JCBRITT's SparkPeople Blog JCBRITT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community STEP BACK AND BE THANKFUL Sometimes during difficult times in life you must step back and remember the things you are thankful and greatful for in your life. My children, husband, and family are at the top of the list. My kids have been so great since I fot laid off. I wanted to share my son's solo during the last band concert. He's grown up so fast <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried, but I have time to figure out what is most important and possibly change di... Fri, 9 May 2014 09:29:23 EST An Ode to Muscle On my recovery day during Insanity <BR> As a was in my down dog pose <BR> I watched a drop of sweat roll down to my knee <BR> In that pose I had a moment of clarity <BR> The range of possibilities of where this journey will take me <BR> It’s within my power to set the course of my destiny <BR> Just then, a thigh muscle peeked out and spoke longingly <BR> It wants to be free of the layers of mediocrity <BR> It wants to show the rest of my body <BR> It’s power, its beauty <BR> So it’s asked m... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:53:17 EST WELL BY CHOICE There is a Well By Choice 10 week challenge beginning next week at work. $10 to buy in and if you gain weight you get fined a $1 per week, no fine if you stay the same or lose the end of 10 weeks the most % weight loss wins the pot. This is a new type of challenge for me and maybe I need to step out of my comfort zone (it certainly hasn't brought me blazing glory of success by sticking to my current plan). <BR> I was looking through pictures last night working on a calendar of local... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 13:41:41 EST BACK PAIN SAGA, NO SPECIFIC AH HA MOMENT I haven't been feeling great lately. I hurt my lower back...I assume it may have occurred during JELF when I was doing the exercise when you balance on one foot and bend over and raise the back leg and pick up a dumbbell. I only did it one session like that and during the session felt very uncomfortable. The next time I did it I bent my back leg and that was better. It went away and I didn't think much of it. About 3 weeks ago I went jogging outside on the first nice day of the spring. The fi... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:46:43 EST A WORK IN PROGRESS WITH DD BB PICTURE <img src="">Looking at my last blog I realize just how overwhelmed I was feeling. I'm a work in progress. I look back since that blog until now and feel like I've come along way with my daily routine, my attitude and how I've been feeling about myself. I have done a good job of getting into a ST routine. Now that the weather is getting nice, I'm excited about jogging and getting my daughter to go with me. She has come a long way over... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:25:30 EST STRUGGLING TO FIND CONSISTENCY AND CONTROL I feel like it has been a constant struggle the past 4-5 months. Sometimes I feel like I'm just hanging on to a tigers tail and getting whipped around. Seems liked it happened about the time we had our wonderful flood. The house is still torn apart for mostly reasons that are out of anyone's control. Shortly after it happened the wonderful concession stand committment began. A worthy cause that I am proud to say led to raising around 12K for the marching band in just 4 months. I am not ... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:12:17 EST JUST WANTED TO SHARE SOME PRETTY SCENARY I enjoyed my ride, but missed my daughter sharing it with me. This is why fall is one of my favorite seasons and why I love living here! <img src="">. This was a nice ride that almost anyone could handle. About a 15 mile downhill coast. <img src="">But even better is we raised over $2000 for breast cancer awareness. <img src=" Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:50:11 EST I'VE LOST ME IN THE SHUFFLE Since mid August my life has been one crazy day after another. We had a flood from a tiny leak in the ice maker/water hose (check your''d be amazed how much water can leak overnight). From cleanup to boxup led into soccer, school, concessions, Teal Steel (my daughter is in a steel drum band at school)...this is from last year's group....<BR>22NnjcfZ4. They play 60+ gigs a year and since it is an after school program the parents must get the kids to th... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:00:45 EST WARRIOR DASH 2012 - Logan, OH Seven of us went from my area. Six are gym buddies, and I am friends with one of them. Needless to say I was a little intimidated that I would not be able to keep up since they are all avid gym goers, etc. We rented 2 cabins off the beaten path and decided to dress the same. Originally we weren't super happy that we didn't get a starting time until 1:30 on Saturday. Saturday morning we were happy since it was pretty chilly following absolute downpours Friday during our 4 hour trip to Ohi... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 13:01:13 EST A WORKING VACATION This is the first time since my kids started school (ds is in 10th grade) where we actually got more than 2 days off for a Spring break...due to a mild winter in addition to beginning school a week earlier...and they get out school on May 24th too! <BR> <BR> William turned 16 so I asked him where he wanted to be and he said at the shore. It still amazes me that the kids enjoy going down to a house that is only a step up from camping and there is no interenet or cable tv..we listen to the ... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:34:42 EST I Got the feelin' It's been a while since this has happened and I missed it. It's the feeling that I need to work out, that it is crawling around in my brain, that I'm actually day dreaming about it. I have a busy schedule and have not been happy with the available "me" time. I thought I could get up super early, but when I tried I realized it wasn't me and it wasn't something I could stick with. Fortunately, the winter was mild and I was able to make it outside for a run on a regular basis, but not on a c... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 11:52:31 EST Spring is officially here! This was a strange winter...cold but not too cold, snow ..barely..but basketball, basketball, basketball...I am so proud of my daughter..she is way cooler than I ever was at her age. I am doing my best to avoid the mistakes my parent's made when I was her age (my mom was the same age I was when she had me and I had Brenna). Until I turned around 12 I did not have any weight problems. I don't know what triggered it, but my mom did not help and by the time I was 13 I had gained alot of weigh... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:39:10 EST ANOTHER 5K UNDER MY BELT I ran my second 5K in 4 months this Saturday. I signed up with some of the other women I will be running the Warrior Dash with in June. I feel like this is one of the ways I force myself to get prepared. Since some of the other women also signed up it has also given my a chance to get to know them better. Out of the other 6 I only know one of them really well. I compare my daily life to them and for the most part seems like I have more obligations with kids, etc. so I have limited time t... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:29:20 EST INTERESTING INFO FOR ANYONE HAVING UNDIAGNOSED HEALTH PROBLEMS AND ALSO CONSUMING DIET DRINKS OR FOO This is coming first hand from someone I know: <BR> <BR> Several years ago a friend wanted to stop drinking regular soda. She started to drink diet drinks. She also in her quest to reduce weight, switched to almost ALL sugar-free/light/diet products. She began experiencing severe swelling in her joints around her wrists, hands and fingers, as well as knees, and feet to include the bottoms of her feet. When the pain and tenderness struck, she could barely walk on the soles of her feet fro... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 12:56:39 EST FINDING NEW WAYS TO BEAT STRESS AND FEEL GOOD The past 2 months have been extremely stressful. Not only is the program I currently work on been extremely slow due to customer funding issues, the entire plant is feeling the crunch. Upper management put out a press release recently stating there WILL BE a layoff coming by the end of March.. to help offset the decision they have offerred a severence package that really only benefits those that were on the fence about retirement. This has been the buzz for several weeks. I realize that I... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:13:21 EST Trying to confront my fears? That is what I've been asking myself this past week as I have the inner dialogue about 2012 goals. There was not enough space in the status block to finish my thought process. Diet's don't needs to be a life style change...this is the same coworker that has tried so many other diets and has yoyoyoyoyod...I completed some baby steps in 2011 and I need not down play their importance...#1 drinking water, #2 keeping 7 lbs off for a year, #3 continued to run...but that is not enough of ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 11:12:28 EST So Thankful for Everything I learned to appreciate my husband and children even more this Christmas. I come from a large family and by the time I came around my parent's focus was on their future/retirement, etc. That's my perception anyway. So things have never revolved around me. My husband comes from a very small family. On his mother's side he is it...he's the only child, only grandchild and as a result things always center around him. His mother's only sister (she has no kids) asked that if possible could we... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:51:02 EST PureFit Nutrition Bar Review I wanted to provide feedback to anyone else that may be interested in the PureFit Nutrition Bars. I bought a box on special through the schwaggle. I received them yesterday afternoon after ordering them on 10/12. It was free shipping so I don't know if the wait was worth the saving of a few dollars? I decided to try something different to get me through my own personal tough time which is between 2-3:30. I ordered the Berry Almond Crunch flavor. The first thing I noticed is h... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:07:53 EST A RIVER RAN THROUGH IT -THE GARAGE THAT IS The top of my "to do" list was to finish taking wallpaper off kitchen walls so we can finally finish painting...going on 3 months now. <BR> <BR> In process of this when DH comes's 8:30 or so and raining. <BR> <BR> Then shortly afterwards my son comes barreling in front door it is POURING outside and he's drenched..he heads down to his room while DH head down to garage (we have a multi split level with garage midway between kitchen level and basement) I hear DH call out there was w... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 14:09:44 EST SO BE IT I was at soccer the other day and was talking about how busy I was with soccer, band, concessions, etc. I said I just wish I had more time for me right now. So I set the scene to say "someday" I'll be thinner and my house cleaner. I also talked about how one of my SP buddies took all that new "me time" she found when kids left for college and transformed herself..and she is .a mentor of sorts (check out LISAINMS!). But the kicker is I still have a few years before kids leave. so that "so... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:22:53 EST Rambling of a Wanna Be This was a crazy weekend, after a crazy week. I went to a band parent meeting and found myself with the keys to the concession stand which has the goal of raising more than last year - $11,000+!! It was a rush of fear, excitement, and dread. Part of me says I need a new challenge and that may be my issue of feeling like I've been in a funk. This will force me to be organized or hopelessly lost. <BR> <BR> I wanna be like the people I found motivation on SP. They in turn have be-sparked ... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 23:01:03 EST Let the Games Begin Today is the beginning of a new year. For the whole family. Before I go there I want to share some great things about my vacation. Lake Placid was the site of 2 Olympic games..the last in 1980. As a result, they have some wonderful infrastructure that is great to see...I would recommend this as a vacation destination. I happened to be there when they held an annual IronMan....never saw so many nice arms (I'm an arm woman!)..but there were nice bods to go along w/them..LOL..What a sense o... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 11:47:47 EST The beginning of my new adventure I lay in bed at night and feel anxiety and frusterated. I've gained a few pounds, I'm tired, and feel like a slug. I have been so incredibly busy this past month with additional job responsibilities since someone left our Program. For quite a while I was stressing over layoffs. We have gone through several rounds of layoffs this past year due to some programs coming to a close, the slow down of defense spending, the end of the Space Shuttle Program (my company is nation wide and we make e... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:45:17 EST 48 Days and my list of "wants" In 48 days I have tenatively agreed to drive 9 hours to my sister's second home and spend time with her family. Many people would shrug their shoulders and say, "That's great". Now the rest of the story. My sister and I are opposites...she is type A all the way...she keeps a tight schedule and tries to keep a tight ship. Most things with her come with a price..she keeps tabs... Many times I have ended up in tears because she is also very vocal and critical. About a year ago she called m... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 14:08:48 EST THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE CHOCOLATE I made a previous blog entry about becoming a water drinker. I still am, and feel that is one of my major accomplishments. I now understand it is even bigger than that. I loved (still do but am wary of it) the taste of a cold Coke over ice - especially when I'm trying to cool down. So the GOOD is still drinking water. The BAD was EASTER...I don't go overboard anymore with Eater baskets since the kids are bigger..I ask what they want (chocolate, malted eggs, no jelly beans) so we don't th... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:49:36 EST I HAVE OFFICIALLY BECOME A WATER DRINKER! I NEVER thought I'd say that...I have never really cared for taste...I love soda..maybe even say loved at this point. I used to love husband loves Pepsi. I dabbled with diet soda off and on for years. Just could not get past the articifial taste. It's improved greatly and by chance my husband discovered diet Dew...and it was good..and I found I could drink it...and then more recently tasted a sample of Coke Zero at the market..and it was pretty good. So I started my ... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:15:50 EST I felt a need to share - Charles Schultz Philosophy <BR> A friend sent this to me and it was soo true I felt compelled to share with my friends!! <BR> <BR> <BR> The Charles Schulz Philosophy <BR> (This is marvelous!! Scroll thru slowly and read carefully to receive and enjoy full effect) <BR> <BR> The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. <BR> <BR> <BR> You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. <BR> <BR> Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 10:32:15 EST Spring Fever and Spreading the Spark I had a good weekend despite the stress of a busy schedule and the added burden of my son having the flu and my husband out of town. I took my daughter to basketball on Saturday and while I was in the bleachers reading my book, a woman I know stopped by and asked me if she was seeing me at the Fairgrounds on a regular basis when she was driving made me feel good to say YES, That's me!!! It also gave me a chance to spread the spark and we discussed the idea that trying to be healthy ... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 08:57:03 EST Watching and waiting as a friend tries something else...again. I have a friend that on the surface seems to have more will power than I do. I know that had I been able to have the same as she did I might be farther on my weight loss journey...for a little while. I have watched her lose 30 lbs by staying on a 600 cal/day diet for a month and get those injections,watched her eat strange food or cut out others completely, get up at 4:30 in the morning to walk 4 miles on her books like the South Beach diet, your Blood Type, Women God and F... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:48:41 EST REFLECTING ON 2010 AND WORKING ON 2011 GOALS I am happy to say I met my 2010 fitness goal minutes for the year as of Friday. I'm not happy that I met it the way I did because it was NOT by my 3x week running but by looking at the other activities (like dancing and walking) I've completed recently... I'm struggling through the holidays. I finished my first 5K just over a week ago. Once I thawed out (22 degrees) and took a day or two of rest realized my leg is once again giving me a fit. I went out with my hubby Friday and he aske... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 13:07:02 EST JINGLE 5K RUN COMPLETED AND FEELING GOOD!!! I woke up early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep and then began wondering if anyone bought milk yesterday...and if my running clothes got dry..I gave in and got milk..but my clothes were dry....dug around and found my entry form...found my ipod and earphones, my head band, gloves, bandanna used for my runny nose...chapstick...on and on...I ate a banana and granola bar, made my coffee minus the milk and went outside holy cow was it cold...22 degrees and cloudy out (was supp... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 19:18:05 EST Gearing up and getting nervous The count down begins...Jingle Run 5K at 0900 on Sat morning. I bought some cheap warm up pants last night..size L NOT XL...yeah (slimming...LOL) I have the form to bring with me to officially register. I have my ipod (bought off a coworker that thought she'd lost it and bought a new one...$35 and already preloaded with music!) technically I did buy one as my reward for hitting 190..yeah). Once again my leg was feeling fine today. Tonight I plan to run in the neighborhood...I... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:20:27 EST I have to stay positive about something. It's been 2 weeks since I ran. I thought I was doing the right thing by taking a week off to let my leg heal but then I got sick right after Thanksgiving. I'm upset that my first 5K in years is Saturday and I'm still coughing and blowing up a storm. I consider myself an upbeat person and realize I need to find something positive in this situation. 1. My leg does not hurt anymore when I get up in the morning or even just walk...yeah. 2. My cold and the medicine I took curbed my appetit... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 09:31:42 EST WINTER HAS ARRIVED! Cold, windy, blowing snow...I'm frusterated...I am still incredibly congested after 1 week of this cold. I'm still fighting a congested cough and constantly blowing my nose...felt like I was getting worse over the weekend, but thankfully feel better today. I need to go work out so I am going to go to the gym tomorrow and bring a box of keenex if necessary!! I had 3 Christmas gatherings this weekend and am happy they I controlled was a sit down preordered dinner...I ate some ri... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 09:21:39 EST As I was saying I went to Delaware to work on my husband's house...long and winding road but 5 years later he has gotten his house back. 104 year old farm house. He bought it and remodeled the first floor in 1999. He gave the house to his ex in the divorce versus buying her out her he has it back. This was his 3rd trip down and my first. Not quite a beach house (20-30 minutes from the ocean) but very cute. We had nice alone time since my kids went to their dads. We kept warm by a wood s... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 19:17:45 EST WORRIED ABOUT THE CHANGE...DLST THAT IS I understand that if I plan this should not be a big deal..but I'm stressed. I feel great that I've kept up a routine since September and now it has to change..either where I run, or when I run...I ran on the treadmill today and I thought it was going to kill what a struggle...I have about 37 days until my first 5K and I want to finish in under 40 minutes...better than that really but I need to take the change into account...main goal is to finish without walking and if I do that I ... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 21:21:24 EST When you're helping yourself you want to help others too! I have found myself preocuppied in a good way with my journey. I also find myself passing on info or articles to non Sparks...I hope I dont' offend them, but I guess I want them to experience the positive feelings like I am currently experiencing. I have not lost as much weight as I would have liked yet, but I do feel alot better about myself. Even when my muscles are sore it hurts so good. I just hope this "spark" I feel stays lit for a long time. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 12:12:32 EST Losing weight is hard, being overweight is hard. Choose your hard…not my quote but it fits! I read this, liked it, thought I’d share it… it works for me… <BR> <BR> To keep me going in the right direction I’m keeping people informed of what I’ve been doing. I joined SparkPeople a while ago, but only seriously embraced it about 2 months ago. I asked myself when was the last time I really like myself physically and it was when I was around 26….so it’s been a long time…at that time I was so much more active…don’t recall my diet at that time but I had to have been doing something bett... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:20:50 EST They fit!! I was so happy this morning...despite the gray skies and rain. I had a jacket I wanted to wear, but the last time I tried on these pants they were too tight for my taste. My other pants were downstairs in the dryer so I thought well let me try these on just to see and they they look better with the jacket. HeHa...Happy Monday... <em>334</em> Mon, 4 Oct 2010 08:31:28 EST Slowly but consistently Another day following a routine.. and another pound lost...coincidence?? NOOO!!!!! My biggest challenge is staying consistent....but sticking to it provides me with the biggest shape and losing weight!!! Fri, 1 Oct 2010 23:42:03 EST Ready for W4D1 with new shoes!!! My new running shoes come today!!. I did not work out this weekend and feel bad about it, but my feet were soo sore I was hobbling around Saturday until I broke down and bought some gel insoles. I had to work at a Lion's Club community fund raiser funtion Saturday night at the Fairgrounds. I knew I'd be on my feet most of the night on a cement floor....including dancing with my baby..LOL...if I went jogging Saturday would not have lasted Saturday night. I did a lot of walking and dancing ... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 11:09:29 EST 2 DOWN 1 TO GO for C25K weekly goal! I'm feeling like I'm getting back into the groove...took advice from someone and after work got into my workout clothes even before dinner so everyone knew I had a plan. I waited for an hour after dinner and completed W3D3 of C25K routine. I am repeating W3, but it is feeling good EXCEPT for my feet...everything I read after the fact...and I should have known better..invest in good shoes...I knew my old ones were old and I bought new one's on sale (no wonder) so last night I wore my old sho... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:45:39 EST It was a beautiful night for a jog If you call what I do jogging...LOL...I did not get home until after 8pm, but I noticed how nice and clear it was out and if not full the moon was nearly full. I had no excuses and didn't want any I just wanted to finish what I started the night before. I am blessed to live in a small town in a safe neighborhood. There is just enough lighting and little traffic at night in my neighborhood. The biggest challenge was the little uphill jaunt on one side of my route...1 lap around the block i... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:55:56 EST Disappointed but the week is still young! I took my daughter to soccer and was geared up to run my C25K W3D3 routine when the coach approached me to ask if I'd work with the goalies. I was one once...years and pounds ago, but you never forget how to be one even if you can't do all the moves anymore. After I finished I started my routine but it seemed like the sun fell from the sky last night and practice was called due to lack of light....our fields are in BFE...surrounded my farmland and trees so there are no street or even house ... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 09:19:23 EST I'll feel great once I recover!! I wanted to complete my C25K W3D2 (I did it again because I don't think I was ready to go to the next phase yet) last night but by the time we got home from a Band Booster meeting it started to Thunder and hubby left today to go out of town and wanted some time with him before he left so I waited until this afternoon...I knew if I didn't do it then it wouldn't happen today....I'm happy!! <em>224</em> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:48:38 EST FEELING IT, BUT IT FEELS GOOD! I completed my C25K W3D2 workout during my daughter's soccer practice last night. It was challenging running in the grass and with so many spectators watching a game on the adjacent field, but I need to think that they might see me in a few weeks running faster and with a little more grace. It was good to sweat!!! <em>198</em> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 09:11:07 EST Happy MONDAY...really!! I'm feeling good and motivated today. I really needed the workout on Saturday...I told my husband how good it made me feel and he said maybe you need to do it every day....sounds so simple put like that...he did add as long as I didn't ask him to go...LOL...he is not into running..but ask him to split a cord of wood and he will...I plan on doing my C25K workout at my daughter's soccer practice tonight...I reviewed the workout and I am on W3D2 based on what I have been doing. I lost 1 pound ... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:44:03 EST NEW DAY NEW ATTITUDE I was soo grouchy yesterday and this morning. I know why...not mad at my kids or my myself. Can't seem to get out of my slump. I do ok for a few and then life happens. My motto, "Just Do It"...then why aren't I??? I got on the scale and it jeered at me. I came to work and someone had brownies out for all to share. I was good and told myself...wait...if there are some left at lunch...and there weren't...I'm soo I know I have short bursts of will power. I need to mo... 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