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/ The Spark Effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6499154 I joined Spark in 2009 when I had trouble losing the last 10 pounds (of about 30 pounds) or so that I was having trouble losing on my own. <BR> <BR> I slacked off for a while, thinking 'okay, I've got this now'. I lost weight and put it back on AGAIN. I got back on SPARK in 2012 and finally hit my goal weight later that year. I thought, 'well, here we go again'. I figured just like always, I'll be happy and feel like "I've got this" again and I'll put the weight back on AGAIN. <BR> <BR> Ri... Sat, 9 Jun 2018 10:46:45 EST Quarryman Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6490845 The Quarryman Challenge 2018 is in the books. Not exactly how I planned it but I got it done. <BR> <BR> I've done this 5K the last three years. Last year I placed 2nd in my age group and female middle of the pack (I had the middle time out of all females, yay for being average). <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> When they opened up 2018 registration last year, I decided to step it up and register for their 10 miler option. <BR> <BR> Well, life, weather, injury and PT derailed my hill tr... Sat, 12 May 2018 14:33:12 EST Race to Wrigley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489181 Enjoying some downtime on this lovely Sunday late afternoon. It's been quite a weekend. My feet are up, I had a warm washrag on my face earlier for a few minutes and now just veggin! <BR> <BR> Friday I worked off the week with a sweaty five-mile walk/run on a path I haven't run in a while. Recent rains washed out part of the path so I turned around and ran to another nearby path and took the long way back to my car. Good for the brain to think outside the box. <BR> <BR> I recently traded i... Sun, 6 May 2018 18:01:06 EST Thursdays and Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488386 As Beau Bridges said in the movie Rumor Has It, "Life has to be a little nuts sometimes. Otherwise it's just a bunch of Thursdays strung together." <BR> <BR> In my last blog I noted I was worried about my dad. Today's procedure showed no cancer, just a bad flare up of his colitis. It's been a worrisome few days. <BR> <BR> I have always tended to slide into a deep hole of worry before letting things play out. I tried very hard to follow the advice I give others, 'let's not worry until there... Thu, 3 May 2018 21:54:23 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6487233 Here we are at another Monday. Time to write a new chapter as we wrap up April. <BR> <BR> Some goals reached, some not, but always progress. <BR> <BR> I completed a half marathon last week that I didn't expect to happen since injuring myself earlier this year. I almost didn't go but I took it nice and easy, one-minute walk, one minute run and felt good all the way through. <BR> <BR> Diligence with lower body exercises I don't like and daily stretches have become my friend. I feel ready th... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:18:28 EST Just Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484937 It's been a week of stepping outside my comfort zone with great results. <BR> <BR> I had a bad case of the Mondays recently. Do you ever sit at your desk and your eyes start drooping for no reason, and your motivation just tanks?? The weather was awful for mid-April, windy, sleeting and cold. I had brought running clothes to change into for a run after work but changed my mind. 'No way', I thought, 'I'm going home and hitting the couch.' <BR> <BR> Then Desiree Linden won the Boston Maratho... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:15:48 EST I Run For Charity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480410 Yesterday was my second post-injury 5K, the 4th annual Shake it Off 5K for Parkinson's research. <BR> <BR> It's organized by a man in my running group who has been battling Parkinson's for several years. He and his wife are tireless crusaders to raise money and awareness to someday find a cure to this debilitating disease. <BR> <BR> <link>www.michaeljfox.org/foundation/news-<BR>detail.php?tune-in-athlete-with-parkin<BR>son-jimmy-choi-becomes-an-american-nin<BR>ja-warrior </link> <BR> <B... Sun, 8 Apr 2018 19:09:19 EST Owning It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479307 Did you hear, yesterday was Portillo's 55th anniversary?! To celebrate, they were selling slices of their famous, delicious, heavenly, amazing, melt-in-your mouth chocolate cake for .55! <BR> <BR> DH and I have been busy and didn't plan dinner. Since I was stuck at a late meeting I suggested we meet there for dinner and DESSERT! <BR> <BR> I went there with the best of intentions, to get a salad to allow for the cake. But noooooo. I can't explain to you just how much I love getting a hot d... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 08:23:12 EST The Best of Times, the Worst of Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473295 I did it again, got on a big scary plane by myself and visited my daughter and her boyfriend in Fort Lauderdale last weekend. It was my second visit there. I still miss them like crazy. Hoping one day life leads them back to Chicago but for now, things are good for them and I'm happy. <BR> <BR> There was beach yoga, pedicures, chillin by the pool, brunch, turtle nesting education at a brewery and a good dose of mom/daughter time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:40:00 EST National Eating Disorders Awareness Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467703 I almost let the week get by me. This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Every day, every week is a great time to educate yourself and have conversations around eating disorders whether for yourself or someone you care about. <BR> <BR> Last year, my daughter, a recovering bulimic, was interviewed on a local Chicago radio station for NEDA's awareness week 2017. She organized the annual Chicago NEDA walk for four years before moving to Florida last year. <BR> <BR> The intervie... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 20:36:17 EST Sunday Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464320 If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend the movie The Greatest Showman. As I've gotten older, I get sleepy and fidgety in the theater, even when the movie is good. I'm just always ready for a nap when I'm in a dark room. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Not so with this movie, from the very beginning I was pulled in and it never let go of me. It was stylish, dazzling, inspirational and the soundtrack moved me like no other. <BR> <BR> It's been two days and those powerful songs a... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:50:26 EST Walkin In The Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462128 The snow started Thursday evening and didn't stop until Friday evening, then it started Saturday again. Cabin fever is setting in. <BR> <BR> I'm still not able to run due to straining my IT band and periformis. Take note, if you're a runner, strengthen those glutes and stretch after every run! <BR> <BR> PT is going well, I've made great improvements but I can't run yet and it's been affecting my mood, then of course, you know... winter. <BR> <BR> I keep it in check though. Nobody around m... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 21:00:15 EST Fitness February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458534 Here we are a brand new month, the doldrums of January behind us, days are getting ever so slightly longer and the Cubs home opener is 59 days away. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> What's been going on? Well, I still have my cocoon mindset.... act like a caterpillar for the winter, go in my cocoon (my house) and work on healthy eating and indoor fitness, to emerge like a butterfly in the spring.... strong and healthy. <BR> <BR> I had a great 6 mile run the beginning of January, accumul... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 19:56:37 EST Moving From My Core http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452165 I'm building off my last blog, new thoughts, new strengths for the new year. <BR> <BR> Have you ever heard something repeatedly but it doesn't sink in right away or even for a long time? <BR> <BR> I've been doing Yoga With Adriene videos since I stumbled onto her youtube channel the beginning of 2015. She puts out a 30-day yoga series each January. In addition to other wonderful videos! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was able to leave work early due to weather so I got on the mat to do two of this ... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:38:44 EST New Strength and New Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446429 Or how I spent the beginning of the new year so far. <BR> <BR> I received my first 5K participation medal of the new year on January 1. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/142d5c68-f34b-4144-87b5-55a7014ba468.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lifetime Fitness puts on a Commitment Day 5K each year on January 1. Unfortunately, we had double-digit, sub-zero wind chills here that morning so I was happy to take them up on their offer to run the 5K inside the fitness center on the treadmil... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 23:19:45 EST I Learned My Lesson Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440956 As Ricky Nelson sang, "it's alright now, I learned my lesson well, you can't please everyone so you got to please yourself" <BR> <BR> It's been a year of lessons learned, sometimes learned again and again and again. There's been a lot of things out of my control so the best I could do was take care of and nurture myself. <BR> <BR> I kept reminding myself of my winter mantra... to be like a caterpillar... get in my caccoon during the winter and eat healthy, keep active... and emerge a beaut... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:08:53 EST Try Try Try http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434373 On this beautiful, sunny day after Thanksgiving, I'm keeping in mind what has inspired me recently to stay on track. <BR> <BR> Spark member SADIEMYERS. I have been slacking off lately on strength training. I haven't stopped completely but rather I have not pushed myself like I used to. Sadie posts her strength training sessions .... and photos of her defined muscles. <BR> <BR> I keep 3 lb weights in my drawer at work and use them when I have a few minutes alone in the office, hitting a dif... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:58:11 EST 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