GOING-STRONG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GOING%2DSTRONG GOING-STRONG'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/ Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, February 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088939 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Friday, February 5, 2016 <BR> <BR> I'm feeling much better today... got a good night's sleep and it did wonders! In fact, I got up a little late today and barely had time to get in my 30 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a one hour spin class. Friday is "Power Spin" and we do a lot of hill... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 23:04:21 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Thursday, February 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088120 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday, February 4, 2016 <BR> <BR> I have felt a little down today... everything seems so hard sometimes. I didn't sleep well last night and that might have something to do with it. I woke up a little after 4am and then tossed and turned for an hour. My brain just wouldn't get quiet and finally my DH said "just turn on the light and let'... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 22:55:08 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Wednesday, February 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087250 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, February 3, 2016 <BR> <BR> Good productive and fun day today. Up early as the DH had to leave by 8:00 for a Dr. appt in Portland. He made us our breakfast before he had to leave and then I headed upstairs to put in 30 minutes on the treadmill. Afterwards, I did a few chores and then headed to the gym for my Wed Spin/Circuit cla... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 23:11:12 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Tuesday, February 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086347 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, February 2, 2016 <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. Had an hour or so to myself before the DH got out of bed so I enjoyed some coffee and computer time. Put in 30 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast which gave me 4,000 steps before going to the gym. Woot. After breakfast, I went to Body Blast class. Today's lifting exercises... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 23:17:29 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, February 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085353 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Monday, February 1, 2016 <BR> <BR> So today is the "official" day that I record my weight and whether or not I lost last month. I am very pleased to say that YES, I lost a little over a pound in January. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2a88254-2db4-4397-9600-38f4b29ef2ce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know that doesn't so... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:34:14 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, January 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084366 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday, January 31, 2016 <BR> <BR> I mentioned yesterday that the DH and I were going to the movies to see "The Finest Hours". It was worthwhile and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoy the true story type of movies and particularly where they involve people that overcome overwhelming circumstances and adversities. I live in the are... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:40:59 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, January 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083399 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday, January 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> Today I'm posting a little earlier than usual because the DH and I are planning on going to see a movie after Dinner. We had considered seeing Revenant, however when I noticed that "The Finest Hours" was playing it won out. This is what the movie is about ~ . A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:40:42 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, January 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082760 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Friday, January 29, 2016 <BR> <BR> Not a lot happening here in my World today. It was rainy, windy and stormy last night and I didn't sleep very well so felt pretty "bleh" today. I did haul my behind up to do 30 minutes on the treadmill this morning. After breakfast, I went to the gym to spin class. I am lucky that I don't even think abo... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:26:31 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Thursday, January 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081971 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday, January 28, 2016 <BR> <BR> Did 2 miles (30 min) on the treadmill this morning before breakfast. It goes pretty quick when I turn on my disco party light and listen to my tunes. I am a member of Amazon Prime and one feature I use a lot is the free music. There are lots of pre-selected playlists, albums and songs that you can list... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:39:58 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Wednesday, January 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081067 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, January 27, 2016 <BR> <BR> DH was up again this morning EARLY with his headache and cold. He said his nose was running and it made it impossible to sleep. Hopefully, this is the worst of it for him and he gets better from this point. I'm feeling almost back to normal and so happy that I haven't had a relapse. <BR> <BR> I kne... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:00:38 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Tuesday, January 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080129 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, January 26, 2016 <BR> <BR> Had a good day today.. for the most part. I finally had the guts to step on the scale this morning. I have avoided that little bugger since getting back from vacation. Well, no surprise... I'm up... two pounds since before vacation and one pound for the month. I still have a few days left in the month ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:31:04 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, January 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079221 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Monday, January 25, 2016 <BR> <BR> Today was a pretty non-descript day. I certainly didn't get anything note worthy done. I had planned to work on sorting through some clutter and spraying weeds outside and I did neither. I pretty much fiddled around. Sometimes that is okay but I really want to take advantage of the time I have off work ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:41:21 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, January 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078292 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday, January 24, 2016 <BR> <BR> I went to bed super early last night... before 9:00pm! I think it helped because I am feeling a bit better today. I haven't taken any pain killers today and my tooth isn't hurting... just sore. I'm not sure how long this relief will last but I'll take it. I have a regular appt with the periodontist on W... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:33:40 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, January 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077440 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday, January 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> Today was a pretty low key day. I woke up a couple of times during the night but was happy that I was able to sleep for the most part. I took a few pain killers and that really helped the headache as well as the toothache. I can only take 2 pills every 6 hours and I definitely keep an eye the clock. <BR... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:57:22 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, January 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076629 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Friday, January 22, 2016 <BR> <BR> Still not feeling well at all today. I did take a couple of Tylenol after I got up this morning and then after a cup of coffee did 30 minutes on the treadmill. I actually felt a bit better afterwards. I think that moving helps loosen things up. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for a one hour spin cla... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:18:37 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Thursday, January 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075796 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday, January 21, 2016 <BR> <BR> I have had this nagging sore throat for the past week that I have been fighting off... and today it reared it's ugly head and decided to invite friends. So now I'm fighting a sore throat, ringing ears and a low grade head ache. I always wonder about the air in airplanes and if it is unhealthy. It make... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:30:53 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Wednesday, January 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075023 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, January 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> Today was a "Fun Day at Sea". We left Ensenada MX late yesterday afternoon and have been cruising very very slowly all day with expected arrival back in Long Beach, CA in the morning. Went to pack our suitcases after Dinner and the floor in our cabin was wet in the corner. My DH noticed when he picked... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:44:50 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Tuesday, January 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074142 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, January 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> Well Spark Friends... I didn't do so well on the eating / drinking front today. Remember when I told you that my guard goes down when I get too much alcohol in my system. Well, today I had a Margarita and the poo poo hit the fan. I'm not feeling too well as I write this because of what I ate... but you ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:42:08 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, January 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072956 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Monday, January 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> Went to bed early last night. I really wanted to go to the showroom after Dinner as they had entertainment, but just couldn't do it. Both the DH and I were feeling the effects of the last couple days and needed some sleep. When you are tired, I don't care what is going on it just isn't fun... so sleep it... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:49:46 EST Run Run Rhonda! - Sun Jan17th - Disney StarWars Half Marathon Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072258 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> January 17, 2016 <BR> <BR> Had another great day today... but it has been a long one. Got up at 3:30am to get ready for today's Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland. Took the 4:30 shuttle to the Park which actually was a hoot. Have you ever been on a bus full of people that looked like Star Wars characters. It was funny and a little sur... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:32:02 EST Run Run Rhonda! - Sat Jan16th - Disney StarWars 10k Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071430 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday, January 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> Had just an all around awesome day today. I will be checking an item off of my bucket list and I always love to do that. <BR> <BR> Started off the day at 3:00am. That is pretty insane but actually I was awake and so was DH at 2:45am. We both felt pretty good too as we were in bed by 7:00pm and rested ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:03:48 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, January 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070562 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Friday, January 15, 2016 <BR> Today has been one long day.. but a fun day I must say. Had to get up at 4:00am to get to the airport for an early flight to LongBeach. Had breakfast at the airport after getting through security and then I did a little walking for a few minutes while we were waiting to board. The flight was full and we (mysel... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:13:06 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Thursday, January 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069808 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> January 14, 2016 <BR> <BR> Hit the floor running this morning. I slept a little late and woke up when I heard the cat getting sick. Poor Scamp... she was fine yesterday and then this morning she was sick again. Fortunately, today was her Vet appt. and DH took her in first thing this morning. I didn't have time to get in a full 30 min on ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:53:34 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Wednesday, January 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068939 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, January 13, 2016 <BR> <BR> Started off my morning with a 2 mile walk on the treadmill. I usually listen to upbeat music while walking and it always makes me feel more energetic. I have had an idea running through my head the past few months and decided to give it a go today. My DH had to run some errands and while he was out I a... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 23:33:57 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Tuesday, January 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068072 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, January 12, 2016 <BR> <BR> Rainy outside again today so didn't even give it a thought... just went upstairs and did 30 min walk on the treadmill before breakfast. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for my Tues "Body Blast" class. There were five regulars and the trainer/instructor today. She wanted us to lift heavy and we were ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 23:18:03 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, January 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067209 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Monday, January 11, 2016 <BR> <BR> Sort of rainy and blustery out there today folks. Yesterday was calm and sunny but obviously things can change on a dime. Sort of like that with life isn't it? <BR> <BR> When I got up this morning the DH had already been up an hour. He couldn't sleep and then the cat started yowling and he got up. Sh... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 23:03:20 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, January 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066252 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday, January 10, 2016 <BR> <BR> Had 11 miles on the schedule for today. This is my last long run until we leave for Disney later this week. I'll be running the Star Wars Rebel Challenge which is a 10k on Saturday and a Half Marathon on Sunday. They e-mailed a copy of the event guide yesterday and that sucker is 31 pages! The races sta... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 22:56:30 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, January 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065343 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday, January 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> Pretty typical day today; although I did take it a bit easier since I didn't have to be at the gym for class at 9am. After breakfast went up and did 30 minutes on the treadmill and then some heavy lifting sets with the barbell. I have a pretty sweet home gym set up in my she cave. I call it "The Cat's M... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 23:44:14 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, January 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064440 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Friday, January 8, 2016 <BR> <BR> With Christmas vacation over and kids back in school; it has been really slow at the restaurant again. I didn't work all week and chances are I won't work next week either. Not that I'm complaining, lol... I am doing my best to take advantage of having some extra free time trying to get a few things done a... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 22:59:50 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Thursday, January 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063636 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday, January 7, 2016 <BR> <BR> The DH was up early this morning, so I roused myself also. We had breakfast early and then I did a 2 mile treadmill walk before heading to the gym. Today was strength training and I went heavy. There were a couple of new people in class and one was a lady I hadn't seen in years. Nice to see a new face ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 23:45:24 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Wednesday, January 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062606 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, January 6, 2016 <BR> <BR> Today wasn't as productive as I would have liked. I still got some things done, but mostly puttered. I didn't do a 2 mile walk before breakfast as DH needed to eat early and get on the road to Portland for a Dr. appt. The roads over the mountains are icy so he needed to allow extra time. We ate and he... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 22:34:49 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Tuesday, January 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061654 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, January 5, 2016 <BR> <BR> Had another decent day today and got some things on the "to do" list accomplished. Did a 2 mile walk on the treadmill this morning before breakfast. It is still too dark in the mornings to walk outside safely. The road I run on doesn't have sidewalks in areas and no streetlights, so I I played it safe an... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 23:22:06 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, January 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060614 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Monday, January 4, 2016 <BR> <BR> Feel good about today. Did a 2 mile walk on the treadmill before breakfast and then off to the gym for a 1 hour spin class. Did a few errands afterwards and then home and worked outside for a bit. I did get the ferns clipped and trimmed. Again didn't really feel like doing it but I had set a plan for the... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:15:12 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, January 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059442 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday, January 3, 2015 <BR> <BR> Slept a little later than normal this morning... 7:30am!! It felt decadent. I seem to sleep more in the Winter when the days are shorter and the nights are longer. I'm just happy that I feel rested. <BR> <BR> Today, I had an 11 mile run on the schedule... my weekly long run. The thermometer indicated an... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:38:21 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, January 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058459 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday, January 2, 2016 <BR> <BR> Got some things accomplished today, but also had some frustrations. First, the accomplishments. I did a 4 mile walk this morning even though I typically do less. I was thinking about how I am going to beat my steps from last year and the only solution is to walk more when possible. So I did... I also d... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 22:46:13 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, January 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057450 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Friday, January 1, 2015 <BR> <BR> A brand New Year with 365 days still in front of us .... it is a leap year after all! I've got lots of great adventures planned so want to make the most of it. I weighed this morning at 144.4... about what I expected. What I didn't expect was that I'm actually up 8.2 pounds for the year... not the 6-7 I ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 21:58:49 EST Rhonda's Year End 2015 Recap and Goals for the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056425 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> December 31, 2015 <BR> <BR> Chances are that I'm going to be back tomorrow to update this blog. I'm going to a party tonight and I do have a plan... but the test will be seeing it implemented. I am planning to drink white wine spritzers. If I have two, it will be the equivalent of one glass of wine. There also may be a champagne toast a... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:18:58 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Wednesday, December 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055746 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, December 30, 2015 <BR> <BR> Had a problem with eating mixed nuts last night. I had already posted my blog, but then DH got out the canister of nuts and I thought I would just have a couple. ha... I ended up eating about a cup. Really bothers me when that happens. I am going to try and go cold turkey with the mixed nuts. Havin... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 23:42:08 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Tuesday, December 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054994 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, December 29, 2015 <BR> <BR> Had to smile when I saw this on my Facebook feed this morning. There are days when I really consider taking out my earrings before stepping on the scale! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ddbe26fb-5290-4acc-8e14-ecd0777fd48d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am going to end the year with my we... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 22:45:08 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Monday, December 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054320 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> December 28, 2015 <BR> <BR> Today is my SEVEN year Sparkversary! I just want to acknowledge what a blessing this website has been to me. It has really helped keep me focused on health and fitness. SP has been the biggest factor in taking my fitness to a whole new level. I found such encouragement and inspiration and felt like "Yes, I ca... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:30:24 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Sunday, December 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053667 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday, December 27, 2015 <BR> <BR> Today, I had a long run of 11 miles on the schedule. I woke up to rain and thought... oh boy... I should have done it yesterday while I had the chance. I basically wasted a bunch of time, had breakfast, decided to make a big pot of chicken/vegetable/rice soup and see if the rain would stop. Checked the w... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 22:20:03 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Saturday, December 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053097 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday, December 26, 2015 <BR> <BR> Well, the craziness of Christmas is behind us! Yip! I saw a funny on Facebook this morning. "Only 364 days until Christmas". haha... sounds good to me. The house is basically back to normal after the family Dinner yesterday and dishes, crystal, sterling, pots and pans washed and put away. This morn... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 21:30:40 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Friday, December 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052635 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Friday, December 25, 2015 <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! The day dawned and what to my wondering eyes did appear... a ray of sunshine! Yip, it wasn't raining! The DH and I had coffee and breakfast and then before I started with getting Christmas Dinner going I headed out for a 4 mile run. The ocean was roaring! We live about a mile from the... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 21:48:41 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Thursday, December 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052274 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday, December 24, 2015 <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas Eve! <BR> <BR> Today, if you aren't ready for Christmas... well... just "Let it Go". Fortunately, Christmas isn't a HUGE production at our house. I'm hosting dinner for 7 tomorrow but tonight it is just the DH and I. My daughter and family are at her ex's house and will be there throu... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 22:31:03 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Wednesday, December 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051894 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, December 23, 2015 <BR> <BR> Boy, did I ever sleep late this morning. I was up once during the night and my body had a lot of aches from the work-out yesterday... so maybe I just needed the extra time in bed for that reason. Had time for a quick coffee and breakfast before heading to the gym for a one hour spin class. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 23:26:42 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Tuesday, December 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051406 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> December 22, 2015 <BR> <BR> Whoa... time is marching on and quickly. Didn't get as much done today as I had hoped but I did get some "must do's" off the list. I was up at 5am this morning as when I woke up the dervish of thoughts started swirling. Tried to turn off the mini tornado but it was no go. So up I was and I enjoyed some coffee a... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 21:58:06 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Monday, December 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050933 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> December 21, 2015 <BR> <BR> It seems like I really haven't gotten much done today and been pretty lazy... but then I started listing what I actually did accomplish and it made me feel a bit better. <BR> <BR> Took a 1 hr spin class at the gym <BR> Made a batch of homemade chicken/rice soup <BR> Did a 3 mile Leslie Sansone video <BR> Got the ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 21:56:36 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Sunday, December 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050331 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> December 20, 2015 <BR> <BR> I have had a pretty productive day today! The DH is still not walking and letting his leg "rest" so after breakfast I went out for a brisk 3 mile walk. I kept my pace at a 15 min/mile and was pretty surprised how sweaty I was when I got home. Felt good. <BR> <BR> Got something crossed off the "to do" list. I ... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:44:34 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Saturday, December 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050007 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday, December 19, 2015 <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a bit more in control of my food today. Not stellar by any means, but better. <BR> <BR> The weather today was rainy but not real cold so around mid-morning I did a 6 mile run.. a little more than half of the 11 miles I had on the schedule today. Came in and dried off, did a few chores an... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 23:19:15 EST Rhonda's Ramblings - Friday, December 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049545 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Friday, December 18, 2015 <BR> <BR> Not sure why, just feeling off today, particularly later in the day. No walk this morning but I did go to the gym for a 1 hour spin class. A good sweat. It quit raining and the sun came out this afternoon so I'm hopeful that I will be able to do my long run tomorrow. <BR> <BR> For some reason, I had th... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 21:54:10 EST