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/ I Swear I Lived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833617 This is my new favorite song. I had a very challenging day, drained the life out of me but I still went to yoga. Driving home I heard this song by One Republic. I hope the video works for you. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0rx<BR>ydSolwU </link> <BR> <BR> There is a quick ad in the beginning then the video starts with a young man getting ready for a bike ride, talking about living with cystic fibrosis and how he doesn't let it get him down. <BR> <BR> As of the making... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:39:34 EST This Day In History http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822527 1859 Charles Darwin published "On The Origin Of Species" <BR> 1932: The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), officially opened a Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) in Washington D.C. <BR> 1941 - Pete Best was born, (drummer from the Beatles) <BR> 2014 - KELLIEBEAN reached two years maintaining a weight loss and healthy habits. <BR> <BR> In the past, I couldn't maintain a weight loss longer than a couple months. I remember when I reached one year of m... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:31:55 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818806 In yesterday's blog I talked about my bad mood and my stiff back. I talked myself into a better attitude and better mood and decided to go to yoga since you all made me see it would be good for my back. The day went along nicely. Until... <BR> <BR> Let me prefice this by saying everything is fine now. <BR> <BR> My dad's girlfriend called about 5:30pm that she hadn't heard from my dad since he left for his doctor appointment, 40 miles away, at 12:30ish. He won't give up his doctor since he ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:04:57 EST Don't Judge the day by the Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818180 The forecast calls for frigid temps today, too early for this weather in my book. My husband kept me awake off and on through the night with his snoring, I have a full day ahead of me trying to kick off a project with people dragging their feet on commitments and my back suddenly went stiff for no reason this morning making me rethink yoga class tonight. It all makes me feel like yelling, WHY ME?! Or “Well, it’s definitely a Monday, I need more me time.” <BR> <BR> So often when the weather i... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:35:06 EST The Weekend in Adjectives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813814 Day off of work Friday for packet pickup.... Fun. Spent a fun day with DD at the convention center. <BR> <BR> Afterward visited my aunt back in my old neighborhood....sentimental. She's my late mom's last living sibling. She still lives in the same house from when I was small. I drove by the apartment I grew up in, my elementary school, library and the park I played in as a kid. <BR> <BR> Saturday.... hectic. I knew I'd be tired after the race today so I tried to get a weekend's worth of ho... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 20:43:57 EST Fit2Feast/Hope/Goal Reached http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809220 Happy Sunday in November. Just a few tidbits knocking around my head today. <BR> <BR> I am doing the Spark Fit2Feast challenge again this year. Last year it really kept me in the right frame of mind to stay healthy into the holidays. <BR> <BR> For this year's challenge, I will add 10 minutes of activity in addition to whatever regular workout I have planned. For rest days, it will be at least 10 minutes of stretching/yoga. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> From the movie Ho... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:46:09 EST A Thank You Note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803856 I've waited 11 years I think and it's finally happening. DH and I are going to Mexico in March with a local radio station. Every year they invite listeners to travel to a different resort in Mexico to hang out with them and watch them broadcast live on a beach. <BR> <BR> Every year I listen to it as I drive to work on cold, dreary March mornings and say to myself that I will get there one day, never really believing I ever would. <BR> <BR> Over the years, I have lost a significant amount o... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:22:18 EST The Weekend That Was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801327 I joined a fitbit challenge to accumulate more weekend steps than normal so that was the focus for this weekend... keep moving. <BR> <BR> I got off work early Friday, changed right away and took the dog for a walk. After dinner, I kept moving, started some laundry and some housework that kept me up and down the stairs many times. I had been able to squeeze in two walking breaks at work so I was hoping to see 20,000 steps when I checked my fitbit about 8:30 pm. <BR> <BR> Instead of seeing my... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:18:26 EST What to do, what to do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798352 Insert dramatic movie trailer music and deep, overly dramatic movie trailer guy voice.... <BR> <BR> In a world with so much work to be done and meetings to attend, there was no time for her walking breaks, no time for stair runs. <BR> <BR> She leaves her workday to find another rainy evening and DH cooking pot roast and mashed potatoes. How she would love to sink into the couch after a large dinner. <BR> <BR> A glance at her fitbit tells her she needs over 5000 steps to reach her goal. W... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:37:45 EST Friday baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795719 We are sliding into the weekend. I need to shake off that last blog and get the weekend started. <BR> <BR> Good things that happened this week...... <BR> <BR> I shaved 10 seconds off my best 5K time on Sunday, giving me a new PR. <BR> <BR> My dad is feeling well after his hospital stay. <BR> <BR> I ate smart in the hospital cafeteria when I was overtired and stressed. <BR> <BR> My adult son that moved in with us recently, unloaded the dishwasher twice during the night. He's a night owl. ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:56:52 EST Rough day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794291 Today would have been my mom's 76th birthday so excuse my emotional rant. <BR> <BR> Sunday evening we received a call from the independent living facility where my dad lives that he passed out and an ambulance was there. We rushed to the hospital, same hospital where my mom died earlier this year for a long evening in the ER. <BR> <BR> I noticed a shiny, new ring on dad's left hand. It was red, white and blue. Looked very naval. I asked about it and he pointed to his girlfriend with a smile... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:20:17 EST Pant For the Pantry 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792986 I can't resist a 5K for a good cause. Today was the Pant for the Pantry 5K for a local food pantry. This morning, I woke up way too early with a headache and stiff all over. We went from almost 80 degrees and humid to 30s and 40s inside of a week. <BR> <BR> I did the Spark Rise and Shine stretches routine, took some ibuprofen, had a light breakfast and I was ready to go. It was a crisp 43 degrees at race time but at least it was dry. <BR> <BR> After I parked, I realized....insert scary musi... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:21:07 EST Time For a Sing Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786809 I once changed the lyrics to Mary Poppin's A Spoonful of Sugar. So kids, today's singalong is to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It. <BR> <BR> If you’re Sparkin and you know it spin the wheel <BR> If you’re Sparkin and you know it spin the wheel <BR> If you’re Sparkin and you know it <BR> Then Spark points are gonna show it <BR> If you’re Sparkin and you know it spin the wheel <BR> <BR> If you’re Sparkin and you know it track your food <BR> If you’re Sparkin and you know it trac... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:18:48 EST Da Zoo Run Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784234 A great day for a 5K to benefit a local zoo. I met my daughter (my 5K buddy) and her boyfriend (who did not run today) at the train and we headed to the zoo. This is the zoo I took my kids to many many times when they were small. Tons of memories. <BR> <BR> A little brisk this morning but the rain held off so perfect running weather for me. We started out taking goofy pictures and then headed to the corral area where the DJ was playing some good dance music from the late 80s/early 90s. I was... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:55:13 EST House Chips or Fruit Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780244 I’m getting into my usual end-of-summer reflective mood. True, summer isn’t technically over in my corner of the world but close enough. So welcome to the reflective pond that is my blog. <BR> <BR> Some things I learned about myself recently…… <BR> <BR> Stop thinking “I can’t”. True, I am not super human, there are things I cannot do BUT, I must stop letting that be my first thought. Last week I was asked if I wanted the house chips or fruit salad with my sandwich. I had intended house chi... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:44:53 EST A Letter To Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770775 To Myself on October 1st, <BR> <BR> Well, August really flew by. By the time you read this, that project at work that has been like riding an insane roller coaster should be live and going smooth. It's a shame it caused us to wish away the the summer, looking so forward to Fridays, an empty house and comfy clothes. <BR> <BR> Hopefully Anthony moving back in is still going well. True he can be moody at times but I have been really happy to have him back. Every once in a while, I can still s... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:10:02 EST I told Ya So.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768235 ..... i have said to myself many times when I know better but I do it anyway. <BR> <BR> It was a fine Wednesday morning, yeah a little worried about dad but he'll be fine and I had my emotions in check and I felt like it was going to be a productive day at work. <BR> <BR> I bought a little bag of chocolate covered raisins in the cafeteria early this morning for a snack for later. I had a chocolate craving and it was a smart portion. I have this under control. I'm not feeling emotional, jus... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:35:15 EST What Inspired Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765886 It was a hot and humid Saturday morning. Too humid, I decided, for the run I had planned. Too humid for a dog walk. She does not do well in the humidity. <BR> <BR> A great day to sit and decompress from the hectic week I told myself. DH and I watched 13 Going on 30. After he left for work, I settled in for the Will And Grace Marathon that is on every Saturday. <BR> <BR> As storms rolled in, some episodes brought back some not-so-happy memories from the time the episodes first aired. Self lo... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:20:08 EST Saturday Evening Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756611 I decided to leave work early yesterday, Friday. I've put in some long hours and there had been many many busy evenings. I was burned out. It was going to be a comfy clothes and remote night! <BR> <BR> When I got to the car, the independent living facility my dad lives in called to tell me he was taken to the hospital with shortness of breath. To those of you that do not know, we lost my mom unexpectedly in February. My stomach was lurching during the hour-long ride to the same hospital. <B... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:02:08 EST Lesson learned AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749282 What's been happening.... <BR> <BR> Long hours at work on two frustrating projects. Cleaning out the spare bedroom each evening in preparation for my 23 year-old son to move in here because he's mad at his dad for telling him he needs to be on his own when he doesn't feel financially ready. <BR> <BR> My ex and his fiancé had this talk with him two weeks before the ex's wedding. Nothing like putting your son (who's also your best man) in a foul mood right before your wedding. <BR> <BR> AND... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:42:26 EST For the Times, They are a changin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741353 Hello Sparkland! <BR> <BR> YAY FRIDAY! It's been a very busy on call week but I've muddled through without the stress eating thanks to my yoga DVD. My hips were getting really tight again so I got back into the yoga habit. It has also really helped with stress levels. <BR> <BR> I managed to get a couple short runs in this week so the scale is slowly dipping back down a smidge. <BR> <BR> Last night DH dug into a bag of Tostitos and cheese dip. I could smell them at 9:30 but I was fresh out ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:30:05 EST Alright Alright Alright! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736552 That blog title couresy of Matthew McConaughey, first line he ever spoke in his movie career and the phrase he throws out when he wins awards. I think we should start every day with this phrase. <BR> <BR> I've had a pretty negative week but I'm pulling out of it, thanks to my friends at Spark. Give yourselves a big round of applause! <BR> <BR> I went for a run last night with my new running shoes (I spent time all week breaking them in first), my Spark People shirt and my new running skirt... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:37:25 EST IT'S ALIVE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727146 The saga began last Friday. I left work early with a slight cough. I didn’t feel too bad, just didn’t want to be in close proximity to my co-workers in a quiet environment like that. I took work home and dug in. An hour later…. THE SNEEZE. You know the one, the one that immediately tells you it’s gonna be a bad day. <BR> <BR> It was all downhill from there. I sat up all night with tissue after tissue, eyes tearing, coughing worse, no sleep to be had. Knowing there would be no way I’d get to... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:17:31 EST I'm a Warrior http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718115 Warrior Dash 2014 is in the books! What a gorgeous day for it. Not too hot and no humidity to speak of. <BR> <BR> The event didn't seem as organized as in previous years. I don't think they were prepared for how much this has grown. It was a long wait for packet pickup (like ridiculously long) and there were some wait times at a few obstacles. <BR> <BR> This is the third year I did this with my son and daughter. My ex-sister-in-law decided to do it this year too. Hats off to her. Married, ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:43:21 EST It's All Happenin At The Zoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713294 Here's a cute video to go along with the Simon and Garfunkel song ... <BR> <BR> <link>m.youtube.com/watch?v=-0uO5RKI-S8 </link> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ran a 5K benefitting a local zoo. I did it last year for the first time and it's a just great day. It goes along with a weekend of activities in that suburb. The course runs through the residential area nearby. All the residents come out, sit in their driveways with their coffee and cheer on the runners. Babies are set up in their playpens,... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 08:24:37 EST Bring on the June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708366 Well, May really flew past me. I worked crazy-style so I could leave for vacation without leaving too much hanging at work. Nine days on a motorcycle, two days of laundry and then two days at a work seminar. <BR> <BR> Next thing I know, it's June 1st! Where will I go from here? <BR> <BR> I started the 30-day plank challenge today. I've worked my way up to a one-minute plank but then slacked off. So this challenge will get me back in gear. <BR> <BR> I have two 5Ks coming up this month. Th... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:51:44 EST Holiday Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703091 Okay, let's get this blog started with the intro from the movie Vacation... <BR> <BR> <link>m.youtube.com/watch?v=jY9xZoKiBgU </link> <BR> <BR> We left the Chicago area for a nine-day motorcycle ride on a bitter cold, rainy morning. No worries, the rain wasn't too hard and we have great rain gear. Four hours later, we shed the rain gear in sunny, southern Illinois and made our first stop in Hannibal, MO. The other couple showed up just as one of their tires went flat. <BR> <BR> While w... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:59:43 EST What a Long Strange Trip it's Been http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695280 Sometimes I wonder if it's worth going on vacation with the amount of work I have had to do in the last two weeks. When I get back, I will have two days to relax after a nine-day motorcycle trip before I have to catch a plane for a work seminar for three days. <BR> <BR> But I know vacations are needed. A change of scenery, unplugging from the daily grind is necessary. Nothing at work will crumble in my absence. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, my mom passed away unexpectedly in February. It's... Wed, 14 May 2014 22:59:02 EST Sensational Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692274 A mild, sunny Saturday started in the usual way, with a little coffee and a little sparking in the early morning quiet. I really wish my dog would sleep late on weekends! But then the quiet solitude is nice too. <BR> <BR> I took her for her usual one-mile walk then changed and headed out for a three-mile run, taking a different route than normal. For the first time in a long time, I felt light and natural heading out instead of like I'm wearing cement shoes the first five minutes of the run.... Sat, 10 May 2014 22:46:19 EST Weekend Tidbits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687825 Friday we started the day with Pherell’s Happy. We’ve done this a few times in the office, first thing in the morning, we fire up the video and dance. One woman and I try to mimic the moves of the people in the video. Hilarity ensues! This particular Friday, they talked my boss into staying. To say I was cringing on the inside was an understatement. I didn’t want to be a party pooper so I did my best to forget he was behind us. Hilarity ensued! <BR> <BR> I had posted on my One Day Challenge ... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:00:45 EST Little Wonders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684744 I was looking at articles about May Day last night. It’s not celebrated so much in the US but in other countries it is celebrated with flowers and dancing. <BR> <BR> In Germany, it’s common to hold dances on April 30th that last past midnight to “dance into May”. How wonderful is that?! <BR> <BR> Some celebrate May Day by leaving baskets of flowers on their neighbor’s doors. It is said that if they catch you leaving the flowers they can claim a kiss. Delightful! Well, I guess that depends... Thu, 1 May 2014 09:44:23 EST Worthwhile Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681602 The weekend started with a great end of the day walk around a section of the walking path at work that I have never ventured to before. Nice little inclines. Quite windy but it was an invigorating one-mile walk. <BR> <BR> A friend stopped by Friday evening to catch up. It was good to see her again. After she left, I did a quick upper body strength training video and hit the hay. <BR> <BR> Saturday, I ran a 5K benefitting local non-profits. It was cool, and windy but a gorgeous morning to be... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:44:08 EST Easter is done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676616 Someone told me last week that as the oldest daughter, I am the matriarch of the family since my mom passed away. That threw me into a bit of a tailspin. <BR> <BR> I hosted Easter today which I do normally but it was different without my mom around. No bouncing ideas off of her about the nieces' and nephews' gifts and food. <BR> <BR> DH, AKA the cook in this household, had to work. Everyone was due about 1pm. I finally finished getting everything together about noon. Nothing like waiting t... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:35:41 EST Two For Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672886 It's good to get a good dose of a world existing beyond your issues every now and again. <BR> <BR> Last night I almost didn't go to yoga. Changing priorities at work aggravated me and it was cold and snowy after a beautiful spring-like weekend. But I went. <BR> <BR> A woman new to the class talked to me afterwards. She will be 71 this week. She had been to water aerobics in the morning, senior Zumba and now yoga. I told her if I had done a water aerobics class, I'd be napping, not hitting ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:28:02 EST Conversations With Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669633 I posted in my Spark status that I would run last night because the weekend was going to be too busy. I post, therefore I do. It was a draining day at work, sitting in a dark room watching a webex all day. <BR> <BR> I had to stop for a few groceries and gas before I got home. While driving, I had the following conversation… <BR> <BR> “If I don’t get home quickly, I’ll lose my spark to run, the dog will want a walk, and it will be too late.” <BR> <BR> “Stop it! It’s only 4:30, you have time... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:31:11 EST Spring and Rebirth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668591 It hit me today, really hit me how you need to keep moving through the tough times to get to the good times. <BR> <BR> While walking the dog, it occurred to me that it was just a few short weeks ago that there were still mounds of snow here and there that we climbed up and over on our walks. I remember the feeling that winter was never ever going to end, that I was living in Siberia, that the sun was never going to shine again. <BR> <BR> It's kind of like pregnancy and childbirth. I was nev... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:28:01 EST Great Beginning and End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664641 Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my first blog from my new iMac. I can be taught! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Last Friday, a woman in my office decided to start the day with Pharell Williams' Happy. We got up and danced. SO unlike us! <BR> <BR> This morning, she decided to do it again only this time, she brought up the video and we tried to mimic the moves of everyone in the video. Let me tell you, hilarity ensued and we worked up a sweat. A great way to start the day! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 22:37:08 EST The Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663853 A blog written by a sleepy blogger for busy readers.... <BR> <BR> On call this week at work, snacked too much, DH has been home all week which tempts me to curl up on the couch in the evenings. <BR> <BR> Pushed myself to move, walking breaks at work, even if only 5 or 10 minutes a few times a day, walking the dog after dinner, workout videos. <BR> <BR> Tonight was the fitnessblender.com body weight cardio training plus lower body video. I'm gonna go ahead and say it, brutal, excruciating,... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:14:13 EST Going Out Like A Lion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659435 It's the end of March! Whoohooo! Emotionally and activity-wise, March came in like a lamb and is going out like a lion for me. I had a rough start to the month, very low energy, a bit sullen. The end of the month, I'm trying to pick up the pace a bit. I need to take the bull by the horns these days. <BR> <BR> I have been in maintenance for over a year now. I have found that I have to come up with creative ways to keep myself motivated to maintain my new weight and healthy lifestyle. Spark c... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:27:07 EST Challenges Accepted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653000 Friday baby YEAH! It may hit 60 degrees today baby Yeah! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finished the Spark Streak Into Spring 20-day Challenge. I committed to at least 10 minutes of strength training every day. One day abs, one day lower body and one day upper body, repeat. I used the Spark videos as well as videos from fitnessblender.com. <BR> <BR> I have started quite a few Spark challenges but I think that's the first Spark challenge I have completed. I feel pretty incredible and stronger. So muc... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:26:45 EST What a Difference A Day Makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649755 Saturday, I ran my first 5K in four months. There were several challenges but I felt strong and finished with a time a couple minutes longer than last year which made me happy. <BR> <BR> After the race, I had a nice lunch with my family which included uncles who were visiting from out of town. I took the dog for a walk and got laundry done. It was a good day. <BR> <BR> Then Sunday came. I took lazy and brooding to a whole new level. I barely moved. DH took our yellow lab to the groomer so I... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:26:22 EST Streak Into Spring Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648737 It was a crisp 30-something degrees this morning as I met my daughter in the city for the St. Patrick's Day 5K. First run of the season. <BR> <BR> I got there way too early hoping to get free on-street parking..... In Chicago! Bah ha! I constantly amuse myself. After winding through several blocks, I finally broke down and parked in the $20 zoo parking lot nearby. <BR> <BR> We had a fun warmup with the DJ and then it was time to line up for our first race in 4 months. Mud, puddles, ice pa... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:19:22 EST Streak Into Spring Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647118 Wrapping up the week. I'm trying not to rush the days away but I'm happy to wrap up this week. <BR> <BR> After my mom passed away, I was a bit of a zombie at work so this week I was really trying to get it in gear and make my deadlines. My dad also had knee surgery this week so I've been a bit on edge worrying about him.He's doing great, just a bit too soon to go back to that hospital! <BR> <BR> Spark Streak Into Spring challenge is going well. I committed to at least 10 minutes of strengt... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:54:21 EST Streak Into Spring Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643152 Another day of at least ten minutes of strength training is in the books. I did the Fitnessblender.com upper body workout I've been working on this week. This time I did the full two rounds... 20 minutes, instead of just the first 10 minute round. I like the shape my arms are taking. <BR> <BR> I was in a bit of a fog earlier, caught up on some TV shows I had recorded and then read my book. I got on the elliptical for an easy half hour and read my book a little more. Then I took the dog for h... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 20:44:13 EST Streak into Spring Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640898 So far so good committing to 10 minutes of strength each day for the Spark Streak Into Spring challenge. Tonight was ab work. <BR> <BR> So I'm still a bit discombobulated from my mom's passing almost two weeks ago. Still having a hard time accepting this really happened. She was a force of nature; this just does not seem possible. You have all been amazing and DH has just been my rock helping me help my dad. So I feel blessed! <BR> <BR> Concentrating at work has been an exercise in futility... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 23:13:50 EST Streak Into Spring Challenge-Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637195 I'm in for the SparkPeople Streak Into Spring 20-day challenge. I am committing to at least 10 minutes of strength training each day. <BR> <BR> I began the day with an easy 15-minute run with my Riley girl (my yellow lab). There was a light dusting of snow but the temp was bearable. <BR> <BR> I ran to a local outdoor mall and soon found I was 20 minutes early for the store to open so I did laps around the mall. BRRR! I also stopped and picked up a couple pieces of flair (reference to the m... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 21:25:01 EST Disney Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635860 I think life is better with a little Disney... <BR> <BR> Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine. Snow White <BR> <BR> The more you laugh, the more you fill with glee. Mary Poppins <BR> <BR> Don’t be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what’s outside, but what is inside that counts. Alladin <BR> <BR> Alice: “This is impossible.” <BR> The Mad Hatter: “Only if you believe it is.” Alice in Wonderland <BR> <BR> If your heart is in your d... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:28:33 EST One Day At A Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634790 I'm working on coming out of the fog of my mom's passing. Last evening was her memorial service. The amount of friends and family that showed up in the bitter cold was really amazing. She touched many lives. <BR> <BR> As dark as the past five days have been, I've tried to at least keep the water and freggies going. I have had a hard time eating a full meal. Everything I eat turns sour and I have had a constant thundering headache. I haven't been sparking much but I have kept the principles i... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:26:31 EST Saying Goodbye To Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631162 Hello Spark friends. A huge thank you for all of the kind thoughts about the passing of my mom. It warmed my heart more than you know. <BR> <BR> In my last blog, I wrote how she was improving when I left her Thursday evening. She was responsive after two days of being unresponsive and she was beginning to be mean to my dad. She has had many hospital stays and it was always the same pattern, she'd start treating my dad terrible and we knew she was on the road to recovery. <BR> <BR> No matte... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:17:07 EST Overcame the Couch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629602 I'm very ready for the weekend even if it doesn't turn out to be as relaxing as I would like. <BR> <BR> My mom was moved to ICU because she became unresponsive for a couple days. While upsetting, this has happened several times in the past when she has been hospitalized. So I didn't get too worried. But then I started to wonder just how much one body can withstand, what if this time is the last time? <BR> <BR> Today she came back around and is getting back to her usual hospital self....me... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:25:06 EST