KGIRL160's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KGIRL160 KGIRL160'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/ Radical Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748814 My life has changed so drastically over the past 6 months I don't even know where to start! <BR> <BR> The divorce is almost final. Finally. It has been a long road that one. Ex is in his own place - and supposedly has all of what he wants out of my house. We are just finalizing the last few bills and assets and then officially I should be FREE! <BR> <BR> We are sharing the kids - which sucks - but hopefully what is best for them. We are living about a mile apart (way to close for me - ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:31:59 EST Marathon Me - pre-training week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596821 This week was a nice start to establishing a maintainable schedule: <BR> (I am starting my Week on Saturday's and running through Friday- I know weird but works for me.) <BR> <BR> Saturday - 5 miles (1:20 Avg 15:49) 30 degrees icy road conditions (spikes). Had to run slow and stop for cars, but overall felt good about being out. I was comfortable in my gear (and LOVE) my new running jacket. <BR> <BR> Tues - 3 treadmill (40 min) run/walk combo. Finding it hard to get E to school and get ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:04:08 EST I am... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592533 .....a Marathoner in training. <BR> <BR> How crazy wonderful that sounds. I completed my first run this Saturday on a sheet of ice! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1503488413.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yeah traction aids, and new stuff: <BR> *shoe inserts let me run my 5 miles without any arch issues <BR> *super cool socks from my sister for Christmas - rock <BR> *new UnderArmor jacket (from the outlet) that was a splurge to myself - is awesome <BR> <BR> Who's a Marat... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:13:38 EST Mood swings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562110 So yesterday afternoon I was feeling good. <BR> <BR> Had a nice haircut feeling all pretty - relaxed. <BR> <BR> Dinner - freezer to crockpot - success, kids actually LIKED it and I have enough for left overs tonight - and nobody was upset about that! <BR> <BR> A little cranky kids - but nothing too bad. <BR> <BR> A good night sleep. <BR> <BR> A nice morning, just a bit rushed..... then grumpiness. <BR> <BR> First my oldest girl is all like, mom don't you know that the liquid detergent g... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:04:05 EST Taking a little bit of control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560523 I am taking back control of my out of control life, one little step at a time. <BR> <BR> I found some great freezer to crockpot meals - and added some of my favorites, and some other things I thought would freeze well - and had me a cook fest this weekend. <BR> <BR> First was the trip to the grocery store! I was lucky with some chicken and meat sales, and with 10 for 10 cans of beans and veggies. I bought enough stock for 12-15 meals. <BR> <BR> Next was all the prep, I cut, I chopped, ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 12:39:46 EST Crappola & Life choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556042 I don't know what's worse that my plan is going all haywire or the reason that it is going all haywire - and the fact I am more upset about the interruption in my plan then I am about the reason. <BR> <BR> Clear as mudd right? <BR> <BR> Well here is the thing, my husband and I are on a separation. It's not official, in that we are still working on things with counseling but he is not in the house and I am unsure on how long or how things will work out. <BR> <BR> While we are on this break... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 14:41:01 EST Theme music for my day and runs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551577 Here is my 1/2 marathon song list, looking for new stuff to throw in. I love variety but mine is feeling kinda same same. <BR> <BR> Here's my list - Maybe suggest a few of your own?! <BR> <BR> Gone, Gone, Gone - Phillip Phillips <BR> My Heart is Broken - Evanescence <BR> Going Under - Evanescence <BR> Set Fire to the Rain - Adele <BR> I'm Ready - Wclef Jean <BR> Let's Get it Started - The Black Eyed Peas <BR> Get the Part Started - Pink <BR> Good Feeling - Flo Rida <BR> Fly Away -... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:07:08 EST Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545362 So before the planning can really begin - I needed to access the "damage". <BR> <BR> As I have pretty much, mostly, avoided the scale and any kind of strict diet. With no accountability my damage is usually pretty good. Last week I had hopes of jumping back into things, but a little TOM ugh and bluck, I just pushed getting back into thing to this week. <BR> <BR> I am so glad I did. Actually it's not too bad at all. I am down 1 lb and I ran a fairly decent 2 miles this morning without... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:20:39 EST Raceless! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541994 For the first time in almost a year - I am not registered for a single race! It's not like I don't have plans to consider a couple... maybe even a Turkey Trot if I can find my motivation. <BR> <BR> Without my intense training plan of last Sept/Oct, I feel a bit directionless. I also seem to have a profound lack of motivation in order to establish a direction. <BR> <BR> Like why haven't I registered for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> Or investigated a running plan for the Ma... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:20:40 EST Overdue report out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534028 So on Saturday, October 26th I ran the 18th Annual Mackinac Island Great Turtle Half Marathon. <BR> <BR> Yeah! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1467672095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was my third (yes third) half marathon that I have ran. I can't believe it! But I think I actually have my training needs, nutrition, and what I need to do pretty under control. Or at least I have figured out at what a minimum I need to do to prepare for a race! <BR> <BR> My training ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 14:39:23 EST Surprise win http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503599 So I won a weekly drawing form our United Way, Walk campaign at work. <BR> <BR> $50 Gift Certificate to local spa! <BR> <BR> Woot woot, HAPPY HAPPY, dance. <BR> <BR> Now what to choose, what to choose? <BR> - A new do? <BR> - Some glam for the nails? <BR> -Pamper the feet? <BR> -Something waxed? <BR> -Facial? <BR> -Message? <BR> <BR> How can you choose when I want it ALL! Ha, it so isn't going to cover all of that. <BR> <BR> I think for now I am just going to enjoy the possibilities... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 14:58:51 EST Good bye ol' friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500316 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l240267225.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sniff sniff - you have been the best pair of running shoes! I know we have only been together since, well heck, can't remember but it was after my 1st half. <BR> <BR> ... And you carried me through my second half, and I almost made it through my third. <BR> <BR> ...And just because I couldn't bear to be parted with you. Yes, I am really attached to these shoes, I bought a new pair just like you. <BR> <BR> So a... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:38:07 EST It's always something. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496632 So this week has been a bit of a challenge, which given my last two weeks of success is pretty depressing! But I am trying to keep looking on the good side, because it's not all that "bad". <BR> <BR> Diet is fairly decent and I am down 1lb from last week, that puts me at 180 - so close to getting back in the 170's! So close. If I can keep on track I have a good chance of making it. <BR> <BR> My body is rebelling with the exercise. First I had no motivation on Tuesday, and now for my Thur... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:15:54 EST wimpy - success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494639 Well good news - I finally made it out of bed this morning. <BR> <BR> Not so good - it was over 1/2 hour late. Which meant I didn't get to the gym until 6:45! 25 minutes on the treadmill doing a easy wimpy hill walk. I managed to sweat a little bit. But couldn't convince my achy body to move any more than that. <BR> <BR> So is it a wimpy attempt? or a success since at least I did something? Not sure, feel good I got out of bed, disappointed that I seem to have misplaced my motivation.... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:12:48 EST 7 miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493820 Super excited I got my 7 mile run in on Saturday. <BR> <BR> I had a run on Friday, which I shouldn't do, and will try to avoid next week. My legs were sore Saturday, and I wasn't sure if I should run or rest. I was running on stiff legs for a couple miles before I settled in. <BR> <BR> Then it rained! So it was a chilly, soggy 7 miles. It didn't all feel good - but most of it did. I am practicing my fueling and felt that went well this run. <BR> <BR> The weather is getting cold and ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:35:35 EST 1 mile ahead of schedule! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488274 Last week I made all of my runs! Woot Woot. I did a pretty good job on the nutrition, and I am down 3lbs or so. Very happy with this progress. <BR> <BR> I was so excited to get my 5 miles in on Saturday. It ended up being a nice pleasant run that started off as something I was NOT interested in doing. <BR> <BR> Getting up early, dealing with the cold, worrying about the fog/ visibility. <BR> <BR> I almost went back inside and gave up. My breathe was visible! I chose to run an alterna... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:37:57 EST Running to a better life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482851 Today has been a rough day. 9/11 is usually sad - but today a co-worker's wife passed from a long battle with cancer. <BR> <BR> It is heartbreaking. I know she was suffering and that many (truly) claim it is for the best and she is in a better place. I know she is in a better place - but I mourn for what she and her husband had. They were the sweetest couple and I know he is going to have a huge hole right through his soul. I wish for them that she was never sick in the first place. <... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:03:18 EST Run Run Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469684 I'm am pretty please with myself - I conquered the alarm again! Wohoo, so hoping I can back into a regular get up and get out habit. Fingers-crossed my little mini-vacation over labor day doesn't squash the progress. <BR> <BR> This morning I ran 3.1 miles in 40 minutes. It was rough going, with getting back into the weights I have muscle groups that are complaining! <BR> <BR> The loop I was running starts off with a couple little hills which about killed me each time I looped around, b... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 09:02:36 EST Gotta love mother nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468665 I like running in the rain - just not a torrential downpour with hail and lightening. So no run on Tuesday. Good thing I accidentally ran my easy short run on Monday at the gym! <BR> <BR> I had triumph over the morning and got out of bed and hit the gym (a bit late) but withing tolerance. <BR> Upper body: <BR> *lat pulldowns <BR> *bicep curls <BR> *triceps <BR> *flys <BR> *shoulder press <BR> *back press <BR> *rows <BR> Then 25 minutes of walking hills on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I ca... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:48:02 EST Goodbye August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466886 This month was just crazy. <BR> <BR> I tried a bunch of new stuff and some worked some I am still working with. Grrr Armband, we are having a love/hate relationship.... I love to hate it. But.. I need to keep with it as I am seeing some trends that will help me. <BR> <BR> My gym has fallen off track - again. I went this morning but haven't been in weeks. <BR> <BR> My running is on track - yeah! I have at least kept up my running schedule. I ran a 4 mile race August 17th, under an hour,... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:56:48 EST BodyMedia FIT Armband adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445234 I am three days into trying to figure out this BodyMedia FIT Armband, and we need counseling. <BR> <BR> Ha... maybe it's the coffee/caffeine withdrawal... but we are just not clicking (yet). I am not giving up, but here is what I have learned this weekend. <BR> <BR> I don't like the Armband on my arm. It bugs me. I itch it, I rub it, I just am bothered by it. I spent the last three days adjusting the tightness and the location, and maybe just maybe I can live with it right now. <BR> <B... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:19:11 EST New toys - BodyMedia FIT Armband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442282 So last night I received my BodyMedia FIT Armband, and I was too tired and cranky to deal with it. <BR> <BR> So I brought the box with me to work today and proceed to break into it. I has taken me all morning! LOL. Most of that time was in the 3 hour charging cycle. <BR> <BR> First I set up an account at BodyMedia.com. I get my first 3 months free, but I still hate having to fork over a credit card in order to establish an account (sure I can cancel and not get charged) but who remembers... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:34:50 EST Solid Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441291 I started off August as planned! Woot woot. <BR> <BR> I finally rolled out of bed, tied on the shoes, and hit the road. I ran 2.9 miles for 40 some odd minutes (run keeper knows that stats). Not at my best pace, and well actually the entire run kinda sucked. <BR> <BR> Darn gluten belly! Bluck. But I mustered on through and felt allot better after the run! <BR> <BR> I did get up later then I wished - and with my crazy work day I missed breakfast and my mid-morning snack - actually it w... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 16:10:37 EST Go away July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439950 Bah humbug July - I am just not getting my groove back on this month. It hasn't been horrible, I have still been very active this summer, but the diet seems to be stuck in vacation mode. <BR> <BR> Semi-successful on staying on some kind of a plan. <BR> <BR> Last night I went home to run - I hate working out after work. It's late, I'm tired, I'm cranky, it was hot, I didn't drink enough water, or eat right. It was a crappy run - but I did it - and felt better for it. <BR> <BR> This morni... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:05:44 EST Chasing motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438313 I still just can't seem to get out of bed. I think it is either just do it time - or time to change plans. Maybe it's time to think about hitting the gym at another time? or running in the evening? <BR> <BR> All I know is something needs to change - cause this hitting snooze for an hour in the morning just isn't working for me. I am tired, cranky, and feeling like a Shluff for not moving. <BR> <BR> That and there was a failure to plan for this week!!!!! Where's the plan! <BR> <BR> On a... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:06:54 EST Freaky Fast Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433270 Okay so it happens to everyone - the need or lack of planning and thus the need to find some quick food. <BR> <BR> So how unhealthy is my freaky fast lunch from Jimmy John's? <BR> <BR> 1/2 #12 hold the mayo <BR> 2 servings of BBQ potato chips (I was digging the comfort food) <BR> No cookie (go me) <BR> No pickle <BR> Med Iced Tea -unsweetened <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l460468174.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mmmmm <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:04:42 EST The plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433058 There is something about planning for me that helps. <BR> <BR> The feeling of being in control that I get from planning is very self motivating. It's like if I write it down I can make it happen - without having to stress about it. I also know that planning is the key for my success. If I have a plan - and I follow it - I can be successful. So step one the plan- make a weekly plan each week. <BR> <BR> Not much left to plan for this week but here it is anyway. <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:42:29 EST Where did July go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431815 And yet another crazy - not quite what I was hoping for month. <BR> <BR> So I had several conferences the beginning of the month that messed with my schedule, but I took the opportunities to try different things like rock climbing, trail-running, and playing on the beach.... <BR> <BR> This month started out okay - well then I broke my finger. I smashed it good with a hammer. I'll save you the pictures I posted on face book..... It was all my own fault, I was distracted while hanging t... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:00:50 EST Day 3 of juicing adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373449 Last night I had a total crash at about 6 pm. I believe if I could of just gone to bed right after work (and my juices magically made themselves) I could still be juicing today. <BR> <BR> But that didn't happen - around 8 pm I finally went to bed - but I was too exhausted to tackle the juicer. So - no juicing today. Although so far today all I have consumed is water and tea. I am not hungry or craving anything and food does not sound appealing. So i will stick with tea and water until l... Fri, 31 May 2013 09:32:09 EST Day 2 of juice adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372664 Yesterday went just fine with juicing. I enjoyed the juices and didn't feel starved or completely tired ect. <BR> <BR> It took me an hour to prep (and clean-up) for today's juices, putting me to bed pretty late. It was allot of work. If I decide to investigate a longer juice reboot - it's going to take serious time management planning. My juices stay very well for the day in the glass bottles, I wonder if I could do 2-3 days worth and freeze? or that probably defeats the "freshness" of ... Thu, 30 May 2013 14:25:32 EST 3 day juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371563 Somewhere in my crazy last 3 months or so, a friend was telling me about this documentary she watched called, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. <BR> <BR> "FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe's personal mission to regain his health while traveling across US, juicer in tow, and inspiring others to do the same." <BR> <BR> and I need to revisit : Super Size Me (cause I have this french fry problem) <BR> <BR> Anyway I promised myself I would revisit the idea after my life... Wed, 29 May 2013 13:53:05 EST BayShore 2013 - report out w/ pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371451 Still basking in the glow of the BayShore. <BR> <BR> My Medal! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2092474626.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Despite my freak out the night before the race, I had a pretty decent run. <BR> <BR> It started at 4:00 in the morning (uh yuck), but I wasn't sleeping anyway. I guited my husband into driving me to the start and we left at 4:45! <BR> <BR> I made the shuttle to the start area at 5:20 and spent the next 1/2 hour on a school bus! Seriously ... Wed, 29 May 2013 12:02:49 EST Finished the BayShore 2013 1/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369171 Oh yeah - Happy Dance! <BR> <BR> Rocked the first 10 miles of the BayShore - then tried not to throw up the last 3! Wow was that a looooong 3 miles. But I pushed through and finished! Ran 90 - 95% of the race. <BR> <BR> Made my goals - finish under 3 hours and get the medal! <BR> <BR> Stopped took a few pictures it was just that gorgeous of a day and the lake was just so peaceful. I'll post more later with pictures! <BR> <BR> I am even walking and moving around with minimal aches an... Mon, 27 May 2013 10:32:19 EST Pre-Race - Getting ready to ROCK - well or run/walk - whatever as long as it gets me through 13.1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366847 What a crazy to do list I have today?!! <BR> <BR> How does pre-race day always get so crazy (yeah I know procrastination!) <BR> <BR> * Drink water <BR> * Pick up race packet <BR> * Get Gas <BR> * Drive the race course <BR> * Eat a good dinner! <BR> * Get race gear ready (Note: listen to Cindy) <BR> * Finalize play list (optional if needed it can run as is.. but I did want to tweak.) <BR> * Make sure rides and everyone have what they need to get to where they need to get to. <BR> * Shave leg... Fri, 24 May 2013 15:38:42 EST 2 days till half - and sick again!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365855 I was home sick Tuesday and Wednesday, stomach & headache stuff. So not fun. I literally spend the last 2 days in bed or on the couch! I am pretty sure this isn't what they had in mind when they said to "taper." Along with my head, my entire body now has that I was just smacked down by the flu ache. <BR> <BR> I pretty much made myself get up and go to work today, I needed to start moving around, and I knew if I stayed home it would be back in bed for me. So far, so good. I don't feel ... Thu, 23 May 2013 15:51:30 EST Managing Stress - Count down to 1/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362150 It's all about managing stress for me this week as the BayShore 1/2 seems way too close! 5 days?! Yikes <BR> <BR> Stress manager 1: Enjoy the 2 NICE AND EASY runs I have left a 4mi run/walk and a 2 mi - then I have 2 rest days. Nice and easy is harder then it seems when my body seems to be loaded with anxiety. I am battling my tendency to just burn all this angst out. <BR> <BR> Stress manager 2: 2 rest days!!!! Really! Agg -Find a gentle yoga/ put in a tape. Maybe I should work o... Mon, 20 May 2013 11:06:02 EST Happy Birthday to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359418 I look 4 hours of vacation time this morning to get my long run in stress free this weekend! Such a good decision, now I can relax and stretch my way till the BayShore 1/2 (8 DAYS)! <BR> <BR> My bday present to myself - best ever. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l69771617.jpg"> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:27:27 EST Pretty good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356276 Monday was a pretty good day for me. <BR> <BR> I hit the gym and had a nice and easy 3.5 run at about an average of 4.6. The important things here are: <BR> <BR> a. I got out of bed and made it to the gym <BR> b. I felt good running <BR> <BR> I am having this struggle with my alarm/ and morning routine. I would really like to get back into a nice routine. I am so far off target that I am just going to "start over"! <BR> <BR> First: I need to fix what de-railed me to begin with. Str... Tue, 14 May 2013 12:16:07 EST My Mommy's Day Present http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355340 I roped my older two children (14 & 13) to run a 5k with me the day before Mother's Day. My son has never attempted a 5k before, but my daughter has run several races over the past couple years with me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1095213360.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was so proud of them, even though it was early and the REALLY didn't want to do it, they went because it was important to me. <BR> <BR> BTW, running with mom is starting the race with her and wait... Mon, 13 May 2013 15:26:51 EST I can't believe it is May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348827 April didn't go too well for me! I did not run the Flower 1/2. Which was sad, but I had a great visit with fam and friends. No running. <BR> <BR> I was sad but good with it. Then something crazy happened, I made it into the BayShore 1/2 from the wait list! And before I could talk myself out of it, I registered. <BR> <BR> Now I am stressing on how to get this race done! LOL. No it's okay I think, I have this race at the top of my priority list and I am going to spend the next 3 week... Tue, 7 May 2013 15:59:36 EST Running March Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273011 So let's just skip right over Feb. <BR> <BR> Seriously Feb sucked, too many "things" went crazy. I managed to hang on weight wise - which is pretty incredible considering a major house repair, a trip to San Antonio, and a series of stupid things breaking or falling apart. And to top it all off - my puppy past away. <BR> <BR> Well he wasn't a puppy - he was 15. But still it hurts. He didn't suffer and past peacefully in his sleep. I am so very thankful of that. We had started the fam... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 16:16:11 EST 1: WTH - Seriously http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239045 I just made my first goal: 175. <BR> <BR> Seriously! In no way do I deserve this after the "off" week I had. Granted I have been busting my butt on home construction projects - but I am positive not enough to compensate for all the junk I have been eating. <BR> <BR> We started a staircase project that also turned into a slightly "un-expected" kitchen gut job. So I have been sledgehammering drywall and working the crowbar magic on layers and layers and layers of misc trim and wall board. ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 17:02:50 EST 17: Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223352 Not such a good day for me today. <BR> <BR> I am grumpy - and off. Still fighting off this stupid cold & all the stupid gluten food I had this week - hopefully I can just get this cold and off diet stuff behind me and start off better next week. <BR> <BR> Hoping to get in long run on Saturday and maybe some fun ice skating or winter walking or something with the family on Sunday. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:40:51 EST 16: Happy to be running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221230 My Wend didn't go well... <BR> Overslept so no gym, I was an hour late to work due to roads, general sluggishness, oh and a run through the coffee shop (*blush*). <BR> <BR> Sigh. Mocha AND a asiago bagel w/ cream cheese. Yeah, NONE of that is on diet! To top the day off I also caved on a chic pot pie and a piece of apple pie. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Yes my tummy has let me know that this type of behavior is unacceptable. And the gym scale reflected a +2 from last Thursday! I feel all bloated ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:15:59 EST 15: 1 with a -18 wind chill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218330 Today I love love love treadmills. I was able to still get a run on and it is nasty cold outside! <BR> <BR> Oh yeah and the phone call o'dark 30 from the kids school made me get out of bed - so umm thanks school for calling SO EARLY. <BR> <BR> Just a small rant, what school for crying out loud this day sends a recorded voice message to EVERYONE on the school list, and considers themselves high-tech. Really? I prefer a text message!!! That stupid recording drives me nuts. <BR> <BR> Okay ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:49:39 EST 14: Let's just not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217236 Yeah, well let's just not talk about the diet from starting somewhere around Friday lunch time! <BR> <BR> LOL that's where the slide started and didn't end until ummm - this morning! <BR> <BR> Sigh. <BR> <BR> I don't deserve it but I am down 1 this week. <BR> <BR> I skipped the gym this weekend, but did get some workout done. We started some demo on a house project on Saturday. So I got a fairly decent workout from that. Still missed my running. It's sooo cold! <BR> <BR> Focusing on ... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:12:32 EST 13: Up and down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213181 So this morning I wasn't sure if I was going to make it! Missed Yoga - didn't make it to work until 9. <BR> <BR> But I am slowly recovering and not feeling to bad at the moment, so I might get my night out after all. <BR> <BR> So happy it is Friday. <BR> <BR> I hope to work my long run in Sat or Sunday and I have an appt with the hammer and crowbar - time to start the hallway/ stair renovation with a little deconstruction. <BR> <BR> :) I love ripping stuff apart and putting it back to... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:36:00 EST 12: Stupid Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211630 I have a stupid cold and it is stupid cold outside! Ha - I am going to have to think about drying my hair at the gym so it doesn't freeze on the way into work! LOL <BR> <BR> I went to bed super early last nigh - and slept fairly well. I felt a little stuffy this morning but not too bad and I did go to the gym. Today is a run day but I promised myself an easier workout. <BR> <BR> 40 minutes treadmill: <BR> 10 minutes walking <BR> 20 minutes 5.0 run <BR> 10 minutes walking <BR> <BR> Funny... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:55:04 EST But I don't want to.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210323 I found myself avoiding the blog today! <BR> <BR> Why... <BR> Well I have nothing to report! LOL. <BR> <BR> No exercise today (and I very much doubt I will stop on the way home - but I can remain hopeful). Actually I really shouldn't. I feel awful. The cold is whupping my butt. My head hurts, my tummy hurts, my hair is bleeding..... well not really but you get the idea. Well unless you count that my car is parked on the other side of campus... a 10 minute walk- jog in the freezing ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:29:48 EST 10: Still Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208318 It almost didn't happen this morning. I ended up feeling progressively worse yesterday and last night my throat started getting dry and my nose started running. <BR> <BR> NO!! No. No. I don't want to be sick! (pout) <BR> <BR> Sigh. Well I didn't sleep well but dragged my butt into the gym with an eye on my streak and a promise to myself that just walking for 30 umm 20 minutes counts. And I was kinda hoping that I could maybe sweat a bit of this cold out of me. Not to mention I have a s... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:10:33 EST