HAYBURNER1969's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAYBURNER1969 HAYBURNER1969'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/ A controversial Facebook Post and Response - how we view and encourage others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645279 Maybe some of you saw this post on Facebook from a man who was "praising" a "fatty" for running. It starts out with insults but then the tone changes. As I read the initial FB post, even after the initial paragraph, where things were supposedly getting "nicer," I felt funny. Then I found another article - a response to the post. That is what I'm linking to below. (The original post is quoted in the article.) <BR> <BR> <link>groupthink.jezebel.com/inspiration-y<BR>oure-doing-it-wrong-1... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:00:16 EST I refused a Honeybun. A FREE Honeybun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642889 I have inherited a certain trait from my father. I find it hard to pass up a bargain, even when it's something I know I won't use or won't use completely. It is not uncommon to look in my parents' pantry and find 10 jars of jelly or 30 cans of soup because "they were on sale." <BR> <BR> Over the years, I've gotten a little better at curbing the tendency to buy a lot at one time, even if it's on sale, because 1) I have a small house, and 2) I know it is likely these items will go on sale a... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 12:17:19 EST Treadmill Acrobatics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637790 Recently, when I was at a conference in Baltimore, I made use of the fitness room at the hotel. (Side note: It was a lovely facility overlooking Camden Yards.) There was a man on a treadmill next to me using it in a fashion that has always fascinated and mystified me. <BR> <BR> He had the treadmill running at a decent clip. Then every so often, he suddenly leaped in the air and landed with his feet on either side of the belt. I've seen people do this before, and it is quite impressive, ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 15:17:53 EST The BrooklynBorn & Hayburner-Cast??????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635930 I don’t know how many Sparkers out there have the same experience as I do, but when I’m running, new thoughts and ideas enter my brain. I think of solutions to problems and do some of my deepest thinking. I had one such idea come to me today. <BR> <BR> I work as a music minister for my church. I’m also the webmaster. My husband is a mechanical engineer. This is his “real” job as in - “ he gets paid to do this.” He also serves the church as a deacon. We are both technology geeks. We s... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:57:30 EST Courage and Passion Required http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635185 Once, a friend made a comment referring to my talent and passion for music. I am an accomplished pianist and a pretty decent soprano, and they are used to hearing me perform my job well every Sunday at church. However, as I thought about it, I realized that just because someone is naturally talented in some area doesn’t mean they are necessarily passionate about it. <BR> <BR> I love to perform on the piano in front of an audience, but I don’t like to practice. Even as I spent my young lif... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:10:44 EST Thank you, Sparkers, for common courtesy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632192 A friend shared a link on Facebook to a blog about the latest Victoria's Secret catalog. I found most of it to be humorous - such as her points that it's uncomfortable to be chasing after kids with your butt cheeks hanging out, and that you need to stand in certain poses all day - DON'T MOVE - or else whatever isn't already "out there" will soon be. <BR> <BR> However, more than once, the author referred to these VS models who "starve themselves" to look this way. I thought the piece would ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 06:26:19 EST Eat This, Not That - Whipped Cream Cheese/Greek Yogurt Spread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629019 Around Christmas, I noticed this new cream cheese product on the shelves at Kroger. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2007593606.jpg"> <BR> (I apologize for the image being sideways; it wasn't sideways on my iPhone or my computer.) <BR> <BR> Look at the difference in the numbers. The container artwork reads, "3x Protein, 1/2 Fat." <BR> <BR> Kroger Whipped Cream Cheese Spread (2 Tbs. = 20 g) vs. Kroger Whipped Greek Yogurt/Cream Cheese Spread (2 Tbs. = 22 g) <... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:09:44 EST I don't need a sandwich (or sweets, or wine) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626258 I am just under 5'4". <BR> <BR> When I'm in prime running shape, I weigh around 113-115. Believe it or not, that is a good 10 pounds heavier than I weighed when I went off to college at age 18. So, back then I was roughly the size (and age) of the latest "Biggest Loser" winner. Many of you have probably seen all the negative comments in the press; the shocked look on Bob & Jillian's faces; the public outcry of: "Give that poor girl a sandwich!" <BR> <BR> Now, I can't speak for the BL win... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:39:07 EST Run away! Run away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619576 If you have ever watched "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," you recognize that quote. <BR> <BR> This has nothing to do with Monty Python, but it certainly describes my run yesterday. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I get tired of the same old routes, and sometimes it's fun to see just how far I can go. So two weeks ago, I ran 16.5 miles from my house to the nearest city. Yesterday, I ran 13.6 miles toward the mountains. I stopped when I got to a rural highway. <BR> <BR> It helps that I have a tee... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 16:04:57 EST The Most Miserable Run of My Life. Finding something positive. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604038 Yesterday I had to get a run in and it was 11* with the windchill. (20 mph Arctic winds). For a Virginian, that is extremely cold. For this Virginian, (sometimes I wonder if I'm part reptilian,) it's unbearably, torturously cold. <BR> <BR> I put on so many layers yesterday that my northern climate running friends laughed at me (good-naturedly) on Facebook when they saw my selfie and description of my get-up. <BR> <BR> Long bra top, two long-sleeved technical shirts, fleece jacket, Smart... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:56:01 EST "... but with the dawn, rejoicing" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431664 I've had a rough week. My 11 yo daughter suffered a severe puncture wound from a bike brake lever a week ago today while we were camping. I have never seen so much blood in my life; I thought she had hit the artery and I was going to watch my child die on the ground. It was the scariest day of my life. Fortunately, fast-forward past the ambulance ride, stitches, possible infection and later surgery to reopen and re-clean the wound, drain tube, crutches, lots of pain meds and antibiotics, ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:03:21 EST Can you DROP a gallon of milk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415301 Most of us are used to being called occasionally at work with the request, "Can you pick up a gallon of milk on your way home?" So, what do I mean by "Can you drop a gallon of milk?" <BR> <BR> I once heard someone who was embarked on a weight loss journey describe it as dropping "x" gallons of milk. A gallon of milk weighs somewhere around 9+ pounds. So she just rounded it to 10. One day she realized at her current weight she was carrying the equivalent of 15 gallons of milk around all d... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 09:29:55 EST How old can you still be a "late bloomer"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405179 I was, shall we say, a rather late bloomer when it came to physical maturity. While this frustrated me at the time, I must say I am rather glad now. It seems many of the girls who were rather voluptuous in junior high and high school developed weight problems later on. Well, so has the rest of America in general. Who knows if there is a correlation or not. That could be a topic for another time. <BR> <BR> When it comes to fitness, I have felt at times like I did in junior high. I start... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 03:44:23 EST Want an Excuse to Binge on Reese Cups or Oreos? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290194 I didn't realize quite how health-conscious I have become until today at Wal-Mart. My husband and I went shopping together. Here is our cart. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l892037306.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You might think, "How on EARTH could they eat so much garbage????" <BR> <BR> Well, the answer is: we're not. I felt downright embarrassed pushing that cart around. I wanted to put a sign on it or tell anyone who might be eyeing it what I was purchasing all this ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 19:06:24 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285531 "Slow and steady wins the race." <BR> <BR> You probably heard this at least once in your life in the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. The hare, in his overconfidence, loses the race to the slow tortoise. Of course, the race in that fable is a metaphor for how we live our lives. In a real footrace, rarely does the tortoise win. Someone unexpected might win, if one of the hares misjudges how they're feeling and can't finish strong, but usually there are plenty of other hares to snag the... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:00:21 EST Why Am I Starting Over (again)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279035 Today's run felt tired again, so I walked some to make it bearable. (see yesterday's entry - Bouncing Back). <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277594 </link> <BR> <BR> Three years ago, I qualified for the Boston Marathon at Shamrock in Virginia Beach, running a 3:44 (26.2 miles) and placing 5th in the 40-44 women age group. Today, I was huffing and puffing, only running 1/10 of that distance, in an overall pace of 10:37. <BR> <BR> I remem... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 14:59:51 EST Bouncing Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277594 I had an image pop into my head during my run today. It was a bouncing ball. A well-inflated ball will bounce back at roughly the same speed and height. A half-deflated ball will not. <BR> <BR> I felt like that half-deflated ball today. I had a wonderful treadmill run on Tuesday. 5 miles in 44:48, so just under a 9-minute pace. I felt pretty tired afterward, but had a rest day yesterday, so I hoped I'd have a fairly strong, comfortable run today. <BR> <BR> Nope. I felt sluggish. Par... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 15:07:25 EST Are They Laughing at Me? Who Cares! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272341 I bought some new running shoes on Friday; a brand I've never heard of before. They are Hoka Stinsons. These are some pricey shoes at $178. However, the running shop owner tells me they will last way longer than other shoes I've bought in the past (which have cost anywhere from $90-$120). I should be able to get 1000-1500 miles out of these, as opposed to 300-400 that I get out of my Mizunos. <BR> <BR> Are people laughing at me because I spend so much on running shoes? <BR> <BR> These a... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:02:40 EST My Legs Are Trashed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253014 Usually, that's what I say after a hard race where my legs are super tired. However, not in this case. I was just trying to think of a clever title to talk about my cooldown after my run today. <BR> <BR> I live on a country road which is a cut-through between two rural highways. Every time I run, I see all the trash people threw out of their car windows. It's not so bad in front of people's homes. I guess that's because from time to time, people like me pick up what is in the ditch in f... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:21:09 EST Feeding the Hungry - Feeding Them Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243909 In the past, when it came time to donate for the church's "Souper Bowl Sunday" to feed the hungry of our community, I would go to my local supermarket, simply grab a few cheap Campbell's Soups or the store brand, and chuck them in my cart. This year, however, I found myself pondering my selection. I was actually reading the labels, looking for lower sodium and fewer "science experiment"-type ingredients. <BR> <BR> This got me to thinking about my journey toward better nutrition. When I st... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:55:03 EST I'll take the "Jeri" or the "Tricia", thankyouverymuch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142227 If you don't know who Jeri Ryan and Tricia Helfer are, here are some photos: <BR> <BR> Jeri Ryan <link>1.bp.blogspot.com/-WXvRiCZIoak/Ty2hA<BR>LjthXI/AAAAAAABE94/VPtei_eTtE8/s1600/s<BR>tar_trek_jeri_ryan%2B%25282%2529.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> Tricia Helfer <link>www.thescifiworld.net/img/interviews<BR>/tricia_helfer_05.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> I am a fan of Star Trek: Voyager and Battlestar Galactica, and whenever these women first come on the screen in any episode, I think, "Man, I want ... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 07:00:59 EST Don't Eat That; You'll Spoil Your Dinner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130470 Did anyone else's mother say that to them when they were growing up? I thought of this the other day as I was watching an old TV sitcom. I wondered, do mothers even say that anymore? I rarely do. <BR> <BR> When I was in elementary school, I don't remember bringing a snack to school, ever. Eating breakfast, lunch, an after-school snack and dinner was enough, and my after-school snack was something small. This does not seem to be the eating pattern anymore. <BR> <BR> We've been told in ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:20:50 EST If You Hate It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122252 I wrote about my Total Body Conditioning instructor in my last blog entry; the one who would say, "You can do anything for two minutes!" This week, I thought of another one of her phrases about strength training. <BR> <BR> I was in the "abs room" at the gym, as I call it. This is where they keep the rubber mats, the stability balls, etc. There is other equipment in there also, like jump ropes and light weights, but all I ever do in this room is work my abs. So it is the ABS ROOM to me. <... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 08:22:10 EST The Treadmill and Its Nifty Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117614 Remember the Count from Sesame Street? I loved his shtick... ONE beautiful little bat... TWO beautiful little bats... THREE beautiful little bats... ah ha ha ha ha ha HAAAAAA! <BR> <BR> I have always liked numbers and the sense of organization they provide. Perhaps this is why I like the treadmill so much, when it seems most people hate it. Don't get me wrong; I love running outside, but when I plan a particular workout - such as a speed session - I do much better on a treadmill. With nu... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:29:49 EST I'm Not Really Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110762 I love running, but I don't love speedwork. I don't enjoy how it feels to run as hard as I can. When I was first discovering fitness, simply running regularly at any pace made me stronger and faster, so I didn't do speedwork. However, I'm now to the point that I can't reach my time goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon again without doing it. <BR> <BR> Every Tuesday, I hit the treadmill for that weekly speed session, except for my cutback weeks where I just run easily. Yesterday was... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 05:42:35 EST "I'm Too Sexy for My Shirt" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106026 I figure that title might get some attention. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I've been working out in various gyms and Y's for the past 14 years, and have gotten dressed and undressed in many locker rooms. Some people are totally comfortable in nothing but their skin. They dry their hair, put on their makeup, you name it, in the buff. Now, it's not that I'm staring at them, but it's hard not to notice a naked woman walking around. Some people might think it's just the ultra-fit ones showing ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 13:09:35 EST Sabrina's Dream - We can do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104549 Today marks 10 years since my friend Sabrina was hit & killed by a pickup truck while on a run with her husband. I don't want to re-live the details of that day, except to remind other runners that even when you are doing everything right, something freakish can happen. So be careful out there. <BR> <BR> I would instead like to remember Sabrina's dream for our community. She started a women's running group. We met every Sunday afternoon. She didn't care if you were fast or just starting... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 06:22:36 EST Falling Down the Stairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103944 I know what I'm supposed to do. I know what foods are good for me. I know how many calories I should eat. I know what my triggers are for overeating and sugar binges (watching TV or stress). I know there are certain foods I should not keep in my house. <BR> <BR> I'm human, and unfortunately, I often use that as an excuse to ignore what I know. I tell myself, "Oh, I'm doing better than most" or "I'm a sugarholic - I don't have the willpower to resist" or "Eh, I'm bound to slip up every n... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:51:03 EST "Just a Spoonful of Sugar..." Is it possible? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100816 Once I have that first taste of sugar, the rest of the day I crave it. When someone is addicted to something, they usually devise a plan to cut it out of their life completely. However, I don't want to do that with sugar. This past Lent, I didn't mind giving up all cake, cookies, candy, pie and ice cream for 6 weeks, but I discovered that I don't want to go the rest of my life without any sweet treats at all. I want to eat the Christmas cookies and the birthday cake. Everything in moder... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 05:26:48 EST Don't Worry, Be Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095389 When my first son was born, I experienced a few minutes of complete, utter joy. Then the worry began. "Your son has Clubfoot." This meant 20 months of casts as well as surgery at age 6 months. Then at age 3: "Your son has Asperger's Syndrome (mild autism)." Oh, how desperately I wanted to fix that, to ensure that he could live a "normal" life... meaning, the life I had envisioned for him. None of these things were in my plan. <BR> <BR> I spent a lot of those first few years worrying. ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:38:25 EST Don't Put Off until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093899 I think this quote is attributed to Ben Franklin, but I haven't got time to check. I say this all the time to my children, especially when I can point to a number of house cleaning tasks that need to be performed. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty good at not putting things off, ever since I put off learning the second movement of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 before I had to perform it with an orchestra only 2 weeks later. (The performance turned out fine, but man, was I sweating bullets onstage.... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:23:22 EST