> <BR> 1. I've lived in 3 states and numerous dwellings. I've landed in Alabama and it's the first time I've felt home. It was... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:02:57 EST how fun How fun is this? Moscow is promoting the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with squats! Love it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ay-squats/#:eyJzIjoiZiIsImkiOiJfNWx6dn<BR>d2cGg1cTlhamczbzM4czJwOF8ifQ </link> <BR> <BR> I'd SO do that. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:00:49 EST a little crafty update...very little It's been busy. I don't like busy. It makes me feel paralyzed and discombobulated. I'm looking forward to a more calming schedule in the coming weeks. Tomorrow, I'll start with camping. Unplugged. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I managed to finish this beauty while the boy was at gymnastics. I started this back in May. It really is a quick, easy project but for some reason I set it down for the summer. <BR> <BR> It's a felted water bottle cozy. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 8 Nov 2013 14:53:39 EST new mini-goal I set a new mini-goal today. I'm not much for setting huge-drawn-out-mapping-my-workout-for-the-<BR>next-6-weeks kind of gal. It's just not my personality. NOT that there's anything wrong with that. Heheh. Lately, I've been grousing about the stepups my trainer makes us do. They make me want to cry -or- they make me nauseous. Mostly both. <BR> <BR> Actually, I've been calling these stepups but that may be a misnomer. You put one foot on the bench and touch down briefly on the same leg over ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:28:36 EST dreamworld PLEASE oh please, will somebody remind me NOT to watch the Walking Dead before I fall asleep?? I don't watch it that often and I'm not sure I even want to get into it although I'm already several episodes friend C assures me I'll get hooked. I haven't been 'hooked' yet but every once in awhile I'll have a morbid curiosity to check it out. It's usually late at night after everyone else is long asleep.Maybe I already am without realizing it, hooked, that is. <BR> <BR> Then come the dre... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 12:17:06 EST and now for something a little different Just to change things up a bit, my trainer organized a night hike last night. I didn't think I would like it- basing this off of accidentally getting caught on a trail after the sun went down 13 years ago. We were very unprepared and it got darker than dark outside. This was on one of my first dates with the Walrus. The only thing that saved us was my little Aly dog. She was an American Eskimo and her white fur and her keen sniffer led us back to the car. <BR> <BR> Last night got pretty dar... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:00:06 EST i came in 5th Well, I did it...I came in 5th...from last! Ha! Saturday's 5k was super fun. <BR> <BR> We did a 5k for part of our school's Harvest Festival fundraisers. (And believe me, we've had a lot. It's like this every September-November round here. Bake sales, dinners, yard sales, raffles, and finally the big Harvest Festival day with games, dinner, bouncy houses, etc.) And now? A 5k was added to the mix. Our 5k coordinator did such a good job. I hope she'll do it again next year. She really rocked ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:55:36 EST a couple of things that make me smile I love this picture. It cracks me up so much. The GIANT spider, the dust in their wake, leaving the kid to fend for himself. I love fall ya'll. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went a whole day without FB (or SP for that matter) or my phone. I 'saw' my phone several times but somehow couldn't keep up with it, misplacing it several times. So this morning, I got caught up. <BR> <BR> He made a political rant on a post that had nothing ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:53:21 EST mugomiso OMGosh today's workout was SO hard. I mean they're always very challenging but today I was just plain drained. I was slower than usual. And the squats, oh my, I could barely cope. My friend Moon was all like, "Pam! You didn't yell, you must be rocking the legs today." I was all like, "it was internal. I think I'm bleeding now." <BR> <BR> Then there were planks. SheilaV made us do full side planks....duh duh dummmm...ONE legged. I may have fallen. Twice. <BR> <BR> I could barely get my show... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:34:12 EST side plank oblique rotations Had a fabulous run this morning. I think I went 25 minutes straight. Pretty good for me. It's perfect shadow weather too. <BR> <BR> At the end, I thought I would demonstrate those side plank oblique rotations I've been going on about. A little video and doggie fun to break up the monotony. <BR> <BR> So yeah if planks are getting boring, give these a try. HA! Don't forget to repeat on the other side. Next, I'll demonstrate the other planks with side lateral raises. <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:57:02 EST weekend update What a beautiful, fun weekend. We took the family to the pumpkin patch, a tradition since 2008. It just gets better and better every year. It's also good for lots of steps. BUT I forgot my FitBit that day. Sigh. The maze this year is 6 miles. 6! We opted not to do it this year since we found all the check points last year. It took us a long time- time we didn't have this year. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Last year's maze. I think this ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:00:09 EST planktified So, you know your lunch is looking good when you're compelled to take a pic... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> know, before you inhale it. Ha. Just kidding, I'm savoring every bite. Mostly. <BR> <BR> That's butter leaves, bell pepper, red onion, a carrot (bugs bunny style), a few olives, and fresh mozarella. After I took the pic, I noticed the avocados were ripe so I added that as well. All drizzled slightly with a dark fig bal... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:38:53 EST loving on Currently, I'm loving on the poet Tanya Davis... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Indeed. <BR> <BR> And I just got my bike fixed today! Yippeewahoo! Let the ideas boil to fruition. I'm ready! I also learned a great deal about bicycle maintenance from SheilaV and taught it to Wonder Boy as well. <BR> <BR> This morning's workout was FAB! I never felt so great AND I kept up. I'm usually 3-5 minu... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 11:35:02 EST a new(ish) goal Proper formatting and active links at my original post: <BR> <link><BR>ew-goal.html </link> <BR> <BR> A little reprise for those who haven't read me before: <BR> <BR> So I'm kind of petering out on my incremental step goal. After reaching 25,000+ steps several days in a row on a NYC trip, I started trying to periodically step it up to a 35000 step day, then 30000, then 40000, and finally my latest...a 45,000 step day. I reached my threshold somewhere ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 09:25:33 EST 45,000 steps! WooTeeHooTeeHOO! Got my 45,000 steps yesterday. Dang that was hard. Feeling good today though! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I achieved my 45,000 step day, which is approximately 18 miles. It was a tough one and I think I found my max. Actually, I think I went just a bit passed my max yesterday. I would still like to get to a 50,000 step day...maybe by December. I'm going to have to work harder though. <BR> <BR> Today I'm experiencing a bit of a high but yesterday I was whooped! <BR> <BR> It was a gorgeous day ove... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 11:32:34 EST