GOLFCHICK2-0's SparkPeople Blog GOLFCHICK2-0's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Last Minute Holiday Eating Tips From Linda Spangle, Author of "100 Days of Weight Loss" and several other books. <BR> <BR> 1. Walk before you eat <BR> Even if it means bundling up in warm winter clothes, take a 20 or 30 min. walk before every holiday meal or event. <BR> <BR> 2. Don't skip meals <BR> On days when you have a big, special event, don't try to "save up" calories by skipping any of your regular meals. <BR> <BR> 3. Tasting diet <BR> Pick the foods that look wonderful but eat only a bite or two. Have just enoug... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:19:30 EST Broken Eggs Here is a copy of a blog that I just wrote. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> During this journey I know you all have my back, and that is wonderful. But I found that I needed a little more of a Hands-On approach. I've joined Weight Watchers for a little bit more accountability and having direct one on one contact. It also forces me to weigh in once and only once a week. If you know me and my disdain for the scale, you know ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:34:12 EST One of the hardest things: Resetting Goals I can sit and think and hope, wish on stars, eyelashes and dandelions, think of methods and do research, but if I don't plan and then follow the plan, it is all just words. <BR> <BR> I have been on SparkPeople since 2010. I have lost and gained. I have learned and helped. But I didn't keep it going. SparkPeople is a great tool, but any tool is only as good as the hand that wields it. <BR> <BR> I set a goal on November 2, 2015 to make it through the holidays and not gain weight and get exer... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 17:04:46 EST I'm done with the scale This one's hard for me. As most of us here in SparkPeople world, I have spent most of my life on the diet roller coaster. <BR> <BR> I have found that the scale is my nemesis. I have used it in the past poorly and against my better health. <BR> <BR> I'm sharing this video and my thoughts (you may want to turn up your volume) <BR> <link><BR>VxBB0eM& </link> <BR> <BR> Here's my Plan: <BR> ~eat more protein/veggies <BR> ~eat le... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:41:45 EST I cleaned out my friend list today ~sigh~ 80-somethin' people down to 34. It was nothing personal. Just a question of purging space. Every one of the people on that list has been inactive for over 150 days (some for over 1000!). <BR> <BR> There were several on there who had removed, or had been removed by SP, their pages. Some I messaged or shared stuff with, some I had never communicated with other than saying "thanks for the friending". <BR> <BR> I need support. People who aren't active on SP are not supportive. Those who are ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:59:01 EST Thanksgiving day eating plan It's here. The first major Holiday of the "Holiday binge eating season". I have made a pledge to myself. It is a simple one. <BR> <BR> I will NOT gain any weight between now and Jan 1st. <BR> <BR> "But it's the holidays, give yourself a break?!?" <BR> <BR> I work too hard every day to get healthy, lose weight and gain strength and muscle. Why should I sabotage myself? I know I'm going to eat extra. I'm not expecting to still lose during this period. I just don't want to lose any ground. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:07:02 EST A simple goal for the Holidays: Get to Jan 1st and NOT lose any ground! The stats are out there. Many people gain between 2-15 lbs (depending on the source) between Halloween and New Years: <BR> <em>475</em> Work Parties <BR> <em>428</em> Thanksgiving <BR> <em>500</em> Hanukkah <BR> <em>443</em> Christmas <BR> <em>190</em> Friend's Parties <BR> <em>494</em> Family celebrations (both sides) <BR> <em>236</em> New Years Eve <BR> <em>340</em> Travel (and travel eating! Lets face it, airport food, drive up window, very little is healthy) <BR>... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:45:55 EST Stop blaming. Start fixing. There it was, black and white. The numbers I told myself I'd never see again. EVER. <BR> <BR> 201 <BR> <BR> I told myself I'd never see any number over 200 again (I also said that at 180 and 190 BTW). <BR> <BR> I should have recognized the signs and listened to my body. Pants getting tighter? Don't buy a size up, get back on track! Not sleeping as well? Don't keep lying in bed, get up and exercise! Breathe getting shorter? Don't blame allergies. MOVE!! <BR> <BR> I got myself in a funk a... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:57:44 EST I wasn't last!! I started participating in Scottish Highland Games 3 years ago. I compete in the Masters class for Women. (*please note, Masters means 40 and older) Last year, it was announced that the World Masters Championships would be in Scotland... SCOTLAND!!! So many of my friends were planning to go. <BR> <BR> I was just thinking that I'm really not good enough. All I will do is get in the way of those better than I am. <BR> <BR> Well, my friends convinced me to sign up. And then to extend the tri... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:03:16 EST Frustration and the scale. I am a Scottish Highland Game athlete. I am working on gaining strength right now. I am also working on losing the gut that I acquired over last season. <BR> <BR> It is a difficult task trying to lose weight. It is even a more difficult task trying to balance losing fat while gaining muscle. <BR> <BR> I. Am. Frustrated. <BR> <BR> I'm doing all the right things. I'm eating better. Lifting more. Challenging myself daily. And the scale doesn't budge. This has been over 3 months, so it's no... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:56:22 EST Eat more to lose weight??? Yep, for me it worked!!! This last year I went a little crazy. Ate too much, drank too much, gained back almost 30 lbs. It was the Highland games and there was beer and pasties and haggis. Dinners and camping and sweets. I did get injured. Holidays happened (seriously people STOP with the frickin cookies!!!) Mostly, there were excuses. Lots of excuses!! But what it came down to is this: <BR> <BR> I MADE BAD CHOICES. <BR> <BR> My pants are too tight or not wearable. I will NOT buy a size up!!! I am uncomfortable. I... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:07:57 EST DIY Challenge DIY Challenge Entry Form <BR> <BR> <em>323</em> My Challenge Name: Suck it up, Buttercup!! Why?: I need to stop whining, get off my back side and get with the program! <BR> <BR> <em>323</em> MyStarting Weight: 190 lbs (approximate. My scale is dead and I really am not focusing on strength more than weight) <BR> <BR> <em>323</em> Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: <BR> 1. Strength Level (low right now, coming back from an injury) <BR> ... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:13:05 EST Starting over... again It was a long season. I worked out. I golfed. I threw in Highland Games. I also drank too much. Ate too much. Ate the wrong things. <BR> <BR> And I gained weight. Gained my belly back. Made my pants tight. It has to stop! I need to pay attention. I had lost 62 lbs. I gained 10 back. NO MORE <BR> <BR> STOP MAKING EXCUSES!! Yes, I bought a house. Yes, I'm working out. Yes, I'm active. Yes, I am coming back from an injury. NO! That does not mean that I can Eat, Drink as much as I want. <BR> ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:55:55 EST I threw away ice cream today I've been fairly quiet on sp lately. I'm still plugging along. I'm still here. <BR> <BR> Since I got serious about Highland Games (If you don't know what they are, let me know, I can post a few links or you could look back a few blogs for info), I've been training to build muscle and not trying to lose weight. It's okay. I'm holding steady with the weight. I know that I've gained muscle and lost size and that is more important to me right now than the number on a scale. <BR> <BR> But I do ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:44:56 EST DietBet for Boston I haven't been concentrating on my weight lately. I've been in muscle building mode, and it's just too distracting to build and lose at the same time. <BR> <BR> As a matter of fact, I haven't stepped on a scale in over 2 months. And I'm still in my same size pants, fitting better than before if I do say myself! <BR> <BR> But I'm taking this as a sign. $20 per person. 60% of the pot will be donated to help people who were affected by the bombs set off at the Boston Marathon. Whatever is le... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:06:12 EST One family forever affected by the Boston Marathon bomb My first thoughts went to all of my family and freinds that I knew would or even might be at the Boston Marathon. <BR> <BR> I checked on my brother who used to volunteer at the finish line. When I saw him at Thanksgiving, he said this might be the year he starts up again. It took a while for him to call me back and he had NOT volunteered this year. His normal station would have been several yards away from where the bomb exploded. <BR> <BR> I watched the happy faces of friends on faceboo... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:47:06 EST Tangerines are WAY better than grapefruit!! Now, before we start getting into a fruit war... look at this picture... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before anyone says the worst and most misleading statement (and here my whiny, mocking voice here!!) <BR> "muscle weighs less than fat" <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>101</em> <em>28</em> <em>15</em> <BR> It DOES NOT!! One pound = One pound. It doesn't matter whether its fat or muscle, iron or feathers. Muscle DOES take up a h... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:01:27 EST I'm walking a little taller today I had one of the ladies at my gym approach me after Zumba class last night. I've seen her off and on but only when her friend was also there. I noticed last week that she was there by herself and she had moved forward in class. I told her she was doing great and it was about time she got off the wall (typically, newer people stay to the back of the room 'against the wall' until they are feeling more confident). <BR> <BR> Last night, she pulled me aside and told me that she wanted to thank me... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:14:09 EST Be strong. Spark on!! New Year's was a couple weeks ago. Already, the gym is a little less crowded. Resolutions don't have enough... resolve for many people. I have to admit, I'm happy that I'm not getting bumped from my favorite classes and don't have to wait on queue for equipment. But I am a bit sad for those who pin their motivation on a date in on the calendar and then lose their way so quickly. <BR> <BR> I can't tell you how many times I've started and stopped my journey. How many different diets, programs... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:47:52 EST Motivation to make it through to New Year!! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 6 Dec 2012 13:57:34 EST Honesty is best. I had to reset my weight... up! From time to time we all lose focus. For me, this spring I started a new sport. I am now participating in the Heavy Athletics of Scottish Highland Games. For those of you who don't know what that is, It is a bunch of people, wearing kilts, throwing things. Rocks, weights, trees, on occasion anchors, kegs, farmer's walks, etc. We tend to eat, drink and be merry while we're at it. <BR> <BR> So I added this to my world this spring as on a trial basis. I kept my normal workout routine and added... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:00:22 EST My first Highland Games I competed in my first Highland Games last weekend in Spokane, WA. I managed to not hurt myself or anyone else, I didn't scratch on any events, I improved on my form and lengths. I picked the caber 3 times... didn't turn it, but I did pick it. Seven events, 7 PR's!! <BR> <BR> I was trying to think of the high point of the weekend. There are too many to count! But I have to bring up the farmers walk. Women had two 75 lb weights, men had 2x150s and the goal is to pick them up and walk as far ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:57:05 EST Scottish Highland Games Several years ago I went to the Portland Highland Games for the first times. I should have felt the initial tug of the hook right then. I love the sound of bagpipes. Meat pasties, beer, scotch and other yummie treats. The Kilted Mile, the dancers, the arts and crafts, celtic EVERYTHING. But most of all, I should have recognised at that moment. I LOVE MEN IN KILTS!!!! <BR> <BR> I got hooked on watching these big, burly, muscled, (sometimes not the fittest) but damn athletic men, throw things.... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:40:16 EST Tale of the Tape (measure) FYI, I don't believe in the Biggest Loser approach to weight loss. Quicker the better, only one "Winner" allowed concept, from the tv show that I refuse to watch. Frankly, I believe it gives unreasonable expectations for general public that doesn't have 24/7 doctor, trainer, cook and psychologist. That being said... <BR> <BR> I joined the Biggest Loser style competition at my gym (Diesel Fitness ~ Woodburn, OR) this year. It was held February - April 23rd. If nothing else, I viewed it as a l... Wed, 16 May 2012 15:24:40 EST A grain of sand in my shoe So I'm about 2.5 miles into my 5.25 mile walk, when the pain started. I swear, at the moment, I felt like there were legions of Huns behind me and I had been struck in the achilies by a spear. I was at a spot where I have a short walk back to my house before hitting the other side of the "loop". I almost just turned right then and limped home. <BR> <BR> So I says to myself, "Self... just stop for a moment and check it out". Not a spear. Not a rock. Frankly, it wasn't even much of a pebble. ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:14:04 EST 165 by 45, an update on my 2/15 post and goals This is a short and simple update to my blog on Feb 15th. Keeping myself accountable is the best way to succeed!! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4740338 </link> <BR> <BR> No more excuses. <BR> <em>48</em> Doing great with this!! Any time an extra session is offered, I do it. <BR> <BR> No more 'slower is better' used as an excuse so I can eat 'X' this: weekend, trip, holiday, random tuesday. <BR> <em>48</em> Eating to live while not... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 12:58:08 EST 50 pounds... GONE!!! I've been in this process for quite a while now. There have been ups and downs. Luckily, one of the few downs has been my weight!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Here's what 50 pounds looks like... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 4 sticks of butter in a pound... that's 200 STICKS OF BUTTER!! It takes me almost 2 weeks to eat one stick of butter now. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 10 fully grown chiu... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 19:13:28 EST 165 by 45, drawing a line in the sand. My Goal weight is 165. My 45th birthday is Friday, June 1st. My goal is to get my weight to 165 by that date. That's 20 lbs and 15 weeks. <BR> <BR> In my lifetime, I have been at 165 twice. When I was blowing past it on my way to 180's in my teens and 8 years ago, before having major surgery. The first time, I was young, too much under the influence of family pressure and teen angst. The second time, I was ill and doing Weight Watchers... the wrong way. <BR> <BR> My life with WW was marre... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:00:21 EST My friend told me that I look 'shorter'... (insert head tilt here!) I've been looking for 'thinner', 'stronger', 'fitter', 'hotter', but shorter? <BR> <BR> First of all, he's a stereotypical guy. Not so good with the communication. Not one with a compliment unless forced or coerced. A friend of mine for over 15 years with NO physical/emotional/relationship history other than friendship. Married to my BFF and father of 'my girls'. So we spend a fair bit of time together. <BR> <BR> I had just jogged down to the stop light with the 9 year old to hit the Walk... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 12:21:53 EST Small Things and 2012 goals Last March when I went to Colorado by plane, I fit in the seat... mostly. But I was squirting under the armrest so that it would slowly slide up over time. And then I'd ooze over towards the other seat. <BR> <BR> Flying home to Boston for Christmas, I pulled down the arm rest and it didn't touch!! There was no one sitting next to me and I still kept it down for most of the flight... because I could. No squishing, no sliding. <BR> <BR> I know that I have more to go. I know that I have to m... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:32:48 EST Is it worth it? Is it worth the knee pain? <BR> <BR> Is it worth measuring portions, counting calories? <BR> <BR> Is it worth re-evaluating "the plan" when it's not working? <BR> <BR> Is it worth being hungry? <BR> <BR> Is it worth NOT going out on Friday night because you've already maxed out your calories? <BR> <BR> Is it worth NOT having seconds at Thanksgiving dinner? <BR> <BR> Is it worth it having carrot sticks when you want pizza? <BR> <BR> Is it worth logging the food and exercise? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:37:26 EST Before rushing to judgement... ...take a moment to know what you are seeing. <BR> <BR> I had to take a step back last weekend. And had a realization. Sometimes we, as human beings, choose to believe what we *think* we see versus what is actually happening. Here is the situation. <BR> <BR> I was driving to a friends house. I was in the right turn lane at a stop sign. All of a sudden, the passenger door of the vehicle in the left turn lane opened. The person leaned out and began getting sick... repeatedly. Gross, I know, ... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 14:18:18 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 15 Don't compare yourself to others. Happy people judge themselves by their own yardsticks, never against what others do or have. Keep up with yourself - not the Joneses. <BR> <BR> Does the other person have a bigger house, better car, loses weight faster/easier, better hair, nicer clothes... I have one word... WHATEVER!!! On the flip side, do you have a better house, nicer job, college education when they don't... WHATEVER to that one, too! <BR> <BR> I can only do what my body allows me to d... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:12:46 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 14 Exercise Regularly. Physical activity produces "feel good chemicals" (endorphins) in the brain which promote satisfaction and well-being. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. <BR> <BR> Amen... nuff said!! But I'll say more anyway. <BR> <BR> Lately, I've been on a bit of an exercise push. I tend to go to the gym 3- 4 times a week for 2+ hours a session. Group Power followed by Zumba. KickBoxing followed by Yoga. Boot Camp followed by whatever. And if there isn't a... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 11:53:14 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 12 Be optimistic. A positive outlook is associated with better health, a longer life and greater joy. When you look to the bright side and believe people are good, you directly increase your own happiness. <BR> <BR> And according to this article on greater achievement, less stress and even more. <BR> <link><BR>lity/a/optimismbenefit.htm </link> <BR> <BR> I've seen some articles on how optimism can hinder weight loss... I don't buy it. Here'... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:58:52 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 11 Start a Journal. Use it to record positive experiences and things you are thankful for. Read your own words during times when you feel down to remember how fortunate you truly are. <BR> <BR> What SparkPeople appears to be addressing is more of a Gratitude Journal. There are some benefits to writing about the 'good stuff'. <link><BR>enefits-gratitude-journal </link> But there are also benefits of getting out the bad stuff as well. <BR> <BR> Years ago,... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:32:11 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 12 My favorite day yet!! <BR> <BR> EAT CHOCOLATE! <BR> Dark chocolate is healthy in moderation, but it can also increase well-being and boost your mood. Savor a small piece to satisfy that craving. <BR> <BR> Every day. I plan for at least some chocolate. EVERY DAY!! Last night I finished a wonderful bar of Dark Chocolate with chili and lime. It was YUMMY. It was 8 squares and lasted me 12 days... yes, twelve days. <BR> <BR> Here's a link about the benefits of Dark Chocolate <link>www.fitd... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:14:43 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 10 (Playing catch up still, yep, Making Time for Myself is still an issue!) <BR> <BR> "Simplify your life. Unburden yourself of possessions that lock you in the "rat race" of earning more money to pay for more things you don't really need. Spend time and resources on things that add real meaning to your life." <BR> <BR> This is a concept I have been working on for years. I still have work to do. My friends laugh at me because my TV is "so small". I think it's just right. It's what I NEED. My a... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:56:11 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 9 Savor every bite. <BR> <BR> I have never been a fast eater. I'm the one that people used to yell at to hurry up at Thanksgiving dinner. My family had already finished their seconds and was waiting for me to finish so they could start dessert. It doesn't mean I didn't eat a lot, I would eat plenty, just slowly. The one thing that did do is keep eating, and eating, and eating. <BR> <BR> By using the Principles of Mindful Eating I have been able to tone down the over-eats. I no longer eat un... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:11:01 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 8 Make time for yourself. Pursuing personal growth is just as important as spending time with others. Pencil in some "me" time, even if it's just a few minutes each day. <BR> <BR> I'm single, no pets, no roommates, have a M-F 9-5 job (if I'm not out on the course or at a special event). <BR> <BR> My problem is not HAVING "me" time. It's making better use of "me" time. I have been spending too much time staring at a list of all the cool things that I could do. I have been spending too much ti... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 12:04:27 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 7 Smile! Grinning, even if you don't feel happy, releases serotonin in the brain, instantly lifts your mood and makes you feel better. <BR> <BR> I try to do this as much as possible. Often, I am seen as weird stocker lady when I do <em>334</em> . But it is true. Smiling makes you feel better, which can put the people you are with at ease <BR> <BR> Here's an example. Recently, I went to a chain store. The poor lady behind the desk was dealing with a bunch of jerk customers. The line was slow... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 17:28:49 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 6 (one day late...) Find meaningful work. <BR> <BR> I know that I need to re-evaluate how I do my job. It's an okay job, but I need to be more organized at it. Seems like I'm always playing catch up and the piles of paperwork on my desk are beginning to not only look bad, but get really frustrating. <BR> <BR> We were asked by our CEO last week to come up with a "Mission Statement" for our postion and goals and objectives for our department departments. <BR> <BR> (Once again, I think that SparkPeople is spyin... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 17:50:20 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~Day 5 Take action. It boils down to this, if there is something in your life that you don't like, make a plan, take charge and change it. <BR> <BR> Some days I think the staff at SparkPeople are spying on me!?! <BR> <BR> I have never been good at housekeeping/organizing. My apartment has gotten totally out of control to the point where I didn't want to come home. It was so overwhelming that I didn't know where to start. Living in CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) was taxing me to my soul. ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 01:20:03 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 4 Cultivate Friendships!!! OOOoooh I like this one! <BR> <BR> I am single and live 3000 miles from my nearest (blood) family member. So holidays, birthdays, special events, COULD be pretty lonely. My last job, Bartender at a golf course (local blue collar course, not country club) I met tons of people and was 'adopted' into several families. My best friend and her husband are my family here in Oregon. I have spent many a holiday dinner, picnic, vacation with both of their respective families.... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 17:46:50 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 3 Develop your spirituality. <BR> <BR> This one is kind of tough for me. I don't belong to a church. I don't have religion. I guess I'd be considered more of an agnostic than an atheist. I believe that there is a power that guides us as human beings. I'm not sure if there is an afterlife. I am not against religion. I support other people's beliefs. I just haven't had 'the calling'. And yes, I have searched, I have prayed, I have read, researched, attended and discussed. <BR> <BR> But that ... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 15:21:14 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 2 "Get Plenty of Sleep." Sleep is good. I like to sleep. I like to nap. I like to dream. Lately, my sleep hasn't been so great. I have trouble falling asleep some times, wake up through the night and then have even more trouble waking up. Here's my plan: <BR> <BR> 1. Put my microfleece sheets on the bed (like sleeping in my favourite sweatshirt!) <BR> 2. Plan on going to sleep by 10:00 on work nights <BR> 3. Journal before going to sleep. If something is bothering me, I can get it out of my he... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 11:59:03 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 1 Sparkpeople gives us these wonderful calendars <link><BR>r_2007-11.pdf </link> to Spark our well being. I know I could use a little happiness in my life... So what the heck. I'm going to give myself 30 days and see what happens. <BR> <BR> Day 1 Start a Hobby: <BR> Okay, so I have several that have been gathering dust. Calligraphy was very important to me for a while and I let that slide. It's time to dust of the workbech and get back to writing some p... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 12:57:46 EST Fall down 7 times, get up 8... It happened... again. I got off track. Fell of the wagon. Lost my focus. However you phrase it, it was a glitch. <BR> <BR> This time, a mental one. I went back to a bad habit of using food to "ease emotional pain". The eating, it didn't help. Now I just feel guilt as well as the extra weight. <BR> <BR> Fall down 7 times, get up 8. <BR> <BR> It's not about the failure. It's about learning from the mistake. It's not about what was broken, it's about how to fix it. <BR> <BR> Lesson learn... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:23:20 EST I want to be stronger and last longer. Today we started a new session for Group Power. For those of you who don't know, GP is a strength training class, set to music, using weights and barbells. Over the course of an hour you pretty much work every muscle in the body... And then some! The class runs in 3 month cycles but my gym didn't provide the summer cycle. <BR> <BR> Other than free weights (which I admit I didn't do enough of this summer) I've been mostly Cardio and Golf Girl. <BR> <BR> My gym was doing a big kickoff for t... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 00:38:01 EST Waking up full of awesome... I saw this blog today <link><BR>up-full-of-awesome/ </link> <BR> <BR> and it made me think... Yes, I had it. Yes, it was taken away. Yes, I let people take my awesome. <BR> <BR> But the best part is, I'm getting it back. I know that I'm beautiful. I know that I stand up for myself. I know that I stand up for others. I know my body is a work in process, a temple being built from the bones up. I know that I am strong and fit and smart and bold. <BR> ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:24:37 EST