IRON__GIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IRON%5F%5FGIRL IRON__GIRL'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/ Sparkmail Motivator of the Day! WOO HOO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4574017 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l406949282.jpg">Wow!! <BR> <BR> What a nice morning surprise! Had NO IDEA I was the featured Sparkmail MOD until I started receiving "Congrats" messages on my spark page! <BR> <BR> I am truly honored! <BR> <BR> Perfect timing, too!!! Just an extra kick of inspiration for me, as I am embarking on my final phase of "GET THE LAST OF THAT FREAKIN' BABY WEIGHT OFF!!!" LOL!!!!! <BR> <BR> Today I commit to tracking my food!! I am commi... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 05:44:08 EST MORE BABY PICS! Photo Contest!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4287395 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l499484709.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l94686539.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l526560235.jpg">LOL!! I'm having WAY TOO MUCH FUN being a "pageant mom"! he he <BR> <BR> Decided to enter Gabe in the Parents.com magazine photo cover contest ONE MORE TIME! He started out at well over #4000 rank & is, now, #109!!! WOO HOO!!!!! <BR> <BR> PLEASE PLEASE click this link & vote for him!! He... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 09:49:59 EST WARNING!!! ADORABLE BABY PICTURES!!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4259246 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966613595.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l714709907.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l74780736.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay......so I know I am biased!!! But I think I have the most ADORABLE baby in the whole wide world! Just wanted to share a few pictures with my spark family! <BR> <BR> If you agree, that he is SUPER CUTE! Click on the link below, & vote for him in the Parents.com baby cover-sho... Fri, 27 May 2011 08:06:37 EST My Sister Is Coming to Meet the Baby!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4039608 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l704174787.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l90103062.jpg"> <BR> I'm SO EXCITED! I have lived in New England for 6 years, now, & my older sister, who lives in Los Angeles, has never been to visit. I lived in Los Angeles for 7 years & we were very close! I have missed her, lots, since I moved to Vermont. <BR> She is so excited to meet her new nephew! I am the first, in my family, to have a baby, so this is definite... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 20:45:05 EST I'M A NEW MOMMY!! AND I'M READY TO GET MY BUTT BACK IN SPARK-GEAR!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3940451 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169406616.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So much has happened!! <BR> <BR> I had my son Jan. 5, 2011! He is 2 weeks old, today!! He is the ABSOLUTE GREATEST thing that has EVER happened to me!!! I had NO IDEA what this love would feel like! You hear about it over & over, through life, from other parents, but you can't really know until it happens to you!! & I'm SO GLAD my hubby & I decided to have a child! <BR> <BR> August 2009, I turned 39. Af... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 11:15:26 EST On vacation & NO computer! Be back July 21! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3437222 Sorry, Guys! I just didn't feel like lugging my computer around with me this trip. & "sparking" via iPhone isn't the easiest task! LOL <BR> <BR> Arrived in Orlando & met up with Mom, yesterday. We spent the day exploring our resort, unpacking, & relaxing! A couple of strong thunderstorms blew through, & we ended up totally shopping for BABY STUFF at Target!!! LMAO! (that didn't take long! he he!). It started with the cutest Gerber sock set...on clearance....with monkeys on the feet,... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 04:42:39 EST It's A Boy!!!! Due January 8, 2011!! WOO HOO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3409791 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584468884.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ***Hee Hee! (no, of course this is not my baby, or any baby I know, for that matter......but it was so cute!! and my baby WILL SWIM!!)*** <BR> <BR> YIPPEEEEEE!!!!! YAHOOOO!!!! I finally get to officially announce!!!!! I am having a baby!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>79</em> <em>173</em> <em>75</em> <em>123</em> <em>176</em> <BR> <BR> Since my miscarriage, in February, I really wanted to wai... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 01:03:09 EST O'HARTFORD 5K 2010 - FIRST RACE OF 2010 DONE!! WOO HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3001248 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13683418.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l300060343.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had the BEST time with MEGANTRIS at the O'Hartford 5K race!! Megan & I did our very FIRST 5K race, together, at the O'Hartford, in 2008. We have made it our yearly tradition 3 years, now! SO MUCH FUN!! <BR> <BR> We had a yummy post-race dinner and went shopping at REI! (My first time at that store! I loved it!!) I made it my goa... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:05:01 EST Sad News. :( How things can change in just one week!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2879219 Just 4 days ago, I was telling you of my joyous news, of being pregnant! <BR> <BR> So exciting, after 5 months of trying. I was bursting with happiness, & screaming it from the rooftops!! <BR> <BR> Thank you, all of my beautiful sparkfriends, new & old, for your wonderful showing of love & excitement, for me & my hubby! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the joy quickly turned to sadness, as I miscarried Friday night. So much can happen in just under a week!!! Man!!! <BR> <BR> Last Monday,... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 01:54:21 EST GUESS WHAT! I'M PREGNANT! WOO HOO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2863989 <em>244</em> <em>79</em> <BR> <BR> OMG!! SO EXCITING!! As most of you know, I have been TTC for 5 months. My first child at 39 years old! Really was unsure of how long it would take to get pregnant, & was starting to settle into the idea that it could be a year or more. I was SO SHOCKED, Monday night, to get back my blood test results!!! YIPPEEEEE!!!! I know a lot of people wait several weeks to announce the wonderful news, & I understand why, but Heck!, I can't keep in something l... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 01:01:58 EST 31 weeks until I turn 40!!!!! Personal Challenge!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2695471 Okay! As some of you already know......DH & I stopped using Birth Control 5 months ago. So, getting pregnant this year would definitely be a blessing! But, I am not putting pressure on myself to get pregnant right away, since I was on BCPills for 20 years! So, in the event that I don't become pregnant by my 40th birthday, I want to be sure to be in the best shape of my life!!! I wanna be ROCKIN HOT by August 11th!! That is 31 weeks away!!! <BR> <BR> DH & I are going to spend 2 weeks in... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 23:09:07 EST margaretrossi changed to IRON__GIRL! New Name/ New Me for 2010! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2679202 Hey Guys! <BR> <BR> I am SUPER-SIKED about 2010!! <BR> <BR> In 2008, when I was really getting in the "groove" of sparkpeople, & had some good sparkfiends, I started running, which turned into 5K races, that I got to run with 2 awesome sparkfriends, MEGANTRIS & HEALTHYCHIC!! Those races led to my curiosity of triathlon, leading me to buy a bike, & start cycling, and then in September, completing a Triathlon. <BR> <BR> In 2009, I sorta fell into a slump......being lazy, not being con... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 04:54:44 EST I'm finally losing weight again!!! (Warning.......Long Blog......:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2593024 Hey all you wonderful sparkers!!! <BR> <BR> Sorry I haven't blogged in forever! I've had a really busy fall season, & I found, I lost my consistency with sparkpeople. Most of that is due to the fact that I "fell off the wagon" in the way of eating & exercising. I had gained weight, & for some reason, couldn't bring myself to get it in gear & stick to a healthy regimen. <BR> <BR> I would stop, almost as fast as I would start, a new "program". After a while....it just got so tiring & re... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 03:31:56 EST What's Going On With Me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2501409 Hey Guys!! <BR> <BR> Hope Everyone is having a wonderful Fall!! Ours, here in VT, is almost over!! <BR> <em>24</em> I planted over 100 bulbs for next spring, today in the yard! Can't wait to see how they turn out! <BR> <BR> So......this is what's going on with me..... <BR> <BR> I went off Birth Control Pills on Sept. 2. Had my first "normal" TOM on Sept. 30. Downloaded a couple of really cool fertility/ovulation apps on my i-phone! FUN! Did the First Response Ovulation Predic... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 05:31:42 EST OMG!! We've Decided to Try to Have a Baby!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2381651 Today makes it one week that I have been off birth control pills!! Pretty scary, but pretty exciting!!! I can hardly believe it!! <BR> <BR> I have never been a woman, dying to have a child, ya know? I just never felt like I was in that "right place" in life, to have one! As I got older, I thought, "I'm just not going to have children." My dh has 2 great daughters that I get to be involved with during the summers. And I'm so "set in my ways", now. I love my sleep. I love being able ... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 03:48:01 EST No Diets! No Binges! & DOING GREAT!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2279473 <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> It has been about 10 weeks since I decided to make the ultimate life change......& stop the insanity!! <em>246</em> NO MORE DIETS!!! AND NO MORE BINGES!!! It's freakin' incredible!!! I truly believe I have "turned a corner" and will never look back! I sometimes have to pinch myself when I realize how long it has been since I binged!! <BR> <BR> Some of my success, is due to the fact that I went to my doctor & started medication, that helps me... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 01:47:18 EST NO MORE DIETS!!!! EVER!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2217060 <em>104</em> <em>244</em> HOORAY!!! I finally think I have my head on straight!!! For the FIRST time this year!!! <BR> <BR> I remember in December, I had all these BIG plans to make 2009 the best fitness/nutrition year ever! And for some reason.......I absolutely bottomed out! The last 6 months have been very disappointing, weight-motivation wise. <BR> <BR> When I went home, to the South, for the holidays, I gained almost 10 pounds in 10 days!!! I guess my body loved the large qu... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 23:59:46 EST AFLAC IRON GIRL RACE REPORT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2194493 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/5/b258870497.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Sunday, June 28, MITCHWENDY & I became Iron Girls!!!! <BR> <BR> What a great experience to share with a special sparkfriend!! I'm so glad we did it together!! <BR> <BR> Wendy blogged an awesome "play by play" race report. Check it out! <BR> <BR> Here's how the event went for me....... <BR> <BR> The swim was horrible! I am so sad that I didn't enjoy it more, as swimming is my favorite leg of the race (usu... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 08:38:05 EST IRON GIRL ATLANTA! HERE I COME!! WOO HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2184310 Okay. I'm ready! I'm going to do my best & forget the rest! As long as I get that Iron Girl medal around my neck, I am happy! No PR's, as the distances for the swim & bike are different than my first tri. But, I am staying positive, & I KNOW I can finish....& that's all that matters! <BR> <BR> Thanks, again, EVERYONE, who has supported me so well!!! You are FABULOUS!! I couldn't ask for a better group of friends!! <BR> <BR> I will be meeting MITCHWENDY today in just a few hours.... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 06:29:34 EST OMG!!! WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO? LOL!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2182500 I have been in S.C. a day & a half, & I feel like I moved to Hell! LOL!!! The heat & humidity here is incredible!! CC, Wendy, Brian, & all southerners, HOW DO YOU DO IT? LOL! Yesterday morning, I sat on the deck with my mom, & after 15 minutes I was drenched with sweat & extremely nauseous!!! YUCK! I sure hope that doesn't happen in Sunday!! <BR> <BR> Luckily, the Iron Girl Triathlon starts at 7am, so it is not as hot as it would be later in the day. I went out this morning at 7a... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 10:31:33 EST Headed "Home" in just 4 days!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2167959 Yep! I am flying to North Augusta, SC, to spend a week with my parents, on Wednesday! I'm really looking forward to it! My parents are so excited! It feels good! This will be the first visit I have made home, alone (without dh) in 10 years!! My mom is excited about just having "us" time. Kinda like going back to the days before I left for college. he he. I will miss dh, terribly, but it will be good to get away from work, & bills, & everyday life. <BR> <BR> While, at home, I am do... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 04:03:34 EST P90X Phase 1, Week 4 - READY TO ROCK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2129631 So, I am about to start my first "Recovery Week" of P90X Classic! Here are my workouts for this week (I switched it up a bit this week from the original P90X plan book to fit my triathlon training schedule)): <BR> <BR> Monday - Core Synergistics & 60 min. bike ride <BR> Tuesday - Yoga X & Swimming x 40 min. <BR> Wednesday - Sport Yoga Class, 30 min swim, & Kenpo X <BR> Thursday - X Stretch & 30 min. run <BR> Friday - Core Synergistics <BR> Saturday - Yoga X & 60 min. bike ride <BR> Sunday -... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 03:21:20 EST WORKOUT PLAN FOR WEEK 5/11 - 5/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2051384 This is my training/workout plan for this coming week: <BR> <BR> 5/11 - Monday: Run 4 miles <BR> 5/12 - Tuesday: Bike 60 min. or cycling class <BR> 5/13 - Wednesday: Run 5 miles, CXT Burn Circuit 3 <BR> 5/14 - Thursday: rest (Conference all day out of town, leaving at 5am) <BR> 5/15 - Friday: Swim 1 mile, Zumba class, CXT Burn Circuit 1 <BR> 5/16 - Saturday: Run 5K race <BR> 5/17 - Bike 60+ min. <BR> <BR> I'm supposed to get my P90X shipment tomorrow, & I'm so excited! I have joined... Mon, 11 May 2009 03:03:11 EST I'm on a ROLL in the month of May! YAHOO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2050645 <em>244</em> <BR> I am on a roll this month!!! Something finally "clicked", & I am getting my fitness/training freak on!!! YAY!!! My first triathlon, this year, is in 7 weeks, so I finally have the "fire under my butt" that I need to train, train, train! It feels great!!! <BR> <BR> So far this month: <BR> <BR> May 1: 60 min. bike ride, 25 min. Ab Jam DVD <BR> May 2: 30 min. CXT Burn Circuit 3, 10 min. Turbo Jam DVD <BR> May 3: 20 min. walk/rest day <BR> May 4: 35 min. CXT Bur... Sun, 10 May 2009 20:21:03 EST UPDATE on my sweet puppy Shadow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1991277 Well, it looks like the mystery choking episode from 3 weeks ago is becoming more clear. It seems, she may have not choked on her chew-bone at all. She was having her first grand-mal seizure. <BR> <BR> It happened again today. I had just stepped out of the shower, when my dh screamed, "I need you!! NOW!!"......I came downstairs to find him holding her, again, wondering what the heck was going on!! He said he saw her lying down, chilling out, not eating ANYTHING, & then she got up...... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 22:49:32 EST WOO HOO! I love my new Tri tattoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1974426 YIPPEEE!! I finally did it! I've been researching getting a triathlon related tattoo for over a month now. Searching for ideas on the internet, yahoo photos, etc. I had narrowed it down to 3, & let my husband help me do the final pick. <BR> <BR> We decided to check out the place we were going to use, last night, before dinner. I was almost sure they would be already closed, since it was 7:30pm. They stayed open until 8:00! & my dh said, "GO FOR IT!" So, I did!! WOO HOO!! Painful,... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 08:45:20 EST My New Tattoo!!! Check it out!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1974395 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/2/b82577022.jpg"> Wed, 15 Apr 2009 08:34:02 EST 11 WEEKS UNTIL IRON GIRL TRIATHLON!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1964908 Okay.......exactly 11 weeks until my first Tri, this year, of 3 that I have planned! The Iron Girl Tri, in Atlanta, GA! Feels really soon!! <BR> <BR> Here's my workout plan for the week: <BR> <BR> Sunday 4/12: Run 4 miles with new Garmin 305! WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> Monday 4/13: 8:00am - Swim 1 mile, 9:00am - Zumba class, NROLW 1A (New Rules of Lifting for Women, ST program) <BR> <BR> Tuesday 4/14: 6:00am Sport Yoga Class, 7:00am Swim 1 mile <BR> <BR> Wednesday 4/15: Run 3+ miles <BR... Sun, 12 Apr 2009 03:48:42 EST Let the Tri-Training Begin!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1924915 Well, I am super excited about this season! Even though, I lost a lot of "momentum" over the winter months, I am ready to push myself to have a great spring & summer!!! I have a 5K race coming up on Saturday, that I get to run with my sweet Husky, Timber, in Northampton, MA. That should be fun! <BR> <BR> My first triathlon, of four (hopefully) this season, is the Aflac IronGirl, in Atlanta, GA, where I get to meet my good sparkfriend, MITCHWENDY!!! YAY! I really had a great time last... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 01:15:16 EST I JUST LOVE THE YMCA!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1921875 <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>250</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> YAY! YIPEE! YAHOO!!! <BR> <BR> As many of you know......I have gone back & forth with the idea of joining the YMCA, over the past year. Main obstacle being.....it is a 25 min. drive away from my home, & I was worried that would be an easy excuse not to go regularly. But, I definitely needed access to a pool, for lap-swimming, since I am planning to do 3 Triathlons this year! <BR> <BR> I finally "dove in"! LOL! I j... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 23:32:22 EST Yesterday was the WORST DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1905891 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/1/b516277541.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/9/b999396921.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, WAS the WORST DAY!! <BR> <BR> It has been FOREVER since I have been this frightened, freaked out, & in sheer panic! AND I'm an ICU NURSE!! <BR> <BR> My sweet baby (she's almost 3 years old), Siberian Husky, Shadow, (AKA Shadow-head, Shadow-girl, Lil' Panda Girl, and "Oreo") almost died. We were having such a happy Sunday. DH & I took o... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 16:47:28 EST HOLY COW!!! I'M A SPARKPEOPLE MOTIVATOR!!! COOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1760884 So I'm sitting at work, checking my emails, & I read the email from Sparkpeople, saying "Congratulations, you have been voted as a Sparkpeople Motivator!!" <BR> <BR> I must admit, I got choked up, turned red, and couldn't speak for a minute. I am so surprised!!! And even though my co-workers have heard me talk & talk & talk about spark, & how much it has helped me & how much I love it & my sparkfriends, it is hard to explain to a "non-sparkie" why it means so much to me & makes me so hap... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 22:37:53 EST HAD A GREAT SUNDAY!!! I'M LOVING 2009!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1656696 I am really riding this New Years Motivation/Energy train!!! It's great! Gotta keep this going!! WOO HOO!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I got off work at 7:20am, headed to the fitness room, & did 40 minutes on the bike. Headed home, hit the sack, & got in just over 6 hours sleep (my average "day sleep" time). I got up, & did my Spark Boot Camp Video Workout! Then off to the kitchen to bake up a batch of my fresh strawberry "boobie cakes" to take with me back to work! (my fundraiser for the ... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 05:31:03 EST HEY! I JOINED THE SPARK NEW YOU BOOT CAMP!! WOO HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1650782 Today is the first day of the Spark New You Boot Camp! I just signed up & am ready to kick butt this month!! This will be my first "boot camp" & I am excited! <BR> <BR> Sad to say, right now, I weigh as much as I ever have since starting spark over a year ago. I would have thought, after 8 months of running, cycling, & swimming, that I would have a "shape-model" figure! LOL! But, my eating habits still need some work! So, this year, I plan to develop the right "relationship" with fo... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 02:05:24 EST A NEW YEAR! NEW GOALS! NEW ACHIEVEMENTS! I'M SO EXCITED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1650745 It is Day #4 of 2009! <BR> <BR> I am LOVING this year so far!!! Right? LOL! <BR> <BR> It is going to be the best year EVER!! I am SO feeling the motivation & energy that a new year brings!! New goals, new challenges, a clean slate!! <BR> <BR> I had one of the best Christmastimes with my family, back home, in South Carolina! It was a great way to end 2008, & prepare me for a FANTASTIC New Year! I hope Everyone had a wonderful holiday season! <BR> <BR> I got a new bike trainer... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 01:34:17 EST SO EXCITED ABOUT MY CHRISTMAS PREZ FOR MY PARENTS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1596911 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/4/b845302777.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/3/b836651044.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/7/b178768419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night, around midnight, I finally finished my Christmas shopping for my parents!!! WOO HOO!! <BR> <BR> Every year, we really OVER-DO it, in Christmas gift giving, in my family. It is the one time of year, that the 5 of us (mom, dad, sister, brother) are TOGETHER, during the year. S... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 07:27:06 EST BERMUDA WAS A BLAST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1558974 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/3/b533825147.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/2/b428631065.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> So.......I'm back from my cruise go Bermuda! Wah!!!! LOL! I LOVE being on vacation!!! Who doesn't, right? We had such a GREAT time! Got some really nice weather! I got a little tan! SO RELAXING! We really needed that! <BR> <BR> Now, we are back in VT, & it is cold & rainy! Blah! he he! <BR> <BR> I think I broke a record!!! I gain... Mon, 10 Nov 2008 16:05:19 EST My first Bike race! Trek Breast Cancer Ride For Awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1518870 WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> While training for my first triathlon this year, I learned that I LOVE cycling!! I'm so happy to have found another sport that I truly love! After running several 5K races & doing my first triathlon, I was anxious to find a Bike Race to take part in! <BR> <BR> I did it! Last Saturday, I had my very first Bike race! The Trek Breast Cancer Ride for Awareness! A 25 mile bike race, that took place all over the country, in many cities, on the same day, at the same time!... Sat, 18 Oct 2008 11:01:20 EST Okay! It is CRUNCH TIME!!! Gotta get SEXY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1484379 All right! It is time to get SERIOUS!! <BR> <BR> For some reason, even though this past 7 months, has been the most active time in my life (since high school), I have slowly gained 6 pounds since I got married in August 2007!!!!! OMG!!! I've been running, swimming, biking, & EATING!!! LOL!!! <BR> <BR> Now that my Tri is over, & my next one isn't until 2009, I have got to drop some serious "poundage"!!! <BR> <BR> I am going on a cruise to Bermuda on October 26!! Just 4 weeks away... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 04:10:34 EST HEY GUYS!!! I'M A TRIATHLETE!! AMEN!! (RACE REPORT) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1459449 OFFICIAL Results of my 1st (of many) Triathlons! (Women's Sprint Triathlon, September 14, 2008) <BR> <BR> FINISH TIME: 1:48:38 <BR> OVERALL RANK: 327/418 <BR> CLASS RANK: 28/53 <BR> SWIM TIME: 16:23 (1/2 mile) <BR> SWIM RANK: 159/418 <BR> T1: 4:12 <BR> BIKE TIME: 46:52 (12 miles) <BR> BIKE RANK: 302/ 418 <BR> T2: 1:54 <BR> RUN TIME: 39:20 (5K) <BR> RUN RANK: 364 / 418 (ouch!! LOL!!) <BR> <BR> <BR> WOW!!! What a RUSH!!! I had so much FUN!! What was I so nervou... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 08:49:15 EST MY FIRST TRIATHLON IS SUNDAY! WOO HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1450418 Okay! The big day is finally almost here!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!! Am I REALLY going to be a TRIATHLETE???? OFFICIALLY???? LOL! <BR> I am so excited!! The butterflies are multiplying in my tummy!!! <BR> <BR> I am doing my very first triathlon this Sunday, with my BESTEST Sparkfriend, MEGANTRIS, in Farmington, CT!! The race starts at 8am, so please keep me in your thoughts & prayers & maybe send me some YOU CAN DO IT vibes!!! He he!! <BR> <BR> I have been reading many triathlon rel... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 20:21:04 EST MY VICTORIA'S SECRET THINSPIRATION!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1446360 Here is my new bikini! It was fate! LOL!!! <BR> <BR> I ordered some new panties from Victoria's Secret (the 5 for $25 special). One of the designs/fabric choice of my 5 selections was on "backorder" & they stated they would ship it out to me separately when it was available. No biggie. So when my final backordered pair arrived in the mail......it was NOT the panties I ordered. It was the bikini bottoms that you see in the picture above. I called VS to see what they wanted me to do t... Sun, 7 Sep 2008 21:32:55 EST HERE'S THE LINK TO MY BOSTON 3 DAY WALK PHOTOS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1413288 <BR> Here's a link to my Kodak Gallery photos from the 3 Day Walk in Boston. If it doesn't open, let me know! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>www.kodakgallery.com/Slideshow.jsp?U<BR>AUTOLOGIN_ID=50765048211&UV=5871339010<BR>17_441176940211&mode=fromsite&collid=5<BR>0765048211.984086940211.1219279763766&<BR>conn_speed=1 </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2008 21:31:45 EST I DID IT!! I WALKED 60 MILES!!! YEAH!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1411558 I DID IT!!! I walked 60 miles!!! <BR> <BR> I have to admit..... it was definitely more challenging than I expected! I laugh now.....because, before I did the 3 Day Breast Walk, my biggest concern was getting blisters!! WHO KNEW I would come home with a stress fracture & a staph infection?? LOL!! <BR> <BR> Day 1: I met up with my 2 sparkfriends, KIMTASTIC & GREENPEPPERGIRL!! So AWESOME to meet 2 such sweet girls!! I am so lucky that KIMTASTIC found me on spark & let me know she & h... Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:13:15 EST 2 Days & Counting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1398149 Hey Again! <BR> <BR> Only 2 days left until I head for Boston to begin the walk of a lifetime!! I'm so excited, I have butterflies!! I'm so glad to have met a couple of really Sweet Spark Girls, KIMTASTIC & GREENPEPPERGIRL, to walk with, while I'm on this special journey!! <BR> <BR> A funny thing happened today! I was doing final credential checks on the 3 Day Website, & I saw that my "randomly assigned tentmate" was assigned!!! & it is a MAN!!!!! NO WAY!!!! I couldn't believe ... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 03:41:05 EST (no title) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1398148 oops! lol Wed, 13 Aug 2008 03:41:03 EST 4 DAYS UNTIL MY 3 DAY WALK! WOO HOO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1393421 I'm SO EXCITED!!! <BR> <BR> I already got myself packed today!!!! LOL!!! Only 4 days until I leave for Boston to do the 3 Day Walk!!! WOO HOO! Thanks to so many wonderful people, I reached $2570.00 in donations!! AWESOME!!! & I still have some donations that are being processed through the mail! This has been an amazing journey, so far.......& it has only just begun!! I can't wait to get there & meet so many amazing women! Hear their stories, share their tears, walking together to ... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 05:54:10 EST THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1344303 I just wanted to say thanks!!! You Guys have, all, been so supportive of me & I appreciate it so much!!! I know I have been a bit consumed, lately, with my 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk coming up on August 15th, & all the fundraising, etc. Boy! That part is definitely challenging!!! AND time consuming!! <BR> <BR> After signing up for the 3 Day Walk, only 2 weeks ago, I have, due to an amazing amount of kindness & generosity of friends & famiy, raised $1740 of the required $2200 minimum. ... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 03:40:38 EST RED DRESS RUN ~ 5K Was AWESOME!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1333872 <em>104</em> <BR> The Red Dress Run ~ 5K on Saturday was WONDERFUL!! My sweet Step-Daughter & I had a great time! We both, now, have new PRs!!! My goal was to beat my own personal best time of 32:52, AND I DID!!! I finished in 31:00!! Almost 2 minutes shaved off, BABY!! YEAH!!! My step-daughter wanted to be under 30:00 & she finished at 28:00! She did SO GREAT!!! I uploaded some new pics from the race in my gallery!! <BR> <BR> Gotta run! Just got in from 5 hours of begging for ... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:30:21 EST Red Dress Run 5K on Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1326414 <em>252</em> <BR> Doing the Red Dress Run - 5K race in the Mother/Daughter Category with my step-daughter tomorrow! Hope to have lots of fun & get lots of pics , which I will share with all of you after the race! <BR> <BR> Have the whole weekend off! YIPEE! Looking forward to some nice time with the family!! <BR> <BR> Hope Everyone has a GREAT weekend!!! <em>247</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2008 05:14:15 EST