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/ Run Run Rhonda - Las Vegas Rock n Roll Half Marathon Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441638 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ed334c6-f647-4b26-963b-3e733d834465.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 11-12-17 <BR> Las Vegas Rock n Roll <BR> <BR> I have been planning for Vegas all year. For 2017, I purchased the Rock n Roll Three Event Tour Pass. I picked 3 events out of the Series and signed up for Seattle, Montreal and Vegas. Registration fees for Vegas are typically higher than most other Cities so using the Tour Pass helped keep registration costs reasonable. As an example, I pai... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:09:46 EST Run Run Rhonda - Lake Powell Half Marathon Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434913 10-21-17 - Lake Powell Half Marathon Recap - Page, AZ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/52612665-6493-49dd-9976-b384ec57221c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am really behind on posting my event re-caps. Like over a month behind.... Eeek! The event took place at Lake Powell Half Marathon in Page, AZ. I hesitate to say I ran or competed in the Half because whenever I sign up for an event, my goal is just to "complete" it, enjoy the process and cross the finish line with a smile ... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 16:32:08 EST 90% regain?... A new way to think about this "fact". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424664 We have all heard the statistics..... 90% of everyone who successfully lose weight eventually end up gaining it back; and sometimes even more. This factoid was always in the back of mind; particularly after losing weight... was I part of the 90%; or would I be part of the 10%? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ca0e2d1-b0c7-4335-9fb7-fd8e3c529009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Early next month, I'm going to be celebrating 10 YEARS on this healthy living journey. In 2007, I w... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:19:30 EST Run Run Rhonda - Montreal Rock n Roll Half Marathon Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415170 09-24-17 <BR> Montreal Rock n Roll Half Marathon <BR> On Sunday I ran the Montreal Rock n Roll Half Marathon. I'm feeling quite proud of myself that I am writing a recap so soon after lol! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bd4aa33-cbb2-4e56-8d8d-3d15ea637f71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have been on the road in our RV for 3 weeks now... driving from our home in Seaside, OR all the way to Montreal. We didn't take the straight route; but took time to see a few sights along ... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:48:23 EST Walk Walk Walk Rhonda! Recap of the 2017 Portland to Coast Relay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412949 August 25-26, 2017 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ad91d15-366a-4972-a6f5-aad62e34d032.JPG"> <BR> <BR> It is way past time for a post about the Portland to Coast Relay event. This is the 2nd year I have participated with the team "The Eight Golden Girls" and like last year, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Many of the relay team have 12 participants and two vans. The benefit to a 12 member team is there is a period of time during the event where you can ca... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:23:52 EST Swim, Bike, Run Rhonda - Girlfriends Triathlon Recap, Vancouver, WA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405154 Running behind blogging about my awesome adventures.... but better late than never.. right? I have had a busy Summer and most of my spare time I have used to get in my daily walk / run. I'm doing pretty good with that, however August has a number of days where for one reason or another I didn't get everything done I had planned. <BR> <BR> On to the subject of this blog however... a recap of the Girlfriends Triathlon on Aug 19th! This makes the seventh year in a row that I have participat... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:01:32 EST Run Run Rhonda - Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399950 Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon - August 13, 2017 <BR> <BR> This will be the second year that I have participated in this event. The Bridge of the Gods is a bridge across the Columbia River in Cascade Locks, OR that connects Oregon and Washington. The Bridge was featured in the movie "Wild" and is where Cheryl Strayd finished the hike of the Pacific Crest Trail that she started in Mexico. <BR> <BR> Cascade Locks is about 3 hours from where we live so DH and I decided to make a camp t... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:08:37 EST Run Run Rhonda - 51st Annual Seaside Beach Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388442 07-15-17 - 51st Annual Seaside Beach Run (10k) <BR> <BR> What a beautiful day for a run! Since this is a hometown venue, I was able to get up at a normal time and enjoy my regular routine. I typically go to the gym for a class Mon-Fri at 9:00am; so having the Beach Run start at 9:00am was perfect. I signed up for the 10k and DH was registered for the untimed 5k Prom Walk. <BR> <BR> After giving breakfast a little time to settle, we dressed and headed to the start line at 12th and Prom...... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:34:32 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures driving through Tabasco, Mexico http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388041 This will be the last blog outlining our fabulous trip to Chiapas, Mexico to visit a foreign exchange student we hosted 23 years ago. Meeting her family and being hosted in her Country has an experience we will never forget. It was truly a unique and marvelous adventure. Here is my last journal entry. <BR> <BR> 06-01-17 <BR> Nice leisurely morning at the hotel. We are staying at Cham-Kah Resort which has a beautiful restaurant overlooking the swimming pool / jungle. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:56:40 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in the Lacandon Rain Forest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384783 Continuing with my Mexican Adventures... Here is an entry from my Journal <BR> <BR> 05-31-17 <BR> <BR> Today we are deep in the Lacandon Rain Forest in Chiapas, Mexico. We arrived at our Hotel after dark yesterday, but the bugs were big enough to see with no problem :) I observed large black ants marching across the sidewalk carrying small leaves. It was quite fascinating to see them working together getting a job done. There was also a small outside light by the door to our room and t... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 10:21:10 EST Run Run Rhonda - Foot Traffic Flat Half Marathon Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383368 I know... I still haven't finished my Mexico Travel Adventures blog series, but thought I would interrupt it to post today's run report. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1fff4c43-d40b-4f0b-91cd-040a03c98680.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the 2nd year that I have run the Foot Traffic Flat. It takes place every year on the Fourth of July on Sauvie Island; just outside of Portland Oregon. The island is a beautiful peaceful laid back area full of farms and self pick produce... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 20:02:33 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in Palenque http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380010 05-30-17 <BR> <BR> The plan for today was to be ready to leave at 8:00am and Christie, DH and myself would go see the Palenque Ruins. The rest of the group would stay behind at the hotel and enjoy a nice relaxing morning. Unfortunately the car was not ready as expected, so we decided to wait to leave until 10:00am... at 10:00am still not ready. We went ahead and took a taxi to the ruins which were only a few miles from the hotel. The cab fares are incredibly cheap and the cost for the t... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:33:47 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures on the Road to Palenque http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379212 Sorry it has been so long since my last post. I still have a few more days outlined in my journal of Mexican Adventures so continuing on.... <BR> <BR> 05-29-17 <BR> <BR> Up early this morning as we needed to be ready to go by 6:00am. First stop was to pick up Christie's Mom at the Bonilla Hospital which is where their home is also. Dr Bonilla gave us a bag full of medicines and supplies to take on the trip as the area we are going is quite remote. Next stop was to pick up Carmelita. S... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:47:06 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in San Cristobal de la Casas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376720 05-28-17 <BR> <BR> Another fabulous day of adventures. It started with breakfast at home! We came downstairs to find Christie and Lucy working in the kitchen cooking. Christie said that this is only the 2nd time she has cooked in her kitchen since moving to the new house 2 months ago. Ray cooks sometimes, but in the week we have been here this is the first time we have eaten at home (other than the chicken soup her Mom made for Dinner when I was sick).. For breakfast, Christie made a ch... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:19:41 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in Chamula http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374710 05-27-17 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f89c949-68b0-43fd-9f5a-2ddceafaf932.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today after a lovely breakfast downtown, we visited Chamula, a city near San Cristobal in Chiapas where virtually 100% of the residents are indigenous and speak an indigenous language. There are 13 different indigenous tribes in Chiapas and the people of Chamula are just one. Photos are not allowed anywhere... particularly in the Church (they will throw you out of town... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:18:09 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures at Lagertero Ruins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374232 05-26-17 <BR> <BR> Today I felt much improved (Thank you Lord!) and was well enough to participate in the planned activities. We packed up around 9:00am and took a drive to another area of the campground I had not seen yet. We drove through areas where the road was covered by fast running water (about a foot deep) from streams which was sort of scary but didn't phase Ray one bit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a050098-66f6-4be2-9661-18fbdb33df87.jpg"> <BR> ... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:32:37 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in Lagos de Colon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373882 05-25-17 - Adventures in Lagos de Colon <BR> <BR> What to say about today... it was quiet and restful at the Campground at Logos de Colon. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/918ccedf-98c7-4b74-99b3-10235b1ceb5e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The plan for today was to go visit Mayan ruins which are very close to the campground and then go on a hike to a beautiful waterfall...however, I unfortunately am sick. I had some "digestive distress" starting after breakfast yesterday, h... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 20:19:53 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in Lagunas de Montebello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373364 05-24-17 <BR> <BR> Another day of incredible adventures. Our plan for the next few days is camping very near the border of Guatemala. We packed a suitcase with enough for a few days and left the house around 9:00am. Our first stop before heading out of San Cristobal was a stop for breakfast at a popular local place close to the school. I ordered a bacon, cheese, and tomato omelette and a piece of toast with coffee... again a very good meal. Raymundo isn't a coffee drinker... but he d... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 14:56:39 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in Chiapas de Corzo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373088 While we were on our Mexican Adventure, I kept a daily journal. I am now going back and doing some editing and adding a few photos. Here is a recap of the day for May 23rd. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> 5-23-17 <BR> Adventures in Chiapas de Corzo <BR> <BR> Another incredible day here in Chiapas with our hosts, Christie and Ray. They are truly the most generous and kind-hearted people and I love how happy the entire family is together. I'm sure they have their squabbles like most families do; howev... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 21:13:30 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in San Cristobal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365787 05-22-17 <BR> Adventures in San Cristobal <BR> <BR> Today has been a big day of surprises for sure. We are traveling to San Cristobal, Chiapas Mexico to see and stay with a foreign exchange student Christie, (and her husband, Ray) we hosted for 3 months over 20 years ago. She is now grown with a family of her own and we reconnected a few years ago via Facebook. She has wanted us to come and visit her and finally my DH said we are going to do it. I'm thinking okay... maybe a few days; ho... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:25:27 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in Packing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364737 The DH and I are off for a few weeks to Mexico! We are going to be visiting a foreign exchange student that we hosted for 3 months over 20 years ago. We reconnected with her and she has wanted us to visit her for several years; so we are making time to do that. She is now grown with a family of her own and so this will be interesting. She lives in SE Mexico in San Cristobal (Chiapas) which will all be new for us. I'll try and post a few of our trip adventures if I have a chance. I'm wri... Sun, 21 May 2017 12:29:18 EST Run Run Rhonda - Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359016 Yesterday, the DH and I drove to Portland after lunch so we could pick up our event packet before the 3:00pm cut-off time. I always wonder why they choose such an early cut off time as it is a problem for people driving from out of town. We didn't have any traffic issues so made it with a half hour to spare. The DH was signed up for the 5k and I'm doing the Half. The shirts and medals are all the same, just different colored bibs. The pick-up was at a running store and as we walked in the... Sun, 7 May 2017 20:44:04 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - April Recap - One Second Everyday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356258 Happy May Day Sparkers! April was another fabulous month and I am posting highlights for the month from my One Second Everyday App. We started in AZ, then drove home to OR staying in our 5th Wheel. Once home, we attended a beautiful wedding, I ran a Half Marathon (my 26th consecutive month), and we flew to Hawaii for an awesome vacation with my Sis and Bro-in-Law. Despite all these events and even a couple of birthday celebrations I managed to stay on plan with my eating and nutrition. ... Mon, 1 May 2017 17:43:32 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in Hawaii http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354747 My DH and I are on our way home after a wonderful vacation in Hawaii with my Sis and Bro-in-law. We are so lucky to have them in our life and they are fun to travel with. We have had many adventures together in the past and have more planned in the future. They are still actively working (they own several businesses including a very busy brew pub and my Bro-in-Law is also a practicing CPA) but we are hoping that they slow down and divest some of those responsibilities soon. <BR> <BR> Whil... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:06:01 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Hiking Diamond Head - Honolulu, Hawaii http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352193 04-20-17 <BR> Hike to the top of Diamond Head - Honolulu, Hawaii <BR> <BR> The hotel where we stayed in Honolulu was right off of Waikiki Beach and close to Diamond Head. We had a great view of it out of our room and thought it might be a nice place to check out. I was aware of a hike but hesitated to suggest it to the group (as they are all non-hikers - really in fact non-exercisers.). Looking at the Mountain from the room it looked pretty steep to me. My DH had looked at the web site a... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:01:26 EST Run Run Rhonda - Blooms to Brews Half Marathon Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347284 This past week-end I ran a half marathon in Woodland, WA... the "Blooms to Brews". The course was scenic and flat with views of the Columbia River in areas; however no tulips! The weather has been too cool and wet for the tulips to bloom and most likely they will pop in a couple more weeks. There was a chance of rain; but the skies were dry and temps were in high 50's by the time I finished... so really pretty ideal. There were some areas with beautiful daffodils and I enjoyed seeing those... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:32:25 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Hiking Pena Blanca Canyon South (Pajaritos Mtns) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345067 I am late posting my blog and we actually did this hike last week... but better late than never. My Spark Friend Elisa, aka LDYHZE and her husband came to AZ to visit us for a short 4 day vacation. It was fabulous to be able to meet in person after being great friends on SP for the past couple of years. One of the things we did for a fun outing was a hike with the GVR hiking club. We selected an easy C Hike that was 6 miles with only 200 ft elevation change. There were 5 C hikes schedule... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 10:02:53 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - March One Second a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342346 Hi Spark Friends! March has been another great month for me. I managed to stay on plan despite taking several road trips, having company and eating out. What this means is that I should have NO EXCUSES for not staying on plan when things in life are outside the "norm". Last month, I posted a February video with daily highlights as seen through my iPhone camera. I have really enjoyed my One Second a Day App and here is a short video with March 2017 highlights. One big March highlight was... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:49:01 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Hike in Picacho Mountains to see Petroglyphs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338910 March 23, 2017 - Fabulous club hike in the Picacho Mountains with DH and my guest Cheri to view ancient Indian Petroglyphs. We were absolutely amazed that you could actually drive right up to the location. After viewing the first area with literally hundreds of petroglyphs, we hiked through desert with abundant cactus and native shrubs. So pristine! We went on to see two additional sites with fewer petroglyphs; but they were all interesting. Oh, and I received my first club hiking award for... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:13:11 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Outing to Chiricahua National Monument http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337599 For the past two days, we have camped at the Magic Circle RV Park in Willcox, AZ with our sweet neighbors Caroline and Jack. Today, we did an excursion to Chiricahua National Memorial which is about 35 miles from Willcox. Talk about stunning scenery! The park has fabulous rock formation, columns and balanced rocks. We were at the park last Spring and the road past the visitors center was closed for repairs... so we didn't get to take the 8 mile road tour. There are a number of hikes in ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:06:53 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Hiking to Ft Bowie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336924 03-21-17 - Trail to Ft Bowie from Apache Pass Trailhead - Chiricahua Mtns - Arizona <BR> Ft Bowie commemorates the bitter conflict between the Apaches of the area and the US military. I did the 3 mile round trip hike with my DH Jim and our neighbor Jack. The trail goes from a parking area to the visitors center. From there you can walk around to see various building ruins at the compound. The trail is loose rock/dirt and we didn’t use walking sticks… however my hiking boots were very use... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:52:51 EST Run Run Rhonda - Kiss Me I'm Irish Half Marathon Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334984 This morning was the Kiss Me I'm Irish Half Marathon in Glendale, AZ. Beautiful community and the race venue at the Westgate Mall was great... lots of parking and the DH was able to sit in a restaurant/bar right at the finish line and stay cool while he waited for me to finish. He participated in a 4k so finished well before me. <BR> <BR> It was a hot day! It was in the high 60's when I started (at 7:15) and I was so thankful that I brought my handheld water bottle as the temps were in ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:41:42 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Hiking in the Atascosas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334001 Enjoyed a 5 mile hike with the hiking club today in the Atascosa Mountains. This is a range South of Arivaca, AZ and about 5 miles from the Mexican border. We hiked through grazing lands with beautiful rock formations to Frog Tank at the end of Peck Canyon. We also observed gorgeous Wild Verbena in full bloom. Peck Canyon was named after the family that lived there that were massacred by Apaches in 1886. After leaving the Canyon we circled back to Bolsa Tank. These tanks are actually small ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:06:48 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - One Second a Day Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323660 I haven't posted a Video Blog before, but thought I would give it a try. Last month, I started using a new app called "One Second Every Day". Every day you can add a one second video clip or photo and then put them all together in a mash-up. Here is the Feb 2017 clips... now on to March! Wed, 1 Mar 2017 22:23:37 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in Snowmobiling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321031 The DH and I went to Leavenworth, WA over the week-end to visit friends and it was a Winter Wonderland. They have a house (they call it a cabin) and they choose to live in that area specifically because they like to play in the snow. They have some high powered snowmobiles and that is something the DH and I have wanted to try. Our friends borrowed two snowmobiles (from their daughter) for us to use and off we went. I was nervous about it, but after a 5 minute lesson on how to use the thro... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:34:41 EST Hiking Journal makes for fun memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315672 <em>295</em> <em>295</em> <em>295</em> <em>295</em> <em>295</em> <em>295</em> <em>295</em> <em>295</em> <em>295</em> <em>295</em> <em>295</em> <BR> <BR> Recently, I have been working on a "digital" hiking journal. I thought to keep track of things it would be nice to document the various hikes I am (and will be) doing with the hiking club. While I was working on the journal, I also added info and pictures on other past hikes I have done. When I was working... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:53:27 EST Run Run Rhonda - Heart Breaker Half Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315063 Today I ran the Heart Breaker Half in Hillsboro, OR. This makes 24 consecutive months that I have run a Half Marathon. Some notable things about today's run.... it was my slowest time. It was a hilly course, but the biggest problem was what I would describe as "intestinal distress". I didn't overeat yesterday and had a small breakfast a couple of hours before the start... so shouldn't have had an issue... however things like this can happen when you least expect it. I just finished a rou... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:18:35 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - January 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306236 I went on a hike with the hiking club yesterday and had so much fun! I have really enjoyed the group and for sure when I am in town will join them on one of the weekly hikes. Thought I would share the entry from my hiking journal. <BR> <BR> January 26, 2017 <BR> Temps have been in the high 20's the past few nights, so I wasn't too surprised to see fewer people in line for hikes this morning. This time of year there are typically about 250 people who show up and they show up early! Today, ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:48:33 EST 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