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/ 6 Days On, 1 Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300475 In 1999, my sister and brother-in-law gave me the book "Body for Life" by Bill Phillips. I was getting into fitness for the first time, and I read it, cover to cover. I gave away my copy years ago so I can't refer to it directly, but what I think I remember is that you eat six smaller meals a day, with a serving of protein, a fist-sized serving of some complex carbohydrate, and a lot of vegetables. If you do this faithfully for 6 days out of the week, on the 7th day you eat whatever you wa... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:18:27 EST The First Day of the Rest of Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299783 A few weeks ago, I became SparkFriends with JannieWannie. In her bio, she says, "Each day I renew my commitment to my health. I am willing to invest time and effort into my well-being." <BR> <BR> This morning, I read a post on my Facebook newsfeed from a friend (Jenifer P.), who said, "Having big, hairy, scary goals is important, but breaking them down into steps, even daily steps, is also important. Don't get overwhelmed with the 'bigness' of your big goal. Stay focused on what you can ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:47:27 EST Whey? No WAY... unless... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299098 Since beginning to track my nutrition, I'm finding it's hard to get the recommended daily amount of protein. I like meat and nuts, but I just don't eat a lot of them. Eggs are something I like quite a bit, so maybe I can add in some more eggs to my diet. <BR> <BR> However, one day at Kroger, I saw this and thought maybe I could stir some into my Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk to boost my protein quite a bit. (Note: I bought vanilla flavor, not chocolate) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:19:51 EST Sacrifice and Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298406 Yesterday I posted a blog entry that began with St. Augustine saying that prayer is more powerful when accompanied by sacrifice. I thought a bit more about sacrifice over the course of the day. <BR> <BR> In the season of Lent, some Christian denominations have the practice of giving up something in spiritual preparation for Easter - a sort of self-denial and sacrifice. I confess I never really understood this practice and I never did it. However, in 2010, it was explained to me that it he... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:56:38 EST Challenges, Sacrifice, and Appreciation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297883 A couple weeks ago, our pastor reminded us how St. Augustine said that prayer is most powerful when accompanied by sacrifice. I have Googled for an exact quote, but I can't find one, so I guess if you want to know exactly what St. Augustine said, you'd have to read his writings. Whether you agree with St. Augustine or not is up to you. It is not my intention to get into a theological discussion here or in the comment section. <BR> <BR> The reason I brought up this idea is because it got m... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:57:12 EST The Perfect Time to "X" - Smart Forecasts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297122 A few days ago, I posted about the RunKeeper app and how wonderful it is. You can track all kinds of activities (not just running), and set it up to sync to your SparkPeople fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> I've got another app I used for many years before they recently came out with a neat feature that helps me with daily fitness planning. <BR> <BR> WeatherUnderground now has "Smart Forecasts." This will show you what times of day are perfect for your outdoor activity, based on parameters set ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:07:15 EST Pepper Spray http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296522 I've told you before that my favorite cardio activity is running. Like many people, I prefer to run outside as opposed to indoors on a treadmill (although I don't dislike that, either.) <BR> <BR> A few days ago, I wrote about RunKeeper Go and how it makes me feel safer knowing my family can find where I'm running at any given moment. <BR> <BR> Another thing I carry with me is pepper spray. When a strange dog runs at me, barking and/or growling, I stop and loudly shout, "YOU STAY! GO HOME... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:52:29 EST An Anti-Inflammatory Concoction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295980 I've been struggling with tendinitis issues in my arms lately, which is not good when you're a concert pianist. So a caring, health-conscious good friend of mine (who also happens to be a professional violinist) gave me a recipe for an anti-inflammatory concoction she & her husband drink twice a day. They are around the age of 70 but look and are as active as people 15 years younger. So I decided to give it a try. <BR> <BR> Boil 1 cup of water <BR> Add a 4-inch piece of organic ginger, pe... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:19:24 EST RunKeeper GO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295105 I discovered fitness 18 years ago, at the age of 29. At that time, I discovered that running is the cardio exercise my body is best suited for and that (coincidentally?) I like the best. Now, I'm not going to try to sell anyone on running in this blog entry, because I believe the best cardio for anyone is the cardio THAT THEY ENJOY, or at least don't hate. (This is why I don't swim. I hate, hate, hate swimming laps. But others, like my dad, enjoy it.) So, do the cardio you enjoy the most... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:41:40 EST Resisting the Baking Frenzy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294485 As you may know, I've recently begun tracking my nutrition again after a long, long time away. Boy, was I overeating. Here's one thing that causes me to struggle with overeating (and eating poorly). <BR> <BR> Baking treats for my family. <BR> <BR> My kids are older now (15, nearly 18, and 20), but I still love to bake goodies for them and my husband. However, none of us are terribly good at self-moderation when it comes to goodies, so they disappear rather quickly and then I make more. ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 09:43:05 EST Creatures of Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293630 It's a unusually cold, snowy morning in the south as I write this. The birds are in a feeding frenzy around our feeders. There are about 30 birds out there, including 6 finches on the thistle seed feeder alone. <BR> <BR> We have a large picture window in the family room which provides a great view of the feeders. I have noticed that the feeders experience a flurry of activity at certain times of day. It's like the birds somehow know it's time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 05:05:10 EST A Little Jam Goes a Long Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293068 I've started tracking my food intake again. It's been a couple years since I did this. No wonder my weight has slowly creeped back up. Once I started tracking, I was also appalled at my poor nutrition. So I started entering my proposed diet of the day into SP to make sure I was getting everything I need. <BR> <BR> One of my favorite sandwiches to make again is good for either breakfast or lunch. If I'm home during the day, I have it at lunchtime, but if I'm going to work, I have it for ... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 08:41:08 EST "Stop Wishing, Start Doing!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292421 I've recently come back to SparkPeople after gradually losing fitness over the past two years. I wrote my first blog post in about 15 months, titled "It's Not Like You Have to Saddle Up the Horse," which is basically about no longer making pathetic excuses to not work out. <BR> <BR> A couple days later, I found this blog entry by Sparker Erin1128 - "My Superpower" - which had a quote in it that I like. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288004 ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 07:54:32 EST "This Beer Tastes Like Llama Spit." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291722 I've been a fan of humor writer Dave Barry since I was in my teens. A line from one of his columns has always stuck in my mind. <BR> <BR> "This beer tastes like llama spit." <BR> <BR> I thought of my first experience drinking beer (in college at a frat party), and I totally agreed with Dave Barry. I couldn't figure out why anyone would drink this stuff except to try to get drunk. Surely no one drank it for the taste. <BR> <BR> Now, granted, being a frat party, I'm sure they were probabl... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 07:38:27 EST Spreading Our Wings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290976 Buzzards are probably not considered the most attractive birds out there. In fact, they look downright creepy sometimes. I once hit a buzzard as it flew right into the windshield of my pickup truck as I came by. I remember after my shock and sadness at hitting it, my next thought was, "That is one big, ugly bird." However, over the years, I have noticed buzzards perched in several places, with their wings spread wide, soaking in the early morning sun. I see them most often atop the libra... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 08:03:43 EST Starting your day with Snap! Crackle! Pop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290157 Anybody around my age (47) or older should definitely remember those commercials for Kellogg's Rice Krispies, with the 3 little elves(?) pouring milk in the bowl. The kid at the table put an ear to the bowl and listened, smiling, to the noises the cereal made as it absorbed the milk. <BR> <BR> As a side note, I never cared for Rice Krispies too much, as they seemed to get soggy awfully fast. Maybe I was too slow of an eater. <BR> <BR> In any case, I thought of Snap, Crackle, and Pop today... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 07:59:30 EST "It's not like you have to saddle up the horse." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289282 Yesterday was January 1st and part of my New Year's resolutions are to move my body every day. Over the past two years, I have run and worked out less and less. I've made all kinds of excuses. The main excuse is that since I moved to a different house, I can no longer just go "running out my door in the beautiful countryside." Well, I suppose I *could* do that in this house - run or walk a bit to get to safer roads, but it's really not safe, as I'd be on a 55 mph 2-lane highway for a half... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 07:54:20 EST The "I Love You" Napkin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014913 I saw a post at "The Onion" about a woman who wrote herself a pick-me-up note for her own lunchbox. (For those who don't know, "The Onion" is a satirical site.) People began commenting on my friend's Facebook post after reading the link she had shared, and many of those posts had to do with writing loving notes for their little ones in school. <BR> <BR> I remember thinking about writing notes for my kids, but realized I didn't want to start some tradition I might be expected to maintain. ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:02:10 EST Thoughts from a Treadmill Desk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930861 I'm typing this as I walk on a treadmill. My workplace is taking part in a health study, and each of us is supposed to use this treadmill for 30 minutes per workday. It's got a desk attachment, so if you want, you can work while you walk. You can do your 30 minutes all at once or in smaller increments. <BR> <BR> I am not sure how I feel about this desk. It's at a funny height to be comfortable. I'm 5'4". My arms are (more or less) straight out in front of me as I type on my laptop. Bu... Tue, 19 May 2015 13:47:32 EST Quitting the Racing Scene http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874667 I've run a bunch of races in the past 13 years since becoming a runner. I am signed up to run the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach in March. I've decided to cut my losses and not go. At the moment, I don't feel like ever signing up for any of these races ever again. <BR> <BR> They've gotten so expensive, for one thing. When I signed up, I think I paid a $90 or $100 registration fee. I know it costs money to put on races, but that's a lot, especially when you then figure in hotel e... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:58:39 EST Keeping Up with the Times: Using Technology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871141 DH & I bought a new car last night - well, new to us. I haven't had a brand-new car since 1992. However, this one is pretty darn close. It's a 2014 Impala LTZ. <BR> <BR> We looked at other cars as well, including a beautiful 2013 Honda Crosstour that was being sold by a friend. The Crosstour was about $8,000 more. This is probably because it had lower mileage and was absolutely LOADED with options. There were the things I expected, of course, like in-board GPS, back-up camera, heated ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 09:48:54 EST “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866426 “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.” <BR> <BR> That's a quote from Teddy Roosevelt that I thought of this morning, after a whole day and (sleepless) night of worry. So I woke up feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and a little bit sad. I felt like a child who wants her mom or dad or grandparent to wrap her up in a big hug and promise that they'll take care of everything for her and it will be all right. <BR> <BR> Nothing is terribly w... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:50:03 EST Food and Happy Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865772 After my blog post yesterday on finding ways to increase my protein intake, I started looking in my pantry and cabinets to see what I already have available. I found a box of 2.5-minute (not Instant) Cream of Wheat. 3 Tablespoons of dry cereal have 4g protein. If I make it with 1.25 cups of milk, that gets me a jump start of 14g of protein for the day! <BR> <BR> So I pulled out a saucepan and made the Cream of Wheat. (I confess I have to add a tablespoon of sugar to it at the end. I'd l... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:48:02 EST Getting Enough Protein without Cleaning the Blender Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865287 I started tracking my nutrition again this week after a LONG time off. I found that I am seriously lacking in protein. I'm lucky if I get 15% of my calories from it. So I started looking around for protein-rich snack ideas. I found this website: <BR> <link>greatist.com/health/high-protein-sna<BR>cks-portable </link> <BR> <BR> #11 on the list - the "Chunky Monkey" shake caught my eye because I had everything on hand already. I threw it all in the blender (I use Silk Dark Chocolate A... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:47:53 EST Sizing by the Numbers: When Bigger Is Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864281 It’s been discussed many times before on SP. My husband even mentioned it years ago when we were first married. “Why aren’t women’s clothes sized by numbers like men’s? It would make so much more sense.” <BR> <BR> Well, the reason is because marketing experts know that a lot of women out there don’t want to look at (or even know) their waist or hip sizes. Who wouldn’t rather be called a “2” than a “26/35” or a “14” instead of a “32/42”? <BR> Source: <BR> <link>Wiki http://en.wikipedi... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:45:23 EST I Can Run in a Closet, but It's Better with Judge Judy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863577 I took up running in 2002 just before turning 33 years old. Back in those days, I had little children (including an infant), so I spent a lot of time on treadmills while the Y child care people watched my babies. <BR> <BR> Nowadays, I do most of my running outside, which is what I generally prefer - at least when it's not freezing cold or raining. However, I have no problem running on a treadmill. At the Y, it seemed that most of the time the TVs were tuned to things I had no interest in ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:41:48 EST Should I get rid of the pie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862816 My kids' band sells frozen pies as a fundraiser and every year I buy quite a few. They taste good and the band makes a good amount of money. <BR> <BR> I thawed out a Chef Pierre Peanut Butter Creme de la Cream Pie (no misspellings there - that's what it's called) for a dinner party I gave last night. <BR> <BR> Holy COW - 1/8 of the pie has 520 calories. 37 grams of fat - with 21 of them saturated. 0.5 grams are trans fat. <BR> <BR> I'm fine with having small daily treats and even in... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:33:01 EST 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