HOPEFULCHANGE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HOPEFULCHANGE HOPEFULCHANGE'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/ Letting Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437668 Letting go is hard - like Tom Hanks knocking out a sore, infected tooth - with an ice skate - on an island - alone - HARD. <BR> Because it’s scary. Because it’s painful. And because you have to do it on your own. <BR> It’s easier to just stay in control of what we know. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> I’m mad. I know what that looks like and I’d rather be mad than pretend it doesn’t upset me. <BR> <BR> I’m hurt. I’d rather be in this pain than act like it never happened at all. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:12:08 EST Though the darkness struck me down hard... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418022 I was recently hit hard with my depression, in reality my depression never really goes away but there have been some truly good days this last year; however that doesn't mean that after a long day or lots of socializing, stress, etc., that I don't become exhausted, quiet, distant and down. But a few weeks ago was different than my typical down days... I was hit with a numbing sadness out of nowhere, it took me back to when I first started on this trying journey. I cried myself to sleep in m... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST Girl, I see you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395562 I had just started out on a popular nature trail for my run when I saw her... I was coming down a steep hill and there she was at the bottom, sweaty, with her phone in the air trying to get a selfie of the hard work she put in. And then it happened... she noticed me coming in her direction, seemingly embarrassed she dropped her arm, started walking away while putting her phone back in its carrier. I immediately felt bad, that she didn't feel confident enough to finish her photo. So if you'r... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 13:00:27 EST When it's just not working. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363107 Starting over is hard, what's even harder is realizing and embracing the fact that you can't just exercise the weight off. <BR> <BR> Ugh. <BR> <BR> Despite going through this before already, I apparently developed the idea that if I ran and ran and ate "okay" it would just melt off. I don't know where I came up with this notion, marathon training maybe? <BR> Except for the fact that I'm not running 100+ miles a month right now... regardless, I may not have said it out loud but obviously i... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:58:43 EST An average day in my life with depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303761 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ce23872-3be8-4c69-9086-0a43cd830186.jpg"> Relieved to have your head hit the pillow at last, you're somewhere between laying down feels amazing and noticing every ache in every joint of your body. Your back throbs as your head rejoices that the day is over. But what did you accomplish? Nothing. Your heart sinks even lower. You begin to critique just how little you did but your eyes grow heavy and you pass out from pure exhaustion. Should you... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:16:50 EST Fighting the Darkness in 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294516 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b68c6ead-d765-4658-aed9-3058a782e0c1.jpg"> It's a new year and while everyone is in the middle of trying to accomplish their resolutions, I've done my annual goal list. I spend a lot of time thinking that eventually leads up to sitting down with a pen and paper to start writing out goals I would like to meet during the new year. I make goals that fall under different categories: Running Goals Physical health/Food Mental health Family Spiritua... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:33:50 EST Yes, I'm overweight again. No, I'm not done yet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277251 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86beb45d-1fbd-4481-bcc3-abda08fa75f8.jpg"> As of yesterday I'm now 8 months postpartum and I'm still exactly where I was weight wise post csection. My body isn't like most women in that I can't nurse and lose weight. It's not an excuse, it's just a fact. I don't know all the reasons why, I just know that with my other three, no matter how much I worked out or watched my eating, I would never lose more than a few pounds (that came right back) un... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:44:09 EST Beating Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206383 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea3955ef-548a-47b7-83da-9198cf281001.jpg"> A year-ish ago I wrote about the battle I was having with depression for about a year and a half, and how I had started an antidepressant as well. I had a lot of side effects on my medication (which included weight gain that never stopped) but it did what it's designed to do, it helped with the more serious issues at that time. In February I started doing better, by the end of March I felt much more l... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:21:37 EST Fit & Healthy... What it is and isn't. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121466 I had been beating myself up, this pregnancy just didn't seem to be going how I wanted or had planned. I was trying to be active, but it wasn't showing like my previous pregnancy. I was trying to be healthy throughout but it just seemed as if the scale and my maternity clothes were stating otherwise. This time around was different, sure.... I'm older, this is my fourth child, my starting weight wasn't the same as it has been for previous pregnancies, battling depression consumed some days and... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:38:57 EST When Depression Sticks Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048452 I'm just a couple short months away from it being a year since I was "officially" diagnosed with depression but the symptoms have been around going on two years. Why a years difference? Because of denial when it was mentioned as a likely possibility. It was actually one of the first things on the table during my seemingly endless appointments because of my symptoms and the fact that I was in great physical shape. <BR> <BR> There are many different forms of depression and different levels of... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:43:30 EST The Day My Husband Became A Marathoner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026088 This is my account of my husband's journey to becoming a Marathoner. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c165ca4f-38fe-4d87-ac5e-96f5f0288112.jpg"> <BR> We woke up quite early on race day, to ensure time to eat, get dressed, and make sure we had all we needed. We stepped out the front door into the chilly air to discover extremely thick fog, this slowed our drive into town, but we weren't in a hurry and it was kind of a good distraction. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:38:08 EST Sidelined by depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958192 Depression is not a total foreign concept to me, I grew up with people close to me who struggled greatly with it. I’m aware depression varies from person to person on the extent of how they’re affected and even the reasons why they’re affected. <BR> <BR> While I was obese prior to 2009 I recall going through great feelings of sadness and just being plain down on life… I thought I had some mild form of depression, and I may have, but looking back I think I was just so saddened by where I was... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 16:49:05 EST Don't go back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908611 I said towards the beginning of this journey, about -25lbs in, "I'm in this for the long run... going back isn't an option... its just not." <BR> Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for that mindset. <BR> I'm so glad when I came to the point of having ENOUGH of being obese that I didn't reach for some quick fix. <BR> A pill <BR> Some shake <BR> A fad diet <BR> You name it. <BR> <BR> Failure in the beginning of such a journey makes it seem pointless to try again. <BR> I'm grateful I kne... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:02:51 EST celebrating 5 years of beating obesity. Before/after pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807121 This Sunday I will seal my 5 year journey with a kiss, the kiss is my first marathon, 26.2 miles to seal what I started. Don’t miss understand, it isn’t over, but it seems like a great way to close out five years. <BR> I still remember how horrible I felt; always out of breath, no energy, tight clothes that always seemed to get tighter and tighter, feeling every roll on my body, feeling like my smile was lost in the weight that had to push it back to reveal “happiness” and being so embarrasse... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:19:58 EST Running with Passion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770737 It was all rather embarrassing when I started to ugly cry while explaining why I loved to run. Why would such a question spark tears? As well as a lot of snot. I wasn’t prepared for that kind of response from myself nor do I think anyone in the room expected it either, after all it’s just running right? <BR> Wrong. <BR> The Women’s class I’ve been attending on Sunday mornings has been on “Christian necessities and delights” and this particular week we were discussing delights… what brings us... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:09:50 EST The journey is just as important as the goal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759707 26.2 miles... You want to know why goals are so great? It's not just the accomplishment itself, it's the journey getting there. Training for my first marathon this fall hasn't been easy, and it's only going to keep getting harder. Yes, crossing the finish line will feel incredible... I can't even begin to fathom how many emotions I'll have going on at once! <BR> Yes, the medal will be well earned and an honor to wear... But this journey has already been full of emotions and accomplishment. T... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:51:39 EST Superhuman? Not even close. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752949 Someone recently told me, "you seem really happy and strong" in regards to my posts on Facebook. Part of me was surprised because this has actually been a really hard year for me but then again I don't update the Facebook "world" on every struggle I encounter so I could see how she would come to that conclusion. <BR> This year has been full of sickness, high stress situations and my own personal health issues. Am I trying to deceive everyone into believing I have it all together? No. A lot of... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:26:01 EST Let's get real! Our enemy... the mirror. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429574 We always want to "improve" ourselves, whether it's by: <BR> losing weight <BR> toning up <BR> accomplishing a goal <BR> constantly changing our hairstyle or color <BR> whitening our teeth <BR> tanning <BR> or <BR> even having the latest fashion. <BR> <BR> There is nothing wrong with pursuing any of the above, though I think it's extremely important that we ask why. <BR> Is it a need? Is it a want? Is it really going to benefit you or the others around you? <BR> Is it for us? <BR> Sho... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:48:26 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414420 Hey peeps! so I'm pretty hyper, talked about a mile a minute but thats what happens when you get some freedom, coffee and are excited! I was totally dancing in my kitchen before I recorded this by the way ;) Mon, 8 Jul 2013 13:39:03 EST Let's get real! Overcoming the fear factor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379313 Most of you know that 7 months ago I had a c-section, some of you may not know that I also had emergency surgery not even a week after delivery because my incision re-opened(I don't wish that on anyone!). <BR> <BR> My biggest fear during recovery? It's pretty obvious, I was terrified of it opening again because I didn't even do anything to cause the emergency surgery to begin with! <BR> <BR> I babied that incision, you better believe it! Once I started running again there was always this f... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:36:11 EST Let's get real! I need to be honest. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356520 So here's the deal, I feel as if I haven't been completely honest with you guys, not intentionally of course. Confused yet? Let me try to explain... <BR> <BR> Is it possible to get up off your rear, get active, eat less, eat better and drop 77+ pounds like I did? <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Is it possible to go from doing nothing all day long to running half marathons like I did? <BR> You bet. <BR> <BR> Is it possible to go from hating being active, to craving it? <BR> Absolutely. <BR> <BR> Is it... Tue, 14 May 2013 16:21:20 EST Let's get real! The "secret" to weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251872 "What's your secret??" they ask... "I started eating less, eating better, and got active." I answer... <BR> "But how? how did you lose so much?" <BR> "Well, I found this website, called sparkpeople... I put in my height, weight, and how many pounds I wanted to lose a week, I selected the max amount of 2 lbs... it told me how many calories to consume in a day, and how many to burn in a week, so that's what I did. I counted every calorie I put in my body, and started running." <BR> "No, really.... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:25:41 EST Meet Wesley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232158 My newest baby! I know I'm a sight for sore eyes! haha! my apologies! ;) <BR> Much love <BR> em Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:21:01 EST Let's get real! Negativity OUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196957 Anyone who knows me personally is well aware of my pessimistic personality, as well as my honesty (aka bluntness). I don't know why, I have just always been direct, and I tend to see things in a negative way before I see the positive OR the negative is a bigger deal to me. <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm very much a pessimist, SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Well, let me be honest right NOW... <BR> <BR> I'm SICK of it!!!!! <BR> <BR> I would say I have improved over the last three years, this journey ha... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:46:46 EST first post baby weigh in tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170176 Hey peeps!! Miss your faces!! VLOG!!!! :) Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:16:49 EST Let's get real about tomorrow's weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170053 For those of us who committed to weighing in on Wednesdays, tomorrow is that day! <BR> My emotions are like they've always been, I'm anxious, nervous, excited and hopeful. <BR> <BR> So if you're new to this... NO MATTER WHAT THE SCALE SAYS, if you can say you made a real effort this week, then you are winning, you ARE on the right track! <BR> <BR> Here's the deal: <BR> Scales are not ALWAYS going to reflect your work, believe me, I know all about the scale not budging... but there are othe... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:53:35 EST Let's get real! Wednesday Weigh ins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163207 Here is the deal: <BR> Wednesday Weigh ins... why Wednesday? I have found the middle of the week to be the best because the closer you are to the weekend (Thursday or Friday) the more likely you are to ruin your progress. <BR> For example: You lost a pound(or more!), you're excited, and therefore, celebrate a little, and end up spending the next week trying to make up for the celebrating and never moving forward. It's possible the loss would help motivate you to stay on track for the weekend... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:01:00 EST Let's get real! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154700 Here we go! It's time... time to make a plan, time to set some goals, and time to adjust to being a mom of 3! <BR> <BR> Let's get real... <BR> <BR> I can't start exercising until after my postpartum visit, which isn't until the first week of January and even when I can, I'm not going to be able to go out and run 3 miles. It will be a slow process because of having a c-section followed up with emergency surgery, BUT... you BETTER freakin' believe I will get there! I made a lifestyle change, ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:19:23 EST Here he is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147185 I wanted to share some photos of our new little man with you guys, I apologize for the wait. The c-section went well, I was discharged in the evening and the following morning at home my stitching burst, my incision opened and my intestines were coming out :-/ <BR> <BR> This is not common at all, in fact, no one had heard of the intestines coming out. I took an ambulance ride to the ER, and had emergency surgery. Needless to say, this was all extremely terrifying for myself, and my family. ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:48:01 EST 1 week to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124954 This is it peeps! A week from today I will have my little boy in my arms! I love you all and so appreciate all the support and well wishes! I hope to be VERY active on here again as soon as possible! Here are some pics to compare my pregnancies for those of you interested! Love you all!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l424371792.jpg"> <BR> My first pregnancy just before delivery(fuzzy I know) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:48:48 EST Get out of your uncomfortable "comfort zone" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088197 It's funny... I'm still nowhere near the weight gain I hit with my other two kids, I'm still 50ish pounds away from my highest weight ever and yet I'm getting more and more uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Part of this discomfort is just an overall icky feeling from not getting to work out my body how I used to, and how I love to. I can tell I lost some of my toning I had developed, which kind of bums me out, but I have every intention of being there again as soon as I'm able. <BR> <BR> When peo... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 17:54:03 EST yo peeps! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081434 hi hi hi :) Mon, 1 Oct 2012 00:10:01 EST Don't just change, be an example! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052793 30 weeks into this pregnancy, and have a mentioned yet how things keep getting harder? Yep, but I'm still perfectly capable of getting up and moving though. <BR> Don't get me wrong, sometimes I pack too much into a day and spend the following day doing absolutely nothing, but in reality I'm doing nothing because I've overdid it. <BR> That's kind of become my theme, pushing too hard I guess, but I am in tune with my body and I generally know when I need to stop, it just comes down to not bei... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:16:00 EST Change of plans, quitting isn't an option. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034562 We make plans... and that's just what they are. Doesn't mean it will happen, but it can help keep us in check. <BR> <BR> Here I am, in the third trimester, 28 weeks, and I'm DESPERATELY missing running. My plans in the beginning were to run throughout this entire pregnancy, but it didn't happen. Between a bunch of hip pain that I struggled with, and extreme heat (we're talking a drought, temps well into the 100's with zero relief), it didn't happen. Yes I'll run here and there when I'm play... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:42:18 EST HEY PEEPS!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022148 Ahhh!!!! 2 min update! Much love all! Sun, 19 Aug 2012 18:04:19 EST My own worst enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978047 We set some goals... and we meet some goals. <BR> We push hard... and we see the results from doing so. <BR> We make choices all the time, even when we may not even realize it. <BR> <BR> Whether it's choosing to leave the house without your water, then an hour later swinging through the drive-thru to get a drink (and who is actually going to pay for water? Soda/tea/coffee it is), and maybe decide we're hungry too... because we also chose not to grab a snack before leaving. This isn't always... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:09:24 EST The fun begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965404 Some of you already know... we're having a little boy in November, this brings us to one daughter and two sons. I'm going to have my hands full! It was fun telling the kids except my daughter balling her eyes out in disappointment, she really wanted a sister. She has really come around to the idea of another brother though, and even felt babyboy kick for the first time today, her face was priceless! One of the hardest things with us having another boy is picking a name, oy! My son's name took... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:41:57 EST Encouragment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947957 For those who don't know... I LOVE music! It lifts my mood, pushing me in workouts, and I love dancing to it. So to kick off this weekend, I wanted to give you guys a song that is encouraging and the vocals are great too! I will post the link below to where you can play it on youtube and see lyrics. Have a killer weekend guys! <BR> <BR> Much love! <BR> <BR> Em <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu8TzkeWL34 </link> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:23:46 EST Flashbacks... the ultimate reminder to fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945150 I'm being reminded daily why I never want to be obese again! As my clothes continue to get tighter, my body changing in shape, and of course not having energy quite like I did before. <BR> <BR> If you're thinking... <BR> If she doesn't want to go back... then why is she? <BR> <BR> Well, if you didn't know, I'm almost 20 weeks pregnant. The weight I'm gaining isn't from slacking with my exercise or resorting to old eating habits, it's all apart of the changes my body is going through while ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:20:51 EST How I lost 77 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928029 My "secret" to weight loss <BR> <BR> Yes it's lengthy.... but it would of been a lot of typing and there IS valuable information here for those who have been asking me questions about how to be successful. <BR> <BR> Much Love!! <BR> <BR> Em <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:28:47 EST Overall update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905070 I'm so thankful for all the comments, you've all been so encouraging! I'm thankful for all the new adds and I'm excited to watch more people change their lives! <BR> <BR> P.S. I realize this is lengthy... but I had a lot to say since I fail at updating more often! I tried to keep it moving along ;) Wed, 30 May 2012 23:01:57 EST Trying to accept that getting bigger is okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892146 I'm 14 weeks into this 3rd pregnancy journey of mine, I'm already into the second trimester, and things continue to rapidly change. <BR> I fought so hard to get all that extra weight off, to become healthier, stronger, more toned and now I feel my clothes getting tighter, more snug, and uncomfortable... this is a whole lot harder to accept this time around from my other pregnancies. Why? Because my other pregnancies I wanted that big round belly, and I set myself up to end up with an additio... Mon, 21 May 2012 22:25:45 EST A new kind of journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872873 I have been living a healthy lifestyle for 2.5+ years, and suddenly, life has thrown a surprise my way. One of the things that led me to develop poor eating habits and laziness was pregnancy. I gained too much with my first child, and before losing it all I found out I was pregnant again, and gained even more weight that time around. I lost a little after having my son, but I soon piled it all back on until I was above my highest weight, only without a baby growing inside of me. <BR> <BR> A... Tue, 8 May 2012 19:49:14 EST Another pregnancy race... 10k :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870997 update <BR> <BR> Sanfilippo : <link>www.teamsanfilippo.org </link> Mon, 7 May 2012 17:28:18 EST Magazine Weight Loss Photo Shoot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863883 I had a good chance at being featured in a magazine a little while back for my weight loss, they kept asking for more information as well as photos of me dressed up, hair down, etc. So I asked a friend who is an awesome photographer to take some after photos for me, so here I am finally sharing them with you! I will throw in a few before photos for comparison. REMEMBER!! If I can do this... YOU can too! Make the choice to love yourself enough to change! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Wed, 2 May 2012 22:47:22 EST Pregnancy update: A trip to the ER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855258 BEFORE you freak out, I am OK! Here's what happened... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:36:10 EST Half-Marathon & Pregnant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843241 update peeps! Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:32:33 EST My 2nd and most difficult half-marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838274 I woke up several times throughout the night checking the clock, the last time I checked was at 4:14am, just one minute before my alarm would “wake” me. <BR> I started the process of getting ready for the half,which included breakfast, because unlike all my other races... this one I was running while 9 weeks pregnant. <BR> I was dressed with everything in hand and out the door heading to my brother’s house by 5:10. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l235949474.jpg"> <B... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:24:32 EST Easter & Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4821699 Let's talk about your easter plans! And how you are going to squeeze that workout in! Let's get motivated! Thu, 5 Apr 2012 11:04:56 EST Half-Marathon training-Knee pain update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4820252 here's a update, thanks for being so encouraging! everyone! Wed, 4 Apr 2012 12:21:28 EST