GLORIAMAJDI's SparkPeople Blog GLORIAMAJDI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Marine Corps Marathon 2017 There is so much to say about this race.....I don't even know where to start! There was good, there was bad and there was ugly! I didn't want to do it but got talked into it. <BR> <BR> One of my friends suggested that we do this race...I had it on my bucket list for years - even before I was a runner, interestingly! I am from a town of about 3,000 people where everyone knows everyone. One of the guys from where I live was a marine, Major Gerald Bloomfield. As a kid we all remembered Jer... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:22:15 EST Dreams Last week on a SparkTeam thread I answered a question about dreams...what do I dream about? And after I wrote my answer on the thread, I realized that this is a very good thing to include in a blog. Here is my reply to that thread....with just a couple of tiny changes. <BR> <BR> <BR> I dream about a day where I don't have to commute to the office, living somewhere that I can walk to work, church, the store, the coffee shop and restaurants. A place where I can bike or run and feel safe. <... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:56:18 EST Injured Well, the last few weeks have been pretty outrageously crazy for me. My DH and I took a week of vacation in late August. We almost always take that week off and it was probably during that week four years ago when I hit my goal weight. I've been maintaining ever since and each year I blog about my maintenance anniversary. As it happens, the week I went back to work things were very hectic and I had a very hard time catching up. I was working a ton of hours and not prepared for our busy t... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:02:10 EST Four Year Maintenance Anniversary Another year has passed and I am at four years of maintaining. I can only say WOW to myself because in every other case where I have lost weight, not only have I NOT gotten to my goal, but I have in each and every case gained it back, and more. Not this time. This time I got to BELOW my goal weight, and though I do see fluctuations, I am still under goal. It isn't easy at all. I am in constant fear of gaining, of going over my goal. I haven't yet and it has been four years, but there is... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 13:07:00 EST Perceptions and Affirmations Being a heavy person for most of my life, sometimes it is still hard to remember that I am not that girl anymore. Most of the time I look at myself in the mirror and I see the slim trim person that I have become...I've been maintaining now for almost four years, so I've had time to become accustomed to it. But we all have those days where we feel insecure or heavy or even fat. I know I look good and I rock my clothes - cute dresses, body skimming blouses. But we all have those days. <BR> ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:10:17 EST Three Year Maintenance Anniversary My three year maintenance anniversary is coming up soon. Funny thing is, I don't know exactly what day my anniversary is. I just know that about three years ago at the end of August I was on vacation and I weighed one morning and was at goal. I really expected it to be a blip and that I would weigh more the next day but I didn't, and I continued to lose. My initial goal was 145 and after a while I revised that to 140. I ended up at about 128 and I kept it at that for a good long time. A... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:01:05 EST A Little About My Year - and Season's Greetings! I wish there was some way that I could send each of my Spark Friends a private holiday greeting, but right now, there is just no way I can do that. Instead I must settle for a quick blog to let you all know that I think of you each day as I spin the wheels, log my food, sometimes check into a couple of teams and occasional scroll through the friend feed. <BR> <BR> This has not been an easy time for me. In September I did a blog recognizing my two year maintenance anniversary and I noted ... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 09:44:50 EST Ragnar Tennessee 2015 [around] 200 miles from Chattanooga to Nashville <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This past weekend I really stepped out of my comfort zone and did my first Ragnar. For those who don't know, Ragnar is a 200 mile relay (or around 200 miles) with a team of people - could be six people, could be 12. Sometimes it is a number in between. Each runner on a 12 person team does three legs of the relay, distances vary. The first time I heard of Ragnar, I thought who would be th... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:32:41 EST Two Year Maintenance Anniversary Wow! What more can I say? Just WOW! I received so many wonderful messages, comments and sparkgoodies for my two year maintenance anniversary. I am just in such awe over the overwhelming support and kindness here! It is just unmatched. And I thank each and every one of you! It has been a great journey and that is because of all of you here. I know that I am not alone! The encouragement, the friendships, the trials and tribulations that we all share here - it is astounding. THANK YOU ... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 16:39:52 EST It's Time for Another Short Check In Well, last week I worked over 60 hours and honestly, I am truly grateful it wasn't more because it could have been...things worked out better toward the end of the week and so I put in fewer hours on Thursday and Friday than I had been earlier in the week. Needless to say, my stress level was out the roof. One thing that I have been working on is getting enough sleep. Sleep is a precious commodity and one that I need to work on. I had not been doing well with that for over a year I think... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 12:06:39 EST Half Marathon I should be working on getting stuff done around the house - I am so far behind on my house stuff! But it has been several weeks since I have been here and I feel like I need to check in with everyone - pretty much all I do now is spin the wheels and log my food. I miss everyone here a lot but I am still struggling with my work schedule, my sleep, and just getting things done. I've set a goal for myself on sleep - baby steps, right? So my goal is to get seven hours of sleep five nights a ... Sun, 3 May 2015 21:28:56 EST Hot Chocolate 15k Today I took a little bit of a break from my half marathon training and I did a 15k. I guess that wasn't really a break was it? Today's half training called for 8 miles at a 12.0 min/mile pace. I did 9.3 miles for the race. I did it for fun more than anything, not really for a speedy time or for the bling - though I have been doing some speedwork lately and the bling for this race was good! <BR> <BR> I went on Thursday to pick up my race packet. Last year I did a few 5k races, some 10k... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:54:41 EST Week Three of Half Marathon Training This week didn't really turn out as I had expected as far as training goes. It wasn't bad or anything, it just wasn't what I had planned! This week's schedule called for a two mile run on Monday, a three mile run on Tuesday and a three mile run on Thursday - then the group run on Saturday. I knew I was going to need to do some work arounds because of my work schedule. So on Sunday I did just under three miles in my neighborhood. I had a pretty fast pace (for me, I am not fast) and I was ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:15:28 EST Week Two of Half Marathon Training This morning we had our second group training for the Country Music Half/Marathon. I got everything ready last night, running jacket with pockets - my preference so that I don't have to wear a running belt to carry my keys in - pants, shoes, socks, FitBit, Garmin, Road ID, everything ready. And a Run Happy drawstring sackpack with my water and food. I had already checked out the run location on Google Maps and I knew that I needed to leave the house by 5:45 to get there at about 6:45 - an... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:31:09 EST Half Marathon Training - First Group Run Today was the first group run for half marathon training! We started on our own last week but today - with the whole gang! It was very exciting! I think that there are about 400 of us doing this. I got up at 5:00 a.m. and got ready. When I left the house it was still dark and it was 8 degrees! I snacked on a Bearded Brothers Energy Bar on the way there. I got inside and found my pace group. Also found some of my friends! Yay! Our first group run was three miles. We are a slower gr... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:26:33 EST Long Run Running has been pretty hard for me but I am determined to keep working at it. I run about six miles pretty regularly now but that still seems like a hard thing! Last weekend I did almost seven with the local running club. It was my first time running with them. The group I was with was going 23 miles. They very kindly stayed with me until I got my distance in and then they took off for the rest of theirs. Mostly we stayed in a park, and the terrain there is fairly flat, so I did okay w... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:07:14 EST I Used to Live to Eat There is a book out there called Eat to Live. I haven't read it, but I have heard of it. Maybe there is more than one book by this title because it seems like I have been hearing about it for a while. Once I thought that I would read the book, or maybe I actually did read it, I don't remember. But back in the day, just a short couple of years ago, I would have read something like that and I would have had a whole lot of ambition and good intentions to eat better, but I would have never pr... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 22:18:18 EST Today's 10K Today was my first race for the year, a 10K - called the Frostbite. I know that it is not that cold here compared to other places around the country (and world!) but I thought it was mighty cold! I started preparing yesterday by trying to eat healthy food - I don't do any binges or carb-loading for a short run like this, but since I tend to lean heavily toward protein and less toward carbs, I did make sure to get my macro-nutrients in a more balanced place yesterday. I also laid low, no cr... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 20:33:23 EST Goodbye 2014 Hello 2015 Wow, 2014 was something wasn't it? I really loved this year - it was full of goodness and blessings. No, it wasn't perfect, but there was a lot of awesomeness! One thing that I accomplished - I had a major exam to take. I was so swamped at work and this exam required a lot of study time. I really felt like I just couldn't give it the effort that was needed to pass the exam. I felt like giving up. Even my husband who is generally very encouraging felt like it was a lost cause. But for ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:07:59 EST Fragile? Maybe. Tough? For Sure. Determined? Definitely! It has been over a year now since I started to run. It has been a real struggle for me. But I am doing it and I love it! Actually, I should say that I have a love hate relationship with it. I don't love it so much when I am doing it. But I LOVE it when I have finished - even if it wasn't a good run, I am usually so happy and pleased! It is amazing that I can do this as I have NEVER run - even when I was a child I didn't run. You would most likely find me curled up in a corner with a bo... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:38:08 EST Yesterday's 10K Just checking in with a quick update about yesterday's 10K! I had a great time. I ran with my friend Gina - I was so happy when I found out she was running this race because I had considered doing it but was a little ambivalent about running it myself. But she was doing it too and that made it so much fun. I still find that six miles seems like a lot but I am thinking about longer distances for 2015. My pulled muscle did make itself known but not as bad as usual so I know it is continuin... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:03:40 EST Check In I'm just stopping in for a minute to check in. I've been having some knee issues and then I had a pulled muscle in my groin, but I am still running. Doctor wanted me to cut back drastically on the running for a while and I kind of bargained with him and agreed to run only two days a week instead of four. Knee seems to be better, groin is getting better too, it is just slow. I've been running just three miles once a week and about five or six the other time - I usually start to feel the pu... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:56:51 EST Update Hello hello hello! Miss everyone here very much! I have not been checking in nearly as much, trying to just keep in with life. I miss it for sure but still I am having some issues with balance so I am still not back the way that I want to be. But I did want to do a quick check in and say hello, give an update and see how everyone else has been doing. <BR> <BR> Me, I've still been excessively busy and tired, still not getting enough sleep. It is better some days than others. This past w... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:47:39 EST Trying To Find Some Balance I haven't been here on SparkPeople much this past week.....mainly just logging my food and checking in with one team. I didn't reply to the wonderful and encouraging comments on my last two blogs...haven't read any articles, just spinning wheels and doing whatever I can do in about five or ten minutes per day. And I feel so bad because I love my friends here and I miss them. But I am struggling. I've been struggling for a long time. Back early in 2013 I realized that I had a problem. I ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:58:01 EST Determination <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was happily surprised when I received some SparkGoodies and some messages congratulating me on my one year maintenance anniversary. I had so much excitement going on that I had completely forgotten that it had been a year! Although this is a huge milestone for me, I am still very much at risk of regain. So I am still working hard on myself, trying to make improvements, eat better, exercise harder. <B... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:28:22 EST Big Day! Wow! I don't know where to begin! This has been a pretty awesome day for me! First off, today is our wedding anniversary. My husband just rocks my world. Yes, he has his idiosyncrasies, but guess what, so do I, and we both think that we balance each other out quite nicely. We've been together for almost 22 years, and married now for 14 of them. Sometimes we drive each other nuts, but I can say with all honesty that I love this man even more than I did way back in the day! <BR> <BR> Next th... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:08:04 EST Running and 5K This Morning at Work Being here on SparkPeople, I get so much inspiration every day. It is just awe-inspiring to see the successes that people have and the difficulties that are overcome. It makes me realize that I too CAN do it. I CAN. And I WILL. Back last summer I was walking a lot. But I figured out that I wasn't getting as much benefit out of walking as I had been since my cardio health was so greatly improved. So what to do to challenge myself further? I was reading so many blogs here about running.... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:26:54 EST Night Clothes and Other Such Sundries I remember a year or so ago when I read a blog here on SparkPeople about having to purchase new underwear because of weight loss. That is just not something that we think of! As I had lost/gained/lost/gained a few times, I had nice fitting good quality underwear stashed away so I didn't really need to get any. But I have found that I new need sleeping attire! My old stuff, which is typically XL, just wasn't working for me anymore! Even the stuff with drawstrings was falling off me. Last... Sat, 31 May 2014 18:19:50 EST Stress Journal I am on week three of the stress busting challenge. And things have been going pretty well. Honestly though, I think that this is because work has been pretty low key for the past couple of weeks. I stayed focused and pushed through on my work so that I wasn't stressed at the end of the month trying to meet deadlines. House is a mess though and I am not really thrilled about that! This weekend I am going to have to buckle down and get some stuff taken care of around here! Messy house is... Thu, 29 May 2014 21:41:31 EST Stress Journal - Home Home is my happy place - that is where I want to be. But I am not here enough because I am at work, commuting, etc. I struggle to keep up with things at home and am constantly stressed by the things that aren't getting done. I keep getting more and more behind. Seriously, it is bad. We moved to this house about four and a half years ago and I still can't find things that I need. I am constantly going to the bonus room which is full of unpacked boxes - looking for something that I need. ... Sun, 18 May 2014 23:02:14 EST Stress Journal - Work I think that work can be really stressful for just about everyone. Even if we love our jobs, which I do, there is always going to be some stress to go along with it. Lately my pain point at work has been meetings. I am lucky that in my current position I haven't had tons of meetings. But right now I have three projects and there have been more meetings than usual. This past week I had several. This is stressful because if I am in meetings, I am not doing my work. One thing that is goin... Sat, 17 May 2014 15:53:59 EST Stress Journal For the stress challenge I am supposed to keep a stress journal about my common stressors. A lot of the things that I stress about are things that I cannot traffic. I am so tight on time that I just can't stand the thought of sitting in traffic. Geez, come to think about it, I just hate being in the car...ever. It is such a waste of my time and energy to be in the car when I could be doing many other more desirable activities. Unfortunately my commute is a minimum of 45 m... Wed, 14 May 2014 21:37:57 EST Stress Challenge I am going to do the stress challenge here on Spark People. I think that everyone has stress but everyone handles it differently. A lot of my stress comes from things that I cannot control, like my commute to/from work. Some of my stress is from having too much to do and being spread too thin. I end up being up way too late at night trying to get things done, and then am exhausted the next day, which adds to my stress. I am trying to find ways to stay organized and on top of things so th... Sun, 11 May 2014 15:42:43 EST Learn to Love Your Body, Flaw and All I continually see magazine articles and headlines about losing weight. Our society is so obsessed with it! I was always attracted to those articles, not necessarily looking for the magic "cure" but just looking for a program that would fit my lifestyle and that I could stick with. Now I have been maintaining for eight months and I still have a LONG way to go because I have lost and regained so many times - I know that this is still a work in progress to KEEP IT OFF. But I still see these ... Thu, 1 May 2014 16:15:19 EST Change the Weekly Routine Up a Little I am taking a short break from my morning routine to do a quick blog. I have wanted to blog, I have wanted to go shopping, I have wanted to plan meals and cook, I have wanted to work on housecleaning and organizing, I have wanted to work on my crafts...but I have not had the time in the past few months to do very much of that stuff...just the minimum to keep things going, along with a couple of daily check ins here on SP to keep me motivated and on track. So now I am going to blog anyway, ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:02:27 EST Need to Work on Making Healthier Food Choices I haven't done any blogging in a long time because I am just so busy studying for my exam. In fact, I hardly do any sparking anymore - just a quick check in every day, track food and exercise and then I check in with a couple of my teams. During this really busy time I am still focusing on staying in my calorie range and on exercise. But I have noticed lately that my eating is not what it should be. Yes, I am still maintaining my weight (very comfortably) and yes, I am still getting a lot... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:51:27 EST Convenience Foods Are....Well....Convenient! In an ideal world I would love to cook every day, fresh wholesome meals from foods that I purchased - so that I would know where the food came from and that it was fresh and nutritious. In an ideal world I would not have to work and I would not have a 45 -60 minute commute one way (and that is on a good day). I would have lots of time for all of the cooking that I would do. But our lifestyle is such that it is not always possible for me to cook at home. Sometimes it seems like months pass... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:55:28 EST New Handbag I got a new purse today. Yay! I usually buy one bag and carry that one around for about three years. I tend to get a nice one since I will be using it for a long time - lots of my friends change their purses with their outfits but I just don't have the time nor energy for that! So back a couple of months ago the zipper broke on my bag. I wasn't planning on a new one yet and certainly I hadn't had this one more than a couple of years. Plus, I like to buy a nice one and it just wasn't in ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:25:04 EST The Year In Review Wow, so much has happened during this past year. And a big big thing for me....a 365 day log in streak - yes, one year ago today I started logging in daily. Here is how it all happened. On November 27, 2012, I had surgery called Nissen Fundoplication. It is surgery for the lower esophageal sphincter - not a common surgery, it is done for those with severe acid reflux disease. My gastro doctor actually defined mine as severe regurgitation disease. It was affecting my health and getting w... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:31:02 EST My Ideal Weight? I don't know really what my good weight is. I was a fat baby from a family of fat people. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of course I outgrew that somewhat. But when I was around age five my mom secretly started watching what I ate. She didn't tell me because she didn't want me to develop a complex. Even though we didn't know much about eating disorders back in those days, she was smart to think of this. Probably her awareness... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:32:37 EST Cleaning the Closet My closet is shameful. There are clothes in there from size 8 to 20. I even have clothing in Rubbermaid tubs. I am ashamed to think about how much I must have spent to acquire all of these things. I can't even find clothes to wear because it is such a disaster. So, lately I have been working on organizing it. I have a short attention span so I can only spend a little bit of time on it before I get bored and restless, but I am trying to commit to at least an hour each weekend, more if I ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:38:37 EST Coffee I always hated coffee but sometime in the past ten years I got addicted to it. Once I gave it up but then started to drink it again. So when I planned to have surgery last year and the surgeon told me that I would need to avoid caffeine for a while, I eased myself of it. I really don't need it, especially the way that I was drinking it, with lots and lots of Coffee-Mate, which is not good for me at all! So before the surgery I eased myself off it - I didn't want to go cold turkey after th... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:26:58 EST Running I remember when I was a kid in school and we were supposed to run a mile in a certain amount of time in gym class. I could never do that. I would walk it every time and usually I would take the most amount of time out of the whole class because I was the slowest. But I love to walk and have always walked a lot. These days I walk several days each week. Sometimes it is just two miles, but some days it can be as many as six. I am getting pretty fast and I now find that I am not getting as... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:59:45 EST A Bit of This and a Bit of That I just don't get on SparkPeople as much as I used to.....I am just trying to find that elusive balance. Life is just go go go and I am always behind on my chores and tasks. Things keep getting more and more behind and that causes more and more stress. I am still tracking both calories and activity here every day and I do try to read some articles to keep myself motivated and educated. I try to keep up but it's just hard. I really need a month off work to catch up on things around here! ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 14:10:03 EST Not Overweight Anymore Friday is my weigh in day, and today when I weighed, I fell into the "normal" weight range! I am not overweight anymore. Of course the scale fluctuates and I know that, so I hope to see about a month of fairly consistent weigh ins before I get too excited. But in general, I AM excited because I have lost 70 pounds. Who WOULDN'T be excited, right? I have worked hard at this, so it is time to celebrate! I might buy some cross stitch patterns to reward myself! I still need to lose about f... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:16:04 EST Another Week Gone By Ah, where does the time go? It just rushes by so swiftly. Next thing we know, the fall holidays will be here. In Middle Tennessee many school districts have already started back and most of the rest will start this week (or next). For me with no children at home, that isn't a major concern, but it does remind me that fall is just around the corner. August is usually a hot month here, but this summer has been surprisingly mild. I hear the cicadas buzzing loudly and I have noticed some co... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 11:41:24 EST What An Awesome week! I had such a great week. Granted, I was pretty stressed out with work, too many activities and not enough sleep. I didn't meet all of my exercise goals this week either. I missed my monthly Stampin' Up Club and my house is a disaster! But still, I thought it was such a nice week. <BR> <BR> At work we had our annual employee meeting and people were here from all over the world. On Monday we had an all day meeting from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and that included lunch time. That meant no wo... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:20:07 EST Group Fitness Class Back in my younger years I loved group fitness classes....back in the 80s I did aerobics and then in the 90s I did step. Up to about seven years ago I did Power Sculpting classes. But these days I am so out of shape and I prefer to do solitary workouts or sometimes I walk with one other person - usually my husband or a friend. I really don't mind working out by myself because it gives me time to think and just have a break from my rat race life. <BR> <BR> So, because of the extreme heat a... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:58:00 EST Made Some Changes This Week I've been wondering for a while if I am getting enough calories for the amount of activity that I do. I exercise quite a bit but generally eat the minimum calories. SP has been suggesting for a few months now that I recalculate my calories, but ever since I had surgery for acid reflux I just can't eat as much, so I knew it was pointless. But now it has been a few months and I can eat a bit more so I decided to make some changes. First I looked to see how many calories SP (in combination w... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:55:10 EST Exercise Bike Maybe ten years ago my doctor recommended that I ride a stationary bike to strengthen my quads. He felt that would help me out with my knee trouble. My husband immediately got me a bike to ride, but it is just soooo boring! I can walk on my treadmill for hours and think nothing of it, but that bike just about drives me to the point of insanity. My treadmill gets used plenty but that bike just sits there, all lonely and sad. I know it would be good for me. So today, after I made sure tha... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 20:59:04 EST