LLTS01's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LLTS01 LLTS01'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/ I think I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385730 I'm easing back in. It's been a long long time since I've been here and so many friends are gone. And so I'll start over with the support of those who are still here and the new friends I will make. <BR> <BR> I just read my own words in an old blog about the need to write down everything I eat for awareness. So I'm trying to be that person again. I'm trying to make a commitment to myself. <BR> <BR> Talk to you soon. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:53:19 EST Refocusing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4453016 Well- I think it is time for an update given that I have weaned myself off my BodyBugg. And don’t you know it. I lost 2.4 pounds last week. My focus has shifted. I am now focusing on my food and my exercise and not on all the numbers. <BR> <BR> I did restart South Beach Phase 1 to flush out all the fruit that I have been consuming. I was totally out of control. There is too much of a good thing. I was devouring cherries, plums, peaches and nectarines every day. Fruit is definitely a t... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 15:52:22 EST Bye Bye BodyBugg- for now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4387403 This may seem bizarre to some, but I have decided to put my BodyBugg in the drawer for the time being. I have been wearing the device for 17 months and have not lost an ounce. I am not blaming the device- I know it's all me. But I think that knowing how much I burn- more than I thought- has subconsciously allowed me to eat more, negating the calories burned. <BR> <BR> So I am back to staying within my calorie range, exercising and focusing less on my daily deficit. In a strange way, I do ... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:41:10 EST My First Half Marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3982056 First here are the numbers <BR> <BR> 13.1 miles <BR> 2:45:40 time <BR> 4530 calories burned race day <BR> 43, 715 steps for the day <BR> <BR> My cousin and a close friend accompanied me to Miami for our first half marathon. We had a slight flight delay on Friday bur were walking around South Beach a little after 9 PM taking in the sights and looking for food. <BR> <BR> We spent most of Saturday walking around and then walked 9 blocks to the convention center to pick up our race packet... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 21:06:50 EST My Snacks for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3912942 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l375063780.jpg"> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 07:47:48 EST What Did I Do Right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3832920 We are quick to find all sorts of faults with everything we do. I ate too much, I did not exercise enough, I devoured the box of cookies… the list goes on. Well, today I want to talk about what I did right. <BR> <BR> • I planned my meals for the week. <BR> • I chopped up a fridge full of vegetables on Sunday. <BR> • I bought and cooked fish for several meals. <BR> • I avoided red meat- it’s not on the menu at all. <BR> • I asked my husband for a recipe idea and we made the best dinner to... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 20:53:01 EST It is so easy to see why I was obese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3818894 I ate too much yesterday. I logged it, I went over my calories. I by no means went totally crazy. I just ate too much. It was not total gluttony. I was still conscious of what I was eating and yet I logged almost 2,220 calories. <BR> <BR> I did not exercise yesterday which means that I was tied to my desk or driving most of the day. According to my BodyBugg I burned 2,000 calories (still remarkable, I have days where I burned less). <BR> I ate 220 calories more than I burnt. Doing thi... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 09:16:41 EST I Ran the Army 10-Miler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3740393 … and by doing so overcame a huge mental hurdle. I would have never ever ventured to run a big race like this in the past. But more importantly, I did this alone- all by myself. <BR> <BR> No cheering husband. <BR> No friends running with me. <BR> No one waiting for me at the finish line. <BR> No one dropping me off or picking me up. <BR> No one taking before and after pictures. <BR> Just me- and it was GREAT!! <BR> <BR> I was anxious and nervous all week. I do better in crowds, with fri... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 22:35:48 EST Do you have 20 minutes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3590319 In my quest to eat less, I am really trying to focus on taking my time eating each meal. This has been a real struggle for me. I love my food and I don’t mean junk food- never cared for the stuff. I love good food. I love cooking good food. And then I proceed to wolf down my food- ‘cause it’s just so good. <BR> <BR> I have no idea why I eat so fast. Even when I think I am eating very slowly, my plate is wiped clean within 10 minutes. I swear there must be something wrong with my wa... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 19:33:31 EST So I tried on some old suits----WOW---take a look http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3357593 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l634616651.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l928026982.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l400805355.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234896558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's hard to believe that these were my form fitting suits. <BR> <BR> So here is a suit from this last winter. The skirt is too big and already gone. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 21:38:16 EST I Don’t Know Why I Keep Doing This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3320962 By this I mean joining new groups when I darn well know that I do not have the time to be an active participant. Even worse, I joined 2 of the challenge groups where I actually need to make actually participate and complete a challenge. Then 2 weeks later, I actually try to reevaluate the teams I am on and reduce my time on SP and I leave those very groups again. The thing is that they all sound really good and I am pumped up when I read about the team’s objective. <BR> The reality is I... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 12:46:50 EST My Husband and My Sparkfriends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3307107 Yesterday was the first day that my husband met a group of Sparkers and spent some time with them. He was there to participate with us in the Race for the Cure. I never gave it much thought but it really turned out to be a wonderful experience for many reasons. I ended up running and he walked with some of you and got to know you better than I probably know you. You see, not only does he know many of you by name but he knows you in person now. He thinks that AUNTYEMM is simply amazing an... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 20:02:36 EST Race for the Cure in Pictures- NoVA Spark Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3303528 The fabulous Northern Virginia Spark Team participated in the Race for the Cure in Washington DC today. We raised over $2,700 and had a fabulous time on a very hot and muggy day. I am sure other team members will post pictures. Some of us walked and others ran. And then we all headed to Union Station for lunch- at 10:30 AM. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Getting ready to leave home for the race <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l700640530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> And her... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 14:37:02 EST I Am Stumped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3271696 What is it about running that has me so disinterested in any other exercise? I am shocked that I have a one track mind when it comes to exercise these days. And I am dismayed because I really know that I need to do more than just run in order to stay fit. I just don't seem to be able to snap out of this single-mindedness. <BR> For one thing the weather is warmer and the days are longer so I have gotten out of the habit of taking my gym clothes with me and going to the gym before I head h... Wed, 26 May 2010 21:13:36 EST Mental Slump= Less Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3262201 I have hit a real mental slump. I am tired and just want to curl up somewhere and read a book. I am trying real hard to snap out of it. I know it's all in my head and since I am usually very upbeat and energetic, I am annoyed with myself. <BR> <BR> So, here is an update on how I did last week: <BR> • Start a 10 minute exercise streak- I have to exercise (cardio) at least 10 minutes every day. Yup, it’s back to basics. <BR> I actually managed this for 6 out of 7 days. Yesterday was too ... Mon, 24 May 2010 10:19:51 EST Goals for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3238398 Ok it is time that I get back on the wagon after my trip and illness. I did fine overall during this time but as most of you know I had to give my body a rest and took a total break from exercise for a little over one week. As a result my first run in 8 days yesterday was really tough. I had no energy and my muscles were in total shock. The same held true for my upper body strength training session yesterday. It is amazing how fast our muscles forget how strong they were. <BR> So here i... Mon, 17 May 2010 11:24:43 EST This Week Is a Bust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3227570 So much for my great ambitions 10 days ago. It all went down hill with my trip to California and my illness. I am just starting to ger my energy back although I am still sniffling. Exercise was a non-event as of last Saturday. Lying on one couch or another was the event of the day. <BR> <BR> So interestingly or depressingly enough my calorie burn has tanked. I was well under 2,000 calories every day since Saturday which pretty much means I was in a coma. I don't think I have ever burned... Thu, 13 May 2010 22:05:51 EST Overly Ambitious? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3199514 I have to say that I am feeling like a bit of a failure these past 2 weeks. I have been getting my running in but it has been very unstructured and quite a bit of it has been on the treadmill whenever I could come up for air. I don't think I have had real time for fresh air since my vacation. I hope I can get a run outside once or twice in California. Otherwise, it's my brother's treadmill or elliptical there too. I don't know how busy we are going to be with family activities. <BR> ... Wed, 5 May 2010 22:41:06 EST Work a lot - Bake a little- With a couple of runs thrown in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3195510 Well today was a good day other than the fact that my throat is sore and I really really don't want to get sick. I don't have time for getting sick. I mean, come on, I am flying to California in 2 days. This is just going to be a nuisance. <BR> <BR> Well, I was tied to my desk today but since I worked from home, I got a run in at noon and another in the evening. So, all in all not bad on the exercise front. And since I was not driving for over 2 hours, I was able to bake some bread for ... Tue, 4 May 2010 22:18:21 EST Monday Progress Notes- Work Wins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3191463 So, I got up early but seemed to move like a turtle today and hence managed to get out of the house late enough to deal with a 2.5 hour commute. Strike one! <BR> <BR> I had loads of food and veggie snack with me as usual but some some odd reason I felt hungry all day. I had loads of water- the good news is I got loads of steps in dashing to the restroom. <BR> <BR> I reached my self imposed calorie cap of 1,500 and still had some cocoa and a piece of sugar free dark chocolate putting me ov... Mon, 3 May 2010 22:39:33 EST Final Update & Goals for Next Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3186783 So here is my final update for the week ending today. My goals for next week will follow: <BR> <BR> Accountability <BR> Sunday, April 25, 2010 <BR> <BR> My vacation is over and I need to refocus my efforts on losing these last 15 or so pounds. So here are my goals for the coming week. <BR> <BR> Progress today: <BR> <BR> Run 20+ miles- <BR> 6.6 miles Monday <BR> 3.6 miles on Tuesday <BR> Wednesday- rest day <BR> Thursday- involuntary rest day <BR> Friday- 3 miles <BR> Saturday- 7 miles <BR... Sun, 2 May 2010 21:12:16 EST Weekend Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3184712 So I am a day behind in giving updates. This update is for my progress on Sunday. Another night going out for dinner . And I did have a glass of wine. But I burned 1,028 calories running today so I did not feel too bad about this indulgence. <BR> <BR> Accountability <BR> Sunday, April 25, 2010 <BR> <BR> My vacation is over and I need to refocus my efforts on losing these last 15 or so pounds. So here are my goals for the coming week. <BR> <BR> Progress today: <BR> <BR> Run 20+ miles-... Sun, 2 May 2010 09:27:51 EST And Then Came Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3182366 Yesterday just got away from me. I don;t think I ever got up from my desk which means I was still sitting and working when my husband called at 5:30 that he was on his way home. I was a bundle of tension. I threw on my running gear and got on my beloved treadmill for a 3-mile run. I am still amazed by the mood altering effects of exercise. I was a wreck when I got on the treadmill and a calm (albeit sweaty) serene being when I finished. <BR> I really, really wanted to have dinner at home... Sat, 1 May 2010 12:40:53 EST The best Intentions.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3177113 Back to work and the craziness begins again and the good intentions go out the window. <BR> I got up at 4:30 since I had an early morning 3 hour meeting 70 miles from home. I had prepped lunch and all last night so I managed to get some upper body ST in before heading out the door. And I managed to stay under 1,500 calories and get my cocoa in today. And that is about it. No running or cardio. Nada. I did not get home until after 8 and it was definitely dinner time. I am not beating u... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 22:21:18 EST Tonight's Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3173004 Accountability <BR> Sunday, April 25, 2010 <BR> <BR> My vacation is over and I need to refocus my efforts on losing these last 15 or so pounds. So here are my goals for the coming week. <BR> <BR> Progress today: <BR> <BR> Run 20+ miles- <BR> 6.6 miles Monday <BR> 3.6 miles on Tuesday <BR> Wenesday- rest day <BR> <BR> Get my ST in as planned alternating upper body and lower body days- completed lower body and abs Monday <BR> Did partial upper body on Tuesday- too much cardio <BR> Goal met ... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 21:36:41 EST More Tracking Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3169354 Accountability <BR> Sunday, April 25, 2010 <BR> <BR> My vacation is over and I need to refocus my efforts on losing these last 15 or so pounds. So here are my goals for the coming week. <BR> <BR> Progress today: <BR> <BR> Run 20+ miles- <BR> 6.6 miles Monday <BR> 3.6 miles on Tuesday <BR> <BR> Get my ST in as planned alternating upper body and lower body days- completed lower body and abs Monday <BR> Did partial upper body on Tuesday- too much cardio <BR> <BR> Restrict calorie consumpti... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 23:29:30 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3164995 Life is all about trade offs. We can't have it all and I am contemplating that on a very small scale tonight . Today is day 1 of my goal to stick to 1,500 calories a day . I truly think I have been eating too much. Nothing unhealthy, but too much. <BR> But a few choices I made today meant that I had to forgo my nightly hot chocolate which is only a measly 60 calories. I have set a daily limit of 1,500 calories and I should be able to stick to that for one week. <BR> So what did I eat th... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 22:33:41 EST Tracking My Goals for the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3164915 Accountability <BR> Sunday, April 25, 2010 <BR> <BR> My vacation is over and I need to refocus my efforts on losing these last 15 or so pounds. So here are my goals for the coming week. <BR> <BR> Progress today: <BR> <BR> Run 20+ miles- 6.6 miles today <BR> Get my ST in as planned alternating upper body and lower body days- completed lower body and abs today <BR> Restrict calorie consumption to 1,500 calories or less. Consumed 1492 calories which meant foregoing my nightly hot chocolate. <... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 22:16:17 EST Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3160325 My vacation is over and I need to refocus my efforts on losing these last 15 or so pounds. So here are my goals for the coming week: <BR> <BR> Run 20+ miles <BR> Get my ST in as planned alternating upper body and lower body days <BR> Restrict calorie consumption to 1,500 calories or less. <BR> No breads or whole grain crackers <BR> Measure and log EVERYTHING <BR> <BR> <BR> And since I am still off for a few days, my other goals include: <BR> Planting flowers out front and in the planters... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 22:15:22 EST What makes an athlete? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3118968 You’re an athlete… <BR> … if you met your fitness goal and then some <BR> …if you participate regularly in a sport <BR> …if you are trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina <BR> …if you possess the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those performed in competitive contexts <BR> …if you train to contend in exercises requiring great physical... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:35:47 EST The Evolution to A Healthier Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3019443 I’ve lost 67 pounds. <BR> I am no longer an apple- I have evolved into a pear. Who would’ve thought that possible? <BR> I am a runner- at age 48- never say never. <BR> I own more exercise clothes than regular clothes. <BR> I eat breakfast- I actually look forward to breakfast. <BR> I can cross my legs comfortably. <BR> I tuck in my shirts. <BR> My wish list is all exercise related. <BR> I track my food- every day! <BR> I can run up and down the stairs without getting winded. <BR> I am bak... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:03:01 EST Sports Injury? Suzy- Does It Qualify? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3017116 Well I capped off a hectic week by getting injured today. I am dedicating this blog to Suzy, the queen of all sports injuries. <BR> <BR> I had another long and stress full day but decided that of I skipped the gym tonight it would really throw off my running schedule which is aligned with my meeting and commuting schedule next week. So after looking at my calendar and attempting to shuffle things around I decided it would just be easier and less time consuming to just get my butt downsta... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 22:13:55 EST Weight Loss is not a Panacea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2968838 Just a day of random thoughts. <BR> <BR> Losing weight is not the cure for all that ails us. I think many of us go through life thinking that once we lose weight, everything in life will fall into place. It does not. Furthermore, it is hard work- very hard work. The time and effort allocated to staying healthy can be daunting at times. How do we stop ourselves from slipping into old habits? After all they are less time intensive. <BR> <BR> Losing weight does not necessarily resolve i... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 11:56:05 EST Message To All Who Want To Throw In The Towel - Don't !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2964131 I posted this last August and felt like I had to update it after 15 months on my journey. I hope this helps keep many of you going. I know I am the eternal optimist: <BR> <BR> 1. Do not take an all or nothing approach. Every little change makes a difference. A bunch of little changes add up to make a big change over time. <BR> <BR> 2. You can always find time to exercise. Break it up and start small. Start with 15 minutes a day if you need to build up stamina. Break it up into mini-ses... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 22:58:41 EST Things I Have Learned From Running That Apply To Other Areas of My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2940120 Patience <BR> You can’t run long distances from day one. I am incredibly impatient but running forces patience. My body would not take me further and faster without training to do so over time. I am now seeing that I have even actually developed the patience to follow some bread recipes that I have wanted to try for years. I always thought they were too complicated and took too long. I wanted the best bread immediately- instant gratification was the name of the game. That is no longer tru... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 21:06:38 EST Are You Counting Your Calories Accurately? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2889361 It appears I am not. I had my consultation with a Body Bugg Counselor today and she indicated that we all tend to underestimate how much we consume and overestimate how much we burn. <BR> <BR> So, while I have had a deficit that says I should have lost close to 3 pounds, the deficit is probably inflated. I know what I am burning with a fair amount of accuracy which can only mean- I AM EATING TOO MUCH. <BR> <BR> Hm- that does not sound too encouraging. I know I am burning a ton of calorie... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 14:58:49 EST Kettlebell- What a Workout!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2880063 I am writing this after only one 15-minute tutorial workout because I am impressed. I have been working out diligently for the past year but the kettlebell kicked my butt. <BR> After doing some research, I bought a 10 pound kettlebell to start with a few weeks ago but the DVD that came with it was horrible. I finally got around to ordering another DVD which arrived yesterday morning. <BR> So I trudges downstairs last evening thinking I would workout for 30 minutes to see if this was a via... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 11:20:24 EST Calories Burned And Lessons Learned This Past Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2866482 So if you recall, one of my goals for 2010 was to get a handle on my calorie burn. I know there are lots of formulas out there but the ranges fluctuated so widely that the numbers left me with more questions than answers. So I succumbed and bought a Body Bugg, one of those nifty little devices that you wear on your upper arm to get a more personal calorie burn count. Of course, the delivery of my little gadget coincided with the umpteenth winter storm of the century. I had one day at the ... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 15:46:52 EST Do Kids Not Play Outside Anymore? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2856991 I am sitting in my home office working and something suddenly struck me. Schools are closed, the skies are blue and the there are piles and piles of snow outside. And amazingly, there is not a single child outside playing in the snow. What happened to having fun outsider in the fresh air? Have we given up on that pastime? <BR> <BR> I remember when we were kids and it snowed you had to restrain us from running outside without our jackets. We would build a snowman, go sledding, have a sn... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 14:47:58 EST January Snow- Another Photo Blog - 33 Inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2852688 Today the sun was shining and when I woke up and opened the drapes in the bedroom, it took my breath away. Blue skies the reflection of light on the white landscape....breathtakingly beautiful. <BR> We finished shoveling the deck and the steps and the neighborhood is digging out. Our HOA has been doing an amazing job keeping up and we can actually get out of our street. Here are some pictures from today and that is it, I promise, before I bore you to tears. Can you tell I love snow? <BR>... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 15:46:28 EST My Snow Blog In Pictures- DC Suburbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2848781 2 feet of snow and counting. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/5/b7571141.jpg"> <BR> This was first thing this morning. We've had lots more snow since then. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/5/b658358430.jpg"> <BR> Our Street <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/5/b357684021.jpg"> <BR> Forget about cleaning the steps- there is no place for the snow <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/0/b401903988.jpg"> <BR... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 14:08:04 EST Memories Triggered by the Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2835232 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/7/b474535816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what we woke up to today. We are truly experiencing winter here this year. As we were driving home from my husband's dinner last night, heavy snow was falling and the interstates looked like one big wide white lane. It was gorgeous. Trust me, the highways don't look gorgeous any other time. <BR> I get nostalgic when it snows. The world seems to change. Sounds are muffled, the landscape transforms itself a... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 11:27:09 EST I Love Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2827766 I love cooking it, planning meals around it, the scent of it cooking, and most of all eating it. I love the variety, the endless possibilities, the chemistry between different ingredients. I love the taste, the texture, the colors. I just love food. <BR> <BR> And my love of all things food makes it so hard for me to stop eating. I am not talking about emotional eating or stress eating. I am not talking about running by a fast food joint and grabbing something to eat mindlessly. I am t... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 20:47:57 EST My New Passion: Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2818905 This former non-breakfast eater is totally reformed. I live for breakfast. I go to bed at night all excited about the prospects of breakfast. It’s another huge change that has occurred in my over the past year. I mean, how could I not have liked breakfast in the past? And how come I was not hungry. Because let me tell you, I am ravenous in the mornings now. I mean my stomach is vocal and very loud, growling until it feels the food coming its’ way. <BR> If I ever had breakfast in the pas... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 23:27:11 EST The Weather, My Schedule and Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2803530 I never was a weather report fanatic. I left those worries to my husband who is always telling me that I can’t possibly drive all the way into work because a snowflake is circling overhead. But the tide has turned. I listen to the weather reports like a hawk- because it affects my running. I have become a weather nut. <BR> This all started when I progressed into running longer than 30-40 minutes and the treadmill was just not doing it for me. It’s just too boring. So now I look for any ... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 09:52:44 EST Why Are Those Last Darn 5 Minutes So Hard? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2734316 Is it just me or are any of you suffering with the last-five-minute affliction like I am? It does not matter what cardio I am doing I seem to want to quit 5 minutes before my allotted time. It’s absolutely infuriating me. <BR> Initially I thought it was because I was bored on the treadmill, but this affliction is spreading to all cardio. I set a time limit of 60 minutes plus a 5-minute cool down for myself. I set the time on the treadmill, elliptical trainer, arc trainer; you name it an... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 11:59:52 EST 18 Pounds To Go- But Does It Really Matter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2720976 I have 18 pounds to lose before I reach my planned goal weight. I thought I had set a realistic goal of losing the weight in one year but it did not work out that way. And in a way I am really glad about that. I need this time to refine the changes in my life to make sure that I maintain this weight loss. Interestingly my goals and motivation have changed completely from when I started. <BR> Yes, I wanted to be healthy, but mostly I wanted to look good. I wanted to love seeing myself in ... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 20:42:12 EST Making Your Own Meals is Not That Difficult http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2716424 Making your own lunch is not hard. If you keep chopped lettuce, baby spinach, shredded carrots, broccoli slaw and grape tomatoes in the kitchen, you can throw a handful of each into a bowl and top with rinsed canned beans, tuna, chicken, hardboiled eggs- whatever your heart desires. Measure a little salad dressing into a separate small container. It takes all of 5 minutes and you have lunch ready to go. You can even do this before you go to bed. No excuses. You can go crazy and throw in s... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 18:58:58 EST Life is (Not) Getting In The Way Of My Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2680336 I would have ever thought this a year ago. I would exercise when and if there was time- of course there was never time. But now my whole thought process has changed. Exercise is in the forefront in all of my planning now and I am trying to fit everything else around it. It’s a strange dynamic given that I have to work- lol- and do all the other things we as human being have to do. <BR> So, my mind is constantly resequencing schedules and trying to find opportunities to make sure I find ... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 12:00:36 EST Metabolic Testing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2663195 Part of tweaking my plan for 2010 is getting a handel on my BMR. Here is what I have found: <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Solutions for Diet Centers <BR> <BR> As you know, the key to successful weight loss is to burn more calories than you eat. One of the most fundamental and difficult questions is, how many calories do I burn. <BR> <BR> Many diet center clients burn much fewer or greater calories than predicted by charts of calculations. <BR> <BR> A simple 10-minute breathing test can measure ... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 21:36:11 EST