HTHOMAS_30's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HTHOMAS%5F30 HTHOMAS_30'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/ strength training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711248 I decided I have to get back at strength training! twice a week at least for 20 minutes. Lost a 1/2 pound this week! woohoo. Slow and steady. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> well I started out good but didn't get strength training in this past week. I did lose another 1/2 pound. <BR> <BR> My workouts have been far and few between. But I am moving! I have done lots of yard work and gardening. <BR> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 11:05:30 EST 1/2 marathon update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703503 Well my sister and I completed our 1/2 marathon walk! We took 15 minutes off our time. My sister conquered her fears before races! So proud of her. We were blessed with awesome weather! I want to train next year for it too! I love this little weekend getaway that I can count with my sister. :) <BR> Well I took a 10 day break with just some light exercise those days. I am gearing up to train to run a 1/2 marathon in September! I am so looking forward to it. I did my first run today a... Mon, 26 May 2014 12:07:39 EST 7 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691883 7 days until 1/2 marathon walk and I am pumped! I feel prepared and energized ! My body seems to be cooperating better and less fatigue . Sat, 10 May 2014 11:18:53 EST Progress not perfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688092 Thank you so much for that wonderful statement. Progress not perfection! I needed to read that! I have been upset I haven't been able to log in as many miles as my sister this year for our 1/2 marathon walk. I put it on sticky note and placed on the treadmill. God bless you! So, I decided to not make too many changes to my diet before my 1/2 marathon walk. I can't disrupt too much or it will through me off. So after reading your inspiring statement I decided I am going to take it one... Mon, 5 May 2014 14:08:33 EST Training for 1/2 marathon walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633413 I am 3 weeks in for training and I am so excited for this year! We had a blast and here's to another fun 1/2 marathon. <BR> <BR> 2 1/2 weeks until 1/2 marathon time! I can' t believe how fast the time went! Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:56:44 EST 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617762 I'm one week with no pop on Monday. No caffeine in over 2 weeks <BR> One week and 1 day without pop! So happy that others are motivating me to keep it up. several weeks without caffeine! Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:06:35 EST December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569315 I am terrible about blogging on here! But I have been keeping a journal and that has done wonders with my health journey. :) Well my last blog was about giving up pop well its a no go. I've decided its ok to drink it as long as I limit and not go over board and am drinking my water. Such is life, and I if I make other healthy choices its all that matters. <BR> ALso, my goal for fit minutes will not be reached this year however I did reached the fit minutes that I got last year and so ... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 12:57:32 EST Update on no pop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526470 Dont give up what you want MOST for what you want NOW! I saw this quote on Claire's site. This hit home for me because for the past month I have been phasing out pop in the house. First phase get off of caffeine so I switched to caffeine free pop. Well last week I drank my last caffeine free pop and didn't even finish it by the way. It didn't taste good to me and I realized I was drinking it out of habit. I am creature of habit. I don't like change. I don't like to think about what I want to ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:46:00 EST what have I been doing since February? and more rambling thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523824 I haven't blogged since February? Hmmm, well that me just say its been a touch and go year. My health stuff still likes to sideline me from what I love doing but I kept pushing on! I completed my first 1/2 marathon walk with my sister this past May! I ran a few 5ks and stayed busy with gardening. I kept trying to push myself even though my body was saying lets slow down and focus on other health issues. I wasn't listening. Since I was a younger girl my mind set was exercise exercise an... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 10:56:44 EST My Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262236 I am on a journey of self discovery. I turned 37 and I am finally starting to be comfortable in my own skin. I am not a size 6 anymore and I have stopped trying to live up to society's standards of body image. In fact, I use to love those fitness magazines but it only causes self esteem issues in women and men. Why do I need to live up to airbrushed and doctored up images that are not real life. I finally feel like why can't I like myself? Everybodys body has their own story and mine i... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:12:11 EST Making my way back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245619 I am slowly making my way back to working out. I keep hitting bumps but I keep pushing on, pushing on. I have a goal to walk a 1/2 marathon this summer. I wanted to run one but I need to start out slow and walk one. Running the longer miles is too hard on my body. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:22:32 EST One less phone call this Thanksgiving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141908 This Thanksgiving I will make one less phone call. I miss her ... It may sound silly but I mowed the lawn yesterday in honor of her. I thought of her the whole time I did it. She loved to do yard work and liked mowing. In her final days she would go out and mow the lawn. I would ask her, Grandma you suppose to be mowing lawn? Her reply, I do just little bits at a time and then take a break. <BR> My grandma would never complain or talking about what she was going through during her four... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:06:15 EST tips on fibromyalgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111856 Malic acid and magnesium, CoQ10, B12, calcium, and a good daily vitamin all help me with the energy. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 23:01:12 EST Quotes I love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104849 "When you get a wake-up call, answer it." <BR> <BR> ~ Alison Sweeney <BR> American dramatic actress and reality show host <BR> <BR> "Instead of thinking about what you're missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing." <BR> ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> "What you earn and receive makes you a living; what you give and contribute makes you a life." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." <BR> <BR> ~ John Wooden (1910-2010) <... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:19:10 EST Homeschooling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097549 I think I finally figured out something as far as homeschooling goes. There is no normal day of homeschooling. Each day presents itself a new challenge. As far as schedules those could just as well be thrown out the window. Instead of schedule I have know figured out that setting goals for the day fits us better. I stop stressing over what we should be doing at certain times every day . We just go with the flow of the day. If one day we wake up late, well we get our chores and breakfas... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:16:53 EST Changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095110 I need to make changes. I am ready for something new. I don't want to rush it or will it but discover it while I wait. I don't just want to talk the talk but walk the walk. I want to do instead of talk about it. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:32:46 EST Homeschooling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069131 How do you all not feel guilty for those weeks that nothing seems to get accomplished? My son got sick last week and we found out my Grandma was not going to be with us much longer. Then Autumn decided to get sick and I soon followed . 2 weeks of school and we maybe did 2 days worth of lessons! I was going to get back at it today and found out my Grandma passed away last night peacefully in her sleep. I don't have it in me to do school today. Plus, I am swimming in apples and tomatoes t... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:53:33 EST I'm still here and stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064703 I haven't blogged since August 27th. I am back in a slump and my Fibromalygia is flaring. Its makes me not want to workout and its the worst thing I can do is not exercise. I haven't ran in almost 2 wks. :( The last run I did was 7.5 on labor day. :( Stress of trying to get a house in order, homeschooling, finishing my job up in 2 wks , canning, and my Grandma is dying has taken everything out of me. the last one is the biggest stress and I am sad. She is my only grandparent I have l... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:40:43 EST No Excuses, get it done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032789 I am determined to run 13.2 miles by the middle of October. I am gearing up to run 7 miles on my treadmill. I don't want to do 7 miles on my treadmill. I would rather do it outside but motherhood, homeschooling my kids, and being wife sometimes hinders my best intentions of running outdoors. I can't make excuses anymore and I will have to suck it up on the treadmill and do the time if I want to run my 1/2 marathon by October. No more excuses. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 08:46:24 EST Slowly making progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028019 I ran a 10k last Saturday. The weather was beautiful and my father in law was there too. I ran with a better attitude and clear mind but that slowly faded when I saw what my 5k time was. I was mad at myself for taking those 2 months off from running. I came in last and had one of the worst 5k and 10k times. It took me a couple days of thinking and I told myself: be mad but does it surprise you that you had an awful time? You hadn't ran consistently in over 2 months. So I stopped feeling... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:04:26 EST Busting down some more mental walls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995048 I went for a run last night and I have noticed I have a lot of negative self talk going on in my head right now. Negative self talk that I haven't heard in a long time in my head. When I started running it goes to an old recording : you shouldnt be running, your too fat to run, why are you doing this. I am not sure why this happening and it where its stemming from. I finished my 3 mile run and shaved off a minute from the previous run. I am going to run a 10k in August and there maybe ho... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:14:28 EST Broke threw a mental wall on my run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991400 I broke threw a mental wall last night. I have not been feeling good for a long time. I was just diagnosed with Fibro on top of already have IC. I am choosing not to take meds that are making me a zombie and use running to push pass this. I ran the whole time last night during the 3.2 miles except to tie my shoe. ugh.. I ran it in 38 minutes but it was on that run that I kept telling myself: Stop caring about time or how yucky your body feels. Just enjoy this . Enjoy running again. ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:07:28 EST Back at it, cont http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987656 I ran 1.5 miles 2 nights ago and I felt great afterwards. The first 10 minutes were not so hot but I did get into a rythem and it was fine. I wanted to run longer but decided I am not overdoing it. Its probably what got me into trouble in the first place. I plan on trying to run a 10k in a couple weeks. My father in law inspired me to get my butt back at it. In a conversation he explained to me: I am looking for races every couple weeks to keep me motivated to keep at it. Well, I am... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:37:27 EST Back at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981885 Well, I keep wondering how I should get back to my training and my husband tells me: I am over thinking and i just need to get out there and do it. I am slowly feeling better. I do over think stuff. I just need to do and not worry about where I am. Its been 2/3 wks since I touched gluten and the fatigue is slowly lifting. SO as much I hate to admit but I believe there is a connection with my bladder and the gluten. I really hope I can back at running and feeling energetic. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:39:03 EST Time to switch it up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974869 Well, as I wait to see what my lab results are and why I am so tired with sore achy muscles and joints: It is time to switch up my exercise. I don't need to be hard on myself if I didn't run or walk lots of miles. For a long time I have felt I need to go hard in order to see results or feel that it was worth the exercise. However, I still managed to get 500 fit minutes in this month and the month is not even over which proves to me that I get more accomplished by just doing the little bits... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:41:42 EST quote of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968525 "Positive attitudes create a chain reaction of positive thoughts." <BR> <BR> ~ Unknown <BR> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:41:51 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957718 I have lost my motivation to run? Its a questions that I have been trying to figure out the answer to. Is it lack of motivation? Is it just plain that I don't have the energy lately? Is it a mental thing? and I just need to get my rear in gear and do it! I don't know but its frustrating me. I love to run but running has started getting hard on my body. Plus, I have been going through some health stuff. I have never used that stuff as an excuse though. I need to start running again. ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 09:45:02 EST Happy 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954878 This holiday I am celebrating at home with just my family. My husband is on call, the weather is soo hot, our pool has no water, and I am not feeling well. Then it dawned on me. I should be happy that my husband has a job because in todays job market you never know. I shouldn't complain how hot my house is because we only have 1 air conditioner because somewhere someone doesn't have that. I shouldn't complain that our pool isn't filled yet because at least we have one and it will eventua... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 10:16:58 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952809 Well, day 3 and wasn't feeling good. The only thing that tasted good was a nice cold pop! crap! I hope i start feeling better so I can start over. Mon, 2 Jul 2012 23:19:12 EST Day 1 : No pop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949504 Day 1: I have had no pop! I had a sweet tea at 3 that was loaded with ice so it was more ice then tea. So far so good. I hope to keep it up. I just mentally have to work on this. Sat, 30 Jun 2012 21:55:03 EST attempt ?..... Wish me luck. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948346 I have been trying to give up for the last 2 years and the longest I have gone is 3 wks. I just want to not drink it on a daily basis so not having it in the house is important. I loaded the house with tea and gatorade to see if that will help me. So tomorrow is day 1. Wish me luck Fri, 29 Jun 2012 23:10:43 EST Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945986 I started working out again yesterday. I had taken some time off again and I feel ready to get back at it. Now if I can only keep being more consistent then dying off by the middle/end of the month that would be great. I really think having sparkpeople has kept me on track even when I can't get the exercise i want too. I hope when I see my doctor in 2 wks she can shed some light on why my pain is back full force. I am hoping to run that 1/2 marathon by Fall. I need to stay on track. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:04:13 EST I want to feel energetic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937484 Something is zapping my energy and I can't figure it out. I feel so weak and stiff. I can sleep 9 hours and still feel groggy and tired in the morning. I don't start getting any energy until its way after 12 and then my energy picks up after supper. I am really going to have to talk to my doctor when I see her in 2 wks. I want to be an energetic mom. I want to get back to running again. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:38:14 EST going to dermatologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935971 I am off to see a dermatologist. It was on my bucket list of things to do when I turned 35 and here I am 36. So better late than never. I just want to make sure some of my moles are ok and I had a friend who is my age who had a scare with it. I was never a sunbather and if I did go to a tanning booth it was for 6 wks tops in the spring time to beat the MN blahs. So I am hoping for good news today. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:57:18 EST Goals for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934558 1. scrapbook <BR> 2. find me new tennis shoes <BR> 3. start getting organized around the house again <BR> 4. do some baking and meal prep <BR> 5. start running consistently again <BR> 6. maybe run a 5k on friday <BR> 7. drink water <BR> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:55:43 EST Victory Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932827 I lost 1.5 pounds over my vacation. I was so excited that I lost weight and didn't gain. I really just watched what I ate on most days, portion control and walked whenever I could. I was so busy going and doing stuff that I really think that helped me lose weight. So its something I am going to focus on: staying busy so I stay away from munching when I am bored. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:44:24 EST Awesome vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931663 I had the most amazing vacation. It was the first time in a long time that we got to see pretty much everybody we wanted and still get to take in some of the sites in Ohio. I love going home there but I don't think I would ever move back. I love the state of MN. Its a true beauty and only until you live here can you appreciate all its diverseness. People ask me how can I live on the prairie, its nothing but prairie! I laugh because I felt the same way for so long However, what they do... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:46:29 EST Awesome vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931662 I had the most amazing vacation. It was the first time in a long time that we got to see pretty much everybody we wanted and still get to take in some of the sites in Ohio. I love going home there but I don't think I would ever move back. I love the state of MN. Its a true beauty and only until you live here can you appreciate all its diverseness. People ask me how can I live on the prairie, its nothing but prairie! I laugh because I felt the same way for so long. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:46:25 EST My Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916479 I wish my disease would go into remission again. I wish they could find the cause of IC. I wish I could feel great to have the motivation to run. I wish I didn't feel guilt when I am so tired that I sleep in and I have a little boy who gets up by himself. I wish that they could find a cure. I wish doctors understood this disease better. I wish I didn't have to explain this disease and people think I just pee a lot. I wish that was the case but IC is so much more than peeing a lot. Th... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 15:16:17 EST 2 more days until vacation time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914606 I am heading back to a place where I call home where feeling good never costs a thing. I love this song and it reminds me of Ohio and the year we lost my Grandmother to cancer. It will be 4 years in Oct since she has passed and I still get sad at the fact I won't see her when I go back. I won't get to hug her and see her smiling face. I won't get to laugh at the jokes she tells and think I can't believe my grandmother just told me that joke! lol Instead I will be silently talking to he... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 11:03:32 EST Inspired by nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909836 In our one sparkteam they ask what did you see on your walk? Well, I went on my walk thinking of this ? What did I see on my walk yesterday? Well I decided to just take my walk at an easy pace and no music. It was just me and nature. It was one of the best walks I have had in awhile. There were white puffy clouds in the sky. Butterflies dancing along the road. White and pink flowers sprinkled in the tall prairie grass. The prairie grass was whispering among themselves. There were birds chir... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 10:46:10 EST June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908554 Yep, I said this month would be a challenge and its already shaping up to be that way! I feel so yucky and under the weather. I am really tired of getting sinus infections, sore throats and canker sores. I really hoping to kick this before we go to OHIO! Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:03:56 EST Motivated to get my miles in for June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907224 This month will present a challenge with being able to fit in my workouts when I am on vacation. Second challenge to not put any weight on while on vacation. I determined and that is why I making my lists and packing healthy meals for on the road. I want to get more than 62 miles in for walking but I will be happy just to meet my goal. So lets get this month moving in the right direction. I am hoping to log in extra miles this next week to counteract the days I might not get my walks in... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 10:46:29 EST Thankful, May 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906024 I am so thankful that my mission to advocate for IC is paying off this year. A friend of mine approached me and asked if I can be a support system for someone who has this disease. I said: Send her my way! I know all too well how lonely I felt when I was first diagnosed and no one to talk to about this awful disease. So I am going to keep advocating and hopefully my dream to get a 5k walk run will get up and running this year. Here is to 2012 and advocating ! Thu, 31 May 2012 14:44:46 EST the IC diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904031 I feel like a failure when it comes to the IC diet. I have had this disease for 12 years now and I have yet to give up pop. I did give up diet soda a long time ago. I gave up lots on the IC no no list. But I fail at giving up pop. I still treat myself to chocolate occasionally. I still eat tomato based stuff occasionally. I hardly eat dairy because I flare from that lately. I gave up gluten but have started to eat it occasionally. I see all these people who strictly go by the diet and do so w... Wed, 30 May 2012 09:54:07 EST training for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902384 3 <BR> Rest Day <BR> 3 miles <BR> CT <BR> 3 miles <BR> Rest Day <BR> 6 miles <BR> EZ or CT Tue, 29 May 2012 09:31:08 EST Thankful for my friend: Charity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897340 In the spirit of my one friend, I have decided to do a thankful blog today. <BR> One: I am thankful for Charity because I finally found someone who shares the same vision and goals I have about fitness. <BR> Two: I am thankful for all the amazing advocacy she has done with health! <BR> Three: I am thankful for the spark she has spread through sparkpeople, FB, and our community. <BR> Four: I am thankful that she has been able to get her family moving and struck a spark with all of them! ... Fri, 25 May 2012 09:29:03 EST Training for the week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890453 Rest Day <BR> 3 miles <BR> 2 miles <BR> 3 miles <BR> CT <BR> 5 miles <BR> EZ or CT <BR> <BR> I completed 4.5 miles yesterday. <BR> I completed 3.2 miles today. 5-24-12 <BR> I walked 4 miles on 5-25-12 <BR> Sun, 20 May 2012 23:17:12 EST To Run Or Walk ? I say Both! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888350 I've come to realize my body may not be ready to run a 1/2 marathon. This notion was hard for me to grasp because I easily did a 5k and 10k but the training for the 1/2 marathon was taking its toll on my body. I knew it was going to be hard work and I accepted that but I didn't realize the long hard pounding runs would be on the disease I have. Well, I decided if I can' t run one right now then I will walk one and maybe just up the stakes and walk a marathon. Some might say: Walk a mar... Sat, 19 May 2012 09:40:26 EST Grocery Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887204 I hate making my grocery shopping list and trying to get all the meals planned out for the 2 wks. I use to love it and was good at it but now its so hard with all our dietary needs. Plus, we are fighting boredom of the same old meals day in and day out. So I am trying to find recipes to help me get out of a meal rut. Fri, 18 May 2012 12:15:54 EST