KELLIEBEAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KELLIEBEAN KELLIEBEAN'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/ Florida Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425548 First off, HUGE thanks to everyone that commented on my last blog and propelled me to blog of the week. I am overwhelmed at the response. <BR> <BR> To those of you new to my blogs, my daughter moved away in September and it was VERY difficult for me. <BR> <BR> To those of you that have heard me talk endlessly about that experience, my apologies. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Last week I put on my big girl panties and got on a big, scary plane by myself to go for a... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:40:32 EST Lessons Learned From Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417253 I have blogged about this before, after doing a Jessica Smith Walk and Talk video, and I find the lessons are sticking with me. This would make my elementary school teachers very happy, I'm finally applying lessons learned. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I participated in a 5K at an Arboretum on Sunday. It was a crisp, fall morning, quite the change from the hot, humid weather we had during the half marathon the week before! <BR> <BR> After I crossed the finish line, I kept running t... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 10:38:05 EST I PRd A Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414650 Wait, give me a second, I have to read that again. I can't believe I am typing that. Me! I.... PRd..... at..... the...... Chicago....Half.....Marathon! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Last year I blogged about my first half marathon, asking a couple times in the blog "how did I get here?" <BR> <BR> Today reached a WHOLE new level of unbelievability. We are in the middle of a September record-breaking heat wave, five days in a row of 90+ temperatures here in the Chicago area. <BR> <... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:21:18 EST Productive Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413288 And it's only Wednesday! <BR> <BR> My daughter and her boyfriend are in their new apartment in Florida after evacuating to North Carolina, three days after moving down there when Hurricane Irma got close. <BR> <BR> Last night I spent a few hours comparing airfare and hotel rates (I can't stay with them as they have two cats and I'm allergic) and FINALLY booked my flight and hotel to go visit them next month. It's been a very long time since I have traveled by myself so this is very exciting... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:04:50 EST Happy Scooby Doo day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410794 Scooby-Doo cartoon debuted on this day in 1969, one of my favorite cartoons to watch when I was little. <BR> <BR> I came across an on-line BuzzFeed article about lessons learned from the Scooby-Doo show. I found a few that pertain to me lately... <BR> <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/staceygrant91/17-vi<BR>tal-life-lessons-scooby-doo-taught-me-<BR>xpfm?utm_term=.svnn8vRnjv#.cbbd89ldv9 </link> <BR> <BR> Face your fears head-on - <BR> <BR> Scooby and the gang faced "monsters" on a regular ba... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:59:03 EST Keep Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407488 I made it through the goodbyes and almost done with the long holiday weekend. What do you do when you're going through a rough time? You "lean into it" as Chris Pine said in the movie People Like Us. Whatever IT is, you you were there for it. <BR> <BR> Wednesday morning I had a meltdown to end all meltdowns over my daughter's out-of-state move. DH left for work. I started getting teary which turned into full-blown all out wailing, chest-heaving crying. She hasn't lived with me since she left... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 09:45:39 EST Sunday Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404455 The end of the work week, Friday afternoon energy zap. <BR> <BR> No desire for a Friday evening motorcycle ride with DH and others but I went. My daughter's impending move (five more days now) has sucked the air out of me but I can't curl up in a ball over it so I took care of the dog, got on my bike and headed to the dealership to meet DH for their mystery ride. Everyone meets at the dealership and goes for a ride for dinner... but to where, we do not know. <BR> <BR> I wish I had a helmet... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 08:23:59 EST Bruno/Memorial/Going Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402171 Okay, that was my weekend. And we're done here. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I took Friday off work and did my homemade bootcamp workout... run for ten minutes, lower body strength training using weights I put out in my backyard, run for ten minutes, back to the back yard for more lower body strength and then hit the elliptical for 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> Then, errands, lots of errands and shopping for assorted gift cards for my daughter and her boyfriend for their going away party... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:07:53 EST My Persevering Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397563 Perseverance is defined as "continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success". <BR> <BR> That has been the theme of the day for the last several days since I found out my daughter's live-in boyfriend has been interviewing for a job in another state. He accepted the job offer last Friday so things are going to start changing quickly and she will be 1300-some miles from me soon. <BR> <BR> That's what parents do, raise their children to mov... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 16:18:54 EST A Day Of Observations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395517 I had to venture into downtown Chicago yesterday for work. I love visiting the city but always happy to get back to the burbs where I feel a little more relaxed. <BR> <BR> I’m a people watcher, I love to watch people of all races, shapes and sizes, wondering about their life, where are they going, where are they coming from, what are their stresses, what are they looking forward to? <BR> <BR> I arrived at the train station a little too early and decided to skip the train that just pulled in... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:57:30 EST Sunshine On My Shoulders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393621 I woke up today when I heard DH getting ready for work at 5am, ugh! I got up knowing I wanted to get out early and get my 8-mile run done but I fell back asleep when he left. <BR> <BR> I don't snooze or nap well. I woke up at 6:30 grumpy and very hungry. I came up with several excuses not to run but stopped and turned it around. I splashed my face with cold water, had a light breakfast, took the labrador for a walk, got changed and stuff together for my run. <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful mo... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 20:56:18 EST Weekend Nurturing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391347 Feeling refreshed this Monday morning after a recharging, nurturing weekend. <BR> <BR> Friday, I visited my friend's daughter who is home recovering from her proactive double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. After a few young women in her family died from breast cancer, she tested positive for the BRAC gene and made the decision to have this done. It was great to see her recovering nicely. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning I took advantage of no obligations to rest and relax. I had planned ... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:41:17 EST It's All Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389891 I have Huey Lewis & The News in my head this afternoon.. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw-46UCoZcU </link> <BR> <BR> "say it's alright have a good time <BR> cause it's alright <BR> whoa it's alright" <BR> <BR> I'm happy to say I'm alright. Some of you may have seen my posts that I had a scare last week. The last of my annual screenings came back this afternoon and all is well. I feel like I took a breath for the first time in over a week. <BR> <BR> The older I get, the more ... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:58:02 EST Building My Own Boot Camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385493 I left Orange Theory Fitness a few months ago because their class schedule did not work well with my work schedule. I REALLY miss that workout. I always walked out of there feeling like I could conquer the world. <BR> <BR> I've read enough articles to know that you don't HAVE to belong to a gym to stay healthy and a good maintainer is always readjusting and reevaluating health and fitness plans. <BR> <BR> I looked around the other day and noticed all the free resources I have… an elliptical... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 06:42:10 EST What Are Your Limitations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383504 Limitations - defined on dictionary.com as “limiting conditions; restrictive weakness; lack of capacity; inability or handicap" <BR> <BR> Some of us have health issues that limit mobility, limit energy levels and muscle mass. Our height and weight can sometimes impose some limitations. Work schedules and family responsibiliies can limit our free time. <BR> <BR> Our minds can limit our health and wellness potential. Internal self talk such as… “If I had a trainer and a cook, I could look lik... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 06:39:58 EST Yoga Outdoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382338 On my One Day Challenge team, I posted a challenge from tinybuddha.com... some Sunday self-care tips. <BR> <BR> I incorporated a couple this morning... go cloud watching and mix up your routine. <BR> <BR> I ignored my feelings of self-consciousness and took my yoga practice outside on the beautiful Sunday morning. No clouds in the sky but I looked up at the sky several times during the Yoga With Adriene Morning Yoga video. <BR> <BR> “It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. Y... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 09:27:34 EST Change of Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381140 Did you ever drive home from work and not remember the trip? You put yourself on auto pilot for the same drive and not realize you did it? <BR> <BR> Well yesterday was kind of like that. I'm not going to go into my lousy day at work except to throw a virtual glare to the universe and hope it reaches the bottom dweller(s) that released the malware attack on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, that's done. <BR> <BR> I had plans to meet DH at the bi-weekly Harley dinner after ... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:26:11 EST Too Much But Wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379983 It's Monday afternoon. I'm fading. How I got up and got functional after this weekend is beyond me. <BR> <BR> Let's go back to Thursday. It was warm and humid but I made my after-work run on a pretty path. I needed one last long run in preparation for the weekend's 10K. <BR> <BR> As Stevie Wonder's, A Place In The Sun played on my playlist, I rounded a bend to an opening in the trees and the sun coming through the clouds made me feel wonderful. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:37:21 EST Lighten Up Francis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372090 Okay, my name's not Francis but I looked back at my last blog this morning and remembered Sergeant Hilka in the movie Stripes saying ..... "Lighten Up Francis". <BR> <BR> My last blog was a little grumpy. Yikes! Who was that masked blogger and what did you do with Kellie??? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> "I gotta be me, I gotta be me" Okay, enough singing. <BR> <BR> Oh the ups and downs of life. I thought about deleting the blog but life is like a box of chocolates, you never know.... <BR... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:13:30 EST I Just Wanna Be Okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371094 Ugh, being sick! <BR> <BR> Not my usual blog about how I went for a run despite not "feeling it" and it was great or how I paused to give thanks or went through some reassessments to get back to maintenance weight and started running stairs. <BR> <BR> No, today's article is the grumpy cat version of me. I can't be Pollyanna all the time right? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It came out of nowhere Friday night, bad sore throat. Saturday morning I woke up with major congestion. I've ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:01:29 EST Remembering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368162 I started this Memorial Day weekend with a 30-minute walk after work on Friday, remembering the brave service men and women that gave their life for our freedom. <BR> <BR> Along my walk, I saw four families of ducks leading their young which made me think about the families left behind by these brave men and women. They are also a special kind of brave! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f6b2775-5a0e-4117-b90c-02db54071030.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Saturday was the 10 Mile r... Mon, 29 May 2017 15:54:42 EST Getting Back to Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366415 After four years of maintenance, the winter of 2016 hit and ever since I have continued to hover just above goal weight. <BR> <BR> I won't say those four years were easy but I was doing it. That's what made me fall in love with Spark. All the yo-yoing I did for so many years finally started to feel like a thing of the past! <BR> <BR> A big help has always been the At Goal and Maintenance team. By checking in every day and participating in maintenance challenges I keep my head in the game.... Thu, 25 May 2017 10:01:48 EST Here Comes The Sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359062 A beautiful song written by George Harrison for the Beatles and it played in my head a couple times this weekend since we had a break from the rainy days! <BR> <BR> Studies show that spending time outdoors, in nature can.... <BR> <BR> Improve short-term memory <BR> Restore mental energy <BR> Relieves stress <BR> Improved mental health.... just to name few benefits. <BR> <BR> I made the most of this cool and sunny weekend. I took a little longer walking break than usual at work Friday after... Sun, 7 May 2017 22:47:57 EST Great American Grump Out Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357103 I found that May 3rd is Great American Grump Out Day, a day to "focus on humor, self awareness and positive behaviors to lighten up the seriousness and stresses of the world for 24 hours.” <BR> <BR> It seems to have been created by Janice A Hathy, author and speaker, presenting stress reduction programs and other materials for improving mental, physical and emotional health. <BR> <BR> Today is a fine day for me to participate. I'm a little grumpy over some recent events but the world keeps... Wed, 3 May 2017 11:25:46 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352593 I had a couple minor challenges the last few days. I headed out for a six-mile run after work recently. I took the route that includes about a half mile steady incline at about the 1 1/2 mile mark. As I began the ascent, I came upon a lost dog, a little terrier I think but any stray dog when I'm running makes me nervous. <BR> <BR> I stood still, he sniffed my shoes, trotted away and came back. I pet his back and talked nice to him, gently pulled his collar around and called the number on the... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:50:38 EST Slow Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348916 We live in a fast-paced, multi-tasking kind of world. But like Ferris Bueller said "life moves pretty fast. If you don't slow down once in a while, you could miss it." <BR> <BR> Today I attended a training run for a 5K I'm signed up for in May. It's in a VERY hilly town. Every year I try to shave just a few seconds off my time from the year before. You can either run a 6-mile or 10-mile training run with them. I stick to 6 due to the challenging inclines. <BR> <BR> Last year, I slowed down... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:39:42 EST Visualize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346993 This is the word of my week. <BR> <BR> The last couple weeks I have picked a theme for myself. I hadn't thought about doing it again this week but it just kind happened yesterday, to really start visualizing to change things. Visualize a pleasant memory during a stressful time. Visualize a different outcome to an unhealthy habit. <BR> <BR> I am on call two weeks this month (this week being one of them) instead of just one due to taking vacation last month. I despise on call weeks and usual... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:31:30 EST And I'm Feelin Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340112 You know the Michael Buble song.... <BR> <BR> Birds flyin high, you know how I feel <BR> Sun in the sky, you know how I feel <BR> Reeds driftin on by <BR> You know how I feel <BR> <BR> It's a new dawn <BR> It's a new day <BR> It's a new life <BR> For me <BR> And I'm feelin good <BR> <BR> That's what I heard in my head when I got on the scale for my weekly weigh-in this morning and saw I was STILL over goal. <BR> <BR> I cannot share (without offending) the lyrics of the songs that have pop... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:31:23 EST Post Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337259 I'm off work the rest of the week after a five-day vacation in Cancun with DH, my daughter and her boyfriend, to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary which was last December. My son chose to stay home so as not to miss any Chicago Fire soccer games. He is quite the die hard fan! <BR> <BR> I am melting into the couch right now, thinking about my to-do list. Ugh. I had a huge to-do list before vacation, took the day off before we left to thoroughly clean the house, run errands and do laun... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:20:04 EST Reframing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330818 Winter has finally arrived. I did a New Year’s Day run with my running group on a sunny 40-degree day. We had 50-70 degree days last month and broke a record for no measurable snow during January and February. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K is going to be tough with an expected high of 29. It will NOT be 29 at race time early tomorrow morning I’m sure! <BR> <BR> I was listening to a podcast called A Little Happier with Gretchen Ruben. She has a podcast full of ideas to make your ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:46:00 EST 3/4/17 - A Few Of My Favorite Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327465 I had an interesting moment at my hair appointment tonight. Every once in a while, I get this young woman who spends about two minutes massaging my scalp, forehead and temples before rinsing out the shampoo. By the time she finishes rinsing my hair with very warm water, I am melted into the chair. <BR> <BR> Tonight, as she rubbed my temples, the song My Favorite Things popped in my head from The Sound Of Music and I melted away to my happy places, a few of MY favorite things... <BR> <BR> He... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 23:23:17 EST Eating Disorders Awareness Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323033 On my One Day Challenge team, I try to set a challenge on Wednesdays to improve our wellness. As I approach Wednesday and thinking about what this week means to my family, I thought I'd blog a few thoughts on eating disorders. <BR> <BR> I have received a few messages on this topic since my last blog where I mentioned my daughter's work with the National Eating Disorders Association. She is a recovering bulimic who volunteers as a NEDA navigator and coordinates the annual Chicago NEDA walks. ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:11:02 EST New Experiences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321682 What is life without new experiences right? Mix it up, step outside your comfort zone, try something even if you fail right? <BR> <BR> At 40-something, I stepped outside my comfort zone and learned to ride a motorcycle. <BR> <BR> A couple years later I signed up for the Warrior Dash with my kids. I climbed over tall (to my mind), wooden, muddy structures even though I'm afraid of heights. <BR> <BR> On my 50th birthday, I ran/walked the Chicago half marathon. <BR> <BR> I stepped outside m... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:39:54 EST Here Comes the Sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318521 Mid 50s to low 60s... in February.... in Chicago. HOT DOG! <BR> <BR> It's been unseasonably warm and sunny for the past five days or so and this weekend was absolutely GLORIOUS! It was a weekend of plenty of activity and some resting. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwmVfewqu7I </link> <BR> <BR> I got off work a little early Friday, pulled over near a park by my house and took a 30 minute walk. A beautiful end to the week. I think my labrador was just as happy with her walk whe... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:57:44 EST Windsong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314546 I was reminded of this John Denver song today as I ran with my running group at our local Arboretum. It was an unusually warm and sunny February morning so it felt good not to overdress! <BR> <BR> I never used to think that there was anything beautiful about winter in the Chicago area. Okay maybe a light dusting of snow in the early morning but then I wanted it to go away. <BR> <BR> The more I have been getting used to running in winter, the more I appreciate the beauty around me. The stark... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 17:30:03 EST Tidbit Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312599 ~I'm Just Here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.... <BR> <BR> Oh the day started out well with a local 5K with some members from my running group. I felt strong throughout the race.... until that hill. I pulled out the positive self talk to get me up there. It worked... mostly. Still working on my hill endurance. I caught up to one woman from my running group. With a quick "let's go" from her, we stormed our way to the finish line. <BR> <BR> I ate a healthy breakfast but there were hot dogs and... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 23:35:26 EST Hibernation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306586 As I sit here, in the early morning hours of a cold, dreary Saturday morning with my coffee and my Sparking, I'm thinking about all I would like to get done this morning and I'm still sitting. <BR> <BR> We are on track here in Chicago to have the 2nd or 3rd dreariest January on record. It's been more like Seattle than Chicago. We have had very little snow, very little sunshine, quite a bit of rain. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about hibernation. Defined on dictionary.com as..... <BR> <BR> 1. Zo... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:15:28 EST Friday Tidbits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292488 It's been a while since my last blog. So here's what's rolling around in my head. <BR> <BR> Making it happen <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> Life has been interferring in my workout schedule the last three months. Orange Theory has made some money on me lately as I have not been able to make my four visits/month in a while. <BR> <BR> So adjustments needed to be made. I remembered last month that I had joined a 30 workouts in 30 days challenge on MapMyFitness. The month got away from me so inste... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:03:23 EST Putting One Foot In Front Of the Other http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282235 I am feeling thankful that my dad is doing well since his hospital stay and I'm thankful I was able to take Friday off to start getting ready for Christmas after so many long hours lately. <BR> <BR> After getting my new orthotics Friday, I started my Christmas shopping, wearing gym clothes since I planned to hit Orange Theory somewhere in the day. I haven't been able to go in over a month. Boy did that feel good. I feel like I can conquer the world after an Orange Theory workout. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 20:42:28 EST The Hits Just Keep On Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279644 Hey Sparkers. It's been a while. Pull up a cozy chair and let's get caught up. Here's the readers digest version... <BR> <BR> Worked 10 - 12 hours the two weeks leading up to our December 3 project go live at work. Had to be at work at 3am on December 3, didn't get home till 6:30 pm. Back at work at 5am, home around 7pm. DH was out of town so I walked the dog for a few minutes each evening because I felt bad she was cooped up. <BR> <BR> I got a lot of steps in those first few days running ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 21:57:35 EST The Good The Bad and The Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270013 I have't done a Good, Bad and Ugly blog in a long time. It's good to take the good with the bad. The bad makes you appreciate the good. <BR> <BR> The Good - I sent the sweet monster packing a couple weeks ago and have been doing very well. I have stuck to my Living Lean program we participated in at work.... keeping tempting treats at my desk and repeating several times a day, as I looked at the goodies, that I could eat them but I choose health and wellness and I am in control. <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:07:24 EST Tidbit Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264071 Here we are again for another round of tidbits. <BR> <BR> I've been doing pretty well since I sent the sweet monster packing last week. The sinus infection I had three weeks ago sent me back into unhealthy habits. I started drinking way more soda than I usually do (three a week is a LOT for me and I was going over that!) and there have been many sweets at work that I kept digging into daily! <BR> <BR> I'm going back to my Living Lean training ( an on-line program you can go through for abou... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 22:00:22 EST Tidbit Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260585 It's November 1st, it was 70-something degrees and sunny and the Cubs are still playing baseball! It's a golden day! <BR> <BR> I took a beautiful walk around the path at work to step away from the computer, clear the cobwebs. I use the Charity Miles app when I go for a walk or run. You pick a charity from their list, do your walk, run or bike ride and they donate to the charity you select. <BR> <BR> Today I chose Autism Speaks since it is Autistic Speaking day. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 22:21:26 EST Epic Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256047 I am SO happy my sinus infection has cleared out! That was a bad one last week. <BR> <BR> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> The weather this weekend was wonderful which made everything that much more delightful. Saturday was the 2016 Chicago N.E.D.A. walk that my daughter has been coordinating for the past four years. I volunteer at the check-in table as well as miscellaneous last-minute running around for her. My son works the walk up registration table. <BR> <BR> This year she managed to incre... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:19:18 EST Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254973 What a week it has been! <BR> <BR> I worked like crazy last week to be able to take off last Friday to head to Michigan for girls weekend with my two best friends from high school. We had been talking about doing this for a couple years and finally got our schedules straight. <BR> <BR> I was looking forward to fall colors, shopping in Saugatuck, reminiscing around one of the women's grandmother's neighborhood that I visited in my late teens and picking up all things apple in Fennville. <BR>... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:50:06 EST Chicago Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249037 If you ever have a chance to volunteer at an athletic event, I highly recommend it! Today was the first time I have ever volunteered and I picked a big one, The Chicago Marathon. It was tough getting up at 4am after an exciting late Cubs game. So much emotion! <BR> <BR> I walked down Michigan Ave in search of the gate to Grant Park to check in and receive my jacket, hat and credentials. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd7c1222-8fe7-47cf-ae53-b774d06eb089.jpg"> <BR... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 21:27:41 EST The Highs and the Lows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243644 My how things change. Inside of three days, the weather went from mid-80s and sunny to chilly and rainy. <BR> <BR> I was sweating in a tank top and shorts on sunday. I needed a light jacket to take the dog for a walk on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Last week I was eating right, ran (and walked) a half marathon. I was riding an energy high despite stresses at work. <BR> <BR> This week my fall allergies have kicked into high gear, TOM has hit (my apologies to my male Spark friends) and I have not bee... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:57:46 EST How Did I Get Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241786 I was going to write this tomorrow after I've rested but even though I'm wiped out, I'm still excited; my first half marathon! How did I get here?? <BR> <BR> I got up Saturday morning, walked the dog, cleaned the bathroom and did a load of laundry. Nervous energy. I caught a train for the hour and a half ride into the city, met my daughter (who lives in the city) at her train and then I called for my first Uber ride which was free since it was my first. <BR> <BR> We went to my hotel so I co... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:28:50 EST I Still Rise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225447 Today was a local 5K that I've done the last three years. It's put on by my town's park district as part of their end of summer festivities. <BR> <BR> Last year, I noticed my time was close to the woman that placed third in the 50-55 age group. I was 49 at the time so I set a goal at placing next year. <BR> <BR> This morning started out the same as last year, stormy and humid, sinuses wigging out! I got myself together and walked to the park district as the rain subsided. I had to laugh a b... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:37:40 EST A Tale of Two Runs and a Horseback Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218320 The middle of August. Wow! I hate when summer starts to fade away but I hate the humidity more. So I'm hating it even more this summer now that I'm training for the Chicago half marathon, necessitating that I run in the humidity. Some runs go better than others. <BR> <BR> Last Tuesday's run went a little something like this.... <BR> <BR> I had a small window of opportunity to get 7 miles done after work. Something at work that should have taken an hour, took almost two hours so I didn't get... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:54:47 EST