HILLSLUG98239's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HILLSLUG98239 HILLSLUG98239'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/ Today, I Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972178 I am so tired. <BR> <BR> I've been having trouble getting enough sleep for the past few weeks. It's not uncommon for me to start the week sleep-deprived. This past weekend, I needed to be up around six a.m. (my work week waking time) on both Saturday and Sunday. I rarely sleep in past seven, but that extra hour can be the difference between me feeling sleepy and feeling rested. <BR> <BR> Generally, I sleep for a few hours, and then I'm awake for a few hours. Because it's summer and twilight... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 19:50:50 EST Huge Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963494 I did the Race the River Sprint tri in Coeur d'Alene today. In sharp contrast to my last race, this one was AWESOME. I'm tired, so I'm just going to copy & paste the email I sent my coach : <BR> <BR> The water was a little choppy. Not bad, but I've never encountered chop before. My pre-race splashing around in the water went well. THANK YOU so much for the advice to focus on forward movement rather than form. I occasionally reminded myself to roll more, but it helped to not worry so much ab... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:43:02 EST Why I Will NEVER Do An Ironman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953424 This past weekend, I volunteered as an athlete catcher at the finish line of Ironman Coeur d’Alene for the last shift. Forget Disneyland: the happiest place on the earth is the finishers’ chute at an Ironman. <BR> <BR> Leading up to the event, I fully anticipated I’d spend my entire shift crying. Seeing people meet an amazing goal makes me very emotional. A few hours before my shift started, I was standing on a sidewalk, watching a woman about five blocks from the finish line. The top ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:42:44 EST My Dreadful Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942432 I returned to Tygh Valley for the Pine Hollow Sprint Tri this past weekend. I had an awful day. <BR> <BR> The irony is, I arrived full of confidence. My goal was to best last year's time. Should have been a cake walk. It wasn't. <BR> <BR> I skipped the wetsuit this year. The lake temperature was at least as warm as the pool I swim in at the club (about 70°F). I didn't want to wrestle with the suit, and I hadn't yet gotten in an open water swim this year. <BR> <BR> Somewhere between the tr... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:56:41 EST Reports of My Imminent Departure Were Exaggerated ... by me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926047 So I'm not giving up on SparkPeople just yet. It occurred to me that I haven't been blogging. My past blogs are great motivational tools (for me - they may be whiny boring blather to everyone else), and I need to get back to regular blogging. <BR> <BR> Why no blogging? I've been writing weekly emails to my coach. A lot what what I write would be duplicated in a blog post. But I'm also more honest in my blog posts, because those are for my consumption, not my coach's. I'm somewhat surprised t... Sun, 10 May 2015 23:15:14 EST Experience Can Be a Painful Teacher http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905847 ...but if I actually learn something, it's worth it! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I developed plantar fasciitis in my left foot last year. X-rays of my ankle showed a bone spur on the heel in January, but the doc didn't diagnose it until July. In the interim, I'd run Bloomsday, a duathlon, and a sprint triathlon. I did another sprint tri in August, and then quit running until the end of the year. <BR> <BR> My left foot didn't heal, but it was better. I finally bought a brace to sleep in, and ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 12:36:45 EST You Gotta Be Cruel to Be Kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894626 I had to be mean to myself yesterday. <BR> <BR> I was in a snacky mood. I ate a serving of trail mix - about a third of the package. I wanted more. No, I said, or you won't have any calories left over for dinner. I want more. Okay, but this means no dinner. I want more. So I ate the whole package. <BR> <BR> And then I wanted dinner. No no no - we had this conversation already. Your "dinner" was a bag of trail mix you ate at 4 p.m. *sniff* Well, that stinks. <BR> <BR> I ate a banana and a... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:43:13 EST And Now, The Crunch Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892340 I'm keeping tabs on my body, as much coach asked me to do. I rode into work today and made it into a Brick workout. Ugh. I haven't done a Brick since the tri I did in August. My poor legs! <BR> <BR> I am at the point I need to throttle back on my "extra" activities. I kind of want to walk at lunch today - I think it would help my legs a bit - but I've decided against it. My legs aren't sore, but I'm running a 5K tomorrow and I'm hoping to ride my bike to the staging area. It's only about six... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:06:24 EST My Body May Be Inflexible, But My Schedulde Is Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891898 A while back, I asked Coach CiCi if I can continue to do my walks at lunch and bike commutes on non-bike days. (Tuesdays, my commute is my workout.) She said yes, but ... She wants me keep tabs on my body and make sure I'm not over-doing it. <BR> <BR> My workout schedule for this end of the week was: Thursday - swim; Friday - run; Saturday - Brick. While I was swimming this morning, I was thinking I'd have to skip the ride home tonight because after swimming today, running tomorrow and doing... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:00:59 EST Feeling Like a Slug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891400 Today's workout was a run: warm-up for fifteen minutes, run a mile as fast as I can, then walk for twenty minutes. <BR> <BR> It sucked. <BR> <BR> Last April, I ran a mile without stopping. It'd been at least a dozen years since I'd done that. I was so proud. I was hopeful I could do the same today. I couldn't. If you'd been chasing me with a knife, I could have gone a little faster, but not for long. And I could have then called 911 and asked the police to take me home after I wrote my stat... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:28:41 EST Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890521 Coach CiCi has me doing swim drills as a part of every swim. I'm swimming at lunch today, and the drills take about as long as I have available during my lunch break. The advantage of the drills is they're less boring than just following the line on the bottom of the pool. <BR> <BR> I just bought one of the photos of myself from the indoor tri I did a few weekends ago. I only bought a swim photo, because I'm unlikely to get a photo of myself swimming. My head is too far out of the water, but... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:05:16 EST Indoor Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885891 I did an indoor tri last Saturday, and it was a blast! I intend to do the same event next year, and I'm hopeful my enthusiasm - and the fact they give away finisher's medals - will encourage a few friends to do it with me. <BR> <BR> The organizers called it the Coeur d'Alene event, but it was really in Plummer, ID, about 30 miles south of Cd'A. It would be a lot tougher to get people excited about a triathlon in Plummer. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> The club that hosted the event is on the Co... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:53:05 EST How'm I Doin'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878867 Given how wretched I felt a week ago, I'm surprised by how good I feel right now. <BR> <BR> I swam this morning. I have an indoor triathlon in nine days, so my swims are focused on preparing for that event. I use fins for the floatation and I don't really kick -- so I thought. I did a few laps without the fins this morning, and I'm about 45 seconds slower per lap without them. The indoor tri swim leg is ten minutes - I'll be lucky to get in five lap in that time. <BR> <BR> I will start doin... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:57:30 EST The Sickness Fog Has Lifted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877521 I have an indoor triathlon in a week & a half, and I haven't been in the pool in more than two weeks. The Hubs & I went to a backcountry resort the first weekend of the month. I started coming down with something that Saturday evening. It derailed me for better than a week. I'm still not sure what it was, other than a pesky virus. The sore throat was awful, but I rarely coughed or sneezed. Every time I rinsed my sinuses, a fair amount of yellowish bloody goop would come out of my upper sinuse... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:52:21 EST Good/Bad for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866144 GOOD: At lunch, I swam a few laps without the fins. I did pretty good. I'm doing an indoor triathlon in about a month, so it's time to start prepping for that event. <BR> <BR> BAD: The staff at the juvenile court had a potluck lunch. Despite not being hungry, I ate enough food to count as a complete lunch. I drank about 20 ounces of Sprite - and it's been months and months (as in probably six) since I've had a soda. Just as I expected, it made me a little quesy almost immediately. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:19:58 EST Not AGAIN?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865587 I think I need to start prefacing everything I write with "This is not a solicitation for advice. Please resist the temptation to give me advice. Unsolicited advice from people who do not know me nor my chronic injury issues makes me cranky." <BR> <BR> I posted this on the Athena group on Facebook: <BR> "I cannot do a legitimate push-up. It's a fact. I'm working toward that goal, but at this point, I cannot. It's not the end of the world - I have NEVER been able to do a pull-up, either. But... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:15:59 EST *WHEW* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864837 I decided to try an experiment by not weighing myself for a week. I did okay, but my body fat percentage went up. <BR> <BR> I have had bunion on my right foot for years now. A few weeks ago, I felt one developing on my left foot, the foot that's recovering from plantar fasciitis. (Soooooooooo not fair!) Years ago, I had a chiropractor who treated my feet, and he'd tape the foot to alleviate the bunion. I decided to try taping my feet, and it really helped. <BR> <BR> Years ago when I was ta... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:32:22 EST I'm Such A Loser (and why I have no problem with that) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861041 This blog post has nothing to do with my athletic goals. Fear not, my self-esteem and confidence are intact. <BR> <BR> Today, I spied an email subject line that addressed my "career goals." Pfft. I don't really have any. No five-year plan. No desire to run for an elected office. No quest for world domination. <BR> <BR> If you read career advice, we're all supposed to have these plans; without them, we are doomed to toil away and grind away the years without accomplishment or fulfillment. Ag... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:32:00 EST Celebrate the Little Victories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853467 I've been uber-busy at work, which means I've had less time to goof off online. But I am waiting for a file to be delivered, so now's a good time for a quick journal entry. <BR> <BR> I swam at lunch yesterday. I came to the conclusion that, for now, I will ignore Swim Coach Kathy's advice about nose plugs. She did suggest getting rid of it unless I absolutely needed it. One of her concerns is that it's hard to get complete air exchange with your nose plugged. However, in open water, I cannot... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:48:11 EST I Feel Things Turning Around :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848908 I ran again at lunch today. When he initially diagnosed my plantar fasciitis, my doctor recommended starting out by running a quarter-mile. Today, I noticed that I'd been running for ninety seconds, and this thought went through my head: stop it. <BR> <BR> When I've started running after a long lay-off, I always start with 15- or 30-second runs, with 60-90 seconds of walking. Why in the world would I think I could just head right out and run non-stop? <BR> <BR> This run felt a lot better.... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:03:37 EST Yesterday Was An Odd One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841383 I went to yoga last night. That was a battle in and of itself. I talked myself into, and out of, going to the club a dozen times. The battle was raging even as I approached the club. The "just give it a try!" side of me won. <BR> <BR> My back is a LOT better, but I spent a fair amount of time in childs pose instead of doing what the instructor suggested. Some of it was just too much. I am glad I made myself do it, though. <BR> <BR> But I wasn't very glad when I looked in the mirror and all ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:09:22 EST Wow, I Can Really Be A Jerk Sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840793 I'm a member of an Athena triathlete group on Facebook. One of my Athena sisters posted this on the group's page: <BR> <BR> "Hi Athena's: as we go into the New Year with some pretty amazing triathlon goals upon us I'm curious to know if anybody has any questions, thoughts, concerns etc going into your tri planning? <BR> <BR> "Anything goes... if you are training for your first ever tri to training for an Ironman. I had a million questions from lady issues to how do I balance it all. Just ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:45:12 EST Screw Joy. I'm Feeling Sorry for Myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838023 My back hurts. It sucks. It's self-inflicted, because I kept putting off going to the chiropractor. I've been telling myself for a couple of months that I needed to schedule some adjustments to get my back ready for running in January. And yet I put it off and put it off until I could barely move. Now, I'm icing it and whimpering and looking forward to my next adjustment next week. <BR> <BR> I can move about, but with caution. The good news is I can stretch my hamstrings and lower back with... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:17:11 EST Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836966 Today is just one of those days! <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm sick. I skipped my workout at lunch. Swimming with gooey sinuses seemed like not the best use of my lunch break. And I felt really tired, so I skipped going for a walk and took a nap. <BR> <BR> And then I proceeded to eat everything I could get my hands on. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> On the plus side, the fact I don't have any cash in my wallet saved me from giving in to my Taco Bell craving. <BR> <BR> Tonight is our church's Ch... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:26:00 EST Come to the Dark Side, Kim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836342 I stopped by a local thrift store yesterday. Outside the store, they had a Burley HepCat recumbent bike for $140. <em>40</em> The front brake needs re-assembled, and I couldn't get the seat to adjust. I hemmed and hawed. We each own a road bike and a mountain bike. I'm going to by an event bike this spring. I got rid of several bikes when I merged households with The Hubs. The Hubs is going to kill me if I come home with another bike. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:55:45 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835070 I tried a few intervals. Nothing structured, just "GO SWIM FAST!" These were my first swim intervals. Hmm. They suck as much as hill repeats. <BR> <BR> Last night, I noticed my lower legs - outside, at the bottom of my calves - are sore to the touch. I skipped my foot stretches in the pool because of it. I figure a foam-roller session is in order, and that is going to be the weirdest foam-roller session ever. <BR> <BR> I only got about 6 1/2 hours of sleep last night. I need 7 1/2 to feel ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:32:26 EST In a Lull http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833881 I am not the dedicated workout machine some people think I am. <BR> <BR> I skipped yoga last Thursday. Then I skipped strength training Friday, thinking I was going to do it Saturday. Saturday was insanely busy - including a 3-hour bike ride, my first ride in over a month. I went to a party Saturday night, and I drank more beer than I have in years. <BR> <BR> Thanks to the 1000 calories worth of beer I drank, my calorie intake was pretty high over the weekend. After a three hour ride, I nee... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:44:09 EST Taking Care of All of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832019 I skipped yoga last night. I see the benefits of yoga, but my primary goal is not to an awesome yogi. It's to be an awesome triathlete. I figured yoga once a week is enough to help me with my flexibility, and there's no reason why I can't have a little facetime with Chad on the Wii Fit. (Chad is the rather androgynous but clearly more male-looking "person" in the Wii Fit. He tells me I'm very flexible. It's pretty obvious he's flirting with me with lines like that.) <BR> <BR> More importantl... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:02:23 EST What an Awesome Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830597 Went for a walk at lunch. <BR> <BR> Did a 30-minute spin class, then swam. It was a great swim. I could really feel it in my shoulders toward the end. I did 20 (or 21) laps crawl, five laps backstroke to "unwind" my shoulders. I was shooting for an hour, but 45 minutes was good enough. Tomorrow is strength training, and I don't want to over-do it. <BR> <BR> I sent an email to C.C., the woman I spoke to while back about being my coach. She's still working on a program that will suit my speci... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:37:30 EST My Recent History, Based Upon My Wardrobe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825982 Winter 2010: My size 18 suits are snug, even with a girdle. I am at least 210 pounds, possibly more. <BR> <BR> Fall 2011: My size 18 suits fit. I can squeeze into a few of my size 16 suits with a girdle. <BR> <BR> Spring 2013: My size 18 suits are falling off of me. My size 16 suits fit with a girdle. I weigh about what I did when we got married. <BR> <BR> Summer 2013: I have a complete hysterectomy. A week later, I weigh ten pounds less. My doctor has no explanation, as she only removed a... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 19:10:10 EST The Fork is My Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822554 I had an insight today: How much healthier would my diet be if I only ate things that had to be eaten with a utensil? Clearly, fresh fruit and vegetables are, for the most part, excluded. But this rule would exclude sandwiches: although my sandwiches are healthy, they're a primary source of excess sodium in my diet. It excludes pizza, unless I eat it with a knife and fork. And it excludes all fast food and salty snacks, candy, baked goods. <BR> <BR> I'll make exceptions for nuts and dried fr... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:32:42 EST Last Friday's Swim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819038 I can't believe I forgot to memorialize this. I go back and re-read my blogs from time to time, and last Friday's swim was a break-through workout. <BR> <BR> I've been using a gadget called a Tech-Tok. It gives audible feedback when I'm rolling my hips enough. For a newbie swimmer like me, it's awesome. It's made a big difference. I'm still slow, but I'm noticeably faster with the Tech-Tok. <BR> <BR> My lunch-time swims are brief - I only have about 15-20 minutes in the pool. Because of tha... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:08:19 EST The Cold Finally Caught Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819029 I skipped a meeting last night because I just wasn't up to it. I'd already arranged to come into work late today, because the meeting meant I wouldn't get to sleep until eleven p.m. or so. <BR> <BR> I think I have a bit of a cold. I have allergies, so I don't usually recognize I'm sick until it knocks me out. But this one is different. My sinuses are a little stuffy & irritated, but I'm sneezing very little and my nose isn't dripping. We've had a stagnant air advisory and a burn ban for a fe... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:55:14 EST Dilemma Solved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818421 The lows are predicted to be in the teens most of the week, so I won't be riding my bike. I might brave the ride Thursday evening, because the overnight low should be in the 20's. But, barring that, I will be driving home the next few nights. My hopes of working out at lunch today were dashed by a meeting that went long. Tomorrow evening, I can go to yoga and then maybe strength-train after yoga; Wednesday, I can sentence myself to another painful hour of intervals on an exercise bike. That w... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:56:27 EST Scheduling Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817046 Because of the Tuesday holiday, and unseasonably cold weather, I didn't commute by bike this week. That made getting to the gym a lot easier. <BR> <BR> Monday evening, I did strength training and yoga. Wednesday, did intervals on an exercise bike. Yesterday, I swam and did yoga. Today, I got in a short swim at lunch and I did strength training after work. I'm hoping I can do my long fasting ride tomorrow morning, but it's likely to be in the mid-teens at 8 a.m. My lower comfort limit is the ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 01:14:33 EST Why I Don't Take The Numbers Too Seriously http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816668 Wednesday, I ate within range. I walked at lunch, and I spent an hour on a exercise bike in the gym doing intervals. The following morning, both my weight and my body fat percentage were up. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I ate lunch in a restaurant, ate an entire frozen pizza for dinner, and drank three beers. I swam for about 45 minutes in the morning, and I did some really easy yoga in the evening. This morning, both my weight and my body fat percentage are lower. <BR> <BR> And that's why I don't... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:08:26 EST Brrrr! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815217 As the day passed, I found myself getting sorer from last night's workout. Not terribly so, just enough to make me know I worked out. Some of it is in my upper back - probably from the yoga. <BR> <BR> Having a Tuesday holiday makes for a weird week. Normally, I would have ridden home tonight, then back into work tomorrow. Wednesday nights, I drive home so that I can swim before court Thursday morning. Then I drive home Thursday. Which leaves me wondering how to structure this week. Ride ho... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:26:02 EST Baby, It's Cold Outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814937 I leave work at 5 p.m. Yoga starts at 6:15. I can get to the club in 15 minutes, so yesterday, it occurred to me that I can probably get in a strength training workout before yoga. <BR> <BR> With the exception of the short, body-weight strength training in the Racing Weight Quick Start, I haven't done any weight training since May or June. (After my first triathlon, I decided to forgo strength training and use that time working on swimming.) My logs were still tucked into my copy of Holisti... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:21:27 EST Two Blog Posts In One Morning? Is Facebook Broken? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814311 Apparently I'm feeling long-winded. Or inspired. Or bored. <BR> <BR> I just changed my ticker to reflect my goal weight. In the past, I've set goals that represent losing 10% of my body weight. That's a lot less intimidating than putting that BIG goal out there. But recently, I decided that, although this goal may require more work than I'm willing to do, I'm putting it out there. <BR> <BR> The language in that previous sentence is critical: it may be "more work than I'm willing to do," NOT... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:47:59 EST A Most Amazing Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814279 Yay! It's Monday! <BR> <BR> I have no idea why I'm so happy it's Monday, but I am feeling really upbeat. Let's hear it for maintaining this positive mood! <BR> <BR> So, had a nice chat with the potential coach Friday evening. If I hire her, I will be her first official client. She's been a multi-sport athlete for a decade. Her coach, who has 18 years of coaching experience, is mentoring her, and will be overseeing what she does with me. I'm cool with that. She appreciates how analytical I a... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:50:41 EST Swim? Mow the Lawn? Sell a Kidney? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812675 It's my afternoon off, and I don't have to go to court. I'd planned to go for a swim, but a little while ago, it occurred to me that I could go home now and mow the lawn while there's still daylight so that we don't have to do it tomorrow. And I can pick the last of the veggies that won't survive a freeze (zucchinis, tomatoes, and cucumbers) this afternoon. I can swim when it's dark. And because it's Friday, the swim team will be out of the pool at 5:30. That gives me plenty of time to swim b... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 15:29:47 EST The Program Only Works if You Work It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811015 Three weeks into the Quick Start, and I'm doing my usual mediocre part. Each one of these weeks has had at least one day in which my diet was a total wreck, if not two. I've missed a few workouts. <BR> <BR> But heck, it's only three weeks. <BR> <BR> I didn't swim at lunch today. It would have been a pretty short swim, because the judge who was hearing the afternoon cases starts promptly and attorneys who are late or unprepared get a serious stinkeye. And my sinuses were a little crabby. N... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 00:10:04 EST In Response to GHK's Zombie Survival Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807741 I have long been a hiker. Prior to meeting The Hubs, I was a solo hiker. Solo female hikers are a source of endless fascination to many. I'm actually much safer the farther I get into the back country than I am in civilization. Nevertheless, many people are stunned to hear I do not carry a firearm. <BR> <BR> Guns are heavy. I carry an ice ax and a brain that's equipped with excellent situational awareness and survival skills. And, unlike the gun, both of them have other uses besides defense... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:10:52 EST Not Sure Why This Is Happening, But I'm Loving It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806620 I was at the very end of an entertaining and inspirational blog post when my browser shut down and restarted itself. I am saddened that this blog post window reopened BLANK. The post wasn't so entertaining and inspirational that I want to write it all again, so, here's a short version: <BR> <BR> I took a walk a lunch. <BR> <BR> I rode home in the rain, which, combined with pedestrians and their dogs, made it difficult to do high cadence intervals. But it did leave me grinning like a fool. <... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:50:37 EST Flexing My Will Power Muscle - RAWR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806016 Today's food log: 1800 calories (no exercise today), 31% calories from protein, 21% from fat. <BR> <BR> I've just finished dinner, and I was feeling pretty confident that I'd done well today. But I knew I needed to log my food before indulging in a treat that might undo all the good decisions I'd made. I'm glad I did. A serving of 85% cocoa chocolate wouldn't derail the day, but I'm going to pass. I'm going to revel in the delicious taste of a day in which my will power was strong enough to ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:44:42 EST Tri-Cities Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805799 Yesterday, I volunteered at the Tri-Cities Marathon. I was posted where the path splits, to direct runner up onto the west side of the Cable Bridge. <BR> <BR> I'd planned to ride my bike there, but I decided against it. I'd done a glycogen depletion ride the previous day, so I didn't really need another ride. I prefer to use my bike for transportation purposes as much as possible, but the wind was howling yesterday. If that makes me a wimp, I'm a wimp. But boy howdy, am I glad I'm a wimp. <B... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:23:13 EST Fierce She is! Rawr! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804567 I'm pretty pleased with myself right now. <BR> <BR> I'm glad I went back to the club - with a swimsuit - to do my laps, even though I'd decided against it after my first trip to the club without the swimsuit. That's not like me. I'm pretty stubborn. That can be good, because once I set my mind to something, it's difficult to pull me off course. The flip side of that, though, is that once I've quit, I'm done. <BR> <BR> Using a snorkel has helped me improve my form. I'm doing a lot better at... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:52:02 EST Meeting The New Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803508 Well, I haven't really met her yet. Right now, we're pen pals. <BR> <BR> I recently read a post from a Spark Friend about maintaining weight loss. You can only do it if you fall in love with the new you. It set me to thinking: Who am I if I'm not fat anymore? I'm down to 175 pounds, from about 210 or so. The least I've weighed in the last fifteen years was 165. I was pretty fit, but still big. <BR> <BR> My foot has finally healed from plantar fasciitis, and I don't want to re-injure it. I a... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:54:50 EST Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801408 This past weekend was our diocese's convention. I was a lay delegate. The conference was held at the Marcus Whitman in Walla Walla. The food was amazing. <BR> <BR> And so now, I am back where I was a week ago, body-wise. And I was being relatively good! I didn't eat a single damned cookie. I ate the desert after dinner, but I didn't clean my plate at dinner, and I limited myself to one glass of wine each evening. And I did the workouts I was scheduled to do. <BR> <BR> But, true to form, I ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:04:40 EST Quick Start, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798879 Today is my third day on the Racing Weight Quick Start. I have a few victories I want to pat myself on the back for. <BR> <BR> Today is Boss's Day. Our support staff always does a better job of celebrating boss's day than the attorneys do of celebrating Administrative Professionals Day. They start planning well in advance. When I arrived at work yesterday, there was an invitation to our lunch today with M&Ms attached. NO CANDY FOR ME. I removed the M&Ms from my office. I put them in the brea... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:48:16 EST