FRENCHIFAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FRENCHIFAL FRENCHIFAL'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/ I met a nutritionist today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865538 Everything I've learned about healthy eating comes from what I've read - articles, recipes, books, etc. <BR> <BR> And one things I've learned is that the most dangerous thing you can do is assume that you know everything! So when I found out that students could sign up for free sessions with a certified nutritionist, I wanted to go and learn more about healthy eating...especially with the plateaus and struggles I've had in training for the half marathons, and my steady weight gain over the... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:12:07 EST Don't let this happen to you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862982 Not sure I love some of the words in this cartoon...but you get the idea! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1349094437.jpg"> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:06:00 EST Advice, please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861539 I've been struggling a bit lately, which is - sad to say - not outside the norm for me when it gets cold. <BR> <BR> I like being outside, and I NEED to be active. Yes, need. I go stir crazy when I can't get in a walk or run pretty much every day, and I start getting twitchy when I stay inside for too long! <BR> <BR> I had thought I was set up for a better winter, even if it is colder here in Madison. I signed up for several shorter winter races, I'd been going to pool sessions and the ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:18:08 EST Miss Kitty the Conqueror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855792 Since I haven't been able to play as much as usual, Miss Kitty has been improvising with my hair ties...and I've been so bored, I have WAAYYY too many new pictures and videos of her. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:45:13 EST Prepping for a new semester... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852843 My roomie and classmates have teased me about my coffee obsession more than once...and have shared some fun jokes and pics over the last few months! <BR> <BR> So here's some caffeine addict humor! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l261298008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452257359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l700714051.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l259... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:40:41 EST TGIF...well, almost :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849515 This is how I feel today! Hope it makes you laugh, too... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1512213021.jpg"> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:07:13 EST The continuing adventures of Miss Kitty and my bathtub... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847797 I will never understand the appeal of the bathtub...but someone continues to frolic in there every chance she gets! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1036359475.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1706497812.jpg"> Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:11:25 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843201 I hope you're off to a healthy and happy 2015! As you think about your resolutions for the year, don't make negative resolutions. Don't phrase your goals in terms of what you'll lose, but rather, what you'll gain. <BR> <BR> Better yet, decide what you do well, what makes you shine brighter than ever, and resolve to do more of that! Resolve to keep doing what you're doing right! Resolve to keep being awesome...nay, be awesom-ER! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:37:26 EST It's not you, it's me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839651 Dear Taco Bell/chinese takeout/pizza AND pizza rolls/all of the other fatty foods that are so absolutely delicious I can't stop when I'm no longer hungry and have to eat until I'm about to bust a gut: <BR> <BR> Dear sugar and cake and cookies and ice cream...and I better stop this list before I cue the river of drool... <BR> <BR> Dear emotional eating, sugar addiction, self-doubts, body image issues, feelings of worthlessness and unlovability, and all of the other negative voices telling me... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:12:33 EST My healthy - and happy - Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838566 My poor parents... <BR> <BR> They usually host a high-calorie Christmas dinner of glazed ham, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, and cheese biscuits - plus lots of cookies and cakes! <BR> <BR> This year, my parents came to visit me. So our traditions were changed a little...after all, I'm a little hard to keep up with sometimes! After yesterdays run, I finished baking quarter-recipes of 5 types of Christmas cookies - Russian teacakes, cranberry drops, peanut butter blossoms, coconut m... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:50:49 EST Happy Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838323 Happy holidays from me and Miss Kitty! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1481149470.jpg"> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:37:06 EST The Semester is Finished! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835567 I finished my last final yesterday afternoon! I went out for a few drinks with my classmates last night, slept in this morning...then went to the Aveda school to get a new hairstyle! <BR> <BR> Before: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223331289.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l790301759.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l165518556.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:38:55 EST Lotus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832928 I love my roommate's dog, Lotus! I know I haven't posted many pictures, but today I went to the dog park with them, and I got some great pictures! Isn't she adorable?! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l541985867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1095076400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l510696652.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l17370211.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:54:51 EST Sing it, Miss Kitty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831519 My roommate and I have been enjoying messing with poor Miss Kitty...she just makes it so fun! Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:52:11 EST Santa run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828676 I just ran the Madison Santa Run - it's an untimed 5K fun run. My goal was to run my first 30 minute 5K today. <BR> <BR> I started my stop clock on my phone when I crossed the start line, and pulled it out after I crossed the finish line... <BR> <BR> 28:03!! SO HAPPY!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l647436102.jpg"> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:58:51 EST Miss Kitty is NOT HAPPY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826472 I took Miss Kitty home for Thanksgiving. I knew it would be rough, but I didn't want to leave her alone for 5 days...especially for the holidays. <BR> <BR> She did NOT appreciate my sacrifice. The only time she WASN'T hissing at my parents dog or caterwauling up and down the hallways was when she decided to hide under the furnace for half a day. <BR> <BR> I really thought my parent's dog ate her... <BR> <BR> Well, and of course when she was rolling around in their bathtub and purring lik... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:24:41 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823980 <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving, Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> I'm thankful for a year of healthy living, happy memories, and great achievements! I'm thankful for friends who understand and support me. And right now, I'm thankful for a day of indulgence...and antacids. <BR> <BR> No matter what your Thanksgiving has been like - one of these should be guaranteed to make you chuckle. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> <img ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:30:31 EST Your morning inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819980 Now that the temperatures have dropped, I've been having trouble motivating myself to run. As I'm browsing the web, looking for motivation, I find the one thing that would make me run in sub-freezing temperatures. <BR> <BR> Zombies. <BR> <BR> Yes, it's childish, but they freak me out. I had nightmares for a week after I watched Day of the Dead. <BR> <BR> So here's what I'll picture while I'm running! I hope this inspires you to get up and move too!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:01:25 EST Finishing the 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817259 It's been a great month! During this challenge, I've been rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, biking, and running. I made it through my first backpacking trip, my first kayak pool session to learn to roll, and my second half marathon. <BR> <BR> It's been a GREAT month!! And I do have some results to show for it: I've lost 8 pounds total, an inch off my bust and hips, and a couple of inches off my waistline. <BR> <BR> Here were my starting measurements: <BR> Weight: 172.5 <BR> Bust: 41 <B... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:49:33 EST Official Race Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815386 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1342540837.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l382288850.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2059345027.jpg"> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:45:24 EST Second Half Marathon Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813598 So here's my back story. I tried to talk myself out of this at least three times in the past two weeks. <BR> <BR> First, I was worried about my Monday midterm. I wanted extra time to study...and two weeks out, looking at my run schedule, I felt like I was being an irresponsible student by not prioritizing studying above everything else. Then, over last weekend, with the cold snap that moved in...well, I really thought about giving up when I saw that it would be barely above freezing. And... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:34:41 EST Miss Kitty: the Lurking Bathtub Monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812151 So here's the situation: Madison is COLD right now! And I've managed to CATCH a cold...and after running at the Arboretum this afternoon and missing my bus, I was chilled to the bone by the time I got home. <BR> <BR> All I wanted was a hot bath. <BR> <BR> Sadly, the tub was taken... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 19:10:40 EST Happy Halloween! A Spooooky Backpacking Trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809606 A belated happy Halloween, Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. You get to pretend to be someone else for a night, and it is always so surprising to me who my friends decide to dress up as! Plus, you have apple cider and mulled wine, adorable kids in adorable costumes, carving pumpkins...I love it all! <BR> <BR> But this year, I forewent (is that a word?) the annual traditions and went backpacking instead! Check out the SPOOOKY pics I took along the way! <BR>... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 21:53:09 EST Have confidence in yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804444 Haha, a friend posted this on Facebook, and I loved it! Whenever I feel my self-confidence slipping (which happens a lot!) I remind myself... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l973638198.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Say it - and own it - especially on the days when you don't feel it! Self-confidence is always sexy...and far better than the alternative! But it's good practice, and hopefully will make you laugh at the same time! Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:40:29 EST Stay strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803267 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l728953538.jpg"> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:23:19 EST Fall Colors - the Hoofer Extravaganza! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800930 I got some really AMAZING pictures from this weekend's extravaganza! Sadly, I only got to hike for a couple of hours, since I took on a lot of the food prep...I made blue cheese potato salad, Italian pasta salad, and bro-cole-i slaw (with broccoli and cabbage). But here's what I got to take! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l724423490.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1725962003.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:57:39 EST Yesterday's Run... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796311 Yesterday, I headed to the UW Arboretum for my run. Which was FANTASTIC! I haven't done much trail running, and I'm learning that it carries its own risks. Because my knees and back feel GREAT, but my feet are more sore than usual. Disadvantages of roots and rocks... <BR> <BR> I took a 5 minute warmup (walking .25 miles), then ran about 7.75 miles...in 1:30!! Not a terrible pace at all!! Then a 15-minute, .5 mile cool-down before stretching and walking out the last of the kinks. <BR>... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:31:25 EST My legs are black and blue! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793561 I went climbing at Devil's Lake again this weekend...and this weekend's trip was less geared to beginning climbers and much harder!! <BR> <BR> It's so funny...I had originally wanted to climb to build upper body strength. It is NOT about upper body strength! Where I was struggling was flexibility. There were several places where I wasn't flexible enough to reach holds, and that was what stopped my climb. <BR> <BR> Since I couldn't always get a foot up where I needed it, I used my calve... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 17:54:30 EST Do you ever have those days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790409 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1686476565.jpg"> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:10:07 EST I've got the last of my kayaking certifications! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788550 One of the things the UW outing club provides - and rightly insists upon - is that everyone who is out on the water, hiking, climbing, etc. should know what they are doing and be safe doing it! So to be able to climb, you need a basic belaying certification...to go canoeing, you need a canoeing certification...and so on. <BR> <BR> Today, I got my last BASIC kayaking rating- so while I need many more to do the toughest courses, I am certified to do lake, river, and sea kayaking on my own. I... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:38:26 EST Climbing at Devil's Lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784053 One of the first things I did when I moved to Madison was join the Hoofer's Outdoor Club - which was a GREAT move! This weekend, there was a HUGE event at Devil's Lake, about an hour north. I got to do some pretty intense hiking...and learned to rock climb! <BR> <BR> Check out the scenery! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l901792698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1798412047.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:38:24 EST Welcome to the Jungle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778850 There is always a downside and an upside of unpredictable weather! <BR> <BR> It's been COLD in Madison the last couple of days! As in, down to the 40s at night. Which has made running and biking a lot easier...I don't overheat, and so I can move faster and make it farther. <BR> <BR> The downside? I had to bring my plants in tonight. I guess it's a good thing I didn't get a community garden plot here, everything I had would probably die when it got down to freezing last night! <BR> ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:57:46 EST Important Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777596 Today is my one year anniversary...of quitting smoking! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>408</em> <em>283</em> <em>408</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Quitting sucked. It was THE hardest thing I've had to do in my life. And I regained about 20 pounds from September to December....but then, I got going on my quit project: running. <BR> <BR> In May I ran a half marathon - my first!! My goal was 2.5 hours, and I finished in 2:33:40, so I did really well! And I've already regi... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:25:59 EST If traditional motivational techniques aren't working... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775250 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1605616536.jpg"> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:41:38 EST Finally starting to feel like home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765556 It's been almost 3 weeks, and I'm finally starting to feel like I'm at home! <BR> <BR> My assistantship starts on Sept. 1 - and I'm taking one workshop before classes officially start, so I've only got a few days left before I become a student again.. Which is strange...but I'm also really looking forward to it!! <BR> <BR> I've biked to campus and back a couple of times, and run several times. I'm about a mile from the start of the bike trail system that leads to the lakeshore trail, so i... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:01:39 EST Miss Kitty: Afraid of Moving...But Lovin' the Boxes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758931 Poor Miss Kitty. I did my best to prepare her for the Big Move. I bought her a kitty harness and leash...and when that didn't fit, I bought a dog harness instead. (She's gained a bit of weight...) I put a comfy blanket in her carrier, and took her out and about - to Petsmart, to the vet, even on errands and trips to the drive-thru, to get her used to being in the car. <BR> <BR> After all, for a cat that hasn't left an apartment in over 3 years, being in a U-Haul and driving 6+ hours cros... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:49:19 EST How did I get so much STUFF?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755678 Let me start with the basics: the last two months have been very busy! Starting in mid-June, I worked two full-time jobs; I was still with the environmental non-profit, but I also taught English and Career Exploration classes for Upward Bound's summer semester. Which, as a first-time teacher (who also assigned several writing assignments for both classes), took A LOOOOOTTTT more time than I expected! Plus, I was only a couple of weeks into my microeconomics class, and had to complete weekl... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:20:23 EST It's been a rough week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741492 The week didn't start off well for me. On Monday, my parents had to take their older dog to the vet to be put to sleep. It's been years since I lived with them, so I hadn't noticed how much she had aged...but when I went to the vets office to meet them, she was very emaciated, had no energy or interest in what was happening, her back hips were so bad she could barely stand, and her belly was distended - apparently, she had urinated blood that morning. My parents had been talking about how ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:08:55 EST Declaring my own Independence! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732182 Several years ago, before I started to embrace healthier habits, I hated holidays. <BR> <BR> Holidays meant that my family would all be together...and in my mind, they were all judging me. I've been curvy since puberty hit, but after I left for college and got up to my heaviest weight...well, I felt like holidays were a tribunal, with my whole family studying me, watching every bite I put in my mouth, and judging me for each and every one of them. <BR> <BR> Silly, yes. Paranoid? Definite... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 22:14:50 EST My garden is starting to look delicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727780 It's been a few weeks, but my garden has already grown so much bigger!! <BR> <BR> In early May, I tilled one half of my plot and put in 6 tomato plants - and then it froze again. Luckily, 5 of the tomato plants survived! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l996927925.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262088024.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2065101443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The last weekend in May, ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:50:48 EST I can't lie...I've been freaking out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714982 It's been a couple weeks since I wrote a blog, and I have to be honest....they haven't been good weeks. <BR> <BR> The emotional eating beast reared its ugly head, and it took some time to get control of myself again. Today, I finally added all of the food I've been eating (and drinking), and I've been averaging 3500-4000 calories a day over the last week! <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> I can't believe I let th... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:40:18 EST Miss Kitty is not happy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704332 She actually did pretty well! The fact that it was hot probably helped...the water felt good. But she sat nicely in the sink, and my dad (the poor man) didn't even have to hold her while I went to get a towel! <BR> <BR> Getting her dry, on the other hand... Tue, 27 May 2014 11:46:57 EST My garden is good to grow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703153 In early May, I went out for the first time. I tilled half of the 20X10 plot, and put in tomato and pepper plants. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l720250178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1726375443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1317302950.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And a week later, we had another hard freeze. <BR> <BR> Sigh.... <BR> <BR> So I waited until this weekend, so that my new plants wo... Sun, 25 May 2014 23:19:14 EST I tried to walk Miss Kitty. It did not end well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695588 I'm preparing for the move to Wisconsin, and one of the biggest concerns I have is how Miss Kitty will handle it. <BR> <BR> I rescued her outside the apartment complex where I live about 3 years ago. She was very skinny, but otherwise still in pretty good shape. My roommate was the one who really wanted her...but she bonded to me pretty quickly. In fact, she follows me from room to room, sleeps in my bed - either on my chest or next to my pillow - and lays beside me on the couch, by my ... Thu, 15 May 2014 10:26:19 EST Happy Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692786 To all my Sparkfriends who are moms...Happy Mother's Day!! <BR> <BR> On my end, it's been a great weekend! I woke up bright and early Saturday morning, and walked the 1.5-ish miles to the farmers market, then to the food cooperative. Walking home, which included hiking up a big hill, with two bags full of veggies was a GREAT workout!! <BR> <BR> My parents and I celebrated Mother's Day on Saturday. I cooked dinner for them - homemade hummus and bruschetta with toasted sesame bread, salad, ... Sun, 11 May 2014 18:47:37 EST My dogs are barking! But I'm glad I did it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686541 Today I ran the Indy mini-marathon!! <BR> <BR> I'm especially excited because this was my quit project. As of Monday, I've been 100% nicotine free for 9 months! <BR> <BR> My goal was to run this race in 2:30:00...and I was really close! All in all, I'm really happy with how I did! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l894274106.jpg"> Sat, 3 May 2014 14:51:17 EST Why does size matter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682746 It's so funny how we judge ourselves and measure success! <BR> <BR> Last weekend, I went to Indy to visit with some of my best friends, and we had a lot of fun! We tried some local beers, ate a delicious and healthy dinner at a new Thai restaurant, and did a tour of downtown Indy in a quad cycle!! Here are the pictures: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1906108554.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l449916879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After I s... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:52:12 EST Won the Sampling Blitz Photo Contest!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678604 So excited! It was another great day...though a little chilly! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1142059694.jpg"> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:46:18 EST De-Trash the Wabash and Posting a Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675757 It's been a long time since I've written a blog! I can't believe I've stayed away this long...but my brand-new laptop arrived yesterday, so it will be so much easier to stay in touch now! <BR> <BR> Today has been a great Saturday! I weighed in at 162.6 - which means that I've earned my 10 pound weight loss trophy!! After I quit smoking, and then the holidays...well, it looked like I would just keep gaining weight forever for a little while there! But I'm steadily losing, and have been ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:12:40 EST How a person with a cat eats? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657684 A friend just posted this to my Facebook wall...and in my case, it's true if I'm eating anything milk or cream based! My parents dogs are worse, though. They will literally snatch food right out of your hands! <BR> <BR> What about your pets? Do they steal your food? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1205924523.jpg"> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:44:27 EST