MACKIEFISMOM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MACKIEFISMOM MACKIEFISMOM'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/ "The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure." Sven Goran Eriksson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549116 Lately I've been struggling with fear. It's a monster that we all face. It rears its ugly head in different ways for each person. <BR> <BR> There are lots of quotes about fear, but one that spoke to me is: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important." Ambrose Redmoon <BR> <BR> I was fearless when I got married at 20. Fearless when I became a mom at 24 and again at 26. I faced natural, unmedicated childbirth with no fear. Packing everyt... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:25:40 EST 20 miles in October: DONE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522606 Completed my running challenge of 20 miles in October. Actually, I ran 20.5 miles, but I'm not bragging. Just pushed myself a little. Hoping to add another few miles before the month ends!! <BR> <BR> I learned a lot this month! <BR> <BR> 20 things I learned in 20 miles <BR> <BR> 20: I really do love to run! <BR> 19: Running in October in the south is AMAZING!! Warm and dry! <BR> 18: I can make my running and work schedules mesh!! <BR> 17: The 2nd mile is the easiest! <BR> 16: Armadillos li... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:31:46 EST Things I need to figure out, but haven't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503118 I almost said can't. As in can't figure out. Yes, there are things I need to figure out, want to figure out, but haven't been able to or haven't tried hard enough. <BR> <BR> Things like: Why do I avoid running? I love running and thinking about not running makes me sad and want to cry, yet I haven't been able to figure out how to fix my drive. It's gone. I used to thrive on my runs! Run day was the best. Then during a particularly stressful patch in my life, I was stopped from running when ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 02:53:32 EST Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449357 People have the right to believe what they choose: free will. <BR> <BR> I have no other choice but to say God has His hand on my life! <BR> <BR> We got up one morning about 6 months ago and said, "we should move south!" Ha!! Funny thought! Somehow, I now sit in an apartment 1300 miles away! Monday I start a job (one of literally 100s I applied for) that was the only interview I had, and I was hired on the spot. Wait, what?? <BR> <BR> Yes, we put our house up for sale March 1, accepted an ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:34:32 EST CNA: to be or not to be, that is the question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834509 I'm still waiting for an answer. Bummer!! The director of the program is at a conference until Tuesday, then she has more interviews on Wednesday, then she should make decisions on Thursday, and finally call everyone on Friday. <BR> <BR> I went to "orientation" on Wednesday, April 4. The class is scheduled to start on Monday, the 30th. The CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Survey) test went well. I was supposed to answer 25 reading comprehension questions and the results would de... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 09:38:30 EST March Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4791302 Yep, March is here folks. Crazy, but true! <BR> <BR> Life is so incredibly strange these days. I'm STILL adjusting to working full time and struggling with finding balance. <BR> <BR> I've gained some weight, which I'm not happy about. I know some of it is legit, in the way of muscle. Seriously, my arms are jacked!! The part that makes me mad is the part I know I've allowed. I've allowed myself to eat too much at night. A snack monster lurks in my house and rears its ugly head in the evening... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 21:48:24 EST January 2012, I'm still here :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710464 Whoa, this month has been insane!! I started my new job with two days of orientation on January 3rd. <BR> <BR> I was not in a great place a few months ago when I thought about having to work full time outside the home. After being a SAHM for almost 6 years the idea scared me to death!! I prayed and my attitude changed. God opened the door and now I love my job. I'm not making that much, but I'm working hard and it's getting noticed. People from other departments see me working and comment to... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:03:25 EST End of year goals: Final Check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649721 Wow, seriously? January 1, 2012?? <BR> <BR> This is going to be a great year! I start a new job, DH becomes a stay at home dad, DH and I turn 30, we celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, our daughter turns 6, our son turns 4, we pay off our one car loan, and those are only the things I know of today!! <BR> <BR> I have to say that I had some pretty lofty goals for the last 52 days of the year. <BR> <BR> Lose 12.8 lbs to be 140 on 1-1-12. Well, that didn't happen, but I did make it to 145... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:48:44 EST Goal weight? A few questions!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638528 Hello Spark friends and fellow sparkers, <BR> <BR> I know "goal weight" is a very personal thing. Two people of the same gender and height can have two very different goals. <BR> <BR> When I started sparking I thought 150 was a great goal weight. I'd not been that weight in years and was fairly sure I could never get back there again. Surprise! I made that goal and then some. Along the way I've been researching and trying to find my "ideal goal weight." I had picked 135, as that would put m... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 09:24:00 EST End of Year Goals: 7th check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638511 Sunday (actually Monday) 6 days till the end of the year. What a year it's been. Lots of change and still more to come. Much improved body, healthy weight, muscle!!, smaller size clothes, new job, new dog, and more, all while sparking. <BR> <BR> Weigh in: On Sunday, I was 145.4, yep a small gain. I didn't track at all on Thursday until the end of the day, then not much (if at all) since. Family gatherings, kids, hubby, and dogs have come first. Not that I haven't been paying attention to wha... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 09:10:43 EST Rogue!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636647 Well, we finally have her!! We drove 4 1/2 hours one way to get her, but she's ours!! When all was said and done we spent 10-11 hours in the car. YUCK!! <BR> <BR> Tank of gas: $40 <BR> Coffee (for me) and energy drink (for DH) $4 <BR> Bed, food, bowls, toys, and harness: $75 <BR> Having Rogue here for Christmas: Priceless!! <BR> <BR> Yep, we are totally in love! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l914640734.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, she's had accidents. <BR> Yes, she's chew... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 23:20:06 EST End of Year Goals: 6th check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4630611 Sunday, 13 days till the end of the year. That is totally insane to me! Where did the year go? I'm approaching that amazing 1 year sparking milestone and can't wait!! <BR> <BR> Weigh in: 145, oh yeah!! Remaining weigh ins are the 25th and then January 1st. I might just make my goal of 140 by 1-1-12. Who woudda thunk it?? Certainly not me, but it's better to set a goal and try to reach it than stay on the couch and wonder!!! <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes: 355 plus strength training, so not too b... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:04:51 EST Frustrating updates: Rogue and Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625784 So, we found out that Rogue's transport for the 18th fell through. Still waiting to figure out if any other transport will work or if we'll have to wait until January. Still exciting, but frustrating also. <BR> <BR> Job interview went well. Pay is decent, but not enough to cover hubby's full time wage, plus my weekly cleaning income. So, now the dilemma: take a job that means we have to cut $500/month from our expenses OR refuse the job (IF OFFERED) and have no job. <BR> <BR> Cutting $500/m... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:54:23 EST Quick update on ROGUE!!!! Plus a new pic :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624561 So we just found out that she'll be here with us on the 18th or 19th!! We are so stinkin excited. We also found out she had no name at the shelter, she was just a number :( SO we promptly agreed on Rogue and passed it along to her "foster" mom. Still waiting for final details, but right now the plan is for her to leave South Carolina on the 18th! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l15309075.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I loved Rayne, but since that is commonly used in conversation we... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 19:29:14 EST Maybe a bulldog? Gotta see her pic!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623249 Wow, today has been crazy!! <BR> <BR> Here's the scoop. SIL has a friend who owns a dog rescue. SIL got a dog from her about 6 months ago. We were talking about dogs and DH said he would love to have a bulldog some day, but with a $1500 price tag, it probably wouldn't happen. The dog rescue owner said she would keep her eyes out and let us know if she found one. <BR> <BR> The rescue owner got word today of a 1 year old, female, American Bulldog who was going to be put down today. She immedi... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 20:44:48 EST End of Year Goals: 5th check in/DS Birthday pics :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4621637 Sunday, 20 days till the end of the year!! <BR> <BR> Weigh in: 147.0!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wahoo!! -3.2 Can't remember the last time I was 147 lbs!! Amazing! I think most of it is due to not allowing myself to eat after dinner. My system works best when I use my calories during the day and not at night. It's not always easy and sometimes I do eat at night, but for the most part it works. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes: 375, plus strength training. Phew! <BR> <BR> Tracking food: Every day, except today. ... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:22:54 EST End of Year Goals: 4th check in/Cake Pics :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612343 Sunday, 27 days till the end of the year. <BR> <BR> Weigh in: 150.2, yep had a bad week and gained 1.4. BOO!! I could be all glum and sad, but I know what I need to do and having a goal is motivating. So, 10.2 lbs to goal with 4 weigh ins to go. Yeah, probably not going to happen, but I'm still fighting. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes: 395, plus strength training. Oh yeah, baby!! <BR> <BR> Tracking food: Yep, though I can't say it was pretty. Monday over, Tuesday over, Friday over, and Saturd... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 20:42:14 EST End of Year Goals: 3rd check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4601178 Sunday, 34 days till end of the year. Whoa? Where did the year go? <BR> <BR> Weigh in: 148.8!! Seriously? I LOST a pound during Thanksgiving week?? Oh yeah I DID!! 8.8 lbs to go. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes: 325, not too bad considering it was Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Tracking food: Even on Thanksgiving!!! Went over a bit, but enjoyed the day with family and a 2 mile walk :) <BR> <BR> Healthy dessert option: Made two crustless pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving. YUM! My dad was the only one to co... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 12:28:25 EST End of Year Goals: 2nd check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4592596 Sunday, 41 days till end of the year. <BR> <BR> Weigh in: 149.8!! Down 1.6 and back in the 140s!!! 9.8 lbs to go!! <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes: Last week was even better! 340 fitness minutes, plus strength training. I'm at 1136 for the month, so far. Definately can reach my 1200 per month goal!! <BR> <BR> Tracking food: This has been super helpful! I've been tracking all along, but not everything. I'd track so it all looked pretty, but then I'd eat something and not want to mess up my totals... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 15:04:28 EST My SWEATER!!! Picto-blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4588719 Last year I wanted a zip up sweatshirt, with a hood, and thumb holes. Of course I couldn't find one, so I decided to use my Christmas gift card to make one, so I bought yarn and appropriate sized DPNs (double pointed needles.) <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l596836727.jpg"> <BR> Tried to find a pattern, but could only find one in 12-24 month size. Thus began the journey to the perfect sweater. <link>www.tricksyknitter.com/pages/bakery/<BR>toddler-raglan-hoodie-6.php </li... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 13:58:37 EST End of Year Goals: 1st check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582733 Ok, so Sunday. Only 48 days till the end of the year. <BR> <BR> Weigh in day: 151.4. Down 1.4 and on my way to my 140 goal!! 11.4 lbs to go. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes: Last week I racked up 331 cardio minutes, plus strength training. Off to a good start. <BR> <BR> Tracking food: Been tracking everything. Not super happy with some of the numbers, but it's catalyst for change. One day was over due to stupid Papa John's Cinnapie. Did you know it has 560 calories in 4 little pieces??? AND 90 G... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 20:24:58 EST 52 days till the end of the year: GOALS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576876 While reading some motivational articles today (see links below), I decided that I needed to give myself some goals for the last 7 weeks of 2011. I've come a long way since I started Sparking on 1-17-11, but I still have a ways to go. I'm not complaining, don't get me wrong. While I haven't always enjoyed the journey, I have learned about myself, done new things, fallen down ten times, and gotten up eleven. <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> I counted, starting tomorrow (11-10) and there are only 52 da... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 19:04:50 EST Job update :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4574626 Well, nothing is for sure, but we have a lead on a job for hubby. It would be at a local hospital and would be working with math/numbers, which he loves. We think the job would be almost enough to cover all of our lost income. We are waiting for the official job posting and then he will apply. We have connections in the HR department, which we hope will help! <BR> <BR> A huge weight has been taken from hubby. He isn't as worried about paying the mortgage and feeding his family. This isn't t... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 12:39:01 EST When it rains, it pours!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571231 It's trueI Better get out my umbrella, cause, baby, it's pouring!! <BR> <BR> Wednesday night I broke a molar. I was able to get a temporary filling, but have to wait till the 30th to get a real filling. <BR> <BR> We found out Friday that my husband's company is changing hands. We don't know when or the specific details, but we do know we will both lose our jobs. (I clean the office on the weekend. Not much, but it helps!!) It could be next week or it could be at the end of the year. We don'... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 14:44:26 EST My First 5K race: A Picto-blog :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560366 So, I signed up for this Trick or Treat 5K trail run a few months ago. Little did I know that when I woke up on race day I would see this. . . <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l250813559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SNOW!!! Yes, 5 plus inches of heavy, wet snow!! Yes, in October!!! My poor fruit tree is so confused, it still has green leaves!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873402609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The race was scheduled to start at 9am, but was postpone... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 20:16:07 EST It's ME, then food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4557171 I woke up and stepped on the scale. 151.4!! Woo Hoo!! This week I chose ME over food. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I was 151.6. Last week I was not happy with the number I saw, 154.2. I had a bad week and let myself eat what I felt like eating. I let food have control in my life. I chose food over me. This morning it hit me. I need to choose ME first, then food. I can't keep choosing food and expecting me to keep changing. I need to put myself first and choose ME. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:09:19 EST What I ate. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4549428 100 Day Breaking Dawn Countdown "Team Bella Challenge" <BR> <BR> I just have to say I've been dreading this blog. Yes, I helped make this challenge, but that doesn't mean I have it all figured out. Just the opposite, this is my biggest struggle. <BR> <BR> What did I eat?? I'd really love to tell you about the wonderful orange I ate after my run today. It was juicy, sweet, and a healthy way to recharge after a long run. However, I think it will be more beneficial for me to tell you about the... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 16:07:39 EST Guess what?? A pic is worth a thousand words. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4538447 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l9381572.jpg"> <BR> Today I ran 4, yes FOUR miles. First time ever and in 42 min 47 seconds. I was aiming for 40 minutes, but I'll take my time and smile :) Just me and the road. Well, me, my cell phone, my pepper spray, and the road. <BR> <BR> FYI It is actually HARDER to breathe when the wind is forcing air into your lungs!! Oh, and the wind hates me. Blew in my face the whole run!! Sun, 16 Oct 2011 18:51:17 EST Then and now, how things change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512067 Recently I was cleaning the cupboard under the bathroom sink. Eww, the worst job ever, well, maybe toilets are worse, but still. To the point. I found a note, from a previous failed weight loss attempt, with measurements! <BR> <BR> I didn't start taking measurements with SP right away, so my starting figures have been unknowns for me. The note is dated 3/30, but no year. I'm guessing it was 2009, since my DS was born in 2008. Anyway, when I took measurements today I took out the old note to ... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 12:37:25 EST ALICE blog for Team Bella http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510210 Ok, a blog about a non-scale accomplishment. This should be interesting. . . <BR> <BR> Dinner the other night. I made a family fave and could have had a full serving and been within my calorie range, but I would have been lacking in protein and carbs. I decided earlier in the day to have half a serving, fresh tomatos, and green beans for dinner. Making that choice left me enough calories to have cheese and blueberries for an afternoon snack, plus it made all my ranges happy!! <BR> <BR> Plus... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:33:40 EST Morning run cut short. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4508092 by some creep-tacular guy in a four door blue car. He drove by me, no biggie, cars go by all the time. The creepy part was that he stopped farther down the road. When I saw him, he was leaning against the front quarter panel of his car, smoking, with his the door open, and the car running. My intuition flickered and my mind started thinking about self-defense. I've run this road twice a week since the end of March. My family and I walk this road 3-5 times per week. This is a "safe" road. Norm... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 08:47:36 EST The Quest to a *Perfect* Sweater w/pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4494944 Well, last year I decided I wanted a zip/button up sweater/sweatshirt with a hood and long thumb hole cuffs. Yeah, right! Couldn't find one anywhere!! I was given a gift card to a craft store for Christmas and decided I'd make a sweater. <BR> <BR> Bought black yarn and scrounged through two giant boxes of buttons to find the *perfect* buttons. <BR> Big or. . . <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109059065.jpg"> <BR> small. I like options :) <BR> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:31:09 EST Twilight Challenge Team Non-Scale Victory Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477752 There are so many that I decided to just list one for each letter in my name :) <BR> <BR> R - Running has come from this journey. I didn't magically lose more weight after I started running, but I still love every run. Even the hard ones make me smile!! In fact, I just this week signed up for my first official 5K!! It's a Trick or Treat run and should be fun. <BR> <BR> A - Attractiveness to my hubby. Though he has always told me I'm beautiful and he loves me no matter what, he definately ha... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 20:16:30 EST A-Z list for my Twilight Challenge Team Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4473605 My A-Z list for my Twilight Challenge Team Blog <BR> <BR> A. Age: 29 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C. Chore you dislike: Mopping the floors!! <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: Riddick, mini dachshund and totally crazy <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: Depends on my mood! Some days coffee, other days black tea with ff half and half and 1t sugar :) <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: Blue or Purple <BR> <BR> G. Gold or silver: I'm an old fashioned gold girl. <BR> <BR> H. Height: 5 ft 6.5 i... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 12:46:00 EST Running Clothes $20, Vibrams $100, THIS PIC. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426314 PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l139399019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This run is dedicated to my brother, who is currently in Iraq. <BR> <BR> Also, a huge thanks to everyone who continues to support me!! Love you all!!! Sun, 14 Aug 2011 14:29:18 EST Preliminary Blood Work Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4420450 Yesterday, late afternoon, my doctor's nurse called. She said another provider looked over my results. My fasting blood glucose levels were a bit elevated, just like last time, but that they came down after I ate. She said that was good. She said the other provider recommended that I keep walking, watch my diet, and lose weight. <BR> <BR> Ok, apparently the other provider failed to notice my 21 lb weight loss, as noted in my chart. I'm still losing, but not sure that the remaining 6 lbs (to ... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 09:44:02 EST No test results, but I got booty. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4414838 Pirate booty that is!! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm still waiting for the doctor's call about my latest blood test results. It's kind of maddening that the results have been available since shortly after I had the blood drawn on Thursday and I still don't know them. My doctor is so great that I don't begrudge her some vacation time. I just wish she'd call. <BR> <BR> While I've been waiting (as patiently as possible) all weekend I've been busy :) In honor of our upcoming trip to Disney and our stay a... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:53:58 EST Stages of grief? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4382395 I'm no longer terrified. I've had time to process the test results, realize the possible outcomes, and see the positive side of the situation. <BR> <BR> My dad has Type 2 diabetes. He was diagnosed 10+ years ago. I know the routine. The finger sticking, the blood sugar checking, the eating well, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight. I know it's not a death sentence. It can not be cured, but one can live a long, healthy life with proper management. <BR> <BR> I felt like something had... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 09:27:11 EST Terrified http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4376689 Just got word from my doctor's office that my fasting glucose levels were elevated. Have to go back for another 12 hour fasting blood draw, then eat, then go back 2 hours later for a second blood draw to rule out diabetes. My worst fear. <BR> <BR> My dad has Type 2 and I've always been scared of being diagnosed with diabetes. <BR> <BR> I'm finally healthy and exercising, eating well, normal BMI, healthy weight, and now I get the call that I've been dreading. <BR> <BR> Please God, no. I can... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:12:38 EST Wait, it's my 6 month SparkVersary??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4368609 Seriously?? It's been 6 months today since I joined Spark People?? Wow, where has the time gone? I knew this milestone was approaching, but literally just realized it. Here I am, in my sweaty running clothes, thinking about the last 6 months. Half a year, 182.5 days, 26 weeks, 4380 hours, and a totally new perspective. <BR> <BR> I guess I want to reflect on where I've been and what I've learned thus far. <BR> <BR> Six things I'm thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1) Spark Friends!! You are amazing an... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 19:31:56 EST Yes, I gained 2 pounds and I'm happy! I even have pics to prove it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4352768 For the last two weeks we've been on vacation. We've: <BR> <BR> gone to a Red Sox game, <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l914240251.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l663708781.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l611607591.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l360233967.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l455932493.jpg"> <BR> <BR> spent a day at the ocean, <BR> ... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 10:05:32 EST Best run EVER!!! Not the fastest, THE BEST!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4323805 I feel amazing!! Yes, hot and sweaty after an afternoon run, but so good!! <BR> <BR> . <em>198</em> <em>312</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I started running around the end of March. I just decided to run one day and so I did. I ran as far as I could then would walk, then run, then walk, etc. My time was "slow" but hey, I was new to this running thing. <BR> <BR> My times slowly got better and better. I run a one mile out, one mile back section of road near my house. I have no particular go... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:23:06 EST Strength Training: Is it worth the time?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4288497 I'm here to tell you that it is!! <BR> <BR> Rewind 6 months. <BR> Me at 178 lbs, size 12. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l412808239.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175061368.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Me today 154.8 lbs, wearing size 6 capris!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l656118368.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l122792332.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 18:38:43 EST A running feat I didn't even know I had accomplished!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4248976 My brother gave me a gift certificate to Maine Running Company as a birthday gift, after I told him about a pain I'd been having in the back of my ankle. He asked what kind of running shoes I had and if they offered enough support and cushioning. Well, I started running in my Vibram Five Fingers and it worked out well, so I kept it up. Plus, I've never been much of a sneaker person. However, taking his "seasoned runner" advice I was excited to get professionally fit for running shoes. <BR> <... Sun, 22 May 2011 14:50:12 EST My brain LIES. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4241661 Yes, sad but true. My brain is a liar. Even sadder is that it took me this long to see it. I believed my brain's lies for years!! <BR> <BR> My brain tells me: EPIC FAIL. Your run was sub-par and slow. Well, tonight I FOUGHT BACK!!! I told my brain to stop its lies. Yes, my run was slow. Yes, I was disappointed that I wasn't at my normal speed and time, but it was in no way an epic fail. I kept going, cramp and all. I didn't stop. Yes, I slowed to a walk twice, but I kept going. My time was 1... Wed, 18 May 2011 17:43:23 EST 17 weeks with Spark = A happier, healthier, and 20 pound lighter ME!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4233655 178 to 157.8!!!!!! Yep, 20 pounds gone!! Wow, I am amazed. I feel great, I look great, and at 25.4 I'm 0.5 from a healthy BMI. I haven't seen the 150s since. . .umm. . .maybe when I was doing Weight Watchers about 6 years ago, MAYBE. Before then it was easily in high school or middle school. <BR> <BR> I've dropped 1 size, maybe 2. I was "always" a size 12, but actually got rid of almost all my clothes and replaced them with size 10 and Sm/Med!!! I even wonder some times if I could be an 8. <... Sun, 15 May 2011 10:12:56 EST 19:49 FASTEST 2 MILES YET!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4210604 Yep, I ran my fastest 2 miles yet tonight. 19:49!!!! The first mile was 9:55, the second mile 9:54. I've been averaging about 20:30 lately. <BR> <BR> I decided to try something new tonight and instead of strapping on my Vibram's, I laced up my fairly old Adidas sneakers. Whether the shoes, the pouring rain, the change in music, or just me pushing myself were the reason, I don't care. I rocked it out!! I truly love running in the rain and am always excited when I get the opportunity. <BR> <B... Wed, 4 May 2011 19:17:22 EST Some revelations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4198456 So, after a kinda tough week, I decided to do something I rarely (ok, never) do. ME TIME!! Real me time, away from the house ALONE :) <BR> <BR> After a week or so of bad sleeping, last night I finally slept fairly well. Not great, but much better. I woke feeling refreshed and ready to go. <BR> <BR> Since the sun was out, I decided to head to a nearby college track, then Starbucks. While at the track I learned a few things about myself. First, I am NOT a track person. When I normally run it'... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:21:34 EST An Ode to the Infamous 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4165104 Oh 28 you were so great! <BR> A brand new house and a visit from Nate!! <BR> <BR> We took a vacation, very grand. <BR> Family in tow like our own caravan. <BR> <BR> We fed some giraffes, swam in the pool. <BR> Had fun on the playground, yep we were cool. <BR> <BR> One babe had a birthday and she turned four, <BR> we partied hard with princesses galore. <BR> <BR> The other sweet babe turned two, OH JOY, <BR> Iron Man mask, gloves, and arc reactor were his fav new toys. <BR> <BR> We celebr... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:03:48 EST 15 lbs gone, but not forgotten. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4138192 Well, when I got on the scale this morning, I expected good things. I weighed on Thursday to see if I had met my March goal. I was 162.2! Great! Then I got on this morning and 163, what?? That means I lost 1.2, then gained 0.8??? Huh?? That doesn't even make sense, so I'll just say it's probably hormones and leave it at that. <BR> <BR> THEN, I realized that being at 163 means I've officially lost 15 lbs since starting SP!!! Now, THAT is something to celebrate!! That is what will keep me goin... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 08:35:53 EST