LOSINGAMY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LOSINGAMY LOSINGAMY'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/ Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496513 I've been keeping with it. It's been fantastic. I'm eating heathy, and have kept running. <BR> <BR> I signed up for two diet bets while i'm doing this. My first one is hosted by Jillian Michales, my 2nd is hosted by fromfattofitchick, a local woman who lost 200 lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm covered my diet bets until Nov 4th, so my weight HAS to go down or I chance losing money. <BR> <BR> I've written my goal weight (for the diet bet) on my body, not as exteme as tattooing it, but it's a constant ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 03:45:09 EST Exercise and Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488956 I've been working out nearly every night. It's been nice and I'm seeing results. I'm sore, but that's to be expected. I'm stretching before and after workouts, but I'm still sore. Hamstrings, quads, and calves - Oh my! <BR> <BR> I'm a little worried about Hubs coming back to nights. I'm going to continue to workout at night after work, but Hubs is pretty good about convincing me to come straight home. <BR> <BR> I refuse to give up the exercise. I refuse to give up. I can be healthy! Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:53:25 EST Digital vs Analog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485877 Got a new scale for my DietBet. I stepped on it and then my analog scale. Not sure which one is correct, but my digital scale is showing 5 lbs heavier than the analog scale. <BR> <BR> Weight loss is all relative. As long as both numbers go down, the actual number isn't important. <BR> <BR> I ate a bit more freely today. Ate a sandwich, which I don't normally eat bread, especially bread with roast beef, onions, cheese, mushrooms, dipped in Au Jus. Also got a few 'healthy' treats for desser... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 02:43:06 EST Hating work, but BEAST MODE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485115 So right now. I hate my job. I am very much in a mood where I'd like to be left alone. I don't feel well, but I'm not sick enough to warrant any real time off. We're in the thick of the project and the pressure is high. <BR> I'm not crumbling under pressure as much as I just don't like whining. *which is ironic since this is a bit of a whiny post* <BR> <BR> I sit most the day. I listen to people complain about issues in their way (issues I have absolutely no control over), and do the best I... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 06:22:05 EST Gipis - looking for friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482298 Does anyone else use Gipis for their runs? I am trying it out. 2 runs in and I love it. <BR> <BR> EDIT: It's an iPhone application that takes your typical running times and makes a 12 week plan. It has a GPS tracker in it, and no ads. <BR> Only catch is when they are asking you about your muscle definition, say you have abs if you are a bigger girl like me. Otherwise it will say that it can't make a plan for you. My weight had absolutely nothing to do with that part. <BR> <BR> I haven't u... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 05:33:02 EST Sugar Rehab http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481284 I really wanted to bake cookies tonight. <BR> <BR> I wanted the soft gooey insides of that chocolate chip cookie. <BR> I wanted to put an Oreo inside the cookie. Mmm Inception Cookies <BR> I thought about the ways I could bake cookies without eating them all myself. <BR> I could go to a friends house and bake. They could help me eat those cookies. <BR> 1 cookie can't be worth all that many calories, I thought. It's just a cookie. <BR> But if you give a binger a cookie, she's going to want s... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 05:37:24 EST All about Jars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479134 The Salads in a Jar have been working well for me. We ate all but one salad and it hasn't been a full week yet (I made that batch on Monday). <BR> I'm keeping the last salad in there because I used a dressing that ended up being horrid, so I'm using it as my "How long until it starts wilting" experiment. There is Mixed Greens, Broccoli Slaw, Radishes and dressing of yuck in there if you started at the top and went to the bottom. We'll see if it lasts the week. <BR> <BR> This week... Here's... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 00:39:03 EST 3 days strong. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477442 Going strong. Got off of work 2 hours late tonight. Still went to the gym for a 30 minute jog/run on the treadmill. <BR> Have gone last 3 nights. <BR> <BR> I've been munching on ice cream cake that my husband was made for his birthday. I've been portioning well, and making sure it all fits in my calories. <BR> <BR> Salads in a jar are working well. I take one every day for lunch, and it makes sure I don't go get crap at lunch time. <BR> <BR> If anyone has some tasty ideas for salad comb... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 06:42:44 EST Regaining Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475079 There are 12 jars with salads in my fridge. There is no chocolate in my home (unless you count the chocolate icecream cake that my husband had for his birthday.) <BR> <BR> I packed my gym clothes into a bag, along with my gym shorts, shoes, and the headphones so I have no excuses to going to the gym. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking unsweetened tea. <BR> <BR> I'm apparently go big or go home. I'm prepared to go big. I'm done being big. Let's ****ing do this. Tue, 3 Sep 2013 21:36:06 EST backontrack Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465409 I kind of.... fell off the track for the last two weeks. <BR> <BR> All I do is work and sleep these days. It's not healthy, but I'm exhausted... constantly. <BR> <BR> I'm not happy with myself - for having to start over once again, and failing at making my career, my household chores, and my health balance where I can do all three. <BR> <BR> I know I shouldn't beat myself up over it, but I'm tired of having to start over. I don't know why or how I stop. It just seems to happen.. <BR> <B... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 03:09:28 EST Day 11: #backontrack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452416 I cut down on the amount of baking powder and VIOLA! I'm much happier with the waffles. Crispier than I like, but at least they stay in the pan and stay together. <BR> <BR> I didn't go walking, go to the gym or even go outside for very long today. <BR> <BR> I stayed in and groomed out Shih Tzu, bath both him and the lab, and catch each animal (2 dogs, 3 cats) long enough to put flea medicine on them. <BR> <BR> We had a nice light fish dinner and I did my waffle experimentation. <BR> ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 05:01:56 EST #backontrack Day 10 and the first trial of Soy Flour Waffles. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451411 10 days = 1 lb loss. I'll take it. It's progress. <BR> <BR> Today was rough for Dylan and I. Nothing went quite right. It all makes sense again now that I'm back from the gym. <BR> 30min treadmill - 2 miles <BR> 15min elliptical <BR> <BR> I came back and started experimented with the waffles. <BR> <BR> I went will an almost fat free version. I put the dough in the pan, and it started spilling out EVERYWHERE once it was heated up. It made for a crispy, almost to the point of being hollow ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 02:24:09 EST My Waffle Quest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450531 As some of you may know, I was recently fooled by waffles. I thought they were light doughy goodness, but after calculating the recipe, they had 400 calories per waffle for the recipe I was using. They were still doughy goodness, but they were making me doughy as well. <BR> <BR> Now I'm on a quest. A quest for a healthy waffle. <BR> <BR> I started with Chocolate Covered Katie. She's an awesome Healthy Dessert blog. She, of course, would have my answer! She didn't disappoint: http://chocol... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 05:42:12 EST #BackonTrack Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450093 Woke up late, but earlier than yesterday. <BR> <BR> -Yogurt for Pre-Workout. <BR> - Gym - 20 minutes elliptical (interval training program), 30 minutes strenght <BR> - Strength includes : Bicep curls 3:10; Dips 4:10; Leg Presses 4:12; Crunches : 4:10; Leg lifts 4:10; Row 4:12 <BR> <BR> Stir fry veggies and 2 eggs for breakfast. <BR> Stir fry veggies and teriyaki beef for lunch. <BR> <BR> Thinking dinner will be chicken with spaghetti sauce. Not quite sure yet. Something lean. <BR> <B... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 16:06:43 EST #backontrack Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449040 Breakfast - Cookies and Cream Protein Waffle . Say What?! Yea. This is me just experimenting with my waffle maker, but turns out they are a whopping 380 per belgium waffle. Adding the Cookies and Creme protein powder to the waffle makes it very dense, so I don't need but one. <BR> <BR> On a related note: <BR> I figured out how I gained all that weight so quickly. <BR> <BR> Right after we got the waffle maker, we were having waffles all the time. I was assuming I could use some of the val... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:20:39 EST #backontrack Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447834 Have had breakfast - strawberry and blueberry smoothie <BR> Went to the gym (20 min elliptical + 40 min strength), <BR> back home for a protein smoothie, <BR> Then back out to walk the dog for 1.5 mi. <BR> <BR> All before I typically get up in the morning/afternoon. No excuses. <BR> <BR> I had a dream about binging last night. I woke up with my alarm in a panic because it felt so real. I don't normally have dreams at all, so I can tell that eating healthy is on my mind a LOT. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:33:18 EST Day 6 #BackonTrack - amendment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447156 So I ate 3 slices of pizza from whole foods. That was lunch and dinner. <BR> <BR> I didn't beat myself up. I enjoyed them. After all, even when I do lose all the weight, I'm GOING to have pizza. <BR> <BR> Instead I went for a walk. 2 miles later, I put the dog up, and went to the gym for some much needed strength training. I've gotten so weak over the months. I trained hard and polished it off with that protein shake. <BR> <BR> Time to train back my strength. Wed, 7 Aug 2013 01:38:53 EST Day 6 #BackonTrack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446686 Staying home from work. Sinuses are being stuffy and making me thing fuzzy. Hard to lead a group of 20 people when your head won't let you think. <BR> <BR> - Breakfast will be a pineapple and mango smoothie. <BR> - Going to go to the gym and do some strength stuff <BR> - Cookies and Creme protein shake to follow that. <BR> - We have the day planned with cleaning house and taking the cats (all 3 of them) to the vet to get shots and dewormed. Holding down our 2 15 lb tomcats should be a wo... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 16:29:57 EST Day 5 #backontrack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445972 Walked a mile at lunch <BR> <BR> - 2 eggs and spaghetti sauce <BR> - Jimmy John's unwich <BR> - Spaghetti squash and speghetti sauce. <BR> - no clue what's for dinner. <BR> <BR> Drinking a bunch of water as I don't feel too great. <BR> <BR> I took a pregnancy test though, and that's definitely not the cause of all my sickness and weight gain lately. Won't lie: I was a little excited about the prospect of a baby. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 02:41:21 EST #backontrack Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444755 - Jimmy John's Unwich for lunch <BR> - Starbucks iced coffee for a pick me up <BR> - spaghetti squash with italian sausage and tomato sauce. <BR> - a few little chocolates for dessert. <BR> <BR> We splurged for beignet's last night. It's ok. I walked two miles today while dinner was cooking with the dog. <BR> <BR> My mom brought up the Ideal Protein Protocol. It's a ketogenic diet that utilizes a money making scheme where you need their 'special' products to be successful. Did a meal pla... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 01:01:19 EST #backontrack Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443426 A Cantaloupe and a yogurt for breakfast. <BR> A slice of sausage pizza for lunch. <BR> Not sure what's for dinner tonight, but I need a protein source and some veggies. <BR> <BR> I'm down to only drinking my coffee with 1 sweet n' low per 16 oz. As someone who used to only be able to drink coffee with copious amounts of creamer and sugar, I'm super proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Stuck at work, and not going to get off until after sundown, so no running or walking in the neighborhood. <BR> <... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:32:57 EST #backontrack Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442746 Day 2: Ate a bag full of grapes for snacks instead of chocolate. Walked 2 miles before work instead of going to work early. Taking care of myself instead of taking care of my project for once. <BR> <BR> I can do this. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 21:50:11 EST #backontrack Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441138 &#8234;#&#8206;backontrack&#8236; Day 1: <BR> I didn't sleep for 12 hours today. Down at 4am, Up at 11:30am. Major improvement from down at 4am- up at 3pm. <BR> <BR> Mango Strawberry Protein shake made and multivitamin taken. Leftover rib-eye for lunch, and we're making a thin crust meatball pizza for dinner (lean beef and turkey meatballs, sauce is tomatoes, bellpeppers, lots of mushrooms, and onion). <BR> <BR> Workout before work - Just walking today. I know I tend to be all or nothing... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 13:43:50 EST Relapse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440001 So I was eating bad, but I had no idea how bad I was eating. <BR> <BR> I've gained 5 lbs since a month ago. Goes to show I must absolutely track what I eat. <BR> <BR> Day 2 of getting back in the habit. <BR> -Blueberry Smoothie <BR> - Edamame <BR> - Homemade speghetti and lean beef meatballs. <BR> - Walking at lunch. <BR> <BR> Never going to give up. I get off track, I fall down, but I will never give up. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:05:04 EST I'm making Waffles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421389 One of the greatest one-liners from Shrek's Donkey, it's been my undoing the last two days. <BR> Dylan broke me down and I bought a Belgium waffle maker. Oh, my. Blueberry waffles with homemade strawberry jam are an amazing way to end the day. Today we had blueberry, raspberry, and strawberries blended into the batter. <BR> <BR> Today I got in the garden. Planted some things, and picked a bunch of cayenne peppers. I'm considering what I want to do with them. I also did a bunch of weeding a... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 05:12:03 EST Combination 3 - Compression Short and Waist Trimmer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418067 Decided to go without the compression shirt on. I'll just be wearing a looser moisture wicking shirt with my compression shorts and the waist trimmer secured around my apron. <BR> <BR> I did something stupid though. I took my vitamin on an empty stomach then forgot to eat something. I got sick once I was at the gym, but I didn't leave. <BR> <BR> I stayed, I did 15 minutes on the treadmill, and 15 minutes of leg work on the machines (Press, thigh ab- and ad- ductor) <BR> <BR> Super sweaty... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:43:43 EST Combination 2 - Compression Short and Compression Shirt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416870 Today I went with Compression Shirt under the impact bra, and compression short under my shorter breezy shorts. <BR> <BR> This is a good one if I were doing strength. I missed the support of the belt, but I still didn't produce any flopping noises. I found that the belt helps me keep my posture better. I felt my self slouching while I was running today. <BR> <BR> I did 15 minutes of intervals of 3.5 and 4.9 mph with a 2.0 incline on the 4.9 parts. My calves started to tense up so I stoppe... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:55:27 EST Combination 1 - ALL the compression garments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416026 Today I decided to go all out on the Compression wear. I work the Waist Trimmer belt around my pooch. Then on went the compression Shorts and the Compression Shirt, then my High Impact bra. Then loose fitting shorts and shirt over that. <BR> All dry wick (besides the trimmer belt). <BR> <BR> There was no belly flapping. There was more bouncing in my midsection because the trimmer belt pushing up on my 'flab', but I was supported very nicely. <BR> <BR> I ran 2.6 miles on the treadmill in ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:03:21 EST Taming the Flab http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414876 After today's post, I decided to try to try a sampler. <BR> <BR> I went and collected 4 different types of compression garments. <BR> <BR> 1) The Compression short. It comes down mid-thigh. Made of wicking material. Very comfortable, but very fitted. <BR> 2) The compression pant. It comes down to my lower calf. Made of the same wicking material as #1. Same brand. I haven't tried these on yet. <BR> 3) The Waist trimmer belt. Made to 'Sweat off' the inches, but I decided to try it as an at... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 22:05:10 EST Awake before noon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414435 Holy moly. I actually woke up before my alarm. I'm attempting to get back into the habit of working out prior to work. I go in much more alert and powerful when I workout prior to work. I work a night shift 4pm - 2am, so my schedule may seem off, but it's a schedule nonetheless. <BR> <BR> Up at 11. Dressed by 11:15. Watched one of my favorite Sparker's vlogs, then off to walk/run in the 90F tropics of Baton Rouge Louisiana. <BR> <BR> I'm back. I'm drenched with sweat and I walked a LOT Of ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 13:53:30 EST Sunday Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413743 Today was great. <BR> <BR> I woke up way before Dylan was going to dream of waking up, so I did something I wasn't sure if I should do. I walked to the dog park with Riley today. It was quite a trek. 2.5 miles from my house to the park. We stayed for about 30 minutes before we headed back. I drank a liter bottle of water during the walk. <BR> <BR> I offered Riley some both ways, but he wasn't interested. He drank some at the park and laid in the kiddie pool they had out for the dogs. He d... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:21:43 EST Diet + Exercise = Empowerment + Mental Clarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409254 Today was crazy, but wonderful. I've been feeling very empowered lately. I'm not sure if it's the exercise or the diet, but I've been KILLING it at work. Maybe it's because I survived my first bout of deliberate sexism in the workplace. I'm willing to say it's the diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> Side Story - I was telling my team to keep away from a box of belongings for a lead joining our team. It had toys in it (Apparently, 19-23 year old men are the equivalent of 8 year old boys). One of ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 04:57:23 EST It was actually a pretty good Monday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408736 Yesterday was a good day. <BR> <BR> It just felt like I had more control. I'm not sure why. The entire management group was pulled into a meeting room to let us know 3 of the 6 Sr. Managers were let go. If anything I should feel like I was next, but my head was clear and I got on my game. I think the exercise has a lot to do with that. <BR> <BR> I ran two miles yesterday in 34 minutes. Not my fastest, but pretty darn good for 90 degree heat and not running for 3 months. I'm proud of me for... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 15:39:55 EST Late night ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405239 Walked 2 miles before work, then walked two more at lunch. I'm getting good at tracking EVERYTHING I eat, but I'm trying not to obsess about food like I typically do when I'm tracking. <BR> <BR> It's Saturday and I have a normal shift of work 4pm - 1am. Oh joyous me. It's the last of the week and the weekend (otherwise known as Sunday) looks promising of getting to do some good cardio and some nice relaxation. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about trying to wedge the gym into my schedule somehow. ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 07:32:55 EST Back on here and back at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403147 I'm tracking my food again and attempting to use this as an outlet. <BR> <BR> What's new? I'm married now. YAY! The day went amazing. I have an amazing support system with my best friend, and my in-laws. I had one of the best few days of my life away from work and with my friends and family. <BR> <BR> My work life balance is even less than it used to be. It's really been draining, but I'm trying to refocus to healthy eating. I'm trying not to dwell on the fact that i'm exhausted by work to ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 05:52:31 EST Another one bites the dust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311591 At least it's a steady loss. 1 lb down. <BR> <BR> I need to find some sort of work/life balance. I can't seem to get up early enough to make it to the gym, shower, and then make it to work, then there are so many nights that I stay late at the office and don't have the energy to do it afterwards. Also, I'm hungry by the time I get off of work, so I want to eat. <BR> <BR> Also, this last week has been rough for me. A corporate restructure worked against me. There are now contractors being ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 15:11:34 EST Consult http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310362 So, I went to meet with a personal trainer yesterday. He was adorable, short man with lots of muscle, but still a little beer belly. He recommended doing circuit training for me. <BR> <BR> 1-3 sets ;15-20 reps at a time; 30-90secs of rest between sets. <BR> <BR> Box Squats <BR> Kettleball press <BR> Assisted Pull up <BR> Assisted Dip <BR> Leg curl <BR> Squat machine <BR> Planks <BR> Ball Slams <BR> Jack Knives (but holding at that point where the back wants to come off the ground to work... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:50:41 EST Slowly but surely. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303444 Down another lb: 207. It's coming off slowly. I think it partially has to do with me eating half a block of stirfried tofu last night for dinner and not having nature's call yet. <BR> <BR> That call should reflect next week at least. I've been doing well with eating and I've been very busy with making decorations for my Mario themed reception. <BR> <BR> I haven't been working out nearly as often as I should,but I have a consult with a trainer on Tuesday. Maybe he can help give me some goa... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:01:58 EST Busy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298975 I'm sorry I don't have much tracked on SP as of late. I have had one hell of weekend. <BR> <BR> I did the Foam Fest 5k. Thought I may die a few times in there due to inhaling foam accidentally and falling into the water during the lily pad jump (Giant intertubes tied together and I fell into the hole of the 3rd one out of 5.) <BR> <BR> There were a few things I couldn't do. I can't do the wall climbs, but I managed the rope climb. I have a LOT more work to do until the Warrior Dash this ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 03:01:34 EST Wedding Bells are only 2.5 months away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295076 Weigh in day: I'm down 1 lb for 208. Better that than nothing. <BR> <BR> I've been extra FOCUSing on wedding planning. I'm going today to put the deposit down on the place, and set up an appointment to go with my best friend to go pick the dress. Stopping by the Tux place and the cake place to start getting pricing. <BR> <BR> It's becoming so real! Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:50:28 EST FOCUS challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290605 This week we have a challenge to FOCUS. It's something I need. I've been feeling as if I'm hitched up to 4 horses at all limbs lately. Time to regroup. <BR> <BR> F- Friends. I plan to connect to acquaintances and try to make more friends. I've been holding people at arm's length instead of reaching out to people. I plan to ask a girl to see if she wants to do my wedding photography since that's what she went to school for and it'll net her some extra cash. <BR> <BR> O- Organize I plan on ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:06:55 EST FUN-damentals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289163 21:20 min - 1.63 miles - 13:05 min/mile <BR> <BR> Really happy with that pace as it was with the dog. Think it's a new PR for me. Felt like I didn't stop running but for a few seconds at a time. My calves started to cramp the 2nd half of the run. <BR> 70F 50% humidity. Not cooler than normal, so here's to hoping that it's an increase in my endurance. <BR> <BR> Had a relaxing day of shopping with my love. Started with a Tall Skinny Mocha from Starbucks. Went to all the fun stores - JoAnn'... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:58:56 EST Deep Breathes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287957 Instead of running, I opted for some yoga in the backyard. 20 minutes of breathing, stretching, and Warrior poses has me feeling empowered for the day. <BR> <BR> This is the last day before the weekend. <BR> The last day before a few days of wedding planning. <BR> The last day before spending time with my love. <BR> The day of no excuses. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:21:12 EST Not so fast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286741 21:14 - 1.51 mil - 14:04 min/mil <BR> <BR> Not bad. Not my PR, but I'll get there. <BR> It's HOT outside today. Maybe it just felt like it. Google says it's 66F outside. <BR> <BR> Weigh in today: Down 2 for 209, which will be my starting weight for the Sprint Melt Off Biggest Loser Challenge. <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:09:17 EST Staying on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286087 Pretty great day. Busy but great. Got some clarification to put my mind at ease. I know what project I'll be on. I have a direction to work towards. Still waiting to see if I am getting a title change or not. <BR> <BR> I ran before work. Slower than I wanted. 25 minutes for 1.6miles with the dog. Always puts me in a good mood. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 05:20:49 EST Anxious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284770 Today was trying. I couldn't sleep last night. I couldn't stop thinking about the future. Once I did get to sleep, I slept until right before work. Long day, but still ate sensibly. <BR> <BR> No exercise, but I'm going to try some yoga before bed so that I can maybe relax and sleep. Legs probably needed a rest anyway. <BR> <BR> I feel good about my weigh in Thursday. I'm looking for 20* number. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 04:36:42 EST Keeping on Pace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282799 During the middle of my run, my RunZombies app crashed. So I have two logs of my runs. <BR> <BR> The First is 1.09 mil in 14:29. - 13:14 min/mile. Yes. Beat my pace, <BR> The 2nd part was 0.47 mil in 7:07 - 15:14 min/mile <BR> <BR> The first part is awesome! The 2nd part I lost heart because I thought I lost the log from the first part of my run. <BR> <BR> Booo. All together 1.56 miles in 21:36 - 13:51 min/miles. <BR> <BR> Not bad, but I wish I had kept the same push I had the first p... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:24:19 EST Two runs - one day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281601 Like I said, I wanted to beat my time from this morning. I did it! <BR> <BR> I did 14:32 min/mil this morning, and 13:27 min/mil this afternoon. <BR> <BR> YES! Now to beat that! I am my best competition. My goal is to run 12 min miles, so I only have 1:27 left to shave off my miles. <BR> <BR> I am also way too excited about my obnoxiously colored matching outfit. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l520742476.jpg"> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 19:51:40 EST Running blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280874 I couldn't sit still (I'm still up, not having to bed yet) at 6:30 this morning, so I went for a quick inaugural run in my new shoes. Was really nice besides the dog deciding to pull. <BR> <BR> It was a short run, so I tried to make it a quick one. Dog had other plans. <BR> 14:30 min/mile. Let's see if I can beat that tomorrow without the dog. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 08:09:11 EST Fantastic weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280809 I decided to treat myself today while we were out shopping. I LOVE obnoxious colors for shoes and shirts! These are $99 shoes that I got for $65. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l135456350.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been cleaning the rest of the day, but I can't wait to break in my new shoes on a run. I'm almost all better. I'm itching to get some exercise in. <BR> <BR> Instead, I roasted garlic and made some Italian spiced Roasted Garlic buns so Dylan can have sandwiche... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 05:49:10 EST