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/ 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 I'm Building Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213352 50 more days until my first half marathon. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I never trained for anything consistently before now. Even now, I started a bit late with a consistent training plan. <BR> <BR> We've had some pretty hot, humid weather here the last few weeks so this added running schedule has been draining. Add to that I haven't been sleeping well.... keep waking up around 2:30 am and have trouble getting back to sleep. This comes in waves, I know it will pass. <BR> <BR> So imagine my l... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 17:10:00 EST Love/Hate Relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209261 I hate that my mom drilled into me the habit of never going to bed without cleaning the kitchen. But I love waking up to an empty sink and clean kitchen as I pour my morning coffee <BR> <BR> I hate cleaning the blender every day but I love getting my freggies in one tall cup. <BR> <BR> I hate burpees, squats and jumping jacks but I love the effect they have on my muscle strength and endurance. <BR> <BR> I hate getting up early on weekends. My dog never lets me sleep past 5am. But I love b... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:08:21 EST A Few Of My Favorite Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202208 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> I'm getting close to closing out a small, stressful project at work while working through a larger, stressful project. Soooooo, time to focus on the positive. Here are a few of my favorite things this weekend...... <BR> <BR> Friday.... After work I met a woman from my running group on a section of the Illinois Prairie Path that was new to us. I checked the radar and the expected rain was not expected where we would be going. <BR> <BR> Weeeeeellll, there was a light,... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 21:28:37 EST Head Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200010 From Conversations in my Head (my previous blog) to head games I played today. <BR> <BR> To say I'm tightly wound about a project go live at work tomorrow is a huge understatement. I planned it quickly, with many stops and starts over the last year with few resources so I'm worried about my credibility. <BR> <BR> So, I posted on my One Day Challenge team to try loving-kindness meditation from 100 Ways to Change Your Life. I had some rare time alone at home after work and got that done. Tha... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:06:46 EST Conversations in my Head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194176 It can be a very busy place in my head at times. Sometimes when I ask DH something, he'll look at me laughing saying, "You really don't pay attention to me do you?" meaning we talked about this particular subject before. In response, I wave my hands around my head saying "There's a lot going on up here. I can't keep it all in.:" <BR> <BR> Recent conversations in my head..... <BR> <BR> At work Friday, "yesssss. this project is FINALLY almost done." After one meeting.... "Holy crap, we were s... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 15:13:45 EST 2016 Proud to Run 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189648 After the tragic incident in Orlando a couple weeks ago, my daughter and I registered for the 35th annual Proud to Run 10K. <BR> <BR> While watching the news that night with more details unfolding from the Orlando shooting, I cried for everyone that suffered and then became quite nervous about what might happen during the race. <BR> <BR> But living in fear helps no one and I looked forward to today's race. It was a warm and beautiful morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:54:30 EST The Good The Bad And the Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186541 DH and I just got back from a long weekend motorcycle trip to French Lick, IN. We had a bit of a Murphy's Law start.... <BR> <BR> We thought the 'bridge out' detour sign did not mean the bridge we needed.... it was! We back tracked and got stuck in traffic. It was HOT! <BR> <BR> Later I made DH pull over because I felt a pain in my chest, like I got hit with a pebble or bug but it kept getting worse. I know, I know! I always wear my helmet, jeans and heavy Harley boots but not the jacket wh... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:08:32 EST Post Long Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173608 Oh what a wonderful weekend! The weather turned out way better than forecasted. <BR> <BR> Got out of work early Friday, DH made a wonderful dinner and desert. Oh if only I could have grown three inches or so to make room for my stomach! <BR> <BR> Saturday, DH told me he'd do the grocery shopping so I could go for a run. What a guy! I ran five miles for a virtual run in support of a running friend of mine raising money for Going Gray in May for brain tumor awareness month. <BR> <BR> Sund... Tue, 31 May 2016 08:35:24 EST Sunday Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163744 On a recent theme run with a local running store, I caught a glimpse of myself in a window and thought, 'that's me?' Over three years of maintenance and I'm still not used to my fitness level. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b43915a-8eea-4249-a80f-39a931cf8963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It brought to mind the line in the Christina Aguilera song Reflections... "Who is that girl I see <BR> Staring straight back at me?" <BR> <BR> Every race, every hard workout I complete, st... Sun, 15 May 2016 23:14:09 EST Life Goes On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149881 Saturday morning I met up with a group to do a training run for a race that I will be running the first weekend in May. It's in a very hilly suburb. Some streets are so steep that walking up them is a challenge, going down is just as challenging. <BR> <BR> Last year on this training run, I quickly lost site of the group, got lost, gave up about the 3 mile mark and walked around till I found my car. <BR> <BR> I did a smidge better this time. I was at the end of the group but I kept the "slo... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:20:39 EST The Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144526 A beautiful spring weekend is coming to a close. Time to step back, review the past week and plan the week ahead. <BR> <BR> After work Monday, I had a session at Orange Theory Fitness. While changing, I realized I forgot the sports bra. I brought a racer back tank top to wear so the bra I was wearing was NOT a good look! (Sorry to my male friends for TMI). <BR> <BR> Panic struck as I had less than 15 minutes for the session to start. I threw my jacket back on and looked through the limited ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:07:28 EST An Inspiring Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138607 Today was the 2nd annual Shake it Off 5K walk/run benefitting the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, organized by a member of the running group to which I belong, who has been battling Parkinson's since 2003. <BR> <BR> Check out the link below for an article Runner's World did on Jimmy Choi last year... <BR> <BR> <link>www.runnersworld.com/new-york-city-m<BR>arathon/marathoner-stays-a-step-ahead-<BR>of-parkinsons-disease </link> <BR> <BR> At the age of 36, his diseased ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 16:12:09 EST From Powerful to EEYUCK. A weekend review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129455 Friday's workout <BR> <BR> I left work early and made it to a session at Orange Theory and it went something like this... <BR> <BR> I started out on the treadmills at my base pace which is 4.5 for me for one minute, I'm slower than most. Then she had us run a 2 1/2 minute push pace which is 5.0 - 5.5 for me then back to base pace for a minute then back to push pace, I kicked up the speed a bit, then back to base pace. Rinse and repeat. <BR> <BR> This went on for 20 minutes. For the last mi... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:05:51 EST Tidbit Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119829 Orange Theory Fitness <BR> <BR> Before last week's session started the trainer kept saying it would be a hard one. I told myself they are all hard, take it easy. <BR> <BR> It was HARD! But so great! The man next to me reminded me of comedian Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly), even had his personality. When I felt like I couldn't pull on the water rowing machine one more second, I heard him exhaling so I kept pace with him, exhaling the same and I found my strength to power through the hour. <B... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:13:58 EST I Had A Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107502 I get four sessions a month at Orange Theory Fitness with the package I purchased. Once a week is all I can physically handle. It is very challenging for me but makes me feel very powerful! <BR> <BR> I missed a couple sessions this month so I squeezed them into this weekend. Not ideal but I didn’t want to miss out on what I paid for. I went Friday after work and struggled. It was not one of my better sessions! <BR> <BR> During the strength training block Friday, we had to do lunges on a bos... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:42:22 EST Back From A Long Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097132 Back home from a weekend visiting the brother-in-law in rural Missouri. <BR> <BR> I tweaked my lower back right before we left. Nine hours in the car there and back, sitting around the smoky bar he owns the majority of the days and nights were a quite difficult. Everyone there smokes except my husband and I. I take for granted the law we have in Illinois prohibiting smoking in public places. <BR> <BR> All the sitting is very bad for back problems so I managed to get on the hotel treadmill ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:28:49 EST Tidbit Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079698 Five Miles <BR> <BR> I’m working on a five-mile run being the new norm, instead of three. Saturday I went for a five-mile run and started petering out approaching the 4 ½ mile mark. I skipped ahead on my playlist to Jennifer Lopez’s “ Let’s Get Loud” and felt the burst of energy I needed to finish. <BR> <BR> The song was still playing when I came out of the path area to the street where I parked, across from a local ice arena. Several parents and their kids were coming out after hockey pra... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:31:48 EST Feelin Kinda Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065497 Happy Sunday Sparkers. It's early, the sun hasn't come up yet. I have my coffee and my labrador curled up at my side. She never lets me sleep past 5:30. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I commented on Spark member TORTISE110's blog about early morning Sparking, that I'm not a morning person but this early morning relaxing time is very nice! <BR> <BR> As Frank and Nancy Sinatra sang, I'm "feelin kinda Sunday" and I'm reflecting on the week past... <BR> <BR> I ran a 5K on New Year's day to start the ye... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:25:10 EST Commitment Day 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057430 Today I joined the nationwide Commitment day 5K at Lifetime Fitness Center, sponsored by The Life Time Foundation. <BR> <BR> I'm not the new years resolution type (see last blog) but I like their mission to get everyone to commit to investing in their health this weekend. <BR> <BR> I very rarely go out on New Years eve, I stay up too late watching all of the party shows so I love to lounge around on New Years Day. A few people in my running group were going so I bought myself a new running ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 21:38:53 EST New Years Themes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055767 New Years quotes: <BR> <BR> For last year's words belong to last year's language <BR> And next year's words await another voice. ~T.S. Eliot <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. ~Brad Paisley <BR> <BR> We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for pote... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:23:53 EST I Look Pretty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046098 No I'm not complimenting my appearance. I met an inspirational man at the gym today who told me to say that. I'll get back to that in a minute. <BR> <BR> Last I blogged, I wrote about running in frigid, snowy weather. What a difference three weeks makes. It's been more like Easter weather here in the Chicago area rather than almost Christmas weather.... sunny and 40s-50s. <BR> <BR> So what have I been up to? Last weekend was another weekend of two 5Ks. Saturday's run benefitted the Arthriti... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:21:27 EST Baby We Were Born To Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036181 Well no I wasn't born to run, it has taken some work but I did a lot of running this weekend. <BR> <BR> This weekend alone bumped the Chicago area into one of the snowiest Novembers making two races in one weekend doubly challenging! <BR> <BR> Friday, I met my local running group for a Friday Night Lights 5K. Beside my headlamp and shoe lights, I picked up some lighted sticks to make into bracelets and necklaces and some blinking lighted earrings. <BR> <BR> You can't tell in this picture ... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 14:02:18 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032372 Today is I LOVE TO WRITE day. I'm no Bill Shakespeare but I'll celebrate the day with a blog about the week. <BR> <BR> I belong to many fitness challenges which are easy to participate in since they involve workouts I already perform. <BR> <BR> My fitbit automatically updates Walgreens.com. It's a nice surprise when I shop there and the cashier asks if I’d like to use my rewards coupon I have earned through my steps. <BR> <BR> At any given time, I belong to maybe three challenges on the Ma... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:27:57 EST Back to the Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024902 Quick blog about my day as I am melting into my couch as I type. <BR> <BR> This morning I ran a 5K with the running group to which I belong. We met at a local outdoor mall and began running at 1:45 am. That's right ladies and gentlemen, AM. Since today was the end of daylight savings time, our end time was BEFORE our start time. <BR> <BR> The run benefitted the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research. One of our running group members is currently battling this debilitating disease... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:09:18 EST Rebounding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017259 Those of you that read my last blog know it was a challenging week with a sinus infection. Blogging about it and reading other's blogs helped me get a grip. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling much better today. While watching yesterday's disappointing Cubs game, I did a couple Spark videos and isometric exercises. <BR> <BR> Today I pulled myself off the couch after watching a disappointing Bears game and went for just a short, slow run to see how I felt. It was good for the soul! <BR> <BR> I returned... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 23:16:10 EST The Fritos Made Me Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015131 What goes up must come down right? I had a pretty great week last week and now I'm sliding downward. That's life, ride the waves, blog about the good, bad and the ugly. <BR> <BR> This has been the worst allergy season for me yet. I've been through a few OTC meds and have been eating everything in sight the past two days. Whenever I have any kind of upper respiratory or sinus thing, I become RAVENOUS and nothing fills me up. DH has been buying treats lately which has not helped. UGH! <BR> <B... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:03:13 EST A surreal weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013304 Friday evening was my first non-trial class at the new fitness center I recently joined. Coworker did not show. Small panic attack on the inside. Breathed deep, got my heart rate monitor on, with the help of the female trainer, and got on a treadmill to warm up. <BR> <BR> Class starts, dimly lit room, heart-pumping music, trainer on a microphone headset. 20 minutes or so on the treadmill (I have workout amnesia) at varying speeds and intensities. <BR> <BR> Occasionally peaked up at the boa... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 18:33:27 EST ROCKtober http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009217 I'm coming to terms with the fact that summer is gone and October is here. <em>24</em> I like fall, I really do. I just wish there was more sunlight hours. <BR> <BR> Overcast days are great days though for running. Last Monday, I met my running group for a run along a local tree-lined path. Work was tiring and I had zero energy. It was slightly humid and overcast but a slight breeze as the sun started to set. <BR> <BR> I put on my slow-paced playlist and got behind a couple women that ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 17:27:41 EST