LITTLESPARKLER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LITTLESPARKLER LITTLESPARKLER'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/ Second Half Marathon Recap and more notes about nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643656 Yesterday, March 8, I did my second Half Marathon of the year (and second ever). It was a small, local race (although it brought in people from 21 states!). It was a beautiful day, about 55 degrees. The race was set up with a "non-competitive" atmosphere to give everyone a perfect experience. <BR> <BR> The first 5 miles were great. We started with a hill at mile 2, but I was feeling good and the hill went smoothly. I kept feeling good until around mile 10. Then, I just started hurting -- sl... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 14:30:08 EST First Half Marathon: Race Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612682 On January 19, I completed my first 1/2 marathon. This has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember (see my last post). I did the Tinkerbell 1/2 at Disneyland. Here's my recap: <BR> <BR> In preparing for the race, my running buddy and I had done most of our training together and were so excited to do this race together. Our families are close friends, so it was perfect. We didn't dress in costume, but we did wear matching shirts (Raw Threads "Believe" shirt with wings on the back) a... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 01:31:35 EST Running Goals 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578653 In two weeks, I will do my first 1/2 marathon, which has been a goal of mine for a few years. I've done a few marathon-length walks, but I've never run any race more than 15K, and that was when I was much younger. So, since I will meet a long desired goal this year, I am making a list of goals to accomplish. <BR> <BR> 600 miles run for the year <BR> At least 9 races <BR> And at least one run on every vacation <BR> <BR> These are goals that are completely realistic, yet challenging enough t... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:02:10 EST The best compliment ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391162 My son (almost 5) and I were doing a workbook page today. The exercise was to draw a picture then write a story about the picture. He drew a picture of me. For his story, he said (and I wrote it for him), "Mama takes a little nap, then wakes up and goes outside. When she's outside, she runs. My mama always runs". <BR> <BR> I guess it's not a compliment per se, but I love hearing him say that's how he thinks of me. I'm not sure where he got the nap idea, though ;) Sun, 16 Jun 2013 20:10:05 EST The 20-minute rule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361559 This week, I decided that my "one small change" would be to follow the "rule" of waiting 20 minutes before getting more food. I have not been perfectly consistent, but more often than not this week, I waited after eating to see how I felt. Consistently, after 15 minutes, I realized I was full. Tomorrow is my weigh-in day, so we'll see... <em>4</em> Sun, 19 May 2013 21:50:56 EST Disney Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869703 I'm in love with Disney, I always have been. However, despite my love for all-things-disney, I hadn't been for about 10 years. We finally went this past January. Here I am with my son: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l687485965.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Although I do look better than I have in the past, I am determined to take this exact same picture on our next trip (December) and actually be happy with what it looks like. Sun, 6 May 2012 23:59:14 EST I've always loved running, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4757214 Twelve years ago - in 2000 - I started running. My goal was to run around the block. I couldn't. My goal then became to run to the corner (I lived 3 houses down). I did it! I then make the goal of running corner to corner. Once I ran around the block, there was no stopping me. I did 5Ks, 8Ks, 15ks. I walked 60 miles in three days for 4 years straight. I had brain surgery one December and ran an 8K that March. <BR> <BR> Then I got divorced. And old. I gained a kajillion pounds. I still ran, ... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 22:48:43 EST Road to Bento http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4514296 It started out as a quest to get my kid to eat more of a variety of food. <BR> <BR> First, we tried a "fun" way to eat the food - he picked up chopsticks right away :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l322178551.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then, I started serving his food in compartments -- and, chopsticks seem to have been replaced with toothpicks (not the wisest of ideas for a toddler, but hey... if it gets food from the plate to his belly, I'm gonna try it): <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 21:53:35 EST Re-revamped! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4508787 In August, I had surgery that will help me start a new phase of my life. In the first time in 5 years, I am tumor and seizure free. As a tribute to this newness, I have decided to revamp my SP page, to revamp my fitness program, to revamp my way of thinking. Here's to new beginnings! Wed, 28 Sep 2011 14:54:55 EST Becoming Blogtastic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4506487 I'm looking for tips on creating a fun, regularly-updated, informative, readable blog. Hit me with ideas! <BR> Some questions I have: <BR> <BR> What motivates you to blog on a regular basis? <BR> <BR> What site is easiest? I use blogger, but it seems like people love wordpress...? Or do you stick to SP? <BR> <BR> Is it better to edit pictures (ala picnic) before posting them into a blog? <BR> <BR> How do you get ideas when nothing comes to you (ie read other blogs, skip that day, write a... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 10:29:38 EST The Last 2 Months - Yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4502977 I started weight-watchers in January (1/15/11, to be exact). I've been on a sloooooooooooow road to goal weight (165). Finally, in July, I hit one of my major milestones -- under 200 (199.8 to be exact). Between January and July had had lost a grand total of -- wait for it -- 11 pounds. But, it was better than gaining, right? <BR> <BR> I then took a trip to Paris in the beginning of August. That went well. Thanks to lots of walking, the chocolate, bread, cheese, and wine did not stick to my ... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 12:14:35 EST * Pick your hard * http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4261131 A quote I heard recently (from a WW leader) has really started to motivate me; not just in weight loss, but in many aspects of my life. <BR> <BR> Being overweight is HARD <BR> Losing weight is HARD <BR> Pick your own HARD <BR> <BR> Since hearing this, every time I want to eat something unhealthy, I think "pick your own hard" and, almost always, I have picked losing weight. When I stop to think ab... Sat, 28 May 2011 08:27:29 EST 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3879943 Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I took some time to look back on my fitness miles/minutes and my weight tracker. I didn't run/walk as much as I had planned and I certainly didn't lose as much as I had hoped (but, I did lose some, thanks to an end-of-the-year push). <BR> <BR> So, here I am making new goals: <BR> <BR> * Run that 5k that I planned on running last year. I got so that I could run the distance, I just never actually did it. Now, I need to build that distance back up. Last... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 11:13:46 EST ***No plan is perfect *** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805933 No plan is perfect, right? Here's how mine for today worked out. <BR> <BR> I. Morning plan: <BR> <BR> A. Run/walk - nope, weather was 10 and never got over 25 during the day, so I stayed inside. Didn't even put on a workout dvd since that was a little awkward while the family ate and relaxed. <BR> <BR> B. Breakfast: Plan was to have oatmeal, but my husband made his "famous" eggs, potatoes, tortillas and cheese breakfast. I couldn't resist since we have so few breakfasts together these da... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 20:46:26 EST Only 5 pounds... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3796229 One day last week I stepped on the scale and I had lost a solid 5 pounds. Not the kind where you jimmy the scale around to "get" a 5, but a real, true, solid 5. I even waited to step on the scale at the gym. It gave me a 6. But, I go by my home scale, so I count it as a true 5. And, today, 3 days later, I'm still at 5 (maybe 6, but that's with the jimming). <BR> <BR> This week, my clothes fit better. I ran longer and stronger. I feel like I can actually do this. It's hard to believe what a ... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:26:10 EST Building a Child's Character http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3703346 My husband is a college athletic coach and it is homecoming weekend for the college. Last night was the bonfire, tonight is the football game, and the weekend is filled with parents, activities, tailgating, and lots of goofiness. It's a fun weekend and reminds me of my long-ago college days. <BR> <BR> I love raising our son around the college. I love having him see the students walk around, carrying their books, having fun, being serious. We attend many sporting events and he is exposed to ... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 10:20:42 EST Where has the year gone - October. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3686624 It's hard to believe that we are into Fall, getting ready for Halloween. This weekend, I'll bring out the decorations. I have most of the Christmas shopping done. I need to clean up the yard, as the summer growth and what little garden we had is done. Good-bye, summer. <BR> <BR> Since it is now cooler, I can resume outdoor running. This is good news, since I can run longer when I am outdoors. I hate treadmill running. Hate it. Outdoors, I can run and run - then, I get tired and realize I ha... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 10:22:39 EST 50 pound challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3395729 In January, I joined SP's 50 pound challenge. I failed miserably. But, the ladies on there are so motivating and helpful that I do not feel like a looooooser. Instead, I feel motivated and rejuvenated. I signed up again today for the next 6-month challenge. This time, I will do it. My healthy *ideas* are starting to become habit. I can look at a hamburger and not be tempted. I have all the tools, all the support. This time, I can do it. To lose 50 pounds in 6 months, I have to really focus on... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 14:35:41 EST June Check-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3358739 At the beginning of the month, I made a few goals. Here's how I'm doing: <BR> <BR> Running: I need to be running 5 miles at the end of June. Preferably at a 12-13 mm: I'm running 3 miles consistently, 4 on weekends. I'm sure I'll do a 5-mile run by the end of the month :) <BR> <BR> ST: consistently ST 3/x week: I changed this to 2 days a week and have been good about that. <BR> <BR> Weight: lose at least 1 pound per week (to help me reach a goal of under 200 by end of July): I'm still s... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:20:30 EST I did it - half-marathon, here I come. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3353654 I finally made the absolute decision to do a 1/2 marathon. It will be October 17, which gives me plenty of time to get ready. I'm following this schedule: <link>www.halhigdon.com/halfmarathon/novic<BR>e.htm </link> <BR> <BR> So far, I am running a consistent 3 miles about 3-4 times a week. Some days I run more, rarely do I run less. I'm still slow (13 - 14 mm; I tend to run faster outside than on TM), but I can run without feeling like I'm going to die and without being sore the next da... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 20:42:34 EST Memorial Weekend Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3284416 Yesterday, I ran my best-ever run. Outside, somewhat hilly area, 3 solid miles, 65 degree weather, no walking, and at a 14mm pace. It was beautiful being outside, having some time alone, enjoying what my body can now do. It wasn't a hard run - I could have kept going - but, today I woke up more sore than I should be after a run. There was one point where I thought about stopping as I was going up a hill , but, I thought "If I keep going, I can blog about how I ran non-stop"! LOL. Thanks, SP!... Mon, 31 May 2010 09:46:34 EST June Fitness Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3282169 I do better when I set goals, so.... <BR> <BR> Running: I need to be running 5 miles at the end of June. Preferably at a 12-13 mm, but I will focus on the distance, not speed. I plan on doing this by pyramiding both speed and distance: start at a pace/distance, decrease, increase from starting point. <BR> <BR> ST: consistently ST 3/x week. I'm currently doing it hit or miss, and even with that, I've noticed a change. :) I will do it Mon, Wed, Sat. <BR> <BR> Weight: lose at least 1 pound ... Sun, 30 May 2010 12:32:27 EST Jogging faster... but, I don't really care anymore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3223261 So, I'm now at a 14-min mile. At first I was a little discouraged, since I use to run at 11-12 mm's. But, then I realized: I use to be 5 years younger and 40 pounds lighter. If I had not made a change, I wouldn't be running or walking any miles. Instead, I'd be gaining the next 40 pounds while I sat on my couch. And, as a good friend (Gee-Knee, that's you!) has shown me by her accomplishments, I need to do this not for speed, but for my son as well as for myself. <BR> <BR> So, I'll take my ... Wed, 12 May 2010 18:27:58 EST 31 minutes - Yep, that's 31 straight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3186516 So, the last time I ran for 30 or so minutes without stopping was when I was pregnant (with my now 21 month old son). That summer, I did two 5k's in about 32-34 minutes. Slow, yes, but solid running. After that summer, I've just tried off and on to run. In January, I "got serious" -- but, not too serious! ;) <BR> <BR> Today, I decided to repeat C25k, week 6. I started running and just didn't feel like walking on the "walk" part. So I kept running... Finally, the cool down came (so, I had run... Sun, 2 May 2010 19:59:34 EST May Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3182600 I first learned of May Day in elementary school when our teacher had us make a paper vase with paper flowers. She told us about the May Pole and how children would run around the pole, then leave flowers on people's door steps. I always promised myself I would celebrate May Day with a bouquet of flowers. However, I am fairly sure I have forgotten to do this more than I have remembered. <BR> <BR> Today, thanks to fellow Sparkers, I remembered. And, as soon as the baby wakes up, I'm off to ge... Sat, 1 May 2010 14:08:40 EST Numbers - Do they mean anything? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3156293 I've always only focused on my weight as a measure of my health. I'm currently going between 200-203, so not so healthy. I don't even put much faith into my measurements bc I'm never sure if I measure in the same spot. One week, my arm lost 5 inches. That's when I stopped measuring. ;) <BR> <BR> This week, new numbers were introduced to my plan. BMI and Percent body fat. Oh, boy. According to those, I am really not healthy. I've got one foot in the grave. I'm morbidly obese and almost a qua... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 16:28:53 EST The move is over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3103671 After six weeks preparing for The Move, one week doing The Move, and one day of recouping from The Move, I think I'm finally settling into my new home. There are still boxes to unpack, but we have all our clothes hung up and the kitchen is unpacked. So, normalicy can begin. <BR> <BR> All in all, I gained 2 pounds (maybe - I'm still debating that! ha ha). But, considering that I didn't have access to a gym, tv/dvd, or my beloved running shoes, and considering that most meals have been eaten ... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 18:35:43 EST Positive thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2992890 As part of the Health Plan Poker, I need to leave a positive thought on my blog. I also need to get busy on a few bicep curls, but that's besides the point. <BR> <BR> This thought is from my 17-year-old sister (I'm not sure where she got if from, or if it is an Amy Original): <BR> <BR> You shouldn't give up. <BR> Fight for yourself and <BR> who you are. You've got <BR> to go through the worst <BR> times in life to get the best. <BR> <BR> I love that. It shows that you can change, even th... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 20:02:30 EST W5/D3 of C2-5K - done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2984839 Today was the *dreaded* 20-minute run. I felt like it was easier than the start of the week (series of 5-min runs one day, 8-min runs the other). Running is always hard at the start - I've always said that the first 3 minutes are the hardest part of a run. So, in a 20-min run, you can get into a groove, then just run. I did, though, run very slowly. In all, I walked two 5-min periods (warm up/cool down), and ran for 20 -- in all, I did exactly 2 miles. <BR> I hear W6 is a rough one, but I'm ... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 21:58:13 EST Half-marathon in October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2966365 For years and years I have wanted to run a 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles). The most I've run has been a 10-mile race. I was so slow (I'm not kidding myself, I'll be slow in the 1/2, too) that my husband re-ran the race to find me bc I was taking so long. He caught up with me - lol. The sad part is that I didn't walk a single step. I ran the whole way, yet was still that slow. However, it is one of my proudest accomplishments. <BR> <BR> So, this October, I will be doing a 1/2 marathon in Moab. Un... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 16:47:17 EST February 2010 wrap-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2963568 Well, Feb was not as fun/exciting/successful as January. <BR> Weight? The same as Feb. 1. The good is that I have not gained, the bad is that I have not lost. <BR> Running? When I wrote the January wrap-up, I was on wk 4 of c2-5k. Now, 4-5 weeks later, I'm on week 5. The good is that I progressed and I am still running. The bad is that I should have been finishing up the program this month. <BR> Food? I typically stay within my calorie range (when I track), but tooooo many of those calories ... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 19:46:58 EST Life is getting in the way of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2934472 I'm getting ready to move to a different state. My husband is currently in our new location, so I am taking care of our son by myself and trying to pack up a house I've lived in for 5 years. Unfortunately, that leaves less time for me. I have found that the less I am on this site, the more I eat and the less I exercise. So far, I've only been running about 2 days a week, I have not logged my food (and, I'm sure I've "over" eaten bc of that), and I have not lost a single ounce. Fortunately, I ... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 11:14:15 EST Vacation time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2863163 Tomorrow, I will leave for 5 days. I'm looking forward to this trip, but am worried about having to eat in restaurants, not being motivated to run, and generally getting "off track." Fortunately, I will have access to an amazing brand spanking new gym (http://gjsentinel.com/news/galleries/new_<BR>maverick_center_mesa_state_college_cam<BR>pus/), so I have no reason to not run. But... will I feel like it? I hope so! However, I will have limited kitchen access, so restaurant eating will be a mus... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 21:14:19 EST January 2010 wrap-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2820869 I got an account on SP back in July 2009. I won't say I "started" back then, since I didn't do much with it. In September, I started. I was super motivated. Then, I got pregnant. At the end of November, I lost the baby. Between September and November, I gained 15 pounds - a mixture of the pregnancy and a new medication I was on. In December, I decided it was time. December, however, is a holidazzle blur to me, so let's just say I started in January. :) <BR> <BR> January: <BR> <BR> I decide... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 14:00:27 EST Meal plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2816098 I've never followed the SP meal plans. My husband is currently working out of town for a few months, so I'm thinking this might be a good time to try using them. I'm curious if most people on here do use them...? <BR> <BR> Generally, I plan my dinners each week. I plan my lunches the night before (which are generally either salad/sandwich or salad/frozen lunch). For breakfast, I eat the same two things: either cherrios/peaches or yogurt/cottage cheese; so, no planning needed. <BR> <BR> So... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 09:04:33 EST Can you find happiness in a bed that is made? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2790133 Last week, the news had a segment on how to be happy. When the interview was just ending, the reporter asked, "What is the single best tip you have for being happy?" The woman said (although she admitted it did not work for her) that she interviewed people who said they were much happier if they made their beds that day. <BR> <BR> Here is were me and my husband differ (okay, one of the many points where we differ). He thinks it is a pure waste of time to make it. I actually get in a bad moo... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 15:55:28 EST Week recap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2785116 So, I am done with the hospital stay! Whoo hoo! <BR> <BR> For the last day, I had to wait around until noon for them to remove the electrodes. They used acetone and oil. I seriously had dreds when they were done. Yuck. The tech gave me a handful of combs and told me to just stand under the hot water and slowly try to get out the glue. I spent about 20 minutes doing that, and another 20 taking the best shower of my life. I finally gave up on the glue. After the shower, my hair was so clumped... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 10:17:23 EST Day 4 - last full day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2780348 I'm writing this the morning of Day 5. I get to go home at noon today and cannot wait. I've been in hospitals a few times and I've never been this excited to leave. <BR> <BR> I'm upset that they have not gotten good data - at least, not that I am aware of. After I leave, they will review the eeg more thoroughly to see if there was anything that I missed. One thing I'm hoping is that they will find a pattern to some "dizzy" spells I get every day. I've had a lot here and I can see them on th... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 06:44:42 EST My uneventful Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2776059 With this observation, I would like my days to be more eventful. They refer to seizures as "events" and, ideally, I need to have at least 2 events that are big enough for the doctors to learn from. That's not happening. I've had enough little ones to make me feel like a big one is coming, but I'm still waiting... <BR> <BR> The best part of Day 3 was that my husband came and brought me lunch. It was so good to see him, eat non-hospital food, and hear stories of our son. <BR> <BR> One of th... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 08:54:10 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2771090 Day 2 was rough. I won't lie. I was bored out of my skin. Then, I started getting a migraine around 10pm. They refused to give me medication for it (thinking that the migraine might bring on a seizure). <BR> <BR> Because I had not had a seizure yet, the plan was to let me sleep from 12am to 4 am, only. Lack of sleep usually brings them on for me, so this is probably a good idea in anyone's mind but mine. I love me some sleep. <BR> <BR> Now, bringing this story together.... when I was allo... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 09:13:47 EST Recap of Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2767323 I survived yesterday - the first day of my hospital stay. It's just as boring as I expected. Even though I brought some clothes from home, I couldn't wear any of them bc of the wires. So, I have a fashionable 2-gown thing going on and slipper socks. My hair is full of glue, gel goo, and wires. In short, I look a mess. <BR> <BR> I passed yesterday with taking tests, meeting the staff, and a few episodes of court tv. I am more thankful for Hulu.com than I am for water. Frankly, I avoid water ... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 13:25:55 EST My week ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2756454 Tomorrow, I will go into the hospital for 5 days. I'm not sick, I'm not having surgery - I'm just being "observed." I have a form of epilepsy (caused by a brain tumor), so the doctors will take me off of my medication and watch for my seizures. I'll be connected to a machine and will be videotaped the whole time. I have to stay in a bed or chair and can't take a "real" shower (only a bird bath, as my grandma would call it). <BR> <BR> I'm nervous for a few reasons. Although my husband can vi... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 09:20:55 EST C25K - week 2 complete ... and, other good stuff. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2751668 I finished week 2 of c2-5k, finally. I actually finished it yesterday, but wanted to re-run day 3 (yesterday wasn't a stellar day on the treadmill). I'm excited to move on to week 3. <BR> <BR> Today was also a great day in other respects: <BR> <BR> * My son had an EKG and it came back showing no defect at all in his heart. And, today I talked to a person who said I can come work in her firm. <BR> <BR> * I've been looking for a job in Colorado for some time now (since my husband works th... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 22:37:31 EST C25K - week one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2706552 Today, I finished week 1 of the program. I'm trying to figure out why I didn't stick with the run/walk cues (instead, I would run through them) and work on my speed instead. I am a SLOW runner. And, I do mean slow. Wed, 6 Jan 2010 21:30:44 EST Out with the old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2684353 Since this is the start of a new year, I want to start fresh. I finally packed up all the old clothes that no longer fit, but that I felt sure I'd squeeze back into someday. Seeing them in my closet (taking up valuable room) was not motivating, it was depressing. Besides, when I do lose the weight, those clothes will be out of style (let's face it, they already are), and I'll deserve new ones anyway. So, 2009 is out with the old and 2010 will bring in the new. Sooner rather than later, I hope... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:28:38 EST I am my child's example. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2612019 Last week, my husband was eating a brownie. Our son started begging "please! please!" I thought he just liked brownies (who doesn't?). Then, last night, my husband was eating an apple. Our son started begging, again, "please! please!" That's when my husband said, "I need to start eating better. He only eats what I eat." <BR> <BR> It's so true. Our son mimics everything we do and food is no exception. He eats better when we are eating the same thing as he is, at the same time. If we smile, ... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 11:51:39 EST Loss and Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2588135 Of course, it is the time of the year we all think about what we are thankful for. I hope I do this all year long, but I'm sure it's more pronounced during the holidays. <BR> <BR> This week, I suffered a loss. It was sad and hurt, but during the most painful hours, I had my husband and our son by my side. Of course, my young son did not know I was hurting, but he still made me smile through my pain. Hearing, "Mama, mama, play" makes it very hard to be sad. Hearing his voice, his laughter, h... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 12:06:43 EST My Produce Box http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2468209 On Fridays, the people in my office generally leave early. The tradition around here it to head to a local bar. Everyone is excited for the call to head to the local watering hole. I, however, am excited for the call because, on most Fridays, it means I get to go to my local co-op and pick up my weekly produce box. <BR> <BR> My husband questions the value. I do not think twice. We pay $22 for a box of produce - fruits and veggies. The variety and amount changes weekly. Each week, there are ... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 13:49:24 EST