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 2017 - January 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301622 Recently, I joined the Green Valley Rec Hiking Club and I'm so glad I did! I have been on a number of hikes with the group and the variety is just awesome. My DH isn't fond of group hiking as he isn't always comfortable with the terrain and pace. It is a great solution for me however as I'm able to still hike without him and feel safe in a group. It is also a wonderful way to see new and interesting sights in our area. <BR> <BR> Every month, a hike schedule is posted with a huge variety ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:53:22 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - January 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300286 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparksters! <BR> <BR> I know it has been quite a while since I have posted a blog... but thought I would give it a go today because I have noticed several of my Spark Friends struggling lately with "what should I cook for dinner tonight?". Everyone wants fast and easy... me included! So I thought since dinner tonight was from fridge to table in 15 minutes that I would share a quick and simple idea. Bonus Points: The DH was happy! <BR> <BR> Menu: <BR> Gr... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:58:17 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, June 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190745 <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, June 27, 2016 <BR> <BR> I came across something yesterday that I wanted to share with you, my Spark Friends. It has to do with habits. Have you heard of Gretchen Rubin? She has written a book titled "BETTER THAN BEFORE - Mastering the Habits of <BR> Our Everyday Lives". She has also written "THE HAPPINESS PROJECT" and "HAPPINE... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:12:14 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, June 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189410 <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, June 25, 2016 <BR> <BR> Hi Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I know it has been awhile since I have posted a blog... so I wanted to let you know I am still here! The DH and I have been on THREE camp trips over the past month and internet service has been quite spotty. I upgraded my cellular plan so I had more data capability, but using a ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:15:21 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, May 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167881 <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, May 21, 2016 <BR> <BR> Today was long run day... and it wasn't raining.. hooray! I headed out and was able to get in 6 miles before breakfast. After breakfast, I had a nail appointment (priorities!) and got the last appointment so took a break to get my nails done. DH had some errands to run and I still had 5 miles to run so aft... Sun, 22 May 2016 00:39:45 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, May 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167281 <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, May 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't get the windows washed today.. and the weather was even decent! I had good intentions but after I got back from the gym, I went outside and decided to continue with the clean-up project started yesterday. It went well and I ended up getting the patio completely cleared and hosed down. I also h... Sat, 21 May 2016 00:58:51 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Thursday, May 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166636 <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, May 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> The DH and I really outdid ourselves today working around the house. The weather was spotty.... sunshine, then rain, then sunshine... you get the picture. We have a lot of outside work to do and after I got back from the gym we headed outside when we saw a break in the rain. We worked loading up stuff to mo... Thu, 19 May 2016 23:55:45 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Wednesday, May 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165939 <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, May 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> Well, the mindless beast appears to have gone back into hibernation... at least for today.. Hooray! I don't especially like those episodes when it raises its ugly head. I tried to reflect on what caused the problem yesterday and I came to the conclusion that it was thinking about my ex-husband. We were ma... Wed, 18 May 2016 23:32:33 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Tuesday, May 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165241 <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, May 17, 2016 <BR> <BR> I really didn't want to blog today.. not that I had a bad day; it actually was okay. What wasn't okay was my eating. I've really been struggling again and I don't like how it makes me feel. I prefer to be in control and sometimes I'm just a mindless beast. <BR> <BR> I did get in my 20,000 steps today; so t... Wed, 18 May 2016 00:23:31 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, May 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164510 <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, May 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> Another day up at 5:30am... I'm really not complaining though.. I would rather get up early than late. Had time for a leisurely cup of coffee and computer time then headed up to the she cave for 30 minutes on the treadmill. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for spin class. <BR> <BR> When I got home, it ... Tue, 17 May 2016 00:13:04 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, May 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163741 <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, May 15, 2016 <BR> <BR> I slept an extra hour yesterday... but today strangely enough I was up an hour earlier than normal... go figure. I looked out the window and could see that it had rained lightly overnight but was currently calm. I had my coffee, did a bit on the computer and prepared for a long run. Today, I had 11 miles on ... Sun, 15 May 2016 23:10:13 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, May 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163114 <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, May 14, 2016 <BR> <BR> Enjoyed myself a lazy morning today. Got up an hour later than normal and didn't hit the ground running. Had a leisurely breakfast and did a little couch time. <BR> <BR> I had been considering running the Rock n Roll Half in San Antonio this December... and the DH and I decided today that it would work. ... Sat, 14 May 2016 23:44:29 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, May 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162523 <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, May 13, 2016 <BR> <BR> Busy day today. Did my usual morning routine with coffee and a little computer work... then up to the treadmill for a 30 minute power walk. Thank goodness my FitBit seems to be working okay.. no problems with it this morning. While I was upstairs I brought down a box of collectible glassware that I'm getting... Sat, 14 May 2016 00:59:55 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Thursday, May 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161872 <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, May 12, 2016 <BR> <BR> Up at my normal time this morning... although the cat thought that we should get up at 4:00am. She came in the bedroom and loudly announced herself... and didn't let up for about 10 minutes. I know what she wanted. She wanted me to get up and turn on the bathroom faucet so she could have a drink of "fresh"... Fri, 13 May 2016 00:34:11 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Wednesday, May 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161185 <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, May 11, 2016 <BR> <BR> Better day today... Yay! I was apprehensive to do my treadmill walk but it went okay. Got in 30 minutes and wasn't looking at the clock every minute. After breakfast, I headed to the gym for Spin circuit class. I'm still slightly sore from yesterdays class but mostly in my abs... so not a problem. <BR> ... Thu, 12 May 2016 00:14:53 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Tuesday, May 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160474 <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, May 10, 2016 <BR> <BR> Beautiful day today... but for some reason I have felt like I'm dragging and low on energy. I started with my usual 30 minute power walk and again, like yesterday, I had a hard time finishing. I even had my disco light going to see if it would perk me up, but no go. <BR> <BR> After breakfast, I headed to th... Tue, 10 May 2016 23:36:15 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, May 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159781 <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, May 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> Got up a little late this morning and felt like I was behind the 8 ball from the get go. I had some coffee, read my e-mail, checked the markets, then headed upstairs for a 2 mile power walk. The whole time, my mind was running overtime and I kept thinking about all the things I needed to do. Sigh... I tried h... Mon, 9 May 2016 23:43:19 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, May 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159109 <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, May 8, 2016 <BR> <BR> Had a fabulous Mother's Day today... and hope you Mom's out there in Spark Land did also! <BR> <BR> After I got up this morning and looked out the window, I decided that I would go ahead and do my long run today after all. The pavement was dry so figured that I should take advantage of that as it could rain to... Mon, 9 May 2016 01:44:59 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, May 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158494 <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, May 7, 2016 <BR> <BR> Had a pretty productive day today... I was up early and after coffee and a little computer time I headed up to my she cave for a 2 mile treadmill power walk. It is starting to get warmer upstairs (my she cave is in the attic) and it didn't take long to work up a sweat. I may need to take my morning walk outs... Sat, 7 May 2016 23:23:32 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, May 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157896 <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, May 6, 2016 <BR> <BR> Hello Spark Friends! I'm back from my camping trip... got home last night. We had a fabulous time and enjoyed lots of adventures. I didn't have access to the internet most of the time we were gone and trying to post a blog using my phone is just too darn hard. The big problem for me however is when I'm not b... Fri, 6 May 2016 22:54:29 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, April 30, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153718 <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, April 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> Just wanted to post a quick note and let you all know that I haven't been blogging because we are on a camping trip. I haven't had internet service for days and tonight we are finally staying at a place that has it. Who knew I could survive such a thing? lol <BR> <BR> We have been having a blast... all ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:35:46 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, April 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150410 <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, April 25, 2016 <BR> <BR> For some strange reason, I was awake bright and early this morning. We got to bed about an hour later than normal so I was surprised. We had stayed up watching Episode 1 of Grace and Frankie on Netflix. My DD had mentioned that she loved the show and insisted we give it a try... and she was right... it is... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:33:21 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, April 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149644 <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, April 24, 2016 <BR> <BR> I hope my blogs aren't boring you all to death... it seems like every day is pretty much same ol same ol. Sorry... but that is my life lol. <BR> <BR> I kept myself pretty busy today. In fact, I expected that I wouldn't have time to get in my 20,000 steps... but surprise surpise I did! The DH and I spent S... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 01:03:44 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, April 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149204 <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, April 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> I'm late getting my blog posted.... Saturday was busy and I just didn't have energy left to Spark before falling into bed. <BR> <BR> I decided to do my long run today as plans were to head to Portland for a show and then spend the night. That will cut Sunday short... my normal long run day... so if it i... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:18:07 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, April 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148335 <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, April 22, 2016 <BR> <BR> Much as I expected... I was really sore today from yesterdays workout at the gym. My legs in particular. Let us just say that going up stairs is particularly tough. I do know however that if I keep moving that it feels a bit better.. so before breakfast I headed up to my she cave for 30 minutes on the trea... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 23:42:21 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Thursday, April 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147607 <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, April 21, 2016 <BR> <BR> Had another busy day today. Scamp decided we were sleeping in a little too late so around 6:15am she started squawking to get us up. She doesn't give up either... so we got up. <BR> <BR> I had a cup of coffee, relaxed, checked the market and my e-mails. Before breakfast, I put in a 30 minute power walk ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 23:22:38 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Wednesday, April 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146881 <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, April 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> Managed to keep myself busy and out of trouble today.. lol. Started out with a 2 mile power walk on the treadmill before breakfast. The weather outside is pretty nice and I could have walked outside, but I actually am starting to prefer the treadmill for short walks. <BR> <BR> After breakfast, I headed ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 23:18:32 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Tuesday, April 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146119 <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, April 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> Up early this morning... If I was going to do a run I needed to do it before breakfast. I had 5 miles on the schedule so after having a few cups of coffee, catching up on e-mails and checking the markets after they opened I laced up my shoes and headed out. I decided to do neighborhood laps instead of the ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 23:59:29 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, April 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145321 <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, April 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> Up early this morning... a little after 6:00am. The Sun was just coming over the mountains in the East (the Santa Rita's). In Oregon, our house faces West so we have beautiful Sunsets; but here in AZ we face SouthEast and see the sunrise. Nice. <BR> <BR> After breakfast, I had a 5 mile power walk on the s... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:59:53 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, April 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144558 <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, April 17, 2016 <BR> <BR> Was a little apprehensive when I got up this morning thinking about my long run. With the tummy issues I've had the past couple of days I just wasn't sure. I was up early (5:30am) and I enjoyed a few cups of coffee and caught up on my e-mails. Around 7:00, the DH was still in bed and I decided I would just... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 23:09:09 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, April 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144557 <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, April 17, 2016 <BR> <BR> Was a little apprehensive when I got up this morning thinking about my long run. With the tummy issues I've had the past couple of days I just wasn't sure. I was up early (5:30am) and I enjoyed a few cups of coffee and caught up on my e-mails. Around 7:00, the DH was still in bed and I decided I would just... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 23:09:08 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, April 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143908 <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, April 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> Today was pretty typical, but it started off with a really cool event. After breakfast, the DH and I were in the bedroom making the bed and we looked out the window. There were four different birds in our back yard flitting around... a female cardinal, a male cardinal, a dove and a quail. It was like a l... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:36:49 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, April 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143279 <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, April 15, 2016 <BR> <BR> Planned to do a 5 mile run this morning, but had a few intestinal issues so that was out of the question. After breakfast, I decided that I would instead just do a 5 mile walk looping through the neighborhood so I would be close to the house. It wasn't fast, but I did get it done. Tomorrow I'll try for a 5... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 01:00:20 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Thursday, April 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142547 <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, April 14, 2016 <BR> <BR> Up early this morning... 5:00am to be exact as I had to be out the door by 6:00am to meet up for the hike.. Had my hiking stuff laid out so got dressed in my gear and ran a comb through my hair. Nice thing about hiking is you wear a hat so my bed head hair wasn't a big problem today. lol <BR> <BR> The DH... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:50:50 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Wednesday, April 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141812 <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, April 13, 2016 <BR> <BR> Another beautiful day here in Southern AZ. I had a 5 mile run/walk circuit on the schedule for today and did it after breakfast. I probably should have started before breakfast as it was plenty warm when I finished. <BR> <BR> After I showered and cleaned up the DH and I headed into town to visit The W... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:26:23 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Tuesday, April 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141109 <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, April 12, 2016 <BR> <BR> Another day without too much excitement. It was raining when I got up but in true Arizona fashion it didn't last long. I waited until after breakfast to go out for my run. I had a 5 miler on the schedule for today.. by the time I started the pavement was for the most part dry. <BR> <BR> Several of you a... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 23:16:31 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, April 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140347 <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, April 11, 2016 <BR> <BR> Didn't really have any big plans for today... so figured I would just putter for a while before breakfast. Enjoyed the relaxed pace, and then after breakfast I did a 5 mile power walk and stopped at the fitness center to do some weights. I looked at the calendar and it has been over a week since I did any s... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 23:39:52 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, April 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139473 <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, April 10, 2016 <BR> <BR> Weather report today gave a 70% chance of rain this afternoon. I really wanted to go golfing... and usually the DH is after me to go.... but couldn't talk him into doing it. He is working on a project out in the garage and that has been a priority for him. It is really too bad since I found a tee time at 1... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:33:00 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Saturday, April 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138808 <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, April 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> It just dawned on me that we fly back to Oregon in just 10 days! I can't believe how quickly the time has passed while we have been here in AZ. Every day just seems to whiz by. I really like to get up and out of bed by 6:00 or 6:30am to fully appreciate the day. My neighbor mentioned that she doesn't lik... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 22:53:22 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, April 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138190 <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, April 8, 2016 <BR> <BR> Got a GREAT night's sleep last night... thank goodness! I was up early but felt rested. Scamp (our cat) slept out in the living room in the chair instead of on the bed so she didn't crowd me out like normal lol. After breakfast, I had a five mile run on the schedule. Today, I decided I would do an interval... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 23:21:41 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Thursday, April 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137501 <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, April 7, 2016 <BR> <BR> For some reason, I didn't sleep worth a darn last night. Up several times, tossing and turning... it was the pits. I kept blowing my nose however my cold (or allergies) hasn't really gotten any worse... just nagging sore throat and runny nose. We had set the alarm for 5:00am to get ready for today's hike,... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 23:40:29 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Wednesday, April 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136719 <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, April 6, 2016 <BR> <BR> Had a busy morning planned so up early and did a four mile power walk before breakfast. The DH had a routine appointment at the VA Hospital in Tucson mid morning so didn't have time to mess around. The VA Hospital is located in a pretty unique compound.. what used to be a convent. The buildings have been... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 23:01:30 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, April 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135180 <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, April 4, 2016 <BR> <BR> Today was a pretty awesome day. I woke up and checked my e-mail and had a lot of activity from friends congratulating me on the featured article on Spark People. Of course, I had to go check it out! What an honor and the feedback has been positive. My story isn't unique at all and there are lots of people ... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 23:33:12 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, April 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134332 <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, April 3, 2016 <BR> <BR> Today has been a pretty uneventful day... nothing really planned other than going to have my nails done and a pedicure. I had a gel manicure early last month and actually, it still looked decent; but my nails had grown out so I had to have them re-painted... now I'm all spiffed up. The place I go does an awe... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 22:51:21 EST Run Run Rhonda! - Sat Apriil 2nd - Phoenix Pride Run Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133594 <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, April 2, 2016 <BR> <BR> Up a little after 4am this morning. I had set my alarm for 4:30am however the DH was up and it woke me so I decided to just get up and get going. At about 4:35am I realized my alarm didn't go off and checked my phone. During the night sometime, my phone started to update and it froze up. Good thing DH wo... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 23:04:03 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Friday, April 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132936 <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, April 1, 2016 <BR> <BR> Happy April Fool's Day! I could tell you I lost 10 pounds last month.... but I think you would all figure out quickly that was a joke. I stepped on the scale this morning knowing that I would be up for the month... but was disappointed anyway. In February, I lost 4 pounds but in March 2 1/2 of those pounds ... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 23:23:43 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Thursday, March 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132094 <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, March 31, 2016 <BR> <BR> So I was up early this morning all excited to check my email and see if I had made the cut on the MCM Lottery. Emails were being sent out starting at 6:00am EST ... so with much anticipation I looked and nada... nothing... goose egg boo hoo. I even checked to see if my credit card had been charged because s... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:26:19 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Wednesday, March 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131343 <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, March 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> For some reason, I woke up before daylight this morning. Maybe I am feeling rested... I don't know.. but I couldn't get back to sleep so I got up. Didn't have any running plans today so I just relaxed with coffee and the computer. Today it is beautiful and sunny out; but pretty cool for Southern AZ. <B... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 23:19:51 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Tuesday, March 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130524 <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, March 29, 2016 <BR> <BR> It was definitely a little cooler out today. That was just fine as far as I was concerned as I had a long run on the schedule. I had planned to do it yesterday but changed plans with the trip to Chiracahua National Monument instead. So it actually worked out fine as I probably would have been too warm yes... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 22:46:07 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Monday, March 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129765 <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, March 28, 2016 <BR> <BR> Started off the day with a 5 mile run. I had actually planned to do a long run today, however our friends wanted to go on a little adventure with us and were only able to do it today...so I have postponed my long run until tomorrow. Our friends are leaving town Wed and have plans tomorrow so today it was.... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:16:50 EST