GEEKYGRANDMOMMY's SparkPeople Blog GEEKYGRANDMOMMY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Jogging update April 3 jogged 1 1/2 miles in 18:53. <BR> <BR> April 19 jogged 2 miles in 24:45 <BR> <BR> May 7 jogged with run club 3.1 in 39:46 <BR> <BR> May 31 jogged 3.1 in 38:22 <BR> Sun, 31 May 2015 10:45:08 EST Training April 3 jogged 1 1/2 miles in 18:53. <BR> <BR> April 19 jogged 2 miles in 24:45 <BR> <BR> May 7 jogged with run club 3.1 in 39:46 <BR> <BR> Can I run 3.1 by myself for training? <BR> Mon, 11 May 2015 14:17:45 EST Training log for Disney <BR> <BR> <BR> April 3 jogged 1 1/2 miles in 18:53. <BR> <BR> April 19 jogged 2 miles in 24:45 <BR> <BR> Feeling good and sweaty. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:46:23 EST Running Log I challenge myself to run in the January Disney Race. <BR> <BR> 5K on day 1 <BR> 10K on day 2 <BR> 1/2 marathon on day 3 <BR> <BR> This is my goal for this January. <BR> <BR> Next year maybe I can add a full marathon on day 4. <BR> <BR> Never too old. <BR> <BR> Training has begun. <BR> <BR> Today I jogged 1 1/2 miles in 18:53. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 17:44:46 EST back on track I will get back on track. <BR> I will get back on track. <BR> I will get back on track. <BR> <BR> <BR> TODAY!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:06:37 EST lost a pound This week I lost a pound, but more exciting, I lost 2% of body fat. <BR> <BR> The coach at the gym was very happy. Perhaps this week, I only lost fat and no muscle. <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:29:24 EST Strictly Strength I should go to my strictly Strength class now. <BR> <BR> I know I need to lift weights to keep the muscle I have as I age. <BR> <BR> Muscle is good. It burns more calories than fat. <BR> <BR> Muscle is good. It is needed to move your body. <BR> <BR> Muscle is good. You can do more things when you are strong. <BR> <BR> OK. <BR> <BR> Off I go to my strictly strength class. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 17:08:08 EST Visit Spark Coach I clicked on the link from my tracker page, Visit spark coach. <BR> <BR> It is a nice feature. <BR> <BR> Simple little reminders to keep you on track. <BR> <BR> Every little trick helps. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:50:13 EST Patroits <em>242</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:08:19 EST Game Time I will eat good healthy food while watching the game. <BR> <BR> I will eat good healthy food while watching the game. <BR> <BR> I will eat good healthy food while watching the game. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:47:04 EST superbowl Go Patriots. <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:26:08 EST Sometimes I get so jealous. I want to be happy for my friends who are losing weight and looking better every time I see them. But sometimes I get so jealous because I am not getting the same results. <BR> <BR> Then I read this in an email from spark people. <BR> <BR> Tanya, a friend of SparkPeople, says: <BR> We are not all created metabolically equal, so why are you always comparing yourself to others? <BR> <BR> No more comparing. I will be happy for the success of my friends and be happy for my little successes... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:36:59 EST Free Coffee for a year My New Year's Day Challenge prize is free coffee for a year at the cafe at the gym. <BR> <BR> Who would have thought on those mornings when I really didn't want to go to the gym that coffee would get me there. <BR> <BR> I was in a seven week plateau. No change in the scale. Very frustrating. I added a couple of group fitness classes to my workout schedule (just to get more free coffee <em>106</em> ) and the scale moved downward for two weeks straight. <BR> <BR> Yipppeeee for free c... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:58:49 EST New Year challenge Last weekend The Lifetime Gym I belong to had a new year challenge. <BR> <BR> 4 days of classes. <BR> <BR> You got a stamp for each class you took and got an entry into a drawing with each class. <BR> <BR> I took 12 classes in four days. 12 hours of workouts. <BR> <BR> Win or not I was happy with a new start to the new year. <BR> <BR> The drawing winners were announced today. <BR> <BR> I won. <BR> <BR> A year's worth of coffee free in the cafe. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>271</em... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:38:44 EST motivation I read an article about motivation. <BR> <BR> Basically the article stated if you are not motivated than your desire to eat is stronger than your desire to be healthy. <BR> <BR> That eating is more important to you than being healthy. <BR> <BR> So then, my question is.... <BR> <BR> How do I convince myself that healthy is more important than eating chocolate and other high calorie food that I love. <BR> <BR> Moderation is not the answer. I am addicted. Like any addict once I have one... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:17:17 EST Patroits vs Ravens Watching the football game. <BR> <BR> My team. The Patriots. <BR> <BR> Two minutes into the game and the Raven scored a touch down. <BR> <BR> Not a good start. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:47:24 EST New year resolution. Maybe the flu? Maybe a cold? <BR> <BR> Whatever this is, I am not up for a workout. <BR> <BR> <BR> New Years resolution broken on day 7. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 17:16:20 EST New year challenge Lifetime gym which I belong had a four day New Year challenge. <BR> <BR> The challenge was to take 6 signature classes in four days to get an entry into the drawing of wonderful and not so wonderful prizes. <BR> <BR> There were a total of 10 signature classes you could take. For every class over 6 you get another entry. <BR> <BR> Then there were 3 special classes you could take each for an additional entry. <BR> <BR> I don't know how many people completed the mandatory 6 classes for the ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:32:26 EST Flying Fish There is this little fish restaurant near my home. <BR> <BR> I stop there often to get dinner. <BR> <BR> They have several healthy options. Grilled fish platters and a protein platter with grilled fish and veggies. <BR> <BR> Last night I had a grill fish platter thinking I was eating healthy and keeping my calorie count low. I looked up the nutritional information on line when I got home. (I was guessing what the calorie count was in the past.) My healthy meal was 952 calories. T... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:02:41 EST on the road again Last week I signed up for a New Year's Day 5K. <BR> <BR> I haven't really been jogging for a year but I miss it. What a great exercise. No equipment that others have sweated on, no class schedule that can be cancelled at the last minute, no driving to the gym. Just get up and do it. The time commitment is as much as you want. A short jog can work as well as a long one. <BR> <BR> But my friends are not being very encouraging. They are telling me I am too old. I will hurt my knees at t... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:33:21 EST Go Lady Bugs My five year old grand daughter is a lady bug in the soccer league. I love watching the girls play. Not because they know how to play soccer, but because they run and run and have fun. <BR> <BR> The game goes like this. Eight little girls, four from each time are in a ball of players around the ball. Some one kicks the ball loose and that girl usually dribbles, (kicks) the ball down the field and scores a goal because there are no goalies. <BR> <BR> No keeping score. Just fun. <BR> ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:23:35 EST 8 days <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> 8 days of logging into spark people. <BR> <BR> 8 days of recording my food intake (and staying within my calorie range). <BR> <BR> 8 days of following my workout routine. <BR> <BR> 8 days of thanking God for my success. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:06:21 EST flesh and blood For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. <BR> <BR> "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood" This is a hard thing to read and know this is the truth from our bible. I wrestle against flesh and blood all the time. Is this verse saying that those battles are insufficient? My flesh wants those cheddar wurst.. My fles... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:58:44 EST Health Care Yesterday I went for my yearly mammogram. OK. I don't go every year, I go every other year. Still at my age that is a lot of mammograms. <BR> <BR> I am fatter than I have ever been since I have started doing this. A lot more fat in the breasts too. A lot more work for the poor girl who had to fit all that fat under the pressured glass. <BR> <BR> Another reason to get rid of some of this extra fat. It is much easier for everyone when you don't have as much to fit in that tight space. <... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:22:25 EST Eph:6:10-12 Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. <BR> <BR> For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. <BR> <BR> Do not wrestle against flesh and blood? But against the spiritual forces of evil? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thin... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:28:49 EST Be strong in the Lord and the strength of his might. <BR> <BR> With the help of God I was strong yesterday. <BR> <BR> Everything is possible with God. Even standing strong against junk food. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:03:07 EST Stand Firm in Christ to Stay the Course Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Eph. 6:10-11 <BR> <BR> This is my memory verse for the week. <BR> <BR> I am going to stand strong in my diet efforts. I will not let the devil (food in this case) get through the whole armor of God. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 05:16:45 EST Week 1 Today begins week 2. <BR> <BR> Last week went well. I controlled myself. I logged my food and that helped to make me aware of the one bite here one bite there food. One chicken nugget. 43 calories. One more. 86 calories just from a little bite. <BR> <BR> One big change this week. Don't eat from the grandchildren plates. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:56:45 EST The 90 Day Challenge The weight lose challenge is back at the gym. I won that local challenge two years ago. <BR> <BR> Now I need to lose that weight again plus some. <BR> <BR> Should I join the challenge again? <BR> <BR> Yes: <BR> If you win you get your own locker. No more sweating things in my car. <BR> <BR> No: <BR> You have to submit a before picture with hardly any clothes on. Do I want to submit a picture of me in a bikini? <BR> <BR> Yes: <BR> I lost weight last time. Maybe this is the motivati... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:40:11 EST My very slow jog I finally worked up the courage to go out for a jog. <BR> <BR> What a bad day to be brave. <BR> <BR> COLD, windy, freezing rain. <BR> <BR> I went out to the golf course. Surely no one in their right mind would be out there golfing. <BR> <BR> I took a lot of short cuts across the course making the run only two miles. <BR> <BR> Too long. <BR> <BR> I am exhausted. <BR> <BR> But I made it and my heart is beating at a normal pace. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:19:08 EST No more heart problems. After several months of heart problems, the doctor finally fixed my electrical system. <BR> <BR> Today was the first day I went all out at the gym. Strike class! A combination of kick boxing and athletic drills with a weighted 6 pound pole. <BR> <BR> I stopped several times during the class just to make sure my heart beat would return to the normal rhythm. <BR> <BR> Success. <BR> <BR> I do believe I have a healthy well behaved heart. <BR> <BR> I think I will try running tomorrow. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:52:21 EST First run My first run in a month. <BR> <BR> I got up early and ran the golf course. Nine holes, not eighteen. <BR> <BR> <em>278</em> <BR> <BR> My first run in a month. <BR> <BR> From the house, I start off uphill. I think if I can do this first hill, that would be great start. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> I did it. I am on the golf course now. Downhill. <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Doing great. Ninth hole coming up. And it is all uphill. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:32:00 EST Texas Roadhouse My son who is visiting from Boston went to the gym with me this morning. <BR> <BR> We took a step class. I love that class because you have to use your brain to think what comes next and the time goes by fast. <BR> <BR> I struggle with some of the moves and it takes me forever to learn a routine. My son, on his very first class out-stepped me. Then he went for a swim. <BR> <BR> We went to lunch after class to the Texas Roadhouse. <BR> <BR> I had a chicken salad with no eggs or bacon an... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:18:26 EST Day 1 Last year I entered into a 90 day weight loss challenge and won. <BR> <BR> I am back to where I was last year. I am a statistic. I am one of those people who lose weight and then just gain it right back. <BR> <BR> Today is the beginning of yet another healthy life time change. Not 90 days. A whole lifetime of change. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:25:15 EST Over four months It started with just one day of not going to sparkpeople to log in my food. <BR> <BR> Four months and many pounds later I am back. <BR> <BR> Good days and bad days. <BR> <BR> My food will be logged. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:18:14 EST Birthday Cake I was looking for a birthday cake for my birthday. <BR> <BR> I love ice cream cakes and would love to get one from DQ or Baskin and Robbins, but it is over 100 here and both places are over 1/2 hour away. <BR> <BR> So I was at WalMart. Only a mile away and looking at cakes. I picked out a good one, Oreo cookie ice cream cake. Just a small cake. Enough for four. <BR> <BR> Now Penny was looking at the really big cakes all decorated with the latest characters from children TV shows. <BR... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:29:27 EST A lesson from a 3 year old. Little 3 year old Penny, her baby sister Ellie and I were in my room this morning playing on the bed. (If mommy is reading this, we were not jumping.) Ellie decided she had enough and got off the bed and went into my bathroom. <BR> <BR> Not allowed! <BR> <BR> No babies in my bathroom. That is the rule. <BR> <BR> Ellie didn't like that rule. There are medications in bottles that make all kinds of fun noises. I turned Ellie out of the bathroom and told her no. She told me no back and w... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 14:28:13 EST A two hour fitness class Today there was a special two hour fitness class at the gym. They combined the three hardest classes into one. In I walk to do this crazy workout with a black eye, a brace on my hand and an angry red scrapped shoulder. I also had Monster Inc. bandages on my scrapped knee and elbow. (Thank you Penny for taking care of me.) There were close to 100 people there. Most people were young. Most under 30. There in the middle of the group was Connie and me. The only ones over 60. We just loo... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:02:39 EST Wipeout I went for a jog outside this morning. It was only in the low 80s and good jogging weather for Texas. <BR> <BR> I was jogging along my usual 4 mile course feeling good about myself. Breathing not bad. No pain. Muscles feeling strong. I looked down at my Garmin to see my pace. I have been training at 12 minute miles. (Not bad for a 60 plus woman.) When I looked at my pace it was 10:42. 10 anything is great! I couldn't believe my eyes. I looked again and was smiling very smugly to m... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 14:52:19 EST She did it again. That Maggie!!!! <BR> <BR> She found baby bunnies. Just born. <BR> <BR> She will not leave the bunny borrow alone. She already has gotten two babies. I can hear at least one more baby crying in there. <BR> <BR> Maggie chased the mommy bunny out of the yard so the babies that are left have no mommy to take care of them. <BR> <BR> Nature is so cruel. <BR> <BR> <em>172</em> <em>338</em> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 20:55:40 EST September 22nd I registered for a 5K race on September 22nd. <BR> <BR> My daughter and her husband are jogging in this race too. <BR> <BR> Who will have the best time? <BR> <BR> Jacobe, being a man has the advantage. <BR> <BR> Beth and Jacobe are half my age. Again an advantage. <BR> <BR> I better start getting serious about my fitness. <BR> <BR> Weight first. No reason to carry extra pounds for 3.1 miles. <BR> <BR> So, here I go!!!! <BR> <BR> Let the training begin. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:38:38 EST 3 days now This is the third day of this horrible sinus attack. <BR> <BR> My head feels like it is too heavy for my neck. <BR> <BR> My ears feel full. <BR> <BR> My face hurts. <BR> <BR> No exercise again. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:16:43 EST A cold front The instructor at my morning weight training class asked how everyone was enjoying our cold front. <BR> <BR> It did rain a lot last night and it was cloudy when I left for class, but I didn't really think the weather had changed that much. <BR> <BR> After class I looked at the outside temperature as I started my car. It was a cold front. It was only 92. <BR> <BR> <em>259</em> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 14:18:43 EST Another 90 day challenge My daughter, son-in-law, his mother and I are doing another 90 day challenge. <BR> <BR> This one is not about weight loss. It is about making a plan and following it. <BR> <BR> Three points: <BR> Choose a healthy eating plan. <BR> Exercise. <BR> Change a habit. <BR> <BR> One point each day of successfully meeting your goal. <BR> Total of three points a day. <BR> <BR> At the end of 90 days, the winner has the most points. <BR> <BR> Two days down. Everyone is going strong. <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:40:39 EST Step class I went to my step class at the gym. <BR> <BR> The step class is one hour long and you do three routines in that hour. Each week the instructor adds a new routine to start the class taking the place of the last routine. So the first week you attend class you learn three new routines, then after that you only need to learn one new and do two from the previous week. <BR> <BR> Now remember I was on vacation last week and didn't go to the gym. Add to that the instructor was out for three wee... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:11:55 EST A word of advice DO NOT!!!! <BR> <BR> Take a week off from exercise. <BR> Eat like a pig. <BR> Get up at 4:30 am to catch a flight. <BR> Get back, unpack, shop, do laundry and then go to the gym. <BR> And take an insanity class! <BR> <BR> DO NOT do this and <BR> expect to walk the next morning! <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:19:50 EST Back from Detroit I had such a great visit with family. <BR> <BR> I miss everyone so much. <BR> <BR> I ate so badly. I only ran (jogged) twice. <BR> <BR> Back on the healthy wagon. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:26:18 EST 5 pea pods, 2 green beans and a tomato It isn't even Memorial day and already I have a harvest. <BR> <BR> In New England I would not even plant my garden until this weekend. <BR> <BR> Here in Texas I am getting veggies for dinner. <BR> <BR> Granted a small dinner, but a dinner none the less. <BR> <BR> <em>373</em> Fri, 24 May 2013 18:56:34 EST Fun with family <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I never put a picture on a blog before. I thought I would give it a try. <BR> <BR> We had a great time on a horse ranch last night. A beautiful ride through a wooded area where the honeysuckles were just starting to bloom. It smelled so good. Sun, 12 May 2013 09:42:44 EST Day 89 of 90 This is a first. <BR> <BR> I am so excited. <BR> <BR> May 8th. <BR> <BR> 8 days into the month and I still am at 100% correct on the trivia leader board. I thought I was going down on the question of how much sugar was in a can of soda. I have had that question before and have guessed wrong again and again. But this time!!!! I got it right!!!! <BR> <BR> Hmmmmm. I wish I could remember what I guessed for next time. <BR> <BR> <em>222</em> <em>262</em> Wed, 8 May 2013 08:55:06 EST