LUCYTHERUNNER's SparkPeople Blog LUCYTHERUNNER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Good-bye LUCKYGIRL2270, Hello LucytheRunner Just a quick blog to let everyone know that I changed my name on my profile. I'm starting over and the old name was from a time I needed to feel lucky about some choices I had made. I've since outgrown that time and name and needed a new beginning that emphasized a new goal for me so LucytheRunner it is! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:16:27 EST Opportunity Cost and Self Sabotage I've been working towards my Accounting degree online. This past week I started my Personal Finance class. It brings up the concept of Opportunity Cost and how it pertains to your finances. Basically Opportunity Cost is what you give up when you take advantage of an opportunity. Here's an example. When you put Money into a savings account, you lose the opportunity to spend the money now on something you want. Conversely if you spend the money now, you lose the interest that would have been ea... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 19:07:10 EST Operation: Lucy Gets Fit My last three blogs have talked about the process I've been going through to figure out the right plan for me to achieve my fitness and weight loss goals. I've talked about what my end result would be, what some of my mid-range goals are, I've decluttered my surroundings, my life and my thinking. I've talked about the notebooks I've gone through from past attempts and some motivation to help me get where I want to go. I talked about going to <link> </link> and creating pictures ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 10:13:36 EST 9 Notebooks and Some Motivation During my Decluttering-palooza last month, I came across 9 different notebooks I had kept that dealt with my weight loss over the years. That's right 9! There were notebooks centered around various weight loss books I had read. Bob Harper's Are You Ready? Jillian Michaels' Master Your Metabolism, Geneen Roth's Women Food and God, 2 notebooks devoted to Weight Watchers information and 1 Notebook that was a mish-mash of magazine clippings. I also had 2 binders full of pages of recipes, workouts... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 08:47:03 EST Clearing the Clutter from My Life A couple months ago I read the book "It's All Too Much" by Peter Walsh. He's that clutter guy you saw on Oprah last season. Anyway, there was something he said that made total sense to me and sparked me to get the clutter out of my life. He tells his clients to create a vision of the life they want for themselves before they do anything. Then when they are going through their clutter they are to ask themselves if the items they have will help them get to their vision. If not, it needs to go. ... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 18:48:19 EST For the First Time in My Life, I Have Real Goals! My last blog was about how my scattered thinking was holding me back. This blog is somewhat a continuation of that. I took some serious time last night to just think about what I really want to look like and be able to do. I finally have some serious goals in place! They are: <BR> <BR> RUNNING: <BR> 1) Run 4-6 Miles by next November. <BR> 2) Run a Mile under 12 minutes. <BR> <BR> Right now I run up to 3 miles 3 times a week. Usually 2 depending on time and weather. I have about a month of r... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:10:16 EST My Scattered Thinking is Holding Me Back This blog has been brewing in my brain ever since I read a blog by REEKU713 called "Learning To Trust Myself Again". It was a wake up call for me to examine my own thinking when it comes to weight loss. I have spent the last 25 years constantly thinking about diet, weight loss, working out and planning how to lose weight. I'm fantastic at planning! I plan my workouts, my menu, etc. I have 2 different planners devoted to menus for each week and what workout will take place on what day. However... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 20:14:42 EST Lessons From My First Wipe Out I am a runner. I say this with pride because I have been running for a year and a half. This morning I feel I really became a runner because I wiped out during my run on my beautiful little nature trail. I was 1/2 mile in on a 2 mile easy run when I turned my right ankle on a rock and ended up sliding on the trail on my left shin and hands. My first thought was "How the hell did I get down here?" I turned over, and looked at the damage, a lot of dirt, a little gravel and just a small 1/4" cut... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 09:33:27 EST Muscle DOES NOT Weigh More than Fat!!! We've all seen it and heard it before. Every time someone has a good week and the scale doesn't move, someone jumps up on the soap box to declare that "Muscle weighs more than fat." Every time I read it or hear it said, I roll my eyes and think of that old joke "What weighs more a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers." Everyone automatically says bricks without a second thought and then feels like a total dork when it is pointed out that a ton of bricks and a ton of feathers weigh the same...a ... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 16:13:42 EST Why I Run on A Trail I am a trail runner. I know to most runners the treadmill is the way to go, but it's just not for me. Yes there are down sides to running on a trail. You are at the mercy of the elements, mostly heat or cold (depending on the season), humidity, rain and wind, but I figure I won't melt and quite frankly, a windy run is a pleasant challenge. There are other downsides to running on a trail as well, bug bites (a downy fabric sheet takes care of most bugs), uneven ground, rocks, sticks, mud, and t... Sat, 14 May 2011 10:25:20 EST A Farewell to CAN'T I saw this in an ad for Outward Bound in a magazine and was so inspired that I ripped out the page (my magazine) and knew I needed to share it here! <BR> <BR> A Farewell to CAN'T <BR> <BR> This goodbye does not make me sad. I will not miss you. I have discovered what it feels like to do the unthinkable. The hard. The long. The challenging. You have no business here anymore. From now on, difficult will seem doable. I will see the impossible as simply not-yet-conquered. Farewell, Can't. You w... Wed, 11 May 2011 08:49:23 EST Charlie Sheen Has a Valid Point Now that I have your attention, please bare with me as I explain the title of this blog. I am not a huge Charlie Sheen fan (I've always preferred Emilio Estevez to be honest). After seeing the media circus he created this past week I have a very strong opinion of him. Whether he has had a mental break or not, he has proven to be a master manipulator who is skilled in the art of getting attention & playing the media for everything it's worth. And for some reason, people are falling in step beh... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 14:05:43 EST One Week Does Not A Healthy Lifestyle Make... ...But it's a damn good start. <BR> <BR> I have had one successful week and have lost 2 pounds. Haven't been able to say that in a long time. This year I am making a very conscious effort to get my weight and health on track! In the past I've followed diet plans, from WW to celebrity books, to magazine diets and have failed every time. This year I decided to try something different. I asked myself "If you were thin, how would you eat?" The answers I gave myself were pretty straight forward a... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 19:48:30 EST My Christmas Eye Opener I have often said that if you want to know what you're friends really think about you, let them set you up on a blind date. Well today I learned that if you want to know how your family sees you, pay close attention to the gifts you get for Christmas. I asked for and received an MP3 Player designated just for Running, A GymBoss Timer for Spinning and Tabata and a Kickboxing DVD. These gifts will help me achieve my health goals for the New Year. However my surprises really opened my eyes. They... Sat, 25 Dec 2010 21:16:03 EST The Best Motivation I've Had in a LOOONNNNGGG Time! Below is a quote that a teammate (KAMAPERRY) posted on the Women Food & Geneen Roth Team. This quote has resonated with me so much that I felt the need to post it as a blog so people on my other teams could read it as well. <BR> <BR> "I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it -- I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 11:33:01 EST Bouncing Back from Some Bad Runs I finished the C25K program last Friday and to be honest, the last week of it was hard, mentally & physically! On Sunday I woke of feeling ill so I skipped my Monday run just to give my body a little extra healing time. So my first post run was Wednesday, and it was awful! I couldn't get my breathing right, I couldn't get my pace right & I had to stop & walk 3 times. I just couldn't figure it out. I posted a thread on the C25K Graduates team & everyone's advice & support helped greatly - Than... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 09:11:36 EST Today I am 40 - and it's about damn time!!! Today is my 40th birthday and contrary to popular belief I am excited to be entering my 40's! I've always respected women in their 40's for there maturity, grace and level of experience they bring to their lives. My entire life I've been told that I was 18 going on 40, 25 going on 40, etc. so I'm glad that my age matches my maturity (but to be honest inside I feel 18). <BR> <BR> Some of the reasons I'm looking forward to being in my forties are: 1) I pissed away my 20's believing that Mr. Ri... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 10:26:51 EST C25K Week 5 Day 3 - DONE!!! Yesterday I finished Week 5 of the C25K Program. In other words, I ran for 20 minutes without stopping. I hadn't intended to move on. I was just going to redo Day 2 which is a 5 minute warm up walk, followed by an 8 min. run, 5 min walk, 8 min. run and a 5 min cool down. When I started running, I told myself that I would run for 10 minutes & see how I felt. At 10 minutes I felt great so I just kept going the morning was cool and foggy so it was easy for me to keep going. When I was done I cou... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 18:51:19 EST C25K Week One This morning I technically finished my first week in the C25K Challenge. I say technically because it took me 8 days to do it instead of 5. We've had rain and other things to contend with around here so I decided to continue with week one this week was well. I haven't run since high school so I think I want to take the extra week to get back in the swing of running. Anyway I wanted to tell you about my first week. On the first day, it was overcast and breezy but nice. I run in a church parkin... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:27:10 EST Holding Myself Back Lately I find to my own shock and horror that I have been holding myself back from accomplishing my goals. I'm doing great with school and my career goals, but as far as fitness goes, yeah, not so much. I bought my bike and have been using the excuse that there's nobody to ride with, so it hasn't been ridden much. I want to run and I even have nieces who want to run with me, but something has always come up, rain, end of year school and work schedules so I haven't run once yet. I kept telling... Sun, 30 May 2010 15:15:03 EST A Walk on the Trail - Photo Blog One of the Ghost Hunters Fans team members, USFBULL (Jeff), posts these amazing photo blogs of the places he walks in San Francisco. SO I thought I would steal his idea and post some photos of my first walk of the season on the Mahoning Shadow Trail. The trail is part of the Rails to Trails system, where old train tracks that are no longer in use are torn up and the path is converted to a walking, biking trail. This is one of the 5 trailheads in my area. So come take a walk with me and my Dad... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 08:48:43 EST The Waiting is the Hardest Part "You take it on Faith, You take it to the heart, but the waiting is the hardest part." -Tom Petty <BR> <BR> Right now I am stuck in that particular little hell called "In the mean time" or "waiting" I hate it here. It's that space in between. I have enrolled for my class, but I'm waiting for my text books to arrive. I want to start walking, but it's still really cold here in the mornings so I'm waiting for it to warm up a little more. I can't wait to buy my bike, but why buy it so it can si... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:44:08 EST Where Do I Go From Here? Tax season is over - now what do I do? That's usually what I say every year around this time. There's this come down from the phones ringing and the people coming and going and not having enough time to focus on me. It's like hitting a brick wall. I have accounting work to do when I go in tomorrow, but it will feel like hitting a brick wall. I don't have to rush, the phones will not ring & actually, it feels like you're the only one left in the world. Every year it knocks me off balance. This... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:15:24 EST Sculpting the David - Lessons about Life from Michaelangelo So the other day I felt an itch on the back of my leg. So I reached back expecting to feel the soft flabby back of my leg that I've had for years. I reached, I scratched, I stopped and stood up & thought wait - what? I reached back again & instead of flabby leg, I had a handful of hard muscle. When did that happen? Huh, muscle. I reached back again just to be sure. There really is muscle back there and there was. So that got me thinking where else do I have muscle that I'm not seeing, just un... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 13:48:33 EST Goals, Fear and Some Advice from Amelia Earhart There are 18 days left in tax season, YAY! Don't get me wrong, I love my job and have a real passion for what I do, however, the pace of working so many hours can really drag on you, physically and mentally. Anyway, after I realized how few days were left, it hit me that I would have more free time to accomplish my goals. Everyone else starts their New Year's resolutions in January, mine really begin in Mid April - early May. Wow more time to accomplish my goals - wait a minute, I have to sta... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 10:22:01 EST It's All About Calories In & Calories Out - Or Maybe Not... I've heard this a lot lately..."Weight Loss is all about calories in & calories out." Well that is true but a few important details are being left out of this equation, like the quality of those calories. I've noticed that when people want to lose weight they latch on to this mantra like a life preserver. It gets stuck in your head and you get to the point where you won't eat anything until you know how many calories are in it. I am guilty of doing this too. But I think we blur the edges of t... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:13:55 EST It's Not a Plateau - It's a Victory Lap If you read last week's blog, then you know that I made my 5 pound mark last week! WOOT!!! This week I stayed the same for 5 days straight & then gained 4/10's. I'm not upset about the gain because I had spaghetti 2 nights in a row before my weigh-in day and it always takes me a couple days to get rid of pasta weight. Anyway, some people would think that I've hit a dreaded plateau, I however like to think of it as a Victory Lap. Just like Nascar & Olympic Speed Skaters, after we reach a goal,... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 14:41:34 EST 5 Pounds Down - WOOT!!! Hello all!!!!! Okay so this blog should be titled 2010 Week 7 Progress, but I couldn't wait to shout out the news!!! 5 POUNDS DOWN WOOT!!!! Yes I realize that it's taken me 7 weeks to get here, but so what!!!! I'm here & that's all that matters!!! I feel like Daffy Duck when he bounces all over the room going woo hoo woo hoo. I already know what my reward will be & I'm ordering it as soon as I type this!! I can't wait to get it because it will be a badge of courage for me!!! The reason I am s... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 11:41:49 EST 2010 Week 6 Progress This blog is 2 days late, but it's that time of year again. I'm so busy right now I miss myself!! Anyway, as of Friday I was down 4.8 pounds!!! That's just 2 tenths away from my first reward goal. I can't wait! I'm happiest about the fact that my little icon is so far away from the word START on my weight ticker that you could fit another one beside it! Now how awesome is that!!! I'm looking forward to next week's weigh in!!! I WANT MY REWARD GIFT!!!! Sun, 14 Feb 2010 14:03:26 EST 2010 Week 5 Progress Another quick one. This week I've been sick and missed working out 2 days but I managed to lose 1.4 for a total of 4.2 so far! I'm just thrilled that my icon on my weight chart is no longer covering the word "start"! That's impressive to me - YEAH!!! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 09:08:30 EST 2010 Week 4 Progress This will be a quick one this week. I am down 8/10ths this week for a total of 2.8 so far. I was hoping for 5 by the end of the month. I don't forsee that happening, but I just have to change my goal for next month to accommodate. I think I've got my schedule figured out for tax season so I do have time for short workouts and will be using bathroom time for quickfires & throwdowns too. I'm in the groove of planning my week the Wednesday before & doing the shopping & prep on Sundays. I think I... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 09:30:16 EST 2010 Week 3 Progress Today was my weigh in day and I stayed the same. But I am okay with that because I can see progress that the scale doesn't show. My jeans are a little looser, for one. I could get very upset like in the past, but I read an article on spark this week that I think explains my week. It was about weight gain after starting exercising. I'm not new to exercise, but I've had to shorten my workouts due to my tax season schedule so I decided to make them more intense. The result is sore muscles almost... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 19:47:38 EST My Motivational Tools Below are my goal Motivational Tools that I talked about on a thread on the Ghost Hunters Fans Team <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On my bedroom door is my goal poster. I took a sheet of scrapbook paper and created this really pretty page that outlines my goals (short, mid & longterm) for my Health, Career, Spirit & Life & Fun areas of my life. I also have a picture of me at 16 because although I didn't appreciate it back then, that is t... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 19:18:04 EST 2010 Week 2 Progress Today is weigh-in for me and this week I am down 1.8. That's a total of 2 pounds in 2 weeks. I'm happy with that. Today was not my best day. Mom made pie and I had some and was over my calories. But it's gone now and I am looking forward to getting back on track tomorrow. Wait, did I say that? I'm looking forward to getting back on track on a SATURDAY?!?!? That's different and I kinda like that!!! I'd say I'm finally on the right track!! Fri, 15 Jan 2010 20:37:55 EST 2010 Week 1 Progress I have officially put in the first week of 2010 and I can honestly say that I have made progress! Friday is my weigh-in day. I was down 2/10ths this week. Before I even got off the scale little Miss Negativity started ratting at the mouth in my head. "2/10th's are you kidding me?!?! After a solid week of eating healthy, working out and planning your meals that's it?!?! What a jip!" Then out of nowhere this other voice chimmed in and said "Now hold on there, Missy! Let's break down this week a... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 18:48:04 EST Me at 16 My mother gave me and my brothers an amazing Christmas gift this year. She took all our school pictures and report cards along with our baby pictures and other pictures and made a scrapbook for each of us. The house was very quiet as we all looked through our books. I helped her with my brothers' books and didn't know what to expect from mine. She included some really great baby pictures, but there was one picture that caught me off guard. It was of me & her when I was 16 on a family vacation... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:08:00 EST 60 Days Pop & Soda Free Yesterday was my 60th day in a row of not drinking pop. If you read about the first 31 days on my previous blog, you know it wasn't easy for me so I thought I would write about the next 30 days. I've read that if you want to make something a habit you have to do it for 21 days straight. For me it's 35. On my 35th day without pop the flip in my head switched from thinking Diet Pepsi was the nectar of the Gods to thinking, "That stuff's battery acid." Seriously, don't ask me how but I can't eve... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 11:44:40 EST Bragging Rights!!!! Okay so I just have to do a little bragging. If you go the The Who's website (link below) and click "enter here" then scroll down, you will see Roger Daltrey hugging a very excited redhead who's wearing a yellow shirt. That redhead is my oldest niece who met Roger last month at one of his concerts. The fans are encouraged to email their pics to the website and 1 photo is chosen to run on the website for that week. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 4 Dec 2009 09:21:06 EST This Year I'm Thankful for... It's Thanksgiving night. The house is quiet. The family is gone. The leftovers are in the fridge waiting for tomorrow's meals and I'm feeling pretty good about myself. Did I stay in my calorie range - HECK NO! But here's why I'm feeling pretty good. <BR> <BR> The average person consumes 3000 calories on Thanksgiving day. I consumed 2500 and some change. I'm ahead of the game! Normally at 8:00 in the evening on Thanksgiving, I am stuffed to the point of feeling sick. My jeans are cutting into... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 20:02:10 EST Filled with Joy Today was an amazing day, but nothing amazing happened - on the outside that is. However on the inside I am filled with Joy to the point of bursting. You hear Oprah talk about Joy & Joy Rising and how feelings of pure joy don't happen very often. I can attest to that. The last time I felt pure joy was March on 2006. I had just gotten engaged and could see, hear, feel & taste all of my dreams coming true. I remember being at work, washing my hands in the bathroom and I happened to catch my own... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 15:14:55 EST 31 Days Pop (Soda) Free Hi, My name is Lucy and it's been 31 days since my last pop. I would love to stand here before you and say it has been easy and there have been lots of days it was easy. But oh the days it wasn't was hella hard!!! I'll be honest, there are some foods that you just don't eat with pop and the meals that I've eaten those foods was easy to not drink pop. But when there's pizza for dinner, look out! I've eaten pizza about 5 days out of the last 31 and everytime I settled for ice tea or ice water, ... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 10:19:51 EST November 1st - Happy New Year!! Okay, if the title got you this far, you're probably wondering, "What the heck is Lucy rambling about now!!!" Well here goes!! We just said good-bye to October and Halloween (put down the candy RIGHT NOW!!!!). Over the past month we have been inundated with Halloween lore and stories about it's origins. One item I came across was that Halloween was celebrated by the Pagans as their New Year. The end of harvest and beginning of the dark winter season. I've been thinking about this and have com... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 19:22:48 EST Buffets - My Kryptonite! Today I went out to lunch with some relatives. My 92 year old great-aunt's son & wife were in from California and she wanted us all to go to a restaurant with a buffet. Buffets are my kryptonite. I don't manage them well and I know this & I stay away from them. I got there, saw the lite portion menu had a wonderful 4 oz. turkey dinner listed. Yes, they actually listed the ounces of turkey! I was thrilled! Then the waitress came to the table and my great-aunt grabbed her arm told her we were a... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 17:15:12 EST Diet Books are like Relationships This little thought popped into my head a few weeks ago. I've read a lot of diet books in my time and they all have had different elements of the various relationships in my life. Let's start with Bob Greene. First we "Made the Connection" and we talked about having "A Best Life" together, but in the end, he just wanted more than I could give. There was Jordan Rubin's plan yes he had some interesting things to say, but like a bad blind date, there just wasn't anything there. Sometimes diet bo... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 19:15:26 EST Pepsi, My Love, It's time we say Good-bye! I LOVE Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, regular Pepsi, Pepsi Throwback, I even found Pepsi Natural and was sooo giddy I wanted to squeal in the store. I'm not sure when it happened. I was a Diet Coke girl in college and I've been known to down a Mountain Dew or 2 in my time but somewhere along the line I fell in love with Pepsi. I use to only drink it when I was eating Pizza. I was one of those people who drank milk with their meals right up into my 30's and never thought anything of it. That all changed w... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 14:56:29 EST Measuring My Fitness Level - What a Great Concept! On the Ghost Hunters Fans Team we were given a challenge for September to do 3 assigments on Weights & Measures. This is my third assignment. It is from the 2nd Assignment part 3 to write a blog (or journal) about how you measure your level of fitness. If you read my blog about exercise goals, then you know I'm not one to put my head into my fitness routine so I thought this subject would be a great follow-up to that blog. And away we go.... <BR> <BR> How do I measure my fitness level? That'... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 11:56:35 EST Exercise Goals? What are those? As part of the Ghost Hunters Fans September Challenge, here is my blog about exercise goals. <BR> <BR> As shocking as it may sound, I've never really thought about exercise goals before. I mean I've worked out for years, but never really set any goals to work towards. I've always been the type to try something until I was sick of it and then move on to the next new thing. So this topic got me thinking what would my exercise goals be? Well, I'd like to be better at yoga and ultimately be able... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 14:31:10 EST You Mean There's Actually a Name for That?!? My entire life I have had these annoying little red bumps on my upper arms. The look like acne, but aren't. They don't hurt, they just have always got in the way of me wearing sleeveless tops & dresses. I always felt self conscious about them but I never really thought there was anything I could do about it. So 2 weeks ago I'm flipping through a magazine and there's an ad for cream to get rid of chicken skin. I was immediately draw in because I've never heard of chicken skin before. Turns ou... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 09:18:06 EST I Don't Eat Like That I posted this this morning and thought afterwards that it would make a good blog entry. <BR> <BR> After I posted yesterday I went upstairs and out of force of habit veered to the candy bowl for some hershey kisses. Just as I started to reach for one a little voice in the back of my head said "You don't eat like that" I stopped dead in my tracks and with my hand hovering over the candy bowl I thought where did that come from. I pulled my hand away from the candy bowl and got some water instea... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 11:08:48 EST It's Not Necessary To Lie Two days ago, our newest neighbor (been here for 2 years) came over to invite us to a quick throw together party for her live-in's birthday. She made the comment "I told one person at the Country Club & now there are at least 50 guests coming who invited themselves!!! BTW There will be fireworks and a professional photographer. I hope you can make it!" Okay let's face it, 50 guests don't just magically call you and say, "We're coming to your house on your live-in's birthday for a party", it t... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 09:33:02 EST