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/ hipsterpotomus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268979 Just a quick glance at my page and I see I've only done five blogs since last Christmas?! dang, so not like me. Talk about being in a funk for a while huh? <BR> <BR> Speaking of, was talking with my oldest today. We talk every morning while she drives to work. It takes her 2 hours to get to and from work a day so we get quality time in there. (Hello Washington traffic) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I was telling her that yesterday I was just like "woke up" and felt so hippocritical of myself. Her... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:49:45 EST Well fudge and pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261888 I know better than to skip a day...can you believe it's been a week? (or has it been more) oh fudge and pancakes. <BR> <BR> I'm all discombooberated again. <BR> <BR> But, I have been working out sporadically. Really. Now to mush the workouts into daily. <BR> <BR> and run daily...I miss running. But you should see the rain. <BR> <BR> I know I know I won't melt <BR> <BR> but two wet soakers, not heaven, sucks. <BR> <BR> AND I've got to blog more. I was going to do once a week. But I ... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 12:40:23 EST Dreaded day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254070 Actually Day 1 is pretty bad....but only as I've done it so many times. I remember I once started Spark I was obsessed, driven and totally ambitious. I lost ten pounds a year (which is a lot for the turtle turtle) <BR> <BR> Then something happened. Whether it's because I got back together with the hubby (sure, I'll blame him, why not? :p) or because we moved (good reason right?) or cuz I quit smoking AGAIN (I know, don't hate me was a stressful year), or because I just sucked for awhil... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:39:47 EST Man, I miss my computer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191203 So. <BR> I've been Sparking via phone and today I'm on my hubby's laptop. Which on the the island has slow internet. But I thought I'd take a moment to say "hi" and write out some of the thoughts in my scattered brain. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to ponder what the heck I'm doing wrong and I think the answer always comes up the same. Consistency. <BR> <BR> In California I had hit my plateau of 169. As frustrating as that was when we got here I hit my "obese" category again. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:50:23 EST back to the starting line.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170826 We are all moved in. A few boxes still scattered in the garage. <BR> <BR> Daughter in Running Start, almost done with her Junior year. Now we plan the Senior Pics, prom, and graduation for next year. <BR> <BR> So we now live on an island. It's taken some getting used to. We have no real TV so all of our tele comes from Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and the best investment ever; CBS app. Our most common phrases are now: "going into town for groceries" or "heading back to the island" a... Thu, 26 May 2016 14:16:37 EST Merry Christmas Eve Eve! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051678 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/090cdf8e-ce50-4bf7-bb0f-c22c54fceba3.png"> <BR> <BR> The stress of a chaotic house is slowly winding down. I put a desperate plea on Facebook for someone to come in and do all the "cutting in" for painting our house. Tom's back just can't handle the ladder anymore and with my eyes, well let's just say not even the kids would let me try it. <BR> <BR> So a young gentleman by the name of Ricardo showed up at our door and completed in about 4 ... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:35:37 EST computer's back up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050747 Isn't it strange how in a regular, mundane life the universe throws a curve ball at you? Well this one landed right on my head. <BR> <BR> I am still trying to figure out how all this transpired. <BR> <BR> So Nicole has been wanting to graduate high school early. What kid doesn't right? So, I kind of listen to her ideas and rambles til one day Tom comes home and says "yes!! the VA finally up'd my disability which will come in handy when the job ends" I then state "you know, we could mov... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:45:36 EST It's the little things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035716 Hubs has been planning a late buck hunting trip to Washington and my youngest wanted to go with her. They had been changing dates and times and back and forth. Nicole says "well, boyfriend and I have a one year anniversary that week so I can't go" and so hubs says "good, I'll leave a day early" <BR> <BR> Now I don't know how it happened but Nicole wakes up at 2 am and runs to her dad "If you can wait just ONE more day for me to get my school stuff together I can go!!" <BR> <BR> "uh, NOO... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 13:47:01 EST The conspiring universe... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027189 Now in hindsight I'm thinking of all the things I SHOULD have done. <BR> <BR> I didn't go running because I put on my shoes and my ankle kept popping out. I checked the bottoms of my shoes and they are very very worn. <BR> <BR> Momma needs new shoes!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d77fae2a-6df6-4c3f-b6f3-e22680a0073e.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Now, I should;ve done my DVDs barefoot. but, I didn't. my bad. <BR> <BR> Now, as far as EATING <BR> <BR> I've been very go... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:38:41 EST November rambles. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024672 Although I haven't been posting much (and that needs to change for my own accountability) I have been constantly obsessing over what I need to do. I think it was Sparkguy or someone in Spark who tweeted the question of what was harder: food or exercise. and I answered "both" <BR> <BR> It's true. I think somehow over the last five or whatever years it's been I can seem to focus on one aspect or the other. In an all or none approach. It's crazy weird - but so am I. LOL <BR> <BR> This pa... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 11:29:57 EST diary of events.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014337 My transistion to veganismn is still a work in progress. For example: <BR> <BR> Hubby comes into my office yesterday and says, "I know the answer to this....but, if you wanted to go with me golfing, you could watch....Sylvia will be there and..." <BR> <BR> "Want me to go? Is that what you're asking babe?" <BR> <BR> "It'd be nice" <BR> <BR> I had never been golfing with him. Sitting in a golf cart for 4 hours in the California heat has just never appealed to me, but I could tell in his ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:57:50 EST "Falling" fine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001389 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Today I will be going to the dentist. I've had this tooth in the back that I've ignored for well over, what 5 years or so? It's had a crown put on it but then it still hurt so I just chew on the right side of my mouth. Well, as you know, ignoring things never makes it better and so yeah. I've been sleeping on the couch sitting up because when I lay down **throb throb throb** <BR> <BR> It's time to fix the tooth. <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> Life does t... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:15:53 EST that day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990343 It's my nemesis. <BR> <BR> why 3 days? why can't it be 33 days? then 333 days? <BR> <BR> nope 3 <BR> <BR> I think about it daily <BR> <BR> I just don't move. quickly. <BR> <BR> But <BR> <BR> I shall not quit! It's another day 1!! <BR> <BR> I just need to quit giving myself days off after day 3 <BR> <BR> or perhaps .... start on day 3? <BR> <BR> maybe I'm really on day 203949532 <BR> <BR> with LOTS of long breaks in between. <BR> <BR> well then, onto day 203949533 <BR> <BR... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 14:21:03 EST SO far behind in getting ahead... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963225 I finally got moving to a daily routine...sort of. I'm only on day 3 which is usually where I peter right on out. but...going to finish this damn thing if it .... if it....well, if it makes me feel better I guess. LOL <BR> <BR> So can't talk much as you can tell by my sporadic blogs off doing the busy busy busy.... <BR> <BR> Daughter graduated... moving her to college. <BR> <BR> hubby's home full time now (as in back in area...got job here in town) yay <BR> <BR> so I've been working ful... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:45:44 EST June Year Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931355 Okay, so It's NOT New Year's Eve, persay, but as of June 1st we will be at the half way point folks. Half way. <BR> <BR> I've accomplished nothing. <BR> <BR> and I do mean nothing. <BR> <BR> and truth be told it's just pure, simple, shame on me excuses. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile I'm watching my friend kick A$$ and I don't know why but I'm like ... ready. <BR> <BR> really ready. <BR> <BR> So, June 1st is a good starting point. <BR> <BR> Why not now? well, first of all (no excuse) I still ... Wed, 20 May 2015 11:17:36 EST Friday Rambles and stuuuuuuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912961 this past week I've been hecka busy. In between working, band meetings, and tending to hubs and the kids (an always full time job there right?) I thought about last week's blog. and what I was doing to make it better. <BR> <BR> Well, I do agree with some of the other Sparkies out there. Mojo is a nogo ...if you're looking for it to work out, keep looking. Sometimes we just gotta get down to it and do the nitty gritty even if in itty bitty steps. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to take my lu... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:48:22 EST I'm too lazy to type this right now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907665 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l118496478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've all been there. I'm sure this is why most of us are here. You'd think after five years of Spark, I'd have the answers. Alas. I'm just out of it this month. Well, and last month, and well, maybe the month before that too... <BR> <BR> I know I just need to move. Whether it be running or Combat or SOMETHING. I was so motivated and then. I don't know. Is it teenagers? yes. Yes, I will blame them. and... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 11:14:08 EST When a hippo hits a snake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887638 I've gotten out to do some running. The first day was like "omg 20 minutes? and I'm dying?" the 2nd day was like "booyah, yeah I'm getting into this" <BR> <BR> but the third day... <BR> <BR> ah yes, ssssssee those threes? <BR> <BR> I have this trail behind my house. I avoid it like crazy even though it is THE place to jog and ride bikes apparently. But, I have this irrational fear of the boogie man and snakes. <BR> <BR> I run on the sidewalk all around my neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Until... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:51:54 EST Pause, Rewind, Delete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881106 If it were only that easy to fight the mutant ninja fat cells that way. <BR> <BR> So here it is in black and white. <BR> <BR> I have completely regained the 10 pounds that I've worked so so hard to lose. <BR> <BR> those ten pounds of plateauing. <BR> <BR> those ten pounds of constant blogging and obsessing. <BR> <BR> all gone. <BR> <BR> or rather <BR> <BR> all back. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l726341442.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> "so, what ar... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:28:40 EST um rambles and stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872679 I've been trying Combat off and on. Notice the off and on. I'm still learning consistency. <BR> <BR> However, I did this time print out a full workout....stickers ready. <BR> I measured myself. <BR> I even (gasp) took pics. I'm still debating whether to post those scary things or wait until it looks definitely different with an after shot. I vote after shot. <BR> <BR> and I'm doing with my bestie again. a great motivation all around!! <BR> <BR> I have a band parent meeting tonight ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:31:28 EST COFFEE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865208 First I want to thank everyone for their amazing support. I really needed to vent and so it was nice to just "get it out there". thank you. <BR> <BR> I was going to do a DVD workout this morning. I am currently doing the Combat workout, which is appropriate for kicking the Mutant ninja Fatcells in the major arse, but it is rest day so I wanted to tackle some upper fix strength. There are teenagers in my living room dammit. granted they are sleeping but who wants to wake up to Wal-martia... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:53:06 EST My Mental Breakthrew (a serious blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863685 Anyone watching the Biggest Loser or Dr Oz will know that with weight loss comes mental breakthroughs. What is holding us back? What makes us self sabbatoge or attempt to give up on a long speed bump? <BR> <BR> Many things can be hidden in oneself and it takes years to uncover. I, however, have been fortunate to have it right in my face. <BR> <BR> I am simply a person who insist on caring for others before herself. It's not about self worth or others....it was always that as a blind dea... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:38:01 EST bah-humbug **grumpy emoticon** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859458 Well truly this year has started off with no bang, no confetti, and really just has been a struggle: the same as 2014. Which is, in my book, poopy. **envision a pile of poopy emoticon right here** <BR> <BR> I just got back from Denver from visiting my hubby. I was a very lovely picturesque visit and I'm glad I got to go. I just felt like there was too much at home to handle for me to get away, if that makes sense. **envision a very confused emoticon with question marks right here** <BR>... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:22:31 EST Resolutions 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850361 Can today be January 1st? I think I'm a little behind folks. Just updated my page and still trying to figure out where 2014 went. <BR> <BR> Today, as I sit engulfing my plain coffee I thought I'd spend a little time catching my brain up to today's activities. I seem to be on auto pilot lately just going. <BR> <BR> So. <BR> <BR> I did my Resolution Run 2015 on January 1st. I was so nervous and excited as although this was not my first 5K, it was my first trail run AND I was going alon... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:22:09 EST prepping for the New Year checklist: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836826 I am a weigh leader of our 5% Spark team and right now our assignment is to: <BR> "In 2015 give yourself the gift of a slimmer healthier body. Make this Challenge the Best Ever! <BR> <BR> Check List <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? well, as we are finishing up C25 now, January 5 (Monday) will be the biggining of my DVD Beachbody year. Beginning with 21 day fix and hoping to end with l... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:01:18 EST Running against the wind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832380 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l72916193.jpg"> <BR> <BR> yup it's true...so in as much as I was kind of mentally beating my self up regarding NOT being able to run a full 20 minutes, well...the story goes like this: <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went on week 6 day 2 run of my C25K. California is in the midst of it's "major storm"((which somehow didn't hit us as hard as hyped...fine by me)) and so it was drizzling/sprinkling pretty good. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:03:47 EST Finding our time rambles. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829661 It finally rained in California. by rain, I mean a LOT. <BR> <BR> My husband and I were looking at the poor excuse I call a garden this year and I sighed "I need to make it pretty, but alas I just need to find the time" <BR> <BR> My husband, in his sweet niavity, states "well, you would have more time if you didn't spend an hour each morning on the computer or running" <BR> <BR> I didn't say anything. <BR> <BR> Because how is he to know or understand? <BR> <BR> Yes. Every morning is whe... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:48:31 EST I hate my bestie right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827521 well, I haven't been running every day as I'd like to do, BUT I have been running 3x a week as the Couch to 5K program shows AND I'm on week 5 day 2 which is a full 8 minute run...day three terrifies me...a full 20 minute run!! gasp!!! I'm trying to get the bad mojo out of my head to repeat this week and put in the good mojo of I'm going to nail this!! <BR> <BR> Actually WE'RE going to nail this. See, as you may or may not know I was quite comfortable doing my week 1 for three years. Sp... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:11:40 EST Oh boy, that was brutal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821085 I knew it was coming. <BR> <BR> I had told y'all I was bingin' waaaaaaaay too much <BR> <BR> and it caught up. <BR> <BR> BIG TIME!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l196604635.jpg"> <BR> <BR> yup...that beautiful 169 goal was self sabotaged by none other than myself. <BR> <BR> <BR> What to do what to do? <BR> <BR> We all know the answer to that.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l830900797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and that's what I'm... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:28:26 EST Monday, take two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818280 So I deleted the last blog. Not because it was anything bad or whatnot. It actually, (I thought) was pretty good and heartfelt. It needed to be said. <BR> <BR> However, I kind of freaked out about anyone outside spark ever catching it so it went away. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping by airing out my fears and despair, that like on the Biggest Loser, my mental weight will unload my physical weight. <BR> <BR> Hey, a person can dream!! <BR> <BR> However, I really did like the pictures so I'm puttin... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:08:01 EST Silver Award rambles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816355 I finally got one of those babies on my Spark Tracker. I see a lot of negativity towards the Spark Tracker, but I figure it is what it is for the price so I quite enjoy mine. It's great until I can advance to a new giggity gadget. I so love new gijjity gadgets and whatnots. <BR> <BR> My hubby came home over the weekend and I gained a hefty six pounds from all the eating out we did. I told him next time I was cooking and we could both LOSE six pounds. Got a big "no thanks" on that sugges... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:44:13 EST Tis what I get for sneeking a peek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811977 It's a good thing I don't let the scale ruin a day. I figured with the consistent running I've done this week it'd be pretty. <BR> <BR> Not. <BR> <BR> I looked at the number (yes, above 169) and said "liar" and got off. <BR> <BR> and you know what? I'm going for a run. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>363</em> <em>192</em> <em>363</em> <em>192</em> <em>363</em> <em>192</em> <em>363</em> <em>192</em> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't get in my run yesterday so I'm... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:15:42 EST Two items of utmost importance!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809928 !) I finally made it to week 2 of my C25K running and Spark running plan. <BR> <BR> I know. <BR> <BR> whoa! <BR> <BR> I had made it to week 4 before (a long long long time ago) and for the life of me couldn't get up a hill, then I slacked off for um....3 or 5 years. Because my running was so "inconsistent" ((word of the year here folks)) I have been trying to run DAILY rather than 3 days a week. but I don't balk if I miss a day or so... <BR> <BR> I know, trying to keep up with my thoug... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:00:56 EST I have seven minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808652 Seven minutes til I grab my shoes and off to work. <BR> <BR> a quickie. <BR> <BR> um. <BR> <BR> **stares at blank page in desperation** <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I ran yesterday. <BR> <BR> today I got up, put on my sweats, pulled my hair in a ponytail, and grabbed my phone. to see I had to get ready for work. <BR> <BR> so tonight it will have to be. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <e... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:58:16 EST Everyone deserves a new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803986 I haven't been inactive lately, I just haven't been able to blog. Which is a good thing, I suppose. I just re-read my last blog and it made ME smile...what can I say? I crack myself up. <BR> <BR> I haven't been consistent at exercising, but I haven't been sedentary as much either. <BR> <BR> My eating is hit and miss. <BR> <BR> All the goals that I've set out for the year 2014 have not been completed persay, but they are still a work in progress. <BR> <BR> and that's cool. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:10:41 EST Major Mojo Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778617 We all do it. (no, not that...) <BR> <BR> We all say we're going to get going, but something holds us back. Whether it be our newest excuse, life, time, or just simple lack of motivation we get ourselves in our own way. <BR> <BR> I'm big on it. <BR> <BR> and I'm just big. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling for months now on regaining my mojo. I've invited my friends to Spark and watched them leave. I've joined teams and although I'm active on Spark, I'm just not active. for all the rea... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:31:04 EST S'up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776553 After texting back and forth, hubs and I did talk. I explained why I was so hurt by him. He said I was complaining about job, life etc for a week and it was too much. I explained I listened to it for over six years with support and expect the same. He actually listened and replied with "I was kind of an ass then huh" <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> so, that was amazing...I am also taking the advice of a Sparkfriend and getting some things checked out. It was something I had wanted ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 12:20:55 EST Saddened September..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775432 I ran today. <BR> <BR> I mean....it was slow. Was the slowest run I've done in a long time. But I did it. I got out and I was like not thinking....I think that's what I was after. Just the golden, dead and brown views contrasted next to the blue sky and nothing in my brain but the tunes that I tried to recognize from the iTunes. <BR> <BR> I had a big fight with the hubster. The kind that I broke down and cried. I hadn't cried like that since we split up three years ago. I had reached... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 21:53:32 EST Starbucks Starbucks Starbucks!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752259 In keeping with my veganized eating I had made a lunch. I LOVE me some hummus so it was smart wraps, with hummus and kale. It's one of my favorite go tos.......that I left at home. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> So I says "self....I'm not the in the mood for a local veggie taco so I guess a Starbucks veggie bowl will do" and I drove to my local drive through <BR> <BR> $6.95 later I head back to work and when I get back to work I read "Zesty Chicken Salad" <BR> <BR> <em>198<... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:00:07 EST Successes in my failures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751643 Alrightie everyone! <BR> <BR> How'd your first go? <BR> <BR> Me? <BR> <BR> I guess it depends on how ya look at it. <BR> <BR> I went for a run. <BR> <BR> I went at 10 am so it was cooler as we are experiencing 100+ weather here in dead and brown California.... <BR> <BR> It was 88 degrees <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I did half my work out, but I was sweatin' like a BEAST I tell ya... <BR> <BR> I mean, look at that magnificent face!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 11:53:58 EST August already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750382 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l896091066.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I took this from another Sparkie. I love it. <BR> <BR> so today is my first real day off in awhile. The girls began their preseason which means they are marching in triple digits from 8-5 M-F. What troopers!! Hubs at work. Houseguest are all sleeping. It's a nice quiet time. <BR> <BR> I'm mentally prepping myself for a run. I'm going to do it while it's still in the 80s and not the 100s as it's supposed ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:49:15 EST 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