LEONALIONESS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEONALIONESS LEONALIONESS'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/ First 50 Mile Ultramarathon Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034138 So, wow. That happened! <BR> <BR> I went to (really beautiful) Manistee, MI this weekend to run my very first 50 mile ultra race. I went into it even more nervous than you'd expect! I was supposed to fly to Chicago to meet up with my buddy and then we were going to drive together to MI. We were staying with a large group of folks from her old stomping grounds in Ohio. Well, my buddy wasn't able to come(!) due to an unavoidable work confliction. Aaron just got a new job and we didn't think he... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 03:43:28 EST ULTRAMARATHON'D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973250 Well, I did it. I ran my first ultra. :D This past Saturday, the 14th, I tackled the Dances with Dirt race at Devil's Lake, WI. <BR> <BR> I was shaking scared the night before and sick to my stomach with nerves all day on Thursday. It wasn't so much the distance that scared me (I ran 3 marathons in 5 weeks to prep for the race - including tacking on 2 extra miles to the middle marathon so my longest run was a 28 miler), I felt like my training was solid there and I had 31 miles in my legs. I... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:42:03 EST Weight and Speed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4547967 So, the conventional knowledge amongst runners is that you gain speed when you drop weight, up to a point. Once you start burning muscle due to very low body fat, your speed gains stop or reverse. <BR> <BR> I'm about 5-10lbs heavier this racing season than last (I assume. I don't weigh myself anymore.) My measurements are roughly the same. My hips/butt gained two inches from the hill work, to a 35 from 33 inch measurement. Which I'm FINE with. It just makes my waist, which is pretty solidly ... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 15:01:57 EST Triathlon Results! (now with pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402123 231/470 overall. <BR> 49/93 Division (F30-34) <BR> <BR> 12:47 swim. Rank in swim: 439 <BR> T1: 2:21 <BR> 54:09 bike. Rank in bike: 316 <BR> T2: 1:21 <BR> 26:41 run. Rank in run: 67 <BR> <BR> Overall time: <BR> 1:37:19 <BR> <BR> Not too shabby! <BR> I was RUBBISH at the swim (see above) and was terrified the whole time. <BR> <BR> I went into it very undertrained, due to signing up quite late in the game. I had one swim under my belt, just to test my suit and see if I could cover the dista... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 11:23:23 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3947525 I've been doing pretty well. <BR> <BR> I've set my SP stuff to maintain at 127 (I don't know if I weigh that or not, I'm still on scale boycott!) and I intend to eat mid/high in my new higher ranges. A lot of my mood issues can be undereating in addition to ED type thoughts. <BR> <BR> I also have my first therapy appt on the 1st with someone who deals with ED, anxiety, depression and abuse issues - all things I need. I've already let her know I'm a long time vegan, that it's NOT a symptom ... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:06:41 EST Why I hid my weight tracker: or disordered brain blues ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3860964 So, I've been within a 5 lb. window of my basic weight goal for over a year now. I shoot for 126-127 and sometimes I'm a bit lower and sometimes a bit higher. It depends a lot. My measurements also waver a bit - sometimes my waist is 26&#733; (yay) and sometimes it's more like 27.5&#733; (boo) but I know that's usually due to sodium, hormonal stuff, etc. rather than real weight gain or loss. <BR> <BR> Honestly, these numbers are so fleeting. They really only tell you about your body as it i... Fri, 24 Dec 2010 17:28:26 EST New super tasty treat! SO low calorie - guiltless numminess. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3824730 So, I read this great blog at http://www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com. Katie is pretty awesome and comes up with fab recipes. I made her protein-y brownie batter pancakes this morning, for instance. I did a couple alterations (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-det<BR>ail.asp?recipe=1351619) and ate a huge 10 pancake serving for 320 calories, 20 grams protein! YUMMO. <BR> <BR> Anyway, that's not the point. <BR> The new thing that I'm into is agar pudding! It's so cheap, low calorie and filli... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 02:43:38 EST Very Delayed Marathon Race Report... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3800379 Yeah, I didn't forget. <BR> I should have written this while it was still fresh and I was on the marathon high! I sort of hit the post-marathon doldrums and lost all motivation for pretty much everything. <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to try to do this as best as I can(!) and see if I can capture some of the marathon high again for just a little bit. We'll see! <BR> <BR> ----------------------- <BR> <BR> POINTLESS TRAVEL STUFF YOU CAN SKIP! <BR> <BR> Race was in Mankato, which is a couple hours... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 19:43:07 EST Eggland's Best... O_o http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3773058 I am SO sick of seeing Spark shill for this absolutely atrocious company. <BR> <BR> Yes, this will be a vegan/AR post. If you don't want to read it, please back click rather than read and leave po'ed comments. You were warned. I do hope, however, that most people will want to know rather than just ignore it because it makes them uncomfortable... <BR> <BR> --------- <BR> <BR> Full disclosure, I don't like ANY egg producers and if I could wave a magic wand and take one animal based food out ... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 14:09:20 EST I AM A MARATHONER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3735558 Full post later, I'm off to have dinner with friends. <BR> <BR> I finished even with my quads feeling like clenched angry baby fists from mile 8 to the finish (yes, seriously. NO idea why!) I finished ahead of my goal, even AND ran uneven splits(!) On legs that felt like death. <BR> <BR> They feel worse now, OMG. And other things are starting to sing - knees, etc. <BR> Getting into a car and drive the 90 minutes home = fun. <BR> My thighs are so tight, it's crazy. "Iced" with a really cold ... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 19:20:11 EST Less than 24 hours to go to Marathon ... pep talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3733155 Less than 24 hours to go. <BR> This time tomorrow I'll be about 4 hours into the run, probably around mile 20 with the worst miles ahead of me. Perhaps hitting the wall. Maybe thinking I can't do this or wanting to quit. But definitely DEFINITELY not stopping, not quitting and not giving up. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the support all of you - I appreciate it so much. :D <BR> I swing back and forth between pride/excitement and abject terror! Hah. It's a funny sort of emotional rollercoaster. I'm cu... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:43:17 EST MARATHON - three days away. zomg. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3728240 Soooo... my first marathon is in three days (2 days, 22 hours, if we're being precise). <BR> I am TERRIFIED. I've been working very hard and I've dealt with not one but TWO injuries during the training process. About 7 weeks ago I was waylaid with a possible (mild) stress fracture in my foot. I took off three weeks to heal - which was absolute torture, btw - and came back on my training schedule in the three week pre-race, post-peak taper mileage. Luckily, before the injury, I got in my longe... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:18:46 EST Moar updates!!! ;) Plus best brownie recipe ever. SERIOUSLY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3674947 Thanks for the feedback on my last blog, guys. <BR> <BR> Ironically, I did a weigh in the next day and had the scale register my lowest weight yet?!?? <BR> I do not understand my wacky body - it's as confusing as my wacky brain. <BR> <BR> I also don't get why it's just surprise food that triggers me. If I bake and eat what I make, have it planned and am intentional, I do not get food guilt! I made fantastic brownies this weekend (seriously, the most PERFECT brownies I've ever eaten. The ... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 18:47:50 EST Dunkin's on my tracker? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3667886 No, I didn't eat Dunkin's Donuts - so not vegan! But, I did have donuts ... they were small (much smaller than Dunkin's I think - maybe 2.5 - 3&#733; circle?) chai tea donuts with chai vanilla icing and cinnamon cream. Vegan, o' course. <BR> <BR> I won a "make up our new flavor" donut contest from a local company and they delivered my custom vegan flavor today. I won a dozen. OMG, crap. I gave away ten. I ate two like dumbarse and am currently in deep food guilt. <BR> <BR> I don't do it of... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:17:50 EST Update on the foot and other things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3651907 First, thanks for all the support in my last blog. You sparkbuddies rule! I appreciate you guys. :) <BR> <BR> Secondly, MAN I miss running! I miss doing it AND I miss the guaranteed calorie burn. I had to adjust my ranges due to burning less and mannnn... I miss being able to EAT. ;) I always joke I run so I can eat and yeah, it's partially true. Those long marathon training runs where I'd burn a days worth of calories in four hours were especially fab. OMNOMfest those days. Sigh. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 12:46:54 EST So upset... injury 7 weeks pre-marathon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3609513 So, my marathon training was going really well. My 20 miler was done, I was thisclose to heading into my stepping down weeks and then into taper. I was following Hal Higdon's plan and staying very close to his recommendations - I'd maybe add a mile or two a week to his totals, on my shorter/mid length runs. I've only been running 4x a week and taking 2-3 full rest days (I've needed them!) to make sure I wasn't overdoing it. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with food. Eating enough scares me a... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 17:40:16 EST Twin Cities, MN area and WI friends: My rescued cats need homes/fosters. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3379430 UPDATE: Kittens have a forever home. Maizie is staying with us. :) <BR> <BR> I caught a couple kitties recently and am looking for homes for them. They have been fully vetted - spay/neutered, microchipped. FIV/Leuk negative. Mom has her rabies and distemper. Kittens will be getting their distemper booster next week. All are leuk vaccinated and will get the second shot next week. All have had Revolution for ectoparasites and are healthy. :) If you are patient, kind and have some experience so... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:20:55 EST Delicious, high protein dessert that is totally my current obsession! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3327055 EDIT: OMG. Add half a fresh banana to the coconut cream pie one for BANANA COCONUT CREAM PIE. It's even creamier, a bit sweeter and fanflippingtastic. Recommended! <BR> <BR> ____________________ <BR> <BR> So, yeah. <BR> I've found a treat that I'm currently GAGA over. <BR> So yummy and filling and low-cal. <BR> <BR> Tofu pudding! <BR> <BR> WAIT, don't go yet. I know I said "tofu" and that scares a lot of people but honestly, folks, tofu isn't icky or scary or disgusting. It really doesn't... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 12:29:58 EST FOURTEEN MILES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3273092 Whew. <BR> <BR> So, I've decided I'm totally going to run the TC Marathon this year in October. Work gets free entries (we're a sponsor!) and I know I can do it. I may have to go slow or even walk some bits, and I'm okay with that, but I know I can tackle this beast. :) Especially when, as I look at training plans online, I'm already in the week 10-12 range in my current training. These are 18 week marathon plans(!) so I'm well in the game. I've got time to even slow the training schedule do... Thu, 27 May 2010 09:43:27 EST That Health Survey that's going around ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3179186 1. What did you eat for breakfast? <BR> Oatmeal with melted banana, a tsp of cocoa powder and some left over young coconut meat. My calcium supplement. <BR> <BR> 2. How much water do you drink a day? <BR> Usually 6. 8+ on a good day. I eat lots of produce, though, and it has a high water content. <BR> <BR> 3. What is your least favorite "healthy" food? <BR> Eggplant. It's pretty much the only veg I don't like. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite fruit? <BR> Currently bananas. In "ice cr... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:19:50 EST P90X - 30 Day pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2966796 I'm not seeing in these pics what I see in the mirror for sure... <BR> I'm a bit discouraged since my scale keeps climbing up a bit the last two weeks. Small amounts, I'm up about 3 lbs. total. <BR> <BR> My waist measurement is the same. Navel and lower tummy are down a bit (inch, inch and half), calves are up an inch, biceps up .5, thighs stable. I'm seeing HUGE changes in my legs that these pics don't show at all. Striation in my calves and quads. It's insane! I've got crazy muscle defini... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 19:33:28 EST P90X - or how LEONALIONESS got her groove back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2866132 So, wow. <BR> I couldn't have picked a better time to start P90X. <BR> As my last blog showed I was rock bottom bad, super dire. I'd let healthy concern swing over into unhealthy obsessive bad stuff. <BR> <BR> P90X changed that. <BR> I'm currently in the middle of week three (omigawsh, recovery week sounds good!) and Aaron and I have done the workouts as a team. The combination of us being so determined and dependable about doing this together (and supporting/encouraging each other!) and the... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:12:15 EST Fighting Some Serious Bad Brain Stuff... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2789305 So, I completely LOATHE myself right now. Like, angry to the point of wanting to punch myself for being such a stupid, lazy, fat jerk. <BR> <BR> I was afraid to weigh in this week because it would be my first since Jamaica. I didn't do TOO badly in Jamaica, I ate reasonably healthy foods but, since I wasn't in control of the cooking, I ate too much oil. All the veggies were just coated in oil! And, I ate too much. I may have been okay on food, since I ate three big meals instead of three sm... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 12:19:54 EST Once again - it's time for a measurement update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2669035 I was curious to see how far I've come in the last couple months. <BR> I hit my original goal weight about two month ago and then hit my even smaller "pie in the sky" goal weight about a month ago? I finished 30DS, ran my first 10K, ran my first sub 30 5K and started training for my upcoming half (10 miler this week!). So, lots of stuff has happened and the number happy part of my brain wants to crunch and compile. Heh. <BR> <BR> Here we go! <BR> <BR> Okay! I like having this info available... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 15:15:22 EST Too few calories = the bonk to end all bonks. *shudder* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2637943 So wow. <BR> <BR> I had a really odd night last night and wanted to share. <BR> THIS is why eating too little is bad, folks. <BR> <BR> I will note that this was unintentional and due to a very busy night, not an attempt to lose weight faster by eating less. I usually eat at least to my low end, usually more. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday was a bit nuts. <BR> I worked until 5:30 pm and ate as I normally do at work. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack. My last food was at around 4 pm. I went home and d... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 11:48:31 EST Here we go again - SAD. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2622003 Darn it, my seasonal affective disorder has kicked in and HARD... <BR> I feel absolutely miserable. <BR> <BR> "People who have winter-onset SAD often crave more food, especially foods with high carbohydrate levels. Therefore, people with winter-onset SAD tend to gain weight. Also, winter-onset SAD sufferers may suffer from body aches. Here are some more symptoms of winter-onset SAD: <BR> <BR> * anxiety <BR> * difficulty concentrating <BR> * difficulty processing information <BR>... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 12:13:11 EST Tofurky - You're Doing It Wrong. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2580731 This is a public service announcement. <BR> ____________________________ <BR> <BR> Do you like seitan? Think veggie burgers are pretty darn tasty? Flip over tempeh? Think tofu is tops? But then you have a Tofurky and you go "blech!"? <BR> <BR> Then you, my friend, are the victim of Poorly Cooked Tofurky Syndrome (PCTS)! A well cooked Tofurky is a thing of beauty to behold. One suffering PCTS is not a happy Tofurky. And the folks eating a PCTS dinner are also pretty darn Sad Face. <BR> <B... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 13:13:19 EST "You shouldn't be here!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2562275 First of all, thanks for all the kinds words about my Jakey. His rattie friends and I are coping well enough. We all miss him but knowing I did the right thing for him helps my heart. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I went shopping today. Like, for reals shopping. <BR> I got some new bras (down to a 36A - weeeeeeeeeeeeeeep) and some new underwear (5s, though I really probably should be in 4s since my hip measurement is 2-3 inches smaller than the listed. Target just doesn't sell any smaller than 5s. An... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 04:57:12 EST Jake ('08 - 11/12/09) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2559277 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/3/b936362691.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/7/b973363224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My big handsome is gone. <BR> He left a big hole and it aches. So much. <BR> <BR> Jake was diagnosed with a very arrhythmic heart, related to congestive heart failure, about 6-10 weeks ago. Heart meds gave him some relief and bought us some more time together but in the end he couldn't be held stable. He started to have issues breathing and I... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 17:26:41 EST "Animals are Stupid" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2553667 From here: <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/ari-solomon/a<BR>nimals-are-stupid_b_336049.html </link> <BR> There are not enough words in my head to fully express how awesome this is. Agree, 100000%! <BR> <BR> ----------- <BR> <BR> In a recent interview with Larry King, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain quipped that it was OK for humans to kill and eat animals because we've been designed to chase down "smaller and stupider creatures." Never mind that cows and pigs, two animals that are slau... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 14:54:48 EST Random Glee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2503691 I hope my mom doesn't read my blog! Mom, stop reading if you're there... <BR> Honestly, go away. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, I'm heading home the first weekend in November for my folks 30th anniversary (the sibs and I are throwing a big surprise shingdig!) and I know that a local bakery makes vegan kringle. If you haven't had it or heard of it, that's not surprising. Racine, WI is like kringle central, USA. It'... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 01:35:09 EST Deep Breaths! (bikini pics for "at goal - before 30DS") http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2481107 Ooookay. So, I hit goal last weekend and decided I needed pics. I have trouble seeing the changes in myself and have this idea of how I look that isn't very accurate. I feel bigger than I am and like I take up more space than I do. I still feel 45lbs heavier than I am. I had a good friend take some clothed shots (mostly to show off the crochet shrug I just finished! Love it!) and some bikini shots that will act as my "befores" for the 30 Day Shred. <BR> <BR> So, I posted bikini pics on my p... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 11:26:27 EST At Goal - I cried. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2468105 So, the scale read 133.8 this morning. I weigh in with clothes on and have the Wii remove 2 lbs. I told myself once I was under 135 I'd weigh in nude and have the Wii take off no pounds. Actual nude weight: 134.9 - my goal is 135-132 but I consider myself in maintenance mode now. I still have my tracker set for 132 just to keep my calorie range at a "still losing slowly and a small amount". But, for all extents and purposes, I'm done focusing on losing and am going to focus on toning and los... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 13:05:21 EST NOW with video! Twin Cities Medtronic, My First 10K - Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2449077 YAY! <BR> <BR> We finished and didn't have to walk any of it. Hip held out pretty well though I'm walking like a Gramma currently. Heh. Mostly just soreness, though, not sharp pain. <BR> <BR> The weather was atrocious (when you weren't actually running) cold, spitting rain, windy. Once we got going it was actually quite nice for running, no chance of overheating and low humidity. So, that helped. The worst part was how cold my hands were after the run. I guess I didn't notice so much while... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 13:04:24 EST The one downside to being smaller... and a bunch of upsides! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2430625 Feel free to ptthhhh at me all you want. Hah! <BR> It's driving me nuts how my calorie burn has dropped WAY down as I've gotten smaller. What used to burn a ton of calories is now like ... "meh, you burn 89". Darn it. <BR> <BR> To hit my weekly goal of 2500 I have to do SO MUCH more in terms of time. I'm doing over an hour 5-6X a week most weeks to hit that amount of calories out. And it's fine, I like exercising, but it is quite a time suck. I'm working on a big crochet project - a batwing ... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 13:31:49 EST "Just a Rat" (applicable to all furbabies) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2423057 "Just a Rat" Written by Richard A. Biby <BR> <BR> From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a rat," or , "that's a lot of money for just a rat." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a rat." <BR> <BR> Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a rat." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a rat" but I did not once feel slighted. <BR> <BR> Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:21:52 EST New Ratties! Say 'hi' to Prairie. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2417940 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFzogwmbeKg </link> <BR> <BR> Video of me, my SO and Prairie, one of the new family members. :) <BR> She is super adorable and wants to stick her head into Aaron's mouth. <BR> At the very end of the video you can see her almost get me! She grabs your lip and pulls down to open your mouth and then wants to go spelunking! Super rodentist! <BR> <BR> Enjoy. <BR> :) Mon, 21 Sep 2009 18:45:19 EST I swear, my middle name should be 'too much, too soon'. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2391589 Sooooo... I've got another (mild) running owwie. <BR> Because, again, I pushed it too much. You'd think I'd have learned by now that that's a Bad Idea but I guess I have trouble tempering my enthusiasm. <BR> <BR> We were doing really well training for the 10K. We started small as my PT suggested and started building slow. We were doing 3.25, 3.5, 3.75 sorts of weeks. Small quarter mile jumps were working well for us. The problem started on vacation, honestly. We went for a run on our first f... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:29:17 EST Vacation time - goodbye for about a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2357025 Hi folks. <BR> <BR> It's FINALLY here! We've had this vacation booked/planned for 8 months (yes, literally) and I'm so completely jazzed that it's finally time to go! *bounces about* *wiggles* <BR> <BR> We've rented a cabin in Ely, MN near the Boundary Waters. We're on Burnside Lake and can see the lake (and hear the loons!) from our cabin. It's a really pretty little place with a nice kitchen, two bedrooms and a cute deck. We're in the middle middle of nowhere and you can't hear anything b... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 20:29:32 EST Sponsors needed! 5K walk to benefit Farm Sanctuary. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2331721 So, I'm doing Farm Sanctuary's Walk for Farm Animals again this year. Farm Sanctuary is an amazing group that does a lot of good work promoting veganism/vegetarianism, rescuing animals from slaughterhouses or other disasters and running tours, cooking classes and other great educational venues out of their two sanctuaries. <BR> <BR> I really want to visit FS some day and meet the wonderful volunteers, 'owners' and the animals. They are passionate, compassionate and one of the best animal gro... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:49:05 EST Measurement Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2320126 Okay! I like having this info available for me to glance at if I ever feel down. <BR> So, here goes. <BR> <BR> SW April 09: 167.5 <BR> WEIGHT June 09: 157.9 <BR> WEIGHT now: 145.5 <BR> <BR> SW April 09: 33 <BR> WAIST June 09: 29.5 <BR> WAIST now: 28 <BR> <BR> TUMMY April 09: 37 <BR> TUMMY June 09: 34 <BR> TUMMY now: 31 <BR> <BR> HIPS April 09: 39 <BR> HIPS June 09: 37 <BR> HIPS now: 35.5 <BR> <BR> BUST April 09: 36 - 38 C <BR> BUST June 09: 36 B, 32 inch under bust <BR> BUST ... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 14:35:20 EST Foot stuff and Picklefest 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2302833 Had my PT meeting today. <BR> He says what I'm experiencing sounds like all soft tissue stuff and not serious injury. So that's good. He thinks the heel stuff could be due to either overcompensating for the injury OR just a change in my mechanics either due to the new shoes, being slightly stronger and using muscles differently or all of the above. I can still run though he doesn't want me increasing mileage or runs per week just yet. <BR> <BR> He did watch me run on a treadmill for a few m... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 11:17:25 EST Inserts = less pain(!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2298209 So, I went to Run n' Fun (yes Becky, that's really the name! Cute huh?) and a young guy was helping me with shoes. He was a bit disgusted when I said I only wanted to look at New Balance since the Asiacs he was getting would be better for my heel. I just can't give money to companies that have such horrific working conditions, though! I know NB isn't perfect but at least they are trying to avoid sweatshop stuff and make some shoes in the US. But I digress. <BR> <BR> Cute jailbaity running s... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 13:22:53 EST I hate my stupid right foot. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2290078 So, I've done three 2 miles runs in the last, oh, 10 days(?) and have no pain in the site of the fracture. Which is yay(!) and makes me happy. I also have no pain while running. Also yay! <BR> <BR> There is a new not fun pain, though, that has me really upset. <BR> My dang right heel hurts like *crazy* a couple hours after a run, hurts the worst right away in the morning and hurts when I get up after sitting for a bit. Sigh. These are all signs of plantar fascitis and I am So Not Pleased to ... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 13:27:18 EST Jack and the GIANT peach ... or, why the kiddos are good diet aids. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2273202 "I can haz peach?" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/7/b877112998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, Jack you can have some of my peach. <BR> "NOM" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/5/b458394403.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I can haz peach, too, Jack?" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/1/b916127512.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jack, share with Eddie. <BR> "Yes, Eddie can haz some of my peach. *grumble*" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 16:03:44 EST Running again ... and attack of Flyzilla! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2269778 So, did my first run after the injury on Monday (in my shiny new, half size bigger NB 769s!). Aaron and I went up to Summit and ran on the grass/dirt paths in the median of the road. It's not a hilly route and the grass/dirt is supposed to help your feet and joints take less pounding. <BR> <BR> Foot felt fine during the run. I was hyper-aware of any sort of stiffness/pain/discomfort in it, since I REALLY don't want another injury(!) but at worst it just felt a little stiff and a little thump... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:17:34 EST Foot is healing. YAY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2253577 So, I did Tae Bo last night. 40 minutes of serious bouncing around on my feet, jumping jacks, you name it. No pain! OMG YAY. I was told by the doc that I can start running again when I walk pain free (check!), do stairs pain free (check!) and can hop pain free (check!). I also am not having the inflammation/pain in my foot in the morning anymore. I'm hoping hoping hoping that I'll get the go ahead to run again on Monday at my PT session. :D <BR> <BR> Pay day is tomorrow, I'm getting new shoe... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 14:25:04 EST FUN Day Yesterday :) (plus over 1000 calories burned!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2236572 Had an awesome day off yesterday. <BR> <BR> Did my first physical therapy session and like my therapists a lot. He's a very nice guy and was impressed with all my research/work I've been doing with running and eating healthy. So, that was nice to hear. :) <BR> <BR> He says my body is doing a good job healing up on its own so we don't need to help the foot much at all right now. He gave me a couple exercises to do and one of them is WICKED. You lie on your side next to a wall with your butt... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 11:08:19 EST I love my new neighborhood - keep finding cool things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2231815 Going to take the bike out for a quick spin tonight. I found out recently that I'm REALLY close to Como Park where there are running/walking/biking paths around a big lake by the zoo/Japanese Gardens. I'm going to head over and see how easy it is to get to the zoo. I know (I think) that I found the gardens when I was biking the loop but I'm not 100% sure. Exploration! <BR> <BR> I also found a bunch of biking/hiking trails through the woods in a city run forest about 10 minutes on my bike fr... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 17:32:18 EST Sigh - Feeling off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2227949 I feel off. <BR> <BR> I know I've been eating more calories and that's got me a bit worried. I'm still within range but, while I'm usually low-end to middling, I've had a few times in the last week and a half where I'm up near the top. Once I've gone over by probably 200 calories, too. To be fair, I did go over my calories burned by almost 500 last week, so that's still a net difference of -300 extra calories, in addition to the usual 2500 burned a week, and that's not too bad. <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 11:36:28 EST