LSPIZZA's SparkPeople Blog LSPIZZA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Three Years? Lots of Struggles and Victories! So - Tuesday I will be on Spark for 3 years. In that time I have lost 30 pounds - and then gained most of them back - as I have continued to grieve my husband and then the loss of my father too. <BR> <BR> But there have been lots of victories, as well. I began running. And ran my first 5K - as well as many more. I ran my first 5 miler - and many more. I did my first triathlon - a Sprint Tri - and have completed 2. I even ran a half marathon this past April. <BR> <BR> I also almost... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:00:03 EST First blog in a while! So. It's really been a while since I posted a blog. But a lot has gone on. I have a few more Sparkfriends and I also have visits and Sparkmails occasionally from people sharing grief stories and grief journeys. It is so wonderful when people reach out and share. It's makes me feel less alone! <BR> <BR> So what's been going on? <BR> <BR> Well- things with the scale have not been great. Since I started training for and completing serious races, the scale has just been creeping up. And ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:25:08 EST Pfun and Pfabulous Challenge 3! Wow. <BR> <BR> Pfive things I love about my body. <BR> <BR> 1. I did 2 Sprint Triathlons this summer! And this body met all the goals I had for those tris! <BR> 2. I have beautiful blue eyes and cute freckles. <BR> 3. My smile is pfabulous! Gorgeous gleaming white teeth! <BR> 4. I am having pfun dressing this body these days - I can even fit in some 8s! <BR> 5. This body gave birth to 2 bright, talented, beautiful girls! <BR> <BR> Luvin' my Sparkteams! <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 13:24:24 EST Triathlon Number 2! Who would have thought? <BR> <BR> Sunday I do another Sprint Triathlon. Seriously! Me. I could't run 30 straight seconds 2 years ago. Yet I am going to swim half a mile, cycle 12 miles and run a 5 K all in a row this Sunday. And I have trained so hard - I can do it. My first tri was a little shorter. I did it - with all the transitions- in under 1.5 hours. We'll see how this one goes. I hear this one has some crazy transitions too. <BR> <BR> But the victory is starting. I'll finish.... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 15:34:37 EST Can a Triathlon be a tribute?! So the journey continues... <BR> <BR> When I joined Sparkpeople in March of 2010 I was down about 28 pounds from my high. That includes baby weight lost and the weight I lost (and then some was regained) due to despair and grief and anxiety when my husband died. My annoyingly healthy, triathlete husband died of sudden, massive heart attack at age 47 - leaving me a 42 year old widow with 2 young girls to raise alone. <BR> <BR> My fitness journey began in earnest in July 2009. Before then I ... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:12:21 EST Why are some women so unsupportive to other women?! So my first triathlon is this weekend. And the weather isn't going to be great. Rain. And the surf is going to be high. But I'm ready. And I'm proud of myself for how far I've come. And I had such a victory this week! I easily slid into size 8 Jean shorts. Which I only tried on because they were on sale and there were no 10s. I have never been a single digit size before (and this is for real, right, jeans that aren't even tight make it for real!) in my adult life! <BR> <BR> So I go pick ... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 10:25:16 EST What was I thinking? I am offically overwhelmed! <BR> <BR> What was I thinking? I am registered for 3 races in the next 3 weeks. A run and swim Saturday (and both my girls are doing this one too - isn't that great?!), and a run the following Sunday, and then my very frist Triathlon on 8/7. And its hot. And its summer and my teenager's social life is eating at my sleep. And my 9 year old still likes to come and cuddle in my bed in the middle of the night when she misses her dad or has a bad dream - or just w... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:20:07 EST Trying to move day at a time So my kids have finished their fourth school year since their daddy died. My grand goal in life right now is to have them be happy and healthy. And to be present for as much of those happy, healthy lives as I can. <BR> <BR> So I am incredibly pleased with both final report cards!!! Hard working smart little girls who are moving on themselves. Go team! <BR> <BR> And I seem to have inspired a health kick in my house. Even more so than their triathlete father did. Maybe it was just their a... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 08:48:12 EST Father's Day without any Dads... Well - we made it through Father's Day number 4 without my husband and number 2 without my Dad. <BR> <BR> And yet, what a weekend! My little one (9) finally mastered her 2 wheeler. Funny she finally got it on this weekend. But then - her daddy was a triathlete. And her mommy - me - is training for her first triathlon. Thursday I finally got out the bike I am planning to race with. That would be my husband's tri bike. What a great bike! Old but wonderful. I oiled the gears, put on the "gir... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:09:11 EST What a Difference a Year Makes <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> This is an old story. From last summer. But it took me more than a year to make a spark page and I want it here. <BR> <BR> 2 years ago I had my little girl (she was 7) in the ocean with me. We got caught in a rip tide. She panicked but I taught her how to handle it. We stayed calm, swam across the rip and were ok. But I was so tired I couldn't pull her in. I was stuck until had help. <BR> <BR> Now - my husband was such a strong swimmer. An athlete. Tria... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 11:12:11 EST Let Me Introduce You to Me! I have always struggled with my weight. From a very young age. I have always been chubby. Chunnky. Curvy. <BR> <BR> I met and married a wonderful man who loved my body. He was an athlete - had run marathons, done triathlons, and was an amazing swimmer. We swam and cycled together. Had 2 kids. And a wonderful family life. And one day - more than 3 years ago - we woke up to the worst day of our life on a regular Saturday morning. Our husband and daddy had died of a massive heart atta... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:55:18 EST