MAKINACHANGE4ME's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MAKINACHANGE4ME MAKINACHANGE4ME'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/ Making the Most of Being Stuck in a Conference Room...YUCK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209181 So we've started this crazy new project at work. It's one of those projects -- you know, lots of people (but somehow not enough), huge budget (that we'll manage to blow with customizations), and an impossible timeline. Unfortunately, that seems to be every project I work on these days, so nothing new. <BR> <BR> What has me in a funk for this one right now is we're in the Requirements Definition phase. It's only Tuesday and I've already worked 24 hours this week. And most of it has been s... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:31:55 EST Which Fundraising Endurance Event Do I Want to Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193997 <BR> For whatever reason, I feel the need to sign up for 1 event each year that not only allows me to do some form of exercise, but also fundraise. Past events include a Half Marathon (with Team in Training) and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. <BR> <BR> This year, I'm on the fence. I'm really interested in doing the Nike Women's Half Marathon in DC in May with Team in Training. I'm also trying to decide if I want to walk the 3-day again here in Atlanta, or maybe the Avon Breast Ca... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:33:57 EST No Black Eyed Peas or Collards Here - Chicken BLT Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184752 Our family lives in the South. We may the only ones that I know who didn't cook ham hocks, black eyed peas and collard greens. I'm sure my hubby is a little disappointed we didn't go to his sister's house to eat them. Personally, I don't love them (even if they are supposed to bring you good luck). <BR> <BR> Instead of the typical black eyed peas and collards, we tried a new recipe from Cooking Light for dinner. We made the Chicken BLT Salad recipe from Jan/Feb issue that has Chicken 2... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:41:53 EST 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182856 Over the years, I've had New Years Resolutions that have ranged from big lists to only one goal. This year's list is short and sweet. <BR> <BR> I will work less hours at work so I can have better work/life balance and spend more time with my family. <BR> <BR> I will take the Alaska trip with my mom in May. <BR> <BR> I will save for some form of family vacation this year. <BR> <BR> I will find 5 things to be happy about every day. <BR> <BR> I will participate in another non-profit charit... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:34:14 EST Flu and Ear Infection are No Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179208 There's only one way to put it...yuck. Yesterday I tested positive for the flu and also was told I have an ear infection. Definitely have felt better, but already feeling so much better than yesterday. Laying low -- I really don't have the energy to do anything else. Hoping this goes away quickly so I'll be able to enjoy what's left of my time off. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:43:20 EST Thinking ahead to the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176801 Now that we're planning for a new year, I'm starting a new plan for me. I tend to have these on again/off again bouts of motivation. I think part of my challenge is I tend to go too strong and it's not sustainable. As I work on planning my goals for the upcoming year, I need to do a better job of balancing everything so I don't burn out. Just thinking about a few....there's opportunities in everything. <BR> <BR> Family: they're what keeps me grounded. Need to find better balance there ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:19:21 EST Female Body Breakthrough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792676 I finished reading the Female Body Breakthrough by Rachel Cosgrove. I'm excited to see how I do with this program. With all that had happened, I had completely been irregular about my strength training. <BR> <BR> I'm also watching my nutrition more than I'd been. I know I was not getting enough fruits and veggies, but I'm back at it. Always amazes me how much better I feel when I actually eat right. <BR> <BR> Eager to kick thi of. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 22:23:22 EST Returning After a Long Time Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768855 I first joined Spark People almost 3 years ago. Wow! But I hadn't logged in in over 6 months. (My last status update said 240 days ago, so I'm guessing that was my last time). Not really sure why I hadn't. Actually, that's not true. I know I didn't because I had so many different things going on. My dad died, my son spent 4 months in the hospital (3 of those consecutive until about a week ago). The reality is all of this should have been all the more reason to log in and make sure I h... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 16:59:20 EST Frustrated Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311797 I'm a little frustrated this evening. Over the past few months, I'd fallen off the wagon when it comes to tracking nutrition, but definitely have continued to track my fitness. I'd monitored it, but I really wasn't tracking consistently throughout the day. <BR> <BR> I've crept up about 3 lbs, but my workouts have increased after I switched things up about 2 weeks ago. I'm trying not to be frustrated because I really do think this is water weight. While the scale shows a higher number, I ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:41:27 EST Love my Pilates Reformer Sessions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309313 Shortly before the holidays, my hubby and I switched gyms. As part of our membership, you get the usual fitness evaluation, where they weigh you, check your body fat and see how flexible you are. Well, they could all use some improvement, but my worst thing has always been my flexibility, or should I say lack of it. <BR> <BR> Well, of course they tried to push the training sessions, but what was surprising was that for me, they were recommending Pilates over the training sessions. When I ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 22:09:21 EST Countdown to 40 -- It's all about Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4299120 I guess now that I'm a little over a week until my 40th birthday, I'm looking back at things and noticing how I view things differently. I remember when I turned 30, I was a bit bummed about it. I mean after all, when I was a kid and picturing myself at 30-- you were just old at 30...anything beyond that didn't matter, old was old. <BR> <BR> When I turned 30, I probably weighed about 15 lbs less than I do now, but I definitely do not think I was healthier. I ate junk. I definitely drank ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 21:26:57 EST Joining a 90-Day Challenge at My Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4140021 <BR> <BR> I swear as I get closer to my 40th birthday, it seems harder to see some changes. As far as weight goes, plateau doesn't even begin to describe it. I am trying to stay positive because I'm down 2 sizes since Christmas, but so frustrating. I was a little irritated by what my body fat percentage said today -- I don't get that especially being down 2 sizes, but whatever. Focus on the good, not the bad. <BR> <BR> My gym is having a 90-day Weight Loss Challenge starting next weeke... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 22:47:25 EST March Measurement Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4069347 I still track my measurements every month. I used to be better about posting the progress -- something about it made me more accountable. I can actually look back and see that when I stopped posting them I also became much more lax in everything and that's when I gained. <BR> <BR> So here's my update: <BR> <BR> Weight: down 1.8 since last month, down 1.8 since 1/9, up 8.2 from March 2010 (ouch -- but 10lbs is my final goal) <BR> <BR> Waist: down .25 since last month, down 1 since 1/9... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 22:26:46 EST Shrinking Size http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4066217 Last night, I went to take my daughter for a little Retail Therapy. Today's her birthday and I told her she could get a new outfit at her favorite store because she really needed some pants -- she's in elementary school, so we ended up a Justice. <BR> <BR> Once we were done there, I decided to step in to Coldwater Creek, which is just across the little walkway. While Coldwater Creek may not be your choice, I find that it works for me -- I'm going to be 40 in June and I can wear everythin... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 13:23:24 EST The Words Mean More Than The Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4060597 I haven't been logging in to SP as much, BUT, that doesn't mean I haven't been any less accountable. I've been tracking my food, tracking my fitness, etc. Since 12/30, I'm down almost 10 lbs. In a few days, I'll be checking my measurements for the month, but that's where I'm noticing the biggest change - as pants I could barely button a month ago, are now a little loose. <BR> <BR> Funny thing about that last part, people at work have been asking what I'm doing. I also had some tell me ... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 13:28:07 EST What you think you crave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3961123 So the other day a strange thing happened to me. I haven't had ice cream in months. I wanted chocolate ice cream from Bruster's. I didn't just want it, this was definitely craving and nothing else was going to satisfy that sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> So hubby and I piled the family in the car. (Hubby is down 30 lbs so he would have been fine if we hadn't gone to get it). Long story short, there's no words to describe how disappointed I was with the ice cream. I'd been craving this smooth c... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:08:01 EST A Day of the "Blahs" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3927942 <BR> I'm not sure if it's the weather, or that I'm tired, or who knows maybe beginning to fight some sort of bug (didn't feel so hot this morning)....whatever it is, I just feel blah. That's never a good day for me. I tend to not want to plan for focus and often end up being discouraged by the outcome. <BR> <BR> Instead of just accepting that today, I am still trying to focus. I planned out the next 3 family dinners. All ingredients are acquired. Fortunately, everything is easy enough ... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 15:56:38 EST Sneaking in extra veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3915535 <BR> Today was another snow day. As much as I loved being home, 2 days of being trapped because of snow and ice isn't fun. It's also looking to be another day like that tomorrow. Yuck! <BR> <BR> One thing that's really been great is having extra time for food prep so I can sneak extra veggies in to meals. (more veggies is one of my goals for the family). I do a bunch on the weekend, but midweek I start to need more and often get home where doing a large batch during the week is a chall... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:59:50 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3909538 With the new year, it's been time to sit down and evaluate my goals again. I spent some time thinking about things that work well for me and things that don't. <BR> <BR> 1. Track my nutrition: I'm not always great about entering it online. I use a food journal (yes, actual paper) and find I'm much more consistent. The fact that I'm on WW again helps me. Love the new Points Plus program because it takes more in to consideration than it has in the past. <BR> <BR> 2. Consistent fitness... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:21:39 EST Measurement Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3627227 <BR> Time to hold myself accountable with measurements again. <BR> <BR> Weight is up 1.8 lbs since last month's measurements. <BR> Waist is down 1" since last month. <BR> Abdomen down .5" since last month <BR> Hips down .5" since Aug <BR> Arm down .25" in since last month <BR> No change in thigh <BR> Calf down 1" Sat, 11 Sep 2010 08:37:51 EST Recipe Test: Clean Eating's Individual Chicken "Pot Pies" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3513446 I haven't created a blog post in awhile, but I've still been trying various recipes. Today I decided to go back through some old copies of Clean Eating and try some that maybe I had decided to skip over when I first started reading the magazine. <BR> <BR> Tonight we tried the Individual Chicken "Pot Pies" on page 71 of the Nov/Dec 2009 magazine. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> Filling: <BR> Olive Oil Cooking Spray <BR> 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced <BR> 1 large yellow oni... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 20:30:54 EST Accountability Time -- Owning the Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3421297 <BR> It's Accountability time. The past 2 months definitely took a hit on my progress. Back at it and time to get back on track and keep the momentum going: <BR> <BR> Weight: Up 5 lbs from 2 months ago (YIKES!) Up 2.4 from January. (Note: I didn't track it in my measurements spreadsheet and lost the specifics when I reset everything). No excuses tho...I know exactly how this happened. Definitely back to tracking everything here! <BR> <BR> Waist: Down .25" from 6/2, Down 1.25" from ... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:00:02 EST Back to the Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3375935 Now that we're past the funeral, we're starting to get back to our normal routine. We definitely need it. I think we had become accustomed to the grazing. I'm ready to be back to eating a more balanced diet. <BR> <BR> I hit the new Publix today and stocked up on fruits and veggies! I'm planning to make the turkey lasagna recipe that the family likes from the American Heart Association cookbook. It's also loaded with spinach and mushrooms. It makes yummy leftovers too! <BR> <BR> On t... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 15:39:16 EST The Food Parade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3362871 <BR> Wow, the number of comments of support on my blog after my FIL's passing has been amazing. This again just goes to show how supportive SP really is. Thanks so much! They were truly appreciated! <BR> <BR> We've also received great support from friends. We'd definitely would have been overwhelmed had it not been for two of my really good friends. They've been so great with helping with the kids where needed (carpool to summer camp, etc). Just amazing! <BR> <BR> And all the food we... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:33:08 EST Cancer Sucks -- Sad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3348727 <BR> We knew it was coming, but that doesn't really seem to make it easier. My father-in-law passed away this morning. He was truly a fighter and fought it to the end. I'm glad he's not suffering any more. <BR> <BR> We're really feeling shocked still. Today was more of an auto-pilot day. Some things that had to be resolved with hospice. Preparing arrangements for the funeral, etc. There's a lot of out of town family planning to come so at this point, it'll be next week before the ser... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 21:11:03 EST Tried Another New Recipe from Clean Eating -- Sweet & Sour Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3328249 This past week has been super crazy. My Father-in-Law was moved to hospice this week. We had 2 ER visits and pediatrician visits for my son (all for the same GI thing that may still require an additional procedure). I had a crazy day trip to Chicago yesterday. It's good to be home and back to our regular semi-normal world of chaos -- I even had a chance to try another recipe in the July/August Clean Eating Magazine. <BR> <BR> Today's recipe was Sweet & Sour Chicken on page 63. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 22:17:29 EST A New Day = A New Recipe (Clean Eating Mexican 5-Layer Dip) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3307499 <BR> To keep with my recent theme, I tried another recipe from the current issue of Clean Eating. This time it was the Mexican 5-Layer Dip. (I don't have the page # today because I'm too lazy to go downstairs). <BR> <BR> This was the first time I'd ever soaked/cooked my own pinto beans. That might be a shock for some people, but I definitely grew up with the thought of open the can of refried beans to use that for a dip. Not this time! Such a huge difference this had in the sodium cont... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 22:04:34 EST Tried a new Clean Eating Recipe -- Cajun Jambalaya http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3304505 I'm feeling a bit like a food critic lately with all of my trying and commenting on new recipes. Critic may not be the best description since I don't write detailed reviews, but I feel like I'm definitely giving things a start rating. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's a helpful distraction with all that's still going on with my Father-in-law's 4th week in the hospital after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer -- and not yet at a point where he can be released for hospice. <BR> <BR> So to continue ... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 22:01:55 EST Clean Eating Salsa Burgers - YUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3286241 It must be Clean Eating Magazine new recipe weekend in my home, because I tried another one. <BR> <BR> I bought the latest on Thursday night and finally got a chance to sit down and read it. I noticed that there were all these rave reviews of the Almond Butter Chocolate Chip cookies in there so I figured I had to try it. Some of us in the Eat Clean Spark Team have a message forum thread going and, I'll leave it at if you haven't tried it (and aren't allergic to tree nuts) you should try it... Mon, 31 May 2010 20:36:33 EST Grateful that Exercise Helps Relieve Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3280515 <BR> Isn't it amazing to see how much exercise can help you deal with the stress in your life. I mean I know it, and I've been relieved when it has before, but there's something so validating when you see a source like the Mayo Clinic say it too. <BR> <BR> http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercis<BR>e-and-stress/SR00036 <BR> <BR> As things become even more hectic with my father-in-law's advanced state of pancreatic cancer, I'm glad I have this outlet. <BR> <BR> Not much else to say right... Sat, 29 May 2010 19:16:05 EST Keeping Emotional Eating in Check This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3251866 It's definitely been a crazy week. They're definitely calling my father-in-law's tumor pancreatic cancer -- and it's the size of a cantaloupe. The original thought was that he'd have surgery to remove it. Long story short, they didn't (but they did do a gastric bypass today) and they've officially given him 6 months. We've been down that road before and don't want to get hung up in that part. He's had a great life and at this point we just want him to be able to enjoy whatever time he ha... Thu, 20 May 2010 21:28:30 EST waiting to hear if FIL has pancreatic cancer :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3236652 I don't have a lot to say today other than I'm sick of learning a loved one has this kind of cancer or that kind of cancer. Seriously, enough is enough. At this point, I think I have a better chance of counting those that haven't been touched by it than those that have -- or at least the list might be shorter. <BR> <BR> Latest is the suspicion that my Father-in-law might have pancreatic cancer. At this point, no one has officially said it, but 2 of this other doctors have both said all in... Sun, 16 May 2010 22:18:00 EST Observations for where I need to improve the routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3191345 I'm still balancing out the new routine, but I'm getting there. I've been getting up at the crack of dawn and getting in some fitness. I've been packing my lunch, planning meals ahead, etc. I'm making some observations along the way. Let's call them areas for improvement: <BR> <BR> Observation #1: it's a fine line between leaving super early, beating the traffic and exercising at the gym and getting up early, exercising in the burbs and then the miserable commute in. Weird thing is I a... Mon, 3 May 2010 22:14:33 EST April Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3133547 It's measurement time again...last measurements were 3/10. To be consistent, I'll show change from last month and change since beginning of the year (well 1/4, but close enough. With that...here we go (helps keep me accountable) <BR> <BR> Waist: same as 3/10, down 1.5" since 1/4 <BR> <BR> Abdomen: down .25" since 3/10, down 1.5" since 1/4 <BR> <BR> Hips: down .75" since 3/10, down 2.75" since 1/4 (woohoo! go me! I measured this 3 times -- even at different points today to be sure) <B... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:11:22 EST Keeping Focused Through the Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3131075 What a whirlwind week. I started my new job this week. I really like it so far. It looks like i'm going to be jumping right in. I'll have ownership, learn new things and things seem to move quickly. All just the way I like it. <BR> <BR> The one thing I don't like is my commute. When it's good, it's about an hour. When it's bad, it's well over an hour and a half. Reality is I need to leave no later than 6:40am so I get there sometime between 7:30 and 8. I do that so I can leave by 5... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 21:20:51 EST Hubby's Stress Test is Normal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3097567 <BR> Hubby had his stress test today. Whew! Everything was normal! Such a relief! I'm also very pleased that he still plans to exercise and eat healthier (he's bad when it's things I don't cook). I must admit, I think some of his food choices were better than mine today. Stupid dark chocolate covered almonds are too much of a temptation on stressful day! <BR> <BR> Thankful for such wonderful news! Thu, 8 Apr 2010 22:13:03 EST Hubby's Heart Scare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3082920 Our Easter weekend started off scary, but ended well. All the more reason to be grateful. <BR> <BR> We were at church on Good Fri when all of a sudden DH said he wanted to go. Turns out he was having chest pains. He was trying to down play it. I ended up taking him to the closest ER where, of course, he was seen immediately. The initial ECG (or is it EKG? I always confuse those) was normal. His vitals were all normal. So we started down the path of the cardiac enzyme test. 90 min lat... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 14:22:39 EST My Love/Hate Relationship with Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3042708 <BR> OK, I admit it, I have a love/hate relationship with Spring. Especially after this winter, I'm so excited to see spring finally arriving. Yet, because I have allergies, I hate it. <BR> <BR> My allergies hit me hard while I was in FL last week and I just haven't fully rebounded yet. I'm allergic to everything. I get shots, I take zyrtec. I carry an epi-pen. All that fun stuff that comes with being allergic to everything. <BR> <BR> Normally, I get through it and really don't have ... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:21:10 EST New Nephew and made it to FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2999725 Yay! My sister-in-law gave birth this morning. I now have a new nephew! I'm so excited for them. Ha...my daughter (who just turned 5) is excited that there is a baby, but apparently she was holding out hope for a girl. She's already asked my other brother and sister-in-law if they will give her a baby girl cousin any time soon. Gotta love kids...it's all about them and they don't hold back. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm in FL now. I'm in Naples again at my usual hotel. I said no to the yummy... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 22:07:26 EST Waiting for my new niece/nephew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2995538 <BR> Lots of excitement today...my sister-in-law is in labor. Actually, she went in last night around 11pm. Still waiting. This will be my first niece/nephew on my side of the family. (all the others have been on hubby's side and are older). My youngest just turned 5 so I'm ready to spoil a niece or nephew again! <BR> <BR> Too bad I have to travel for business this week, I'd rather travel to see family (although they'll be overwhelmed enough on their own). I find that when I have to tr... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 16:14:05 EST Today Was Measurement Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2981975 It's measurement time again. I last took them 2/13 so I'm reporting change against last month and change since the beginning of the year. <BR> <BR> Waist -- down .25" since 2/13, down 1.5" since 1/4. <BR> Abdomen -- down .25" since 2/13, down 1.25" since 1/4 <BR> Hips - no change since 2/13, down 2" since 1/4 <BR> upper arm -- no change. still the same but getting more shape <BR> Thigh -- down .25" since 2/13, down .75" since 1/4 (I wish I had numbers before my half..curious how different... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:23:11 EST Ten Things I'm Grateful for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2944066 Just joined the SP Challenge for the month on Emotional Health. Nothing wrong with having better emotional healthy. So here's looking at the positive with Ten Things I'm Grateful For: (these are in no particular order) <BR> <BR> 1. My family -- They may be the source of some of my stresses, but they are truly my joy in this world. I can not imagine life without my husband and kids. Or without my parents and brothers and their wives. Love my family. <BR> <BR> 2. My health -- my fami... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 15:55:37 EST Ready for a break, but coping with reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2932356 You know those days where you're just ready for a break? Well, it's one of those days. <BR> <BR> I've got a new project at work. It's not bad, just frustrating where my client doesn't really have a vision for this particular effort and isn't really open to guidance, but needs something by the end of the month. Not gonna happen. It's like pulling teeth to get requirements out of them. That in itself isn't really the issue, but my client is a Fortune 100 company, who currently has 25 proje... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 18:33:27 EST P90X -- Week 1, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2913229 <BR> Today was Week 1 Day 1 of P90X Lean, where I completed Core Synergisitcs. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do Classic or Lean. Turned out to be a last minute decision this morning, where I ended up going the Lean route. I may end up switching to Classic at a later time, or maybe do the whole cycle as Lean then start with Classic. We'll just see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm not miserable after this morning's workout, but I can feel it -- some spots more than others. Especially my... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 12:51:15 EST Attitude: Change Starts in My Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2885300 <BR> Over the weekend I had the chance to listen to John C. Maxwell to speak. For those who aren't familiar, John Maxwell is considered an expert author on leadership. As with every book I've read, his speech was thought provoking. I also picked up his book "Today Matters". So far it's been a great read. It's not about managing your agenda, but more of an alignment with what he calls the 'Daily Dozen', which are a set of 12 practices to help you to be successful. <BR> <BR> In the chapt... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 17:10:41 EST Measurements & Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2877985 <BR> It had been a few weeks since I last checked my measurements, so I thought I'd check them today. Because of the Bootcamp challenge in January, i took them at the beginning of the year. I thought going forward, I'd track my changes since last measurement and total for the beginning of the year. <BR> <BR> Weight: down 1.2 lbs since 1/24; down 4 lbs since beginning of year <BR> Waist: down .25" since 1/24; down 1.25" since 1/3 <BR> Abdomen: no change from last measurement; down 1" s... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 16:38:02 EST Have you ever questioned your support structure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2840927 <BR> Do you ever feel like there's people who are trying to prevent you, or maybe even sabotage your healthy living choices. I'm not sure if it's intentional, or if they don't even realize it. Or it it's some inner fear within them causing it. <BR> <BR> Currently, for me, that's my husband. I really don't think it's intentional, but it's little things that made me go "hmm" and wonder if he was supporting my healthy goals. <BR> <BR> For example, our anniversary was the other day. He got... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 14:53:00 EST Losing Inches -- Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2790826 There's nothing like results to help keep me motivated. I know the Spark Your Body Boot Camp still has another week, but I was curious about my progress -- especially because I was down for about 4 or 5 days with the flu. I was pleasantly surprised as my measurements so far: <BR> <BR> Waist - down 1" <BR> Hips - down 1" <BR> Abdomen (my problem area) - down 1" <BR> calf - down 1" <BR> <BR> No change in my arm, thigh or bust, but I'm ok with where they're all at anyway. Well, I wouldn't ... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 18:55:40 EST Why am I beating myself up? I know I need rest. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2739650 <BR> My body hurts. I wish I could say that it was brought on by exercise, but it's not. Turns out I have the flu. Yuck...not fun. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was able to do the bootcamp video, but that completely wiped me out. Fortunately, I had done cardio on Sun and Mon so I didn't feel guilty about missing it yesterday. Taking a shower today was exhausting. I still have a fever. Every joint and muscle in my body aches. I was hoping to continue with the 10 min blocks of exercise, but w... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:05:40 EST Fighting a Cold, but Trying to Stay Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2730426 <BR> Ugh! I have another cold. This is my second one this winter (which is unusual for me). However, with all the travel I've been doing and the extreme cold we've been having, I'm sure my immune system isn't at 100%. <BR> <BR> Hopefully this cold will be gone quickly. I always try to figure out the impact it'll have on running -- especially with wanting to improve my 5K time and train for another half. I've read the articles that use the fever and neck down logic. I asked my doctor w... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:18:26 EST