LYNSEY723's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LYNSEY723 LYNSEY723'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/ Goal tracking and Merry Christmas!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836903 I cannot believe Christmas is this week. Especially when we've got this beautiful, sunny, 50 degree day here in the Pacific Northwest. I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday. I'm going to continue to push through the rest of the week to make my goals a reality this month! Here is where I stand right now. At the end of the day yesterday we were 67% of the way through the month. <BR> <BR> Push-ups - 90/150 60% (6 push ups a day to meet goal) <BR> Squats - 180/300 60% (12 squats... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:55:43 EST Pooped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834957 I think I overdid it yesterday. I walked/jogged in the morning, then got home and walked/jogged some more... Managed 7 miles on my FitBit for the day - I think it's a best ever! But... my body isn't happy about it. I ached when I went to bed, to the point that I couldn't sleep. So I'm pooped today. And it's my 11 hour day at work. Ugh. But, I am still proud of myself for what I got done. <BR> <BR> Here are stats for the end of the day yesterday: <BR> <BR> Push-ups - 75/150 50% (6 p... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:10:43 EST Hump Day Progress (and furbaby pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834578 Happy Hump day, everyone! Is everybody ready for Christmas NEXT WEEK?! I can't believe it's here so fast. Luckily I spent some time working on Christmas gifts yesterday. Just a little bit of work left on my sister's gift, need to do all 4 of my SIL's and MIL's gifts, and wrap the DH's gifts... not too terrible. Totally doable! <BR> <BR> Yesterday a friend came over to help me with my sister's Christmas present, but before we got to work on that we took the dog for a quick walk. I don't... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:05:17 EST Productive Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832909 I did pretty well with my exercise on my 2 days off... though the eating wasn't great yesterday. I managed to get the dog out for a walk each day and on Friday I was feeling extra motivated. Our normal walk is the perimeter of our neighborhood, which is 2.25 miles. Friday we walked to the far end of the neighborhood, then I decided I'd run (ok, a slow jog) up one street, walk to the next street, run back down, walk to the next... and so on. I did this 1/2 of the way back to my house, as o... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:04:44 EST Made Myself Proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831489 I am pretty proud of myself for my efforts yesterday! I went home and got my booty on the treadmill last night. I kicked some booty!! I did 5 miles with some jogging (since it's easier on my knees). It was a lot easier for me to do it since the hubs was already in bed when I got home since he's been working at 3am all week! It felt really good to push myself like that. It's been a long time since I did that distance in one go. When my FitBit has been hitting 6 miles it's because of a 2... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:13:44 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831055 Just a quick update to track my goals. No long walks this week due to weather, but I'm not letting it get the best of me. Treadmill walk for sure tonight. <BR> <BR> Push-ups - 30/150 <BR> Squats - 45/300 <BR> Lunges - 34/300 (150 on each leg) <BR> Planks - 120/900 seconds <BR> Miles - 26.32/125 <BR> <BR> I'm nixing the days in calorie range goal. I didn't eat well yesterday so I only get 2 more days. I know that I will exceed that this month and I don't want it to deter me. <BR> <... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:25:25 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829723 Happy Monday, SparkFriends! I hope everyone had a great weekend! <BR> <BR> My weekend was pretty good. I didn't do well with my eating, but because of all of the shopping we did, I got in my 10k steps (6 miles) on Friday and Saturday. On Friday I met with my surgeon... he wants to do surgery in the next 3-6 months and told me to pick a date. Right now I'm looking at going in for the surgery in April. I just realized the 12k race we've done the last 2 years is April 19 and I'd like to d... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 13:41:38 EST Progress So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827139 Happy December, everyone! I can't believe it is almost Christmas. Where did this year go??? <BR> <BR> I've been doing well on my challenge so far. I've been below calories every day, but right now I'm okay with that. I'm not hungry and I know that won't last long, so I'm just going to go with it for right now. Once I start exercising regularly I know I'll need more calories anyway. <BR> <BR> I forgot to note on my last blog that my miles are going to be counted from my FitBit. I know ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 19:19:13 EST Same story... different day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823492 Ugh. I officially weigh more than ever. I only know this because of how my pants fit, as I won't go near the scale. But I have finally got a work schedule that's supposed to stick, so I should be able to make plans to get my weight back under control. I'm going to resort back to my tried and true monthly challenges. I get so discouraged when I aim for a goal weight and don't accomplish it, so I'm taking my weight out of the equation. I'm making this a VERY doable challenge for myself. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:34:48 EST 10 Min/Day Streak - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784828 Woohoo! I've managed to hit 7 days on my 10 minute walks streak! I just took a quick walk to get away from my desk at work to meet today's minimum.... but it was more in hopes that the walk would wake me up some. <BR> <BR> These hours are taking a toll on me. I'm more than half way through this 12 day work "week" though. I can do this. I didn't sleep well last night and I'm in a lot of pain due to the knots in my back. I've had 2 massages scheduled, but both of them got cancelled so I'... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:31:25 EST 10 Min/Day Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783031 Happy Friday, everyone! Being that it's Friday it means I'm in 5 days of my 12 day work streak. UGH. 7 more days of being stuck in this HORRIBLE chair at work. BUT... I just completed my 10 minute walk to keep my 10 min/day streak going. Day 4... done! <BR> <BR> I did my 10 minutes just now at work (actually, 12 because I'm an over-achiever <em>211</em> )... I am leaving early today for a concert tonight and know I won't have time to do a walk at home. Getting out to do the walk at ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:49:38 EST I love you!! YES, YOU!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781777 Thank all so much for picking me up and dusting me off yet again. I love you all! It is so funny... this community. No matter how many times we pick someone up, we are always happy to do it again. It is such a constant challenge to lose/maintain weight. <BR> <BR> Thanks to my dear friend, IAMZBEE, I took my first steps towards making this maintainable. I took a walk. A short, 1 mile walk, with hubs and pup. I know that I am all or nothing, and I know that works better for me than anyt... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:32:18 EST Calling all friends!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781044 I NEED HELP!!!! My motivation is gone. I need something to kick my butt into gear. I've lost all desire to do anything. Maybe its because my schedule is so busy right now and I'm always so tired... like this week I don't get a day off... Working Sept 15 to Sept 26 without a day off. <BR> <BR> Regardless of the reason I need something. SOMETHING to get me excited again. Anybody have any book recommendations that I could read? The Spark book was motivating... but I read it when it firs... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:59:36 EST Goals: Day 11 of 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775955 Ugh... Had a whole blog typed up and accidentally closed out of it. Here we go again: <BR> <BR> I am not abandoning my goals, but I am revising them. This time of year is just too difficult for me to stay on track with my eating. I have 1-2 bad eating days and I am tempted to give up. So that I don't give up I am going to focus mostly on my fitness and less on my eating habits. I will still strive to get my water in (weekends are the hardest) and make better decisions on food most of th... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:13:44 EST Goals: Day 8 of 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773976 I am 22.8% of the way through my goals challenge: <BR> <BR> Drink 64oz of water (7/35) <BR> Walk/run completed (7/35) (177/1000min, 17.7%) <BR> Eat within calorie range (6/31) <BR> ST GOALS: <BR> Squats (100/500, 20%) <BR> Push-ups (40/300, 13.3%) <BR> Planks (150/1000sec, 15%) <BR> <BR> Well, on the plus side I had fun last night and I did take some steps towards reaching my goals. I had 2 glasses of water at the bar, instead of 2 more drinks... That was a pretty big step for me. ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:42:03 EST Goals: Day 7 of 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773400 1 week in... 20% though these goals <BR> <BR> Drink 64oz of water (6/35) <BR> Walk/run completed (6/35) (177/1000min, 17.7%) <BR> Eat within calorie range (6/31) <BR> ST GOALS: <BR> Squats (60/500, 12%) <BR> Push-ups (40/300, 13.3%) <BR> Planks (150/1000sec, 15%) <BR> <BR> I had a great run yesterday. I left the dog at home and I hit it hard. Running at that speed kills my calves though. I think today being a rest day will be very good for my body. <BR> <BR> I'm nervous about t... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 14:45:40 EST Goals: Day 6 of 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772670 I am 17% of the way through my goals: <BR> <BR> Drink 64oz of water (5/35) <BR> Walk/run completed (5/35) (142/1000min, 14.2%) <BR> Eat within calorie range (5/31) <BR> ST GOALS: <BR> Squats (40/500, 8%) <BR> Push-ups (20/300, 6.6%) <BR> Planks (90/1000sec, 9%) <BR> <BR> These numbers tell me I need to get movin'!!! I'm not sure if I'll get the chance to run tonight, as I have to be available to get to the computer until about 8-9pm. I will at least get a bit of a walk in though. ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:47:41 EST Goals: Day 5 of 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771949 I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! It was very nice for us. I haven't done a ton of working out, so today I will try to focus more on my ST and getting a good run in. Here are my current stats: <BR> <BR> Drink 64oz of water (4/35) <BR> Walk/run completed (4/35) (127/1000min) <BR> Eat within calorie range (4/31) <BR> ST GOALS: <BR> Squats (15/500) <BR> Push-ups (10/300) <BR> Planks (30/1000sec) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got in a quick run with my dad while I was at my parents... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:05:54 EST Goals: Day 3 of 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769945 Just a quick update here from my phone: <BR> <BR> Drink 64oz of water (3/35) <BR> Walk/run completed (3/35) (103/1000min) <BR> Eat within calorie range (3/31) <BR> ST GOALS: <BR> Squats (15/500) <BR> Push-ups (10/300) <BR> Planks (30/1000sec) <BR> <BR> Just running intervals yesterday. I'm really sore from the faster speed so I want to add to that with ST. Today will be a recovery day. Maybe a quick walk in the rain and some ST but nothing crazy. I hope everyone has a great weekend! <B... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:56:36 EST Goals: Day 2 of 34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769440 I'm feeling good today! I am so far out of shape that the 3 miles of interval running and my 10 squats, 10 push-ups, and 30 second plank have me sore today! I can't wait to get out for another interval run today. My speed intervals were roughly 7MPH (yes, that is fast for this girl) and my darling dog must have seen a bird or something and damn near killed me by running in front of me during a speed interval. I really thought I was going to get intimate with the pavement for a second. I ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:58:35 EST Goals: Day 1 of 34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768868 Drink 64 oz of water (1/35) <BR> Walk/run completed (1/35) (25/1000min) <BR> Eat within calorie range (1/31) <BR> ST GOALS: <BR> Squats (5/500) <BR> Push-ups (0/300) <BR> Planks (0/1000sec) <BR> <BR> I was a weenie and went for a walk rather than a run in the 80 degree weather. Luckily it is much cooler today. My plan is to try something new on my run today. The last walk/run I did I actually RAN... not a jog, but really running with some actual speed. I felt like a kid again!! I... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:02:47 EST Still putting up a fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768211 First of all, thank you all for your comments on my updates recently. I haven't had much to say in a blog, but I needed some love/support and you guys did it! THANK YOU!!! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I would like to give you a little idea of what my work-life was like prior to this week so I don't feel quite so crazy explaining why I'm having spontaneous meltdowns. <BR> <BR> I work at a car dealership with one other person who does exactly what I do. We worked together 3 days a week, 2 ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:48:22 EST Feeling Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762189 Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was very nice. I did pretty well on my goals last week... I didn't get a formal walk or run in on Saturday, but we took the dog to the Farmer's Market and then to a City Festival and did a fair amount of walking around, so I know I got my 2 miles in. I took a rest day yesterday as my knees are still not happy with me. But here are the goals for this week: <BR> <BR> Walk/run Mon tru Fri, rest Saturday (min 2 miles) <BR> E... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:19:37 EST Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759680 Happy Thursday! It's my last working day of the week - yay!! I had every intention of getting up and walking the pup (Summit is her name) this morning and FAILED. I don't know what it is going to take for me to get going that early in the morning. The dog didn't even get up this morning either to watch my husband get ready. So, I plan on taking her out for a 3ish mile walk tonight... as my knees are still killing me, I don't think running is a good idea. <BR> <BR> I weighed in today and... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:45:35 EST Workout #3 Complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759081 The pup and I went out for our third run this morning. 3 miles today. I put her training collar back on today and she did much better. It was also pretty quiet on the trail since it was about 9am on a Wednesday. She still likes to veer into my running legs and trip me. I don't know what I need to do to keep her a safe distance to my side. My knees are killing me now... I forgot to foam roll my IT band before my shower and that usually seems to help. <BR> <BR> Regardless, I got it done... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:38:04 EST Feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758406 I'm feeling much better after such a down day yesterday. The dog and I even got out for an easy jog after the sun went down (though it was still like 87 degrees). I was pretty proud of myself for not letting the heat stop me. We got up this morning and got in another 2.25 mile walk/jog. I'm feeling pretty tired sitting here at work, but my mind is more calm than it was yesterday. <BR> <BR> I also stayed in calorie range yesterday (actually slightly below) and am well below today with t... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:12:25 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757636 Yep, I go months and months without blogging, and now you get 2 in one day. <BR> <BR> My goals for this week (as in today thru Saturday): <BR> <BR> Eat within calorie range every day <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Get out for a walk or run each day (min of 2 miles) <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Clean the house on Friday (my day off) <em>542</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:43:13 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757601 Ugh... Monday. I'm in a pretty down mood today - I haven't felt like this in quite a while. <BR> <BR> I've managed to gain all of my weight back, plus a little. I am really unhappy with my body. <BR> <BR> The bright part of my life right now is that we got a dog just over a week ago, and I'm hoping she will help me get back on track. I have been getting out for walks/runs with her, but I need to be more consistent, for both of us. I need to get over the darker mornings and get out of ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:38:12 EST I'm alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695153 Ugh. I am so bad at being consistant with Spark lately... But I'm still here and I'm still working towards my goals! I am not doing great with my weight loss. So let's start from where things left off in my blog at the end of February.... <BR> <BR> We had an AWESOME time in Vegas! So great that we came home and planned our next trip within a week. We will be there in just over 2 months for my birthday. On the down side, I didn't really lose any weight for the last trip. We did not ge... Wed, 14 May 2014 19:33:59 EST Impromptu Rest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636101 Well, yesterday turned into an unplanned rest day for me. For several reasons. First, I developed a knot in my back when I was working out on Wednesday. It is PAINFUL. I got my kettlebell in the mail and it hurt to even pick it up. So between that and my father in law wanting to take us to dinner, I decided to take a rest day. <BR> <BR> I overate and overdrank at dinner last night... But still consumed less food than I normally would. The scale didn't move this morning, so I'll take t... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:35:05 EST I JUST WANNA BE FAT............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635337 (now re-read the subject line in an obnoxiously whiney voice) <BR> <BR> That is what I said to my husband last night. Let's start with some backgroud.... Last year I went to my doc and asked her to change my birth control prescription to make me only have 4 cycles a year. I was getting so tired every month and skipping workouts. I didn't want that anymore. So, here I am... not having to deal with it every month, but for the first time in my life having to deal with cramps every 3 months... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:59:00 EST One week plan: Day 1 done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633586 I kicked some booty last night! The only thing I didn't do that I was planning for was my detox bath. It just got too late and I didn't have the time/energy. I honestly don't know if I will ever have the time/energy... but I'll keep trying. <BR> <BR> I did manage to do my 30 min HIIT and followed it up with 30 min of walking @ 3.5mph with a 5% incline. My booty was on FIRE! It felt really good. I slept so well. I did well with the calories too, coming right in at my minimum. Today I ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:08:13 EST This week's plan: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632760 I am hoping to take this month out with a bang! I want to be as good this week as I can. Kick some butt with workouts, and show myself (and the scale) that I can do it. I did well last week, but I'm going to step it up this week. In addition to eating on the lower end of my calories every day this week here is my plan for the workouts: <BR> <BR> Today: 30 min HIIT, 30 min walking, then stretching and foam rolling. I'll follow it up with a detox bath and then hit the hay <BR> Tuesday: ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:05:24 EST Evil Foam Roller http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630143 So, I foam rolled last night. I've had a foam roller for quite some time now. I bought a small one that came with a video. The guy who is in the video is like rapist creepy so I can't watch that for instruction. So after hearing from some of you that I should foam roll and maybe that'd help me knee pain - I looked up some videos and went to it. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> It hurt so bad! I mean, bad in a good way... I think? I know it takes a while to loosen up the muscles so it's not so ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:25:19 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628472 Well... where do I start? Ummm.... <BR> <BR> Talked to my dad yesterday. He is having his prostate removed in 2 weeks and hopefully that will be the last time we see the cancer. I hope everything goes well. <BR> <BR> I had a horrible, indulgent weekend. I am still trying to recover. I keep losing the same few pounds every week. I want to lose at least 10lbs before Vegas and that's just 31 days away. I don't think that's happen... But I'll keep working at it. <BR> <BR> Hubs is picki... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:35:27 EST What is it going to take?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623132 I don't know why I do this to myself. I am so unhappy with my body. So badly wishing my clothes fit. So determined to lose the weight. But when the morning rolls around I just cannot get up and get my workout in. I wake up - hell, I even get out of bed to go to the restroom. Then I climb back in bed - I toss and turn and feel guilty about not working out, but I still don't get up and do anything about it. <BR> <BR> I have been doing well with my eating, but I know this weekend is going... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:50:33 EST Highs and Lows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620613 Happy Monday, all! I hope your week is off to a good start. Mine is okay. I had a rough end to the week last week. I've never felt quite as down in the dumps as I have the last few weeks. I would actually call it depressed. Normally I get into a funk, but can come out of it. This was/is deeper than a funk. I'm doing everything in my power to fix it. On Friday (my 1/2 day at work) I went home and got dinner in the crockpot, then forced myself out the front door for a run in the sun. ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:41:13 EST This SparkPeople Community is Amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616963 I am constantly amazed by the Spark community. All of the people out there who are still reading my blog. Still sending me support. Still believing in me even though I've failed at my commitments a thousand times. <BR> <BR> It is you that keeps me moving forward. It is my wonderful support system here on Spark that allows me to fall on my face so that I learn a lesson, but be there to pick me up and dust me off so I can try again. <BR> <BR> You all mean the world to me. I don't know wh... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 13:45:59 EST Hmph. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614995 Well, lets start this off with GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!! <BR> <BR> So, that's the good news. The bad news is that I have fallen off the bandwagon. My last workout was on Friday. I cannot make excuses. But I will say I went to bed early last night and I am feeling much better today. <BR> <BR> I am really hoping that I get home early enough from my doc appt this afternoon to hit the treadmill before we have a meeting with someone about life insurance. That is what I am aiming for... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:07:16 EST Day 8 Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610302 I am so dang sore today I'm just amazed. My legs hurt just sitting here. My butt hurts just sitting here. Even my arms hurt... from running! UGH. I am shocked at how sore I am but I guess running sprints on an incline, even for only 15 seconds at a time, is quite the workout. <BR> <BR> So I know when I started this challenge I said I would do 4:30am workouts every day for 21 days. I may not be getting my workouts in at that time, but it is such a huge accomplishment for me to get up ev... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:20:12 EST One week down... 2 more to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609322 Well, I have successfully gotten up every morning for 7 days and gotten a workout in! I am feeling awfully proud. I haven't stuck with 4:30 workouts every morning, but I've made SO much progress! <BR> <BR> The last 2 days I saw the hubs off to work then climbed back into bed. This is a serious no-no, but I did it. The plus side? I did what is even harder for me, and went back to sleep but still got up early enough to fit in a workout before getting up for work. Yesterday I got up and d... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:55:43 EST 5 days down - 16 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607368 I am so proud of myself right now. I cannot believe I have gotten up and worked out every morning for the last 5 days. Now, they have not all been 4:30am workouts like I wanted, but here's how it has looked the last few days. <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 4:30am workout. 15 min HIIT on treadmill <BR> Day 2 - Had some discomfort in my shin, opted to do planks at 4:30am, and a 45 minute workout after my 1/2 day at work to test out said shin pain. <BR> Day 3 - Saturday... got up at 7:30 and hit the trea... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:27:09 EST Day 2 - Complete...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604408 Day 2 of waking up at 4:30... kind of happened. Something funky happened to my right shin yesterday during my run. It is sore... hurts to walk down stairs. I got up with the hubs and got him off to work. First step done. But my leg was just bothering me so I opted to do a couple of planks then climb back in bed. <BR> <BR> I am going to hit the treadmill when I get home (I only work 3-4 hours on Friday mornings). I plan on walking through a TV show, about 45 minutes. I'll try to do... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:52:34 EST I must be crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603447 I must be crazy because I decided I needed a challenge. So, I challenged myself to 21 days straight of waking up at 4:30am to workout. 4:30 is when my husband leaves for work (and wakes me up for my morning meds) so that is why I chose that horrible hour. <BR> <BR> I work different hours all week, so on days that I work at 10am (rather than 7:30/8) I will be doing a 30 minute HIIT workout on the treadmill. On my earlier days I will be doing a 15 minute HIIT workout on the treadmill. T... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:09:13 EST Hi Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595032 Hey everyone! Happy 2014!! I may have been MIA for a while, but I've been trying to get back on my feet. With the move and the holidays I just let myself go crazy with food and sitting on my butt.... So not a good decision. I have gained back a bunch of weight. A BUNCH. <BR> <BR> My lowest low was 135 last year - I weighed in on 1/1 at 162.4........... I knew that I'd lose a lot of water weight at first, so my goal for January is to get to 150. Last week (before a night away and weeke... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:12:10 EST Sometimes Life Just Gets in the Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515430 Happy Wednesday, everyone!! So, here's what has happened between my last blog and this one... <BR> <BR> We bought a house! And moved. And are still living out of boxes. It takes forever to unpack!!! I made sure the treadmill that we just bought got set up quickly so I could get back to running. We got the treadmill and TV set up in the garage on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I LOVE our new house. I love the little town we live in (just 15 miles from where we were, but a little rural area in the ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:38:40 EST Long Overdue Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487412 Hi everyone!! I promise I'm still here! Things have been oh so crazy in my life lately. Where do I start? <BR> <BR> Well, we survived the half marathon!! Finished in 2 hours and 47 minutes. Not as fast as we wanted, but we survived! We are very proud of ourselves for accomplishing something so great. I can't wait until our next one! <BR> <BR> The last 2 weeks we have been working on buying a house!! We weren't going to do it this soon, but we found something we really love so we are... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:48:55 EST 3 days... 18 hours... 55 minutes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470018 Until our first half marathon!! I cannot believe it. I feel like I could fail miserably. I'm scared!!! I took a week off to recover from my 10 mile run that caused PAINFUL runner's knee. This week I have done a 2.5 and a 3.5 mile run with my coworker. My knees still hurt. So do my feet. <BR> <BR> I am the poster child for "too much, too soon". I know this. But I am NOT about to give up on this one. If I have to call across that finish line I will. Since we are approaching the foot... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:04:18 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453083 Hi friends! It has been a while since an update on how things are going. My diet and exercise have been hit and miss. But I've been good about getting my long runs in. Problem is that those are typically my only exercise. It is no wonder that my 10 mile run on Saturday left me in PAIN. Runner's knee is no joke, I am learning quickly. I am in some serious pain still after icing all weekend. I just want it to go away. It is going to make these last 3 weeks before our half difficult. I... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:23:44 EST Photo Blog of the Greatest Weekend Ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445769 Hiking... sun time... pool time... live entertainment and spa day. Can anybody think of a more perfect weekend?? ME EITHER! <BR> <BR> Hubs and I got up early and drove for 2-1/2 hours to.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1812037263.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We hiked all the way to the top, and then some before my mean ol' blister formed and forced us to finish early. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1219460779.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 22:02:38 EST