IHEARTNOAHSDAD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IHEARTNOAHSDAD IHEARTNOAHSDAD'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/ I'm Still Alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345671 Here's a good year-end-review for 2012! (I was busy :) ) <BR> <BR> http://my30x30adventures.blogspot.com/ Sat, 4 May 2013 21:22:46 EST 2011 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3878108 Long Term Goals: <BR> <BR> Do 4 community service activities as a family in 2011 <BR> Become a yoga instructor by the time I’m 35 <BR> Provide learning/experience opportunities for Noah throughout his whole life <BR> Keep house cleaner/more organized <BR> Show Matt how much I love and appreciate him <BR> Get certified in infant CPR <BR> Feel more confident/comfortable in my job <BR> Get back in the habit of drinking 64 oz of water per day <BR> Help Noah give up his nuk <BR> Work on night po... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 19:48:29 EST 2010: A Year-In Review and Happy Tears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3874883 <em>192</em> Here are the stats: <BR> <BR> January 2010 Measurements (1-4-10) <BR> Weight 163.5lbs <BR> Pants Size 13 <BR> Shirt Size Large-XL <BR> Waist 34.0” <BR> Hips 40.5” <BR> Chest 40.5” <BR> Neck 13.5” <BR> Biceps 12.5” <BR> Calves 15.25” <BR> Thighs 24.5” <BR> BMI 27.25 (overweight) <BR> <BR> BMI is between 25 and 29.9 (Overweight) <BR> People falling in this BMI range are considered overweight and would benefi... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 17:52:18 EST I Need Some Support & Encouragement Sparkpeople!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3695169 I've started my new position, and I'm a little overwhelmed. I LOVE it, but I'm putting in a lot of hours and stressing quite a bit.. and struggling with finding balance again. I already feel myself getting put on the back-burner, and I'm not sure how to remedy that. I feel a lot of pressure to succeed (and excel) in this position... and as a mom.. and there's just not much left after that. I have NO energy to exercise... not even just the more active lifestyle activities I HAD been doing (... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 21:00:57 EST I'm so excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3642343 I just wanted to share some good news :) <BR> <BR> I got a promotion!! <BR> <BR> I have been working as a shelter advocate at a domestic violence shelter, but starting October 4th, I'm going to be the new Family Resource Advocate at our agency! I'm going from part time to full time (so my son will go to "school" a few days a month), getting a pretty nice raise (to pay for said "school" and then some), benefits, an office, an assistant, and a lot of responsibility! I'll be the case manage... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:26:54 EST I have to vent a little... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3630458 I try to visit other Sparkers' pages on a regular basis (you inspire me!), but, lately, I have been finding it a little sad/ frustrating, too. At the risk of offending, I have to say this.. only because I WAS that person and I don't want to see anyone else fail unnecessarily. Consider this an intervention. <BR> <BR> A lot of people seem to use their page to list all the reasons why they've gained the weight, why they've arrived at today unhappy or unhealthy, why they can't climb stairs wit... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 13:10:11 EST Tooting my own horn :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3610158 I just had to write this down. For me. For later. I'm sure I'll need the inspiration at some point :) <BR> <BR> Remember how good it felt to have long unseen relatives comment (and ooh and aww) about how good you looked... <BR> Remember how they marveled at your success and happiness and remarked that they wanted to be "skinny like you (ME)" <BR> Remember how they pelted you with questions, as though you had found some secret formula or magic fountain of thinness <BR> Remember how they leac... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 22:36:14 EST 7/22/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3460227 1. Yesterday was my last day of work (in a LOOOONG work week) until Monday :) We have the WHOLE weekend off together.. as a family :) <BR> <BR> 2. We tried another new food (Check!). Eggplant. I made eggplant parmesan. I have to say.. I was not overly excited. Slimy texture. <BR> <BR> 3. I was NOT feeling into it, but I still managed to get my daily 15,000 steps in. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 23:13:43 EST 7/21/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3456325 1. It was FINALLY not raining, so I got to ride my bike to work! <BR> <BR> 2. I got a ton of compliments on the jeans I wore :) My boss told me that my thighs looked skinnier than her arms :) <BR> <BR> 3. My son took a loooong nap.. which means I got to take a loooong nap and catch up on a little sleep. Wed, 21 Jul 2010 21:38:35 EST 7/20/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3452533 1. I had an excellent meeting with a client! I was feeling a bit jaded at work, but this meeting gave me a fresh (better) perspective. <BR> <BR> 2. I worked a 16 hour day...and I still love my job :) That's a good feeling. <BR> <BR> 3. The grocery shopping was done... and I didn't have to do it!! Tue, 20 Jul 2010 21:34:26 EST 7/19/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3445533 1. My son and I took a long-ish walk to the library to return some books. We stopped by a hill in order to run up and down it. The old me would NEVER have done that. My son that it was fantastic :) <BR> <BR> 2. I made some delicious chicken for dinner :) <BR> <BR> 3. I checked a few items off my to-do list that have been hanging around for FAR too long. I also got ALL of my son's birthday invitations written and addressed.. ready to be mailed. I love checking things off a to-do list :) Sun, 18 Jul 2010 23:54:28 EST 7/18/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3444535 1. I had a very slow, yet productive day at work; I also got quite a bit of walking in. I'm aiming for 15,000 every day, and I made that and then some. <BR> <BR> 2. I got to take a (short) nap before work :) I love naps. They should be mandatory. <BR> <BR> 3. I had delicious turkey tacos waiting for me when I got home :) a la chef hubby. Sun, 18 Jul 2010 18:04:34 EST 7/17/10 (& the final results of my personal pedometer challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3440497 1. My son went to his potty ON HIS OWN and made a poopy! Such a proud mama :) <BR> <BR> 2. On a completely superficial note, I got whistled at during my bike ride :) It was a feel good moment... <BR> <BR> 3. I completed my week-long pedometer challenge. Here are the results (it was hard!) <BR> <BR> Date Goal Actual Distance (mi) Calories <BR> 7/10/10 15,000 16,370 7.75 658.5 <BR> 7/11/10 16,000 16,419 7.77 660.5 <BR> 7/12/10 17,000 17,224 8.16 692.9 <BR> ... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 08:22:13 EST 7/16/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3437987 1. We had a WHOLE day off together as a family :) I love those days! <BR> <BR> 2. We rode our bikes to the pool (20 min each way) and had a wonderfully relaxing time. My little boy gets cold easily, so he was VERY snuggly with me in my lounge chair... which I cherish :) <BR> <BR> 3. We got to try another new food... avocado. Yes, we've had store-bought or restaurant-made guacamole, but this was different. It was ok. I was pretty turned off by the texture when I was slicing it.. and it wa... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 10:42:22 EST 7/15/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3435000 1. I met my pedometer goal again and THEN some...It took a 5 mile hike through rocky terrain with a less than enthusiastic 2 year old, but we pulled it off :) <BR> goal: 19,000 <BR> actual: 21,669 <BR> distance: 10.26 mi <BR> calories: 871.7 <BR> <BR> 2. I got to come home and soak in a warm tub, read my book (James Patterson), and snooze for about an hour before I had to go to work. It was some nice me time. And it felt nice on my sore muscles too! <BR> <BR> 3. I actually came in UNDER m... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 12:36:55 EST 7/14/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3433574 1. My son pee-peed in a urinal for the first time (out at a restaurant)! I'm so proud of him :) <BR> <BR> 2. We had a delicious, fun night out to dinner (which we walked to and from). <BR> <BR> 3. I met my pedometer goal again! <BR> goal: 18,000 <BR> actual: 18,181 <BR> distance: 8.61 mi <BR> calories: 731.4 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 01:21:27 EST 7/13/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3431677 1. We made another trip to a local farm and got a box full of fresh produce. It makes me so proud that, after more than a year, we're still improving and growing and finding new and exciting ways to be healthy. <BR> <BR> 2. I met my pedometer goal (again). It's getting tough! Goal: 17,000; Actual: 17,224; Distance: 8.16 mi; Calories: 692.9. Day 3/7 complete! <BR> <BR> 3. We survived another grocery shopping adventure (sorry... this truly is a lame one, but it was a rough day and I didn... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 14:14:37 EST 7/12/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3426049 1. I met my pedometer goal again...goal: 16,000, actual: 16,419, 7.77 mi, 660.5 calories ... and it was NOT easy. I slacked until around 6pm and had to get 2/3 of my steps in before bed. I ALMOST gave up, because the task seemed overwhelming, but I didn't. :) Go me! <BR> <BR> 2. I had a rough day at work on Saturday...so I was pretty nervous about Sunday. I dreaded it all night (Sat). But I woke up and DECIDED it would be a less stressful day (work-wise) .. and it was :) <BR> <BR> 3. ... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:28:17 EST 7/11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3421538 1. I met the goal I had set for my first day with the pedometer... Goal 15,000 steps, actual 16,370. That's 7.75 miles and 658.5 calories! Yay! <BR> <BR> 2. I was super productive even after a LONG day at work. I made dinner, did the dishes, picked up (mostly toys), did laundry... mind over matter! <BR> <BR> 3. One of my clients told me that it looked like I lost some more weight :) Sun, 11 Jul 2010 21:18:40 EST 7/10/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3418693 1. We had some really nice family pictures taken a while back and we finally picked out a package and got them ordered! <BR> <BR> 2. We're finally getting on the ball with planning my son's second birthday party. We bought the plates and napkins and comprised a guest list. <BR> <BR> 3. I bought a pedometer! I've been feeling kind of stuck lately (I've been in the 140s for 3 months and it's getting old), so I thought this might shake things up a bit. I comprised a goal chart, increasin... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 21:40:49 EST 7/9/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3415516 1. I had a very mellow night at work-pretty unusual lately! <BR> <BR> 2. We took a nice family bike ride <BR> <BR> 3. All of our camping gear got put away and the lawn got mowed and trimmed.. and I didn't have to do any of it! Fri, 9 Jul 2010 17:57:45 EST 7/8/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3411083 1. We got to use some of my fresh herbs :) I added some cilantro to store-bought salsa... SOOO good and fresh tasting! Then, my husband used my chives to make chive "butter" for our farm fresh green beans... loved them! It was so exciting :) <BR> <BR> 2. We took the fam to go raspberry picking at a local farm. Another dream to check off the list. (What? I'm easy.) <BR> <BR> 3. We had a nice relaxing day.. no work for either of us... we just vegged out and hung out as a family. Very nice... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 12:02:14 EST 7/6/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3411062 oops... forgot a day <BR> <BR> 1. I got to check another item off my new-foods-to-try list! We had quinoa stuffed peppers. Pretty good! <BR> <BR> 2. My son slept in til 8:30am! <BR> <BR> 3. I had a (relatively) peaceful night at work :) Thu, 8 Jul 2010 11:57:49 EST 7/7/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3409296 1. We had our nephew over for a camp-out! We roasted (low fat) hot dogs and s'mores (only 2, thank you!). My son had a great time hanging out with his big cousin, and my nephew seemed to really enjoy his first camping experience. <BR> <BR> 2. We had some free time during our camping adventure. It was tempting to just bring them in the house and let them play while I vegged out, but, instead, I opted to take everyone on a LONG walk to the local park and play a lively game of hide and seek.... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 22:12:49 EST 7/5/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3400167 1. We went to a local festival and had a good time as a family. We listened to karaoke, SHARED a fried splurge (mozzarella sticks... omg yum), played a carnival game (the ducks-my son won a ball), and Noah got to ride his first carnival ride. The whole way home he kept saying "Please! Tea cups. Please..tea cups" <BR> <BR> 2. We went to the 4th of July parade (2 hours!) and my son was very well behaved. It makes me realize what a sweet little boy I have! <BR> <BR> 3. We planted the herb ... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 10:22:51 EST 7/4/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3399206 Three good things that happened yesterday: <BR> <BR> 1. We took a trip to a nearby city's farmer's market (much bigger than our own city's). It was fun and we got some carrots and peaches. I love family time :) <BR> <BR> 2. I had a really bad migraine all day, but, on the bright side, I got a lovely reminder of how sweet and nurturing my husband is. <BR> <BR> 3. I began the process of checking another goal off my to do list. I've ALWAYS wanted an herb garden, and, yesterday, we bought t... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 23:03:11 EST 7/3/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3398943 Good things for 7/2: <BR> <BR> 1. I had a really nice, relaxing day at work (mostly). That doesn't happen very often at a domestic violence shelter! I really found myself connecting with a co-worker :) <BR> <BR> 2. I handled a tough situation at work very well (I thought). I had to be confrontational (which I'm not very good at) and I did not avoid :) I'm such a grown up :P <BR> <BR> 3. We had a really nice breakfast with some friends who were visiting from out of state. We haven't s... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 20:58:32 EST 7/2/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3398931 My 3 good things for the previous day (if I can remember back that far :) ): <BR> <BR> 1. My family went to a local music festival and had a fabulous time listening to an 80s hair band. I'm so glad my son loves music :) <BR> <BR> 2. I took my son for a bike ride to the library to get a mindless book for myself. Even though he had a complete melt down when I made him share a toy with another little boy (oh.. two year olds :) ) I was happy to do something for ME. <BR> <BR> 3. We're workin... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 20:54:02 EST 7-1-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3388931 Here's my new thing: <BR> <BR> I'm going to post every day for 30 days, listing 3 good things that happened the day before. So, here goes: <BR> <BR> 1. My son and I went to a playgroup at the park with a great group of parents and children. I was very nervous (social anxiety), but I forced myself to just do it, and I'm very happy/proud that I did. I hope that it'll be the first of many and a great opportunity for us both to make connections with people with similar interests and life goal... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 10:16:18 EST My vision collage... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3383662 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l9268443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found that just MAKING it was inspiring... and I need a little inspiration lately :) Tue, 29 Jun 2010 19:37:11 EST Guess who ran a 5K? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3325475 You guessed it! Me! (And my family.) We made a goal to do it as fast as we could, but to finish it together... and we did :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l307196269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471319788.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We finished in 40:18 <BR> <BR> Then my son cheered on the rest of the runners as they crossed the finish line :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l818838675.jpg"> <BR> <... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 20:53:53 EST This month's measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3182882 (The inches lost are the difference since March 30th.) <BR> <BR> Weight 146.5lbs <BR> Pants Size 6-8 <BR> Shirt Size Small/Medium <BR> BMI 24.4 (normal) <BR> Waist 31.0” (-0.375”) <BR> Hips 38.0” (-0.75”) <BR> Chest (no bra) 36.5” (-0.5”) <BR> Neck 12.25” (-0.25”) <BR> Biceps 11.0” (-2.75” total) <BR> Calves 14.25” (-1.5” total ) <BR> Thighs 21.75” (-1.0” total) <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sat, 1 May 2010 16:10:35 EST Happy 1 Year Sparkversary New Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3116620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695913882.jpg"> <BR> Old Me (December 2008) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l351935035.jpg"> <BR> Beginning of my journey (April 2009) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l953466957.jpg"> <BR> (May 2009) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l217733998.jpg"> <BR> (August 2009) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364920263.jpg"> <BR> College Graduation! (Decemb... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:43:20 EST Measurement Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3064140 January 2010 Measurements (1-4-10) <BR> <BR> Weight 163.5lbs <BR> Pants Size 13 <BR> Shirt Size Large-XL <BR> BMI 27.25 (overweight) <BR> Waist 34” <BR> Hips 40.5” <BR> Chest (no bra) 40.5” <BR> Neck 13.5” <BR> Biceps 12.5” <BR> Calves 15.25” <BR> Thighs 24.5” <BR> <BR> <BR> February 2010 Measurements (2-19-10) <BR> <BR> Weight 160.0lbs <BR> Pants Size 12/13 <BR> Shirt Size Large <BR> BMI 26.60 (overweight) <BR> Waist 32.5” (-1.5”) <BR> Hips 39.0” (-1.5”) <BR> C... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:05:59 EST My 12-Step Program: Overview http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2906493 My name is Stephanie, and I'm addicted to food :) <BR> <BR> 1. I must admit that I have an unhealthy relationship with food, that I have become powerless over food, that my life has become unmanageable in at least one very important respect, and I need the help and support of others in order to overcome this dysfunction. <BR> 2. I must realize that I am a free and willful being and only I can make the decision and take the actions necessary to facilitate change in my life. <BR> 3. I must acc... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 19:01:59 EST 6 Week Measurement Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2905616 I've been feeling kind of down lately about hovering around 160lbs for SO long.... so I decided to check my measurements. I'm pretty happy, but I don't really know what an "average" loss in inches is? Anyway, here are the numbers: <BR> <BR> Measurements From January 4, 2010 <BR> <BR> Weight 163.5lbs <BR> Pants Size 13/14 <BR> Shirt Size Large-XL <BR> BMI 27.25 (overweight) <BR> Waist 34” <BR> Hips 40.5” <BR> Chest 40.5” <BR> Neck 13.5” <BR> Biceps 12.5” <BR> Calves 1... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 13:19:51 EST C25K W3D2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2870123 Today, I'm not feeling well. I got up this morning thinking I was just going to call this week a lost cause (it's been sooo busy) and not do my training, as scheduled. I was drawing with my son (almost 18 months old), watching him identify colors (he never misses red.. so proud :) ) and admiring his bright and determined little spirit... when I randomly asked him, "Should Momma run today?" And he looked at me and shook his yes up and down emphatically... then he stuck a yellow crayon up his... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:50:17 EST C25K W3D1 AKA Hell On Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2857942 I had to go a bit slower today due to the DOUBLING of consecutive jog time. I really need to work on endurance! I'm still proud of myself for completing the session, no matter if it was slow :) <BR> <BR> The Numbers: <BR> 5 minute brisk walk <BR> 90 second jog <BR> 90 second walk <BR> 3 minute jog <BR> 3 minute walk <BR> 2x <BR> 14 minute cool down walk <BR> 34 minutes total <BR> 2.03 miles <BR> 292 calories Mon, 8 Feb 2010 19:07:21 EST C25K W3D1 AKA Hell On Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2857941 I had to go a bit slower today due to the DOUBLING of consecutive jog time. I really need to work on endurance! I'm still proud of myself for completing the session, no matter if it was slow :) <BR> <BR> The Numbers: <BR> 5 minute brisk walk <BR> 90 second jog <BR> 90 second walk <BR> 3 minute jog <BR> 3 minute walk <BR> 2x <BR> 14 minute cool down walk <BR> 34 minutes total <BR> 2.03 miles <BR> 292 calories Mon, 8 Feb 2010 19:07:21 EST C25K W2D3: Nearly In Tears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2850688 Why am I doing this again? Why do I NOT get that runner's high everyone talks about? Where you at endorphins? <BR> <BR> The numbers: <BR> 5 minute brisk walk <BR> 90 second jog <BR> 2 minute walk <BR> 5x <BR> 11 minute cool down walk <BR> 31 minutes total <BR> 2.01 miles (Yay! I had a 2 mi goal today!) <BR> 288 calories <BR> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 00:45:16 EST C25K W2D2: Momma the Multi-tasker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2845087 Today I had my son with me while I did my training... which made for an interesting workout. I have to say, the time did go pretty fast, as I wasn't able to clock-watch. It went something like this (try to picture it with a punctuated, out-of-breath voice... and listen for the tears welling up in my throat as I try to keep my Mom voice tone): <BR> "Noah, uh uh. Put that down please. Nooooo... back where you found it. Thank you. I SEE your big muscles. Very impressive. Honey! No! Don't... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 13:39:21 EST C25K W2D1: Am I The Slowest Human Being Alive? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2831214 So, this week I broke down and borrowed a treadmill instead of braving the cold Wisconsin winter. I personally find them scary, but all the snow and ice out there might be equally dangerous. It actually made it a lot easier to keep track of my times, but it was disheartening to see the ugly truth flashing in red dots in front of me on the stats screen. 18 minute miles on average? Really? I feel like I'm flying! I realize I'm still alternating walking and jogging, but I just assumed I was... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 14:30:57 EST C25K W1D3: Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2810527 Week One: Complete. <BR> <BR> One of the most significant things I've learned throughout the course of my (nearly) year-long fitness adventure is that I am powerful. Life is merely a continuous string of random events subject to and at the mercy of the decisions I make. That's a pretty intense realization: I have the power to create my life. I can decide. I can decide EVERYTHING. I can decide ANYTHING. Sometimes, though, it doesn't feel like this is true. <BR> <BR> Such as when you'... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:49:33 EST C25K W1D2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2807184 Well, here I am... day 2. That's a step in the right direction considering I really REALLY didn't want to get out there and jog in the five degree weather. Give that girl a gold star! <BR> <BR> Here are the stats: <BR> <BR> 5 minute brisk walk <BR> 60 second jog <BR> 90 second walk <BR> 6x <BR> 14 minute cool down walk <BR> 34 minutes total <BR> 1.75 miles <BR> 144 calories <BR> <BR> Still no sore knees (darn! that was my way out!) but my shins do hurt a bit. Note to self: music... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:25:32 EST C25K W1D1: On Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2796598 Preface: I HATE blogging! I was forced to blog for a college comp. class and now the idea of doing it again is nauseating! However, while I was on my first round of jogging this afternoon, I found my mind wandering to dark and familiar places. i found myself thinking that this goal (to run a 5K in 2010) is ridiculous and stupid and pointless. <BR> <BR> Inner diaglogue: <BR> <BR> "Why am I even doing this? What am I trying to prove anyway? I HATE running. This hurts. Why can't my norm... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:03:13 EST