JULIA_RUN2SMILE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JULIA%5FRUN2SMILE JULIA_RUN2SMILE'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/ 10 Things to Improve Your :) & Manitoba Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973908 On my list, you would find: <BR> <BR> 1- Wake up and find a yoga mat; <BR> 2- Brush your teeth; <BR> 3- Kiss good morning; <BR> 4 - Have breakfast; <BR> 5- Go on an adventure! <BR> <BR> ... But this is not how it goes. According to this recent article-blog* I read here is what we should do (and maybe what I should think about for my next goals) <BR> This blog is about what you should do to be happier and improve your life. To me, based on research or not, this makes sense… <BR> <BR> He... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 22:42:30 EST Success Revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971880 Just before leaving home for a family visit to Manitoba, I received my Boston Marathon certificate. <BR> <BR> It says: Julie Belanger (yeah - that is my official name - I prefer Julia!) successfully completed … <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae5722e4-3e21-4548-b588-fbcf43fcca31.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I showed it to Jeff and he asked me if I was going to put it on display somewhere? Not that I ever put my certificates on display anyway, but just as in "Are you proud of it" type... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:28:27 EST Shared Work & Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969462 I read Gretchen Rubin's blog on a regular basic… it is on happiness … that is actually after reading her book "The Happiness Project" that I started writing my blog with the purpose of cultivating positive memories. <BR> <BR> So Sunday night I read an old post on shared work. She posted it on October 9, 2013 <BR> "Resentful? Overworked? Face These Painful Facts about Shared Work." at <BR> <link>https://gretchenrubin.com/happiness_<BR>project/2013/10/resentful-overworked-f<BR>ace-thes... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:11:59 EST Visit to the Belle Province! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968812 I am so happy about my decision of reporting my leave. I was schedule to go to Qc one month ago, unfortunately/or very fortunately that did not happen because I had to replace someone at work. So I postponed my leave - best decision because at this time I have a lot less to worry about and I was able to spend time at my sister without checking work related emails! <BR> <BR> Second good decisions - going by train! Barrie - Quebec City takes about 9-10 hours of driving. That is not so bad how... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:25:10 EST Cincinnati - Cont. with pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966587 I love to travel - I love discovering places and FOOD! <BR> <BR> Back from Cincinnati; now on route to Quebec City where I will spend 2 days catching up with the family. Yeah - I can write a blog on my way to Qc; I decided to take the train. So nice to just sit back and enjoy the view. Last time I took the train to Quebec (I usually drive)- that I can remember - was for my sister's funerals in 2009. Speaking of my sister - I am sure she caught my attention with this bottle of wine on my la... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 20:43:31 EST Baseball in Cincinnati http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964365 To be honest - I am not a sport fan! I enjoy going to the live game (any game) mostly because it is a fun thing to do with DH - Jeff. <BR> <BR> It is also an opportunity to discover a new city, have a weekend getaway and spend some fun time with friends. So off we went to Covington (KY) and Cincinnati (OH). <BR> We left Saturday 07:30 AM and drove through Detroit - border crossing was very long (2 hours) - we arrived at the hotel around 6PM. That is when I notice the theme - the mustache..... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:08:54 EST Time Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962585 "People can't dim your sparkle unless you let them." ~ Horoscope <BR> <BR> ...and to sparkle you need energy. So I will recharge my batteries and light a fire! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my last day at my unit. <em>198</em> and <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> It is time to turn over... to keep in touch with those that I get to know and appreciate... to focus on me and my family ... before I go "away" for a year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6bee08e-2603-4d3a-9... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 06:23:03 EST Secret of Happiness - Lesson from Gretchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959189 I read Gretchen Rubin's blog on a regular basic… it is on happiness … that is actually after reading her book "The Happiness Project" that I started writing my blog with the purpose of cultivating positive memories. On her first "Happiness Book" she started sharing her Secret of Adulthood. I like what she writes - not that I always agree but it makes you think and reflect on your feelings. <BR> <BR> 7 July 2015, she wrote: Hell is other people - Heaven s other people. Agree, disagree? ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 17:47:20 EST House Hunting Trip Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957587 Mission accomplished! I secured an apartment in Toronto (NorthYork to be more precise). It is very small (490 s.f.) <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a40b90d-070e-4062-89a7-5fa3657ff59a.JPG"> <BR> This is what it will look like ... quiet and I like what is around: a cineplex, many restaurants and cafes, a fancy grocery (it is organic paradise mecca!!! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ccd5098-e0c2-452c-9cb8-20d9027b3401.JPG"> even the bags are green!), an asian... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 14:52:22 EST Sparkfulness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954839 I try to be positive and the best part is how positive uplifting I get from it! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sparkfriends! (and I am sure you will recognize your contribution to this blog) When I think I am down, I take a second look, I go back to my own blogs and there is support that highlight for me what is right under my nose! <BR> <BR> " A compassionate heart creates the necessary space for positive change" <BR> <BR> Yes, I am working on AHIMSA - do no harm and self-compassion… and ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:16:15 EST Celebrate success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954160 Honestly - I don't have much to celebrate; my feelings were on the down side. <BR> True - is it really that bad? Nope. I am feeling down but I can take care of that and make it different. And this is how I am going to achieve this: <BR> <BR> 1- I will be selfish! YES, selfish! I will not wait and expect happiness or good things from others, I will create it for myself. <BR> <BR> More from my horoscope <em>43</em> : Suppressing your feelings isn't anything new to you since you understa... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 22:10:12 EST Authenticity (and 5 Years Sparkiversary! ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951009 "Your authenticity is key to creating meaningful relationships." ~ Horoscope <BR> <BR> I will start this blog by saying that I don't apply the wisdom of my horoscope as a strict rule... I read it as a curiosity and sometimes the words speak to me ... so I share it ! ... I think the quote above is something that we should all endorse as personal ethical principle. On this note, I also want to thank all my sparkfriends for the support & encouragement; I am honored thinking that I am a positiv... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:54:24 EST Hallelujah - Tribute to Grey Hair (plus archived pictures!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949272 Father's Days (… and Mother's Day) are filled with emotions for me. It brings me back to my roots, helps me reflect on my expectations (WRT my relations with my parents and my kids) and how I want to be perceived as a parent. <BR> <BR> When it comes to family matters, my grand-parents are my inspiration and my role models. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d749937f-9def-4b92-bacb-8a210696bfb2.jpg"> <BR> *last X-Mas family picture before my grand-pa passed away in Se... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:52:21 EST Mid-June : Ahimsa Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945217 How about a progress report! <BR> <BR> 1) I am doing great at one of my goal - journaling! The proofs : a) I am here writing this blog. <em>224</em> b) I took my journal with me to the Scandinavian Spa and after a short nature meditation ... (as my mom and sister were getting massage - a gift from me...) I wrote an entry... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94139ec0-9ea8-4128-9f96-0c0c14878a9c.JPG"> <BR> it was such a nice place and a great activity after the high en... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 22:48:56 EST Family Fun - Tree Trekking and Cave Hiking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941414 Just a quick one. I don't have much time for spark... <BR> <BR> Between fun time at work, the workload is not decreasing so it means overtime... <BR> I am trying to stay on top of it but I have my moments. <BR> <BR> Now the good stuff - I am taking an extended weekend off to spend some time with my sister and mom - they are visiting me!!! I am soooo happy to spend a girl weekend. The only one missing is my Emma, she had to stay in Quebec; she is enrolled in a college summer course and she... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:06:47 EST Summer Countdown Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938149 Ok, time to get back on track. Set new goals and move. <BR> <BR> I completed two HUGE goals just over one month ago and I am very proud of it - Boston marathon <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de838fc6-fef7-4a14-9cb5-985ebec09272.JPG"> <BR> and I got my Yoga Teacher Accreditation (350 hrs) <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/151d7cd0-5997-4974-bc6e-c6f6e4f27e8f.jpg"> (Grad Picture! Different from any of my previous grad ;) ) <BR> <BR> The last one was the cul... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 22:46:28 EST Boston Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922773 First - the intention behind all my blogs is to cultivate positive memories. As a Boston marathon recap, this blog comes late but the last two weeks were full… of positives memories (that I intend to share in blogs to come) <BR> <BR> Ok, backtrack ... We drove (actually I am very fortunate to have my private chauffeur- DH) from Ontario to Boston on the Saturday - more than 10 hours not counting the stops. Sunday morning, we figured out how to take the subway to Boston from Newton (easy a... Tue, 5 May 2015 00:04:52 EST Sleepy - Week 10 Picture Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892907 We are back to daylight saving time - so last weekend we "lost one hour"...of sleep! Good timing for a "Sleepy" picture challenge theme. <BR> <BR> We are back to waking up in the dark. Positive side of this is we get to see the sunrise! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l762561472.jpg"> <BR> The weather is slowly getting warmer - no more heavy shoveling! The snow is melting. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l601991496.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not quite t... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:12:32 EST ... Day in the Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889983 Wow! Picture Challenge Week 9 is over! This theme was actually fun and creative. <BR> <BR> This week, I celebrated Maggie's 17th BD! So this was my picture of the week - the first day in the life of Maggie (& the first day in the life of Emma as a Big sister): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1455065632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week was a busy week studying and doing Asana analysis (anatomy analysis of yoga poses) for my Yoga Teacher Training. One night - as most ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:21:16 EST Picture Challenge - Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886354 Family.... <BR> <BR> Source of my joy - and at time my worries. <BR> My support and my confidents. <BR> My role models... and my future. <BR> <BR> With love. <BR> ****** <BR> Because of the distance, it is not always easy to be together... My mom goes south where she escapes the winter, my sister and my Emma are in Quebec and because of my posting I am in Ontario. Thanks to internet - we find ways to close the gap. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1247975721.jp... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:52:05 EST Love // Pic Challenge and Goals Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882455 Last week family picture challenge theme was LOVE... Now looking back at the pictures we shared brings joy to my heart. <BR> <BR> First- self love... show yourself compassion - be kind and take the time. What if what I see or perceive is not what I am!?! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l284455639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2) Love to love your life... There is plenty of little things that are beautiful around me... sometimes, you have to look at it from an other angle - <BR>... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:38:36 EST 2014 is over... catching up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874139 Ok... it is time to come back to sharing a bit of my spark to my sparkfriends... <BR> <BR> I won't go in details about the reasons of my absence (oups - my last post was Thnaksgiving) and I won't try to cover up all what I did not have the time to post... How about a quick snapshot of the my way ahead... <BR> <BR> Did you commit to a resolution? <BR> <BR> I have to admit that my mind is still working on it! <BR> <BR> The first "resolution" is our family picture challenge. It is our wa... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:18:30 EST Thanksgiving, Free Happiness and Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824256 Happy Thanksgiving my Friends!!! For us in Canada it was last month, so I guess it is not too late to post a blog about our little get together! This year we changed the menu a bit - surprising !!! I remember Jeff insisting on a turkey and all his "traditionals" when he returned home from Sudan in 2011… now he is the one who did not want the turkey! So Jeff prepared ham instead. Thanksgiving cooking is a family affair. We "all" contribute (almost!) <BR> <BR> I tried a new way to cook pumpki... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:17:13 EST Recovery... is not Easy! (Half-marathon Observations) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820856 "Whether you like it or not, going along with the flow is smarter now than fighting it." ~ Horoscope. <BR> <BR> I don't like it!!! My body is telling me to take it easy and I want to get back on my feet and GO... This week was like a physical roller coaster, I was getting up fine and then crashing mid-day. My stomach has been uneasy up to the point I had to see the doc yesterday and got "ordered to go back home and rest". <BR> <BR> Earlier this week, we had a few inches of snow... and my c... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:40:00 EST Stengthening Mind and Body & Book Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818659 "Strengthening your body, mind and spirit increases your chances for success." ~ Horoscope. <BR> <BR> Here is a short recap of my November progress (before I share with you my book review- my yoga teacher training assignment for the week...) : <BR> <BR> - Food. Was doing great for the most part. Had a little craving for chocolate (and succumbed on small individual piece last week... <em>20</em> accounted for and tracked) and also had to attend a few military functions (with formal dinner... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:58:50 EST Fall Colors and Nuances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813904 "There's a world of difference in the various shadings of gray, and now it may be the most subtle nuances that have the greatest impact." ~ Horoscope of the day! <BR> <BR> After reading this post I thought it would be a nice idea to share with you the changing colors of my favorite tree. I see this landscape everyday on my way to work. I love how this tree stand strong and glorious in the middle of the field. Recently, I started taking pictures of it to capture cycle of the seasons. <BR> ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 23:52:06 EST Quick Reality Check! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810992 I started my day way too early again ... but on my way to work today I was listening to the radio and I paid attention to the weather forecast. That is when I made the decision of going for a run outside and to do it before the rain (announced for lunch time) so that would not become an excuse. <BR> <BR> as I was running, my daughter Emma sent us a text "I dare you to make it a mug it up day" with this picture ... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l629696966.jpg"> <BR>... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 23:19:31 EST Countdown, Distance Report and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810344 I am a runner who has not ran much in the last few months... and I miss it. I was so discouraged that I even stop recording my distance tracking in my log book. But Now it is time to start again. <BR> <BR> Summer is definitely gone... The early sunrise at the lake is now very different... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l376408658.jpg"> (picture taken only one month ago) <BR> Now we have to be careful because the wooden sidewalks are frosted and slippery. <BR> <img... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:54:00 EST Fall Potpourri http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805320 No, I did not DIY a homemade potpourri to bring the best of the autumn smell alive! This blog is a potpourri of the positive energy that is keeping me moving ...and it is a way to catch on because I realize I did not post a blog in more than one month! <BR> <BR> What about a review of my goals to begin with? I usually post about my goals at the beginning of each month, my last post on this was beginning of September. At that time I had the Army Half marathon in eyesight and it was the sta... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:46:02 EST Julia in 24 Lessons... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780706 In the military, we like to complete the circle by doing an AAR - After Action Report and LL and Lesson Learned! <BR> <BR> So here is my short version (only 24) of what I learned about me (and that I can share with you!)... <BR> <BR> 1. My first love - <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291140310.jpg"> <BR> I still love him because we share the same space - no need to talk, my teddy just knows! (I studied psychology and if I recall correctly that would be a good ex... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:44:30 EST New Definition of "Rise and Shine"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776995 A few months ago, or maybe it was last year, time goes so fast! , I did a 30 day streak of "Rise and Shine - One healthy habit every morning". With the fast and demanding pace that is taking place at the unit right now and my share of workload, I realize that it is time to get back to ... <BR> <BR> Rise & Shine... redefined! <BR> <BR> See, since the marathon last May, I am stiff! More so in the morning and I need to take the time to stretch before I can go for good! <BR> Also, now that I ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:11:48 EST Back to School! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774868 First week "back to school" is over! Ouf!!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Let's go back to the weekend prior to it - a LONG <em>334</em> weekend! <BR> <BR> Since we moved to Barrie and our posting to Borden, we have been attending FanExpo in Toronto - by we I mean Maggie, Jeff and I! <BR> Here is a quick recap of our previous experience: <BR> 2012 - (Maggie work really hard for this - she spends a lot of time in prep her cosplay and she is really proud of it) <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:13:38 EST August Food Edition - Part 2//Expedition! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771139 This month I did not track... and I indulged! (it shows - I put on 10 pounds...) <BR> <BR> As my previous blog, I am about to describe the best (and the bad) side of my travel discoveries with food pictures! And because I like it all, there is not much restriction there... <BR> <BR> At the beginning of August, Jeff and I went for a short road trip (no kids!) to Michigan. It was a Great Trip! Our first stop was in Traverse City where we camped for a few days. That is only at destination th... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:13:19 EST August Food Edition - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767760 Caution: Keep reading only if ... <BR> <BR> - You have a full stomach; or <BR> <BR> - You can say NO to food; or <BR> <BR> - Food blogs won't make you go to the kitchen to get more food (or perhaps I should include a disclaimer - I don't want to be responsible!!!); or <BR> <BR> - You want to feel better about cheating once (because by comparing yourself to this you will feel like a champion!!! I cheated big time and I am about to confess!); or <BR> <BR> - You are curious about the good, ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:41:36 EST Moving... And Distance Report/Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763923 OK... Here is the what's up with Julia... Almost one month since my last post! <BR> <BR> The last week of July was super crazy at work because we packed everything and moved... to a temporary location... and then I went away on leave... (10 days to be precise, not enough!)... and then we moved again to our permanent school. Exciting but the job and projects did not stop during that time (so no need to say that coming back from time off felt overwhelming and it is still very stressful). Here ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:04:43 EST Philosophy Inspiration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745972 On my last trip to Ottawa, the hotel offered cute toiletry items... I threw it in my suitcase, and now that I am about to use it, it is almost like it is talking to me… so here is a short reflection based on the little things that can inspire me <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1434743457.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Shampoo: CELEBRATE LIFE! Philosophy - Everyday is a gift awaiting to be unrevealed." <BR> <BR> Here is how the story goes: Yesterday, I went to a yoga class, a mor... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:01:55 EST Desire, Ease, and Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743782 Last week I read a blog from Gretchen Rubin, "My New Book about Habit Formation, as Distilled in 21 Sentences." * and it lead me to reflect on habit formation... <BR> <BR> Here is what she has to say and my thoughts on the section "Desire, Ease and Excuses" ... <BR> "Abstaining: For some of us, moderation is too tough; it’s easier to give up something altogether. (Works very well for some people, and not at all for others.)" <BR> <BR> I think this works well for me... If I try moderation,... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:24:09 EST Horoscope and Hawaii Taper Run Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741097 Don't waste time looking back to uncover your mistakes; instead, look ahead and plan for your future success. Nevertheless, it's not wise to make changes too quickly. Overreacting is even less constructive than doing nothing at all. " ~ My horoscope of the day <BR> <BR> I guess I will try to apply this one... I will "waste" time looking back only to capture the good stuff! I will use it as a reminder and part of my plan for my future success!!! <BR> <BR> I am slowly increasing the miles an... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:46:50 EST Press PAUSE - I Want to Stretch my Weekend!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738208 I had such a wonderful weekend, I am not ready to go back to work! Last night we went to Barrielicious. We made a reservation at the FarmHouse and tried their special 3 courses dinner (for 25$)! Everything is home cooked and grown... <BR> <BR> I had the flatbread with chips and dip (with mushroom, sundried tomatoes and feta) as an appetizer - that was big! I chose the crispy local trout (grilled with herbs) and a salad. Jeff had the ribs and fries. We shared the fries! And, finally, I treat... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:26:47 EST My 12 Steps to Keep Stress in Check! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737477 I read a spark article yesterday on stress, "Chronic Stress: Something to Worry About! How to Stop Stress in Its Tracks" -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach, and will try to apply the 12 suggestions to manage my stress level. <BR> <BR> I had a lot of stress over the last year, too much. I have to admit I had difficulties juggling it all and I got some help from the mental health team on the base. I told my therapist this week, now that I am better, reflecting back, that I feel... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:46:46 EST Happy July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733318 As most of my sparkfriends celebrated 4 July and enjoyed a long weekend, my long weekend was last week (Canada Day). And to make it even better, I stretched it to a 5 day weekend! <BR> <BR> Day 1: Friday. I had the day off but not my DH. So I got up I started my day with a run at the lake and I went to a morning hot yoga class! Just that made feel like I had a full day. I came back home, had a quick breakfast and went golfing with my daughter! Yeah!!! We are both beginners but we are outside... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:06:55 EST Half 2014 Distance Report, Relay 4 Life & iRun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729909 It is July! Meaning half 2014 is gone... (and it is Canada Day! - So I have the day off!!!) <BR> <BR> Time to do a little distance report. On my last one dated end of April I was at 871.5k/ 542 miles total distance for the year (again this is training miles only). That month was very intense ; I covered 306.5k / 190.8 miles. <em>198</em> <BR> That was also my "training building block" for my marathon championship. The first three weeks of May, I slowed down a bit (taper) … so I would be re... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:21:32 EST SLOW but STEADY - Goal Setting for Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724072 Summer is here and it is time for me to reassess my goals. I will focus on SLOW but STEADY... <BR> <BR> It has been over one month since I posted a blog and looking back I am pretty much were I left, except for reaching a few goals and allowing myself a break (my body really needed it). <BR> <BR> So here is my goals (as of last post // and my focus for now) <BR> <BR> 1) Weight: I need to drop a few pounds (I am 10lbs over - because of treats, celebrations and binge/stress related!) - Don... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:33:27 EST Compassion and Positive Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692261 "A compassionate heart creates the necessary space for positive change" (Unknown) <BR> <BR> 10 days later.. I did not blog because I was an emotional wreck! So here is the positive side of it. <BR> <BR> First - Food. <BR> <BR> I am back on track tracking... Thanks to some sparkfriends - I will hold on accountable... <BR> - No binge. <BR> - Think HEALTHY... and on track. <BR> - Stay away from trigger food ... just say NO! <BR> <BR> After travelling to attend and participate in a confer... Sat, 10 May 2014 22:27:28 EST 5 Years later // May Goals and April Distance Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684901 Today, with my little burning incense at home, I will send my sister Eve my love and compassion... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1824648590.jpg"> <BR> These coils of burning incense are offerings of the faithful seen in many Buddhist temples. The smoke from the incense is meant to carry prayers to heaven. I took this picture at the Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong Oldest Buddhist Temple <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l832073149.jpg"> <BR> (Eve 4 ... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:08:01 EST Enduring Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683389 "Just remember that the most enduring progress takes time" <BR> Virgo horoscope quote last week. <BR> <BR> Was this a sign for me? <BR> <BR> I struggled with my training last week... After coming from Quebec, my stomach was really upset. Not sure if it is because of my binging episodes once back home - that certainly did not help… or a bug (my daughter was sick too… ).. or too much sugar (as you can see we both dig i... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:06:33 EST Family Time - Reflexions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676862 On the last 20 days, I travelled quite a bit: Niagara- on-the-lake (ON), Columbus and Dayton (OH), Saint-Augustine (FL) and Easter weekend in Quebec City at my sister's place and spending some time with my daughter Emma. <BR> <BR> I am always to spend a few days with my family - it is very important for me and I miss them a lot… however, spending time with them made me reflect on my own flaws! And it allows me appreciate better what I have. <BR> <BR> First, I realized many things about my... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:18:34 EST My Brain Had to Scream : GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675730 My report card for the week would not be an A+! After coming back from a 10 day break, I should feel rejuvenated and full of energy. I had a good 3 days immediately after and last weekend was nice. Then this week I was dragging... I had no energy. <BR> <BR> It was very difficult to keep up with my training plan I got most of it done: <BR> Sunday - Hubby and I went for a walk at the lake (3k) and later for a second one at home (2k) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:16:34 EST Terry Fox Spirit - my Half Marathon of HOPE (no medal!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670811 "On April 12, 1980 a young man dipped his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean. From that simple step on, Terry Fox showed us the meaning of the words COURAGE, HOPE and DETERMINATION." <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2144511231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I ran my 21 half-marathons (including training and races - and one of them is a full!) since my doctor told me I was "cancer free". It was a long recovery and it took me 4 years before deciding to attempt a half-marath... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:09:13 EST Food and "Pub" Tasting - Columbus (OH) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670142 When I go away for a few days, I like to try new things - and particularly food... <BR> I came back from vacations with a +6 lbs but I don't mind because I know that I will be back where I should be in a matter of a few more days. When travelling, I don't want to be restrictive - it is a mini reward. Having said this, of course I don't want it to be an occasion for binging. I think I did pretty good. I tried a few things… and I was able to say no to others too! <BR> <BR> Here is some of my... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:56:41 EST