KAMINEKO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KAMINEKO KAMINEKO'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/ I'm back in it to win it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865890 Things have been going great. I've been exercising. My eating has been impeccable. I feel FANTASTIC. <BR> <BR> Back on the run/walk intervals. This has been going really really well, though today I am feeling some tightness in the same leg and spot where I had issues a year or so ago. This time I am learning to take it slow. I do the run/walk every other day and am really listening to my body this time as I build up stamina, speed and endurance. I'm paying close attention to my heart r... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:56:20 EST XBox Kinect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855042 My daughter received an Xbox from her dad for Christmas this year. We've purchased the Kinect for it, which allows you to play certain games without a controller. The camera tracks your body's movements. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone out there that has used one of these and can suggest a game that they have found to be a great workout? <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:21:17 EST Weekly progress report 1/9/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850318 I've had a hit and miss week. Still not 100% with getting up earlier to exercise before work (goal is every day) but I am slowly coming around to it. I am finding I like the peace and quiet in the morning. I can do the treadmill and watch whatever I want on the tube without input from anyone. <BR> <BR> Breakfasts and lunches at work have been pretty darn good. I've stayed on track with some combo of soup/salad/wasa bread/tuna and supplementary snack of kashi bar or carrots. I am still... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:35:32 EST blog cursing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816769 Uhhh. So yeah, this is new. I am trying to comment on someone's blog and the site won't allow me to and keeps asking me to remove any cursing. I haven't curse and I, for the life of me, can't figure out what's wrong or what word might be prompting it. Does anyone have any clues or suggestions....are there any typical "innocent" words or characters that kick warning into effect? I wish it would at least highlight for me the problematic word(s)! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:20:13 EST Time to pay the piper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815647 Thanks for the warm welcome yesterday. It was very touching and made me feel back "home" again. <BR> <BR> I reset my weight tracker and added some updated photos. Accountability, yadda yadda. I tell you what. It's like I'm a first time user of this site. It took me forever just to do those two things! New features, new links, more advertisements. <BR> <BR> Saw the doc today and blood pressure and levels are ok...still pre-diabetic but hypothyroid is in check. I'm set for go. <BR> ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:08:01 EST Sluggo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815025 I will do this...again...even if for the millionth time. The last year has seen a lot of change...injury, illness, a move, a partnership. I've regained weight AGAIN. I'll eventually blog about some of these things This is the second relapse since starting SPARK several years ago. <BR> <BR> I need to dig deep to get and stay motivated. I know if I can do it again one more time, it will be the last time. What's different? I now have the space and the capability to maintain an exercise ro... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:00:52 EST Ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594611 Well, today is the first day of my classes. I finally received the syllabus for one of them and it looks completely do-able. Not too bad. Just have to wait and see how the other one shapes up. <BR> <BR> I had a rough start to the morning which has had me down. I got mad and yelled at my daughter because I caught her lying to me. She told me she made her lunch, I asked follow up questions about it, she lied some more, and then it turns out she didn't make it, she was going to buy it desp... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:51:44 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588984 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1756934033.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The picky part of me doesn't like some of the wording on this picture but I appreciate the essence of what it says. Thank you, Spark Friends for lighting the spark in me. <BR> <BR> It's been a pretty successful week. I didn't go out of calorie range once since my last post and I exercised every day. One of those days the exercise was via "Just Dance" on Wii with my daughter so it was kind of a light day but st... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:26:12 EST Just For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580889 Yesterday I read the following piece somewhere online. I honestly can't remember where I read it but I copied and pasted in an email to myself. I apologize if I ripped it off anyone on this site--please take credit if so. I am pasting it here so I know where it is and can come back to it periodically. I think it's good to be reminded every so often to take baby steps and remain in the moment so as to not get discouraged in my quest for self-improvement. <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> JUS... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:55:00 EST 2014 Here I Come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579195 Since Thanksgiving, I can term the last month or so as nothing less than self abuse with the amount and quality of food I've eaten. I've gained back some weight, but so what. I'm back on track again and eager to see how this year pans out for me. I have a friend's wedding at the end of May and a cruise in July so I have some firm mini-goals/deadlines for weight loss already. <BR> <BR> After being off exercise due to my leg, I decided to re-start the C25K program to slowly build back up my... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 10:14:39 EST Running on a hamster wheel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556687 Just blogging to make an effort to keep updated. This is my life right now while finding homes for these critters. About half have been spoken for. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l236322521.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l708978755.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l860148540.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Trying to make time for any exercise at all has been extremely challenging lately, as well as been eating prope... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 09:54:45 EST Craziness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546974 So I haven’t blogged in what feels like forever! Things have been nutty…or at least it feels as though it’s been nutty. When I try to think about what actually has been going on, it seems like most of the crazy has been in my mind. <BR> <BR> First off, things at home have been ok. My daughter’s schedule since starting middle school has been way hectic. She wants to be involved in so much but it requires her to be at school early and late most days of the week so it’s been very hard for... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:20:03 EST Small hiatus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533344 I am taking a small break from Spark. I have a bad situation going on with some family members so won't be around for maybe a week or two. Don't worry, I'll be back! Just want to let people know so they don't think the worst! Thanks for all the support you guys give to me! You can't keep me from this place for too long. Keep strong and keep Sparking! <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 21:44:17 EST Unexpected drop in weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523766 A 5 lb drop this week?! Isn't that crazy? <BR> <BR> I had a friend come and check my scale to verify that it was still working this morning. I have noticed a steady decline over the course of the week but this morning alone was a whole 2 lb drop from yesterday. 5lbs of fat loss in a week is impossible, let's just face it. <BR> <BR> First off, I have been eating pristinely. I have kept intake at 1300 cals/day. My water intake has been good. I've eaten a ton of veggies this week and one... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:53:44 EST And the verdict is.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521455 Finally, after two months of dealing with leg pain, a doctors visit and an MRI, the diagnosis is in. Apparently I have a "stress reaction" that luckily has not evolved into a fracture. This was explained to me as a fluid overload in my tibia. The doc said my body "is trying to break the bone." I'm not sure if that's how I'd phrase it but that's what she said. She said I didn't have to have crutches but that I need "to completely shut down." She said the only exercise I was allowed to do... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:35:15 EST Hiking-Dupree Nature Preserve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515125 I forgot to make an entry after this weekend's hike. Manfriend and I struck out yet again, this time to the Nature Conservancy’s newest nature preserve in Kentucky: the Dupree Nature Preserve. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l105881951.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Because this was a brand new preserve, the trails were fairly well marked and maintained. There were some things not yet established as shown on the map. For instance, the pavilion and the "Cliff Trail" were sti... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:45:23 EST Pumpkin recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515106 Thanks for those who sent me recipes...they are much appreciated! <BR> <BR> The following are a couple of "clean eating" recipes that I found and thought I'd share. Honestly, I have never seen a "cooking pumpkin" as large as the one I received this past week. I have a feeling I will even have some puree leftover for freezing after trying out my various recipesrecipes. I have never used anything other than canned pumpkin so cooking , pureeing and using fresh pumpkin will be a novel experie... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:21:59 EST Ready to get back in the saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510635 I have felt so very "blah" these last few weeks. Once the 5% challenge was over, I also found myself less motivated. Pair that with dealing with this leg thing, I have not felt the drive to put forth any effort. In retrospect, I think that if I could have just hung in there, I might be down another 5-10 pounds. But whatever. I needed a break. The pitfall of that is the current struggle to regain my gung ho attitude. <BR> <BR> The new Fall %5 Challenge starts on Saturday so now I will h... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:22:30 EST For runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498544 This is worth the read. So much truth and told with so much humor: <BR> <BR> <link>theoatmeal.com/comics/running </link> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:47:10 EST Total burn out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498539 Ugh. So I am trying to get back into the swing after take 2-3 weeks off. I've been just burnt out. It all started when I was getting shin splints but a bunch of other life-related things cropped up. The dog pile of everything just got to me and *crash*. I needed a break from it all. <BR> <BR> I still don't feel like writing much but I feel bad not checking in and offering an explanation when several people have been so very caring by not giving up on me and checking in on me. Thank yo... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:42:21 EST Updateyness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481022 I haven't made a blog post in over a week! Wow. <BR> <BR> Well, things are in a weird flux for me. Since school is now in swing for both my daughter and I, my exercise schedule has gone very irregular. Fortunately, I've still been able to swing about 3 sessions at the Y a week, and then I've tried to supplement at home, either by running outside or doing a exercise vid. This has met with varying levels of success. Diet has been good. I have been tracking less and eating intuitively s... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 21:30:09 EST A hard week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471224 This has been a hard week. For myself, and also for others here on Spark. Apparently something is in the air...or maybe it's a testament to how all beings are connected. There are some days, or some weeks, on this journey to self improvement that you just feel like you've hit a wall, either with the diet, with the exercise, with maintaining a positive attitude, or with just plain hanging in there in general. It would waste time going into details of the hows and whys. Suffice it to say ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:27:25 EST Are you a cat lover? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463891 If so you HAVE to check out this fellow Sparker's blog form yesterday: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463019 </link> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:51:09 EST Paying the Piper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460872 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Things have been going ok since school started. I've been managing to squeeze exercise in but it has definitely required creativity and organization. <BR> <BR> Since we were not able to make the Y last night, I went outside for my running. During the summer, I ran solely on treadmills (with slight incline) or on the very flat measured indoor track at the Y. Last night I ventured out, my C25K app geared up and ready to go, and ran. Can I just say "ouch"! I'll be... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:25:20 EST Friday Fitspo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456942 Happy Friday, Spark buddies! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1118594607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1091731121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For my Spa Superheroes: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l882549050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> For this next one, just in case the text is too small to read, it says " There were no scales in Sparta. Your armor weighed sixty four pounds, your shield weighed twenty.... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:00:12 EST Transition time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456019 Now that school has started for my daughter and part time school will be starting for me in a couple of weeks, we are going through some adjustment. Schedules and expectations for the days are changing. I can easily admit that I don't like change and I struggle to adopt a more enlightened attitude about it. As a single parent, I feel that my life is fairly chaotic as is. There are many demands on my time and energy that are not shared with a partner. Order is important to me so I don't bl... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:31:20 EST Running Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452670 This blog will be boring except for maybe those who are trying to work on running. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a huge milestone for me and something I've been working on for a while. I pushed myself and tested myself and was able to run a mile straight without any walking interval. I think my time was around 12 minutes. What's weird about that is that I've have pulled 12 minute miles before---but with walking intervals. I was a bit disappointed that running straight through didn't shave any t... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:12:52 EST And....we're back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448616 Got back from Madison very late last night. <BR> <BR> I wish I could say this trip was perfect in terms of exercise and diet, but it wasn't. I won't spend much time whining or expressing remorse. We've all been there. Just gotta get back to normal routine. <BR> <BR> I did get a run in on Monday night but exercise on Tuesday night was a no-go because it was the conference "dinner" and yesterday evening was spent traveling back home. By Tuesday evening I was totally off diet. I wasn't ea... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:59:38 EST Friday Fitspo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442112 This weekend I am alone. Manfriend has gone to DC. My daughter is with her dad. I have TONS to do before getting up at 5am on Monday and flying out to Madison. No hiking is planned <em>234</em> but I think I will be doing enough other activity to get my burn on! Have a good weekend everyone! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l160693980.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l426737360.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:14:08 EST Too big for my britches? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439645 <em>104</em> <em>236</em> NSV!!!! <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> This morning, the pants I had laid out last night to wear to work this morning were a bit too wrinkled for my liking. Hesitantly, I pulled an older pair of size 14 khakis out of the closet. They were so unwrinkled and crisp from hanging unloved in the closet for almost 2 years. I had prolonged trying these on because I HATE the disappointment of not fitting into something I want to fit into. And miracle of al... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:51:02 EST Hiking-Pilot Knob http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438631 Over the weekend, we postponed out planned hiking adventure because I wasn't feeling too hot on Saturday. I took a 4 hour nap instead and when I woke, Manfriend and I walked up to the Arboretum, around the loop, and back, for what ended up to be a nice 5 mile walk. It was just what I needed. <BR> <BR> Sunday we set out for new territory and chose to explore the Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve which is located not too far from the Natural Bridge area here in Kentucky ( <link>natureprese... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:08:57 EST Friday Fitspo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434219 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1067921330.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l499384013.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l598024520.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l804299070.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l278536535.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone have a wonderful weekend! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:59:41 EST Plateau and Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431668 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> My canoe trip on Saturday was ....new. And harrowing. And fun. I guess I didn't realize just how much the current and "rapids" of Elkhorn creek would turn this activity into an adventure. This girl hasn't canoed since I was around 25 years old and I have only ever canoed on lakes...never in a current. Fortunately, Manfriend has had lots of experience but even so, we still managed to flip and take a swim early on in the trip. Thank goodness I had tied our stuff to... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:08:11 EST HEAT! *sssssssssss* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423936 "Hot town, summer in the city <BR> Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty"--Lovin' Spoonful <BR> <BR> Looks like the never ending rain has finally ceased and we're getting sunny days again around these parts. I had expected that, at this point in my summer, I'd be hardcore into my exercising but instead I find myself really zapped by the heat and I'm doing less than planned. At least that's the situation when it comes to making progress in my running. That's the one thing I really need ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:04:00 EST Juice cleanse--Follow up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421754 Good morning and Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> I thought I'd re-cap the end of the third day of the juice cleanse and document any remaining impressions. <BR> <BR> By the end of the third day I was really in a different world mentally and emotionally. Honestly, when I look back upon the 3 day journey, it's almost like I was down the white rabbit hole. Even now it seems like I was somewhere far away and in another land. In some ways, I still feel like I'm returning home. <BR> <BR> Fortunate... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:31:08 EST DAY 3 of juice cleanse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418863 OK. Here I am on the third day of this program and its luster has started to wear away. Last night I was hungrier than the night before but it was still manageable. As long as I could distract myself, I was fine. I woke up this morning, with not as much energy as yesterday, but still not bad. I wasn't groggy and sluggish but I wasn't raring to go, either. <BR> <BR> Got to work and around 9am grabbed my first juice. I only finished half before deciding I didn't even want the rest. ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:56:44 EST DAY 2 of juice cleanse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417848 The continuing saga of the 3 day juice cleanse... <BR> <BR> To follow up on yesterday's post, I can say things are going along just great! I went to my lunch meeting and the smell of BBQ did not bother me at all. I drank my juice, made it home and finished one more for the day. I felt maybe a little tiny bit of hunger at about 7pm so I then drank one of the coconut waters I was given and didn't even finish it. I was done. One thing is for sure, I was given PLENTY of liquids for this pro... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:38:03 EST DAY 1 of juice cleanse (the start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416608 Last night, I ate a "transition meal" of all veggies for dinner and that is it for solid food for me until Saturday. The Juicery folks said it's better to eat a salad or steamed veggies for your last meal than it is to prepare for a fast by loading up on all the stuff you think you're going to miss out on during the 3 days. That was perfectly reasonable to me. <BR> <BR> We had oven roasted carrots, broccoli, and turnips, as well as some sauteed cabbage that was great, and sliced tomatoes. ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:42:42 EST Juice Fasting Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415646 I picked up my juices to begin my 3 day juice fast/cleanse tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Here is the basic set up. I have provided the details on what was given to me and my instructions. I'm the one who assigned times to the juices, based on my schedule. Juices are mixtures of the listed ingredients. Notice juice number two on Friday---HOT!!!! The last juice on Friday (the third day) is very similar to the lemon, cayenne and maple syrup fast I experimented with so many years ago. <BR> ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 14:32:24 EST Trying something new this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414094 ****DISCLAIMER: This is admittedly a blog complaining about a "first world problem". I read my own words and realize people are starving across the globe. I think the saddest thing is that it's actually possible to feed the world with healthy food but it requires compassion and lack of greed on the part of all. Unfortunately, we're not there yet.**** <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been on vacation for a week now and it's time to get serious again. My trip to see friends went ok and I even g... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 09:26:01 EST Hiking-Quail Hollow at Shaker Village http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401401 So I thought I'd document my hike on Saturday. In reviewing these photos, it looks like a very mild, picturesque, and enjoyable hike. Don't be fooled. I'm not being dramatic when I tell you that there have been times in my hiking history when I've been lost. There have been other times, well, only one time, actually, when I had the realization that I might actually die. This hike incorporated both of these ideas. I got lost. I thought I might die. Faced with no other choice than to sta... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:10:49 EST Running inventions we'd like to see http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396273 I just came across this piece in Runner's World. It cracked me up: <BR> <BR> <link>www.runnersworld.com/photos/running-<BR>inventions-wed-like-to-see </link> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:05:35 EST Incommunicado http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396068 I feel like I've been out of touch. Even though I've been checking in, spinning the wheel, logging my nutrition and exercise, I haven't been keeping up with my Spark Friends' blogs. I definitely feel the absence. <BR> <BR> I've hit sort of a weird phase. I'm not necessarily unmotivated, but starting at the end of last week I felt like I hit a brick wall physically. All of a sudden, my exercising became more difficult. I'm pushing harder than I have just a week or two ago to do the same ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:43:40 EST Mystery revealed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388790 So I met with the personal trainer/wellness coach at the Y last night. Her first questions to me were "What can I help you with? What is your goal?" I told her that primarily, while I am trying to lose weight, that I needed help with strength training. I said that I had experience with regular body weight exercises, dumbells, resistance bands and medicine balls but I really wanted to learn the machines. I told her that the area of gyms with weight machines quite honestly was a mysterio... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:29:35 EST Run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387844 I've been trying to up my running game lately. Part of my motivation is that I've noticed the hip hop and zumba classes are not serving me as well. I'm not sweating as hard, not reaching target heart rate, etc. Of course, if I modified my movements I could probably hit my goals, but the classes have become increasingly crowded over the summer! There's as not much room anymore. I know when fall comes around and both my daughter and I are back in school, our schedules may not permit the tr... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:50:07 EST comic relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387146 This clip is from "Parks and Rec". I feel this way EVERY SINGLE TIME: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9GIZZOt0Rk </link> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:22:47 EST Sodium Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386218 This morning I woke up and was another pound down. I was going to log it but thought, hey, why not wait until Saturday when I do my weigh-in for the 5% Challenge? I might have lost even more by then, given that I have been working out like a fiend and eating perfectly. Then I ate Subway for lunch for a change, which included a bag of Sun Chips. I had the calories to spend and I always pick one of the low fat options when I go there. Quick and tasty, right? If I haven't mentioned it, and... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:14:04 EST NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380097 Last night I had an unusual non scale victory (NSV). This time, it didn't involve me but I count it as mine, just the same. <BR> <BR> My daughter came with me to my hip hop class (similar to Zumba) last night! She sees how I love going to my exercise classes. I've asked her before if she wanted to accompnay me and she always has said no. I mentioned to her that one of the songs we do is a song she really likes so she started getting curious and asking me after each class how it was, what... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 09:28:40 EST Regarding earlier blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379292 My meeting finished an HOUR earlier than expected. So hooray for that! That makes me happy. It went well, I did NOT eat the food, and I feel better because of it. <BR> <BR> I am going to share a few thoughts here, while I enjoy my spinach, kefir, blueberry and flax seed smoothie. <BR> <BR> I deleted my earlier, self-professed rant blog because I received some comments from a few people that I let overshadow the more positive and supportive comments and resulted in me feeling increasing... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:00:05 EST overdue accounting for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373598 OK, so I am finally ready to spill the beans about Memorial Day weekend. <BR> <BR> I was bad. So bad. And I didn't care...well, that's not true. I did care, but not enough to beat myself up. <BR> <BR> I had such good intentions heading into the weekend. Before I left for Atlanta, I scoped out the nearest YMCA to my friends' house. If you are a member locally, you can usually go to other locations not in your state and they will honor your membership. I called the Atlanta location u... Fri, 31 May 2013 11:47:12 EST