JKSTEIN123's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JKSTEIN123 JKSTEIN123'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/ NSV for march 21st week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798705 I have been able to kick up my ramp level on my tread climber. OMG I can do it. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:31:55 EST It was meant to happen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798702 OK, So I just got back on Spark People and am starting to get a regular workout routine. Thinking I am doing good I signed myself up for the "Dirty Girl Mud Run" I thought this was a short obsticle and I would get dirty and then I would be done. Unbenonced to me it is a 5K. I thought OMG I will never make it! I have always wanted to do one. Never had the nerve to sign up. Well I guess this is my chance. <BR> <BR> I then found out there are, as of now, five 70 year old and older signed up. I... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:29:52 EST NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792109 My NSV for this week was, I don't avoid exercise anymore and I am doing it without hating it. I even ramped up my speed on the treadclimber and it felt great to get all sweaty! Sat, 17 Mar 2012 13:30:21 EST Lovin' it here at Spark People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779959 I really am loving being back on the Spark site. There are so many positive people here I am wondering what made me leave? I seem to self sabotage my healthy life style. <BR> <BR> Do I think I am not worth it. Holy cow when am I going to realize it is a lifetime mission. <BR> <BR> The information that is on this site and in real peoples blogs is priceless. There is something for every situation you could be going through, <BR> <BR> Did I say I love it here? Yes I did. <BR> <BR> Please s... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 23:16:57 EST This weeks nsv and last weeks nsv http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778233 Last week I felt like I was not as bloated as I usually am, That to me is huge! <BR> <BR> This weeks is I put on my exercise pants and I looked in the mirror and was pleasantly surprised I was not as large as I had been perceived myself to be. I have been wearing so many baggy cloths I really never had a chance to see me. <BR> <BR> <BR> This will hold me until next week. <em>334</em> Thu, 8 Mar 2012 21:58:51 EST It has been almost 2 years to the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766013 Wow how things can change in a persons life. <BR> <BR> It is 2 year to the day tomorrow that I blogged. I read my last blog about maintanance is it where I should be and I want to cry. I wish I had that problem now! <BR> <BR> In 2 years I have managed to let my weight sneek back up on me and slap me in the face. I should have seen it coming when I wrote that blog. It did not take me long to jump off the "Spark Wagon" and back onto the road of "I know everything and I am at maintanance. <BR>... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 20:28:22 EST Maintenance, is it where I am? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2950187 The more I travel down this road of weight loss, the more I wonder if it is just maintenance I need to focus on. I do really well at 160 lbs. Technically I should be 145. I really don't know if I have the drive in me to get to that goal, realistically. <BR> <BR> It seems I do very well staying at this weight. I have been here give or take a few pounds for at least one year. I know I have fat on me, but I don't know if I am spinning my wheels or what. How bad is it for my health if I stay at... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 20:18:35 EST Opinions of others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2940534 I have really had a hard time figuring out why people that don't exercise try to minimize the goals of people that have big goals. I wish I wouldn't give a rats a$$ about it, but it does bug me. <BR> <BR> My goals for this year include: <BR> <BR> A 5k race <BR> An adventure race <BR> Maybe an adventure camp <BR> Climbing the Sears Tower stairs in the fall <BR> Lose 15 lbs to get to my goal <BR> <BR> I listen to some people at work demean this girl at our hospital that is climbing the Hanco... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 22:37:45 EST Exercise and Guilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2936423 I am so glad I am at the point in my healthy life style change, that when I cannot make time to exercise I feel guilty. It is a good sign that all my time here blogging and getting to know other people here have paid off. <BR> <BR> I really feel if I venture away from spark people I will soon fall back into my old ways. That is what I don't want. It only take two week of no exercise and I will fall right off the wagon. Then It is doom and gloom for me. <BR> <BR> I am so glad I feel guilty a... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 22:07:57 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2932663 I really have mo idea why water is such an ordeal for me. It is not that I don't like water, I just forget about it until I am thirsty. <BR> <BR> A team mate told me her secret and I can remember to do it, this is fool proof. Before you use the bathroom to eliminate the last water you drank, drink a glass of water. You are sure to get enough water with that technique. <BR> <BR> I just have to make this a daily habit. With this weekends challenge, my one important goal to achieve is to drin... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 20:15:19 EST I am gaining momentum! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2751317 I am getting back into the groove and feeling better for it. I weighed myself today and in 2 weeks I have dropped 4 lbs. 2 pounds a week. Not bad for a start. <BR> <BR> I really want to get to my goal weight of 145 this year. I think it is possible with the right combination of external sources. Sometimes I have a tendency to let situations and other people sway my thinking process. I need to stay focused and keep my eye on the ring. <BR> <BR> I feel a good year coming on and I can't wait t... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 20:51:40 EST Short and Sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2742312 I really feel my attitude is gearing in the right direction. Positive things this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Met with Sparkers for Bowling <BR> 2. In a weight loss challenge with the local Sparkers <BR> 3. The weather is getting warmer and I can walk my dogs <BR> 4. I joined a BLC here at Spark people and it is motivating <BR> 5. I am starting to log my spark streaks <BR> 6. I love my job and happy I have one <BR> 7. I have been consistent with my exercise this week <BR> <BR> I do have many more, ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 22:01:18 EST Things are looking up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2706346 Every winter I go through those frustrating blues. This winter was not any different. I believe next winter will also have it's drama on my end! I see the pattern and at least now I know if I hang in there, it will get better. <BR> <BR> My weight gain was weird. I weighed 170 on Saturday. then I weighed 168 on Sunday. I felt like a slug, low energy, took a 3 hour nap in the afternoon. ICK! When monday came, I went to work and by the afternoon I was feeling pretty good. I didn't feel bloated ... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 20:50:44 EST I officially feel fat!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2683474 OMG, I am now on a mission. I have gained 8lbs. I think it was the Girl Scout Cookies, Christmas cookies, fudge, icecream, pistachio brittle, let me see I think I may have missed something.... at this point does it really matter.... Oh I missed NOT EXERCISING!!!!! <BR> <BR> What was I thinking? As I look down at my BELLY after I put on my jeans, I have a muffin top! I get big red marks on my hips where my pants are rubbing. Oh that has got to be attractive! I am sure I am really striking in ... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 00:30:48 EST MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2641819 I haven't been very faithful about being here on my Spark page. Some how I have lost my motivation AGAIN! There have been a few dilemmas in my life, But I know they are just excuses. <BR> <BR> I have been sick the last few days and my hubby has the flue. Fighting the insurance company about my visit to Mayo has been very tasking. My computer system at work is going better, but the people I work with in my department are a bummer. My Saint Bernard has been losing her hair and I need to get to... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 06:28:55 EST You don't know what you have till you lose it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2606021 The day my bolt broke on my elliptical 9 says ago, was a sad day. I did not realize how often I used that machine until it was broke. <BR> <BR> I felt so weird sitting and watching my shows in a chair. I have tried to make it a rule, If I watch tv, I need to be on the elliptical. For me it is a good rule. By the time I fast forward through the commercials on a one hour show, I have done 40 minutes on the elliptical. <BR> <BR> The other night when I watched the biggest loser show and was no... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 23:15:32 EST It must be raining, but I have an umbrella http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2584710 I have had a few bad days and I just need to write it down. It starts out Friday when my dog first got sick. Then it slips into Saturday when I didn't get any sleep the night before. So the whole day feels like a hangover. Not much exercise that day. <BR> <BR> Then we move into Sunday and I went to a fundraiser for a friend that was diagnosed with cancer. Plenty of food there and not much exercise that day either. Ugh! <BR> <BR> Followed along with my spiratic migraines and cloudy days, it... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 23:49:30 EST Where will my health be in ten years? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2567205 I have been working in the hospital for about 20 years now. Over the last 2 years I have noticed an increase in people that are extremely obese. <BR> <BR> It is an unfortunate thing in our society that we have made food out number one social event. We have also incorporated fast food into our lives as meals and not special occasions. Many of our younger generation has no idea about cooking, nutrition or even appropriate activity incorporated into the day. Even the simplest of tasks, like op... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 21:32:06 EST Strength Training Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2557555 Spark peoples web site has done so many things for me. I am grateful to have been introduced to this site a few short months ago. <BR> <BR> I found a strength training buddy here (melly330) and we keep each other accountable 3 times a week. In fact, after looking at her regime, I thought "Man am I slacking". So I even increased my work out exercises. <BR> <BR> Today I was cleaning out my closet and I saw my deflated Fitball, it had not been used in a while. I thought "you really need to ge... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 00:17:29 EST I made the right choices today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2551896 I read the "Healthy Reflections" this morning and for some reason I finally got it. <BR> <BR> I was all about getting enough sleep so you can make the right choices. Well, I get plenty of sleep. Why is it so hard to make the right choices? <BR> <BR> Today this hit me just right for some reason. I was going to go down to the cafeteria before I came home and get a brownie. Yeah, I said BROWNIE! Then, what I read this morning came to mind...it is all about making the right choices. Well I tur... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 23:32:15 EST Today I felt like maybe I am more normal than I think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2548787 In my past dilemmas, when I thought I had IBS, It was suggested that I was stressed out and to see a councilor. Well I did go see one and reduced my stress by probably 70%. The only problem being I still had the problem. <BR> <BR> Well later on I found out IBS was not my problem. ANYWAYS.... I still decided to go and see the councilor, figuring I could get some benefits out of the session, since insurance is paying for it anyways. <BR> <BR> I got to the office and had my session, catching h... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 23:03:56 EST A Productive Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2535535 All in all it has been a productive day. <BR> <BR> I went to the dentist and got my new choppers. LOL. I might as well laugh. I got to face I am not getting any younger. <BR> <BR> I went to my Doctors office and fired her and filed the papers to get my chart over to my new doctors office. I am actually relived about this. She spent more time talking about herself than trying to find out what was wrong with me. <BR> <BR> Then I went shopping for supplies to make lasagna from scratch. I kno... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 22:48:32 EST Holidays, Football and Grilling! Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2516345 It has been a year and I have managed to lose 35lbs. I started my weight loss on the Biggest Loser site last October. I had decided at that time another year had gone by and I did not do the Adventure Race. It was time to get going. <BR> <BR> I heard about spark people 4 months ago when I was at the other site. It was time for me to "PAY" again. I decide to switch places and I am thrilled I did. This place has been more than I had hoped. I have met people from my area with 'like ideas' and I... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 20:33:49 EST I am glad someone really listened. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2505371 As a lot of you know I have had been labeled with IBS for quite sometime now. I even got to the point where I started believing it myself. I really feel if you believe in something you need to stand by your beliefs. <BR> <BR> I really thought for the last couple months am I making this crap up? Am I starving for attention? Do I have some deeper issues? Maybe I am a big story teller. I was starting to doubt myself and everything I felt about myself. <BR> <BR> All I knew was Mayo Clinic was ... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 21:25:05 EST Three Hawks and an Eagle........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2495406 I seem to spend many days in my life agonizing over future events to come. My trip to Mayo Clinic was no different. When will I ever learn to just "Go with the flow"? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have always believed in good omens. For me it is the Red Tailed Hawk. When I was going through school, I was so nervous about passing my exams. I had two of them to pass and the statistics on passing were very poor for everyone. <BR> <BR> The day I had my first exam, I decided to relax by the pool and enjoy... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 22:55:18 EST The coming appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2485109 As the day to go to go to Mayo comes, I find myself wondering what the outcome of this will do to me....... <BR> <BR> If I go there and they do find something is wrong and they can do something about it, that would be the best turn out. <BR> <BR> BUT... if I go there and find that it is the same thing, different place....I don't know how I am mentally going to handle that. It is the end of the road and I have to face a lifetime of frustration. <BR> <BR> I know I overthink situations. I ma... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 23:39:45 EST cooler weather means....Bring out the Crafts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2467263 One thing about the cold weather is it does give me a chance to do some of the things I love to do indoors. <BR> <BR> Crafts is one of them. I love to make cards. I have also dabbled in glass beads, basket weaving, clay, quilling ..I am a jack of all trades. <BR> <BR> I do need to get on the ball and lose more weight. I have proved I can maintain this weight for oh, just about all summer. I think I have proved that I am capable of that. <BR> <BR> Some how I need to get a spark under me to ... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 00:49:32 EST Fall is here and the activity plan needs to be altered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2458296 One thing about the season changes is in the later part of the year it seems to slow you down. I need to come up with a Fall/Winter plan and fast. I see my minutes of activity slowing down. Along with shorter daylight hours comes cloudy days. God I need some SUN!!! <BR> <BR> In the next week I need to come up with a plan to get my rear in gear. I miss my bike already! I am so jealous of the people in the southern parts of our country! <BR> <BR> OK I can quit whining now! <BR> <BR> What a... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 20:33:36 EST Mental Anguish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2455173 Today for some reason has been a really low profile day. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have accomplished next to nothing. I did manage to book a room in Rochester, Minnesota for my testing at the Mayo Clinic. I really think that has to be the problem. I can not believe I am going there. It is like I am living someone Else's life. <BR> <BR> I have many reservations about the whole ordeal. This is the final stop for me. If they cannot help me with my digestion problems, I am going to have to face ... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 20:13:39 EST Strength Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2447994 I have not been a person to do strength training. I hate strength training, but there comes a time in life we have to make decisions we don't want to do. Mine is about strength training. <BR> <BR> I am making a goal to do strength training three times a week for the month of October. I have made it through the first week and let me tell you, I am sore. That is the reason I don't like it. It even hurts to sit. <BR> <BR> Funny thing, I can do an adventure race for 8 hours and be very tired. ... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 22:10:28 EST With weight loss comes respect for ones surroundings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2433680 It has been a long time coming, where I wanted to go out into my yard and actually do some work. This summer and last summer I let my garden go to weeds. Today, I finally got up and stopped procrastinating, I worked out in my yard all day. <BR> <BR> I had some really beautiful gardens, at one time. They became harder to take care of as the pounds crept up on me. <BR> <BR> I love working out in the gardens and after 5 hour of hard labor, There is a major change in my yard and in my attitude... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 21:20:30 EST Will I ever learn? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2431680 I have over the past few years recognized the fact I really should not eat red meat. Today, for some bizarre reason I thought I would try my hand at a nice hamburger. Everyone else was having one and I had been so good, I thought I deserved one. <BR> <BR> I get into one of those modes where I don't really think about the consequences, I just say to Heck with it and do it. <BR> <BR> The burger was really good. It had been at least 6 months if not more since I had had one. Well within 10 min... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 23:44:49 EST I had a great day BUGS and ALL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2426871 As many of you know I love to bike ride. Today was a great day. We went to Albany, Wisconsin and rode to Monticello, Wisconsin. What a cute little town. It was 20 miles round trip. <BR> <BR> We ran into a group of men that took our picture. There name is "Madison Bike and Bowling Team". Man they were a bunch of flirts. They also took a picture of us for their web site. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/5/b954472845.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The town of Monticello is very quaint... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 20:26:11 EST Odds and ends of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2423956 Sunday I went bowling with a group of gals from our team "Wiscy Rock" We had lots of fun and got to know more about each other. <BR> Bubblebabs and I told stories of our race. I was pleased to find out her hubby and one other team mate from our group is interested in doing the race next year. "HOW FUN IS THAT?" <BR> <BR> Monday was a long day at work. I got one break in a 12 hour day. I sure put the steps on my pedometer that day. I was exhausted. <BR> My older hairless dog got sick that n... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 19:43:23 EST Race Day and we had a great time with some difficulties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2413287 We met at the YMCA camp and got all our maps and a few pictures... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/9/b494163207.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/7/b672322605.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then we were off on the race at 8 am, we had to run a half mile to start. When we were done we were sent off into the woods and swamp areas to find our check points. We had many to find and it took us 2 hours to find them. That was good timing. We had (our should I say), I... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 22:58:22 EST Adventure Race Day Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2411280 Here it is, the night before the big race and I am up blogging and my head is now starting to spin. <BR> <BR> I am so excited I met my goal. There for a while I did not know if this day was just another "Pipe Dream" of mine. I sometimes have high expectations of myself and I cannot fulfill them. But not this time, I am on it and raring to go. <BR> <BR> My only regret is, why in the world wasn't I doing these 15 years ago. How exciting and what a way to keep myself motivated. <BR> <BR> Next... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 23:12:19 EST A Fork in The Road... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2407581 This is the "Daily Reflection" given here at Sparkpeople........... <BR> .......................... <BR> <BR> Sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted. <BR> <BR> - Chinese proverb <BR> <BR> .......................... <BR> <BR> All things pass eventually <BR> <BR> Have you ever heard the concept of "seasons" in life? It refers to an idea that nothing in life lasts forever, and with time, all things change. Do you feel like your life is in an unhappy state? Are you stuck in a rut... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 14:08:39 EST Some Things You See While Biking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2405093 I bought a camera awhile back. It really is a nice one. I have been afraid to bring it anywhere. I got to thinking about that philosophy and decided it was stupid. When I bought the camera, I had purchased insurance. Now I am taking it with me on my bike rides. <BR> <BR> Today I was riding down the road and I saw a frog... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/3/b338750250.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes I got off my bike and laid down in the road. There were no cars coming fo... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 15:55:03 EST The big race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2403227 Saturday is the day I have been waiting for for many months. I am very excited and I feel as ready as I am going to be. <BR> <BR> The only part of the race I am a little leary of , is the map reading. I think Bubblebabs (my partner) knows this is a week point of mine. If anything I am hoping there is enough to do and we won't find it necessary to do the maps. LOL. RIGHT! <BR> <BR> I bought a rack for the back of my bike and it is sweet. I love it! Now when I go on bike rides I can bring my... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 22:59:57 EST OK! OK! OK! Confession Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2392348 I honestly really wanted to stay away from my scale this month. <BR> <BR> !!!!!!!!!!! BUT I CAN'T STAND IT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I broke out the scale this morning after I had tried on some pants that were a little tight. They were not tight before, UGH. <BR> <BR> I am a prisoner to my scale. I admit it. I will be weighing myself in the middle of the night again, and I am good with that. I gained 4lbs, and I need that little push in the... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 19:57:39 EST I think I am possessed by numbers!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2386731 I am wondering if anyone can relate to this: <BR> <BR> I was biking today, which I totally love to do. I have an odometer on my bike. Deciding to ride 12 miles, I figured I would have to keep it at at least 12-14mph to make it home in 1 hour. Well the ride went nice and smooth on the way out, averaging 14mph. Then, I got to thinking this was to easy and I better pay attention to which way the wind is blowing. Looking at the corn and the grass blowing, it was blowing from behind me. Great, no... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 19:32:43 EST A great weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2378460 Saturday was a busy day around the house. We had a weed tree we needed to cut down. Hubby said he would do it, but I needed the extra exercise. It was about five years old. Not a real big tree but I handled it. <BR> <BR> Then we went over to the "martin" house I so wanted to attract. I managed to have house sparrows for many years. NO MARTINS. the 15 foot pole was in a waste paper bucket that we sunk into the ground about 4 feet. It was major exercise getting that thing out of the ground. <... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 21:07:44 EST A boring day! I need those once in a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2369379 Today I went to the dentist. I actually made it to the appointment. I missed it last week. I have partials and they need replacing. Well the price tag on that is $1,000 and I am not happy. Oh well. got to have them. Hey maybe that could be a new diet strategy. No teeth! It would slow me down. <BR> <BR> Then I visited my dad. We had lunch and chatted. He finally made a decision about his P.O.A. and he picked one of my stepsisters. I am kind of relieved, but in the same sense it really drives ... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 22:55:15 EST Exercise Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2366447 I have gained and lost many-a-pounds throughout the last 15 years of my life, and the secret to keeping it off, is staying motivated. That is a hard task if you are exercising all by yourself. <BR> <BR> For me, having a workout buddy is the best motivator. I love to be challenged and I love having a partner to keep me accountable for my exercising. I am more apt to try out new things if I have someone to push me along as I go. <BR> <BR> Today my exercise partner suggested we do a mini mac... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 23:26:45 EST A new week and many changes to become a custom to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2363231 After the finally of last weeks saga, I am hoping this is just an adjustment week. I truly need to just cruise through this week and come out at the end without any drama. <BR> <BR> Work was uneventful today, but many people from our shift really miss our boss. He was truly a person that made our department better. Because of him we have new equipment and updated equipment. He had a hard job, but did the best he could with all the different personalities in the department. <BR> <BR> I went ... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 23:50:09 EST A really bad week...Just got to write it down.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2355297 I am going to write this just to air my head. Sometimes life sucks and we have to be part of it. I really am trying not to post negative blogs. This cannot be helped........Sorry <BR> <BR> This week in a nutshell sucked. My boss was fired for some unknown reason. He is the first boss I have liked in all my 20 years of being a respiratory therapist. His intentions were always about what was best for the department. I can not imagine why he got fired. Some are happy about the whole deal, which... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 00:59:09 EST Rainy Days! Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2349527 Well today came and went. It was rainy most of the day. I did manage to get in 40 minutes of cardio and some strength exercises. It wasn't a total wasted day. I seem to stay motivated, with the help of the "Spark People" web site. That all in itself makes me proud. <BR> <BR> Today was a history making day for my husband. I managed to get him set up with his own e-mail address and he is now set up for a reality football league. He has finally made his way into the 21st century! I set him up ... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 22:00:02 EST Bicycling nightmares..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2343499 My sister is a very accident prone person. She continually surprises me with all the drama in her life. My life would be very mundane without her. She is not the most coordinated person either, and would forget her head if it was not attached. She has been our amusement for many years.(8 car accidents, locked out of her house at least 10 times, locked out of her car numerous times once with the dog in it, Falling into cactus's, running my bike into a tree when she was listening to music with ... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 22:42:12 EST Questions to ponder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2337889 I have noticed when I am doing positive things in my life, people have their comments they make... <BR> <BR> Why is it people say... <BR> <BR> 1. You don't want to lose to much weight?...... When I am thinking "I am still in the overweight category. 15lbs to lose to be at the top of the normal weight scale!" <BR> <BR> 2. Why are you entering a race that you don't really win anything? <BR> <BR> 3. Don't you know running is really bad for you? <BR> <BR> 4. Sometimes people need to just r... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 23:05:14 EST Positive Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2335233 It is amazing to me that after 5 or 6 times jogging, that the miles seem a little shorter. My only conclusion is I am getting stronger and faster. <BR> <BR> Today my jogging buddy and I went 4.25 miles in one hours time. It really did not seem that we had gone that far. In fact we went past the point I went to yesterday and I thought "This was much harder yesterday" <BR> <BR> I do believe there is strength in numbers, even if it is two. I am impressed with myself and my exercise buddy that... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 19:00:37 EST