HIPPYCHICK5005's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HIPPYCHICK5005 HIPPYCHICK5005'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/ Sweat, Chocolate and Cute Girls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250380 My previous blog discussed my first 5K run. What I left out of that blog was the not only did my friend run with me, but my nine year old and ten year old daughters did too. They both run track at school for PE and so they were prepared even though they didn't train with me. <BR> <BR> My friend who ran with me also brought her two daughters. What a better way to start a weekend than sweating for chocolate with four cute little girls. It was a great experience. I wanted my girls to se... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:17:57 EST My First 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246734 On Saturday I ran in my 1st official 5K race. Not a" lets run 3.2 miles on the treadmill" race. Not a virtual race. An actual get up at 5:30 to get to there by 7:30 to run with 12,000 other people and get an official time race. It was scary to think about. I was nervous the whole way there. Wondering what if I come in last in my age division? Would people think I am too big to be running? Too heavy? Too slow?? Do I look silly running? Will people notice how my butt jiggles? And of course, cou... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:29:15 EST 6 minutes faster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237445 I "ran" a 5k at the end of December. I have diligently trained for my upcoming 5K since. In the past month I have shaved 6 minutes off my time. That hardly makes me Speedy Gonzalez, but it does put me firmly in the middle of the times shown in last years results. <BR> <BR> My thighs are tighter (even impressed my 10 year old when she patted my leg), I can walk up the stairs without losing my breath, and I've lost 10 lbs (the right way). Instead of whining when I go run, my kids actuall... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 15:56:12 EST Tales from the treadmill.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206527 I am the mom to three little girls. They are cute. I love them. But they have this habit that drives me crazy. Three nights a week I settle them in to some activity they enjoy, or maybe not enjoy but need to do (math!) and I head to the treadmill. After five minutes, when I am just about to work through that terrible I hate this part and hit my stride, one of them, or maybe two, will have something urgent to tell me. Can't wait. Have to have mom NOW. I would have been with them for ho... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:19:47 EST First week check in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194640 Last week was my first week back at weightwatchers. I lost a bit over 6 lbs. But that is not my biggest victory. I also ran three days last week. Even though my training program is getting harder with a bigger component being the running, I stuck to it and that makes me proud. <BR> <BR> This week, in addition to two days of running and following my eating plan, I want to concentrate on getting that water in. I know from past experience that the only way to do that is to always have it... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:51:14 EST New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187888 I an a big fan of minimalist bloggers and live a pretty pared down life compared to others in my circles. Minimalism is about removing excess, avoiding too much in life to find more. Many of the minimalist bloggers will tell you that the way to make and keep resolutions is to not have too many. So while there are many things I want to do this year, I resolve to only do two. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue running. I am still a new runner, no doubt. My first official 5K run is February 9 but I ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:19:57 EST THE DAY WE EAT NACHOS FOR BREAKFAST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166448 Today is the holiday celebration for work. Three floors of food! Very little healthy. It is for many people the day you eat nachos for breakfast. Why? Because you can. This year I have decided that the day, though not exactly free, is a day I am going to enjoy some of the things I don't usually get to enjoy. This day is not the reason I am overweight. There are lots of reasons that do not involve this day at all. But this year..a funny thing has happened. <BR> <BR> None of it is ap... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:06:49 EST So many steps, so little time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163492 I have been enjoying my new fitbit device. It is motivating like my old pedometer, but stirs my competitive juices by letting me compete against my friends, many of which I met here! It has also brought some big realizations to my life. <BR> <BR> First, it is virtually impossible for me to get 10,000 steps a day while at work. I walk a very circuitous route to the bathroom and walk to meetings that are within a mile, and still can barely crack 7,000 most days. My job is a very sedentary... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:38:14 EST Wasting Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161926 I am a huge procrastinator. I like to think I work better under pressure, and while I do handle pressure well I am sure I am just as effective when I don't wait to the last minute to do something. <BR> <BR> The same thing goes for my health. I wait until the last minute to decide what to eat, to pack my gym clothes, to pack snacks for work. And what do I do with all that time I am wasting? I don't really know. It slips through my hands. Some is spent with the kids and taking care of ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:28:46 EST 46 and counting down.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136314 My work calendar today showed that there are 46 days left in the year. That means there are only 46 opportunities to get a good workout in, only 138 more meals left to eat, 368 glasses of water left to drink, and 46 days to finish up some of those 2012 resolutions. <BR> <BR> I am going to take my 46 days and use them as fully as I can. It is not too late to make 2012 a defining year. Fall and early winter is always a good time for me to be reflective and focused. There is no reason it ... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 12:06:53 EST Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009544 I am doing the Spark Coach program and I really like the daily ToDo list they already have for me. Today's video and community assignment dealt with time wasters. How do you find an hour to exercise every day. Thinking about this question, here are a few of mine. <BR> <BR> 1. Staying up too late makes me sleep to late in the morning to exercise. <BR> 2. Not using the time my kids are in an activity to exercise. They play basketball at a gym for goodness sake, in the same room with the ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:39:59 EST The gift of a late night waking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989047 I have a story that is familiar to many of my friends. At 10 PM I brushed my teeth, washed my face, took my vitamins and fell into bed exhausted from my day. All was blissful and well until 2:30 AM when I woke up and could not return to sleep. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it is my age or just the busy life I lead that makes me long for simpler things, but no matter the reason I am in a stage of making my life as minimalist as possible. A minimalist blog I read recently discussed being easy w... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:12:17 EST First steps to the 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988090 So my new plan for motivation is to finally get off my duff and start doing those 5K events I have always wanted to do. Stage fright and being unsure of how I would do have kept me from moving forward. I was stuck and then I saw a story on Sparkpeople about virtual 5K events. Perfect! It lets me do a little self evaluation on how I would do, provides incentive for the training, and gives me a little confidence and small victories. <BR> <BR> I must admit I have been ambitious in my sign-u... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:55:17 EST Summer off?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976488 It seems without making a conscious decision, I have taken the summer off. I haven't blogged, haven't really tracked what I am eating, have reduced the exercise, and am not drinking water. The results? I am not losing weight. I am relieved that any gain has been small and short lived so clearly I am still making better decisions, but I am no longer losing. I am above my goal line on the weight tracker. That sucks. <BR> <BR> So here I am trying to catch a little motivation to get back on... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:43:21 EST Halfway there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872096 I had the realization that I am halfway to my weight loss goal. Then the panic set in that I really need to get to work! Though I am losing pretty well, I don't think my habits are set enough to allow me to maintain. So I am going back to the basics. Here is my plan. <BR> <BR> 1. Make sure to drink all of that water everyday. I know this makes me feel better and during the week it guarantees that I will get more exercise because I am a half a block away from the bathroom. <BR> <BR> 2.... Tue, 8 May 2012 10:51:44 EST Top Ten Non-Scale Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862808 My scale has been moving so slowly lately so I have been watching for those non-scale victories to keep me going. Here are my top ten. <BR> <BR> 1. I am on the last hole in my belt. The end wraps around to my back. Trying to decide, new hole or new belt?? <BR> <BR> 2. My knees and feet don't hurt in the morning. Not even after I exercise. <BR> <BR> 3. I am not only wearing one of my skinny dresses, but it is looking a little big on me. <BR> <BR> 4. I am down at least one size in ... Wed, 2 May 2012 10:20:33 EST Weekend Retreat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848072 I just got back from a nice long retreat weekend. The focus of this particular retreat was on caring for yourself physically as well as spiritually. It was located on a lake and the weather was lovely. I did Yoga, learned more about acupuncture, and got a lot of rest, including a really long nap on Saturday. It was a lovely, blissful weekend and though it was difficult to get everything together beforehand, I am certainly glad I went. <BR> <BR> What I didn't do was worry about food. The... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:17:17 EST It's a long, long road... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839370 I remember reading an article about the emotional component about losing weight. The basic idea in the article is that on some level fat holds all of the negative emotions that caused it to be so that when you begin losing that fat the residual sadness comes to the surface. <BR> <BR> On one level, that is a bit too esoteric for me. However, there also seems to be some grain of truth I can hold on to in there. <BR> <BR> Emotional eating has been my worst enemy for my entire life. I eat ... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:19:59 EST For the first time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777276 For the first time in this particular journey towards a healthier life, someone commented on the fact that I had lost weight. Often comments like that make me uncomfortable, almost like they now know my secret dislike of the state of my health. It can make me feel exposed and vulnerable. <BR> <BR> I understand that makes no sense because the fact that I am overweight is obvious, though my height and body type allow me to conceal the pounds easier than some. But, somewhere deep inside of... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:21:50 EST I'm an overweight nomad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759781 My adventure on the scale has gone well recently. Down almost 15 pounds I have crossed that invisible BMI line between obese and overweight. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Though many think the BMI measurement isn't accurate, it is another way for me to mark progress and at least for me it does seem that when I cross that line I start to feel better. My knees ache less, I feel more energetic, and my blood pressure takes a noticeable drop. And psychologically it is HUGE! <BR> <BR> So now I tak... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:51:39 EST Dancing my butt off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4744524 I have still not hit that place with exercise where I can say I miss it when I don't do it. with one exception. I love dance fitness, <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> It is the only kind of exercise I do that I always end up doing more than I planned. I sweat without realizing I'm working. I feel young and energetic while I'm doing it. It reminds me of exercise as a kid. Effortless. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 09:28:18 EST Walking, walking, walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355356 My husband and I both got new Omron pedometers. I love this thing! It doesn't click and doesn't have to be on any specific part of the body so it is much more convenient to use with my work clothes. Our goal is 5000 steps to start. Both he and I have seditary jobs, so getting up during the day and walking around is a conscious decision. Having the pedometer on, and a little competition to keep up with, makes remembering to do that much easier. And at the end of the day if we need a few ... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:25:26 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4306334 Back from vacation and ready to get started. Turned off the ipad at 9 and falling asleep was much easier last night. Slept all night too. Not happy with my weigh in but at least I weighed. Going to really work the water and make a menu today as well as get a little exercise. Sat, 18 Jun 2011 08:47:52 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4286883 Today was day <BR> one and I feel like it was successful. I met two of my three goals and I tracked all day with much better results than yesterday. That sleep eight hours goal is going to be tough, but I know it is important. Good day. Very good day. Thu, 9 Jun 2011 00:42:55 EST How did this happen?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4283683 <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I have to lose 70 frickin lbs.! <BR> <BR> Best get started then.... <BR> Tue, 7 Jun 2011 16:56:59 EST