KONRAD695's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KONRAD695 KONRAD695'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/ 100 days of running- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911260 I usually don't just post a "look how great I'm doing" entry as it seems too much like bragging. This time I'm going to do it. Mainly for the purpose so I can look at it. Sorry about the What I Did concept here, it's a make me feel good kind of thing. <BR> <BR> This year has been a lot of cold and a bunch of tough runs. It started back with a bad ankle in October which flowed into November. I took time off through December except for one Christmas race and two shorter runs during the ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:37:16 EST 8 days to grind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892904 Hello everyone, this will be to the point. Sorry, but this blog is mostly for me to follow. Sometimes a person needs to commit publicly to keep themselves on track. <BR> <BR> Some know I plan on running the Ann Arbor Marathon on Sunday the 29th. This is a "jump on it" chance race. I found out it is a slower, scenic run through Ann Arbor one day (early Feb) when I was late for a running clinic after getting lost. Then a week later I was chatting with the owner/boss about my upcoming ra... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:57:45 EST Maybe you were wondering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888219 This is just a free write blog about myself. A few things some don't know, a few things most don't know, and just a few that no one cares to know. <BR> <BR> Got new clothes for work today. Size- pants 34 long, shirt 16.5, 34/35 athletic fit. <BR> Why yes, I will be happy to pay an extra $2 for fitted shirts. How skinny will $5 make me. <BR> <BR> Scars- Thought of this in the sauna. half inch above eye from "wrestling" with brother while little. The end table won. 4 small ones on rig... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:14:40 EST Patience = Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885927 This is a quick one. Some people may remember me having a very rotten attitude following my Feb 5k 2014 race for the BARC. See that day I didn't try hard enough, didn't have my head in it, and did not give it my all. I had earned a first place medal in the Dec and Jan races then fell short of a medal for the last one in Feb. I then vowed to myself to not give up again. Now I set my race goal to either go for it all, or go for a time. <BR> The races started about a week before Christmas... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 23:55:07 EST Changes in Running. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882070 Most people here know I'm a runner. Some people think I'm a good runner. Not really, just tough and persistent about it. This winter I signed up for three local 5k, three half marathons 70 miles away, and one 10k in Port Huron. I've already covered the 10k, the 5k's will be next blog, and here I'll do two of three half marathons. Next is in March. <BR> <BR> The first was the Snowman on Jan 25. It was cold, but not too bad and everything went ok for my first long run in months. I finish... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:51:59 EST The Chocolate Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875703 On Feb the whatever a race was held to prove the strong and the brave. What I mean is that it was cold, cold, cold, and slippery. So here goes in pictorial form. <BR> <BR> First comes the pre race stretching. This isn't working so well. After many hours of work and too few hours of sleep, his body is not ready to move right. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l575973449.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853117500.jpg"> <BR> <... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:21:00 EST Life just loves the curve ball. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868000 I worked at it and tried. Even when life was changing the parameters, pushing forward was still the answer. <BR> <BR> The 40 person party ran late, bar was very busy, and instead of getting help- I was overworking and giving help. By the time work was over, and I was home in bed there was only 3 hours left for rest. Got two and a half, then it was get ready and off to the run. The whole trip was 9 hours of cold, tiring, satisfaction, and bonding with my wife. NO CHOCOLATE!! Then it was... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 15:08:21 EST We've all been there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865982 So this has been a rough month. <BR> <BR> Won a diet bet- ate two full boxes of chocolate <BR> Lost some weight- rebounded most of it <BR> Two newbies at work- all the stress of training them (one has zero experience) <BR> Heavy race month (10k, 5k, HM, 10k)- feet (mostly left) hurt so bad <BR> Planed big run with Julia- not going to happen, depressed <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> This list could be substituted with any other list from any other person here on Spark. It seems we are he... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:29:34 EST The latest news. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863404 Life is ok- not great, but ok. <BR> <BR> Work got worse then better. One person fired, me with 8 weeks in a row of 50plus hours. We now have two new employees that are both working out. The owner really stuck it to me with some really bad hours. So I was nice but vocal about how I felt. It is now working well. <BR> <BR> Family life is still rough. Some really crappy things have happened. Everyone sitting down and talking have greatly influenced recovery time. <BR> <BR> Running is p... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:29 EST A brief update in life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852969 My son is on his third day of getting his work done. Last night he couldn't sleep, so he did his laundry. This is a major accomplishment, <em>244</em> <BR> Wife and I are getting to each others emotions, but not fighting. Let the re-learning continue. (there's a little sarcasm in there) <BR> My new computer from Christmas in finally up and running correctly today. Major pain using the backup, but that's over now. <BR> <BR> New stuff-- I joined a diet bet with Kimpy225. It went very... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:11:43 EST Taking aim on 2015. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848134 No resolutions this year, not one. My goal will be to keep going with the processes started in 2014. <BR> <BR> Last year was set forth with many goals with almost all of them half completed. The only one taken care of was to run the 7 half-marathons I signed up for, and this had one not completed. The rest of the year I spent reacting to life kicking me around. My son kept getting in trouble, my daughter was institutionalized three times, my marriage almost ended, and my first time be... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:59:34 EST Perspective and the Results of Perseverance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800644 Some days you wake up to nothing having gone right in the past 12 hours. My day was supposed to be two great races with a half-marathon in the morning and a 5k for dinner. It was scheduled for me to be out of work by 10:30 PM (Friday night), so I could get some rest for my big day. Just didn't work out. Midnight hit and I'm still working hard, and my Friday was almost 20,000 steps. Finally get home, get my stuff ready, and crawl into bed. <BR> <BR> 2 AM. Sleep 3.5 hours. Time to travel... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:34:36 EST Meet my therapist, Mr. Salomon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797729 In light of all my family difficulties- daughter into crisis again, son's ADHD medicine having another cascade failure, and my wife (not going into this). I've decided on my own therapist too. His name is Mr. Salomon, and here is his picture. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l56401121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I decided it was time for a therapy session. So I went back to my last race, a trail half marathon. Ran about 14 miles and took some photos too. The only drawba... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:33:26 EST Running with a Friend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793014 As a bar/server employee you might think I have lots of friends. This could not be farther from the truth. I could have 1000 drinking buddies, but conversations are almost all limited to 2 minutes or less. When everyone is out with friends, or home with their families, I'm am work again. Then off exercising by myself. <BR> <BR> Then along comes someone like Julia. Somehow we connect over Sparkpeople, and something happens that has never happened before. She comes by and visits me. And... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:57:01 EST One week removed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779828 This will be low on words and high on pictures. This is my trip away with 6 of my high school friends. It is an annual outing to a cabin, and a relaxing weekend. The only requirement- everyone gets to be themselves. Here's my trip. <BR> <BR> My first new friend. Mister Snappy was waiting for me on the way in. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l654022469.jpg"> <BR> These are some random photos of the drive back to the cabin. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:49:26 EST Current Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776678 I could start off with all my difficulties in life, but does anyone really want to hear it. <BR> <BR> No?- that's what I thought. <BR> <BR> But a few said yes; so here is a list. Wife, kids, car, job, pets, job again, weight, sore feet, I'm tired, food, and those annoying phone calls. There's my list. <BR> <BR> Work Situation. I quit my job, and I'm moving back to the Steinhaus (a really cool place). You know that saying- "The grass is always greener on the other side of the hil... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:27:36 EST Just Another Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773407 My Day Running The Mackinaw Bridge. <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <BR> <BR> If you don't about the Mackinaw Bridge, In Michigan, IT'S A BIG DEAL!! <BR> <BR> So my labor Day weekend started with me being in charge of the hotel, checking into a room, and not being able to leave. Mix that with two restaurant mgr shifts, my replacement messing some things up, and overall stress- I was one tired boy. Tried to sleep early Sunday night, but too keyed up from work. Finally got around 3 hours of ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 14:56:43 EST The Grand Scheme of Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730194 Caution Ladies- Be Warned! <BR> <BR> There is a shirtless photo of me contained in this blog. It might stir some funny emotions. <BR> <BR> It's almost odd how the timing of the mid-year coincides with my mid-life. Everything seems to be finding an even ground. It's all just a big long story, too long to type out on here. <BR> <BR> I do have one story for you though. See, when you walk around with a solar panel for a forehead, you go from white to tomato in about 30 minutes. With th... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:29:18 EST DOUBLE BIG DOUBLE GOOD NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719077 As many know I'm prone to life's ups and downs. Many times I attract the downs like seagulls to French fries. <BR> <BR> WELL NOT THIS TIME!! <BR> <BR> School is out and one of my children's big stresses is gone. The family got approved to move school districts and my children will be attending a much smaller, way more stable, and more disciplined school next year. <BR> <BR> I was able to run my last half marathon while finishing 3rd of 5 in my age group. Currently I have plantar fasii... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:01:49 EST My late doctor update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716839 I went and saw an orthopedic specialist on Monday. Had some really good news. My injuries are to the top of my radius by my elbow and the base of my thumb metacarpal. I stiff-armed myself from the ground to protect myself and the bike. Now I have a bunch cracks, micro-cracks, fractures, or whatever you would like to call them from the shock of crashing at 13.7 MPH. The good news is no cast. The bad news is some braces, a sling, and pain every time I move it the wrong way. <BR> <BR> No... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:03:33 EST NSVs kind of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713687 so this blog will have very bad grammar and punctuation. I'm typing with one hand and it just takes too long. what I did my fall while cornering on my bike. Front tire caught some loose grit and didn't turn.. It was a choice of launch into a county drain ditch with a 15 foot drop or lean in/down on bike and hope it grabs. Nothing happened so I put my left arm out to catch myself. I broke a bone near base of thumb and something up in elbow. left hip, lower leg, and ankle bone hurting and... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 21:00:56 EST Ten things you can learn from me- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710923 1. don't use muscle rub before going number 2. <BR> 2. don't spin around while blinking fast, then stop quick and shut eyes hard. <BR> 3. protein powder and applesauce. not a good mix <BR> 4. no matter how good the chips are, tuna and peanut butter are not a good dip <BR> 5. do not drop your pants in public to win a whitest butt contest, even if you win <BR> 6. getting lost while running a race through the woods is not smart <BR> 7. low level corporate managers are under paid and over worked... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 23:45:22 EST Squash- it's what's for dinner. Or- lost in northern Michigan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707781 Very odd day today. <BR> <BR> Alarm went off at 6 AM. I am tired today, could not get asleep until almost 2 AM. Last night was an uneasy night of thinking with a little anxiety. My body is on it's 2nd injury of the season (cover that later), plantar problems are no fun. Today's race/run was held on wooded trails, many times jumping ruts, roots, and mud while ducking some branches. Knowing what pain may be in store, I wanted to pack some ice. <BR> <BR> Why running while hurt? My injury... Sat, 31 May 2014 23:43:07 EST Whom I'm ment to be. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700381 If you have ever met me you will instantly learn a few things. <BR> <BR> I am far from being shy, will be honest with you, and I truly like (love) most anyone I come across. <BR> <BR> Here is some stuff you don't know. I'm am very introverted, always hurting from something, and will binge binge binge. <BR> <BR> "What sent me into my introverted shell to binge this time" you ask? Well, I'll tell you. <BR> <BR> First main thing is my son being over the top ADHD with spring fever for t... Wed, 21 May 2014 23:45:47 EST Guess What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692885 I Love You! <em>247</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 21:49:43 EST Stuck with no computer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683534 My son strikes again. Some of you out there know he can be a handful. He has crashed the main household computer. It operates as a DVD/Blu-Ray, stereo, internet, netflix, multi-media center. This is not going well. <BR> Wife and I were out for dinner and left him home. Gave him the admin password to work on reformating computer and downloading saved backup. Somehow, And he knows how, he deleted back up, lost the hard drive to another computer, and now nothing works. <BR> Then he pro... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:38:48 EST Easter weekend 3rd try. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675175 I'm doing multiple tasks and have lost this blog post twice already, so third time is a charm- Right? <BR> <BR> To write about my upcoming Easter I need to back up 8 days. <BR> <BR> 8 days ago- Started a spring "Bikini blitz" workout run. First one was legs and gluts. Good for me, my lower left abs are sore. <BR> 7 days ago- ran a hard, cold, wet 13.5 miles. time was around 9 minutes per mile. Good for me. <BR> 6 days ago- woke up feeling very tired and unusually sore (almost pain) OK... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:15:37 EST Sorry Thor- I'm 2-0 against you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670808 Thor is called the storm god, and he threw it at me tonight. I won. Started my run at 52 degrees, light wind, and some sprinkling rain. Finished at 42 degrees with 27 mph winds and heavy rain. It actually got bad enough that my stocking cap kept unrolling from the weight of being so wet. Not sure my actual time per mile, just bunched everything together. Started with a very short walk, took 2 potty breaks, one snack and cytomax break, and two foot stomping get the water out of my shoes ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:04:33 EST In case you didn't know- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666973 This may be a little random, but here it is. <BR> <BR> I'm having a great day. Things have settled down at work, the trainees are on their own (with help), no boss today, and I had a SUPER WONDERFUL Run. <BR> <BR> Taking my running slow this time. If things don't feel right, then it's an extra day off. Not trying to beat myself up for calories either. I've had some mild "shin splints" mostly on the upper front tibia (below knee) and upper fibula (inside calf). Hit them with ice and b... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:06:19 EST My Body is Finally Catching On. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662016 Normally I go right at it, over do my training, and then break myself. <BR> <BR> Not this time. <BR> I am not focusing on weight loss, and YES I am gaining. <BR> I am not worried about medals, there are none in the series I'm doing. <BR> I am not trying to break the rocks in my path, just find them and go around. <BR> <BR> What this time is. <BR> Focusing on building a base of running and using it as a means to reach an end. <BR> No medals but would love a pair of shoes and some free race... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:08:40 EST Morning Travels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658207 There could be a few titles for this one- <BR> <BR> "The weatherman LIED" <BR> "Suck it up Buttercup" <BR> "Flexed, Feed, and In Bed" <BR> <BR> I just came off of working 90+ hours in the last 6 days. Most of this was due to the special MOD (manager on duty) shift over the weekend. The whole time I thought to myself, get through this, stay active, and finish with a long run. Today was long run day. <BR> <BR> It all started with my wife working at her jobs downtown office which is about... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:08:45 EST Dig Deep. Push Forward. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652794 I might not be the best for advice. I tend to get hurt from a certain level of stupidity. And I'm not always the most patient person. <BR> <BR> BUT, I'VE GOT STAMINA!! <em>186</em> <BR> <BR> Life has been really pushing me around lately, and I've kept putting forth the energy. Everyone at work thinks it's amazing how up beat I am, none of them know about my family or life problems (actually one person does). Spark is the only facet of life where I let my "Guard Down", the rest need ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:54:06 EST Quick and Good update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651934 Planed on doing a full entry tonight, but have to go in very very early. <BR> <BR> Everything is tough this week, but moving forward. All "fires" are being put out quickly. <BR> <BR> Recovered from a long Sunday/Monday combo. Ran 6 plus miles today. <BR> <BR> Doing well- <BR> <BR> OH YEA- One more thing. I will be the Manager On Duty for the entire hotel this weekend. <em>334</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:45:51 EST Newest Activities. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648714 My daughter is still in the "Clinic". Mental state seemed to improve, but now she is talking about the voices. She is being seen three times a day and has group twice (I think). She told my wife that she didn't want to come home. <BR> My son did get all his work done finally. No failing 6th grade as of now. He was a big help today. This is a first in a long time. <BR> My wife started crying again today about my daughter <BR> Deleted the rest of this paragraph. <BR> Me- ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:46:29 EST My new understanding in life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645685 So I really don't go into my problems in an open forum, you know, the whole privacy thing. Tonight I will. Not for sympathy, or grumbling. It's just a release of the headache. A few weeks ago I post a grumpy angry blog which was deleted later that day. Well, this will cover many of the same subjects, but calm with understanding of life. Don't like it one bit, just dealing with the punches. <BR> <BR> My fitness- working on this slowly. not over training like I usually do, but t... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:16:48 EST A new concept at work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631105 A double title for a busy life. This is something for business and fitness. <BR> <BR> First the fitness part. I'm finally coming to terms with going slow. Thinking back, I now realize that if I increased my runs by one mile a week, I would be doing 20 miles at a time. So now, nursing my latest injury, I'm going slow. The MRI I cancelled would probably tell me everything I need to know. Until then , slow and steady. <BR> <BR> The second concept is for work. Here it is - "we are going ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 19:45:52 EST Life in the Winter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625581 This will be more of a thinks to do with your life blog. Most everyone knows I like to run, have kids, and am married. Here are some of the things I do in the middle of all of it. <BR> <BR> There have been lots of snow days this school year. Which leads to home projects to take up the time. Here is a top ten list of some things I've done to keep myself and my children busy during those "what do we do now" times. Most everything was geared to be useful and incorporate some together tim... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:49:06 EST A to Z of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621848 Have lots to say, but not much on the good side. So I'll do one of these fun ones. <BR> <BR> A- Anderson, my last name <BR> B- Books, I love to read but have a hard time sitting still <BR> C- Clothing, basic and not flashy <BR> D- Diets, hate them. would rather exercise my weight off <BR> E- Education, high school and 2 years at Michigan Tech University <BR> F- Foods, eat almost anything <BR> G- Goals, have to make them to get anything done job and running are current focus <BR> H- Home, ha... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:02:25 EST 4 Times a Finish Line, or Good News in Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598192 <em>104</em> <em>425</em> <em>364</em> <em>364</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>405</em> <BR> <BR> That's my day so far. I also did laundry, invented a new cake for me, did a favor to work, and dropped off my lotion to sell. <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Son was sick at night, and wife was watching him the first half of night. My turn came around 3 AM, but son was fine and wife was snoring. Covered them with extra blankets and went back to bed. Here comes the da... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:48:35 EST I think I had a Tummy ache! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595742 I Did. I Did Have A Tummy Ache! <BR> <BR> Everything was going so well. Then, ouch, got hit with something. Exercise was in full swing with 9/6/6 mile runs, and only one pain in my left foot. Tuesday was going to be a rest/stretch/walk day with starting to work on a resume. Home early that day and it all went down hill. Awoke that morning at 183.2 pounds, was back to bed by 10 AM. Awoke Wednesday at 184.8 pounds and stayed right in bed (freezing, tired). Had to work the bar at night,... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:12:28 EST So good I took a Snow Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588237 My plan is working quite well for me right now. <BR> <BR> Jan goal of no ice cream- no problem, haven't touched it. <BR> 1st to 7th goal of salad eating- every day, 9 large salads total and keeping it going <BR> Goal for 8th to 14th is 60 minutes fitness per day. <BR> Day goals- all but Monday, which was work out at home <BR> <BR> The snow created some difficulties for me. It is part responsible for a missed goal. I did not count being in the cold, shoveling, cleaning snow, and everyth... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:04:13 EST Looking into the future. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578056 No resolutions for me. Just a notebook of goals. I made up a notebook, or more of a goal oriented log book/diary. It is set up with some year long reminders and some monthly goals. Each month will be broken down into weeks, and the weeks broken into days. Each month has goals attached already with weekly goals at the beginning of each month, then every week gets daily picks. So, here we go. <BR> <BR> For the year 2014 I will try to <BR> -Relax <BR> -treat myself well <BR> -be mindful o... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:29:11 EST Another 5k, no ice cream, trick or treat, and my first sip. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528767 Let's do this one in reverse order. <BR> <BR> Had my first sip of alcohol tonight and didn't even know it. Was out with my daughter, and was offered some hot chocolate. First I said "No, thank you though". Second time I didn't want to seem rude and I said "yes, thank you". After the calories I've burned up lately, this won't even touch me. Then I'm walking, thinking, this tastes a little funny. So what does every good parent do, have your young daughter try it. Behold, hot chocolate w... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:11:12 EST Life and Times of a Vagabond Runner. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518900 That sounds like a good title, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> I thought so too! <BR> <BR> Guess what? .............ok WHAT!!!, you say. <BR> The answer is. It doesn't mean anything at all. The front page of a sales ad, lost leader, wasted trip, sorry about your luck. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now that only the cool people are reading, let us continue. <BR> <BR> I have done many miles and then some walking and thinking. (25th is GO day for running). This is a regurg of thoughts. <... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:33:55 EST Re-Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507506 A lot of restarting. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wrote two very long entries that dove deep into personal stuff, my son, and my job. First one got blanked out. Waited and tried typing again. Then a full blank out. That's the end of notebook. Something fried the motherboard which lead to a scrambled hard drive. Motherboard will not recognize any hard drive or USB drive at all. Couldn't retrieve hard drive info, not it's a backup to my "kids may borrow" laptop. Currently going through and d... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 23:30:50 EST in my head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492390 I read a couple blogs earlier today. One stated that "knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom". The other was the same idea, but stated with a more depth. It was a Spark Friend named Tina, who I repeatedly read her blogs. I'll even go back and read old ones many times over. Seems that I "GET" her insight. Today, I learned a little more about her looking back, reflection, motivation, toughness, resilience, and coping. Then here's me- <BR> <BR> Lucky for me, I don't need motivation... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:25:52 EST The job blog- finally. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483215 Sorry, but I had to wait until I knew what I would be doing. <BR> <BR> Leaving the Steinhaus was exactly that- LEAVING. Didn't like it, wanted to go, and I did. That job is now in the past, and I think I'll leave it there. <BR> <BR> Onto Monday. It was my first day at The Doubletree Hotel of Bay City. It's part of the Hilton Hotel structure. I knew I was hired, and I would be in the bar/restaurant side, but that was it. Saturday I received my start time and worked out schedule. Wor... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:54:27 EST dirty feet....window cleaner....vitamin J http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476880 Nice title isn't it? I thought you'd like it. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> DIRTY FEET- <BR> Or wallowing in the mud. First I've been having family stuff. My father has had some internal bleeding coming out the bottom side. Three days, then it stopped. Doctors didn't know, so they sent him home. Mom has had four back surgeries and is starting to show the same signs as before. Time to fuse some more bones. Mother in-law has a broken ankle. Father in-law has some kind of GI blocka... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 14:40:36 EST Marathon Training #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466927 Or, we could call this the end. <BR> <BR> Received my initial MRI results <BR> 1. split peroneal brevis tendon with it beginning to tear. <BR> 2. stress fracture in calcaneus creeping towards the posterior facet. <BR> 3. fracture of anterior process of calcaneus <BR> <BR> What it all means is <BR> #1 and #3 are usually fixed with surgery, unless they are not that bad. <BR> Or #1,2, and 3 and all put into a cast. <BR> Or #1,2, and 3 are put into a walking boot. <BR> <BR> Now the chances th... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:38:35 EST Throw the books out- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466073 No, not real books! Those rule books that somebody made up a long time ago. <BR> <BR> 1st book- Weight. Yes I know I am not supposed to "let go", "not care", "plan it tomorrow", or just say "stink on this". Today I did. Have been doing very well with August goals. Remember-"STOP EATING BAD FOODS". I did, completely. No mess ups, no mistakes, no cheating for 24 days. <em>104</em> I really mean absolutely nothing! <em>104</em> Today's weight is below 179. A low not seen since Apr... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:23:44 EST