KASHMIR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KASHMIR KASHMIR'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/ Old Journal Entry from 2008 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707441 Since the journal is going away on June 10 (if you have any journal entries or calendar items you might want to move them to another calendar and journal!!!) I want to save this entry from 2008. I guess I used the Blog for everything else! <BR> <BR> So, it rained today...went to the gym instead of some outdoor exercise. Treadmill first, noticed my heart rate stayed low for the first mile, and didn't raise as fast as it has in the past either. Getting stronger internally as well as the rest o... Sat, 31 May 2014 11:42:16 EST How to go Cruising and Not Gain Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666765 3rd cruise under my belt, and 2nd that I did not gain weight. <BR> Here are my suggestions and what I do to make sure I don't come home packing more weight than just the goodies in my suitcase. <BR> <BR> #1. Get a cabin at the fore of the ship. This forces you to walk the entire length of the ship prior to and after every meal. Restaurants and buffets are typically located aft. <BR> <BR> #2. Snorkelling. You can burn up to 150 calories in 40 minutes. (FYI, there are snorkel trips you can d... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 18:21:08 EST BLC 24 registration opens today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572900 For those interested in the Biggest Loser challenge, registration opens today for NEW and/or FORMER BLC members. It will remain open for 2 weeks, or until the teams are filled. <BR> More info here! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=61715 </link> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:09:24 EST 30 Day Abs Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1296408871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'll be starting this one again September 1st. I know AKAShelly and CBaileyC are both in for it as well. It is a toughy, and last time I attempted it, I stopped after day 15, even with adapting it for more rest days. It will be interesting to see how far I can get this time. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a full size JPG of the calendar. Feel free to copy it. <BR> <BR> <link>http://plus.google.com/photos/116449<B... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:34:26 EST We go UP...We go Down....We go UP...We go.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460422 This weekend's challenge includes posting a blog about how I have weathered the ups and downs of weight loss/learning to live healthy again. <BR> <BR> Very much like the trip through the Inside Passage this past Friday, I've had my ups, I've had my downs, I've allowed myself to blow off course, I've had a headwind (my own head) that has held me back. The past year or more, I've been pretty stagnant. and I know it's all about what's going on in my own head...as my running coach says, the long... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:07:48 EST Silver Spies Visit Vancouver WA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373175 Welcome to Vancouver, the 4th largest city in the state of Washington! You have made it almost the entire way across the country to come visit my home town. I hope you enjoy your visit to the “Original Vancouver”. It is the oldest permanent non-native settlement in Pacific Northwest. <BR> One of the favorite sayings about my city: <BR> Vancouver not B.C. <BR> Washington not D.C <BR> Clark County not Nevada <BR> Near Portland, Or. not Maine” <BR> <BR> Vancouver is located on the North side of... Fri, 31 May 2013 01:09:18 EST What a difference a year makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361624 One year ago I ran the Inaugural Rock n' Roll Portland Half Marathon. Actually, I ran, walked, stumbled, slogged the whole thing, and it is pretty amazing that I forced myself across the finish line. I had planned out all the places on the route where I could drop out and get to my BF at that time's apartment. I had 3 places where I knew I could quit if I couldn't run it all. By the time I finished, I was in tears, my posterior tibial tendon was screaming at me loud enough to make me think I ... Sun, 19 May 2013 22:48:36 EST Scavenger Hunt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338803 the Silver Spies are having a scavenger hunt, Sea Shells and Sea Horses. I found the shells right in my own bedroom, but could find nary a Sea Horse. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1415222689.jpg"> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:47:53 EST Ragnar Bound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316053 I will be running Ragnar Southern California relay race in less than 2 weeks. Up until yesterday, I was very worried about my ability to keep up, and had seriously thought several times that I should back out. But…I’m stubborn. <BR> I want to run this relay! <BR> I’ve backed out of one relay in the past and wasn’t going to do that again. This year decided I would commit to only 2 races. Ragnar, and the Vancouver USA Marathon. I have not signed up for a single other race (yet), because I fee... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 15:20:50 EST 14 miles on the Wildwood - in pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306271 I had Friday off work, and since it was such a beautiful day,decided to do my long run/walk of the week in Forest Park. For those of you who haven't been introduced to the Park yet, Forest Park is located within the city of Portland Oregon. It runs for over 30 miles from the Oregon Zoo to the far wilderness Northwest following the hillside ridges above the city's west side. <BR> My apologies in advance for the blur to many of my photos. I ran many of the uphills, and bringing my heart rate do... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:06:55 EST What's on my Mind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283254 One of the options for this week's BLC weekend challenge is to write a "what's on my mind" blog...Oh My!!! This could be trouble. I always have so many thoughts zooming around in there, hiding behind doors, peeking out and then jumping back to hide some more...they play tag with each other; taking turns being it...they run races to see who will win today...they climb on each other's shoulders trying to make it to the top of the heap, only to fall down and end up being the base for the next cl... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:13:40 EST Hey Karma, where's the love? Subtitle - Sometimes the Universe has other ideas. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251094 I think Karma has decided that I’ve had enough good things happen in my life recently, and it is time to shake things up again…I just wish she’d stuck with the adage that things “come in three’s”…not 3 squared! Or maybe she decided that in my case it needed to be 3 months of an Interesting Life…In any case….I’m living it, and I hope to goodness I am doing a good job of learning what ever it is she thinks I need a little more obedience training for. <BR> <BR> It all started the last week of ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 02:04:39 EST Message to my 16 year old self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228133 BLC Weekend Challenge post - <BR> This isn't the blog entry I would have written a month ago, but with the last couple weeks, my life has changed dramatically, and with it my mind set. I put my parents through some rough times in my younger days, and with the passing of my father last week, I wish I could have not been such a difficult child in my teen years. <BR> <BR> so...You...BRAT CHILD!!!! Yes you...the one who thinks she is smarter than everyone around her. Sure, you are intelligent, ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 01:37:47 EST Staying on Track Through the Holidays Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147472 Oy. <BR> <BR> One more tool to keep myself on track. And this one comes with face to face accountability. I am running the Biggest Loser Challenge at my workplace again this year. I currently have 10 contestants...sigh, make that 11 contestants. <BR> Somehow, not sure how, my name got added to the list. These people have all seen my before and after photos. These people all can see that I am no where near looking like my "after" photo anymore. So, I will leave my name on the contestants lis... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:30:58 EST Staying on Track Through the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145585 One of the Silver Spies Weekend Challenges is to blog about how to stay on track through the holidays. I am struggling right now, so I really need to think through how I can stay on track. <BR> <BR> #1. Run....My pulled muscle from 8 weeks ago seems to have finally healed. I ran 5 miles this morning and felt pretty good. Granted, this leaves me SO untrained for Rock n Roll Vegas, but I can stick with my Long Beach and Girl Friends plan and walk the majority of it. So, Run...it helps me maint... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 01:21:15 EST Strategize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125228 One of this weekend's challenge items is to work up a strategy for the coming 7 days. I really need it this week! <BR> <BR> meals: <BR> Breakfast will be easy, I've already got it covered. <BR> Bone Broth, Hard Boiled Egg, piece of fruit. <BR> <BR> Lunches <BR> Meat and Veg <BR> <BR> Dinners, not so easy! I am dating once again, and eating out comes with that. My strategy for restaurant dinners is to pick the place myself. This past week I did really well, ordering things off the ala cart... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 18:25:35 EST And another commercial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119751 Please, help get our Mel back into first place! Please vote for our own Sparker Melony Teague! <BR> <BR> <link>www.circleofmoms.com/top25/Top-25-He<BR>alth-Wellness-Moms-2012?trk=t25_Top-25<BR>-Health-Wellness-Moms-2012#_ </link> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 01:28:23 EST Quick Commercial Break - VOTE FOR MEL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113564 <link>www.circleofmoms.com/top25/Top-25-He<BR>alth-Wellness-Moms-2012?trk=t25_Top-25<BR>-Health-Wellness-Moms-2012#_ </link> <BR> <BR> To all my friends, Please click through to the link and vote for Sparker Melony Teague's blog. I invite you to check out her blog as well. <link>fitnesstrainingforlifeandadventure.b<BR>logspot.ca/ </link> <BR> I love her intro; "Life is an adventure. To make my journey as fulfilling as it can be I have partnered up with some experts in fitness and nutr... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:04:54 EST BLC20 - 6 week checkup or Pretty Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108644 In Week 1 of BLC 20, we all came up with a plan for how we would make it through this round of BLC. The final statement of my plan was, "Pretty Simple all it takes is Follow Through." <BR> <BR> This is a review of where I am. Beginning weight for this round was 144 something. I am, as of this morning, hovering at dropping below the elusive 139.anything number. I call that a win, butit will remain a win only as long as I follow through. <BR> <BR> from week one's blog. <BR> My plan for BLC \2... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:06:13 EST Keep Calm and Carry On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086907 I am in a bit of a panic. I just realized how much I have bit off for my training going forward from here. <BR> <BR> Long Beach Half marathon this weekend. <BR> Girlfriends Half marathon next weekend. <BR> Chicks Fat A$$ relay in November. <BR> Vegas Half in December. <BR> Hazel Dell Half in February <BR> Ft Vancouver Run March 3rd <BR> Vancouver USA Marathon in June <BR> Hood to Coast in August (pending acceptance of the team) <BR> <BR> Could someone hand me a paper bag to breath into? <BR... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 17:49:54 EST Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084219 Oy...it's official. I'll be doing full blown training again next year. Found in today's emails: <BR> <BR> "Hi Robin, <BR> <BR> We will make sure you are on our 2013 marathon list. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Wookie" <BR> <BR> This past summer when the tendinitis hit, I was training for the Vancouver USA marathon. In May I asked them to drop me to the Half, and then the Dr said "tsk tsk tsk, no running until it's pain free." The event crew are very nice people and said no worries, just de... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 19:11:46 EST Meal Planning Vacation Style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079038 this weekend's challenge has us planning our meals for the next week. Next weekend will be interesting, as I fly out to California for the Long Beach Half Marathon on Friday! But...here goes. I can only do my best based on previous trips. At least I have a good chance of losing weight, I usually do when I'm on vacation. <BR> <BR> Breakfasts <BR> Sunday - Run day. 1/4 PB sandwich on Dave's Killer bread and 1/2 cup coffee prior to my run, rest of the sandwich, cup of coffee, and protein/carb s... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:45:23 EST BLC 20, Week 2 - Homework http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071053 Favorite meal - is it worth it? <BR> <BR> y'all know my weekness. Sushi, and the Big Sake. <BR> <BR> So, here is my typical night out at the sushi bar <BR> <BR> Tsunami Salad <BR> 2 teaspoons Tobiko <BR> 2 oz yellow tail tuna <BR> 2-3 oz salmon <BR> 2 oz mackerel <BR> 1 sweet shrimp <BR> 1/4 cup shredded daikon <BR> 1/4 cup seaweed <BR> 1/4 cup sliced cucumbers <BR> 2 tbls each mirin and rice vinegar <BR> Approx calories 580 <BR> But wait, there's more! <BR> <BR> Tobiko and Quail Egg Sush... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 01:23:04 EST BLC 20 week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062162 Considering it is/was wedding week, I think I did fantastic! I made sure I ate mostly healthy foods, and I enjoyed the not so healthy foods. I also kept moving. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, 20 minutes walking, cross training chicks workout <BR> Thursday, 4+ mile run, cross training chicks workout, hauling stuff for the wedding, setting up stuff for the wedding, tearing down stuff after the wedding, hauling stuff back from the wedding. <BR> Friday, 20 minute walk <BR> Saturday, over 18 miles total, a... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:47:47 EST BLC 20 Before Pics and Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060810 This blog has to be quick, I'm baby sitting my Grandson today! Wedding blog will happen if I'm able to stay up later than he does tonight! <BR> <BR> First the Pics. My weight this morning was 143.5. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258061603.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l122472016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My plan for BLC \20: <BR> <BR> Track ALL my food. I've fallen off the tracking train for pretty much the past year. I know it works, it's how I w... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:12:29 EST Review and Preview http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052986 Last week went by in a blur again. I honestly do not remember the first part of the week! I do remember getting in a terrific run one morning before work, over 3 miles, and I didn’t need to walk once. <BR> <BR> Mr. Nike and I met for dinner Thursday at the Lebanese restaurant again, and we learned an important lesson. Stick with the Lebanese food on the menu! I had the Kafta casserole, he ordered a calzone. My dish came first, his followed several minutes later, looking rather Pale for a ca... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:08:07 EST Mojo Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044356 I think I’ve got mine back…at least my running Mojo that is. Ran more than 6.5 miles on Sunday without stop, and accomplished almost 5 more at a run/walk…and did it all in a trail run at about a 14mm pace…which for ups/downs/rocks/branches/creeks etc…that’s not too shabby of a pace! (for me) <BR> Going to do a 5 mile street/asphalt trail run tonight and see how my leg feels and what kind of pace I can maintain. I’m just not feeling the street runs since I’ve discovered the Wildwood. I know I ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 17:50:17 EST Hood to Coast 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036288 Official chip times haven't been posted yet, so right now team Honey Buckets and Badgers is showing 55th overall...unfortunately that is based on their original 2pm start time off the mountain! Or, maybe fortunately! If a team finishes faster than 2.5 hours off their anticipated finish time will be DQ'd. <BR> <BR> So,my own personal Hood to Coast adventure - from the non running side of things! <BR> <BR> Friday started off with work...doesn't my life always seem to end up revolving around w... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:06:13 EST Coastal Oregon Photo Blog part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023495 Yep, I got busy again, and this is my first chance to get part 2 posted for you all! <BR> <BR> I left you off before we headed up the mountain. We didn't make it the whole way up, but I am sure we will next time! The first mile was a zig-zag across what I call scrub, on a very narrow path. Very humid and claustrophobic, but the plants were fascinating. I only snapped a couple, wishing I'd got more! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l5582134.jpg"> <img src="http://... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:23:12 EST Coastal Oregon in the Summertime - photo heavy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018217 It is SO nice to be able to take full vacation days again! The insanity of my job appears to be over for the most part, and I don’t feel so overwhelmed coming back after taking a day off. Shoot, I’m actually working some 8 hour days again! I think last week was first week in over 18 months that I entered multiple 8 hour days into the payroll system. <BR> <BR> Kate (KEakman) and I took this past Wednesday (since I’m so far behind on Blogging, this is now 2 Wednesday’s ago!) off for a girls da... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:25:53 EST DangNabIt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015554 Peeved with myself - I was going to write a blog about last week's beach trip, but all the photos are on my phone, and my tether to get them onto the computer is sitting on the kitchen table. No help at all! So, instead you are going to get a ramble of my personal life stuff. I DO promise to give you a hiking blog with photos tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Middle son’s wedding is coming fast. I MUST start to think about a dress! I’ve gained so much weight that I don’t see being able to fit into ANY o... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 19:00:25 EST Summer in the City http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013663 And another week of my summer has come to a close. Wednesday of last week I went hiking with Kate, but that will be a blog to itself. Took lots of photos that day. More to follow in the next day or so. <BR> <BR> Friday evening was spent with, who else, Mr Friday Nite. This was date #4 and there will be a date #5. We had dinner at his place (he is an excellent cook) and then sat out on his deck watching the city go by. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870036497.jpg"> It was... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:58:32 EST A Weekend in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004000 It was a super fun and fairly active weekend for me, and even I managed to keep my nutrition under some form of control....kinda... <BR> <BR> Friday was date night. We ate at a Middle Eastern restaurant, and since I’d over eaten during the day I declined any alcohol and went with the mint tea, no sugar. I ate a good bit of my salad, and half of the rest of the meal. I ordered Kafta which came with rice and carrots and a light yogurt sauce on the side. We both had a good time, and decided we ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 19:57:00 EST What Happens in Yesterday Stays in Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999526 Yesterday I began this blog, and deleted it. Why you ask? Read to the last paragraph and you will know why I chose to resurrect it from my deleted mail folder (I write all my blogs in Outlook, spell check (!!!!) and if/when Spark blows up on me when I post, I don’t lose all those hundreds of words forever). <BR> <BR> Day before yesterday was quite the day. We had a systems change at work. The factory floor was shut down for over 12 hours, and there were a few people who literally put in a 24... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 12:25:50 EST Oregon Country Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976538 Last week counts as a good week. Lots of hiking, lots of activities. I took Thursday afternoon off work, and AKAShelly and I hit the Wildwood trail for a fabulous 16+ mile hike. Someday, hopefully this summer, we want to hike the entire trail. We will need to start early and park a car at each end, or arrange to have someone pick us up, but I do think if we start in the early morning it will be quite doable to hike the entire 30 some miles. <BR> <BR> Friday I was off to the Oregon Country F... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:29:36 EST Thanks Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965926 Thanks for all the support yesterday. I'm truly grateful to you all for your many positive comments. I am doing what I need to, to take care of myself. Part of taking care of myself was not just ranting in my head over how angry I am, but working out in my head and in writing, why I am so angry and what I can do about it. Not nearly so angry today! <BR> I have acknowledged that I am not, and was not in love; and never even expected to be...I realized yesterday evening that the anger is more ... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:56:06 EST Wow. Just Wow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964346 It's been a long time since I last blogged! April. Since then so much has happened. <BR> <BR> I had to stop running in May due to the tendinitis. In June My Dr cleared me to walk/run the Rock n Roll half marathon in Portland as long as I didn't do anything "not too smart". I planned my outs all along the route where I could peal off and quit if I needed to, but I was able to cross the finish line. I definitely ran too much of it, but was happy with my time. I came across the finish in pain,... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:29:21 EST Planning BLC19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856126 The first weekend challenge for BLC 19 has begun. And to get full points we must blog our plan for the next 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> #1. Run - get in all my training runs as long as my injury allows. When PT makes running impossible, weight train. <BR> #2. Do my PT exercises. I will not recover without, and they will help rebuild my strength <BR> #3. Grocery shop. I've been slacking on the healthy groceries because I'm eating out so much. Get back into the habit of having healthy foods in the hou... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 11:25:04 EST Silver Falls pt 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837229 Again, no time to write, so the pictures will have to speak for themselves. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l365664427.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l672672067.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l373584393.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l485553555.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l896107327.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 08:57:20 EST Silver Falls State Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828427 No time to write up much of a blog about my latest hiking trip, but I can at least get the photoes posted. <BR> <BR> the hike started out with snow falling on us, but after about a mile the sun began peeking through at us on occasion and then around the halfway point of the 7 mile hike it came out full time. <BR> <BR> anyway, here's the pictures! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l288109314.jpg"> <BR> Snow on the ground <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 09:38:13 EST Tony Starlight's Supper Club http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779437 Tuesday Ian and I checked out the supper club, and were quite pleased with what we saw, and heard. It was an open mike night, with no cover charge. A few of the singers were so so. A few would have been better served with a different type of song that fit their voices better...picture Doris Day trying to sing Ertha Kit! And there were several who were extremely impressive! The pianist who backed them was Bo Ayars, <link>ax2music.com/about.shtml </link> who was Liberace's musical director fo... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 15:29:07 EST Operation Zip ‘Em Up Complete - week 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777518 They zip! <BR> They zip without having that ugly sag at the back that is always there when the waist band is being stretched due to my tummy and butt being too big for the pants. They zip and my tummy stays flat in them with no pooch. They zip with only a tiny muffin top hanging over. Now…the thighs..that’s another story! These pants would be great to wear under a very long shirt that would cover up the fact my thighs are straining to be released…so. Back to the pile of too smalls they go, b... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 13:40:30 EST Operation Zip 'Em Up Week 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767616 Took over a week off of running. Still had discomfort this morning during a 2 mile run. The real test will be Sunday when I run the Ft Vancouver 10k. Worried, but I figure it will be what it will be. I can always become a walker for most of the races I've signed up for through the year. I won't like it, but I'll do what I need to do. <BR> <BR> Weight remained the exact same this week as last, but I weighed in during the evening Wednesday instead of the Morning. Hoping to keep myself on track... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 18:33:32 EST Operation Zip 'Em Up - Week 9 (woulda been) VERY LONG!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4755502 This will be the Blog that Was: Operation Zip 'Em Up - Week 9 <BR> And <BR> The Blog that Is: Why Me???? <BR> <BR> Okay, here is the blog that was...it's incomplete, but it was great to write and I was excited about finishing it and getting it posted. <BR> <BR> Operation Zip ‘em Up Week 9 (wrote this on Wednesday) <BR> <BR> Measured myself for the first time since BLC18 began, and I have lost inches. Interestingly enough, though my clothes make it feel like I’ve lost many inches, the tap... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:50:53 EST Operation Zip ‘Em Up - week 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742204 Down a smidge more for yesterday’s weigh in. Actually thought it would be more, but I’m not sweating it since I am staying on track, and it’s dropping bit by bit. <BR> <BR> Work, Meh…what can I say about work that I haven’t already said a half million times already. Nothing is changing except maybe my attitude. It is what it is, and I’m trying to keep a more positive attitude. I’m not waking up in the middle of the night so often to go over everything I haven’t accomplished, so that is a pos... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:02:49 EST Operation Zip ‘Em Up week 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732837 Oh so much has happened, so little time to blog! I saw 139 on the scale yesterday, went out for dinner last night and STILL saw 139 on the scale this morning, AFTER a half a cup of coffee even! (Insert Fist Pump Here) I am well on my way to my race weight…Finally! <BR> <BR> I am keeping up well with my BLC team requirements. Glad I joined the Silver Spies for this round, and I still get to go visit with the Azure Destinations team to keep up with all of them. VERY glad I rejoined BLC…not sur... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:54:35 EST Time Will Tell Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4717305 In June 2010 I wrote this blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3325093 </link> <BR> <BR> In November 2010 I wrote: <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=37<BR>83872 </link> <BR> <BR> It is now over a year later, and I thought now would be a good time to update. He didn't like living alone, and quickly began a relationship. Okay, Mom didn't get her way there, but I think that was a bit much to ... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 20:39:02 EST Transformation Blog - BLC18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712687 This blog is about transformation. Not about the transformation of the body, but of the spirit. It isn’t a pretty story. I have told it before, and I will tell it again…each telling shows me my additional growth and transformation that still continues today. If you don’t like sad tales, feel free to close out now, I’m okay with that. As we all know, life isn’t always pretty for the majority of us, and some don't deal well with the ugliness that can happen with life. <BR> <BR> I was first mar... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:13:38 EST Operation Zip 'em Up Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711844 Weight is still down. This is the first time in a very long time I've managed not to sabotage my efforts. I am pleased with most of my food choices, and this coming week I hope to have my fitness back to where I want it to be. <BR> <BR> Wednesday was one of the best days in my life. My son contacted me Wednesday afternoon to tell me they were on the way to the hospital to have his GF's labor induced. Asked what time, he said they would start between 8 and 9pm. I knew the restaurant closed at... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:42:32 EST Operation Zip Em Up Week 4-1/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701561 Weight continues to drop slowly...I am actually looking forward to tomorrow's weigh in for BLC18. I'm wearing a pair of slacks today that have been super tight around the waist and thighs, today it's just the thighs that are too tight. Muffin top is SHRINKING...that has me very happy, hoping to start seeing some definition again in a couple weeks! <BR> <BR> Still dealing with hip/quad issues, but it's getting better. Managed to join the Vancouver Fit group for the 5 mile run on Sunday, did f... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:31:16 EST