IFDEEVARUNS2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IFDEEVARUNS2 IFDEEVARUNS2'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/ Oh the horror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011528 I should have known……when my plantar fasciitis flared up a week before my marathon. <BR> I should have known…..when I was awake for two hours with cramping feet the night before my marathon. <BR> But hope springs eternal! <BR> I signed up for the Twin Cities Marathon at the urging of a friend who lives two blocks away from mile 8. He and his daughter encouraged me to come stay with them. Twin Cities is billed as one of the prettiest urban marathons, and I had the opportunity to stay with fr... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:39:45 EST Goodbye Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923557 Just a short rant! <BR> <BR> I've been very impressed in the past by Fitbit's customer service. When I had problems (repeatedly), they replaced their product promptly. <BR> <BR> Now anyone with a Fitbit is probably aware of the recent change in how they calculate active minutes. Where I used to rack up lots of active minutes (earned not given), I now only earn a few. I thought it was a bit drastic of a cutback, but I could live with it. I still got my steps, I still burned my calories. ... Wed, 6 May 2015 08:58:29 EST New York City Marathon 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810812 I arrived at my destination with no mishaps this year, unlike last year’s Wineglass Marathon travel fiasco. My first afternoon and evening were spent with friends, and the next morning I headed for the Expo. I expected it to be bigger than it was – other than the Asics market, there wasn’t much else. Sure, some other vendors had displays, but not as big an expo as I expected. I went upstairs to view the 5 boroughs display, then lost patience with the whole thing and returned to my hotel. ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:40:20 EST You can’t outrun heredity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736838 Lord knows I’ve tried. <BR> <BR> I’m sidelined for three weeks due to a left knee ‘injury’ which my doctor ascribes to arthritis. I shouldn’t be surprised. My grandmother had crippled hands for years from arthritis. My mother had deformed hands from arthritis. My father had occasional moderate arthritis. <BR> <BR> Twenty years ago I developed arthritis in my hands. One finger at a time blew up. The pain would wake me up at night. I had to have my wedding ring cut off my finger. And ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:55:34 EST Oh no, this won't do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684115 I don’t generally mind change, and laugh at those who instantly complain with each change thrown at them. I think I'm generally easy-going. <BR> <BR> I draw the line at blogs! <BR> <BR> One of my greatest joys every day was to cruise by each of my teams, and check out who had blogged. Here was a great way to see who needed help, who was celebrating a triumph, who had some interesting information to impart, who had an inspiring message for me. And sometimes, I knew I could count on a laug... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:24:51 EST In-between http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680325 I’m in-between. <BR> <BR> I’m not at my highest weight, and I’m not at my lowest weight, just somewhere in-between. <BR> <BR> I’m not a teenager, and I’m not an old lady, somewhere in-between although perhaps closer to one end than the other, who knows! <BR> <BR> Style-wise, I’m neither Juicy Couture nor Brooks Brothers; probably a lot of options in-between. <BR> <BR> Can you tell I went shopping? Yes, after four years of buying mostly running clothing and gear, I’ve decided that my deci... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:46:21 EST The Passover phenomenon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675142 Every year at Passover I notice the same thing: I am able to follow a diet that is more restrictive than my usual diet. It’s not that I’m motivated, or that I’m particularly religious. Somehow, though, my brain signals to me that I can follow the ‘rules’ for this short period of time. Eight days isn’t too long, right? <BR> <BR> During Passover, there is no ‘just a bit of this’, nor any ‘just this once’. It’s a yes or no thing. And I can do it. I do it every year. <BR> <BR> This year,... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:15:55 EST Introspective or reclusive? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674199 As I was looking over old blogs I wrote, I realized that when I first joined SP I didn’t hesitate to put my feelings out there. Now, I feel that I’m beyond introspective, I’m almost reclusive. I’m not sure what that’s about. <BR> <BR> I was about to say that I don’t know what I’m doing on SP these days, but that wouldn’t be correct. It’s a safe place where I’ve found kindred spirits. <BR> <BR> I joined in a quest for a healthier diet, having watched my mother suffer more than she shoul... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:27:57 EST Chevron Houston Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599933 The weather for the Houston marathon was pretty nearly perfect! In the mid-50s at the start, it barely hit 70 before I was done. While the day was clear and sunny, the route had a lot of shade. <BR> <BR> I approached this marathon with a lot of apprehension, as I hadn’t done a really long run since mid-November. I hadn’t done much in the way of running at all in the previous two weeks. An unexplained pain in my right arm also had me a bit concerned. <BR> <BR> But after the San Antonio d... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:40:19 EST Santa Hustle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570361 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l874883131.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy holidays! Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:18:55 EST The marathon that wasn't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544310 One of my goals for this year/running season is to run more than one marathon. Run, not race. This hasn’t been the greatest of training seasons, but all I have to do is run. <BR> <BR> Yesterday’s Rock n Roll San Antonio Marathon was to be marathon #2 of the season. It was an epic fail on many levels, and yet something of an accomplishment. This was also my first completely unsupported marathon: no one to drive me there, no one to meet me along the way and swap snacks for unwanted clothi... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:35:31 EST November 3rd again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530736 18 years ago today I lost my father. 4 years ago today I lost my mother. Tomorrow is my birthday. On November 4th 22 years ago, I lost my youngest brother. <BR> Today, I'm running a half marathon. They will be with me. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 08:45:30 EST St. Louis Rock n Roll Half Marathon 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528504 I had never expected to take up running when my eldest daughter asked me four years ago if I wanted to run a 5k with my granddaughter who was taking part in Girls on the Run. Because I wasn’t a runner, I had to decline, and my daughter B. ran with her. <BR> <BR> The following year, I volunteered to do the race with my granddaughter (I’d started running), and sat at the airport waiting to fly to St. Louis as flight after flight was canceled due to weather. I never made it that year. <BR> <... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:39:18 EST Wineglass Marathon 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508051 My training this year didn’t go well, with little energy or stamina as a result of a change in diet, and ongoing bladder problems. The longest run I had managed in the months prior was 20 miles. Nonetheless I decided that if I ran the marathon as a long run, I could still finish the Wineglass Marathon. <BR> <BR> The first leg of my trip to Corning was without incident. I arrived at the gate in Newark for leg #2 in plenty of time for a 7:30 pm departure. That got bumped to 8:00 pm. Then ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 14:01:04 EST Hitting the wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487482 Another night filled with running! This dream was a marathon, but a marathon with a twist. The object wasn’t to get to the end as quickly as possible, but to experience all the ‘fun’ stops along the way, something like a scavenger hunt. <BR> <BR> I remember running through malls, parking lots, parks and zoos. I saw so many people I knew doing the marathon, people who aren’t runners. <BR> <BR> At very regular intervals, we stopped to pick up fruit, or goodies of some sort. Some stops f... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:19:33 EST Oy vey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480822 I lined up that morning to run a half-marathon with one of my regular training buddies. We’ve done a number of half marathons together before, and were pretty evenly matched until this summer when things went downhill for me. <BR> <BR> This race was an out-and-back course, to be repeated four times. Yes, it does sound odd, doesn’t it? It was part of a larger series of races we’d been doing throughout Texas, but it was the first in the season. The organizers have been adding races to the ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 17:11:55 EST Mother of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389244 That's right, I nominated myself for mother of the year today. As Hillel said, if I am not for myself, who will be for me? Well, he did say more than that, but I’ll stop with this. <BR> <BR> DD#2 headed out for Florida to go on a cruise with her BFF to celebrate said friend’s 30th birthday. As I’m working diligently at my desk today, I get a panicked call from DD: the cruise line won’t honor her expired passport, and they are sailing in three hours. Can I find her birth certificate and ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:10:25 EST No words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324920 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l145216349.jpg"> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:57:38 EST Freedom Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300607 Last Sunday’s Freedom Half Marathon was the hardest race I’ve run. It was also my first solo out-of-town race, with no one to see me off or meet me at the finish line. <BR> <BR> Saturday’s drive to Corpus Christi was an easy one, and I had the chance to drive over the Harbor Bridge on the way in and to see what I would face in the morning. It was daunting, but looked doable. As I turned left to make it to Shoreline Drive, I arrived at my hotel. I quickly checked in, then walked along t... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:20:39 EST FitBit - the sequel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295989 When I went to check my steps yesterday, I discovered that the battery had died. Well, my first thought was that the Fitbit itself had died, but a quick visit to their website confirmed that I'd exceeded the expected lifespan of the battery. <BR> <BR> Much to my surprise I felt a sense of loss. I felt bereft. <BR> <BR> I walked around the house feeling as though I'd lost my best friend! What was the point of walking? No one was keeping track of every step. Oh no, wait, it also meant I ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:26:13 EST My adventures with my FitBit: the musings of a sloth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263652 I had no real idea how many calories I burned during my Israeli dance sessions, and I was afraid I was overestimating. I’d tried wearing my Polar HR monitor, but thought that was overstating things. Losing weight is always a real struggle for me, so I thought it would be a good idea to get a real sense of the calories I might be burning. So when Spark partnered with Fitbit, I decided to go for the basic model. <BR> <BR> I run three times a week, and I teach dance for 3 ½ hours, so you w... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:28:29 EST Austin Livestrong Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256161 This was my third year running the Austin Livestrong Half Marathon. Every year I wonder if I should try the marathon, but every year I’m too intimidated by the hills. There is no amount of running parking garage ramps that would prepare me for the Austin hills! <BR> <BR> This race was on the heels of a HM in San Antonio three weeks earlier. Due to travel, illness and an injury, I really haven’t trained during two of the last three months. Knowing this going in, I planned to take it easy,... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:11:05 EST Return from the Great Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228536 Months ago, before the Great Fall, I signed up for a half marathon in January. Last weekend, in spite of my fears, I ran it. <BR> <BR> What’s the Great Fall? Just an event that almost ended my running for good. For the first time since I had started running three years ago, most of my runs were enjoyable. Things were going great. I was looking forward to each run. And on this Thursday afternoon in early December I headed out with Sophie for a quick run around the neighborhood. <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:20:42 EST Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941599 In a moment of madness I decided to join the BLC challenge. Not that they are mad, quite the contrary, but I think that I am. I'm in the middle of a lot of stress at the moment, and it seems that I've added more by doing so. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong - all my team members are great and very supportive, but I'm an introvert by nature, and some of what is stressing me is just not going to be put out there this time. <BR> <BR> That said, I'm committed to revisiting some of my goals at t... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:30:01 EST Worst time ever - best race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4821970 I know there have been some noteworthy races in my life since my last race blog, but I've been unable to summon up the words to describe them. I'm not sure why; it doesn't really matter. <BR> <BR> Last Saturday I ran the Bellaire Trolley Fun Run with my daughter, her first 5k. She hasn't been running very long, and she hasn't been pushing herself. There are all kinds of reasons, but primarily the fact that she never intended to be a runner. Somehow the fact that I insisted on her presenc... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 14:01:11 EST What a difference a job makes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624010 If you were to believe my DD�s Facebook page, she was distraught to be rejoining the workaday world. That was just posturing! <BR> <BR> She graduated from Vet Tech school last October, and hasn�t been able to land the job she wanted. She�s studying for the certification exam this Thursday, and has been as irascible as a bear. I�ve also had to talk her down off the ledge a few times when it seemed she was going to self-destruct. <BR> <BR> After a couple of out of town interviews t... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:16:54 EST False pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4546467 On Sunday I will be running my second marathon. Last year's marathon was run with an IT band injury, and my time wasn't too bad in view of that, albeit quite slow nonetheless. <BR> <BR> This year, I've managed to train without an injury, but last Thursday I started having heart palpitations. I hoped it would pass over the weekend, but when they didn't, I contacted a friend who is an ENT. Any port in a storm.... He asked me when I had my last cardiology checkup. What? Never! <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:13:59 EST The superstitious me hesitates to post this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4504490 The stars must have been aligned Saturday morning at 3 am when I met my training group for our 23 mile run, just four weeks before the St. Louis marathon. 23 miles is the run when my IT band injury manifested last year, and so I approached this distance with great trepidation. <BR> <BR> Our group has dwindled this year because Houston Galloway had decided to split the half and full marathon training groups. So there were just four of us heading out at 3 am. Two had never run this distance... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:04:13 EST I just had to share! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4418299 Earlier this summer I drove up to Wichita with my youngest. How she got to this point is a long story, and at times we despaired. But she never gave up. And she's fallen in love with zoos, although goats come a close second. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l144711640.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once she completes this externship, she'll look for a full-time job. She's applied for a position in Florida. <BR> <BR> I couldn't be prouder! <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:46:53 EST Odds and ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386834 If I wait until I have a blog in me, I won't get any of this out. <BR> <BR> Hood to Coast is in a month. I've been training, but feel that I'm not making progress. And yet, I have to be. I know I'm running longer distances during my short runs, in heat and humidity. I'm slower though, and that bothers me, even though I know it's necessary in order to be safe. There aren't enough hours in the day to do all the training I want to do. <BR> <BR> I dropped my youngest off in Wichita over th... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 09:03:41 EST Emotional eating and random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4330472 <BR> I’ve always read about emotional eating, sympathized with all of you who blogged about it, and thought I ‘got it’ but I have to admit that I probably didn’t really. I eat because I love food, usually good food. I don’t eat junk food, but clearly I must overeat the good stuff. Portion control, that’s my nemesis. <BR> <BR> I met the emotional eating monster two weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I’d gone up to my mom’s house to get it cleaned up and ready to put on the market. I arranged for a ga... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:35:25 EST Hair today, gone tomorrow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4272875 Just a quick rant about nothing important.... <BR> <BR> I have bad hair. Not terrible, but bad. It's fine, it's limp, and while I used to have a lot of it, in the last fifteen years or so, I've lost some of it. Actually, way too much of it, but I really have no grounds for complaint yet: my aunt had much thinner hair as she aged, and I can only hope I won't get that bad. <BR> <BR> That said, it matters to me who cuts my hair, and once I've found someone who does it well, I won't let any... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 15:04:43 EST New shoes and first fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4206812 Yup, I really needed those new shoes. I got them a month ago, but needed to get the lift added to the left shoe, so some delay was involved. The shoe repair shop is nowhere near my house. <BR> <BR> So yesterday I headed out for my first run with the new shoes - what a difference! It didn't hurt that the weather was a bit cooler, just around 80 when I headed out. And the temperature started dropping, with a fresh breeze. I felt on top of the world, like I could run forever. <BR> <BR> So... Tue, 3 May 2011 09:23:38 EST Blue Bell Fun Run - 10K and then ice cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4156329 I'm the one coming up on the left, and then trying to get through the two runners in light green. I kept getting blocked so came around the outside. <BR> <BR> OK, within 2 minutes I was no longer feeling terrible - it was just the heat and the headwinds that got me. Oh, and the hills..... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 19:42:02 EST Serendipity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4151208 I decided earlier this week to start decluttering by taking an armful of papers with me to work every morning, going through them first thing in the morning, and tossing what I don't need in the shredder. <BR> <BR> As I went through papers Tuesday morning I found a stock trade advice that explained how and when I'd acquired my 1+ shares of stock in a company I will not name. I'd sold that stock last year because I didn't like their business practices, but couldn't figure out my basis for ta... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 08:53:58 EST OMG I'm blown away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4117282 I know, I haven't blogged in a coon's age. As soon as I thought that I realized I had no idea where that expression came from. So, first things first, here is what I found: <BR> <BR> "It actually refers to raccoons. The expression "in a coon's age" dates to the early 1800s, and to the folk belief that raccoons are long-lived. My pal Colibri of the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board says, "References differ, but a wild individual raccoon might live up to 5 to 7 years (average survival bei... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 10:16:59 EST Mutton bustin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4062667 I've been here forty years, but sometimes Texas is still like a foreign country to me. Never more so than during rodeo season, and Houston boasts one of the biggest and best rodeos. I hadn't been in years, and then a friend unexpectedly got some tickets late yesterday and invited me to go. Yoga or rodeo? The rodeo won. <BR> <BR> As I said, it had been quite a few years, and I was amazed at the technology improvements: in spite of the size of the stadium, everyone had front row seats bec... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 09:03:49 EST It's not the quantity, it's the quality! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4056620 I've always known I had a weird metabolism. I think I was 16 the last time it was easy for me to lose any weight. <BR> <BR> For the last few months I haven't been weighing myself but have been relying on how my clothes felt. Well, for the last two weeks, they've been getting tight so I jumped on the scale today. Whoa! I'm almost back up to where I started. Except that I know I'm much fitter, and a lot more of this is muscle. <BR> <BR> That said, there's an extra layer of fat I don't li... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 08:41:56 EST Austin half-marathon: heat, humidity and hills! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4038712 After initially signing up to run the marathon (I signed up six months ago), I opted to scale back to avoid any further injuries, so I changed my registration to the half. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning, my friend and I headed out for the short 2 ½ hour drive to Austin – he drives faster than I would have. We headed for the Expo first, where I’d planned a little shopping spree in addition to picking up my race packet. Incidentally, my bib was the only one I saw all weekend without a name on it... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:28:56 EST Stretching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4027395 I’m a great one for routine. While I like variety and respond well to changes, like anyone else I tend to fall into familiar patterns. I eat the same breakfast every day of the work week – it’s easy, I can eat it at my desk, it satisfies me, and it’s good for me. <BR> <BR> I also love to do the daily Sudoku puzzle from my morning paper. As the week progresses, so does the difficulty. I’m thrilled when I can get through the hardest one in a reasonable time. But if I get stumped, I take ... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:42:03 EST I just hate this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3987668 It's been a rough week trying to get out to run. Monday I found the perfect bike on Craig's List so went to look at that instead of doing my run. Tuesday is dancing - three hours of it, so no time for running. <BR> Wednesdays my knees are usually sore, so I've opted to find something else to do. I finally got to yoga class last night, and I love it. This is a keeper. <BR> So today I should be getting out to run, but it's 28 degrees. That in itself wouldn't be a problem, but it's covered... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:56:44 EST The Houston marathon - a different perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3981419 Before I started running, the Houston marathon, when it was on my radar screen at all, was merely a source of irritation. When the kids were little, it meant finding an alternate way to get them to Sunday school. Later on it meant not really being able to get around town until well after 1 pm. <BR> <BR> Last year at this time, I had just started running but didn’t think much about the marathon. That was still not on my radar screen – I was learning how to get myself to 5k. If there were ... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 17:08:50 EST What not to do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3899564 1. Run alone in the dark <BR> 2. Run alone in the dark when everyone is driving home <BR> 3. Run alone in the dark with Sophie when everyone is driving home and you're afraid she'll dart out and be hit by a car <BR> 4. Run alone in the dark with Sophie when everyone is driving home so you have to run on uneven sidewalks <BR> <BR> Damn it felt good to be running, though! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> To those of you who have asked, meet Sophie: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_publ... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 09:03:06 EST So it seems... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3892577 ...that I need to explain my new name. It was prompted by one of the SparkPeople quizzes that asks whether your name is positive or negative. Mine was neutral so I decided it needed to be nudged over to the positive side. <BR> <BR> I have been an avid dancer for years and my passion is Israeli folk dance, frequently referred to as IFD, not to be confused with IDF which is an entirely different thing. Everything needs an acronym, right? <BR> <BR> And years ago I used IFDee as a user nam... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 12:09:32 EST Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3883658 <BR> If I have one overarching goal this year, I think this is it: connecting with people. No, it has nothing to do with weight loss, diet or fitness, but it does have to do with balance. I focused to a large extent on physical matters last year, balancing my diet and working at becoming a runner. These goals won’t be abandoned, of course; with a slight refresher, I can recover from any detours I may have taken. The arena that needs to be addressed this year is the emotional one. <BR> ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:04:37 EST What did you expect? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3864974 My SparkFriend CJROMB said: "Tell me about your 2010. What worked/didn't work? Did it turn out like you planned?" <BR> <BR> Planned? I didn't plan. I probably should have. Did it turn out like I expected? Let me think..... <BR> <BR> 2010 was not the year I expected. <BR> <BR> It started off with a break-up – that I expected, I was ready. I’m still OK with that, even though I’m not doing anything to find Mr. Right. I have friends I spend time with, and they provide the companionsh... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 14:38:16 EST Not the blog I wanted to write http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3862965 I headed to the massage therapist with great anticipation; the first massage therapist suggested by the ortho couldn’t see me, so I’d had to ask for another recommendation. <BR> <BR> I had high hopes: when I made the appointment, I was told it would take one and half hours, because the first half hour would be devoted to evaluation. Finally someone was interested in figuring out what was going wrong! <BR> <BR> When I walked in, I found myself in an eclectic suite with old well-worn Orient... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 13:26:30 EST The first of some year-end musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3858917 I’m not one to second guess myself, nor to delve into long periods of regret. I act, and come-what-may, I live with the consequences. I learn the lesson and I move on. <BR> <BR> Oh yes, I hurt for a while, rage for a while, suffer depression or sadness for as long as it takes. But I don’t spend years regretting or wishing things had been different. <BR> <BR> Why do I mention this? Well, as I was cleaning out some folders on my computer I came across some notes I had written to myself ar... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 09:11:47 EST I'm dropping out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3848946 No, not me; I’m not going anywhere. This is the email I received at 10 am yesterday from my youngest daughter (an adult – nominally). <BR> <BR> “There is no way i can pass this math class, so i think i should drop for now, take some of the core classes at HCC and then come back to it. this is what i really want to do so i want to do it right.” <BR> <BR> This is the child who dropped out of high school. She got a GED when she was good and ready. She started college and after a year, dropp... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:43:10 EST Immobilized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3836124 I don’t know if it’s the cold/flu, I don’t know if it’s the aftermath of the marathon and the injury, I don’t know if I’m still reeling from my mother’s death a year ago, heck, I don’t know if I’m still recovering from the end of my marriage four years ago. But no question about it, I am at a standstill. <BR> <BR> I’m surviving by doing the bare minimum. I’m putting off tasks that I should be sailing through. I have a mountain of projects I haven’t even faced. <BR> <BR> No, this isn’t go... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 11:14:21 EST