HARLOW10's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HARLOW10 HARLOW10'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/ It's Been a ROUGH Year. My story. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020431 October 28th of last year was the start of a whirlwind of changes that, I admit, most people attempt to spread out a bit through life, but I guess that wasn't my destiny. <BR> <BR> A year ago, I was forcing myself through my last year of college in my thirties, in a very homework intensive program. Seven months before graduation, I got a phone call offering me a full-time position in coding at a local clinic, that was impossible to turn down and answered a few of my life questions, such as, ... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 14:24:02 EST CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588771 The craziness of a new semester in school has officially started. I am currently in the Health Information Management/Medical Coding degree program at college. I don't mind the material, but it has a horrible amount of homework--it's just insane. It is four years of information crammed into two years. Note the lovely books for these 4 months of torture: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l997452213.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So last semester, I got off track. I was working 2 hours ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:32:22 EST I Bought a New Pair of Wool Socks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581011 That's right. Wool socks. Maybe not the coolest type of clothing on the planet, but in this weather, sort of necessary. <BR> Speaking of weather, if you have had the opportunity to watch the news in the last 24 hours, you would notice that it's been nothing but one big loop of news about the snow and "cold" hitting the northeast. Now, if you are from the northeast, and you are reading this, don't get mad. I know you guys aren't used to the type of weather that you are currently going through,... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:43:01 EST Results of End of Year Physical and Goals for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576687 So, I ended the year by getting myself a physical. Although my thyroid is always checked every year (I have a history of subacute thyroiditis), I haven't gotten a physical for quite a while. Like seven years. I know, I know.... <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Diabetes runs in my family. My mom had it, my sister has it, my maternal grandfather had it---the deciding factor in all of it is their weight. Well, I'm not exactly the perfect weight, so it is something that I worry about. Then there is chol... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:43:21 EST The Walls Come Tumbling Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282977 A couple of weeks ago, I arrived home from work only to find that my dad needed me to take him to the emergency room. The culprit: Congestive Heart Failure due to a bad Aortic Valve. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Bad news continued to follow-he needs surgery, but if he is not a candidate for a special surgery, he is considered terminal and has less than a year. (We find out on Mar 27th). He has stage 5 kidney disease. He has atrial fibrillation. <BR> <BR> I was so stressed out, that the though... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:45:01 EST 30 Day Shred Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243175 Well, I finished my first round of the 30 Day Shred and thought I would update you on the results. <BR> <BR> Pounds lost: 7 <BR> Inches: <BR> Chest: 0 inches <BR> Hips: 2 inches <BR> Upper Stomach: 1 inch <BR> Lower Stomach: 2.5 inches <BR> Natural Waist: 2.5 inches <BR> Butt: I initially lost 1 inch, but then I gained 1 inch <BR> Mid Thigh on both legs: 0 inches <BR> L. Upper thigh .5 Inches (about the only place on my legs that I have fat, so I was... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 18:40:28 EST I Miss My Friend-An Exercise Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169400 My treadmill. Yes, you heard it right. My trusty treadmill of 16 years is slowly giving up, and I miss it. I know it may be a little weird for someone to dedicate a blog post to a treadmill, but it is amazing how when you finally get into an exercise zone, you can sometimes get a bit attached. Maybe it's just me, I don't know. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> It was there when I had back surgery and was only able to go 1 mph for 3 min before I had to sit down. (MN January made walking outside impos... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:53:30 EST Fifty Pounds Lost So Far With Pics. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852632 What a difference 50 pounds lost makes: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l944068617.jpg"> <BR> This was me at about 245 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l856462017.jpg"> <BR> This is me at about 195 today. <BR> <BR> In other news, I graduate in a couple weeks. Next week is the practical, oral questions, and three written tests. Wish me luck! I'm a wreck! <em>24</em> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:42:06 EST Visit to the ER Last Night... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779096 So last night I was making homemade baked sweet potato fries. I was slicing the potatoes on a cheap slicer, my hand slipped, and I'll spare you the gory details, but I hurt my thumb. <BR> <BR> Went to the ER, which became a four hour ordeal. Couldn't get stitches because it is a superficial wound, but they had to wrap it extremely well to stop the bleeding. Sigh. This is no good for a massage therapy student. <BR> <BR> Anyway, yesterday was the first day since the 27th of Dec that I didn't ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:54:50 EST Random Facts About Me (From REEKU731) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4775681 A. Age: 30 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the bathroom <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: I can’t have them where I live at the moment, and three years is the longest I haven’t had one in my life. I do, however, have a cat named Mischka <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: Cereal with almond milk <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: Blue <BR> <BR> G. Gold or Silver: Although I like them both, silver wins out and looks best on my skin <BR> <BR> H. Height: 5'7" ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 13:10:04 EST My Goal Outfit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768691 I found my goal outfit. Seriously, I HAVE to have this. Since we can't add html to our blog, apparently, here is the link with pics: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.polyvore.com/rock_ride/set?.svc=<BR>copypaste&amp;embedder=0&amp;id=41931163 </link> Sat, 3 Mar 2012 14:06:50 EST The End Of A Crazy August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4449790 It's been a crazy August, and although it was fun, I am kind of glad it is over. Before I left for my trip, I was down to 202 pounds, losing 7 in two weeks. I don't know what I weigh now, because of TOM, and am usually carrying extra water weight until three days after it is gone. <BR> <BR> I was in Tucson last week, and although I got a lot of exercise, it was very difficult to find healthy food in any of the places we ate all week. The only exception, is everyday for breakfast we had fres... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:54:32 EST Some BIG Changes in the month of August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388031 First of all, an update on my fitness and weight loss. The month of July has managed to be a bust, with the only weight loss I've had is losing the weight I gained after the 4th of July. My weight has stayed the same, minus maybe one pound, although I haven't weighed myself the last week or so...what a bust! But it is my fault. I take total responsibility for not working as hard as I have been previously, and eating way too much. <BR> <BR> Anyway, now on to the fun, life changing stuff going... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 17:53:52 EST By Gosh, I Think I've Learned A Few Things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4358758 I officially have my eating and exercise back under control. Last week, even though I had eaten every day at least 2,000-2500 calories, I didn't really gain any weight, but I am still angry at myself. Happy that through it all, I forced myself to exercise and walked 17 miles. Angry at the weight I could have lost had I not lost control for a week. (This is not how to reach my goal weight my my 30th birthday on the 24th) But, I did learn a few things about my body. <BR> <BR> <em>480</em> <e... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:22:31 EST The Craziness Needs To Stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4345571 My eating has been relatively out of control since Friday afternoon. Ice cream bars (those Magnum ones that you see on television really are as good as they look), hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, chips, pie (not just one piece here), pop, it just goes on and on and on. <BR> <BR> I recognize that first off, it is that TOM, and I haven't had any cravings for months regarding this time, but this month, they have been crazy. I'm also under a lot of stress. I bring my dad to the VA tomorrow in St. C... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 19:06:19 EST This Is Where I Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296431 Yep, you heard it right. This is where I ALWAYS quit. At least for the last 10 years. I get down under 220, my "fat clothes" start fitting again- albeit wearing them would cut off all circulation to my lower body so I wouldn't actually be caught dead in them in public; I'm starting to feel more confident in myself, and then I stop resisting temptation. From there, I quickly regain the weight that I had lost and sit and feel sorry for myself.10 years like clockwork. <BR> <BR> But not this yea... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:34:41 EST The Fast Food Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4280962 Seven years ago today, my mom passed away. So on every June 6th, my dad and I take an hour long drive to the Wood Lake area here in MN to put memorials on her grave and my grandpa's. <BR> <BR> Every time we go there, it is a custom of sorts to go to the Granite Fall's Hardees. I'm honestly surprised that McDonald's hasn't attempted to bring in their business, and push this place out, but this place is holding their own. <BR> <BR> Since I knew we were going today, I made sure to do all my w... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 14:56:17 EST June Goals--A Little Long http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4270618 So first an update on the weekend. Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer sitting by the lake...even though it was so frickin cold one night I had to dress like it was winter-and then 90 two days later. I wish MN would make up it's mind. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my workouts went pretty awesome. When I found out that my brother was getting married, I found a calender and started marking what workouts I would have with highlighters adding cardio and then different ST exercises. Examples... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 17:17:31 EST I Had An EKG today!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4251455 <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> If you ever want to freak out an entire doctor's office, walk into Urgent Care and tell them you have been having periodic chest pain for most of the morning. Boy, do you get in fast. <BR> <BR> And so starts my story. I do something called chronic hyperventilation. Have you ever seen someone have a panic attack? I over breathe throughout the day and have done so for many years, much of it based on anxiety. Because of this, I have costochondritis-inflammation of my ch... Mon, 23 May 2011 16:40:57 EST WOOHOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4243866 So as many of my SP friends know, due to OA in my right knee and months of physical therapy, I have mostly been able to just do walking for my workouts. Well, last night, I noticed a little pain in the front of my left knee just below the knee cap. I knew that I had not hurt it, and it was really just my body telling me that I had already walked close to 10.5 miles (as of Wed) and it was time for a rest or a different exercise. I have everything mapped out, and my rest day is Sunday, so I de... Thu, 19 May 2011 17:37:39 EST An Emotional Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4239177 I'm kind of sad today. As I said in my status, one of my favorite baseball players of all time, the great Harmon Killebrew, passed away from cancer. I love baseball, and I love my Twins, even when the season is not looking too bright (for the record, I think this is one of the worst. seasons. ever). The era of Killebrew was a little before my time, but my dad used to talk about him as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. I personally don't know one Twins fan, from any generation... Tue, 17 May 2011 16:19:44 EST Fitness Wall, Vonn Inspiration and Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4223574 First things first: 129 days to go until my brothers wedding. <em>40</em> Can you say crunch time?! <BR> <BR> This weekend, I decided to take all my fitness pics and inspiration and put it all in one place, my very small closet. I love that I'm forced to look at it every day. Here is a pic: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184482299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have always said that my fitness inspiration was Lindsey Vonn. I was asked a couple days ago why, so let me ex... Tue, 10 May 2011 16:46:25 EST My Brother's Wedding-Need Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4205797 I found out from my brother that he and his fiance have set a wedding date for the middle of September of this year. Of course I am super happy for them, I consider both her and her daughter to be family already. <BR> <BR> But as I hung up the phone, my mind started going off in 20 different directions. I have to take off work; I need to do this, this, and this; I need to find a dress; I need to lose weight to fit into a cute dress; money, money, money.... <BR> <BR> To be truthful, I have n... Mon, 2 May 2011 20:57:11 EST 50 Questions and Other Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4198882 Last night I got on the treadmill and then have been eating healthy since. It's good to be back on the wagon again! <BR> <BR> First off, my behind is dragging today. <BR> Couldn't sleep last night and ended up watching the coverage of the royal marriage at 2 AM on. I LOVED it, but about the only thing that can keep my eyes open at this point is toothpicks. <BR> <BR> Anyway, decided to make a post to try to keep myself awake. I saw this on Yoovie's blog yesterday and decided to "borrow" it ... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:07:14 EST My WTF!? Week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4197135 This has been one of those weeks when you look at it and think WTF HAVE YOU BEEN DOING!!! (Yes, with capital letters). I've been doing pretty awesome until now, last week finishing my 5k walk, losing quite a bit and really starting to feel good for a change. Then Saturday came. I would like to tell you I know what happened, but I really don't. It all started with my dreaded day off from exercise. For the record: I hate those days, because I find it unbelievably hard to not eat out of pure b... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:22:18 EST My First 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182040 I walked my first 5k today, using the SP Virtual Race. At 86 minutes, it seemed to me to be the longest 5k in the history of those things, but I am proud to say that my bad knee and me got through it with NO pain or swelling. <BR> <BR> I signed up using the 5k walking plan, which is supposed to get you ready for your first race in 5 weeks. I was doing well, but once I had to start walking two miles, I noticed it was taking forever to finish. I was walking 40 minute miles, and just didn't ha... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:49:15 EST Struggle for 1200 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4165886 I've struggled to hit my minimum calorie range the last two weeks, barely hitting 1200 each day. It's not intentional, and I know I need the calories, but I just haven't been hungry. It's my TOM, and I didn't crave my usual salty/sweet crap before, I have had absolutely no sugar cravings-it's all so unusual I apparently don't know what to do with myself. <BR> <BR> I've walked 11 miles so far this week, and am looking at finishing the week at about 15 miles, although they seem to be super slo... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:33:22 EST It's Time To Stand Up Against Bullying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4149753 So since Saturday, the small community I grew up in has been rocked by two suicides and 1 attempted suicide. The first was an alumni of my school, graduating just one year ahead of me. The second was a 15 year girl in high school that by the looks of it was bullied to a point that she just couldn't handle it. Her death, although I do not know her or her family, has touched my niece and nephew because they are around her age and go to her school. It has sent me through a tailspin. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 15:38:30 EST HCG Diet? Are you for real? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147285 I just have to get something off of my chest. I was catching up on reading blogs on this site, and for the first time, I heard of the HCG diet craze that is going on right now and how people live on 500 calories and take some kind of hormone shot. Just reading it, made my blood boil. <BR> <BR> Background: I am in the position I am today, because of disordered eating. Slim in high school and college, I looked in the mirror and saw fat. I starved myself, then after a few weeks I would lose co... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 16:01:44 EST Shoveling my way out of a record MN winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4038864 * Note to self: Since you decided not to bail on this state and move to the desert just because you hate driving in cruddy winter weather, you need to buy a pair of boots, a new jacket, snowpants, and other winter gear. <BR> <BR> Ok, so back in December, our local newspaper said that if we got ten more inches of snow this winter, it would be a record year for snowfall. Well, we surpassed that and then some. I've honestly lost count what we've gotten, but at the time we were already at 50 in... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:31:24 EST The Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4025344 I woke up today feeling mad at myself about the day before, when a great day and diet turned into one step away from all out binging. There is bad food all around me, and I can't do anything about it-it's not mine. I grew up in an area of MN where hot dishes and meat and potatoes are the diet. I'm from a family of farmers, and it is cheap to make, easy to make, and feeds a lot of people. My grandma had to feed not only my grandpa, but all the people that worked for him. Of course, they were a... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:04:56 EST Sugar Cravings Be Gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4007306 Does anyone else crave sugar? I'm not just talking in sweets, but literally the granulated sugar you put on your cereal? <BR> <BR> I can eat normal and healthy all day. Around 9:30 at night, I start to have sugar cravings. It's ridiculous. I do get extremely hungry around that time, and because I go to bed usually well after midnight, I usually let myself have a small snack. (Small is the key word here.) Sometimes it is 1/2 cup Jell-o with Reddi-whip, sometimes it is a small bowl of bran fla... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:51:45 EST Snow, Snow, Go Away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3995125 Living in Minnesota in what seems to be a never ending snow fest, I feel like am ALWAYS shoveling. I got a little behind on my shoveling "project" late last month because I was sick and am still trying to catch up because it seemed like every day we got an inch or two of snow. The result is at least 20 inches of hard packed snow that needs to be thrown high up a snow "hill." (It is where the plow comes and gets us out of the driveway.) Seriously, we can't even see our cars from the house anym... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 13:07:25 EST Zodiac Signs and Other Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3922550 What a week! <BR> <BR> First, I get knocked out by a nasty cold virus, days without exercising, doing anything other than logging in to SP and feeling sorry for yourself. What is it about being sick? The first thing I think about is wishing my mom were here to take care of me, which she can't be because she passed away seven long years ago. But for some reason, even at 29 years old, at the first sign of being ill, I want my mom. I get downright babyish. <BR> <BR> Then Tucson happened. I don... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:31:39 EST A fresh start, whether I like it or not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3811942 When I started SP a few months ago, I did so knowing I had a knee injury, but at the time, no one knew what that injury was. Since my injury in May, my doctor had prescribed me pills, x-rays, and physical therapy to a consistently impatient person to try and figure out the problem. In October, I was sent to an orthopedic specialist to get an MRI and some new advice, because it was feared I had a medial meniscus tear in my right knee. But the MRI came back with some other news, that my kneecap... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 11:57:45 EST It's been a while... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3768519 Hey all. I realize that it has been a while since the last time I was on SP. About a month actually. It's been a long month, and I thought I would fill you in on what is happening. <BR> <BR> I finally got in to see the orthopedic surgeon about 1.5 weeks ago. You know things could be bad when he sees you for about five minutes, gets a worried look on his face, insists you immediately get crutches, and tells his nurse that he wants an MRI done NOW. He thought I had a very bad meniscus tear in ... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 19:42:49 EST Minnesota Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3705811 I never really realized how active people in Minnesota were until today. People are EVERYWHERE enjoying the weather. I mean, I knew that the state is consistently considered one of the healthiest and most active (even in the winter), but I guess I never payed much attention. I also have seen a lot of people outside, especially since spring, but didn't think much of it. <BR> <BR> I live next to a bike/walking trail in a small town in West Central Minnesota. In fact, most of us do, because it... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 16:47:50 EST Frustration Kicks In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3694069 I've been on SP now about a month. The first couple weeks went great until my knee started bothering me. Although I stopped the workouts that the PT had me doing per their request, it didn't help. It's been getting really sore and swollen-the same old, same old. <BR> <BR> Saturday was an important test. I've been dealing with my injury since the middle of May. I decided that I was going to go to the Renaissance Festival with my family to enjoy this Minnesota fall before winter strikes. We we... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 12:24:55 EST Grrrrrr....Knee Injury Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3656012 Since I joined SP a couple weeks ago, I've been doing well with my workouts and eating and have managed to lose ten pounds, even though I have to go at a much slower pace then I normally would. Considering that the only two things I've been allowed to do so far by my physical therapist is go on the treadmill and the bike, two activities that I find super boring, I am proud of myself. (Give me kickboxing and tennis any day!) <BR> <BR> Last Wednesday, I had physical therapy. I had been making... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:35:58 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3641687 Once upon a time, I was a very active person. I loved to play tennis and basketball. Kickboxing was an obsession. I even enjoyed some cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and just being outside enjoying the benefits that Minnesota has to offer. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately for me, I'm a klutz. It's not an exaggeration...I can trip going up stairs and walking across a flat surface. Most of the time, I laugh it off. But every once in a while, my gracefulness, or should I say lack thereof, gets me in... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 18:25:53 EST