JUSTTRIING's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUSTTRIING JUSTTRIING'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/ Being SMART in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597986 After taking a much needed mental and physical break in 2013, I am ready to be SMART in 2014. <BR> <BR> Goals for 2014: <BR> ~ lose at least #15 and find my body's "happy place" in regards to weight <BR> <BR> ~ be more consistent with training and eating (Gotta remember the motto "athletes eat and train not diet and exercise"). This will mean following the weekly schedule laid out by my coach in regards to training. With eating, this will mean tracking at least 4 days a week <BR> <BR> ~ f... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:43:58 EST Just Do It....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859926 BLC #19 is officially underway and one of our weekend goals was to Just Plan it! Formulating a plan for my success over the next 12 weeks is great but I want more......I want TO DO IT! <BR> <BR> So those of you that know me, know what has worked well for me in the past. I will plan my week out and update daily. <BR> <BR> Monday April 30: <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water: YES <BR> Take vitamins: YES <BR> No soda pop: YES <BR> Get in 6+grams of protein first thing in morning: YES (13) <BR> Eat ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:40:26 EST Making Progress.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4004721 I am definitely making progress. I am starting to feel like I am gaining control on my life again <em>104</em> I am sleeping better, my skin looks better, my attitude is better AND the scale is moving in the right direction <em>9</em> . The changes are happening slowly but they are happening. <BR> <BR> I am going to try and make some more gradual changes. I have given myself permission to consume slightly more than my recommended spark calorie range over the last several weeks. I just kne... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 17:26:26 EST Accountability, Accountability, Accountability..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3984847 So we are now in week 5 of BLC#15 and this week it is all about accountability. This fits right into what I have been trying to do so I am psyched. My accountability with my former dragon team mate Nan has been working great. I did not have any soda pop during the work week last week and I am off to a good start for this week <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I still need some accountability in the exercise department. When reviewing my last blog, I realized I missed 3 days of exercise. It has been h... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 18:25:45 EST Even baby steps make for good progress.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3963728 I did not have perfect week but I did take some baby steps. It seems those baby steps are leading more towards progress on the scale. <BR> <BR> I have a pesky dragon ( I say this with <em>26</em> Nan) who is helping me keep accountable with my soda pop consumption. I really owe her. She checks in with me and/or I have to post to my status. Therefore, there has been a drastic reduction in my pop consumption over the week <em>334</em> I was also more consistent with my exercise. I still did... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:24:56 EST I'm Still Trying..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3944632 Well last week was not perfect. I did not get in as much exercise as I wanted. Although if I am being honest, I probably exercised the amount that my body could handle. The legs are still tight from running Goofy. I am trying hard to just listen to my body about whether it feels good enough to exercise. I also did eat nearly as well as I wanted. I was not perfect but I am still trying. <BR> <BR> I noticed some trends in my eating. I am now often going back for second portions which I never ... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:25:11 EST Let BLC #15 begin..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3917769 I know we are officially one week into BLC#15. For me though this first week was a whirlwind. As most of you know, I did the Goofy Race and Half Challenge this weekend in Orlando. We actually left the first day of the competition. We were told we could rent a modem at the condo for the week but when we checked in, they were all out of modems....WHAT <em>38</em> How could they not have enough modems? <BR> <BR> Anyway, between the races, no internet, vacation, etc it made staying on track tha... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:43:26 EST There is always an excuse..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3889594 Boy, I don't even know where to start this blog. I have been making excuses for overeating for the last 6 months. <BR> <BR> I am frustrated but more than that, I am disappointed in myself <em>39</em> . I knew I was gaining weight and I made a promise to myself that no matter what, I would take the weight off by the time I went to Orland to participate in the Goofy Challenge. Not only have I not lost the weight, I have put on additional weight <em>15</em> . <BR> <BR> I KNOW I am exhausted. ... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 17:49:46 EST After Thanksgiving redemption plan.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3809695 I took a couple days off over the Thanksgiving holiday <em>426</em> . I know this will have consequences when it comes to weighing in on Wednesday for the BLC. I have been doing really well since I started blogging my weekly plans. Therefore, I KNEW I could take a couple days off and still have the discipline to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I will never be one of those people that can totally restrict themselves. I LOVE sweet, baked goods, homemade noodles, homemade mac & cheese. I LOVE get... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:34:12 EST It's only 8 days.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3788604 I had a really great week. I pretty much stuck to my plan everyday except yesterday. I just decided I needed a "cheat" day. I didn't take the one earlier in the week that I had allotted for myself so I don't feel too bad about it. <BR> <BR> It's a new week and time for a new plan. I know with the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching that I will probably have some set backs. Therefore, I REALLY want to be disciplined for the next 8 days. Seriously it is only 8 days, I should be able to do... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 19:57:29 EST Here We Go Again..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3773514 Well it is time to start weekly blogging again. This has always worked so well for me. I am not sure why I don't stick with it. I get the results that I want, usually getting myself down to my goal weight. I stop and gain the weight back <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Tues 11/9: <BR> Run 10 mile fartlek run~YES <BR> Do 100 crunches~ YES <BR> 8 glass of water~ YES <BR> Take vitamins~ YES <BR> Eat between 1400-1700 calories~ 1447 <BR> No soda pop~YES <BR> No fast food~YES <BR> Get 7 hours of sleep~ YE... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 18:15:29 EST E.T. Full Moon Midnight Marathon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3570109 Well after a long and hot training session, it is done. The ET marathon is behind me but it will never be forgotten. This is a race report that I don't even know where to start. While the memories are still very painful and beautiful, I will tell you a little bit about it. <BR> <BR> For starters here is a glimpse at the marathon profile that I knowingly subjected myself too <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25253453.jpg"> I also subjected myself to the dry desert heat (more ... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 14:10:21 EST Redemption is so sweet...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3424759 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l722808926.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For those of you who read my previous blog about the Wendy's Ladies Only Triathlon, you will remember my swim leg. Well I wanted redemption and I got it. Boy is it sweet! <BR> <BR> I participated in the Girls Tri Too series at Caesar's Creek this past weekend. The swim leg went fantastic. Unlike my first tri, we started from the shore. We were lined up according to our predicted swim time. Every 5 seconds, 1-2 lad... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:47:15 EST Wendy's Ladies Only Triathlon..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3327644 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195474109.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As of today, I can officially call myself a triathlete. Although I plan to use the term "loosely" for the present time. My preparations actually started on Friday night. I can't believe how much STUFF you have to have for a tri. Very different from a "run only" event. I got myself to bed before 10 which was a good thing as I was planning on getting up by 5 the next morning. The alarm went off, I showered, double ch... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 17:14:21 EST I am just tired.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3294064 I am just exhausted this week. I did so much yard work, exercise and errands over the long weekend. I think it is all just catching up with me. <BR> <BR> Last week's blogging really helped me stay on track so I am back at it again. No fan fair this week, just a simple plan. <BR> <BR> Wed 6/2 <BR> Run or cross train~ YES, swimmming <BR> Take vitamins~ YES <BR> Eat within my spark range (1460-1810)~ NO, 1918 but did create a -126 calorie deficit <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES <BR> Get 7 ... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 19:30:28 EST I don't need the scale... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3267445 I don't need the scale to tell me that I am gaining weight. In fact, we have had a challenge in our BLC#13 competition this week to stay off the scale. When I get on tomorrow, I am HOPING for a gain <em>15</em> Yes, you heard me right....I am hoping for a gain. I don't want the false security that I feel like I have had over the last few weeks with a loss on the scale. I KNOW I am overeating. I KNOW it is going to catch up with me. I KNOW I need a wake up call. <BR> <BR> This is nothing ne... Tue, 25 May 2010 17:33:19 EST Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3186411 Well after months of training, race day finally arrived. As most of you know my work has been crazy and it was uncertain as to whether or not I was going to be getting the day off before my marathon. Well I did. So we left bright and early Friday morning and headed for Champaigne Illinois. <BR> <BR> I should first start by explaining that for whatever reason, when I registered I did not book my hotel. When I did finally book at the beginning of March, hotel choices were limited. The event w... Sun, 2 May 2010 19:28:10 EST Marathon week is finally here...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3158069 So I have been a little complacent for the last two weeks and really have not blogged about my weekly plan. Overall I have been doing okay and still continued to track my food everyday but one. This is an important week for me. This is marathon week. So for that reason, I need to be disciplined. <BR> <BR> Here is my plan for the week. Just for fun I will also update the weather forecast for race day with each new day. Lets see if out of all the predictions, the meteorologist can get it right... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 10:01:18 EST An interesting experiment.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3131315 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l68200562.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So my marathon training group decided to test our pacing abilities today. When you showed up this morning for your run, you were asked the following questions: 1) how many miles you were running and 2) your predicated pace. A timing mat was placed at the start, you were chipped and sent on your way. There were no formal pace groups today and NO ONE was allowed to wear a watch or a Garmin. <BR> <BR> I had wanted t... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 22:44:40 EST Remembering the feeling..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3105329 I typically do not blog about a training run but I had the most amazing 22 mile run yesterday. As my "status" says....If it never happens again, I want to always remember the feeling. So for that reason, I am going to reflect on the day. <BR> <BR> I was very anxious about this training run. I did a 22 mile run last winter in preparation for my first marathon. It was brutal and I came home and just cried. When I trained for the NYC marathon over the summer, no one I knew was running that race... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 09:54:13 EST Just trying to get through the week..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3092442 This is an exciting and stressful week. I am saddened to say that today is the official end to BLC#12. I have accomplished more than I wanted. I did a little more ST than I have in the past, although I have a long way to go. My goal was to lose 10 pounds and I officially lost 10.8 <em>244</em> . I think I was really struggling with my running and now I feel like I am hitting my stride. All of this makes me extremely excited for the next round. <BR> <BR> THANK YOU TO ALL MY SISTER SPIES <em... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 17:38:19 EST One month....Yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3061824 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l144448724.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, my big day is a month from Saturday. Am I ready? Well that question can only be answered on race day. That being said, I feel like I always do at this point in my training....hopeful, overwhelmed, anxious, excited, nervous, etc... This is a fall back week for me before my last long run (22 miles to be exact) of the training session. <BR> <BR> It always amazes me how I can stay focused for so many months for... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 16:32:28 EST Just too busy and too stressed...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3039346 This blog is going to be short and sweet as I just have too much on my plate right now. For the first time in 3 years, I just really don't like my job. I'm trying to figure out what to do about that. I am sure there is no easy solution. <BR> <BR> I am committing to keeping a weekly plan, even if I don't follow it precisely. I know I need to be accountable and I think blogging is the best way for me to do it. I am also going to commit to continued tracking. I had several days last week that I... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 18:21:26 EST I think tracking might be the key....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3012661 I have had a couple "off" days over the last two weeks. There have been lots of social events and several opportunities to eat <em>480</em> which I just can't seem to show any will power against. However, I have continued to lose weight. I know I cannot continue this pattern and still expect to lose but I do think I have found the key to what might be helping me.....TRACKING! <BR> <BR> In the past, I have often decided not to track my food on a cheat day. Sometimes, I would even erase all... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 20:16:56 EST Another week, Another plan...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2984282 So it is a new week for BLC#12. Last week was a big challenge for me and unfortunately I did not follow my revised plan. I completely overate. However, nobody puts it better than my sister spy Yolanda who says "if you eat it, negate it." I had 3 really bad days of eating. I tracked my food and was able to see how much I needed to burn off to hopefully break even. I have spent the last three days, restricting my calories (don't worry, I still consumed over the recommended 1200) and working out... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:56:46 EST A slight revision and I hope it is okay...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2955126 So this week will be a little more challenging for me. Starting this week, my marathon training is really ramping up. During the month of March I will be doing a 16, 18 and 20 mile long run. <BR> <BR> There are also several social events on my calendar. I am organizing a luncheon for a co-worker who is leaving on Friday. On Sunday, I am taking my nieces out to brunch followed by the broadway show 101 dalmatians. I know I am going to be faced with lots of challenges when it comes to eating. ... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 20:46:08 EST Too tired (or too lazy) to blog..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2923834 As stated, I am just too <em>102</em> to blog tonight but I know I need to get my weekly scheduled "put out there." <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed 2/24: <BR> Cardio exercise at least 40 minutes~ YES, 41 minutes running <BR> BL gym class~ NO, as stated above, I was just too tired <BR> Take vitamins~ YES <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES <BR> Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1687 <BR> No soda pop~ YES <BR> No fast food~ YES <BR> Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES <BR> Check and record weight~ 131.2 <BR> <BR> Thurs... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 19:49:08 EST One pound closer to #15..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2894267 So me and my sister spies were encouraged to post a blog about what #15 pounds means to us. This is really hard for me. I have really tried to teach myself to take each pound as it comes and to not get caught up in looking too far into the future with regards to my weight loss. <BR> <BR> If I were to lose #15 pounds from my BLC #12 starting weight, I would be at my lowest weight since college. That number is actually a little lower than what I have as my "goal weight." I don't know if a #... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:10:00 EST Short and Sweet..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2866719 I am keeping this blog intro short and sweet. Mainly because I just got off work and am a little tired and hungry <em>4</em> . I know though that if I don't blog right now, the evening will get away from me and then tomorrow will come. Each day I put it off, the less likely I am do it. <BR> <BR> Some of you might not think it is important to lay our their weekly schedule. For me, I think it is critical. Each time I have had really good success, it has been because I followed my plan. Well e... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:53:27 EST Other Noticeable Changes..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2836901 Well we are starting week 4 of the BLC #12. I can't believe we are almost a 1/3 of the way through this journey. Although I didn't lose any weight this week, I have other noticeable changes taking place. Now don't get me wrong, it is frustrating. I have been eating in my range, exercising almost daily and still nothing. I can't focus on that. Instead I am choosing to focus on the other positive changes that I am seeing. <BR> <BR> When I started the competition, I would have to say that I was... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 18:22:26 EST The Power of the Spies.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2806207 So we are now starting week 3 of BLC #12 and I must say that I am no longer feeling sorry for myself. It is not just because I had a successful weigh in this week. I know that success measured by the scale can be short lived. The change in attitude is related to "the power of the spies." <BR> <BR> My team is made up of 25 great women. Each of us are different but we are all trying to reach the same goals. They say there is power in numbers. I believe it. We chat daily about everything from... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 20:35:34 EST Time to stop feeling sorry for myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2768560 So I joined the BLC #12 last Wednesday and we were suppose to blog at the start of the challenge. The point was so at the end of 12 weeks we would have something to look back on to remind us how far we had come. Needless to say, I did not do that. We are one week into the challenge and I have decided to stop feeling sorry for myself. <BR> <BR> This week did not go as planned. In fact the last couple months have not gone as I planned. According to the scale, I am up almost 10lbs from where ... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 18:11:28 EST One week down, a lifetime to go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2613952 I started re-blogging about my exercise and nutritional goals last week. After coming back from my marathon and a nice long vacation, I wasn't completely shocked when the scale said that my weight was up 10lbs. There were other changes as well. My skin was beginning to break out again (I attribute this to my poor dietary choices and my neglect in taking my daily vitamins). <BR> <BR> I followed the plan that I laid out in my blog last week, with the exception of one day. I lost 3.6lbs and f... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 11:18:51 EST Can't wait until New Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2594481 `Well my marathon and vacation have come and gone. It was a great time but I can't deny that I have put on almost 10lbs....ugh! I can't afford to wait for New Years to make my resolution to get back on track. I am just going to do what I did before the marathon. I will blog each week about my goals. This proved to be very successful for me prior to my race, so here we go again. <BR> <BR> Week of Nov 29- Dec. 5: <BR> <BR> Sunday Nov 29 <BR> Exercise for at least one hour~ 1:13 run/walk <BR>... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 21:57:09 EST ING NYC Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2533892 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/3/b138295558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Sunday, November 1, 2009, I ran the NYC marathon. <BR> <BR> Marathon weekend started out with a trip to the expo. I meet some fellow sparkers (Chas and Anthony) who were also running. Here is a photo of me with my hubby and one with Tony (sorry Chas, our photo didn't turn out). <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/6/b868068948.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/1/b519978870.jpg"> <BR> <B... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 11:47:50 EST Marathon week is here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2505029 On Sunday, October 25, it will be exactly one week until the NYC Marathon. <BR> <BR> Since I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now, I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this will give me that last big push to lose those extra pounds, feel good and have a great race. <BR> <BR> This idea seems to be working. I have lost 5.2 lbs. over the last five weeks. Last week was bittersweet. I got in all my tra... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 18:08:22 EST Two weeks and counting.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2488244 On Sunday, October 18, it will be exactly two weeks until the NYC Marathon. <BR> <BR> Since I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now, I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this will give me that last big push to lose those extra pounds, feel good and have a great race. <BR> <BR> This idea seems to be working. I have lost 4.6 lbs. over the last four weeks. I am following my MIT schedule and getting in... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 14:00:43 EST Three weeks and counting.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2468868 On Sunday, October 11, it will be exactly three weeks until the NYC Marathon. <BR> <BR> Since I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now, I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this will give me that last big push to lose those extra pounds, feel good and have a great race. <BR> <BR> This idea seems to be working. I have lost 2.6 lbs. over the last three weeks. I am following my MIT schedule and gettin... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 20:50:34 EST Four weeks and counting..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2449260 On Sunday, October 4, it will be exactly four weeks until the NYC Marathon. <BR> <BR> Since I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now, I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this will give me that last big push to lose those extra pounds, feel good and have a great race. <BR> <BR> This idea seems to be working. I have lost 1.2 pounds each week for the last two weeks. I am following my MIT schedule and... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 14:48:48 EST Five weeks and counting..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2429426 On Sunday, Sept. 27, it will be exactly five weeks until the NYC Marathon. <BR> <BR> Since I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now, I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this will give me that last big push to lose those extra pounds, feel good and have a great race. <BR> <BR> It worked pretty well last week. I really only had one day where I did not follow my plan. The bad news is that I was REALL... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:34:45 EST Six Weeks and counting.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2410634 On Sunday, Oct. 20, it will be exactly six weeks until the NYC Marathon. I don't know where the time has gone. It seemed like when I started training at the end of May that my "big day" was so far away. But here it is, creeping up on me. It's time to get serious. <BR> <BR> I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now. I will not let all of my hard work go to waste. I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 17:07:44 EST Running Playlist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2085716 I have had several people ask me what I listen to when I run, so here it is....my running playlist! <BR> <BR> Unwritten: Natasha Bedingfield <BR> Girlfriend: Avril Lavigne <BR> You Blew Me Off: Bare Jr. Boo-Tay <BR> One Week: ... Fri, 22 May 2009 21:28:23 EST What the heck happened????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2085508 Okay today is going to be like the first day I started. All the heartache and pain of trying to get this eating this under control. <BR> <BR> This morning when I weighed in, I was outside of my 5 lb comfort range that I was allowing myself. I am back up over 130. How did I let this happen? I have actually gained about 6 lbs since my marathon. In reality I know how it happened....inconsistent exercise and eating. <BR> <BR> I am hopeful as I start training for a fall marathon tomorrow howev... Fri, 22 May 2009 19:23:50 EST Run a Marathon, Change your Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1988926 This is MIT's motto and on Sunday April 19, 2009, I changed my life! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/2/b426449059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My first marathon was called the Earth Day Challenge (EDC) and it took place on the campus of Kenyon College, the city of Gambier and the Kokosing Bike trail. Here are a few pictures I pulled of the website for the bike trail to show it's beauty. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/0/b307796727.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 10:59:30 EST First Race of 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1800956 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/4/b741253105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I ran the Last Chance for Boston Half Marathon. All I can say is BOY what a difference 4 months and a good training program can make! <BR> <BR> My first half marathon was October 2008 with a finishing time of 2:26. I finished today's race in 2:07. I was very happy with my time today as it was a PR for me by almost 20 minutes <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> It is also interesting for me to remember how freaked out I ... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 18:45:36 EST I am getting stronger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1682107 Today was a big day for me. <BR> <BR> I got up at 6:50 and turned on the television trying to find out what the weather was doing outside. All the news stations were wrapping things up but there were a few little blurbs about the slick roads. I then went outside. The sidewalk was not as bad as I expected. I could tell there was a thin layer of ice over the snow as I crunched along. I inspected my car and it was covered in ice. I turned around and walked back inside. <BR> <BR> I am explainin... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 13:27:02 EST Busy in January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1651645 Well January is starting off a busy month. My work is actually slowly down but my fitness minutes should be reaching an all time high for me this month. <BR> <BR> In December I joined MIT (marathon in training). I have had four weeks now with my group doing Saturday morning runs. I am also responsible for doing individual runs or cross training throughout the week. For the month of January, I am to log 150 miles. Just thinking about all those miles is exhausting. We are not even one week i... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 10:34:42 EST MIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1609248 I joined MIT (marathon in training) this morning. I never would have pictured me doing a marathon when I started running 8 months ago but here I am. I feel like it is the next logical step for me in this incredible journey that SPARK is leading me on. <BR> <BR> The day started with an information session which outlined the program. We then put ourselves into pace groups. This was a little tough for me because my running pace varies between short and long distances. I decided to try and go w... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 20:21:20 EST My first 13.1 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1528956 Well I did it. On Sunday October 19, 2008 I ran (okay jogged) my first half marathon. <BR> The weather was freezing . 32 degrees to be exact at the start and unfortunately not much better at the finish line. I had never run in the cold as I much prefer to run inside on the treadmill. <BR> Ipod players are prohibited even though I saw several people wearing them. I ALWAYS wear my ipod when I run so this made it a little harder as I didn't have my favorite songs pushing me on. <BR> I had a sm... Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:22:19 EST