HILLRUNNER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HILLRUNNER HILLRUNNER'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/ STANDING IN THE RAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114578 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ece74eb4-1222-4f87-8500-c156111cc630.jpg"> <BR> It's not the actual rain I am speaking of, it's the rain that comes with a life storm! <BR> You know that type of rain that comes at your sideways with a wind so strong that it stings and hurts your face, your arms, and any part of your skin that is exposed!! <BR> The kind of rain that is relentless and whips and turns any scrap of paper into a rocket! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 19:25:02 EST A NEW YEAR...TIME FOR A NEW YOU??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063945 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0aeed581-881c-468b-89a4-1a20e0413320.jpg"> <BR> Isn't it time to get serious about those goals that are still just dreams?? <BR> <BR> I hope your answer is <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ff36bf6-c0a5-4290-b83a-c9994801beb7.jpg"> GREAT!! <BR> <BR> Then I have just the challenge for YOU!!!! <BR> Check out this link, you don't have much time!!! Come and be part of the incredible and game changing BLC Challenge. It's been goi... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 10:13:40 EST A REMINDER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037840 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b3efdf3-e9c7-4e5a-b549-895e28ad6940.jpg"> <BR> It's the eve of another birthday! WOW how did that happen? <BR> Where have all the years gone? <BR> <BR> I look in the mirror and the face I see doesn't seem to match the mind! <BR> Yes I see that 18 year old still behind those eyes, but she seems to have added a few wrinkles and smile lines to her face. I see a wiser woman who has been through years of adjustments, changes, tears, laughter, and ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:27:34 EST GOOD HEALTH IS A HABIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006302 Another BLC round has started! Time to reflect! Time to get my BIG GIRL BOOTS on and DO THIS! This is not about being comfortable! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/750c57cf-a170-434d-8b83-1218d3159899.jpg"> <BR> This is not about making excuses! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/022708fc-7683-4474-b6b5-c8e23ea80033.jpg"> <BR> This IS about getting real! This is about facing my fears! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35138616-2376-4... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 17:22:20 EST STAY SERIOUS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957102 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c334016d-036f-48c2-a550-7f11fdccfe42.jpg"> <BR> This is my follow up to the previous blog. Over two months ago I GOT SERIOUS! I have seen a dramatic weight loss of over 20 pounds! I have seen improved energy, smaller clothes, and greater stamina! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3b4ce61-6449-4177-a52a-d12738fb6ea2.jpg"> <BR> NOw it's time to STAY SERIOUS! Oh yeah it's one thing to start something...it's another to keep it ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 19:22:45 EST GET SERIOUS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915278 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l172080604.jpg"> <BR> GET SERIOUS, REALLY!!! I mean it!!! <BR> We don't take breaks from our health. We make healthy choices EVERY DAY!! <BR> Getting serious means to throw the excuse list out the window of a fast traveling car and loose it for good!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1016011956.jpg"> <BR> This is our health, our lives, our today AND our tomorrows! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:25:46 EST Gearing up for BLC/CAMO28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912526 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l186195163.jpg"> <BR> We on CAMO have our packs <em>256</em> <BR> They are not empty packs! They are filled with what I need to survive! <BR> I am not only filling my pack with essential items to get me through each day, but I am filling my mind with positive input!!! <BR> This whole process is not just numbers, scales, measurements, exercise, deficits, calories and the like!!! <BR> It is what I am putting in my mind, my sprit, my very sou... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:02:22 EST C.A.M.O.27 RECAP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907644 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1184140332.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another BLC round has finished....another CAMO round is complete! <BR> I can't believe I started way back in round 13 (I think?) That is a long road, but that is what this whole thing is about....a JOURNEY. <BR> There is no end line, no job done, I'm finished and outta here medal! No gold watch to say you've retired and off you go. <BR> <BR> To me this is more like completing a chapter in a book, and the page tur... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 10:42:21 EST My week 12 GOALS and PLANS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903706 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1759221521.jpg"> <BR> I believe that quote! Being strong is good but HAVING strength to endure, to progress, to journey, to stand and BE, is blinding and binding! I pray that my journey continues to make me strong enough to do what awaits me today and every day! May you have that strength as well! <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> Here is my plan to show that strength: <BR> EXERCISE PLANS: (week 5 brings a shake up and new routines!!) <BR> 03/04 F... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:28:13 EST My week 11 Goals and Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901124 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l851025084.jpg"> <BR> I deserve to make time for MY meetings, My workouts, My health because they are all the same thing! <BR> To not make time for what will keep me healthy and bring longevity to my life is not being a good caretaker of that which has been given to me. I am in the continual process of improving and making modifications to things I used to be able to do and now keep the focus on what I CAN do!! I CAN be the healthiest me poss... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:52:20 EST My week 10 goals and plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895837 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l282715735.jpg"> <BR> There are no excuses...this IS my life. Yes it is hard, living IS hard. Anyone can sit around and WAIT for things to happen. but the strong go out, hunt those things down, and get on with business!! That is the attitude I have for this week. <BR> Here are my plans for this week and my nitty gritty ones as well!!! <BR> <BR> EXERCISE PLANS: (week 3 a bit more longer on the powervals!) <BR> 20/03 Friday: Bike Powervals/CO... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:43:28 EST My week 9 Goals and Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891691 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l603733448.jpg"> <BR> Another week...another opportunity! I am in my second week of my March Plan and pleased with the results so far. I am seeing measurements getting smaller and weight loss happening! I have energy, I am sleeping more, and I m acting on my plans!! <BR> Here is what awaits this week: <BR> 13/03 Friday: Bike Powervals/CORE <BR> 14/03 Saturday: BOXING interval/TT <BR> 15/03 Sunday: UPPER BODY circuit/Bike Powervals <BR> 16/03 ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:09:32 EST Week 8 Goals and Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888669 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1159239469.jpg"> <BR> For WEEK 8: <BR> This is where I have switched things up a bit! I came to the end of the plan I was using and decided to get out one that I have used before with some new tweaks! I have now begun... MARY's MARCH PROGRAM <BR> 6/03 Friday: LOWER BODY/ BIKE warm up <BR> 7/03 Saturday: BOXING interval/TT <BR> 8/03 Sunday: UPPER BODY/Bike 10K <BR> 9/03 Monday: BIKE INTERVALS/ Toning <BR> 10/03 Tuesday: TOTAL BODY/ Bike 10K ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:22:37 EST Week 7 Goals and Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882626 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l590259528.jpg"> <BR> FOR WEEK 7: <BR> 27/2 Friday: LOWER BODY/ bike warm up <BR> 28/2 Saturday: CARDIO Boxing /bike warm up <BR> 1/03 Sunday: Bike warm up/Tai Chi class <BR> 2/03 Monday: INTERVAL BIKE/ UPPER BODY <BR> 3/03 Tuesday: Bike 10K/ machine mix <BR> 4/03 Wednesday: INTERVAL BIKE/TOTAL BODY <BR> 5/03Thursday: working all day <BR> Weekly Challenge Goals (upcoming week) <BR> 1) Physical: Complete my week 6 workout plan as prepared <... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:08:05 EST My week 6 plan 2/20 to 2/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881792 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l538285899.jpg">The following is just my exercise plans. I will combine this with healthy eating choices and sleeping 7-8 hours a night. I know that when I stay up too late, my weight does not shift!!! <BR> WEEK 6: <BR> 20/2 Friday: Bike 10K/ THROW DOWN THURSDAY ST <BR> 21/2 Saturday: BOXING with ST warm up <BR> 22/2 Sunday: UPPER BODY/ bike 10K <BR> 23/2 Monday: LOWER BODY/ bike 10K <BR> 24/2 Tuesday: Bike intervals / abs/core/pool <BR> 25/... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:39:54 EST My week 5 plan 2/12/ to 2/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874049 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1965165576.jpg"> <BR> Keeping to my goal of planning my weeks ahead of time! Looks very much like last week...cause I am keeping to my plan!! <BR> <BR> WEEK 5: <BR> 12/2 Thursday: BIKE Intervals and stretch/pool <BR> 13/2 Friday: UPPER Body <BR> 14/2 Saturday: CARDIO Boxing with bike warm up <BR> 15/2 Sunday: BIKE warm up abs/core stretches <BR> 16/2 Monday: LOWER Body with bike warm up <BR> 17/2 Tuesday: INTERVAL Bike and Stretch <B... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:55:14 EST My week 4 plan 2/5 to 2/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869592 Keeping to my goal of planning my weeks ahead of time! <BR> <BR> WEEK 4: <BR> 5/2 Thursday: BIKE Intervals and stretch/pool <BR> 6/2 Friday: Lower Body <BR> 7/2 Saturday: CARDIO Boxing with bike warm up <BR> 8/2 Sunday: Upper Body with bike warm up <BR> 9/2 Monday: WORK (Thursday Throw Down) <BR> 10/2 Tuesday: WORK (long walk) <BR> 11/2Wednesday: TOTAL body <BR> 12/2Thursday: INTERVAL Bike and Stretch (WORK afternoon) <BR> <BR> THIS CAMO CAN! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Weekly Challen... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:22:10 EST Keeping the POSITIVE, and FIND YOUR STRONG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850032 BLC is starting again! I really like the focus...Starting the New Year on a POSITIVE! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l457667278.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like that quote..it IS what lies inside of me that will get me to the places I want to occupy. What is taking me there....what is my mindset? How do I see myself? <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1249842985.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have heard it said that if we spoke to another person the way we speak to ourselv... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 06:40:09 EST Poppies to remember and honour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814715 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l742235329.jpg"> <BR> The poppy appeal is in progress over here in the UK. <BR> An amazing display has been on show in London on the grounds of The Tower. <BR> This tribute is to honour all those who have died serving their country. <BR> It is especially poignant this year as it marks 100 years since the start of WW1. <BR> Follow the link and see this moving tribute! <BR> <BR> <link>www.msn.com/en-gb/video/news/tower-o<BR>f-london-poppie... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:20:29 EST In HONOUR of every 26.2er out there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809192 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l854732732.jpg"> <BR> YESS this one is for YOU! For US and for every soon to be, I wanna be, some day I will be marathoner!!! <BR> Why today??? <BR> Well as I watch the NYC Marathon from across the pond...I am drawing on my personal memories and experiences from 6 years ago!! <BR> RUN you amazing marathoners ....RUN! Savour the Experience and Get Your New York ON! <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuAN3UI_LOg </link> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 08:49:59 EST There is No "NO" in my KNOWvember!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808612 That's right, this is the month of KNOW! The month of <em>521</em> and the month of <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l428416208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the month that I take a new step, in a different direction, and the month my targets move closer. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l536418123.jpg"> <BR> It's the month of endless possibilities and of Knowledge! <BR> <BR> This month I have already put in place and acting on a motivated plan of progress t... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:50:55 EST STOP WAITING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807750 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2101643777.jpg"> <BR> TODAY is the only day I have. It's not about thinking I have all the time in the world. I don't! ALL I have is right now, this moment! Whatever I choose to do with it is up to me! It is unfolding and am I paying attention???!!! OR am I too busy looking beyond what I see right in front of me into what I hope is around the corner?? <BR> <BR> What I am waiting for may never arrive....It's about being the ME of NOW and not... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:50:05 EST BLC26 GOALS....because "GOALS NOT WRITTEN DOWN ARE JUST DREAMS"! Time to STOP DREAMING!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781807 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1450535328.jpg">I've had a lot of DREAMS over the years....and yes I have written them down to make them goals. I have seen goals achieved and therefore I know I CAN do what I set my mind to do. I want 2014 to be the year of ROUTINES...the year of COMPLETION...the year I DO IT! I am re- examining what I want and plan for it to happen for BLC26/CAMO26 to be a ROCKIN' ROUND! Here is my plan to ROCK! <BR> <BR> 1. MIND~~I see this as the main... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:28:43 EST You say COLOR...I say FUN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763043 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l572693705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I FINALLY got to experience what the COLOR RUN is all about! <BR> With only having eye laser surgery 4 days before I was instructed that IF I was going to do this event, I could not RUN, I must WALK! I promised the doctor I would be careful and since I had already bought the train ticket AND paid for the event I was not going to jeopardize taking part! <BR> <BR> Having missed the Run closer to us in Manchester, it... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:31:57 EST BLC25 NSV....Le Tour!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743507 When it was announced last year that Le Tour de France would have it's Grand Depart from Yorkshire, England I was stoked!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1563731226.jpg"> That meant it would only be about 35 miles from where I live!! How could I NOT go???!!! <BR> <BR> Due to some logistics alternate Plan B went into place, and I would be going solo on the train to Hebden Bridge, a short 30 minute train ride away. Decked out in my bright yellow Le Tour of Yorkshire T- shir... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:36:31 EST From Me to Boston. Keeping STRONG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677036 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1573103642.jpg"> <BR> I haven't run outside in 5 months! <BR> Yesterday, Sunday 20 April it was time to change that! <BR> Not only was it Easter, it was my Wedding Anniversary, and the eve of the Boston Marathon 2014. <BR> I don't live in Boston, or even in the USA, but as a US Citizen living abroad, I have been in Boston several times and love that city!! <BR> Five years ago my English husband took part in that prestigious and oldest mara... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:42:59 EST SMART Goals for BLC/CAMO24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601021 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1120490287.jpg"> <BR> My goals for this new round are Specific, Measurable, Realistic, and have a Timetable. <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 10 lbs or 5% of current body weight by the end of this round. <BR> 2. Complete the Jamie Eason's Live Fit Workout Plan. I am currently in week 4. <BR> 3. Get at least 7 hours of sleep in bed a night. (not falling asleep in the downstairs chair!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:06:08 EST BLC24 GOALS- Because, "Goals not written down are just DREAMS" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589558 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l636646086.jpg">I've had a lot of DREAMS over the years....and yes I have written them down to make them goals. I have seen goals achieved and therefore I know I CAN do what I set my mind to do. I want 2014 to be the year of ROUTINES...the year of COMPLETION...the year I DO IT! I want and plan for BLC24/CAMO24 to be a ROCKIN' ROUND! Here is my plan to ROCK! <BR> <BR> 1. MIND~~I see this as the main focus of my plan. Keeping positive and wel... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:10:46 EST 10K Thoughts and Making a Legacy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461332 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736014273.jpg">I ran another 10K this past Sunday on a course that I am very familiar with. I have run it 3 times before. I like this race because of the varied abilities of those participating. <BR> It is a pretty flat course except for three inclines that go over the motorway. <BR> <BR> For this weekend's challenge I needed to write about what type of legacy I want to leave, what type of story I want others to read about me. <BR> I had be... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:42:30 EST I am Enough Right NOW!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446629 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1541165852.jpg">This week on my CAMO team our Special part of the weekly challenge was to write about what is holding me back from the weight loss/fitness results I want. Here is my revelation: <BR> <BR> I AM A WARRIOR, but I forget that sometimes and let the fear of success and failure take my mind on a side street, off the path of my journey to my goals. <BR> This was brought home to me last week as I was preparing for a short run. <BR> ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 15:29:06 EST Snips and Snails.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422661 .....sure make the cutest baby boys!!!! <BR> <BR> Welcoming little Montana born Alexander James born 05:21 MT 15 July 2013 <BR> 7 lb, 4oz. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1572137370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2066966019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He is the first child for my youngest son and wife. This very proud and happy grandmother of FIVE will get to hold him for the first time in Sept when hubs and I go over for a visit. I am c... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 06:41:07 EST CAMO/BLC22 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386068 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184608347.jpg"> <BR> It's that time again...time to put my dreams on paper....and make them GOALS! <BR> <BR> Here are my SMART goals for this round: <BR> <BR> **SPECIFIC: I will lose 12 pounds by the end of this round. <BR> <BR> **MEASURABLE: I will log my food and keep within my calorie range of 1450-1700 cal. <BR> I will run 3x a week per my half marathon training program. <BR> I will ST 2x a week. <BR> I will box 1x a week. (My Super ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:52:17 EST The Heart of a Marathoner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325006 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452734927.jpg">There is something to be said about making the decision to commit to a training program that spans several months...to push yourself to train in all kinds of weather conditions....to participate in various distance races to improve your speed, stamina, and grit. It takes focus and determination to see beyond the hundreds of miles and pounds (dollars, euros..etc) to get to what awaits on the other side of that 26.2 mile maratho... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:02:14 EST ROCKSTAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237537 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l442471887.jpg"> <BR> It's not about where I've been...It's about where I'm going. <BR> It's not about the road behind...but the road ahead. <BR> It's not about the memories I try to forget, it's about the ones I'm about to make. <BR> <BR> Life is mine for the taking, <BR> Life is mine to hold <BR> Life is mine why am I waiting? <BR> Reach out, grab tight, hold on and go! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l965219767.jpg... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:26:26 EST MY C.A.M.O.21 Goal Board-Special Ops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227634 Here's my GOAL board for our Special Ops. <BR> It's my vision for my plan for success in this round (21) of BLC and C.A.M.O. Crew! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l520754636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It might be hard to read but my ACTIONS are: Clean Eat, Set time limits, FOCUS on what I am doing, Report to THE CREW every day!, ZUMBA, Better sleep habits (also, run like I stole something, and box like a champion!). <BR> <BR> The little note under me holding my second granddaug... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:08:28 EST Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212439 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l55252449.jpg">It's cold today. There is a light dust of snow this morning but more is expected. The wind is bitter and biting as I walked the dog in the not yet woken up morning. Dark with heavy laden swift moving clouds. I was glad to return to the warmth of the house. <BR> <BR> I have postponed my morning run I had planned...conditions too slippery, cold, windy. <BR> I will do an inside workout instead. <BR> <BR> It may sound like a do... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 03:55:09 EST Getting from here to there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154931 Being a visual person helps me to understand things better. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l404002257.jpg">I'm going to use the visual of a bridge that I need to have strong to get be from the end of BLC/CAMO20 to BLC/CAMO21. <BR> Standing at the end of round 20 I need to have in place certain beams to get me over the chasm of the weeks until BLC/CAMO21 starts. <BR> These beams are basic and my I CAN DO THIS TODAY plan: <BR> 1) drink water like a wild woman! <BR> 2)... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:38:39 EST Day 30: Being Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149300 <em>426</em> November is associated with Thanksgiving so I thought I would spend time each day writing one thing I am thankful for and add to it. <BR> <BR> November 30: To have so much to be thankful for! <BR> November29: A gym to be able to work out in. <BR> November 28: Bright crisp days and clear star filled nights <BR> November 27: Being able bodied to be able to help someone who isn't <BR> November 26: Birthday wishes <BR> November 25: Love that passes all understanding. <BR> Novemb... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:45:25 EST EVERYday is a thanks-giving day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143171 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1182537132.jpg">Happy Thanks-giving! Yes it is the fourth Thursday of November and that means the traditional USA Thanksgiving Day. A day set aside to remember that "first Thanksgiving" between the Indians and Pilgrim fathers so many years ago. Also a day to give thanks for what we personally have. <BR> <BR> I would like to offer the thought that EVERY day is a day to give thanks. I have lived in the UK for just over ten years and this is a... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 06:35:42 EST I am going to have Thanksgiving Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142146 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60036577.jpg"> <BR> I am a HUGE fan of Jonathan Roche!! His podcasts are fantastic, his motivation is to the roof and his enthusiasm is contagious!! <BR> <BR> These are his suggestions I have put into my PLAN for tomorrow!! I'm already in Healthy Me mode...so this is a great springboard into Thursday. <BR> <BR> "Here are my 5 Tips to Thanksgiving Success: <BR> <BR> 1) Do a solid workout in the morning prior to hosting <BR> or going to a... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 03:44:13 EST How do YOU de-stress??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124750 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l631739846.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As part of CAMO weekend DE-stress challenge (and to earn mega points) I'm listing some of the ways I find to de-stress!!! <BR> 1. close my eyes and count to 10 SLOWLY...count again if necessary!! <BR> 2. FIVE deep breaths/or more if need be! <BR> 3. Go into to the bathroom, shut the door and pray. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l582063561.jpg"> <BR> 4. Do something fun!! <BR> 5. DANCE <BR> 6 Go ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 11:11:42 EST DAY 27: Being Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121050 <em>426</em> November is associated with Thanksgiving so I thought I would spend time each day writing one thing I am thankful for and add to it. <BR> <BR> November 27: Being able bodied to be able to help someone who isn't <BR> November 26: Birthday wishes <BR> November 25: Love that passes all understanding. <BR> November 24: Friends to laugh with, and surprises in the mail. <BR> November 23: Phone calls and messages from children, family, and friends over the miles <BR> November 22: ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 04:39:53 EST DAY 1: Being Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120502 November is associated with Thanksgiving so I thought I would spend time each day writing one thing I am thankful for and add to it. <BR> <BR> November 1: <em>426</em> That all my family are safe from the devestating super storm Sandy. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:11:07 EST A Memorial Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112748 This seems to be the season for marathons. Usually in the fall and spring they can be found every weekend. Over here in the UK it's like that just as it is in the USA and Europe and further afield. <BR> <BR> It is my goal to do two marathons a year and I didn't know if this year I would be able to do even one. I had to pull out of training in the spring for a half AND a full due to lower back issues. I healed up over a couple of weeks and drew a line in the sand and planted a flag to run tw... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:37:21 EST Half way Hash out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109678 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l207525338.jpg">These are the goals I set down in a blog on 17 September. As it's half way through BLC20 time to revisit and hash out what I planned to do and what I have done and what to continue on with! <BR> <BR> 1. MIND~~I see this as the main focus of my plan. Keeping positive and well focused will mean keeping my mind in the right place. I will do this by: <BR> a. read- finish "Live Fit and Be Well", read The Fire Starter Sessions DON... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:45:35 EST Run with JOY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080809 If a picture is worth a thousand words...Here's my take on the 10K race I finished today! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l933473118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Like I said in my previous post....I was gonna run with joy today.. and indeed I did!! <BR> <BR> ( I tried to post more pics and words, but had some SPARK issues so this shortened version will have to do) <BR> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:14:31 EST Run like it's my first http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078690 I'm a long distance runner. Shorter distances are harder for me to do. The only time I ever do a 5K (3.1 miles) is the annual Cancer Research UK Race for Life. It's not really timed and it's for a great cause. I never have to worry about being last because there are thousands of women doing whatever speed they want. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l956519788.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I sign up for a 10k (6.2 miles) it's has to be for a good reason. Most often they are to help me... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:11:36 EST BLC20 Plan for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063634 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l476929956.jpg"> <BR> I've been thinking about how to organize my Success Plan and the best way for me is to keep it simple and basic. <BR> <BR> 1. MIND~~I see this as the main focus of my plan. Keeping positive and well focused will mean keeping my mind in the right place. I will do this by: <BR> a. read- finish "Live Fit and Be Well", read The Fire Starter Sessions <BR> b. podcasts- listen weekly to No Excuses Workout... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:36:20 EST SIX years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030558 Today marks SIX big years since I found SparkPeople. <em>104</em> <em>334</em> <BR> I remember that I had read a post on a running website about Spark and decided to check it out. I didn't jump right into anything as I was confused by it all. The main thing is, I stayed. <BR> I kept showing up, day after day, week after week.. and now year after year! <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> What have I gotten out of Sparkpeople that would keep me here for six years?! <BR> The great people, it's free, th... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 13:36:09 EST I'm an addict http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004728 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l178452813.jpg">Ok.. there I said it.. I admit it.. I'm an addict... <BR> I'm addicted to the London 2012 Olympics!! <BR> <BR> What is the first thing I do when I go downstairs after putting the dogs out at 06:00?? Hmm.. Turn on the BBC Breakfast show and use it as background to get caught up on what will be happening in all the venues for the day. <BR> I want to know what has happened overnight while I was sleeping!!! <img src="http://photo... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 09:36:44 EST