IVORY1825's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IVORY1825 IVORY1825'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/ Our House, In the Middle of the Street http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654247 Just wanted to give a quick update on why I disappeared again (I know, right!): <BR> <BR> I bought a house! We closed Jan 31st, moved for most of the month of February, and I'm finally getting my office unpacked. <BR> <BR> Then, we got a puppy. Pics to come, I promise. Here, just one: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745777217.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, I'll be back, once the pup learns to pee outside and sleep anywhere but my lap! <BR> <BR> Onward and upward! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:30:05 EST Rocking Around the Christmas Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568969 So ... hi? <BR> <BR> Yikes! That was the whole semester since I've been here. It was my busiest semester yet. I was teaching more classes than I had before and doing a bunch of new stuff in my classes. Essentially, grading and worksheets and stuff ate all my time pretty rapidly. <BR> <BR> So, some quick updates. <BR> <BR> Food: Bad news. With a busy semester, my stress was flying sky high, and my stress eating came right along with it. Also, the husband and I didn't plan as effectively as ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:17:53 EST My Blue Boat Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480235 Not the worst nor the best weekend I could have had in terms of health. Last week was pretty good. I stayed on top of my workout schedule, ate well, slept about right, etc. Then Friday happened. <BR> <BR> Friday wasn't all bad, but I had a bunch of student issues that needed to be dealt with causing stress, and then I spent the evening rearranging the furniture at church because we were starting a new season and decided that we wanted the piano on the other side of the room. Moving around th... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 07:25:03 EST There's No Going Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474306 This is a new song by Sick Puppies that I heard on the radio, and now I'm listening to them on Spotify. I like them, I think I may buy their newest album on Amazon. <BR> <BR> I ran 5 miles yesterday! That's good because it's actually ahead of what I anticipated for training, an I feel pretty good today, well, after some yoga. I was overall good with activity level this weekend, with some kettlebells both Sat and Sun, and walking and running yesterday. I wanted to walk in the woods, but the h... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 08:25:03 EST Where There Is a Flame Someone's Bound to Get Burned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471074 I bought Pink's new album, it's awesome. <BR> <BR> I also survived the first three days of classes! Wed and Thurs, I had 9-3 back to back classes, ugh. Today was only 11-3. I went in early today though to meet a friend for a run. It was nice, I ran, did my strength training, and still had two hours before class. <BR> <BR> I've mostly been pretty good this week. I got all my workouts in. I mostly ate well except for a small binge last night (carb loading for this morning's run?). Of course... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:39:52 EST We're Not Broken Just Bent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466558 and we can learn to love again <BR> <BR> I am in love with this Pink and Fun duet, and I sang it in church yesterday. Actually, I helped put on an all musical service. It was totally fun. Then, my college president showed up randomly, deciding to check me church out THAT DAY. Yikes! I think it all went really well. <BR> <BR> I ran 3 miles on Friday as the first official run of my training for the Wine and Dine half marathon. I've got two more runs planned this week, and I'm running with a f... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:13:20 EST I Had No Choice But to Hear You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463796 I'm watching the History of Rock video about female sing-songwriters right now, so you get an Alanis Morissette lyric. <BR> <BR> It has been a good first week back. Of course, I've been so busy that eating wasn't much of an issue. I think that may be a running theme this semester. I'm teaching 24 classroom hours and two of my days are 6 hour blocks back to back classes. Whew! <BR> <BR> I still kept up my workouts! I haven't run yet, but I will tonight unless we get a thunderstorm. I also we... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:25:29 EST Think you got the best of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460486 ... think you've had the last laugh? <BR> Bet you think that everything good is gone <BR> Think you left me broken down <BR> Think that I'd come running back <BR> Baby you don't know me, cause you're dead wrong <BR> What doesn't kill you makes you stronger <BR> <BR> This is my motivational moment for the day. Today, I was back in the office for my first full day since May. I got in before 8am and didn't leave until 5pm, and I cleaned my entire office! <BR> <BR> I ate lot of terrible thing... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:16:11 EST What You Say About His Company http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454080 ... is what you say about society <BR> <BR> Rush was playing in the car. <BR> <BR> So, my friend is visiting me from England. I did pretty well foodwise at the wedding. It didn't hurt that a lot things went sideways and I ended up doing an awful lot of running around and helping out and not so much eating or drinking. However, now that my friend is visiting I'm having issues like going out for Indian (she loves it and my husband hates it) and tonight is going to be ice cream and the bar. Ho... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:19:00 EST This is what it sounds like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449696 ... when doves cry. <BR> <BR> So, I'm taking a History of Rock free class on Coursera and we just hit the Prince and Janet Jackson era. It's a pretty awesome class. <BR> <BR> I'm doing reasonably well this week, other than a mini peanut butter binge in the last 12 hours that I don't think did a whole lot of damage. Of course, I'm off out of town to a small wedding this weekend. Fortunately, it's small enough that there won't be a ton of food or any alcohol, but out of town eating is always... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:03:28 EST I will live and I will grow ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444852 ... in a world that's waiting out there on the loose. <BR> <BR> That's from a camp song that I sang in church yesterday with my mandolin. It was fun! Speaking of church, all they had at coffee hour was cookies, so I has two cups of tea and no foods, woohoo! <BR> <BR> Monday weigh-in 180.2 ugh. Gotta bring that noise down. <BR> <BR> I think maybe Tuesday I'll experiment with the super-low carb day. I could probably do Tuesday and Friday this week. Friday we are going to a rehearsal for a we... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 06:41:48 EST Went the distance now I'm not goin' to stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441838 Just a man and his will to survive, it's the eye of the tiger it's the thrill of the fight ... <BR> <BR> Best. song. ever. Right, Supernatural fans? Okay, fangirl moment over, back to reality. <BR> <BR> I tried out a new workout routine this week. I like it. I expanded my 3 day a week weight routine to 4 days a week, but better put together days. I've learned to do a hang and clean this summer, and although I'm still getting the form down, I'm having a blast with it. I think I've got the ba... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 06:00:34 EST A Long Time Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438195 Yeah, life totally kicked my butt and Spark hit the bottom of the to-do list for a while. I'm working on sorting out some details though and hopefully when school starts this year, I won't be living on the edge of panic mode. <BR> <BR> So, there has been some good and some bad. Let's get the bad out of the way - my weight is up. It's up around 180lbs which is not pretty. Clothes are too tight and a few items don't fit at all. Hubs and I have been pretty bad over the last year about eating t... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:21:13 EST You're the one they can't beat and you know it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214375 You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it <BR> Get up, get back on your feet <BR> You're the one they can't beat and you know it <BR> Come on, let's see what you've got <BR> Just take your best shot and don't blow it <BR> <BR> I just rediscovered Styx. I realized I knew a lot more of their songs than I thought, and that they all sounded different, so I put Styx on spotify all week. It was fun. Fooling Yourself is my new favorite, and also Lady, although Come Sail Away will always be in... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 13:58:17 EST I Ain't Wasting No More Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136935 Apparently, there is not much in my life other than what I'm half-jokingly calling "panic mode". What that boils down to is that what I've been doing recently is eat, sleep, workout, grade, teach. Not much else. I'm just barely following blogs, reading the internet, answering email. It's kind of crazy. I expect next semester to be far less crazy, fortunately. <BR> <BR> However, this is where I get to chat about the first three bits of that statement, and not the last two. Since I deal with t... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:28:12 EST Come on Up Lay Your Hands in Mine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127945 Whew, it's been a while! <BR> <BR> I've pretty much fallen captive to a schedule of teach-grade-sleep-survive and there hasn't been much time for things such as Sparking. Some of this is slightly my fault, but some is just the general insanity of being an early-career teacher trying a lot of new things in new courses. <BR> <BR> The good news: I'm doing pretty great. I am on a consistent 3 day a week strength training routine and lift heavy weights. I am still running, mostly. I am eating de... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 00:01:39 EST Took the Freeway Out of Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982480 Got a little busy last week, and it's not getting any better for about two weeks. Of course, I'm going to be on vacation for a week of that, which is the main busy issue. Too bad vacation causes lots of other issues. Fortunately, it's fun! <BR> <BR> So, the short story: I'll be visiting my sister in San Francisco. We plan to cook more than eat out, walk everywhere, and go running. However, we also plan to enjoy ourselves inbetween, so I'm hoping for a balance. <BR> <BR> The rest of things,... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:58:46 EST Golly What a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970117 Well, I got a little busy this week, which totally happens. Fortunately, I have not let it throw me completely off, maybe a little, but not too far. Gotta stay on track this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm watching IT on tv. I don't think I've ever seen it straight through before, just bits and pieces. Since I never saw it, I'm not afraid of clowns. Also, I have a clown collection started for me as a baby, so I've always been surrounded by them. Makes my friends and husband crazy. <BR> <BR> Okay, ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:24:38 EST I Want to Meet You Barefoot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963569 Barely breathing, now I lay me down to sleep ... <BR> <BR> Okay, so I promised to talk about my sleep schedule. First, a bit of history. Item 1: I have fibromyalgia. It's very under control, but one of my major issues for a long time was sleep. Essentially, I'd sleep for 8 hours a night, and wake up exhausted. So, a doc put me on a tricyclic antidepressant, which at least helped. However, the antidepressant would build up in my system funny and stop working for long periods and I'd have to s... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:34:11 EST Going Whereever It Leads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962299 Running down a dream. <BR> <BR> So, i meant to blog yesterday, but instead I ran a 5K with a friend and another friend ran a 15K then we all had a party to celebrate. <BR> <BR> My time was 30:08, which is a personal record with under 10 minutes miles, but not the 29:59 I wanted, so I still have a goal for the next race. <BR> <BR> Only problem is that the problem with my sciatic nerve flared back up, and now I need to actually solve it. Fortunately, after the race there was a free chiropra... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 13:38:29 EST On the Banks of the River http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957003 stood Running Bear, young Indian brave. <BR> <BR> Yeah, so, I took a two mile walk to and from the farmer's market today, so I was singing camp songs. I may have even been doing the motions to this one. Then I did all the verses of Rise and Shine, in the right order. I did manage to pick up a ton of fresh raspberries and baby greens and romaine and my gluten-free cookie from the place that makes them really good! <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure I'm overeating this week, but I don't think it's t... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 19:40:38 EST Every Choice is Worth Your While http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953788 Any Indigo Girls fans out there? Up on the watershed ... <BR> <BR> Anyway, hi! <BR> <BR> My week is going pretty well so far. It helps that I'm busy during the week, so I try to have very structured days. Today, for instance, I got up, packed the hubs and my foods for the day, drove with him to his work then walked to my work, then spent an hour in the gym. By then, it's already 11am and I haven't had breakfast yet. Fortunately, I packed my favorite breakfast salad. <BR> <BR> Tonight is Tu... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 15:33:45 EST Raise Your Glass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951025 Of all the songs to have stuck in my head, but it was playing on the radio earlier. Sometimes I totally listen to song written since 2000, just very rarely. <BR> <BR> I went running today, and did 2.8 miles in about 27 minutes, which means I'm easily on track to hit 29:59 or better for the 5K next Sunday! Just doing easy runs all week and careful weights. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, Friday for dinner my husband took me "in" to dinner, meaning that we ate at home, but got grocery store pre-... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:09:43 EST Take It On the Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947113 Always a favorite REO Speedwagon song. Kevin Cronin sings it from the hair. <BR> <BR> It is late and it has been a crazy day! Although, it was pretty awesome. I worked out this morning, and then talked my husband into going to the farmer's market with me, yay! That was nice. I caught the end of strawberry season and the beginning of raspberry season. We had keilbasa and chips from a local vendor and then some cookies. One of the stands makes a really good gluten-free cookie I like to get. <... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 01:21:46 EST Telling Me What Your Heart Meant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943124 the heat of the moment! <BR> <BR> Whoops, better watch out. It's Tuesday. Time could be repeating! <BR> <BR> Okay, enough Supernatural references ... for now. <BR> <BR> Onto the real things. <BR> <BR> I'm working from home today, which means no gym, but I should run later. I'm also doing mini exercises all day to break up the watching TV and working insanity. However, it also means my kitchen is a little too nearby, so I have to be careful not to munch on things. I'm already not doing t... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:04:32 EST You Never Take Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939939 Someday you'll pay the price, I know <BR> <BR> Bonus points for song and band from the title today! I'll tell you at the end. <BR> <BR> Blog #2 of blogging when I'm supposed to! Woot! <BR> <BR> I'm still finding my groove, but I think I have some ideas, so that's good. <BR> <BR> Recent events: I had a minor math-related injury at the gym. I miscalculated the weights on a barbell and then I dropped it because it was too heavy. Really, I just scraped my knuckles a bit because I use good for... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 10:18:38 EST I Feel Fantastic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936533 So, I thought summer might be, you know, relaxing with lots of time. <BR> <BR> Not so much. <BR> <BR> I actually have a lot to do! Don't get me wrong, it's better, waaay better than the school year, but it's still pretty busy. Now, I like being busy. I'm terrible when I have nothing to do. I don't know the meaning of "relax" unless it is coupled with a specific activity. <BR> <BR> Now, don't imagine that I'm crazy stressed out. I've been "relaxing" a lot this summer. I've done a lot of run... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:00:54 EST I'm No Hero That's Understood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4806339 Busy just doesn't seem to fully describe my life. I'll take insane, thanks. Currently, I'm almost done with the grading for tomorrow, and then tomorrow I get to start on the grading for Wednesday, and then Thursday. Oh, I also need to write two lectures and two worksheets this week. Yikes! <BR> <BR> I've probably been over-snacking since my stress is a bit high. However, I'm sticking with good, paleo stuff, so that's at least a bonus. Exercise is good. I bought myself a new toy today: a jump... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:39:50 EST At Night We Walked into Our Houses and Burned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4801361 Wow. The world is conspiring against me blogging with spark being up and down. Anyway - here's a post anyway! <BR> <BR> So, I was planning to update this blog two days ago, but I had it all written up and walked away from the computer for a bit, and the computer updated and dumped my entry. Totally annoying. Then I got kind of crazy busy again. You know how it is. <BR> <BR> I was going to update that I made this delicious African-inspired stewed kale in tomato sauce dish and to go along wit... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:48:27 EST All I'm Up Against Out in the World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795921 We are having an unseasonably warm March, and I'm remembering why I like it in the North. I mean, I like being able to be outside, but I was out there for about a minute before I had 6 mosquito bites. I went running today, and it was insanely hot. Running should not be done above 65 degrees. It was almost 75. <BR> <BR> Still, I ran. My workouts are good. I ate well today. I worked on stuff. I may have volunteered to do even more things! Suffice to say, I'm plenty busy. I still found some tim... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:41:35 EST I'm Gonna Hold on for the Rest of My Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4793745 I love this recording and singing thing, because it gives me an excuse to sing and record. Any requests? <BR> <BR> Good weekend! I'm eating well, got in lots of serious exercise. My knee hurts a bit from the running, but nothing major and I don't think it's the nerve, I think I'm just adjusting to the newer running style, and my muscles and tendons are like, "you want me to what?" <BR> <BR> I got some work done, but not enough. Therefore, gots to keep working. I'm doing good with staying o... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 18:28:52 EST Just Look At Us Holding On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790698 Another video. All I did this morning was sing online. Okay, that's not all, just all I did between 9-10am. I actually got up before 4am and did Spark stuff, cleaned up the dishes, caught up on my grading for one class, did a long UFC workout (earned over 1000 fitocracy points!), and took a shower before the singing. Since then, I've posted on my blog and got 3/4 of the way through a Disney trip plan. <BR> <BR> Yay productivity! <BR> <BR> It helps that I'm fasting again, so no food prep/ea... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:22:47 EST Don't Stop Believing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789361 I think maybe I'll start illustrating my titles for you all. It's fun. <BR> <BR> Things are good. My eating is going well. I'm posting a few pictures of things I've eaten recently soon, so check those out. I just decided I need to up my omega-3's because my husband doesn't eat fish, so I'm adding a few new things. I bought canned salmon and made homemade curry mayo to mix it with. I bought whole flaxseed to add to my salads and also made homemade sunflower seed butter and added the flax to t... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:32:31 EST I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785573 Definitely got back the exercise/food stuff, still working on the productivity thing. As usual. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I ran for the first time since the half-marathon. About 2 miles. I definitely felt the sciatic nerve at first, and I made some adjustments and got it to stop hurting. However, it's going to take a lot more leg muscle than my previous running stance, which is probably good. Most running injuries come from the body being lazy and putting pressure on joints and nerves when it sho... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 13:01:40 EST All That's Left is a Band of Gold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782426 That song was on the Now and Then soundtrack. I know this, because one summer drive to Disney World from NJ to FL, I'm pretty sure my best friend and I listened to that soundtrack about 50 times. Also includes Sugar, Sugar; I'l Be There; Daydream Believer, and, my personal favorite, Knock Three Times. <BR> <BR> It was also just on the radio. Now it's in my head. I'm not sure I like it as much as I did 15 years ago. <BR> <BR> Anyway, on with the update. I've now done three days in a row of U... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:32:37 EST Where I'm livin' it's hard to say http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780434 Wow have I been busy. Here's the quick version: <BR> <BR> 2/25 - turned 30! W00T! I'm probably more excited than most people hitting a milestone, but that's just me. <BR> <BR> 2/26 - ran my 3rd half-marathon, finished in 2:48:50. My slowest time, but only by 3 minutes. Considering how much my sciatic nerve hurt, I'm surprised I did so well. <BR> <BR> 3/3-3/7 Went to Philadelphia for a conference on innovative teaching. Loved it! However, internet was spotty at best. <BR> <BR> Anyway, so n... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:29:14 EST Let My Love Open the Door http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739620 I've been watching a lot of Burn Notice lately, and their theme song is eerily reminiscent of my title song. <BR> <BR> OMG I haven't blogged in FOREVER! <BR> <BR> Good Things: I've been mostly eating well. I've been exercising like crazy. I ran 10.5 miles in anticipation of the half-marathon (11 days!), and I'm feeling pretty good. <BR> <BR> Things That Need Improving: I'm behind on everything, and this past weekend was an eating disaster. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, I'm back on track again, ... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 07:31:22 EST Like a Firefly Without a Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706491 Yikes! I'm still not really used to this schedule, but I'm getting better. I had both of my powerpoints posted before class this week. Now, I need to spend the weekend making up all my work for next week, including an exam, so I can actually get ahead. <BR> <BR> The scale and me are having some issues, like it's lack of reasonable movement. Seriously. I can only imagine I'm due for a reasonable drop at some point in the near future. <BR> <BR> I've been good on most every front. Exercise i... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 07:19:24 EST Highway to the Danger Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698331 So, the weekend could have better, but could have been worse. We didn't actually go off track specifically, I just allowed a little too much munching, especially on peanut butter. Still, my weight didn't jump up, just kind of hung out. <BR> <BR> Today is my 8 mile run. The temps are up, but it is windy and I have to plan effectively to avoid the rain this afternoon. Crazy. <BR> <BR> UFC training is still going well, today was abs with jump rope in between. I'm tracking my fitness over at Fi... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:39:53 EST I've Taken My Bows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695485 Whew, I was doing really well with blogging, and then ... <BR> <BR> First week of classes, you know. I had to learn how long 75 minutes was. For the record: really long. I was teaching 50 minutes 3 days a week last semester, and now I'm at 75 minutes 2 days a week, and I'm trying not to be a talking head. It's hard. I did do this successfully on Thurs. Now, I just have to plan next week. <BR> <BR> This has affected my blogging, but not my exercise! I'm still completely on top of UFC trainer... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 16:25:44 EST Cruel, Cruel Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4688588 Today's title is from a song about a werewolf, by Paul and Storm. That is all. <BR> <BR> Well, it was freezing, then it was warm, and now it's cold again. Not cold like before, but still below freezing. Crazy upstate New York weather. Lake effect snow today, but didn't kill my drive in. That's good. I'm hoping it all clears up by the time I leave around 7:30pm. Yeah, it's an 11 hour day today! <BR> <BR> Fortunately, I have all my food ready and even dinner waiting for me in the fridge at ho... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:03:15 EST I'm Right Up the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686069 I'll share your load, if you just call me. <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Classes start today. I'm awfully excited. It's also so much warmer than the last few days. I'm hoping that means that it won't be too icy getting into work. It's still too dark to see the roads right now. <BR> <BR> My exercise is rocking. I ran yesterday, though I was a bit late getting to the gym, and I had to negotiate with the track team to not get in their way while running around the track. This morning wa... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:52:37 EST Life Every Voice and Sing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683530 Happy Monday! It's Martin Luther King Day, and there are no classes, but I still have plenty of prep and such to do, so I'll go in and work. Just not right away because it's still crazy freezing. Maybe I'll work at home for an hour or two. <BR> <BR> I'm rolling on my exercise. Did UFC this morning and yesterday, and I'm planning a run today too (inside!). I broke my previous stopwatch, so I bought a new one at Target yesterday. <BR> <BR> I'm also working on the food thing with my new sched... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 06:07:53 EST You Take Your Fear and Hoard the Horizon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680189 Well, I did my yoga this morning, but I still need to run 8 miles. I'll probably go soon. <BR> <BR> I was inspired to make gluten-free mini-doughnuts this morning. They were yummy! Not too many, and just alongside my typical eggs and bacon. I have a new toy that's like a table electric grill with a bunch of pans that can be switched in and out, and one of them makes mini cakes (and doughnuts). <BR> <BR> Today I've got to do just a bit more class prep. I'm mostly ready, which means I can w... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 12:51:06 EST Just a Little Bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678714 of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. baby! Did you know that was actually written by Otis Redding? Music lesson for the day. Tomorrow, we'll talk about songs you didn't know Bruce Springsteen wrote. <BR> <BR> So, we finally got the snow! This added a few minutes to my commute, but it wasn't really bad. I think we've got about 2-3 inches, so nothing major. We might get more overnight. I'm supposed to run tomorrow or Sunday, so I'll have to keep an eye on the weather to make that happen. I really need to do 8 mi... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:24:55 EST Slow Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4676530 Take it easy! <BR> <BR> Lovin' my classic rock Pandora station. Waiting for students to advise. Got one, but no others. Almost ready for class on Tuesday, if almost means my list of things to do is only one post-it long. <BR> <BR> I'm fasting today, although it's actually a terrible fast and I've been munching on jellybellies and chocolate every hour However, I didn't fast over break for almost a month, so I'm both mentally and physically not used to it. Once I'm teaching all day Tues/Thurs... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:08:09 EST She's Got a Pretty Mouth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4673055 ... to swallow you whole. <BR> <BR> Because she's a creepy doll. It's a song by Jonathan Coulton. Don't ask. <BR> <BR> Things are going well. Weight was 166.2 this am. I already did my UFC Trainer this morning, and I learned how to speed through the tutorials using voice commands. I'll bring my bag of running stuff to work for this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Today is in-service day at work, so lots of learning, or teaching, since I tend to know as much as the people giving the presentations. I'm... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 06:17:28 EST Light the Sky and Hold on Tight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4670498 Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Today was a yoga morning, which is a bit more relaxing than UFC Trainer. Yesterday, I also got a 30 min run in. I did well enough on it to only check my watch twice, once after about 27 minutes, and once just after 30. <BR> <BR> Food is decent. The husband made dinner last night. I'm kind of forcing him to do that so he'll learn and I'll get a break once in a while. That means dinner isn't calorie perfect, in fact, we had lasagna. However, it wasn't... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:46:05 EST Don't Look Now But I've Lost My Shoe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667792 For my SPN buddies, that's not a reference to Jared's infamous pout, it's Buddy Holly by Weezer, but I like thinking about Bad Day at Black Rock anyway. <BR> <BR> It's Monday, new year, new week, and I'm ready to roll. Back at work today, though we don't start classes until next Monday. I'm excited about this semester. I'm ahead of my classes, and I intend to do some fun things. <BR> <BR> In other news: <BR> Current weight 167.6, yikes. <BR> <BR> My goal right now is to lose ~10 lbs by my ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 05:17:46 EST Hope Rides Alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4663701 This morning was a day off from UFC Trainer, so I did yoga instead. Of course, it was power yoga with a serious balancing section. That's good, balancing is good for my feet. I'm trying to strengthen my feet using yoga. I have a short series I do daily, and then I also do my usual yoga Sat. and Tues. with standing and balancing poses. <BR> <BR> Eating has been decent for just getting back and having my carb-friendly sister here. We did bake, but I've been mostly not overeating the things we ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:18:49 EST