HAWAIIANMAMMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAWAIIANMAMMA HAWAIIANMAMMA'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/ My Upcoming Semester http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454361 I'm the type of person that likes to take everything on. Sometimes I agree to things because my inner being won't allow me to say no. These are the things I do because I HAVE to. Because there's a greater good to be served. I get the most life satisfaction out of these things. Other times I agree because I know I'm the only person for the job. Things just won't happen unless I'm running the show. Now I know that sounds conceited, but people know this when they come to me. I have some ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:11:30 EST Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452946 It's extremely difficult today. I woke up and recited, "Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the betterment of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts toward others. I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can." <BR> <BR> I failed within my first hour of b... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:51:23 EST The Callout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452733 There's a member on here that I have ugly history with. Neither one of us is innocent. But despite everything I'm doing to leave everything behind me, it's like she's chasing me around here. I'm trying to drop all that. I've blocked her ability to send messages, I've blocked her on fb, emails go straight to my trash can. But she is STILL baiting me on here! Calling me names, making fun of me, but in these covert ways. She's befriended some of my closest Spark friends on here, even, and I don'... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:01:59 EST 30 days later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452337 It's not been easy. I've been challenged and tempted. There have been times I've wondered if I should reset my ticker. I have ended relationships that caused me drama, I have confronted relationships that had drama potential in order to ward it off. All in all, though, I think I'm doing well. <BR> <BR> Have I completely avoided drama? No. There was an especially difficult couple days where perhaps I really should have reset my ticker because I was definitely part of some drama. But the dram... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:34:15 EST Taking the plunge..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444461 Today I organized my closet. It looks beautiful. And in order to make room I decided to fold all my t-shirts instead of hanging them up (I'm never stoked to wear t-shirts anyway). The problem with that was that I then needed drawer space for the shirts. I surveyed my dresser and was forced to acknowledge that I have 6 pair of "safety net" jeans (as well as 8 pair of jeans that fit, which are already hung on trouser hangars). The only way I was going to fit the shirts was if I parted with my "... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:01:59 EST Nothing?.....or Something?.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441566 Quick background: About 6 weeks ago I got pink eye, so I went in to the optometrist for some drops. In checking the diagnosis she recommended that I receive a comprehensive eye exam, because the vision in my right eye was not 20/20. The pink eye proved especially stubborn and I was only *almost* 100% again by the time I had my vision checked a couple weeks later. I was given a prescription and scheduled a follow-up to see how the scrip was working out for me. On Monday (a month later) I ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 21:46:11 EST Family Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432041 Lots of major changes in the family lately! <BR> <BR> Missing Persons: <BR> On July 8, Colin's dad moved across the country for an indefinite period of time. He and I have shared custody 50/50 since we divorced over 7 years ago, but he's active duty and his luck was bound to shift sometime. Colin and I both have been very fortunate to have Matt (his dad) so physically present in our lives this long and it's been a major shift for both of us. Matt and I bought Colin a cell phone and instal... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:27:32 EST Slackety Slack Slack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432014 I think - no, I KNOW - I trained more on vacation than I have since I got back. Officially been home a week now and I've only done pull-ups. No running, no maniac, no nothin'! But I've been eating better! That's gotta count for something, right?! Please?! lol <BR> <BR> I have a major not good confession. I turned in an assignment 5 days late. And more than that, I remembered it when it was only 1 day late and just straight up decided I wasn't in the mood to complete the assignment fo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:58:19 EST Virtual 15k / 10 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421124 SUNSHINE20113 in my Runner Girls United (RGU) team set up a virtual 15k/10 mile event and since I didn't have a race for July I decided I would do this one! Since my running app doesn't alert me in kilometers I decided to do 10 miles, which is actually 4/10ths of a mile longer than a 15k. <BR> <BR> My Nike+ Running app didn't want to work this morning, so I used MapMyRun instead. I was bummed because Nike+ lets me post to my Facebook page and every time someone 'likes' the fact that I'm runn... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 21:47:00 EST Grinder + Hawaii http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420373 Yesterday's Grinder Glam Photo was workout buddies. Of course, my workout buddies are my New Balance Minimus trail shoes and my Nike+ Running app. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l786081087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's was Treat Meal. I had some amazing crab cakes for lunch today. Mmmmm.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l500590796.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And finally, the Hawaii pic of the day is from yesterday, in Hawi (pronounced HA-VEE). Simply breatht... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 01:46:08 EST Grinder Glam Catch-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418472 I've been slacking with posting my photos on here lately! Still stuck with it on Instagram, though, so now that I have some free time I'll play catch-up. <BR> <BR> Day 9 - Cardio <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l764340416.jpg"> <BR> I went running on Tuesday. Averaged about 10'30" per mile with my fastest time at 7'28" and my slowest time at *COUGH* 24'13".... The pic totally does NOT show the INSANE hills, though, which are what enabled me to move quickly enough to ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 01:42:36 EST Starting Fresh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417472 Today is a new day. I have the opportunity to be and do whoever and whatever I want. Today I choose to end the drama. I've had a bit lately - one family and one random. Family is always a little drama when my sister is involved but I could have reacted differently and not escalated things. I will end that drama through apology and attempting conversation. Random drama is not even with the person I'm angry with so it makes no sense. I'm super frustrated at the naivete displayed in the... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:27:35 EST Day 8 - Fave Ab Workout (and a turtle pic!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414945 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1272277160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This one was easy. Every morning when I wake up I do sit-ups, push-ups, and planks. I really like doing incline sit-ups (preferably with my legs wrapped around my partner's waist - FUN and a workout for us both!), but if there's no incline (usually not) I'll hold a 10-lb plate to my chest and do 30. I do my push-ups in sets of 20 and my planks for 30 seconds. I normally do 3 sets, sometimes 4 if I know I'm not goi... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 23:11:00 EST Day 7 - IG Fitness Crush http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412949 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l321972437.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 7 of the Grinder Glam Challenge is a picture of your Instagram Fitness Crush. So please meet Travis Brewer (@tbrewer314). I found Travis through the Alpha Warrior hashtag (#alphawarrior). He trains at Muscle Beach in Venice, CA with a group of acrobatic ninjas. I am in awe of all of his posts and I highly recommend following him if you have an Instagram account. He loves flying through the air and doing handsta... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 05:07:44 EST Hawai'i so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412945 This is going to have to be a picture blog because there's too much in just the few days we've been here! Colin and I left on the 4th of July to fly from San Diego to Kailua Kona, HI on the Big Island of Hawai'i. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1168025645.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l970779062.jpg"> <BR> My uncle and aunt have a gorgeous house on a hill. We watched the sun set on the infinity pool, then went out to set of our own fire... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 04:42:34 EST Day 6 - Healthy Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412939 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1977165831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fajitas for dinner! They were delicious! Sun, 7 Jul 2013 04:10:10 EST Day 5 - Low-calorie beverage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412738 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1237952554.jpg"> <BR> My usual protein powder has 5g fat, 9g carbs, and 20g protein. However, I figure two weeks in Hawaii will do a number on my nutrition plan, so I bought a protein powder with MORE protein and LESS fat and carbs. The stuff is actually pretty good, you just have to pour it little by little when mixing so it doesn't clump. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we went out on the surf boards for the first time. Since I don't have a waterproo... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:56:07 EST Day 4 - Red, White, Food (+ a trip to Hawaii) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412063 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1088497713.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spent the day traveling from San Diego to Kona, HI with my son today. Flights were packed but all the passengers were just so positive and good-natured. Arrived in Kona after 6 hours in the air and were greeted by my Uncle Tom and Aunt Diane. I hadn't seen my Uncle since I was 4 or 5 years old.... I'm 30 now. They own a gorgeous home on a hill overlooking one of the best surf spots in Hawaii and an infinity pool t... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 04:13:27 EST Day 3 - Fitness Selfie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410204 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2050648452.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Confession: I didn't actually take this pic today. It's actually about 6 weeks old...... But there was no time to legit train today with all the prepping for my flight tomorrow. (I did do a few sets of pull-ups, but I did them in the dress I was wearing all day, not in workout clothes.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, not much to explain here. This was a post-workout photo and I think the training was just a quick run. Tomorro... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 00:49:06 EST Day 2 - Fitness Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408510 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1520101533.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I chose this quote because it takes the focus away from how strong or fast your are and puts the focus right back where it belongs - on effort and determination. Everyone's fitness and health journey is different. What matters is that you're on it! We're making changes in order to live healthier lives, and if that means a walk around the block for one person and half marathon for another, that's OKAY! That's GREAT... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:46:41 EST Grinder Glam Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407973 There's a gym in Pacific Beach called Grinder Gym that's pretty well-known in San Diego, at least, for its effective transformation programs. I have a friend who just went through one and it changed her life. Not only has she lost weight and inches, but she's continuing to workout 5 days a week! I can endorse these programs because they do not just give you exercises. They also provide a detailed nutrition plan for you to follow while you're in their transformation program. <BR> <BR> I'm not... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:47:15 EST Muddy Gladiator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405889 So a couple weeks ago I became an Alpha Warrior and today I became a GLADIATOR!!! Does anyone remember the show American Gladiators? How about Nitro? This dude put together a mud obstacle race that was SO MUCH FUN!!! Check out the obstacles at this link: <link>www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/event_june<BR>_29.html </link> The two "Mystery Nightmare Obstacles" were cinder block burpees and a team log carry. AWESOME! <BR> <BR> Again, I was not about to carry my phone through the world's largest ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:03:35 EST Enough is Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401949 I used to be a figure competitor. I trained 9-10 hours a week and monitored my food like my life depended on it (for real). I did this for a couple years and then one day decided that I was done. I didn't want to monitor my food or weigh myself each morning. I hated being a slave to my food scale and those darn calipers. I quit competing. <BR> <BR> Since then I've kind of yo-yo'd with my training and nutrition. I'm usually doing one or the other, but rarely am I doing both. However, up until... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:08:40 EST EarndIt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395299 So I recently found this site called EarndIt. Basically, you sync any one of several fitness devices to it and you start earning points. You can sync your FitBit, Nike+, RunKeeper, BodyMedia, EveryTrail, the list goes on. <BR> <BR> Anyway, you get points for your activity and the points can be redeemed for health and fitness-related prizes and discounts, or donated to a charity of your choice. There are also challenges to keep you motivated if those work for you. It's pretty rad. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:19:29 EST ALPHA WARRIOR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390239 I have a new proudest moment as of today, and that's legit. I FINISHED the Alpha Warrior obstacle race! I didn't CONQUER it, but I did pretty darn well on it, to say the least! I'm REALLY proud of myself! lol Unfortunately we didn't hire our own paparazzi, so there are no pics of me on the course, but I've taken the liberty of downloading photos from <link>www.alphawarrior.com </link> and will walk you through the course and let you know how far I got on each obstacle. <BR> <BR> Monster ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 19:59:08 EST An Amazing Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361309 I had one last mandatory fun event of the semester last Friday. The Director of my program had our cohort over to her house for a meet and greet with next year's professors. It was pretty cool. When I decided it was time to go, my Director asked to walk me to my car. Um, ok. She has been texting and emailing me this past week trying to schedule a time to talk to me about something but with finals I had been putting her off. Well, no more finals. <BR> <BR> She started off by asking if I would... Sun, 19 May 2013 16:59:39 EST Trauma Response http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345819 I had class today from 9-4. During class we learned that a 7th grader from a school one of my cohort members work at committed suicide yesterday. We began talking about what we would do as school counselors when one of my cohort members began having a pretty severe trauma response. It began with some shaking and then he became red in the face. All of a sudden he was all out bawling. The professor went into the crisis response mode we were just talking about. We were all sitting in a cir... Sun, 5 May 2013 00:28:20 EST Finished Training Phase 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338800 So Kelly and I are DONE with our 5-week Rugged Maniac training program. We kicked butt! Here are a few pics of our last workout. <BR> <BR> Walking Wall Push-Ups: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1765370001.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l339650644.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Double Turkish Get-Ups: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1070590130.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Uphill "Boulder" Dash <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:46:12 EST Compassion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337854 This week has presented some unique challenges to my personal growth and I have spent some time reflecting on them. One a few occasions I was confronted very abruptly and harshly by people, unprovoked on all occasions. I maintained my composure in every situation, practicing understanding and reason throughout the encounter, regardless of the heated feeling inside me. On most occasions I was practicing compassion - true compassion. <BR> <BR> Today I was prompted to ask myself if this was act... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 00:38:22 EST Day of Silence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329059 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1239798570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I observed (am currently observing) the Day of Silence. Today is to bring attention to the voices that are silence when bullying and harassment towards the LGBT population (not limited to schools) is allowed to persist. <BR> <BR> When I was in middle school I was harassed for my short hair and boy-style. I was called names and left notes in my locker. When I got to high school I started wearing makeup and t... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:32:59 EST 17 Miles & Box Jumps Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325263 Today's training was pretty quick and mostly upper body. We did box jumps today, though, and I decided that I wanted to challenge myself, so I added another 6 inches of height and did some box jumps at mid-thigh. <BR> *Disclaimer: This video was taken after 4 complete circuits. Give me a break on any small form mistakes or sounds you might here when I land, okay? lol <BR> <BR> Now to backtrack... <BR> Saturday I had a goal - hike 20 miles in one day. Well, I didn't quite get there, but that... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:19:51 EST New Progress Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316138 I just started week 3, which means I'm 2 weeks into my training. I've been working out 6 days a week and doing abs (almost) daily. I'm noticing more definition in my legs and arms, but still not a whole lot in my abs. It's the last place I gain/lose fat, so whatcha gonna do? Just keep on training! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13166819.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1836214414.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:45:59 EST Run or Dye 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315243 Saturday's training was to run 3 miles, and I had already registered for the Run or Dye 5k, so that was Kelly's and my training! Originally it was me, ANGELARK, and one of her friends from school, but the other chick cancelled and so I asked Kelly if she wanted to run a FUN 3miles! <BR> <BR> Everyone was over at my place at 7am. We grabbed some coffees to go and walked to the trolley station. (There was no way we were getting in anybody's car after getting pelted with colored cornstarch!) At... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:33:54 EST Baggage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311114 So, I'm kinda hurting right now. I thought I had a friend, and even when people (last year, even) tried to tell me that he wasn't really truly a good friend, I stuck up for him. Justified his behaviors (which were mainly him asking me to carry baggage for him by keeping secrets that I feel strongly he should not keep. Several times over the course of our "friendship" I asked him to take his baggage back. He wouldn't do it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, after a couple years of this (how on ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 08:38:42 EST New Fitness Gear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310422 I just got a package from Amazon!!!! <BR> <BR> After a week of coming home after my workouts and thinking, "Man, I should buy a foam roller," I read a blog by GETSTRONGRRR <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306701 </link> where he talked about all his nifty stretching "torture" devices. After some back and forth (but not much bc I didn't really need convincing by this point), I logged onto Amazon and purchased the TriggerPoint 2.0 Foam Roller and t... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 16:53:28 EST HIIOT (High Intensity Interval Obstacle Training) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309049 Training for the last few days (in addition to daily abs): <BR> <BR> Saturday <BR> I was supposed to run 2 miles at race pace. The lake by my house is a 6-mile loop, though, so I just booked it. I ended up running about 3.5 miles at about a 10-min pace and speed walking the other 2.5 miles. I completed the 6 miles in just under an hour. My body hated me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1324083366.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:02:53 EST Week 1 Days 3,4,5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304851 Day 3 <BR> Run 400 meters (quarter mile) <BR> Rest for the amount of time it took to run <BR> x6 <BR> <BR> Kelly and I averaged about 2 minutes per stint, including hills (we are intentionally including hills in our workouts whenever possible). <BR> <BR> Day 4 <BR> Rest day (built in simply because my Thursdays start at 6 am and I don't get home until after 10pm.) <BR> <BR> Day 5 (today) <BR> Jog 20 minutes at RPE 3 <BR> <BR> Easy peasy. Did the jog, then since we were at the ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:14:24 EST Obstacle Training (before pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301049 Um, I've gotten myself into something that's bigger than me and it's going to challenge the hell out of me and I'm probably going to cry after each small accomplishment. Yeah. That rough. My friend is getting out of the Marine Corps and the two of us have signed up for THREE obstacle races between June and November. And they get progressively more difficult, culminating in the 11-mile, 25-obstacle TOUGH MUDDER. Uh huh. I'm registered for the Tough Mudder. YIKES! <BR> <BR> June 16 - <link>w... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:54:15 EST Learning not to sell myself short http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293146 My last blog was all about goals and accomplishments and I just want to brag that I did, indeed, surpass my 3 days/ week goal last week (4 days), as well as my miles goal(26.5 when goal was 25). And today I surpassed my monthly fitness minutes goal of 1000 minutes! Yay! <BR> <BR> All this success has made me wonder, " what else am I capable of that I have assumed is out of my reach?" Well I thought of something today. <BR> <BR> I'm in a couple groups on here for abs, but I was ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 01:18:01 EST Progress and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288191 In case you haven't noticed, I've really kicked up my hiking into high gear. I have decided that next May/June I WILL hike Mt. Whitney. This requires both stamina and elevation training, and I'm doing my best with both, although there's only so much I can do for elevation at the moment. Most of that training is going to have to come next winter. My goals have progressed as I've reached them. They have been: <BR> <BR> -Hike 2 days a week - ACCOMPLISHED and EXCEEDED consistently for the last 2... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:41:48 EST "Big" Black Mountain - 18.6 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273257 This past Saturday a group of us went on a a super strenuous hike out in Ramona. And when I say strenuous I mean strenuous. This trail was straight up from the moment we stepped out of our cars and stayed that way for 7 miles. When we reached the end of the trail we could see what appeared to be a relay tower for the Forest Service up a little higher. Being the adventurous crew we are, we embarked on a 2-mile scramble to the relay tower and ended up with a GORGEOUS 360-degree view! The day wa... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 19:48:52 EST So over it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239110 I'm over this year's sickness! I haven't had the flu in 7 years and this year I got it BAD! I was out for almost a week! Then shortly after, my son got sick. He missed 4 days of school laid up in bed with a fever and cough. THEN! Just as we think the house is getting better, my poor boy gets knocked out AGAIN! He got sent home from school early yesterday because he was lethargic in class and passed out in the nurse's office immediately. This morning I took his temp and bam! 101.3. Ugh. Serio... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:12:57 EST New Watch (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206040 I am actually super stoked about this. I'm not sure why. Maybe because it was expensive or maybe because it's so flippin gorgeous, but I am STOKED about my new watch! <BR> <BR> About a year ago I decided to get a watch because none of my professors had visible clocks in their classrooms and I didn't want to be pulling my phone out during lecture to check the time. (If you've ever been to high school or college you know how this goes.) However, I have this nasty habit of thinking I'm going to... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 02:24:26 EST Positive Karma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201434 As I was going through my day I thought, "I'm going to go home and post a blog about the horrible decision I made this morning that resulted in my being freezing cold all day long for no good reason." It's actually kind of funny. However, when I got home I checked my email and all of that "bad decision" stuff left my head I immediately began reflecting on what AMAZING karma I've had lately! <BR> <BR> First, my car needed a new axle. This was supposed to be $500+ because my car was out of wa... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:55:25 EST Respect the Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199353 Okay, so something a friend said today has spurred this blog. She said that she's wanting to lose weight and finding it difficult and part of her lack of motivation is that people keep telling her how great she looks. Now, on the surface this seems fine, but let's get into it some, shall we? <BR> <BR> As someone who has never been "fat" or "overweight" I can empathize with my friend's sentiments. I may not look like I *need* to lose weight (according to others' perspectives) but maybe I want... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 19:38:49 EST Suckered in to a New Year Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187367 In 2012: <BR> <BR> *I graduated from SDSU with my B.S. Child Development / LGBT Studies (made Dean's List last 2 semesters) <BR> *Started graduate school at SDSU for my M.S. Counseling (School Counseling) with a PPS Credential <BR> *Hiked 26 miles in the Grand Canyon at Havasupai Falls <BR> *Survived Jon's first major deployment since we've been together <BR> *Performed for the second time in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo with Band of America's Few <BR> <BR> I suppose that's no... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:46:39 EST Facebook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168557 So because the holidays are a rough time for me I've deactivated my facebook accounts. Have any of you ever done this? How did your experience go? I've done this a few times and always with the same turnout. My close friends confront me about deactivating my account and ask if everything is alright. Those who are not as close send me texts or emails asking if I'm mad at them because they think I've deleted or blocked them. <BR> <BR> I got to thinking about this today. First of all, how close... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:25:15 EST I made my decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166425 I will not be going to New Mexico for Christmas. After talking with my therapist for several weeks about my Gramps's Alzheimers progression and my relationship with him, it became very clear that visiting him right now would likely be detrimental to my own mental well-being. My therapist has been with me for a year and she is actively advocating for me with my mom for me to not go. I think that says a lot. The tipping point was when my therapist asked me to say, "I am going to New Mexico for ... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:49:32 EST Check the silver lining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144152 I am one of those people who turns into a.scrooge over the holidays. It starts about 2 weeks before my birthday, in mid-Oct, and goes all the way through the new year. Each year it seems to build intensity. I know exactly why I get this way, but nothing helps. I can, however, choose to see the positive sides of things, and that at least helps me for a day. So today, I am going to write about the silver linings in all the crap that's been bugging me. <BR> <BR> Jon and I got denied a home loan... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:02:27 EST Christmas Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141569 Earlier this year my Gramps was diagnosed with Alzheimers. My family had seen it coming for quite some time, but this was the official diagnosis. He had already begun having bad days where he didn't remember people. <BR> <BR> (Piece of vital background info: My Gramps was pretty much my dad growing up. He even walked me down the aisle at my wedding. I respect my Gramps over every other person in my family.) <BR> <BR> I used to call my grandparents every other weekend. Then one weekend I cal... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:14:25 EST