KELLIEBEAN's SparkPeople Blog KELLIEBEAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Room For Improvement May 9, 2015.... The Quarryman 5K.... The website states "Visit our community and run one of the most challenging, unique and scenic road races in the Chicago area." <BR> <BR> The last three runs I've done have been on a course I mapped out near my house that included a significant incline in preparation for this challenging race. I know the town in which this race will be held. I knew it would be challenging for me but I wanted it. <BR> <BR> Early this morning, the organizers held a second... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:36:48 EST Chips, Dip and a Mexico Trip Just got back from four days in Mexico with a local radio station.. anyone out there in the Chicago area? We went with The Mix radio station. I've been listening to them I think at least 15 years if not longer, and I've always wanted to do this trip but never thought I'd be able to afford it. <BR> <BR> It was an amazing trip! I'm a bit of a groupie, meeting anyone even remotely famous is really thrilling for me. I once made a huge fool of myself with James Young from the rock group Styx when... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:54:09 EST I've been hacked again I have heard stories for a few years about people getting hacked and always wondered when it would be my turn. <BR> <BR> Well, I've been hit twice this year! Right after the holidays, someone did a little shopping on me out of state. The credit card company notified me before I knew it happened and took care of everything. <BR> <BR> In my last blog, I wrote about my first official 5K of the season coming up this Saturday. Well, that is not going to happen. <BR> <BR> Last week I thought it... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:40:35 EST American Dream (marvel comics) My first offiicial 5K of the season is next weekend. It's the Super Hero 5K benefitting the neighborhood's economic growth, enhanced natural beauty, and promote it as a world-class tourist destination. <BR> <BR> They encourage participants to dress as a super hero. I did an internet search a few weeks ago and saw pictures of women with big hair and other big "attributes" in skimpy attire. REALLY? <BR> <BR> Today I stopped in my local Party Store to browse around the costume area. I saw bat ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:29:13 EST What Was and What Will Be Happy Sunday to all. Well last week was tiring but I'm standng upright and completing sentences. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Two demanding projects at work! I will be doing a major happy dance in April when these are both done.... fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> The weather is getting to me. It hasn't been as bad as last year and by far not as bad as the Boston area so I'm thankful, yet still stir crazy. So I decided to have fun with the temperatures for last week, double them and get ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:13:20 EST What to do It's mid-February in Chicago, biting cold, gusty winds. The five-day forecast shows the warmest day will hit a high of 22, not including wind chills. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What to do? <BR> <BR> Step thankful I do not live in Boaton and never complain about winter again! <BR> <BR> Step two...set a goal. I will use the frigid temps to my advantage. I will look at each day's high temps, double it and get active in s... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:04:57 EST THE SICK AND THE TIRED It was finally my turn. I have been around sick people since November. Each person near me that came down with something caused me to be on pins and needles waiting for it to grab me but I kept dodging the bullet. <BR> <BR> It was finally my turn. Two people at work continued to come to work with a cough and cold. This is unfortunate since we have the ability to work from home. <BR> <BR> Last Friday, out of nowhere I started coughing, felt fine otherwise, just a persistent dry cough. Satur... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:04:15 EST A Winter's Run The running store where I shop hosts group fun runs throughout the year. Many times when I hear of these events, I'm busy or feel awkward about going alone. None of my friends or family members run. My daughter runs but she lives over an hour away so it's tough to get together sometimes. <BR> <BR> I registered for today's 3-mile Super Bowl shuffle. I watched the ominous weather reports the last couple days and my resolve began to fade.....snow starting the night before, (Saturday) and should... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:26:16 EST Living Lean Program Review As I mentioned in my last blog, I was nearing the end of a video series as part of our health initiative at work. It's called Living Lean with Lou Ryan. It trains you to reduce snacking, overeating and changing your relationship with food. I can do this for free through work but this on-line training is available to all for about $200 and yes, it is a training. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I finished the series a couple days ago and I have to ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:33:54 EST The Windmills of my Mind Welcome to deep thoughts (or not so deep) by KELLIEBEAN! Just some things rattling around in my brain. <BR> <BR> Snacking <BR> <BR> I’m going through a video series for one of our health initiatives at work about living lean. There are assignments after each session and get this, I have to create snacking urges every day?! WHAT?! When I do this, I have a creed I have to read each time I look at my snack. <BR> <BR> I had my doubts and was just going through the motions to get credit for the... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:30:19 EST Make Mistakes I read a quote this morning by Neil Gaiman.... <BR> <BR> "I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something." <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Look at Abraham Lincoln. He was born into poverty, lost eight elections, failed in business twice ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 08:23:49 EST Excuses Busted I registered for next year's Hot Chocolate 5K last night. I accidentally clicked that I run a 9-minute mile. I hang more in the 10:30 neighborhood. I read that I have until October to produce race results proving my time. 'challenge accepted!' I thought to myself at 11:00 last night. <BR> <BR> I looked at the weather before I went to bed and saw today would be the best weather all week for a run. Sunny, low 30s and dry. The rest of the week, frigid with rain and snow. <BR> <BR> When I got u... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:31:11 EST December in Adjectives I guess I could wait until after new year but ahhh, no time like the present to wrap things up right?! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Facing the end of the year without my mom..... heartbreaking. She LOVED Christmas and wanted nothing more than a Norman Rockwell family. She never got that but we always tried. <BR> <BR> My cousin's annual cousin Christmas party... bittersweet. Mom and her sisters (one passed last year, one didn't come due to her diminishing mental capacity) were alway... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:33:33 EST I Swear I Lived 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><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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.. ..... 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 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 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 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 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! 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! 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 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 Here's a cute video to go along with the Simon and Garfunkel song ... <BR> <BR> <link> </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 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 Okay, let's get this blog started with the intro from the movie Vacation... <BR> <BR> <link> </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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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