JEN_BACK2BASICS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JEN%5FBACK2BASICS JEN_BACK2BASICS'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/ 2014 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591276 Hi Sparkfriends!! <BR> <BR> I always stay in on January 1 and reflect on the previous year and decide what I want to accomplish in the new year. I suppose you could call them resolutions, but to me they are goals. I have a big binder with all the things I ever said I wanted in my life, categorized into six buckets. Each year I review them, reminisce a little (I'm a little past being a rock star...), and then pick one or two from each of those six categories. <BR> <BR> So here's what I'm go... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:09:51 EST 2014 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591275 Hi Sparkfriends!! <BR> <BR> I always stay in on January 1 and reflect on the previous year and decide what I want to accomplish in the new year. I suppose you could call them resolutions, but to me they are goals. I have a big binder with all the things I ever said I wanted in my life, categorized into six buckets. Each year I review them, reminisce a little (I'm a little past being a rock star...), and then pick one or two from each of those six categories. <BR> <BR> So here's what I'm go... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:09:51 EST Life Lessons at Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574060 This year, I had high hopes for Christmas. For the first time in years, I had no schoolwork, no work work, and no overwhelming housework to take over my year-end vacation. I was going to focus on me. Hit the gym. Relax. Take baths. Read books. Light candles. But, as always seems to happen when things are going well, plans change. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1325459878.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My parents got sick. Nothing major - just colds. My mom got better. My dad... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:03:33 EST Goals for BLC - Go Dazzling Diamonds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563570 Wow, I haven't thought about goals for awhile. I've been chasing my main goal - being able to do a pull-up - for so long I haven't thought about much else. While I'm getting close to that, other things will help me along my path. So here goes: <BR> <BR> 1. Lose that healthy range of 1-2 pounds per week. To do that, I'll: <BR> a. Drink 10 cups of water per day <em>194</em> <BR> b. Log my food daily <em>249</em> <BR> c. Eat 5 servings of freggies per day <em>45</em> <em>210</em> <... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:15:39 EST Done with School, Aug 1-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452300 Wow, this free time thing is AMAZING!!! <BR> <BR> Most of my days have been pretty much the same as the first few: work, hit the gym, then do something relaxing before hitting the sack. I'm getting great sleep. <BR> <BR> At first, my husband and I were going out to eat since we had time. But the scale started creeping up on me so I had to nix that. But it was really nice while it lasted! <BR> <BR> My very first weekend of total freedom was fantastic, too. I caught up on sleep (really sh... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 23:49:40 EST Done with School, Days 1-4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440405 After four long years of hard work, I am finally done with my master's degree. Now, I have to learn how to live my life again. Here's how it's going so far... <BR> <BR> Day 1 (Sunday): PARTY!!!!!!!!! My hubby threw me the best grad party ever. We spent 10 hours outdoors with dear friends and family. We played baseball and volleyball (and I have the bruises to prove it), went hiking, and found a few geocaches. It was a great day. I ate and drank too much, but it was such a relief to not have ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:10:50 EST Geneva Lakes Amazing Race - Report! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406844 Yesterday my friend Peggy and I competed in the Geneva Lakes Amazing Race for the third year in a row. We had a blast, as always. The race was done in six parts. The goal was to finish with the most points. Raising more money gave you helpers, while doing challenges well gave you points. We got to pick and choose most of the challenges that we did, but some were mandatory. <BR> <BR> Part One: Fundraising <BR> Every team must raise $1000 to compete. That's easier than it sounds. We do a char... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 23:10:29 EST Reclaiming my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399654 Wow, time has been getting away from me this year. I started a new job in January and have been working some major hours in addition to going to grad school. It seriously kicked my butt and I lost track of everything except work and hitting the gym three times a week (at least I kept that up!). <BR> <BR> But everything else had to give. It just became too much. I lost touch with friends, stopped updating Facebook, stopped writing blogs. I didn't do events, plan meals, or cook. No more daily... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:12:11 EST I remember how it feels! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283225 I have had very little oomph in the past 6 months and it shows. The scale has not budged one pound. I do this every year, and I'm sick of it. The plus side this year is that I didn't regain anything over the winter. I will credit my 3x/week sessions with the trainer for keeping my weight stable. Thanks, JP!! <BR> <BR> So now spring is here and I've got my spark back! The clocks changed yesterday and so did my attitude. Last night I hopped on the bike trainer for a quick burn before bed. I go... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:51:09 EST Two-week Promise: No Junk Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211593 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Well, I've been stuck for awhile and had a heart-to-heart with my trainer last night. These are always helpful, and usually end with me making some kind of promise. Last night, I pinky-swore that I would focus on NOT eating junk food of any kind for two weeks. <BR> <BR> Here we go! <BR> <em>249</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:21:52 EST How many calories does thinking burn? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207332 Oh. My. Gosh. <BR> <BR> This new job of mine is a doozy! I have been in meetings from 6-7 hours of every single day since I started last Monday. I'm coming into a project two weeks before execution and must get up to speed FAST! I had no idea how exhausting sitting in meetings could be. Every day since I started, I have come home and collapsed on the couch...usually with a headache. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong - I'm sure I will love the job once I get through this stage. It's a great oppor... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:19:56 EST Quitting soda is hard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199624 My no-soda experiment lasted 2.5 days. Even though I drank tea to replace the caffeine, I have had a headache every day since Monday. Today I actually started falling asleep during a meeting. I finally couldn't take it any more and tried drinking a half-bottle of diet Mountain Dew to kill the pain (ibuprofen didn't work) and wake me up. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I go back to soda-free and will hopefully make it a lot longer! If it takes the average smoker 7 tries before they quit for good, I wonde... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:21:43 EST Change Is Coming - New Job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193128 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I start a brand new job and I should be very excited. But I'm scared. I miss my old job already, even though my last day was just Friday. I cried all week last week, wondering if I just made the biggest mistake of my life. I know that I didn't. I know this job is a step up on my career ladder, which is the direction I want to go. It lets me do what I love, and opens the door to all kinds of new possibilities. <BR> <BR> So why am I not jumping up and down... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:00:32 EST My Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177248 I've been on Sparks for over 3 years now, and I never made my vision collage. I also haven't reached my goals yet. Coincidence? <BR> <BR> Well, if they are related, I can do something about it. So here is my vision board! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262558552.jpg"> <BR> Enjoy!! Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:31:22 EST I'm Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166934 Finished all my homework. Last class of the semester is tomorrow morning and I have nothing left to do but sleep. <BR> <BR> I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:01:21 EST This is Why We Do It, Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159489 With credit to Montell Jordan for the inner groove inspiration ("This is How We Do It"). <BR> <BR> I'm stuck. Been stuck. Thought I was unstuck, but nope...stuck. So frustrated!! But there are things that keep me going. I need a reminder, why do I do it? Thought you might need a reminder, too. <BR> <BR> This is why I do it: <BR> 1. Cankles are NOT sexy <BR> 2. Huffing and puffing as you use every bit of leverage to get up off the floor is also not sexy <BR> 3. Sugar rolls look good on a pl... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 16:52:15 EST Steady on the Scale, Rocking the Fitness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156439 Not much going on lately, except work, school, and exercise. I'm in the home stretch!! My HR final is on December 12th, and my Strategic Management final is on December 15th. Then I'm free until January 14th. The only things I have to worry about (besides prepping for the holidays - we are hosting three parties at our house...who the *#@!# came up with that plan? But I digress...) are applying for my study abroad trip in France next summer and applying for graduation. <BR> <BR> Yep, you rea... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:41:43 EST Fun Food #3 - Garden Veggie Straws http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152152 It's finger food! It comes in a crinkly bag!! It's bite-sized!!! It's also salty, crispy, and kinda greasy. So yes - Garden Veggie Straws are definitely fun food! <BR> <BR> They taste pretty good, too. I like 'em. <BR> <BR> My only concern is that they could be addictive. They are essentially potato puffs with some tomato and spinach thrown in for good measure. Marginally better than corn puffs (like Cheetos), and not covered in cheesy powder. 130 calories, 7 g fat, 15 g carbs, and 1 g pro... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:50:42 EST Fun Food #2 - Doctor Kracker's Seeded Spelt Crispbreads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150939 Wow, so fun to say!! I like Wasa Crispbreads, so I thought I'd give these a try. They are organic and whole-grain. Each crispbread is 110 calories, 5 g fat, 10 g carb, and 4 g protein. They are also very low sodium, considering they are crackers (170 mg). <BR> <BR> I tried a bite plain, and didn't care much for the texture. They are definitely crisp, but not in a light, crumbly way. It was more like breaking into a huge piece of peanut brittle (another fun, yet unhealthy, food). If you've e... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:49:03 EST Fun Food #1 - Creamy Chicken Sandwiches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148909 My husband made jerk-style chicken breasts on the grill the other day. I didn't really care for them. So I dressed up the leftovers to try and make them fun. <BR> <BR> I spread a tablespoon of low-fat cream cheese on a whole wheat sandwich thin, then added a half-tablespoon of strawberry-rhubarb spreadable fruit. I heated up the leftover chicken separately, cut it into strips, and added it to the sandwich. <BR> <BR> Super yummy! It had spicy, meaty, sweet, creamy, bready, and finger food al... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:09:55 EST Make it Fun and it Will Get Done (with credit to FlyLady.net) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148524 Many thanks to FORBANDE for turning me on to FlyLady.net. It's kind of a hokey site & concept, but for everyone who gets a little overwhelmed by all of their responsibilities, the methods employed are SO helpful. Besides, hokey is fun!! So check out her site and prepare to chuckle. But now, on to the point... <BR> <BR> All my life I've struggled with self-control in the face of yummy food. I've tried to figure out why - am I unable to control myself? Willfully rebelling social norms? Oblivio... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:16:51 EST I ran the whole way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146243 Hi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend and a nice Thanksgiving (if you celebrate Thanksgiving, of course). <BR> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> I have been signing up for events to keep myself motivated, and Milwaukee just introduced its first Thanksgiving day race. I was so excited to have a local turkey trot, I signed up right away! <BR> <BR> I had two goals: <BR> 1. Burn off as much Thanksgiving dinner as I could before actually eating it <BR> 2. Run the whole time <... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 18:13:01 EST Finding...No, MAKING Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122708 I am so busy with school right now, and really I shouldn't even be here blogging, but I learned some important things last night and want to share. <BR> <BR> When I realized how much homework I had to do to keep up with my classes this semester, I took a few moments to estimate how much time each assignment would take and then I put it on my calendar. I put quick meals on my calendar. I put work, commute times, and personal hygiene on my calendar. I made sure to include my personal training ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 17:03:22 EST November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121644 Hi SparkFriends! Time for another attempt at tracking my goals. Because doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. And I've been known to be a little kooky every now and then!! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Seriously, though, the name of the game is accountability. And since I am less than accountable in this area, it's high time I figure it out. So here they are: <BR> <BR> #1 - Log that food! The ultimate test of accountability. I... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 15:43:37 EST Super-Einstein Barbie Who Can Kick Your *** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106981 Yesterday, during my training session, I asked JP for some motivation. I've been making really horrendous food choices...ones that concern me greatly. So he launched into a series of statements about how hard I work at the gym and why would I want to undo that just to eat lasagna, etc., etc. <BR> <BR> Somewhere in that conversation, he mentioned Barbie. I really don't remember in what context, because I was in the middle of holding a plank and things were starting to hurt. <BR> <em>320</... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:17:57 EST Plateau? What Plateau? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093856 I don't see any plateaus over here!!! <BR> <BR> Finally. <BR> <BR> For 8 weeks, I have been hovering between 230.4 and 234.2. No matter what I did or didn't do, that never changed. But yesterday I finally broke into the 220s with a 229.6. Today I weighed the same - it wasn't just a fluke. Now the goal is to never see the 230s again. <BR> <BR> It's broken! The plateau is finally over! 224, here I come!!! And then...215, 199, 174, 145. Come on, body - let's do this! <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:44:54 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086757 I see so many SparkFriends posting their goals for the month, and I realize I have been slacking in that regard for quite some time. I've also noticed a definite reduction in my motivation, so I'm hoping setting some concrete goals will give me something to keep me going. Here goes... <BR> <BR> 1 - Drink 10 cups of water a day. <BR> <BR> I feel best when I hit this level, and I have been missing it, sometimes not even reaching 8 cups. I hit 10 cups yesterday and feel awesome today, so time... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:10:24 EST It's Starting Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084422 Well, the fall season is here and it's my favorite season of the year! But it comes with a price. I can feel the funk starting to come over me. I don't want to do things any more. I'm still doing them, but it's like dragging my body through a big pool of molasses - it takes every ounce of effort and I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. <BR> <BR> I'm sure part of it is how busy I am with work, school, house, working out, etc. And I'm sure the fact that my boss has been treating me like cr... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 21:53:49 EST The Breakfast that Lasts & Lasts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076281 Today's breakfast was amazing! I was quite full when finished, enjoyed every bite, and wasn't hungry for 3 hours. (And even then, I wasn't really hungry...but I knew to eat to keep my metabolism revved!) <BR> <BR> Here's the recipe - give it a try! <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt <BR> 1/2 cup blueberries <BR> 1/3-1/2 cup raspberries <BR> 1/2 banana, sliced <BR> 1/2 cup Kashi Cocoa Beach granola <BR> <BR> Mix it all together and let it sit just a couple minutes so the sugar on the gra... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:39:05 EST I surprised myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073753 Tonight I had a training session with JP. I had done a session last Friday and he killed my abs. Then Saturday morning I had boot camp, which did in my shoulders and thighs. But Sunday I rested and played a relaxing round of golf, and most of my aches were gone by this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Tonight's session was a card game played in six rounds. (Well, not really a game, but that's what JP called it.) In each round, you draw four cards. Each card corresponds to an exercise. Then you roll two ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:26:52 EST Having Support Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072978 I've never had much of a support network before, and I wonder if that has anything to do with how much I've struggled in the past. Oh, sure, my mom has always been there to commisserate, and my husband talks a good game...but when push came to shove, they were right there with cake and ice cream. <BR> <BR> But something has changed. I've been at this for a long time, always stopping and starting and generally coming up with any excuse to eat what I want and not exercise. But since my hip su... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:00:02 EST Clean Eating - oh it tastes so good!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070799 I Googled clean eating menu plan and actually found a magazine called Clean Eating and they offer menu plans for every season. So I figured I'd give them a try. I'm trying to eat this way because I have so many food allergies and intolerances, and I am starting to pinpoint my most severe food allergy...it's potentially a food coloring or flavoring. So that means to be safe, I need to stay away from as much processed food as possible. <BR> <BR> Anyway, this way of eating is not for everyone ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 21:00:41 EST Body by Design - new gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069839 My trainer, JP, has decided to move gyms and work for the place his old manager opened. So Aqua Endurance has turned into Body by Design. I'm doing a one-month trial to see how I like it. It's super-tough! <BR> <BR> Sessions are 30 minutes instead of one hour. But there are fewer breaks and more intense exercises. I've had four sessions and tried one boot camp. So far, so good. <BR> <BR> Tonight's workout was pretty cool. <BR> I started with fast punches on a heavy bag interspersed with tr... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 00:05:33 EST Time for New Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066964 All year, I've been pushing to get fit enough to finish my trifecta of endurance events. Well, those are done (yay!)...so now what? <BR> <BR> Well, I like goal-setting, so here's what: <BR> 1. I graduate next May. I want to be as close to my goal weight of 140 pounds as possible by then. At the very least, I want to be less than 174 pounds. <BR> 2. Why 174? Because that's when I stop being obese!! <BR> 3. I want to finish the Trailbreaker half marathon in early April. This is the only race t... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:17:37 EST Tough Mudder Race Report, Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058433 Ok, here’s the last part of the race report! It was a long day, and there was so much going on. Thanks for hanging in there! Hopefully you’ve decided to sign up for one of these mud events by now (not necessarily this one – there are 3 and 6 mile versions, too). <BR> <BR> Obstacle 18: Electric Eel <BR> So, at the beginning of the race, they said that anyone with metal in their bodies shouldn’t go through the final obstacle. I have a pin in my foot, so that includes me. But when I asked why, ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:55:17 EST Tough Mudder Race Report, Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058392 Obstacle 11: Walk the Plank <BR> This one was so scary! We had to jump off a 15’ high platform into a 15’ deep pool and swim out. But first, we had to climb the platform. There was a huge line for this obstacle, since they only let 7 or so people go at one time, and most of the time, at least one person refused to jump. So of course I had lots of time to dwell on my fear of falling. And my fear of drowning. And just how many fears I have. Where did they all come from? <BR> <em>40</em> <B... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:21:29 EST Tough Mudder Race Report, Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056977 Here it is, folks - the blog you've been waiting for! (Well, assuming you've been waiting for a Tough Mudder race report...) <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> The Wisconsin Tough Mudder is an 11-mile, 21-obstacle event. It is not a race. You finish only through teamwork. I joined with a team of five people: Aaron, Jeff, Michele, Peggy, and me. So, what's involved? I'm glad you asked! <BR> <BR> Obstacle 0: Find the starting gate <BR> Before reaching the starting line, we had to scale an 8-foot wall. ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:10:28 EST I am a Tough Mudder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050838 Yesterday, against my better judgement and in the face of my fears, I did the Tough Mudder event in Cascade, WI. It was both easier and harder than I thought it would be. (If that's even possible!) The best part was knowing it was not a timed event. The only speed concerns I had were keeping up with my team and getting off the course before they closed it. <BR> <BR> To everyone who encouraged me before the race, thank you! I'll respond to each of you in turn, but please know that your comme... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 10:46:15 EST Tough Mudder Fears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047197 Hi all! This Saturday I'm participating in the Tough Mudder Wisconsin event. I am starting to believe I have lost my mind. <BR> <BR> I promised my friends I would sign up after they finished last year's event. I reasoned that I had a year to get ready. Well, that year is gone and instead of losing the 60 pounds I had planned on losing, I lost 30. <BR> <BR> I also haven't built up to the point where I can do an unassisted pull-up, or even push-ups on my toes. I'm very close, but close only... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:58:55 EST Lake Country Half Marathon, Take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040499 In 2009, my friend Peggy and I ran the Lake Country Half Marathon in Wisconsin. Well, we intended to run it. Around mile 3 or so, I started having trouble with my hip, and then my knee at mile 7. We finished the race, thankfully, and I got myself checked out. Long story short, I ended up having both hip and knee surgery over the next two years. <BR> <BR> Today, Peggy and I once again ran the Lake Country Half Marathon. It was a beautiful day, and I was thrilled to be back in race mode after... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 21:21:42 EST Scared to win? (long) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039068 This has been a regular topic for me, and I apologize if I sound like a broken record. But blogging has helped me release many of my inner demons, and this is one of my last holdouts (I hope!). <BR> <BR> I'm not entirely sure how it started, but somewhere along the line, I've learned to let other people win. <BR> <BR> In school, I would work extra hard on team assignments so everyone would get a good grade. I didn't want to be the one to let everyone else down. I never wanted anyone to fe... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:30:01 EST Best tri ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031970 This morning I competed in and finished the Danskin Sprint Triathlon in Pleasant Prairie, WI. It was an incredible event, for many reasons. <BR> <BR> In no particular order, those reasons are: <BR> --I haven't done a triathlon since 2009 <BR> --I've had hip AND knee surgery since my last triathlon <BR> --I'm at my lowest weight ever when doing a triathlon <BR> --It was supposed to thunderstorm but didn't <BR> --My husband and parents were there to cheer me on <BR> --I smashed my toe badly la... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 17:09:51 EST Handling Setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029191 My first sprint triathlon since 2009 is this Sunday. I have been preparing for this event since February. (And mentally, even longer than that...been chomping at the bit to be able to race again after hip and knee surgery sidelined me for 2 years!) <BR> <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <em>182</em> <em>224</em> <BR> But life has other plans for me, apparently. On Wednesday, that nagging minor ache in my second toe became a noticeable pain. No problem, I thought...until I got home and took my s... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:12:03 EST So you think missing that one little workout doesn't matter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027200 You're wrong. <BR> <BR> There's always a million excuses for not working out. I skip workouts like nobody's business. I always figure there's tomorrow, and I deserve a break after such a long/hard/crappy/productive/fun day. So instead of getting in my 6 planned workouts a week, I max out at 2 or 3. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> So once my summer class was over, I vowed to hit the gym for all 6 of those planned workouts each week. <BR> <em>315</em> <em>330</em> <em>332</em> <em>320</em> <em>2... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:12:12 EST I don't qualify!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018628 So hubby and I are watching Wipeout while eating dinner (a guilty pleasure). I decided to check if the show was casting just to see what the requirements are. I'm not crazy enough for that show, but I saw a link to apply for the Extreme Weight Loss Show. Turns out it's no longer active, but I got to see the requirements. <BR> <BR> To qualify, you have to need to lose 50% of your body weight or more. So I did a little mental math. 50% of my body weight is 115 pounds. My goal weight is between... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:05:30 EST Ready to tri? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017389 If you've ever considered doing a triathlon, I can tell you that it's an amazing thing! The training requires lots of dedication, but the feeling you get when you finish is like no other. <BR> <BR> Danskin offers a great entry-level triathlon, which I will be doing in just under two weeks (August 26th). It's super supportive! Their motto is great, too: <BR> <BR> The woman who starts the race is not the same woman who finishes the race. <BR> <BR> It's so true! Once I finished my first tri,... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:29:06 EST Getting Stronger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014456 Tonight's workout was great for my self-esteem! <BR> <BR> Last Friday, my session with the trainer left me feeling like a weakling. While he told me that was his job, it was disheartening. <BR> <BR> But a few days of active recovery have left me in much better shape! <BR> <BR> Tonight we started with high-platform side step jumps to warm up (2 minutes). I certainly wasn't jumping by the end, but the platform was higher than it's ever been so I felt good. <BR> <BR> Then we moved on to som... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:48:52 EST Delayed-Onset Hunger? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003586 Ok, I've heard of and experienced delayed-onset muscle aches (am in fact living that right now). But is there such a thing as delayed-onset hunger? <BR> <BR> On Saturday, I participated in a 9-hour endurance event that involved lots of running, swimming, and throwing, among other things. During the event, I didn't feel terribly hungry, and I pretty much just ate normally (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks). I did have some energy gels to keep me going in between. <BR> <BR> Sunday I w... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:51:49 EST Geneva Lake Amazing Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002217 Yesterday was the 8th annual Geneva Lakes Amazing Race. I teamed up with my friend Peggy for our second attempt at the race. We first tried it last year and had loads of fun. So we were very excited to get started! <BR> <BR> The pre-race dinner was on Friday night. We turned in the last of our fundraising money, enjoyed some pasta, and then got our first challenge. We had to solve a Tangram puzzle as fast as possible. The order in which we finished determined which parking spot we got. It w... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:12:29 EST Anyone in Lake Geneva, WI this Saturday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997845 Not sure if this will work, but I'm putting a shout out to any Sparkers in the Lake Geneva, WI area. <BR> <BR> I am participating in The Geneva Lakes Amazing Race on Saturday with three other people. We know there will be challenges that require spectator participation. So we're trying to find people we can call, if needed, to come help us out. <BR> <BR> Last year's spectator challenge was finding two people willing to donate $5 to charity and have us wash their cars. The car washes were g... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 11:07:45 EST