LIFEFOUNDONARUN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LIFEFOUNDONARUN LIFEFOUNDONARUN'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/ It's Worth The Effort... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673978 This isn't a blog about bragging. This is a blog about realizing. Realizing that it takes time to make a change. It takes time to reap the benefits of your efforts. If you take the time to invest in yourself, eventually the rewards appear. I'm training for my 3rd half marathon and tonight was a 6 mile training run. It was during the 2nd mile where I felt like my breathing was so off that I was ready to give up for the day, but I pressed on. I found a bit of a mental angle that I needed... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:20:44 EST Good Weekend Finally... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671544 I am just finishing up one of the better weekends I've had in a very long time. Life has taken me through a lot of ups and downs over the past two months and the weekends always seemed to be bearing the brunt of most of it. I made some changes to my regular life routine and am now enjoying the rewards of those changes. At first I felt deprived and very resentful for having to make these particular changes, but now as I look back at how these things were disrupting my life in a way I didn't... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:08:46 EST Half Marathon #2... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645146 A few weeks ago I completed my 2nd half marathon. I think that was probably one of the hardest runs I've ever done, even though everything was perfect conditions for a great run. The course was almost completely flat with just a few minor hills. The weather was gorgeous and cool. I was rested, hydrated and carbo-loaded. The energy was amazing. But for whatever their reason, my legs didn't feel up to doing their job that day. At least not in the way I had wanted them to. I finished the... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:38:29 EST Pieces of the heart... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643509 When you try your best to see the good in a situation, yet the good in it is so few and far between. That moment when enough feels like enough, yet that enough means you have to tear your heart into pieces and go through the process of putting it back together. When you're too tired to deal with the same thing over and over again, means it's time to change. I've tried tweaking it for a different perspective, but what I've learned is that you can tweak things all you want, but if your core ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:00:59 EST Creating Our Legacy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598780 I'm about ready to head out for my long run and I'm reminded how fragile and precious life truly is. The running world has been mourning the loss of a Virginia woman named Meg Menzies, killed by a drunk driver last Monday morning during her morning run. She has left behind a husband and young children, as well as many others who love her dearly. Thousands of runners all over the globe dedicated their runs yesterday to her memory, and to bring awareness to drunk/distracted driving. It's so... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:44:50 EST Great Diet Tips... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551347 I came across this article this morning and found loads of great tips, so thought I would share it :) <BR> <BR> <link>www.coachcalorie.com/fitness-experts<BR>-best-weight-loss-tips/ </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving Eve!! Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:04:55 EST Those darn voices in your head... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551075 Such a great article! I love the way she wrote this. Brought tears to my eyes. <BR> <BR> <BR> http://running.competitor.com/2013/11/ou<BR>t-there/out-there-6_89921 <BR> <BR> <BR> If the link doesn't open, I've copied it below. I also tried adding the link again underneath the text. I had to alter a few words considered profanity due to SparkPeople not allowing them to post: <BR> <BR> "Many times, you reap what you sow when it comes to race day. But sometimes, you get kicked in the gu... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:23:55 EST SparkPeople Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550556 The other day I signed up for one of the challenges here on Spark. I've done a few of the virtual runs, but never completed any of the challenges. I must say I'm really enjoying it. I'm on "leave" from running until the beginning of the new year to give a few achilles some much needed rest, and the challenge has been perfect in giving me options for cross training. It's been very refreshing waking up in the morning and feeling a bit sore in new places :) I'm also a person who kinda lives... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:56:39 EST My First Half Marathon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546586 For me achieving a goal is bittersweet. My goal of a half marathon was a part of my life for over a year. I look back one year ago when I made the decision to run this, and the journey I went through is nothing short of amazing to me. The journey that brought so much growth to not only my running, but my life in general. The journey that was like a friend to me at times, because my training plan made me live that journey or else I simply was not going to be able to do this run. The journ... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:40:51 EST Inspiring... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536482 I loved the inspiration in this article. <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.letsrun.com/news/2013/11/time<BR>-life/?fb_action_ids=10201514181788809<BR>&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=ag<BR>gregation&fb_aggregation_id=28838148123758 The Time of My Life: Staten Island Native Mike Cassidy Shares His Experience Finishing The NYC Marathon Hand-In-Hand With His Hero Meb Keflezighi | LetsRun.comLetsRun.com <BR> <BR> by: Mike Cassidy <BR> <BR> November 7, 2013 <BR> <BR> About 10 miles into Sunday’s ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 10:28:04 EST 9 days 21 hours 3 minutes 29 seconds... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535316 Received my final confirmation e-mail tonight for the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon. It instructed me to open a link that would show my confirmation page, and when I did that the countdown was displayed. It's just about here. This long awaited, long trained for half marathon is only 9 days away. Am I ready for it? I hope...no...yes, I am. Yes, I am ready for it and now having to wait another 9 days is making me crazy. Long runs are done. Only 4 more short runs left. The last lo... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 22:45:50 EST The 10k that wasn't... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480027 So the summer still sizzles here in the desert. Me, in one of my more smarter moments, decided to sign up for a 10k here in town. It was today. And with a high of 88 degrees this morning at 8:00 am, the announcer for the run explained the course in great detail. Very nice....lots of uphills, with extreme downhills in between. Not a flat surface until the last quarter mile of the first lap which was the end of the 5k also being ran. The announcer went on to say that the 5k'ers would expe... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 23:08:16 EST Onwards and Upwards, Baybeeeee.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456634 Life can be so funny sometimes. Just when you think you are on the path of all paths, the way of life that seems to be the only way it's supposed to be lived, you get thrown for a loop and suddenly ... you have to change. For me change has been a welcome part of life, until it becomes something that I "have" to do. I love the kind of change that I choose to make because, well it's just the better choice in my mind. But when I'm given a situation that clearly is not benefiting me, or helpi... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:30:34 EST Inspired by you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450792 Inspiration. When you think about inspiration, what kinds of things come to your mind? Is it an inspiring movie that you once watched that brought feelings up within you that just made you want to achieve something greater than you ever dreamed? Is it a good book that you didn't want to put down because it stirred feelings within you that weren't "normal" feelings, but so enjoyable? Is it a friend or co-worker you are watching working towards a goal and seeing their passion for it gives y... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:22:24 EST We Are All Worthy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418439 There was a time in my life when I truly believed I wasn't worthy of my goals and dreams. I look back at that time and see so much sadness. Such a tough part of life for me, but it came with so many lessons that I was willing to learn and because I was willing to learn I became a changed person. We are all worthy of our goals and dreams. We are all worthy of the efforts that are needed to be put into accomplishing them, because that is where the true rewards are found. I've found that in... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:52:27 EST Carry On... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413333 So hard to believe we are already into the 2nd half of the year. Not sure about everyone else, but that 1st half was a mixture of a number of different things, but challenging tops my list. Lots of time constraints for me and goals getting redefined and rescheduled helped with the challenging part of it. Still I made it through in one piece and am looking forward to the 2nd half to see what this journey will bring with it. <BR> <BR> In one more week I will be able to officially register ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 14:41:28 EST When Goals Fall Flat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383234 It happens to all of us. How many times have you had a certain goal "set" that ends up having to be changed? Whether it is in weight loss, running, financial/personal goals, it happens to all of us. There's a quote out there somewhere that says "It's not what happens to you, it's how you react that matters." Lately I've really understood the meaning of what this quote is saying. <BR> <BR> I've been through some set backs and disappointments over the last month or so. I'm proud to say I ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:00:30 EST Recipes please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369692 Due to some digestive issues, I'm going on my 3rd week of a gluten free diet. I must say it's made a huge difference in a number of issues I've been having, so I have been very happy with the change so far. If anyone has any recipes, blogs, websites, etc that you recommend, I would love the suggestions. I've found loads of recipes on Pinterest, but am always looking for new ones. Dinner tonight was baked chicken, creamy parmesan risotto and my favorite vege zucchini :) <BR> <BR> <img sr... Mon, 27 May 2013 20:38:30 EST Strawberry 5k... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368662 Ran the Vista Strawberry Festival 5k today. Had to be the best 5k I've ever ran! You just can't beat it when the weather is perfect, your body feels great and your daughter is running alongside of you (at least for the first 2 miles). I've shaved off 2 minutes from my beginning 5k time, so I'm pleased with the progress :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1099852208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l368339411.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 26 May 2013 19:30:55 EST Finding The True Purpose... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361369 Every so often I get a day that sets me back a bit. It's a day that I get quiet, I keep to myself, maybe bake a little, go for an easy run. It shows up every once in a while and usually just out of the blue. It's the day when the thought of "what is my true purpose meant to be?" shows up. I've learned from the past that when this thought shows up, if I don't pay attention to it, it will nag at me for quite a while. So I'll take the thought and let it play out. <BR> <BR> I'm a mother, gi... Sun, 19 May 2013 18:15:27 EST Serious Trust... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348034 I am a serious person. Seriously. In all seriousness I am so serious that I annoy myself sometimes. I am a person who can take a simple sentence meant as nothing more than an off comment and turn it into a life altering moment that becomes added to my journey. Ehhhhh, yeah that needs to kinda stop. <BR> <BR> I do realize that every time I do this, that it is part of an old, established behavior that I have been putting off truly dealing with for quite some time. There are times for se... Mon, 6 May 2013 23:10:29 EST 5K Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343817 I'm officially registered for my next race which I chose to be a 5k in two weekends. I must say I am so looking forward to this. I love being a part of these charity races. They are not only challenging, but they give back to the community which I just love. Since I've been training for a half for the last 5 months, my speed is a bit slow right now. I've been having a lot of fun turning up the speed a bit to try and PR this race and am just loving the challenge of it all. <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 May 2013 23:26:15 EST From There To Here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337165 Throughout this journey I've taken the time to sit back and look over the many changes I've gone through going from where I was 3 1/2 years ago to now. 3 1/2 years ago I was at what I call my starting over point. I literally did an overhaul of my life and began again at the age of 40. How thankful I am that I found the courage to begin again, to find the love for myself that was missing has been the most miraculous find for me. <BR> <BR> When I look back at everything, I see that what s... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:57:13 EST Need A New Plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333590 Yes, it is all about the journey. I know that. I've preached it. I've lived it. I've loved it...most of the time. Learning to roll with the punches that the journey brings is becoming a specialty of mine. I now have discovered that the half I've been training for is during a weekend that is not open for me. Not by a long shot and there is literally nothing I can do to change this. To say my heart sank a bit is an understatement. Very disappointing for me :( <BR> <BR> But it's all ab... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:52:40 EST Runners United To Remember... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328192 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l307358166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is an amazing event on Facebook. I've never been more proud to be a runner. To see 68k people come together to show their love, compassion and strength for others is something I will never forget. My heart and tears go out to Boston. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 23:56:42 EST Falling Off The Path to Find It Again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322730 Funny how life works sometimes. I can go, go, go on my journey to accomplishing my goals and then one day I'll notice something different is going on. Something doesn't feel just quite right. I'll take a look around, see maybe some extra "busyness" going on lately, but decide that that isn't what is causing this feeling. Then I come to the conclusion....Yep, I've fallen off my path. That path that "I" have constructed for myself. Me. Miss Positive not doing what she set out to do. <B... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:33:59 EST April "Umpf".... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306267 Happy Easter! Tomorrow is April 1st, beginning of a brand new month. Gotta love beginnings of things, especially new months where the dreams usually begin and the seeds of your journey get planted so you can pursue that goal you have in mind. I love to take advantage of the extra "umpf" in my attitude during this time. I've found the more "umpf" I have right now, the more I have to hold onto when the month starts to wind down. <BR> <BR> So take your "umpf" and make your world a bit bri... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:02:44 EST Transformation Decision... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305285 As I sit here looking through my balcony window, I'm admiring the lovely, purple colored tree that is blooming so beautifully. I'm noticing the quiet surrounding me as I'm gazing off into the distance and watching some birds flying by as well. I believe this to be my peace, as well as my piece of what I've worked so hard at building. <BR> <BR> I've written many times about this process of "starting over at 40", and I've decided that I am in "Phase 2" now. I'm not sure how many phases th... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:30:23 EST Building Your Story... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298255 I've been told in the past to be careful of what you wish for, because you may just end up with it. I never gave that much thought, up until the past few years when I found my ability to wish with a passion like I never had previously. I've had quite a few of the "old" wishes that I had come true, and I have found that at times when I'm living a bit more in the future than I probably should be, that these wishes snuck their way in without me even noticing. These moments normally hit me har... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:23:38 EST The Ramblings Of A Lady Quitter...Or Not... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291855 I had a great run yesterday. Probably one of the best long runs I've had in quite some time. A fellow sparker suggested using a Jeff Galloway interval training schedule to follow in prep for the half in a few months. I started using it this past week and must say I loved it. The long run was completed in a way that I don't normally complete them...feeling good and comfortable, not out of breath and all tight. I completed the miles and had a big ole grin on my face with an awesome feeling... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:52:12 EST Attitude Adjustment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279536 Friday night, one of my favorite times of the week as is probably for many others out there. It's the time of the week where I get to reclaim "my time" and do with it as I please. No work, all play...or something along those lines as I like to believe. My play involves my continuing training for my half in a few months, so not too much rest will be involved. <BR> <BR> I think too much...at least that's what those closest to me like to inform me. I've been told this time and time again, a... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 23:04:08 EST 7 Miles... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273509 Yesterday was another first for me. I completed my first 7-mile long run. I did pretty darn good up to the 6th mile, then I kind of lost it during that one. That one felt as if I was pulling at something in me that did not want to come out, no matter how badly I wanted it out. That was the one mile I had to periodically stop, close my eyes and dream up any kind of imagined strength I could to continue on. That was the mile where those magical words show up that say "how the heck am I sup... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:29:31 EST Plateau Broken...Lessons Learned... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269733 Over the past few months, I haven't been as concerned about the numbers on the scale as I have been in the past. I've been wanting to lost those last 15 vanity pounds for ... ummmm ... I think I've lost count of how long I've "wished" they were gone. I just became more focused on running and living life fully and not so much on the scale. I've learned to steer clear of it, as I have found it has the potential of dictating my mood and I don't like that power it has over me. But I also can'... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:31:33 EST The Light Of My Flame... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262058 Once in a while I sit back and wonder why I love running so much. What is in it that lights my flame as much as it does? It's an activity that doesn't always pay you back very quickly. It makes you ache. It requires a lot of effort, commitment and a reality-based attitude on what can be accomplished on each run. It requires you to be completely honest with yourself in terms of how you are feeling at any given moment, to be able to make the decision as to whether you can continue on or if... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:56:29 EST Living In The Present Moment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258168 Living in the here and now. Living in the present moment. I don't know about others, but this has been something that I've truly had to work at to make happen in my daily life. How many times a day do I find myself drifting away to (insert any place you would rather be...mine would be Italy). Or thinking about my next run, my next meal, my next strength training session, does the car need gas, what am I going to do for the upcoming weekend. I know it's good to plan your day, but sometime... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:45:15 EST It's All About The Journey.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252572 I've been through many phases in this whole "starting life over at 40" process. As I look over them, I can see just how valuable each phase has been for me. Each phase has been a stepping stone of its own magnitude and even though some were so small that they weren't noticeable until well after the fact, they still provided an incredible learning experience. I've found the trick was, I needed to be paying attention to these, otherwise the lesson would have just passed me on by and I'd be n... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:50:21 EST The Love Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249801 It's that "Love" time of the year again. It's a day that some enjoy, and some dread. I've been on both sides of that table. I consider myself truly blessed to be able to say I get to enjoy Valentine's Day. I'm a lucky lady to have such a special, loving and caring man in my life. Even though we are apart for this day, we still have a ton of fun making the day as special as we can for each other. Long distance relationships require a lot of creativity and we both go to great lengths to t... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:57:26 EST Life without risk ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245068 The 4-mile push from yesterday was simply amazing. No better word for it. There is truly nothing like the feeling you get when you feel rewarded for the efforts you put into something. For me, I was rewarded with a genuine feeling of accomplishment after yesterday's training run. It was the "hard" run of the week and I was a bit apprehensive about it because of the roughness from the previous week's "hard" run. I had made my plan, I stuck with it, no self-sabotage the night before with a... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:17:35 EST 4 Mile Push... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243797 It's Saturday which means it's my "push" day. Today is a 4-miler to be ran at a speed that I'm pushing myself to achieve, rather than my favorite easy/long runs which still require me to push myself, just not at faster speeds than I'm used to. Last week's run was harsh, but looking back I see a few things I did that were not in my favor and probably helped cause the run to be so rough. <BR> <BR> #1 rule for me: no alcohol the night before a run :) Not even a little tiny bit. As I've a... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:16:59 EST The New Pancake.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243777 I found a very simple recipe for an alternative to the good-ole pancake which I absolutely love, love, love :) But I know they are not very healthy the way I make them, so I jumped onto Pinterest and found a great recipe. I tried it out this morning, and it tasted great! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119672670.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was simply: <BR> 1 Banana (mashed up really well) <BR> 2 Eggs <BR> <BR> I chose to add a dash of vanilla, cinnamon and I'm a su... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 09:59:27 EST The Push... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235028 Today was one of my least favorite kind of days...so I've decided. In preparing to run the half marathon in June, today was my training day for kicking my speed up a bit. I hated every minute of it...but I did it anyway. I kicked and screamed throughout the run, cursed myself, pointed out every little thing that may have contributed to the discomfort I was feeling...but I finished it anyway. <BR> <BR> Right now I am doing 3 runs per week. Not a whole lot and I shouldn't complain about it... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 22:36:23 EST My Rose-Colored Glasses.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229593 I've been told in the past that I see life through rose-colored glasses. I was extremely offended when this was said to me in a mocking way by an acquaintance one day a while back. So much so that I couldn't not sit down and ponder over why it upset me like it did. <BR> <BR> To me, after living a life that was filled with darkness and sadness for so long, I decided after I started my life over that I had the right to look at life in a way that wasn't dark, nor sad. I decided it was my r... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:26:11 EST Keeping the promises... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225978 Good God am I sore. Not only have I not been running routinely in the past month, but I also have new running shoes to break in and I scheduled back to back 4 milers. Combine those three and I am now smiling bigtime that my runs are done for a few days...and foam rolling my legs like there is no tomorrow. <BR> <BR> So call me brutal, but I actually enjoy it when I get my groove back together after a brief hiatus and do things like I did this weekend. Despite the aches and pains I'm feelin... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:31:57 EST Dreams... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224259 When I think of my goals in life, it becomes almost intoxicating to me. I love to dream. I love to create the vision of my dreams and picture myself at the desired end result. It's something I've done since I was a little girl. I would spend hours dreaming and I loved every minute of it. <BR> <BR> In my adult life, I still love to dream, though I don't have as much time to do it so when I do I make sure it's worthwhile. Nowadays my dreaming entails the vision of what I want to accomplis... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:15:49 EST Weekend plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223696 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257832152.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Time for some weekend structure: <BR> <BR> Saturday - 4 Mile Long Run <BR> Upper Body and Abs <BR> <BR> Sunday - 4 Miles, Moderate Pace (10:30 min miles) <BR> Lower Body <BR> <BR> Have to do back to back runs for now. I don't like doing that, but I'm doing what I can do right now. <BR> <BR> Keeping up with my clean eating and looking to try out some more new recipes :) <BR> ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:50:57 EST Here we go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223294 After acknowledging the extra "poundage" that I slapped on myself over the holidays and vacationing, I vowed to get back to it full steam. Ready to pay the piper. I must admit here, I haven't been giving it my all. I have stuck with the evening strength training, and I've had a few runs here and there that were nothing to talk about...I figure if I fess up now, I can get to it like I should be doing. <BR> <BR> So here we go...I've not only committed myself to the half marathon in June, bu... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:47:29 EST Judgment & Judgement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213643 Judgment/Judgement. It's a word that irritates me. Not only for what it means, but in my household it can be spelled two ways. Judgment & Judgement. Depending on where you live, either spelling is acceptable. Silly thing I noticed, but anyhoo... <BR> <BR> We are judged whether we want to be or not, that's just a part of life. We can't control what others think of us. In fact, I've been told it's none of my business what someone else thinks of me. It's their business, so stay out of ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:16:27 EST Look at me now.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210794 I've written before about change. The physical discomfort of it, the emotional discomfort of it, the desirability of it. Change, of course, starts with desire and that desire then leads to the actual changes as long as you go after what you are desiring. <BR> <BR> For years I desired happiness in my life. I desired to smile, to feel joy, to lose weight, to run without so much discomfort. To have a life that didn't include turmoil, unnecessary pain and cruelty. I knew for years that th... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:54:59 EST Cookies, Beer, Vegas and Love... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207617 So another end to a wonderful vacation from "normal" life as I know it. The holidays brought so many good times and lovely memories for me this year. Christmas was extremely stressful, yet I pulled it off with just a few snaffus and enjoyed every minute of it. My love made it in for 2 glorious weeks which were spent visiting family, friends and Vegas for some much needed fun. The other times were spent next to each other quietly, savoring the moments, watching daytime tv, baking cookies, ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:16:40 EST The Long Run... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168526 I have a new love in my life. It's called the long run that I run on Sundays. Never has running helped me feel so satisfied than running these. What I find so funny about it is the long runs are ran the exact opposite of what I have worked on for so long. They are at a much slower pace which is allowing me to go so much further than I normally can do. At a pace of 13 minutes per mile, I was able to run 5 miles and only stopped for 2 minutes because a phone call came through from my daugh... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:51:00 EST