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 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 Half Century http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004795 Some cool people turned 50 this year... Robert Downey jr, Brooke Shields, Viola Davis, Jeremy Piven, Diane Lane and Dr. Dre. <BR> <BR> Oh and me. Yep, got my AARP card in the mail the other day. What more could a girl want on a day she hits a half century right?! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Before a recent 5K, my daughter said "Wow, you're gonna be 50, how does that feel?" I broke into my best Sally O'Malley (from Saturday Night Live) impression and said, "I like to kick, and st... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:51:53 EST The Weekend That Was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000883 Whew! I need a day to recover from this weekend! At the moment, I am curled up on the couch with the labrador watching the Bears game. I may take a nap... hopefully not before I finish this blog. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So Friday.... busy day at work, came home to an empty house, storms moving in.....AHHH, I thought, sit down and relax. Then thought no, I pulled up a kickboxing workout. Now THAT'S how to wrap up a week! <BR> <BR> My sinuses woke me up at 4:15 Saturday morning. Ugh! But ... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 15:20:23 EST I May Join A Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999031 I have belonged to gyms in the past. I was a regular at Bally with my daughter years ago. I remember being SO self-conscious. It was a great feeling when I finally realized nobody cared what I looked like or what I was doing, they were all focused on themselves. <BR> <BR> A couple years ago, I joined Xsport and was quickly talked into six months with a trainer who by the way was young enough to be my son and pushed me less than I pushed myself. I was too nice to complain. I’m the dinosaur... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:53:27 EST The Highlight Reel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992830 Well, we're winding down the labor day weekend. Where did the summer go? We had so much rain in the beginning of summer, that I feel like we just got started. <BR> <BR> Fall is not without its charms. I'm looking forward to jeans, sweatshirts, the fall colors and fall races. I just wish I could keep longer daylight hours along with the beauty of fall. Such is life. <BR> <BR> So I've been busy. There have been projects at work, some successful, some not. I'm thankful for the stress, it means... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 15:52:51 EST Sunday Coffee Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978955 Okay, it's almost noon but I needed another cup of coffee. I'm in slow motion today. I'm Facebook friends with a woman I met in 8th grade. We haven't actually seen or talked to each other in many many years. <BR> <BR> She put out a general invitation to see a band that covers AC/DC, Aerosmith and Van Halen.The bar was in my area and they came on at 10pm, the hour I turn into a pumpkin. But I thought that it might be fun. DH was going there after work so he was thrilled I would finally meet ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:00:45 EST Runnin South On Lake Shore Drive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962891 A day of adjectives.... <BR> <BR> Relief.... My back is finally better YAY! Two weeks of stretching every evening, short walks and some Aleve helped me get to the other side of pain. <BR> <BR> Spectacular..... Spent the morning with my daughter..... some walking, some running along Lake Shore Drive, brunch and shopping. Today's sweltering heat and humidity was not going to get in my way! <BR> <BR> We walked a bit, ran some, walked a bit again. It felt amazing to be out there sweating and ... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:09:08 EST Bad News, Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956050 Hi all! Happy July! <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I have written a bad news, good news blog. Most of you know that I usually try to write positive blogs. Well, I'm not Pollyanna, gotta put the good and bad out there right? But I always work at looking at the bright side so here goes.... <BR> <BR> Bad news......I weigh over goal for the first time in over 2 1/2 years. I am ashamed to admit i made a nasty gesture at the scale this morning. How did this happen??? Hmmm, I'll spare you the ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 21:54:33 EST Reader's Digest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936937 Well, the end of May. Where has the month gone?! Here's the latest... <BR> <BR> I had a routine blood test that showed I may be borderline anemic. Me? Anemic? I put a half cut of spinach in my smoothies every day. <BR> <BR> I added iron to my nutrition tracker and eeeyikes! I do not get anywhere near enough iron. So it's education and adjustment time. I'm reading about iron sources and adjusting my eating habits. We never stop learning. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> I ran a 5K the beginni... Sat, 30 May 2015 19:56:40 EST Small Acts of Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923329 I heard Chris Downey talk about small acts of power back when there used to be Spark Radio. He said the best way to get on track after a slump was to commit a small act of power, do a ten-minute workout, get a piece of fruit or glass of water. <BR> <BR> That has stayed with me and come in handy many times when I got lazy and slid down the slippery slope into old habits. <BR> <BR> Last week I went for a run after work when I was a little drained; I almost didn't go. I got it done and came h... Tue, 5 May 2015 22:02:31 EST Hump Day Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916061 I got 'er done! I'm really working on not letting work get to me. Come on Kel, I told myself as I packed my gym bag this morning, everybody has draining days. No reason to veg on the couch. <BR> <BR> It was quite a chilly, blustery day but it was dry so no reason not to get out there. I love the path near work, slight inclines, uneven ground. The wind would make it that much more of a workout so what's not to love.... except I just wanted to go home, get in my sweats and spend quality time w... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:36:54 EST The Week That Was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913809 Tomorrow is Monday again already? How did that happen? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It was a very busy week. I'm in the middle of leading two projects at work, a role I am not very comfortable with but I'm powering through. How do you handle a frustrating day? Pop on a red rubber nose. I had this on during a frustrating phone call. Hard to get irritated looking like this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l231152857.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not much opportunity for regula... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:25:41 EST Dancing Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909635 It was a beautiful spring day here in Chicagoland. I could not stay inside! I took the dog for a 15 minute walk after breakfast then back outside for a 3 1/2 mile run. After some housework, I went for a bicycle ride and took the dog for another walk after dinner. <BR> <BR> I almost forgot about the challenge I posted on my One Day Challenge team about the Better Posture video on Spark so I got that done. My posture can always use some work! <BR> <BR> This beautiful spring day put me in the ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:36:28 EST Weekend Tidbits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906559 Easter shopping… Talk about procrastination. I started Thursday and finished Saturday afternoon. My kids are adults, my sisters kids are in their teens. It gets harder as they get older. <BR> <BR> I went through all of the first holidays since my mom’s passing last year and yet, I still felt deflated as Easter approached this year. I gave myself a good talking to about life going on. <BR> <BR> 5K… First official 5K of the season was Saturday morning. It was a lot colder than I had h... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 16:53:39 EST Room For Improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901388 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895259 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886925 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884429 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880454 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875936 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2037531524.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What to do? <BR> <BR> Step one...be 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873404 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867459 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862771 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>myselfhelpworks.com/livinglean.aspx </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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850443 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841763 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840056 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837663 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 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