KELLSOUTH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KELLSOUTH KELLSOUTH'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/ Promises, promises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402455 I'm here! I'm here. I promise, I'm here. <BR> <BR> I told myself (and you guys) I would post something every day for a week. I didn't do too well. Every single day the thought crossed my mind: What can I post about today? Nothing immediately came to mind, but while I was thinking about it someone would spill their sippy cup or need a diaper change, or a customer would walk up to my window, and I would forget all about my SparkBlog brainstorming. Before I knew it, the day was over and with no... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:02:47 EST Confession: Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392344 Confession is good for the soul, right? <BR> <BR> Well, I have a confession. <BR> <BR> I LIKE SODA. <BR> <BR> I would even say I'm addicted to it. My brain tells me I need it when I'm stressed. If I have a headache, I can drink a soda and it will go away. I'm not sure how much of that is psychological, but I would imagine at least 50% is only in my head. <BR> <BR> I have tried to stop drinking it, and I did really well for a while. I hardly drank any soda at all when I was pregnant with C... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:44:45 EST Not-so-baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388967 I'll tell you the thing that brought me back yesterday. It was the Featured Blog Post, "Mourning the Loss of a SparkFriend" by TINAJANE76 <BR> <BR> Here's a link if you missed it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348287 </link> <BR> <BR> I realize after my UGH post yesterday, and the encouraging responses I got, (no one offered to come hit me over the head) that I went about things the wrong way back in February when I attempted to (r... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:12:48 EST UGH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388178 If I give you my address, would someone drive to my house and hit me over the head with a heavy, blunt object? <BR> <BR> Why can't I do what I know needs to be done?? <BR> <BR> Why do I give up so easily?? <BR> <BR> Why am I making this so difficult?? Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:35:25 EST Where to (re)Start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253175 I've been toying with the idea of returning to SparkPeople, but, honestly, the reason I'm doing it at this very moment is because I'm procrastinating a freelance design project. <BR> <BR> I have a client who hosts a bodybuilding competition, and I guess looking at pictures of all these really fit people has finally broken me down. <BR> <BR> Yes, I've been gone for over a year. <BR> <BR> But I have a good reason. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1276346024.jpg"... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 00:20:57 EST Nonstop November Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4600540 <em>312</em> Running: AT LEAST 3 times a week. <em>30</em> <BR> I can't say I totally met this goal because there was one week that I was only able to run once, but I continued my half marathon training, and I can say with total confidence that I am ready for my race next Saturday! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Other Cardio: AT LEAST 2 times a week. <em>24</em> <BR> I did more than last month, but not as much as I wanted to. I find myself thinking that running three days a week is enough an... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 22:14:49 EST Creating the Life You Want http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598478 The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. <BR> <BR> - George Bernard Shaw, playwright <BR> <BR> ---------------- <BR> <BR> I realized this week (for the billionth time) that I have no one but myself to blame for my failures. If I don't exercise it's because I chose not to make the time. If I don't eat right it's because I chose not to. Everything bad that happens to me is the result of so... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 00:44:17 EST Nonstop November Week 3 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591878 <em>312</em> Running: AT LEAST 3 times a week. <em>39</em> <BR> Only once this week. Kiddo had an ear infection, and I didn't feel too great either. I stayed inside and exercised. <BR> <em>216</em> Other Cardio: AT LEAST 2 times a week. <em>248</em> <BR> Lots more indoor cardio this week, as previously mentioned. <BR> <em>23</em> Strength Training: AT LEAST 4 times a week. <em>248</em> <BR> <em>11</em> Tracking: EVERY DAY, within my target AT LEAST 4 days a week. <em>24</em> <... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 23:05:55 EST Nonstop November Week 2 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4581642 <em>312</em> Running: AT LEAST 3 times a week. <em>248</em> <BR> <em>216</em> Other Cardio: AT LEAST 2 times a week. <em>248</em> <BR> <em>23</em> Strength Training: AT LEAST 4 times a week. <em>248</em> <BR> <em>11</em> Tracking: EVERY DAY, within my target AT LEAST 4 days a week. <em>39</em> <BR> <em>284</em> Freggies: AT LEAST 4 servings of fruits or vegetables EVERY DAY. <em>24</em> <BR> <em>194</em> Water: 64oz of water EVERY DAY. <em>248</em> <BR> <em>102</em> S... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 00:27:53 EST Picking a Fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577301 <img src="http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/quote_images/quote_160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I let my temper get the best of me today. <BR> <BR> We're in a bad financial tight at the moment, but there were some things we desperately needed at Target. Toothpaste, lightbulbs, FOOD... basic things. Anyway, even though I checked our bank balance first and made sure we had enough, the transaction wouldn't go through. Rather than endure the embarrassment of having to leave empty handed, I pulled out the e... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:02:44 EST Generational Diet & Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575565 <img src="http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/quote_images/quote_64_b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was thinking today about all the things that used to be "okay" and are no longer. Even just in the realm of food, I could make a list for hours. I never used to worry about artificial sweeteners when I was a kid. And everything I drank had Nutrasweet in it! No one cared. Of course, no one knew that it caused cancer or whatever... <BR> <BR> No one knew what trans fats were, we just knew that Oreos were... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 23:53:16 EST Making Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573865 I promise I will post Halloween pictures at some point. You've probably forgotten about them, but I haven't! However, my priority right now is to finish this blog and GO. TO. BED! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/quote_images/quote_108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I realized today (again... for the 527,691 time) that I will never be able to find time to get everything done. I just need to do the best I can every day. I need to get back to the 10 minute exercise minimums. For some r... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 00:03:31 EST Nonstop November Week 1 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4570345 BLUH. I am exhausted from this week. But I haven't accomplished anything fitness related. This week has been the week to get new freelance jobs done and get my office cleaned up. It's becoming increasingly hard to work with the kiddo in the house. He wants to be in whatever room I am in, and when I'm in the office it's dangerous. Scissors, stapler, books being torn up.... So I've had to spend this week toddler-proofing. <BR> <BR> It seems like at any given moment I've got at least 5 things t... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 22:54:39 EST Nonstop November (the Goal blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563526 Halloween pictures are forthcoming. I promise. <BR> <BR> First I need to look ahead and set some goals to keep me accountable. I have been less than diligent the past few weeks. I've been trying to build up my freelance work and get some long-time-coming projects taken care of, and it's sucked my energy and motivation. I'm not sure why... I get very motivated to take care of those projects, but then when I'm done with them, I just want to lay around on the couch, convinced that I've "done my... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 15:39:58 EST OO Week 4 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4562366 Running: 3 times a week <em>24</em> 2 times <BR> Other Cardio: 2 times a week <em>248</em> <BR> Strength Training: 5 times a week <em>198</em> None <BR> Tracking: track 7 days, meet target 5 days <em>198</em> No tracking and my eating has been totally reckless. I can't seem to make myself care! <BR> Freggies: 5 servings a day <em>24</em> Who the heck knows. I tried to eat an apple every day, and most days I have strawberries for breakfast. I'm pretty sure I got 3 servings every day. ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 00:22:55 EST Halloween, part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4561396 I've been having some problems with my costume. So far, I haven't been able to get my clothes to dye green as I needed them to. Apparently I need some industrial strength dye. Rit and even food coloring didn't take. <BR> <BR> So, I thought, oh well. No one cares anyway now that I'm a MOM. It's all about the kid, right? But I like dressing up just for fun, and I was getting kinda bummed that my son and my husband would be in costume and I had nothing. <BR> <BR> Well, I decided to go explorin... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 12:41:36 EST Halloween, part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560652 Oh Lord, already it's too much candy and other junk. My kiddo is not even a year and a half. He certainly doesn't need this stuff, so people say things like, "Oh you can eat it for him!" <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 23:35:40 EST Straighten Up and Fly Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4553448 Okay.. time for confession. <BR> <BR> I have not been good lately. <BR> <BR> The holidays are hard. That's no excuse, but I know you understand what a battle it is to be faced with all the special holiday foods. Someone brought a BOX of pumpkin mini muffins into my house. I could kill them. lol <BR> <BR> I fell off tracking my food again. Honestly, it was because there was stuff I wanted to eat and I didn't want anyone (Jamie) to know! How stupid. It didn't decrease my guilt any. The more ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 23:46:21 EST OO Week 3 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4548679 Could someone please tell me why I am up at 1:40am and just now writing this blog? <BR> <BR> I think it's because I have a hard time saying no. <BR> <BR> I went to visit a friend at a convention in Nashville today, and I wouldn't have traded that for anything. The problem was that tomorrow (errr.. today, technically) is SuperChurch Sunday. All Nations SuperChurch, to be exact, which we always try to make a big deal of. And because of being overwhelmingly busy this week, I waited until the l... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 02:56:32 EST Accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4545780 Today was a really good day. The little one was in a MUCH better mood, which made everything easier. <BR> <BR> But I started on a very good foot also. Well, I almost didn't. I did NOT want to get out of bed. It was cold in the house since we haven't turned the heat on yet. I was STILL sore from my 13 miles on Saturday. But I knew I needed to get back out and run. So, I forced myself from the bed and put on the clothes I had laid out the night before. I gave myself permission to quit after a ... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 00:07:37 EST Mother Nature Sweet Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4538790 My body has a lovely way of thanking me for the success of the 13 miles I ran on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Dear Mother Nature, <BR> Do you give refunds? No? Cause I could have done without the gift you gave me... at least this week. Thanks a lot. Yes, that was sarcasm. <BR> Kell <BR> <BR> Ladies, every now and then do you have a particularly BAD cycle where you are MOODY and CRAVING JUNK moreso than usual? I have one of those maybe once a quarter year, and it happened to hit this month. This we... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 22:13:43 EST OO Week 2 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4537493 I do not feel like this was a very good week. I fell short on a lot of my goals. <BR> <BR> Running: 3 times a week <em>198</em> Only 2 days. <BR> Other Cardio: 2 times a week <em>198</em> Only 1 day. <BR> Strength Training: 5 times a week <em>198</em> NONE. ugh. <BR> Tracking: track 7 days, meet target 5 days <em>24</em> Tracked 7, exceeded target 3. <BR> Freggies: 5 servings a day <em>198</em> Only 1 day. <BR> Water: at least 8 glasses a day <em>248</em> <BR> Sleep: at least 6 h... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 23:42:43 EST Motivational Quote Blog #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4537470 <img src="http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/quote_images/quote_311.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This very quote actually brings me down about as often as it lifts me up. <BR> <BR> There are SO many things I want to do, and there just aren't enough hours in the day. But then I waste so much time too. When I'm so overwhelmed by possibilities, that I don't act at all.... There are more of those times than I would like to admit. <BR> <BR> I think the thing I need to remember is to devote time to the thing... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 23:26:10 EST Motivational Quote Blog #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4533015 <img src="http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/quote_images/quote_269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This quote reminds me of the day I quit running. <BR> <BR> You might be asking yourself, "What? She quit?" <BR> <BR> Yes, I did. But it was very short lived. <BR> <BR> Very. <BR> <BR> As in, I was back out running the next day. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Because it was in my head. <BR> <BR> It's in my blood, even. <BR> <BR> I've only been running since March and already my thoughts are probably 60% con... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 23:22:55 EST Motivational Quote Blog #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4531392 I don't think anyone is even reading these. Probably because the titles could not be any more UNinteresting. <BR> <BR> OH WELL. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/quote_images/quote_91.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I find this quote especially relevant today as I am feeling in one of those moods where I have no friends. Lately everyone is busy. I'm busy too. I haven't made a lot of time for friends, and so friends aren't making a lot of time for me. <BR> <BR> When I first read this ... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 01:01:34 EST Motivational Quote Blog #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4527997 Okay, a serious one today. I got this in my morning Spark emails. <BR> <BR> "Most barriers to your success are man-made. And most often, you're the man who made them." <BR> - Frank Tyger <BR> <BR> HEL-LO!!! This is me. <BR> <BR> I make barriers to my own success ALL. THE. TIME. <BR> <BR> Me: "I don't feel like tracking my food. I hate it. So I won't." <BR> Equals: NO WEIGHT LOSS <BR> <BR> Me: "But I'm so stressed out! I DESERVE this triple chocolate fudge brownie..." <BR> Equals: Feeling... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:32:02 EST Motivational Quote Blog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4527614 “When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers.” <BR> <BR> <img src="http://www.africa-ata.org/images/%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20ke_post/elephants-fight250.gif"> <BR> <BR> Seriously. What does that even mean?? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I know we were supposed to pick an inspirational quote and blog about it for this week's M2W challenge, and I'm not sure this one will even qualify, but it sure did make me laugh. And I needed a good laugh after a very stressful day. <BR> <B... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 23:14:12 EST The Accident That Wasn't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526734 I need to rewind a bit and fill you in on my disastrous long runs. They didn't start off that way.... <BR> <BR> August 20 was the last SparkMemphis Run/Walk team meeting. I did 6 miles then. It was great. <BR> August 27 was my 7 miler in Colorado. Also great. Better than great, really. Spectacular! <BR> September 4 I did 8 miles on the Greenline. BORRRRRING, but good that I did it. <BR> September 10 should have been 9, but we had a birthday party to go to and Mr. J and I got in a fight and o... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 12:12:48 EST OO Week 1 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526203 This has been a great week, despite being sick and sore. Everyone in the house has been sick with seasonal allergy stuff, but it didn't last long, thank goodness, and for me wasn't bad at all. I credit increased resistance from all the exercise I've been doing. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> So let's see how I did on my goals, okay? <BR> <BR> Running: 3 times a week <em>248</em> <BR> Other Cardio: 2 times a week <em>198</em> Only 1 <BR> Strength Training: 5 times a week <em>248</em> <BR> Tra... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 23:45:43 EST Outstanding October! (the Goal blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4516845 I left September broken and bleeding on the ground. It tried to get the best of me, but I came out stronger and infinitely more determined. I'd let my weight loss goals slip in favor of running goals, but I realized something.... Those things aren't mutually exclusive! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to the new Mommy 2 Wowwy challenge, I'll be tracking my food again, and I know that tracking is what does it for me. As long as I'm tracking my food, I lose weight. I've proven it tim... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 11:50:05 EST September MUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512582 Wow. September. You were the best of times. You were the worst of times. <BR> <BR> You didn't start off too great. <BR> I was dealing with an ill family member and, emotionally, I was a wreck. I was doing the bare minimum of exercise because that's all I had time for. I kept up well with my water and sleep. <BR> <BR> Then the second week, I lost my sweet grandmother. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364720051.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And in the craziness of the funeral... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:18:44 EST Coupon Code for Road ID http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510364 Hey Runner Friends, <BR> <BR> I just got an email from RoadID (see my last blog) and they gave me a coupon code to pass along to my friends. <BR> <BR> That means YOU GUYS! (gals, mostly) <BR> <BR> Coupon Number: ThanksKelli9081690 <BR> <BR> The coupon is good for $1 off any Road ID order placed by 10/30/2011. To order, simply go to RoadID.com or click the link below: <BR> <BR> <link>www.RoadID.com/?CID=ThanksKelli90816<BR>90 </link> <BR> <BR> If you prefer, you can call them at 800-3... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 13:06:39 EST Running in the Autumn Dark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4508775 As of yesterday, it had been a whole week since my last run. I wasn't happy about it, but life... <BR> <BR> So, I was bound and determined that nothing (not even the Chinese buffet!) was going to keep me from going out last night. I broke open a couple of glo-bracelets (and then broke open a couple more because my ankles are twice the size of my wrists), put them on, took a picture, and ran off down the street. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/302526_88285... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 14:46:40 EST Sabotage Averted!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4504444 You are not even going to believe what ended up at my house yesterday! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/kellsouth/3920e1c8.jpg" width="450"/> <BR> <BR> FREAKIN PANERA BREAD!! <BR> <BR> Here's the story. My church has a deal with one of our local Panera Bread stores that every other Saturday, we pick up their bakery leftovers. They have rules about how long they can keep products to sell, and they sometimes have a lot leftover that is still perfectly edible. They ... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:43:31 EST Week 3 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4502400 Okay, this week.... <BR> <BR> Better in some ways, worse in others. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> I got more cardio and strength training in, and I have the Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness to prove it. <BR> <BR> <em>42</em> Let's talk about EMOTIONAL EATING. Hubby and I had a rough week, relationship-wise. Even today, we spent most of the day arguing, slamming doors, apologizing, and then getting mad all over again. My diet definitely reflected the stress. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> I got a lot ... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 23:42:24 EST DOMS, D-DOMS, DOMS, DOMSSSSSS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4501009 I. Am. So. Sore. <BR> <BR> Haven't been this sore in a looooong time. <BR> <BR> Jillian and her flippin' kettlebell workout kicked my hiney. And my hamstrings. <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> And I'm supposed to run 8-9 miles tomorrow? Riiiiiight. I don't know how I'm going to do it, but I know I need to. I didn't get a long run last weekend because of my 5K. I didn't get a long run the weekend before that because... I don't remember why. I think it was because... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 00:00:38 EST Kettle Bell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4499422 So, I splurged ("invested") in a 20lb. adjustable kettle bell yesterday. I had been using a 3pm. hand weight to go with my Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred with Weights. I didn't really feel much though. <BR> <BR> Today, however, I used the kettle bell set at 8lbs. OUCH. My back and knees are so sore. I'm sure my form and posture wasn't great. My back shouldn't be hurting as much. I didn't pop anything bad, it's mostly muscle soreness. <BR> <BR> I'm excited about trying out new exercises with... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:59:37 EST 6 Months of Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4495956 Since I'm following Jeff Galloway's program for half marathon, I decided to try a Magic Mile again today. He suggests you do this periodically to see how you are improving. Basically, you run 1 mile as fast as you can. The last time I did this was in July when I ran the mile in 15:37. TODAY, I did it in 12:30. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> After I did that, I felt a little like jello, so I went back home to rest for a minute but then I got back out and did a... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 00:39:18 EST Today I... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4494057 ate... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://www.nationwidecandy.com/mmCANDY/Images/S982916-Pop%20Secret%20100%20Calorie%20Butter%20Popcorn-small.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Among other things... veggies.. fruits.. and, okay, a couple of brownie bites, but mostly good stuff. <BR> <BR> did... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://bryanking.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/abdominal-crunch.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yea. That felt good. <BR> <BR> drank... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_1o_FWOA5KGc/TT-3CuekfiI/AAAAAA... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:46:23 EST Women Run/Walk Memphis 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4492072 So, I went to my 5k after all. When I woke up Saturday morning, I felt better. Plus, after 10 weeks of mostly consistent training, I wanted to see what I could do. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I did. <BR> <BR> Mr. J and Little J went with me and they were so cute and supportive. <BR> <BR> Here's a shot taken before the race. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/304045_875056757470_38903027_38458915_437228689_n.jpg" width="450"> <BR> <BR> Lookin' good, if ... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 00:30:40 EST Sept. Week 2 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490491 Yea, so.. not a good week. <BR> <BR> I was only able to run twice. I did only a few days of strength training. I broke my 6 hours of sleep streak with about two nights of only 3 hours of sleep. At least I kept up with my water, and I'm still off soda. I lost count of when I had a Diet Coke last... <BR> <BR> There were just so many things I had to do for the funeral. I literally did not stop running for three days straight. Mr. J took a bereavement week off work, and he kept the baby for me.... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 00:52:45 EST And Reality Hits... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489127 This week has been the most chaotic, crazy, messed up, sad, frustrating week. <BR> <BR> I feel like I've barely had time to grieve, but I know that isn't true. Though it is true that I have spent the majority of this week running like crazy. And I don't mean running for exercise. I mean running to the paper store to get paper for the programs. Running to Holly Springs to be with my mom as she made decisions at the funeral home. Running to the mall to find something appropriate to wear. (I wa... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 01:10:04 EST Why I've Been Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484344 I apologize for the length of this and for the fact that it has nothing whatsoever to do with fitness. It's copied from my personal journal. But this is a part of who I am. A HUGE part. And this journey we're on isn't just physical; it's also emotional. And you're on it with me, whether you like it or not. ;) <BR> <BR> The content is rather sensitive, though, as it deals with death. So if you'd rather not read it, I understand. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Sunday, September ... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 10:15:19 EST The Ugly WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477928 Seriously, you might want to skip this one. I don't feel like I have anything positive to say and I don't feel like trying to come up with something. <BR> <BR> I am angry and sad and angry. <BR> <BR> Everyone in my house is mad at me, including me, so I'm writing this blog, cutting my losses, and going to bed. I haven't even eaten dinner, and I hardly care. <BR> <BR> This week has been so OFF. Off schedule from the norm, nothing getting done around the house, not feeling like cooking, not ... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 22:09:44 EST Those Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4470707 Today was frustrating with a capital F. Every task I worked on was a battle. Even things that should have been easy. I didn't get to run because all my clothes were dirty. I fought with the IRS, I fought with the company that hosts my church's website, I fought with Jeffrey and his determination to pull every heavy object down on his little head, I fought with people driving like imbeciles. <BR> <BR> It was just not a good mood day. And it should have been. It was so pretty outside. <BR> <B... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 00:22:45 EST The Long Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4468617 I can't believe our long weekend is over ALREADY!! <BR> <BR> Sunday morning I did my long run--8 miles. I tried a new spot for me--The Greenline. It's a rails to trails conversion here in Memphis. And don't get me wrong.... it's cool. I'm SO glad that we have something like it in our city now... but it was so BORING! I'm not sure if it's because the trail is a straight line, or if I'm just bored with the same ol' music, or if I was lonely running by myself... But I seriously thought it would... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 00:40:26 EST My Long Run in Aspen, CO (photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4465145 I apologize for sucking up your bandwidth. There are lots of pictures in this blog. I just wanted to share with you the gorgeous scenery I enjoyed while on my 7 mile run last weekend in Aspen. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/307433_867784720690_38903027_38400341_7196738_n.jpg" width="500"/> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/300368_867784845440_38903027_38400345_8305148_n.jpg" width="500"/> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://a2.... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 00:11:34 EST It's Not a Conspiracy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461739 I have to keep reminding myself that I AM in control of my situation. The old me would have given up, blamed everyone and everything, and then gone to eat a box of Pop-Tarts. <BR> <BR> You think I'm kidding. <BR> <BR> I didn't get to run last night as planned. My husband didn't get home from work until 10:30. So I got up early this morning to go. Just as I was getting ready to leave, I found a huge mess of dog throw-up. RED vomit... on our WHITE carpet. (Yea, I know.. having white carpet wi... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 00:08:06 EST Awesome Avocado August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459036 In case you weren't aware, I've been a member of the <em>345</em> Avocados team for the Mommy 2 Wowwy Challenge for a couple of months now. <BR> <BR> Best. Decision. Ever. <BR> <BR> I've really gotten my spark back by participating in this challenge with other mommies. <BR> <BR> Over the past month: <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> I logged over 1600 fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> <em>23</em> I did strength training at least 3 times per week. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> I drank at least 8 glasses ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:03:30 EST Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4457647 Blah. I didn't get to blog much from Aspen. I WAS BUSY! Did lots of walking and hiking, including my 7 mile long run on Saturday. I even did strength training in my hotel room--body weight exercises. <BR> <BR> So, I'm rocking the fitness department. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, there are literal PILES of clean laundry scattered about the house, waiting to be folded. More laundry waiting to be washed. Freelance design tasks needing to be completed. Church accounts to be entered. I just can't get all... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:48:25 EST