GODDESSHIPS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GODDESSHIPS GODDESSHIPS'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/ An exercise is good for you blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745055 I was outside watering my garden, when a novel idea struck. feeling pleased with my blog from earlier this morning, I was thinking how I wanted to share my first experience sitting shot gun, with a permit wielding teenager at the wheel. This is not a "fat is bad for you" blog. This is an "exercise is good for you" blog. For exercise, my friends, is loaded with benefits. <BR> My step son recently obtained his learner's permit. He likes to accompany me to the gym while he visits. It's a shor... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:05:16 EST Fbook's Fatty Pages--wtf? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745018 Why is this a thing? Pages dedicated to ridiculing overweight and obese people. There was just an incident in the local news about a "fatties" page. Wtf? In my part of the north state, in my county, I believe the statistic is 25%of our population is overweight or obese. I have no idea what the percentage was a decade ago, but I have observed many of the people I know gaining a good deal of excess body fat during the time I was shedding mine. I imagine the local percentage was smaller ten ye... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:02:56 EST Warrior Lobsters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744642 It is just not my summer! Foam Fest....CANCELLED. No refunds. The folks behind the a Warrior Dash (red frog racing) offered free registration to those of us whose race was nixed, and a 25% off discount for a friend. So I signed my husband and myself up! We shall be a couple of lobster warriors. Lobsters mate for life. Phoebe said so;) it shall be some early mid thirties birthday fun for me. I'm looking forward to it. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:16:55 EST Life is Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731677 I'm choosing to see the silver lining. I had a great adventure planned for this week. A great adventure that was thwarted by fevers, vomiting, ear infections, and general yuck. Very frustrating. <BR> silver lining: <BR> - I saved a few bucks without having additional gas, food, and lodging expenses. <BR> - I spent an entire week at home, with no work responsibilities, with my husband and kids. <BR> - The oldest got to practice driving.....something he would not have done had we been visiting ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 02:05:27 EST Foam, Full Moon and Pump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697414 In August I'll participate in the Foamfest 5k. I'm excited, and a bit intimidated. The course has 16 obstacles. ...and mud, foam, and water. A friend of mine is also racing. I'm Very grateful for that. Nervous, excited, and grateful. <BR> <BR> Next month is the local evening run at the lake. 3.5 miles, and my husband and stepson will join me. That's a fun race. I'm looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> I've begun instructing the Pump classes at the Y. This summer I'll be teaching at least o... Sun, 18 May 2014 03:49:49 EST Nightly gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652883 I'm going to just accept that I have moved beyond needing to track every bit of exercise. It's safe to say that it is a habit, part of my life. I've been busy picking up extra classes at the gym. I've started subbing in schools again. I've been so busy I've had to turn down a week's worth of sub jobs, at least. I'm definitely entering a new stage. Certified group fitness instructor/substitute public school teacher, which in theory will allow me to have some flexibility for volunteering like t... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:17:32 EST Tracker Slacker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626039 I have so totally not been tracking my fitness, at least not here. I've been using a different app and I got so behind logging them on this site that I just stopped. I've neglected my admin duty of awarding goodies for top fitness minute achieves. Sorry Team Redding. I've been studying for my GFI exam, and working and parenting.....life gets so busy. I'm not sure if I'm going to try to start logging again. I'll say that I will, though, and go from there. It isn't really a tool I feel I need a... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 01:18:48 EST 2014 Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619713 Around this time last year I stood on a body comp scale and received this cool slip of paper giving me information about my health.....bone density, fat%, water weight, etc. It was pretty neat. Today I just had a good old fashioned test done with calipers and a formula, though I was assured it is more accurate than the one I took last year. So, here are my 2014 numbers: <BR> Weight-158.2 lbs <BR> Height - 62 inches <BR> Body fat 27.29% <BR> BMI 29 <BR> <BR> Last year I was 151 lbs with ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 19:17:32 EST Use it or lose it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588776 I recently had minor surgery and was unable to workout for a few days. I was thrilled to get back working hard. It reminded me how important it is to be consistent and committed to exercise. If that wasn't enough I received a rather irritating visual reminder of the results of what not doing anything does to a person. Use it, or lose it, and most likely gain it, too. No thanks. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:47:18 EST A New Year, A New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578861 I began 2014 with a 10k trail run. It was my first 10k. I rather enjoyed it. It felt great to finish. My feet hate me right now. I hope they forgive me in time for turbokick tomorrow. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 01:11:45 EST Follow My Lead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574216 The month of December has been a month of Zumba revelation. I'm good at Zumba. Not just meh-okay at Zumba. But, good enough to have folks follow me. Ha! Follow me. Good enough to have others thank me for being the one they could follow. Good enough to make a dude wonder if I shake the way I do because of Brazilian blood, or general Latina genetics. LOL Of course, that must be it. Or maybe it's just the advantage of having a really wide rear end. And, this whole time, the main reason I give wh... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:58:52 EST Goals for 2013 and 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574191 A look back at the 2013 goals, how did I do???? <BR> <BR> 1.Cut down on sugar: I totally failed that one. LOL! <BR> <BR> 2.Eat more "in season" fruits and veggies: Did well, I think, and even grew my own food. <BR> <BR> 3.Eat more locally grown fruits and veggies: See above <BR> <BR> 4."Race" in 5 5ks: Hmmm....I think I only did four this year. My work schedule makes it hard for me to sign up. I'm just going to have to run for fun more. I did begin running a mile each week and am startin... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:19:59 EST Obese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557268 I'm obese. My BMI is just over 30. That makes me obese. I guess it is a good thing I don't place a ton of importance on BMI. I'm obese at a size 10. The average size is like a size 14. WTH?!? It doesn't seem right. If we are at a point where the average American woman is obese or larger, do we embrace it or work to achieve better health? Can we do that without focusing on what we look like? And can we be honest about how our bodies feel? Can we place the focus on health and wellness, not pan... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 02:00:32 EST 'Tis the Season--again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548805 It isn't even Thanksgiving yet and I am busy marking off the December checklist. <BR> I have ordered holiday photo cards. <BR> I have purchased all the major gifts for the children. <BR> I'm signed up for a 10k on Jan 1st. <BR> I have all my ingredients for the Thanksgiving feast. <BR> This week we will embark upon a family adventure day. Our mission? To find the perfect Red Fir tree, and a nice yule log. <BR> I have decided against making fudge this year. Well, unless the oldest asks. I'll ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 03:00:30 EST Running Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537022 Though by "running" I mean "jogging." Ha ha <BR> It is that time of year, when the weather gets frosty and the leaves turn to magnificent golds and reds. That time of year I actually enjoy running....I mean, jogging. <BR> Already signed up for the Turkey Trot. Signed up my little ones for the two mile. No jogging stroller for us this year. <BR> Next month, a 5K. <BR> On New Year's day a 10K. <BR> A few weeks later another 5K. <BR> Then after that it is hit and miss until summer and then hi... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 02:37:30 EST Yay, Firsts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497370 Taught my first "Pump" class this evening. It was awesome! I hope they liked it. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:38:12 EST Fit Mama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492187 So, I'm sure anyone who has been online today has seen the outrageous photographs of the fit mama, lifting weights while 8.5 months pregnant. Poor lady has received quiet the backlash over this. I haven't even read the actual article, or seen the actual video, I have been too caught up in the comments....the supportive and ignorant comments. <BR> It does seem like most of the folks, from the links I have looked at (MSN.com and ABCNews.com) are on the side of the fit mama. She is doing what he... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:45:20 EST Flat Belly Rolls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491581 LOL I had some good chuckles this week. I had two women tell me that they would love to have the flat tummy I have. <BR> Seriously, I have rolls. There is nothing flat or tight about my belly. <BR> I had two kids. I had a ton of fat. <BR> My belly will only be flat if I get surgery. <BR> The skin is loose. <BR> I am 30% body fat. That ain't skinny. <BR> But it just goes to show how it comes down to a matter of perception and everyone perceives things a bit differently. <BR> Sure, my bell... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 23:52:38 EST Me and My Cute Little Figure. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477375 I was told that I had a cute little figure today. And the type of compliment that would typically annoy me, didn't. I enjoyed it. It felt good to hear. I was caught off guard, and it came with no discussion of my previous weight loss. The lady asked what I did and I told her and she said that explained my cute little figure. Ah. I know that it doesn't matter and all, how one looks, but still this one felt good.....and they don't usually, so I am gonna take this one and run with it:) <BR> Not... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 02:26:49 EST Spa Virgin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458550 Today I was introduced into the realm of day spa. The realm of creams and oils, scrubs and steams, relaxing scents and soothing sounds. It was freakin' awesome! <BR> It was "ladies night" today, with some friends, in celebration of a birthday and the end of summer break . I chose the facial and pedicure. My toes are rocking "A woman's Praug-ative" by OPI. My face feels relaxed and refreshed. <BR> Why had I never done that before?! <BR> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 00:53:50 EST Need a Happy Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451843 Things to be happy about: <BR> * I'm fit and strong <BR> * I'm in a happy stable marriage, with an imperfect, but supportive and devoted man <BR> * I have a loving and supportive mother and father, who after almost 35 years of marriage, are still a great example of team work and being true to ones commitments. <BR> * I have two great kids, even if they drive me nuts most of the time. <BR> * I have a great stepson who opens the door and carries in the groceries without being asked. <BR> * My... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 14:41:58 EST At Last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421346 Finally, we sold our trailer and I can now afford to seek more fitness certifications. I'm so excited. I'm still researching programs, and plan to speak to my supervisor first to see what she thinks and if she has any idea and hints. Oh, but I am so excited! Mon, 15 Jul 2013 02:18:47 EST Heavier Smaller http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413675 So, today I took my measurements then actually went back to compare them with the ones from the last time I recorded them, which was back in February. <BR> I'm 7" smaller than I was five months ago. <BR> Go figure. <BR> The scale said I gained ten pounds five months ago and since a few months ago has been going back and forth between 150 and 155 lbs. <BR> My husband said it was muscle. <BR> Maybe he was right. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:57:26 EST An Aversion to Skinny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406469 I was put in a funk yesterday. <BR> I shared a photo of the cute new top I made by folding and tucking an old shirt, I was so proud of myself, on facebook and a friend of mine commented, " You look skinny. <em>41</em> " <BR> And, of course, it rubbed me the wrong way. <BR> I wasn't like raging mad or anything, but it bugged me. <BR> I wasn't going for that reaction, I was showing off my shirt. But later that day, as my step son was sharing some silly you tube crap with me and his dad I was... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:33:14 EST Child Size- sure...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405943 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1587785625.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The other day, on the comments section of an article about plus size clothing, a lady commented that it was about time clothes makers woke up and made real plus sized clothes. She said that a size 10-12 isn't Plus, it is a child's size. <BR> Ha! <BR> My bottom is a size 10. No child should be that large. Maybe a physically mature child...like I was a size 9 when I was 13, 14 years old. But, I had a matured body ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 00:22:12 EST This Just In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404049 On the ACE news feed (Facebook) this morning I saw an article on how the AMA is now calling obesity a disease. On the Yahoo page I saw an article how the fashion world is finally catching on and making cute clothes for the plus sized "full figured" gals. A breath of fresh air for so many. <BR> <BR> Hmmmm <BR> <BR> How to reconcile this one. <BR> <BR> I can't get on board with obesity being labeled a disease. I just can't. I wonder what this is going to mean. Will insurance companies sta... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:38:17 EST Ready for More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399384 Before the starting gun sounded I was telling a friend that I think I am ready for a longer distance. I've only done 5K races at this point. And I have one more to do this year. But I want more. <BR> <BR> As soon as I started out yesterday I could feel that my body was off. It was harder than usual. Of course, it was a trail run, and those are so different from running on paved road. I pushed through. I pushed through a nasty hill climb. I pushed through an allergic reaction. I ran to the f... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:18:33 EST Don't Kill Anyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399192 So Saturday night I ate at a friends house and a friend of a friend made this "chocolate" mousse dessert. While eating dinner we had this huge discussion about allergies and my almond allergy (when combined with exercise). Like a huge conversation about it. So when it comes time to make the dessert bowls the friend of a friend makes a point of not putting slivered almonds on mine, she verbally acknowledges my issues......and gives me the dessert. <BR> No sugar. <BR> It was healthy for sure..... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:05:24 EST Wasted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398370 Down the drain. <BR> What a waste. <BR> Just pissed away. <BR> All the money on the fitness membership.....gone. <BR> That is what you are doing when you join something then flake out. <BR> A membership that costs $125 a month....wow..... <BR> But you don't use it..... <BR> How can that sort of wastefulness be justified?! <BR> Getting in shape costs nothing. It takes strong will and determination. You can't sign up for that, you can't buy that. That comes from within. <BR> You don't need ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:55:15 EST True Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390964 If you don' t learn to make it a habit....... <BR> If you don't learn to appreciate it and enjoy it for what it is...... <BR> If you aren't able to stop focusing on the event, the result, the deadline of your weight loss goal...or the scale...or simply the goal of trying to attain a particular size or weight... <BR> You will never not struggle. <BR> It will always be an on again off again battle with yourself. <BR> <BR> I end each of my yoga classes with a Resurrection Breath. A breath to h... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:58:17 EST Toned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389324 Several weeks ago a gym member came up to me before a class and asked me what it meant to be "toned." I told her that I felt "toned" meant that your muscles were tight, not flabby and jiggly, not bulky and buff, but tight and firm, it is something you can see. <BR> It is hard to describe though. What does "toned" mean to you when you hear it applied to the body? <BR> Yesterday I commented to a gym friend that she looked like she was getting smaller (she is already small). She pointed out tha... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:49:01 EST Showin' Some Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389319 Went to the lake. Wore a two piece. <BR> Didn't look anywhere as cute as I did fifteen years ago when I wore a two piece. <BR> That's okay. <BR> I should have appreciated how cute I looked back then a bit more. <BR> The best I can do now is be confident with the body I have. <BR> Eh. And the dress code is pretty liberal on the local beach. Few ladies seem to be concerned with how they look in a two piece. If they can go with the flow then I certainly can. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:41:39 EST You Can't Judge A Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376231 <link>backonpointe.tumblr.com/image/435713<BR>73989 </link> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1032475443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, I've given ya'll a link above the photo, and that is the photo from the link. <BR> <BR> Each of those women weighs 154lbs according to the scale. That is about what I weigh. It fluctuates between 150 and 154lbs. <BR> <BR> It is nice to see how we really do carry it differently and there is no use comparing ourselves. <BR> <BR> Just move your bo... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 02:27:46 EST 5K #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343752 Officially signed up for the 4th 5K of this year. My goal is to do five of them, last year I did four. Then this "non runner" will set her sights on a longer distance.....I may even attempt a six mile run this Thanksgiving. We shall see. I have running friends now......and one has mentioned, more than once, that we (the group of us turbo kick enthusiasts and our husbands) should do a half marathon with her. You know what? I think that will be a goal for 2014. Thu, 2 May 2013 22:22:24 EST Loser Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330133 At the end of January I gained nearly 10 lbs. It is gone. Finally gone. <BR> I had started drinking protein shakes. Gained weight in just over a week and was shocked. I figured it was the shake a day. My clothes didn't get tighter, but the scale said darn near 10 lbs. heavier than before. I stopped the shakes. I didn't take great effort to diet though. I may have added an extra hour a week to my workout routine. To be honest, after the initial shock of gaining 10 lbs I shrugged it off and w... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:45:01 EST Swim suit season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316099 Okay, I've decided that swim suit shopping is easiest when one falls under one of three categories: <BR> 1. Slim or skinny (naturally) <BR> 2. All around fit and hard bodied <BR> 3. Plus sized <BR> <BR> It took me forever, but I found something that works on my mismatched body type. <BR> It stinks being a size S on top and a size L on the bottom. Thank goodness for swim separates. <BR> <BR> I never had this much trouble when I was plus sized. Many cute options that covered well. ....and n... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:04:50 EST This Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306687 It is Sunday. Tomorrow is Monday. Another week of work. Kids are off of school. I am subbing for Turbo Kick this week! Oh Yeah! This weekend I will clean out our travel trailer and post it on Craigslist. I really want to ditch this thing, so whoever buys it will get a great deal. We lived in it for a couple of years, and it has sat unused since. Everything works. We have no way of using it, as we don't have vehicles to tow the darn thing. We paid it off this year and now we want to sell it an... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:10:38 EST Norodiet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287933 Best diet ever! Norovirus. <BR> Came down with it over the weekend, and am just now feeling back to normal. Lost 5 lbs. <BR> LOL <BR> I wouldn't wish it on anyone. It sucked. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 15:49:55 EST Being Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279231 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1758932881.jpg"> <BR> That is not a photo of my midsection. LOL <BR> Found it on pintrest. <BR> But I like the reminder. <BR> I think more people need it. <BR> Today I deleted a long standing account to a silly social site. A popular silly social site...no, not facebook. Can't live without that. LOL <BR> But this site was not productive. A waste of time and energy. Full of bully moms, wondering "why is my child a bully?" then saying only ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 18:06:02 EST Feelin' Low. Need That Gratitude Attitude. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250648 Man oh man, I'm not sure what it is lately, but I am not feeling up and perky. I am tired. I'm feeling down. It'll pass. This I know. <BR> I think it has to do with a mix of things. My son finally weaned a week and a half ago. I have been nursing children for over five years! And now? It's done. I am happy about this. But I am also shocked at feeling a bit sad about it. I feel like this great superpower is now gone. And let's face it...my boobs cannot afford to get smaller! <BR> *sigh* <BR>... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:49:17 EST Confidence in the Work Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213146 So my supervisor calls me yesterday late afternoon to ask a big favor. She is very sick, and can't teach her Young At Heart class in the morning. Could I? <BR> Um, I have no idea what this class is, other than senior citizens. She tells me low impact aerobics and some strength and stretch. <BR> Okay, I think I can, and I owe her a favor anyway.... <BR> I put together my routines this morning around 5am...in my head at 4am and on paper at 5am. I ran though them once. I viewed it as a grand e... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:11:11 EST Body Compositionn Analysis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202565 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l602939720.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Got it done today for free at my gym/work. I'm satisfied with the results. And I learned some things when I sat down with the nutritionist. He was able to tell that I stay up too late by pinching my calf. I didn't ask him why.... <BR> And he told me that I needed to stop eating candy....which of course I knew I needed to do......if I wanted to lose weight. Also, based on my ethnic makeup I need to eat more protein ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:21:21 EST Resurrection Breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191912 I added something new to my yoga/pilates class today. It is called "resurrection breath." I just read a side article about it in Yoga International, tried it out on my couch and loved it. It produced an amazing feeling. So I thought I should try it out in one of my classes. I chose to do it at the end, and could have explained it better to my class (the biggest turnout I've had), but now I know. I think it went okay. <BR> <BR> The point is to help place you (the person doing the breath) in... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 17:18:43 EST Drums Alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173067 <link>drums-alive.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm an instructor at my local Y and this is a class I teach.....So. Much.Fun <BR> <BR> An article about it from CNN.com <BR> <link>www.cnn.com/2012/01/02/health/drums-<BR>alive-fitness-exercise/index.html?iref<BR>=allsearch </link> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:08:56 EST Looking Back on 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172951 Today the world was scheduled to end. <BR> It did not. <BR> It snowed! <BR> A nice cold start to Winter. <BR> As 2012 draws to a close I reflect on how far I have come this year. <BR> I started working again. I hadn't had a paying job since August of 2007 (by choice). It's nice to make money again. <BR> I became an instructor at my gym! In August I was put on the schedule as a regular, an hour class one day a week and 90 minutes every other Saturday. Not much but Woo Hoo! And starting in Jan... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:57:40 EST A favorite excuse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159465 I love it when I tell folks about a group class and their first response is about how they would look silly taking the class. <BR> Why are folks so concerned with how they look during a workout? <BR> I've felt like that. <BR> I am not a dancey type person. A particular instructor's zumba class at my gym looked so overwhelming to me. Lots of complicated choreography, some of which, even after over a year of doing the same routines, I can't get parts down. I told her I wouldn't be able to do th... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 16:18:40 EST How Many Times Have You Quit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132215 This getting in shape thing.... <BR> This losing weight thing..... <BR> Or, this gaining weight thing.... <BR> This, I'm gonna eat this way only thing..... <BR> How long does it last? <BR> How often do you find yourself starting over? <BR> <BR> I can't imagine how hard it is to yo yo. I've been normal size, obese, normal size. But I know ladies who have gone from normal to fat to normal to fat to fatter to fat to fatter.......real back and forth over the years. That can't be good for the bo... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 02:49:58 EST Healthy Holidays = Happy Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121677 I feel so gross. <BR> Yucky. <BR> Bloated. <BR> Very large. <BR> Greasy and dry. <BR> Ewww. <BR> <BR> During the month of October I was not good to myself. I didn't reach my monthly goal of 1500 fitness minutes. Beginning mid October I cut my water intake and decreased my workouts. I gorged on sugars of all sorts, but mainly brownies and candy. Oh, cake was thrown in there, as were cookies and popcorn balls. <BR> <BR> I ate, I kid you not, almost entire 9x13 frosted brownie (with sprinkles... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 16:15:21 EST But I am hardcore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115259 Although I basically blew off the gym this last week, the week before I subbed turbo kick. I rocked it. I am so hardcore. I had another, more serious, allergic reaction. I ate almonds before class and about 40 minutes into the work out, after the most intense part my throat started to swell, my eye started to swell, difficulty swallowing......but I powered though. Popped some Bendaryl while calling out cues and didn't miss a beat. 'Cause that's just how I roll. By the end of class my right e... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 03:00:11 EST Failure to Kick A** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115258 I have been ultra lame this last week. I barely worked out. I think I managed just under 200 fitness minutes this last week. Why? The Halloween carnival at my daughter's school. I was a co-chair for the committee, and even though I felt like my co-chair did more work than I did I was super swamped with the details. I basically neglected drumming for two weeks. And on top of all that my son was dealing with ear issues for those same two weeks. Oh, but we did a great job on the carnival. I thi... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 02:53:20 EST