HOPEFULHIPPO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HOPEFULHIPPO HOPEFULHIPPO'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/ jumbles with pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742794 I'm trying to get in there....you know where. The balance between life and yourself. We took in two extra kids who didn't have a place to stay (18 & 21) until low income housing opens up and we have my friend's daughter from PA here. <BR> <BR> Every day I think about a run, or a video, or even 10 minutes of moving. My mind feels like I've been moving 10000 miles in all different directions then my tracker shows very little dots on it. This tells me I need to regroup and refocus. <BR> ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:24:41 EST What a week I'm having!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738256 The girls are here from Washington state and we decided to take them to Santa Cruz for a night of fun. I work extra hours to get Wednesday off and we head out bright an early. <BR> <BR> About an hour into the trip my daughter says her check engine light came on and what does she do? I was like "don't panic, but let's stop at a gas station and let's make sure you're not overheating or something" <BR> <BR> well we take the exit and come to a stop....only when she goes it's like 5 mph. I'm ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:58:29 EST A busy 4th indeed!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731686 I did do my exercise that day...I did not run..it was 108 so it WAS too warm but I did Jillian. Yesterday I did some arm challenges and today I am looking at almost midnight and this is the first I've sat down all day. <BR> <BR> We are doing our BBQ event for the city fireworks tomorrow. Hubs is running around like a firecracker let loose in a dynamite shack. He always gets this way before an event. It'll be fine. We are expecting about 10,000 people tomorrow so sales should be good. We... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 02:31:58 EST 1 coffee conversations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729115 I'm sitting here with my morning cup of coffee <em>271</em> (NSV: creamer swapped with almond milk) and just kind of being. I'm enjoying the silence as I haven't even put in my ears (hearing aids) yet. It's my "alone" time for an hour or so before the hustle and bustle of being a mom and wife kick in. It's my day off AND it's a Monday which is a perfect "start your start day" <BR> <BR> Sitting here enjoying my moment when: <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> It's too hot to run, 100 degrees toda... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:49:43 EST Week 2 but still on day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727191 Isn't that amazing? I've been so motivated in my head to "begin" this journey. I even went on a run. Then I spend my days running running cleaning and doing for others. I use my exercise as a reward to myself that I can never claim. But, while running (seems to be when I think best) I thought: "just because I'm not pushing play on DVD or running doesn't mean I'm not on this journey" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1448362912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, am I still ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:49:13 EST Bullet points of my life.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720069 I wish I could just magically make everything I want to say appear here without trying. LOL I mean to tell you so much has happened!! <BR> <BR> We did my oldest graduation at San Francisco State. People in and out of town visiting. We loaded her entire apartment and headed on a multi-state car road trip. <BR> <BR> I got her to Kansas City and now she's training in Oklahoma. <BR> <BR> The other two girls are enjoying summer. We have girls coming down from Washington and over from P... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:55:50 EST My Mother's Day gift to me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693357 Finally. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l639011398.jpg"> <BR> <BR> that's right. <BR> <BR> there it is. <BR> <BR> Picture to prove it. <BR> <BR> Strangely I wasn't OVERLY elated as I thought I would be, but I AM proud of myself. Looking at it shows me that it CAN be done...just ever so frickin slowly. LOL <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> Now... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:38:48 EST Cream~erd! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689750 The ninja mutant fat cells 1, me 0. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't had creamer in my coffee for A WEEK!! <BR> <BR> I nailed my Glo Getter steps like no other. <BR> <BR> I have plantar facitis like symptoms to prove it!! <BR> <BR> I tracked and tracked and ate on track. <BR> <BR> I jumped on the scale for my Wonderful Wednesday Weekly Weigh in. <BR> <BR> I just KNOW I'm going to after a year see "169" I just KNOW IT. <BR> <BR> "Hello" says the talking scale. <BR> <B... Wed, 7 May 2014 11:38:46 EST Pizza cake? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687297 I came home yesterday and ordered the family a pizza from Old Town Pizza. Anyone that knows me knows this is a trigger food. I thought "no biggie, I'll have eaten my own dinner" and forged on to make myself "Pineapple Teriyaki Chickpea" from Happy Herbivore. <BR> <BR> Only I couldn't find it. <BR> <BR> then the pizza came and it was Pineapple. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Do I consider this a failure? <BR> <BR> No. and I'm not starting over because this, although not in MY PLAN... Sun, 4 May 2014 15:43:01 EST May Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684932 Well, here it is Day 4 and still no creamer in my coffee and yes, I DID walk home from work yesterday. a TMI story to follow on that. But remember how I mentioned that I always struggle beyond Day 3? Look what was in my mailbox today ... on Day 4. (#28LiveBetter) <BR> <BR> "Hi Corinna <BR> <BR> First of all, high FREAKIN' five! You did it! You made it! <BR> <BR> Experts say Day 3 is the hardest when you make a change, and I've experienced that at least a dozen times over. (I'm betting... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:48:21 EST a quickie before bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683640 Today marks day 2 of Happy Herbivore's 28 live better challenge. It's more for fun and I look forward to each day's email to see what insights the founder, Lindsey, has to offer. Day 1 was "be wholly awesome" (why yes, thank you I am :o) ) and today day 2 was "smile, it's contagious" <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have been sticking with the vegan meal plan rigidly also the last two days. I mean like no creamer in my coffee rigid. I've also taken the liberty of doing the low fat alternativ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 01:25:58 EST Disneyland House :o) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671947 Thanks everyone for the input. It really was great to see the opinions of things based on what information I gave you and I think it was just the right amount. I am one of those people that suffer from not making a final decision without the opinion of the world. Yes, I base things off of popular votes. I'm working on it. <BR> <BR> In that retrospect, the girls and I LOVED the little bungalow. We toured it again yesterday with some of their friends (what troopers!). We all loved the si... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:02:58 EST I need advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671146 The only person I've confided in was my bestie in PA who must just be exhausted from the drama that seems to follow. I know I am. LOL But I woke up on a Sunday before 730 with this question for you. As you many know from my status feeds, I have been trying to focus on what's happening around me and not to me. Hence my weight loss efforts seemed futile. <BR> <BR> **had a full blog here, was a little too private, deleted it** <BR> <BR> But here's where I need community advice. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:18:21 EST The universe loves April's Fools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661679 I swear I no sooner hit the period on the last blog when I could feel the stars twirling and laughing in its meniachal laugh. <BR> <BR> I no sooner started a plan for myself when my family needed me. My husband is angry all the time, yelling and screaming, forever placing blame and the kids need me to cover them. Without getting into too many terrible details I actually at one point thought I would crumble under it all. I began to look at houses again (my comfort thing) and even fantasiz... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:17:05 EST again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651509 I'm still here. <BR> <BR> Struggling.....again. <BR> <BR> Excuses....again. <BR> <BR> My weight forever in the 170s.....again. <BR> <BR> Frustrated......again. <BR> <BR> Looking for motivation......again. <BR> <BR> Scouring Pintrest and Spark.......again. <BR> <BR> Determined.......again. <BR> <BR> Pushing Play.......again. <BR> <BR> Running.......again. <BR> <BR> Thinking.......again. <BR> <BR> starting over........again. <BR> <BR> Remembering why.......again <BR> <BR> Determine... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:26:49 EST What do you mean it's March? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636886 Seriously folks, I looked at my last blog entry and it was the awesomeness that was the Superbowl win. **still beaming** <BR> <BR> but time burped and we're in March. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> What have you been up to my Sparkie friends? Actually, I do know I have read many of your blogs which I guess is why it astonishes me my last one was last month. wow. really. <BR> <BR> Anyway. What I have been up to is this: <BR> <BR> My friend and I have begun the 21 day fix from B... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:11:24 EST Soaring Seattle SUPERBALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613935 That was the best Superbowl. <BR> <BR> EVER. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175859932.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To say I am still suffering from an excited drunk may be an understatement. I've been a Hawks fan since I was a little girl so this is like.....well, let's just say us 12th women are probably more excited and proud than our players. If that's possible.... LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:31:50 EST Kickin' February's A$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611402 this is the last day of January. <BR> <BR> I think it's time to begin the New Year's resolutions right? <BR> <BR> So, today I did just that. My motivation for some reason was at an all time low. Like I followed the age old "I truly just don't have time" excuse. and I apologize to my Team Tangerine. For some reason I had it in my head we were still in "warmup" mode as the team is called "Winter Warmup" and didn't know we were in a game yet. I was all like "dang, this is a long pregame s... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:23:55 EST ME-ow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594621 I know I know I've been a little absent lately, life does that, doesn't it? Just been busy busy doing nothing. LOL <BR> <BR> I got this part time job and I enjoy it. It's an administrative assistant to the manager of a thrift shop. What makes this job pretty cool is that Fieldhaven Feline is the owner of the shop. They are a place that my youngest and I volunteered for in rescuing cats, educating people on cats, assistance in Spay/Neuter etc etc. So now in this shop I help adopt out ki... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:01 EST Talking with myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584184 I'm sitting here getting ready for work and I realized I didn't have time this morning to get in a good run. Well, I sort of have time, but then I'd be sweaty with ikky makeup/hair and we can't have that, ya know? <BR> <BR> So, I guess on Mondays I will have to start making sure to get up extra early (just as light hits) or make it a point to do my pm exercises. I'd like to do am and pm just to cover basis, but we all know how that goes. <BR> <BR> Like many others, I'm feeling the post ho... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:13:47 EST Through the years... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578243 I don't know how I managed NOT to do my year end reflections or New Resolutions and that's okay. I think in my mind, I wanted to move forward. <BR> <BR> This past year was quite the blur actually as I'm sure this year will be. Somehow in it I got lost .. I don't know. I always had my eye on the prize but never the "umph" to do anything to get there. I recently skimmed a blog about "plateaus or self sabotage" and think for the most part that's what I've been doing. Just hangin' on to t... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:47:25 EST Hippo don't do that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566466 Ice didn't stop me! <BR> <BR> Pain didn't stop me! <BR> <BR> Even the excuse of no time stopped me!! <BR> <BR> but a lost earbud?! <BR> <BR> SCRRREEEEEEEEEEECH!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> THUS far I've made it 3 out of 6 full days of waddling, I mean jogging ... I will find them and do a full week, oh yes, just you wait and see. In the meantime, one of my girls found a "substitute" ear bud for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> For those of you thinking or even shouting at the computer "GO WITHOUT TH... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:26:39 EST Ow? yeah....no, OW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562998 today is day 3 of my first full week of a run. As I have mentioned before consistency is not my strong suit and I really really wanted to finish a full week of running. Six days in a ROW. I have been "running/walking" now for ...um 3 years? and still hadn't left week one of C25 or Spark rookie running, let alone actually do a full week. LOL Well, the first year I made it to week 4 then.... <BR> <BR> yeah. <BR> <BR> ANYWAY <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning and it felt as if my right bre... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:23:19 EST Scale doesn't work unless I do... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562094 And it's not even about the scale anymore. It's about feeling awesome. Ya know? <BR> <BR> I finally began "week 2" on the Spark people rookie run and C25 yesterday. Yup, even in the ice. I thought I was going to collapse right there. Which is probably what I needed. See, Jillian Michaels always screams for her contestants to get out of their comfort zone and I knew this but didn't really FEEL it until yesterday. Two minutes doesn't SOUND like a lot to run in, unless you are used to ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:39:30 EST smacking my head silly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534124 Miranda did it. She accepted the offer for her Teach for America program. I'm very proud of her. She's nervous leaving her beloved city by the bay, but also looking forward to moving to Kansas City and beginning her new career. Teach for America is in lamest terms, a peace core for American teachers. They provide teachers in lower income areas, places where it's, I imagine, harder to place teachers. <BR> <BR> Tom and I have been scratching our heads. Although this move will be over s... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 16:58:05 EST backside of the tracker thingie ma bob dohickey mobile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517031 I promised a fellow sparkie some pics of the backside of the spark tracker thingie .... that way she could see the clip and decide from there. <BR> <BR> If anyone else has some reviews for her feel free to share. She wants to know how it works for chair exercises and spinning :o) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l174188764.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l662655813.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1883662475.jpg"> ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:00:36 EST (pics) Lit up my tracker do hickey thing a ma bob! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515578 So, if anything this Spark Tracker do hickey thing a ma bob should be a good motivation to keep myself moving. I love gadgets and I love the idea that my day is not "complete" until my circle of lights are. <BR> <BR> Now, I've seen some reviews and I have to say, I think some people are confusing this with the larger money gadget gidgets and trying to compare apples to oh, watermelons. <BR> <BR> This gadet do hickey thing a ma bob is simply a GREAT addition to the Spark we love. It doe... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:10:30 EST Before the days a blur http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510896 I've been trying to make me a point of focus first. Before the list, before the Spark and before I can use the excuse of "oh dang, the day's gone". <BR> <BR> Day three of Shred is pretty brutal. Now, I've been doing the Shred off and on as some of you may know, but what is my biggest flaw? Yes, consistency. So, that's what I'm working on for the next 30 days. <BR> <BR> and it's brutal. Day 2 was a nice warm up to day one. but for some reason my legs an arms did NOT want to move today.... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:27:43 EST 6-Motivation 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504692 "..Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> Please put this in a blog, on your Spark Page or record it here. The most important thing is to have a written record to remind yourself of your goals and motives. During the 56 days of this challen... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:10:20 EST Guess what day it is!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489489 That commercial is growing on me. LOL <BR> <BR> Just got back from a Doc appt. I had went in there with my ankle being sore. It hurts to do umping jacks and I didn't want to injure it further doing the Shred. My concern was the bump just above my ankle that when you touch it, my whole foot goes numb. Turns out that was a fatty tissue pressing on my nerves so when I shave my legs or scratch there, it presses the nerve to tingles. <BR> <BR> But her concern was no longer my ankle. <BR> <... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:55:00 EST just checkin in with you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475900 So my obsessing still hasn't taken place yet and is still more of a blur, but I guess you can say it's stil a partial obsession as I THNK about what I should be doing daily. If only I can manage it somewhere in the day. <BR> <BR> I will. I will. I know I've got to break these excuses and kick my own butt. <BR> <BR> So my goals are simple, run and Shred. I know if I get this habit going daily I can flourish from there. My diet is relatively simple. I use the Happy Herbivore meal plan... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 16:17:01 EST Begin obsessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463285 The kids started school this week. My youngest began her freshman year and it's kind of interesting to hear the middle one giving advice: "let me show you where to go today so tomorrow you don't have to ask the upperclassmen. If you ask them they'll send you across campus thinking it's funny..." Glad to see with as much as they fight, she still has her sister under her wing. <BR> <BR> My oldest just received a phone call from Teach for America. It's a program that over 10000 applicants a... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:50:47 EST okay okay it's not that bad....(pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435323 so I've been drinking my coffee, looking at the barf nuggets. It really does look better than the dead grass. A lot better. <BR> <BR> Today the youngest and I are going to go watch her friend's dance recital. I think she's joining jazz since she isn't doing cheer this year. :o) I know Ms. Kate would love to continue her ballet, but I have to get her foot looked at. She tears the arch tendon at the drop of a hat. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I know I'm going to regret this. But I took pics. L... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:37:50 EST Moving Barf, I mean Bark Nuggets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431332 I did dye my hair blonde. I am still not fond of the cut mainly I think, because it wasn't what I asked for, but the color makes me feel better. <BR> <BR> Hubs and the youngest are back from their trip. Which is to say the quiet is no longer and neither is the cleaning. I woke up this morning went to make coffee, tasted it, threw it out, made another cup, tasted it and thought "wth??" I had bought new coffee grinds (on sale) and was just in the middle of combining the two ikky flavor bag... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 03:04:39 EST That little push http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425540 So much to say, so little time. <BR> <BR> Let's start with the recent and go back perhaps. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got a hair cut. My husband and youngest went to Washington and my middle one went to Santa Cruz. I've had the place to myself (and dogs) so I thought I'd treat myself to a hair cut. I was even prepared. I brought a pic and told the gal "I want to look like this, but I'll settle for just the hair" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l445655119.jpg"> <... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:02:21 EST Boring's good, Boring's fine!! (with lots of pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402521 Well, I'm on two teams and I seem to be good at maintaining. All this yardwork and such and still maintaining. I will have to ponder this. I may even go as far as to **gasp** give up the coffee with creamer. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I know. It's a horrid thought but these mutant ninja cells are becoming quite jello-like on my a$$. ((watch it jiggle, see it wiggle)) <BR> <BR> Would you like to see what I've been up to? My oldest calls me daily and says to me "Mom, everytime I get o... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:04:03 EST Not much happening really. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389317 I thought it's been about a week since I've blogged, but dang, it has been over two and you know what? I have nothing to report. <BR> <BR> Really bad I know. <BR> <BR> No major consistent exercises, just a jaunt here or there when it's not all hot outside. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to eat healthier with a binge here or there which makes my weight....stagnate. <BR> <BR> I don't even have really cute pics for you. <BR> <BR> I HAVE, however, been staying active on my Tangerine team and St... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:40:29 EST What a week I'm having!! (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375849 Thank you for being ever so patient while I finish up my finals. My final marks are: <BR> Women's Studies: B <BR> English Literature: B <BR> and Algeblah **drum roll please** <em>335</em> C <BR> <BR> I PASSED <BR> <BR> So, I have one more summer class and Miss Blind Batty aka: Hopefulhippo will have herself an Associate of Science degree. Boom. <BR> <BR> My youngest promoted from middle to high school this week. She looked lovely in her dresses for both promotion and her dance. <BR... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 18:22:45 EST I'm a gardener!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344720 It's true! <BR> Look! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1504858909.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13756643.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1286624039.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are part of MY garden!!! and actually the beds with the pumpkins and zucchini are even more gorgeous now. Maybe someday it will be pretty enough to Pinterest!!! ska-weeeeeee! <BR> <BR> Soooooo, <BR> I can officially say I've been juicing a week..... Fri, 3 May 2013 20:18:31 EST What do you mean wine isn't part of fasting? Duh...it's GRAPE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341462 So yeah, I broke down and had a glass of wine on Day 2 of my newly begun juice fast and I'll tell ya why. <BR> <BR> Um. <BR> <BR> cuz I can? <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Guess What? Hubby had his surgery. It's true. I know. I can hardly believe it myself it's been so long. His surgery started late. Like, we arrived at noon and waited until after 3:30 for him to go back. Crazy times I tell ya! I kept waiting for something to happen. The military changed their minds again or w... Wed, 1 May 2013 01:45:37 EST THANK YOU!! Updated Cheer Bully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334115 First of all I want to thank each and everyone of you for your honesty. It was exactly what I needed to hear. <BR> <BR> I found the email to "Tammy". It took some hunting, but as I didn't even know who she was I found her and I apologized to her personally explaining that it WAS in fact on my Facebook Page and although the comment was meant humorously I could see where it would be offensive (thank you Sparkies for showing me that) I think, that, perhaps what was weighing on me the most. ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:17:11 EST The Cheer Bully. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333029 It was a very long weekend in Bakersfield, but it was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> Originally I had a room for $80 a night down in Bakersfield, but when I got a ride there as hubs couldn't make it, I switched to a $180 room at a different hotel. Needless to say our budget was GONE. But I didn't want to have my driver drive me 3 miles to another hotel both nights so it was a sacrifice. There were absolutely no available food service around the hotel so we ate room service. On Sunday we ate no... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:50:54 EST Would someone slap me please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324145 I knew April was going to be one crazy month. And when I say "month" I usually mean all the weekends. The first weekend was a two day cheer comp, I ate badly....when I ate (coffee trumps food at these things), and last weekend was a two day field trip for the high school band. I ate badly, when I ate (coffee trumps at these things too! LOL) <BR> <BR> So, it was NO surprise when I woke up this morning and had not lost weight. It was, however, very disappointing to see a gain of a few poun... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:50:31 EST It's da shoes man! (and a secret) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319684 I was so excited. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I still love them. <BR> <BR> So Vintage, so me. SO not for running. <BR> <BR> Meet the Vintage Nike...they even have the little vintage tag on the tongue. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l647686342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> sleek, slender, cute...for my fat, wide, and definitely not so cute foot. <BR> <BR> The first day I wore them they were very tight. This is to be expected as they are so narrow and I didn't care really.... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:06:15 EST While I'm waiting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303328 Miss Kate is eating her Peanut Butter Cheerios and wants to do Week 3 run with me. So this gives me about a half hour to wait. <BR> <BR> Today I asked Siri how many weeks were left in 2013. There are 39 weeks 5 days. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> I had promised myself and told my friend that I would take all my DVDs and put them in my calendar for the year. I was going to do this blah blah blah....when I saw just how many weeks were left I almost fainted. Wow! Time goes by so fast. I though... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:17:28 EST Holy Cow BatMan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294969 Happy Springtime! <BR> <BR> Wow what a week I'm having. <BR> <BR> My oldest has been feeling lonely. I understand completely. Now, I'm hoping not to offend anyone (though I probably will) and apologize in advance but California SUCKS at making any friends. You just can't. People are afraid for the most part (with good reason) and if they aren't afraid, they think they belong in Hollywood and are too "good" to associate with the peasants. See, in Washington you could go to the grocery s... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:14:07 EST Sweet Disposition & Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274335 Was just listening to that song by the Temper Trap, so it gets the title today. <BR> <BR> Just finished my run. All of our streets here form a circle. So if you are driving down a road and hit let's say "Del Webb" you will probably go up four blocks and hit "Del Webb" again because of the circle. Anyhow, I live in a community that is like a spider web of circles. If I ran the Crossings I could probably start and end at the same place. That's my goal for my runs anyhow, to finish a circl... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:44:31 EST Full Moon Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264184 Well, my computer is graciously allowing me to blog so hopefully I remember what it is I'm supposed to say. <BR> <BR> It's been a little nuts around here. I've been doing some online schooling and that's been going well. I pat myself on the brain now for doing online this semester and I'll tell ya why. <BR> <BR> I originally did it because hubby was due for a back surgery on February 13. We've been waiting quite some time for the VA to kick in and get hubby that surgery and at last we ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 01:09:02 EST Self meet self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240197 I haven't been stuck on day 1 so that's a good thing. I've been walking with hubby (as much as he can with his back) and trying to get my body's strength back up. Yesterday I was able to do the week 1 of C25. It wasn't so much the gasping for air this time, but rather calf cramping during the first half. I kept pushing though and completed it. I'm debating on continuing day 2 & 3 in a row since the girls and I leave for Vegas on Friday. I don't want to say "oh I'll do it there" because ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 12:36:01 EST Forever Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221965 Do you know what happens when you start to get stronger and then you stop working out for awhile? <BR> <BR> NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. <BR> <BR> I finally got off my tushy. I decided it was time to get moving as the Biggest Loser's new slogan states. I THOUGHT I could just pick up right where I left off. Week 4 of C25. I THOUGHT by doing Week 1 I could just "breeze" right threw it. <BR> <BR> I was wrooooong. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l210730714.jpg... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:24:21 EST