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/ 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 Where Have I Been? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796989 I can't believe it's been several weeks since I wrote a blog post. It's entirely possible I haven't had much to say. But that has changed! <BR> <BR> I just read Matt Fitzgerald's Racing Weight Quick Start Guide. I'm ready to start. I probably should have started last weekend, because I was on vacation this past week. I eat when I'm bored, or when I need a break, so it can be harder for me to make good choice when I'm working. <BR> <BR> This morning, I went for a fasting glycogen depletion ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:53:47 EST You Should Probably Ignore This Rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789323 Why are people so certain that the word "diet" is a bad word? Over and over, I see people say "a diet is a temporary thing and it's doomed to fail." It's only that think if you believe it is that thing. <BR> <BR> Seriously, people, look in a dictionary. <link>dictionary.reference.com/browse/diet<BR>?s=t </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't replied this way, because I try to be upbeat, but help me Jesus because I so very much want to write "OMG you people are dumb." They're so focused on this on... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:33:19 EST It's Only A Couple of Days, But I'm Calling It a Trend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781182 I did pretty good on my diet yesterday. Breakfast was bacon, homemade sourdough pancakes, and homemade blackberry jam (I don't use much sugar in my jam). I had a ridiculously large apple for a morning snack, and I noshed on figs and almonds most of the day. Lunch was a serving of home-canned chicken (unsalted). Dinner was mashed turnips with 1/4 cup of plain yogurt and about 1/4 cup of blue cheese crumbles, with home-grown beans. (The yogurt is similar enough in flavor to sour cream, and the ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:53:11 EST Wintertime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778048 I'm a gardener and an outdoor-activity enthusiast. While a lot of people view the coming winter with sadness, I revel in it. Fall sliding into winter means the nature is slowing down and preparing to rest. It means my garden stops producing more cucumbers than we can eat and soon we don't have to worry about mowing the lawn. The change of seasons is just that: not a death, not an end, but a chance to rest and reflect. <BR> <BR> So it occurred to me that perhaps my recent crabby mood is an em... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:07:56 EST Be What You Are http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772129 Few readers would guess this, but I was a punk rocker in my youth. One of my favorite bands - and these guys are still touring - was Stiff Little Fingers. One of their songs was directly aimed at "star culture" and fans' tendency to view their idols as, well, idols. The lyric that comes to mind quickest is "You think you're nobody, and we have all the fun, but no one's a nobody - everyone is someone. Be what you are." <BR> <BR> Through social media, I know a lot of triathletes and multi-spor... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:58:27 EST Yay! I Almost Bonked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767706 About nine miles into my ride home, I was suddenly HUNGRY. As in /bold font HUNGRY\. Not the usual I-can-smell-what-people-are-cooking-and-it<BR>-all-smells-delicious-because-I'm-burn<BR>ing-nearly-1000-calories-on-this-ride hungry, but a deep, gnawing hunger. I carry a couple of energy gel packets with me as emergencies for myself or others, but I didn't want to eat one because I was headed straight home rather than going out on a long training ride. <BR> <BR> Then the Inner Coach pointed o... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:49:37 EST