IRISHF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IRISHF IRISHF'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/ Found a Race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802735 Woot! Signed up for a Thanksgiving morning 8K in my town. Husband is going to do it with me. It's only the second year for this race. Previously, the Turkey Trot in our area was a week before Thanksgiving, which was really handy for me because we always traveled on Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> This year will be the first year we stay home. My brother and his family moved into our parents' duplex in Louisiana. We go there for Christmas anyway so we don't want to drive that far for Thanksgiving too... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:41:01 EST I Have Gained! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802038 Yup. Very close to the weight I was when I started Weight Watchers oh those many years ago. <BR> <BR> I can't decide whether to be dismayed by my scale number or impressed by how well I can run at this weight. I am impressed. But I want the weight off. <BR> <BR> Back to tracking! It's the only thing that works for me. <BR> <BR> First order of business. I see that earlier this year I put "Do a holiday race" as one of my goals this year. I'm bummed because the Turkey Trot that used to happen... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:11:03 EST Tuesday, May 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689034 Turned off my electronics last night 9 hours before my wake up time. My husband remarked how I woke up with a smile! Getting more sleep is helping. <BR> <BR> Today I walked 3.11 miles outside on hills and did 30 minutes yoga. <BR> <BR> The walk was wonderful. Aromas of magnolia, roses and honeysuckle. Many other flowers blooming, too. Especially iris. <BR> <BR> And I found a quarter. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2095816961.jpg"> Tue, 6 May 2014 14:30:43 EST Cinco de Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687880 I met my goal last night of turning off electronics 9 hours before my wake up time and doing my bedtime routine. FitBit says I slept for 7:35 hours. I did feel better when I woke up this morning (with no alarm!). <BR> <BR> Also met my goal yesterday of tracking everything. <BR> <BR> It's supposed to get to 89 degrees today, so I won't be continuing my previous plan of doing chores in the morning and exercising in the afternoon to offset my afternoon sleepiness. Too hot to exercise walk in... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:50:31 EST Week In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687121 Successes and misses this week! <BR> <BR> Let's start with misses. <BR> <BR> Goal: Fruit 7 days. Close one. Ate fruit 6 days. <BR> Goal: Track EVERYTHING 7 days. I tracked everything 4 days. I did track all days, but 3 days I didn't track it all. <BR> <BR> Successes: <BR> <BR> Goal: Blog/journal 7 days. Achieved! Reward is visit to a coffeeshop to knit or art journal. <BR> <BR> Goal, two together: Walk 6 days and circuit training 3 days. Achieved! Reward is a set of watercolor pencils. ... Sun, 4 May 2014 11:30:32 EST You Play, You Pay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686434 Whew! I had a wonderful time Thursday night going out with my hubby to dinner, to see a movie, and then a music show that we happened to hear while walking back to the car. <BR> <BR> But I paid for it yesterday! <BR> <BR> The reason people my age don't go out partying much is because we are slower to recover. Ha. <BR> <BR> Felt like a SLUG yesterday. At least I didn't get a migraine. <BR> <BR> I decided if I was going to sit here feeling miserable from a hangover, I could go outside and... Sat, 3 May 2014 11:50:15 EST Missed Some Goals Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685766 Last night my husband and I planned to go see a movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was excellent. <BR> <BR> He invited me to dinner beforehand, and I went. And didn't track! And went over calories for sure. <BR> <BR> Plus I forgot to eat a fruit. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful time but I'll miss out on some of the rewards I had set up this week for those two things. <BR> <BR> After the movie, we were walking to the car downtown and we heard some music. We went towards it and... Fri, 2 May 2014 12:38:44 EST I Really Like This Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684812 I'm not into the quick fix ads and magazine articles about "bikini bootcamp". It's all over the place. <BR> <BR> But I do like this certain book, despite it's advertising claim. "Bikini Bootcamp: Two Weeks to the Ultimate Beach Body" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> There's good stuff between the covers! Journaling exercises, meditation, yoga, a calisthenics circuit workout plan and walking. Plus really delicious recipes that fit my tastes to a T. <BR> <BR> So I'm going back ... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:44:57 EST Yesterday I Was Angry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683890 Yesterday I was angry. My husband's leg was broken in 9 places last year in a martial arts clinic. It took 7 months before he could walk again. <BR> <BR> During that time, NONE of his instructors asked him about what happened, or offered any help. He was in the hospital for 3 nights and they only came right when he got wheeled out of sugery and was still drugged. When they saw him, they told him a version of events that did not happen. <BR> <BR> They didn't see what happened themselves. And... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:24:19 EST Energy Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683041 I'm working with the book, "100 Days of Weight Loss" by Linda Spangle. <BR> <BR> I went back to an earlier blog I wrote while I was making progress. Glad I did! I had figured out then that a good antidote to my usual afternoon bout of sleepiness is to reverse the order that I do things. My natural inclination is to exercise in the morning and do chores in the afternoon. I do like to get the exercise out of the way and have it done. <BR> <BR> But I was soooo sleepy in the afternoon! <BR> <B... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:06:59 EST New Book I'm Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682499 "The Elemental Cleanse" by Pamela Quinn. It's only 99 cents on Kindle today. <BR> <BR> I just started reading it today. I believe it's about getting your entire life in balance, not "cleanse" as in juice fasting or that stuff. It looks like it's about healthy eating, moving and meditation based on Ayruveda. It does recommend vegetarian meals. <BR> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:35:30 EST Back To It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681509 My weigh in after being in Hawaii for two weeks and then being sick and laid flat out for two weeks is not good. Plus there was an Easter visit from my parents and I wasn't tracking then, either. <BR> <BR> Back to it! :) <BR> <BR> The bummer is that I saw a number I haven't seen in YEARS. I can't tell you when. <BR> <BR> The good part is that as I was doing pushups this week, I did them way better than I expected after having been on vacation and being sick for a full two weeks. <BR> <BR... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:34:08 EST I'm Fine Just The Way I Am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677800 Someone was visiting me this week. This person regained a little weight recently and evidently is focused on everyone else's weight too. All my life, this person has been critical of people with extra weight. <BR> <BR> It looked to me like she was observing and monitoring how much and what my husband and I were eating. <BR> <BR> The TV had a golf game on and she was criticizing the women players who have extra weight. She said their golf game would be better if they lost weight. Um...they'... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:43:25 EST Mission 46: Happy List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646878 An aside comment to start: Bathing suit season is almost here. It's even closer for me because I'm going to Hawaii! I found a swim skort that is the best piece of swim wear I've ever owned. It has plenty of coverage but isn't dorky. The fabric is very light and will dry fast, but doesn't show any lumps/bumps. I also got a convertible swim top that is a tank top, with a detachable long sleeve shrug that provides sun coverage. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the skort. It is pricey, but to me it ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:51:43 EST Making a Lifestyle, not a Deadline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645766 Lately I have been switching my focus from a deadline of weight loss to a lifestyle of sustainable habits. <BR> <BR> For now, that includes a daily walk instead of a run. For one, I still have nagging injuries from winter running and last year's martial arts. <BR> <BR> For two, walking is just more pleasant. I'm sure I'll be running again this winter to train for my winter races, but until then, it's a daily walk. <BR> <BR> During the summer I never run anyway. It's too hot here. But I kn... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:55:51 EST I had a great weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644337 Friday I turned off all my electronic devices and hid them from sight for 24 hours. It was great! I was amazed at how much more relaxed I was. And how much I then noticed how everyone had their nose in a device. Including my husband, who refused to participate in the "Technology Shabbat". <BR> <BR> We had a wonderful weekend together, though. <BR> <BR> Lots of conversation. We went to dinner Friday night then came home and sat in front of a fire with the two cats. I read a paper book. He w... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:36:41 EST Technology Shabbat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642346 Last night I stopped looking at the computer 2 hours before bedtime, and I stopped looking at my Kindle one hour before bedtime. I switched to a paper book. I wound up falling asleep an hour earlier than usual and slept 8.5 hours! I needed it. <BR> <BR> Then today I saw someone posting about the National Day of Unplugging, where you turn off all computers, ipads, tablets, no texting, everything, from Friday at dusk until Saturday at dusk. <BR> <BR> I Googled it (oh the irony!) and found thi... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 17:23:33 EST What's NOT Working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641556 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "100 Days of Weight Loss" by Linda Spangle. <BR> <BR> Gah! I did the same thing two nights in a row! Even though I knew I was going to blog here about it. <BR> <BR> Went over my calories late at night. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about this, and here's what I think contributes to it: <BR> <BR> 1. being tired <BR> 2. evening cocktail lowering my inhibitions <BR> <BR> One of the nights I kept eating, even though... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 17:31:00 EST What's Working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640281 I was going to blog about an overeating situation I had late last night. But then I started thinking about all the things that are working for me and I wanted to write about those first. This blog got so long, I figured I better separate them into two. So I'll be back later today to blog about my overeating freakout last night, because I'm working on solutions! <BR> <BR> I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Eric... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:56:01 EST Powerlessness & Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639646 Yesterday I was in a situation where someone had power over me and something that I wanted to happen. This person gave me a hard time and appeared to enjoy doing it. <BR> <BR> After I left the encounter, I went to a restaurant with my husband. I eyed the dessert case and seriously thought about getting a piece of cheesecake, but I knew that would be emotional eating and I decided against it. I did eat more lunch than I needed, though, cleaned my plate. <BR> <BR> Later that night, when we fi... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:33:04 EST Short Blog Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638467 Short blog today, in a hurry! <BR> <BR> Weather is nasty outside, so I'm doing my daily walk inside, with Walk Away The Pounds. <BR> <BR> Good news, hubby was cleared today by his orthopedic surgeon to finally get out of the boot (broken leg). No running, jumping or twisting for a month, though. So no martial arts class for him, yet. Which is good, because I know he would overdo it. <BR> <BR> Last night we had fun cooking dinner together, Hawaiian style foods. Looking forward to our trip... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:49:06 EST Ideals vs. What Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637995 I've been trying to walk 30 minutes, 6 days a week outside, plus do 30 min circuit training DVD 5 times a week. <BR> <BR> That is not working because the circuit training DVDs are so intense. <BR> <BR> Going to scale back doing the DVDs a minimum of 3 times a week. Hopefully more. Keep the walking to 6 days week. Sometimes I walk an hour (like today). <BR> <BR> Also, my energy has been flagging after lunch. I had been doing my exercise in the morning, and it is intense. Then after lunch I... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:19:51 EST Mission 23: Keep A Food Diary & Serenity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636793 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> I'm skipping some of the missions in the book because they are things I conquered a long time ago, like how to stock a pantry or buying good kitchen equipment. <BR> <BR> Keeping a food diary. Of course I have done it, like everyone. And yes, when I do, I get better results. <BR> <BR> Blogging here is helping with my motivation to keep tracking food.... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 10:18:01 EST My New Motivating Mantras! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635953 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1601389593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l527250635.jpg"> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:20:31 EST Mission 19: Create a Smart Recipe System & Mantras http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635936 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> Today's mission is to find goal friendly recipes and set up a recipe system. <BR> <BR> I already use e-books from Saving Dinner dot com which include weekly meal plans and shopping lists. It's very helpful! I use the vegetarian e-books. They have meat ones too. <BR> <BR> I also have a gazillion cookbooks. <BR> <BR> The Saving Dinner meal plans are t... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:05:26 EST Mission 18: Reward Yourself Strategically and A Beautiful Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635635 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> Good thing this blog was/is short, because my session timed out and I lost everything I wrote! ERG. <BR> <BR> Today's mission is to set up a reward system based on actions in the action tracker that I already set up, not the scale. The idea is that this will keep motivation high to continue the actions that will get me to goal, regardless of what the ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:37:28 EST Mission 15: Kick the Perfectionism Habit & Passion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634258 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> Of course, this reading comes up right when I'm having a tired and over-calorie day (yesterday). <BR> <BR> The reading was all about developing a strategy for dealing with inevitable lapses. <BR> <BR> The main point that it is what you do MOST of the time that shapes your results. Good thing to keep in mind. There was a lot more to think about in thi... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:48:20 EST Rest Day and Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633729 I took a rest day today. As in, no exercise plus a nap! <BR> <BR> Did go to the OBGYN for an annual. Bloodwork, the mammo, the works. No copay with my new insurance plan, and the plan is cheaper than last year. Cheaper and better. <BR> <BR> Wasn't thinking, and went over calories due to eating like I usually do on a day when I am exercising. OH WELL. That will be blog fodder for tomorrow when I blog on the topic I was supposed to do today, "Progress, not Perfection." <BR> <BR> I really ne... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:10:14 EST Blogging Instead of Food Surfing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632988 Ha! I'm going to blog here about my upcoming trip instead of surfing for restaurants there. Because that made me go on an eating frenzy the other night. So no restaurant surfing. <BR> <BR> We are going to Honolulu for my birthday. Tonight we booked tickets at a theatre there that puts on locally written plays. We have been there once before and loved the production, it was really unique. <BR> <BR> This time we're going to see a comedy by Eric Yokomori titled, "Cockadoodledoo." Here's the d... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:06:57 EST Mission 14: Stop Overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632429 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> Mission 14: Stop Overeating <BR> <BR> Well DUH. :) <BR> <BR> So the reading was all about the normal things. Using smaller plates and utensils. And eating at the table, you know the drill. I already do all those things. <BR> <BR> That's the thing about having been in the Weight Battle as long as I have. Most of the changes recommended, you have alre... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:11:28 EST Exercise program I'm LOVING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631556 Purely by chance, I found an exercise dvd at a used bookstore recently and I LOVE IT. <BR> <BR> It's Shape's Bikini Body Camp "Transforming" workout dvd. I lucked out because the one I found is the special Target edition, it has a bonus audio CD of workout music. The music is all the same tempo and flows seamlessly one song to another. <BR> <BR> Even though it has a cover that is totally unrealistic for many of us, the workouts are GREAT. Yes, WORKOUTS. It has three 30-min workouts, and ea... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:41:47 EST Mission 43: Emotional Eating Part 1 & Generosity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631545 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> Today I also read a reading from "100 Days of Weight Loss" by Linda Spangle. <BR> <BR> Last night, LATE at night, I had a food freak out and started grazing. At first, it was healthy foods and I tracked them. Later, it became stuffing cheese into a pita. There was also a granola bar. This morning when I woke up, I felt groggy like a hangover, even thou... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:27:09 EST Mission 11: Create a Weekly Action Tracker & Flexibility http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630745 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> WEEKLY REPORT: Official weigh in, down 1.2 <em>248</em> <BR> UPDATE: I now have streaks set based on the action tracker I just created, the streaks will be visible on my Sparkpage. <BR> <BR> I like today's mission. It's to create a weekly action tracker. Easy to do here on SparkPeople! I have used the action tracker before. If you haven't seen it,... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:39:04 EST Mission 10: Log, Blog, Journal & Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630024 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> I skipped a couple of the missions because they are about exercising, and I have exercise down as a habit. It took years, but it finally happened. <BR> <BR> Mission 10 is about journaling, blogging or logging. And using it as a way to observe your actions, rather than judging them, to find out what works for you. Specifically, the "combination of diet... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:04:31 EST Mission 7: Enlist Your Support Team & Playfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629077 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> Today's mission is about figuring out which people in your life can help you with weight loss, and how to ask for what you need. That one is not much of a problem for me, because my husband also battles weight issues and we work on it together. There's no spouse sabotage in this house. <BR> <BR> The only problem area is when I visit family, but that's ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:23:48 EST Mission 6: Exercise and Bringing In & Getting Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628174 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> Today's mission is to choose and exercise that's right for you. That's not hard for me, I made exercise a habit years ago and I like it now (it did take years to like it, I admit). <BR> <BR> I like to exercise alone, with music. That's why running and walking is a good choice for me. I also do DVDs. I have a huge DVD library, something for every mood o... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:51:57 EST Mission 5: Detox Your Space, and Discovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627629 I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> Today's mission was about getting stuff out of your house/kitchen that tempts you. My house is already pretty cleaned out due to working on this habit over the years (my downfall is portion size, not food choice). <BR> <BR> So I decided to think instead about what I should ADD. <BR> <BR> I want to add more fruit variety. I've been in an apple and b... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:21:06 EST Mission 4: Choose Smart Diet Actions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626259 I'm working with the book "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and the book, "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> I also just started reading "The Blossoming of Hope in the Desert of Diet Despair" by Dr. Khandee Ahnaimugan, which I was free last night on Amazon. <BR> <BR> Thinking about lifestyle habits that I can maintain for life. I have found that counting calories puts me in a "diet" mindset (i.e., temporary). And I don't like counting calories. Last... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:39:21 EST Mission 3: Goal Setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625422 I'm working with the book "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and the book, "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mission 3: Flick on the action switch <BR> <BR> Setting a non-weight goal. My first goal will be to drop a jeans size. <BR> <BR> Coming up in the following days will be focusing on actions to reach this goal. <BR> <BR> Today's inspiration word from Bikini Bootcamp: COMPASSION. "We are often our own worst critics, and insistence on mee... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:13:29 EST Injury & Illness Comeback Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623837 I was doing well this Fall and Winter, training for a January 15K race and running better than I ever have. <BR> <BR> Right after Christmas I got what was probably norovirus and was very sick. Nausea, chills and sweats, the works. My husband was still not able to walk due to his leg being broken (did I blog about that?) but he went to the store and used the electric cart to get me Pedialyte, crackers and soups. He is awesome. <BR> <BR> Once I recovered from that, I got back to my trainin... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:22:09 EST #Fit2Feast challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530008 As long as I'm doing the Pile On The Miles November challenge, I might as well do the Sparkpeople Fit2Feast challenge too. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=get_fit_before_you_feast_a_november<BR>_challenge </link> <BR> <BR> Some people will definitely be offended by part of the challenge post, but it's just the Gibbs' style slap on the back of the head that I need: <BR> <BR> "Sure, you might have to compromise your diet plan and exercise routine a bit during t... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 11:30:30 EST Pile On The Miles Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529322 I'm now doing the free online Pile On The Miles challenge. The idea is to pile on miles instead of pounds in November. <BR> <BR> Care to join me? <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link>runeatrepeat.com/2013/11/01/pile-on-<BR>the-milescheck-in-1/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l445105231.jpg"> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:55:55 EST THANKS and my current plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518468 Thank you to everyone who wrote me about my husband and his leg break. It's been stressful. <BR> <BR> He's now got doctor's clearance to walk without a walker or crutches. He's in a boot. <BR> <BR> He's in pain though. Yesterday it was pain level of "8". <BR> <BR> Me: my current fitness plan...I'm training for an 8K race on Thanksgiving Day. After that, I'm training to do the Hot Chocolate Run 15K again in January, in Atlanta. I had fun last year at that race. :) <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 11:46:54 EST My Husband's Broken Leg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470450 My husband's leg was broken in 9 places last week in a martial arts clinic, when doing judo with a stranger and directed by a guest teacher. <BR> <BR> 2 plates. 22 screws. No weight bearing for 8 weeks. Average healing time, 16 weeks. <BR> <BR> It's good that I'm in charge of my own time. Right now I'm doing home health care. <BR> <BR> Upset doesn't cover it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l376849490.jpg"> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:45:25 EST Martial Arts Teacher Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445718 This past weekend I took a 3-day, 8 hour teacher training at the dojo. It was encouraged for all levels of students. Our classes are all levels, and sometimes you wind up assigned to go over forms or other techniques with someone who is at a rank junior to yours. <BR> <BR> There were 30+ people in attendance, from four different schools. Here's a few photos. I didn't get many (or one of the whole group) because we were busy. <BR> <BR> One of the breakout groups: <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 21:13:02 EST 5 lb increment & Martial Arts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439629 Reached a 5 lb increment at Weight Watchers weigh in this week. Yay! Tracking is paying off. <BR> <BR> Also started a fitness art journal. Will post photos soon. <BR> <BR> This week is going to be "Martial Arts Week". In fact, all of August has something going on each weekend at the dojo (in addition to my regular midweek classes). <BR> <BR> This week it's my two regular martial arts classes during the week, then Friday through Sunday I'll be in a Certified Instructor Training at the dojo.... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:39:09 EST What's Working Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433824 I use the Lose It app to track calories. What is really working for me there is the "Keep It Under" challenge. The idea is to use exercise to keep your calorie quota under. For some reason, being part of that group is really helping. <BR> <BR> Another thing is making fruit and herb infused water. A friend mentioned it awhile ago, and then I found a free ebook of recipes on Amazon. I find them much easier to drink than plain water...I've been drinking a lot more. Today's was Blackberry Sage, ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 01:37:22 EST Latest WW Eye Roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431707 So I went to WW yesterday. Down 1.2! <BR> <BR> The topic yesterday was how to make a salad. For real! And it sounded like the members needed that topic, because from their comments it sounded like all they do to a salad is iceberg and tomato. <BR> <BR> And I was the only one talking about making salad dressings. <BR> <BR> You can learn anything you want to from a book...including making tasty fresh salad dressings. <BR> <BR> So we listed things that can go in a salad and the Leader wrote... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:38:24 EST Protect Your Program At All Costs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425437 "No one will ever care as much about your diet plan as you. So it's your job to prevent people or events from pulling you off track. Instead of depending on others to help you be successful with your diet, make a commitment that you will protect your program at all costs!" - Linda Spangle, 100 Days of Weight Loss. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1644348439.jpg"> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:00:40 EST I'd Like To Slap Some People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425140 Seriously! Shut. Up. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1732994578.jpg"> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:02:42 EST