MAMADELIGHT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MAMADELIGHT MAMADELIGHT'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/ Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370824 Life has gotten in the way again; however I am standing tall for the first time in a long time. <BR> <BR> I have shaken the anxiety and the burden of someone else's addiction. <BR> <BR> This has left me me with the freedom to focus back on me. <BR> <BR> It will have to be different. I am now the custodial parent with much less time to myself. <BR> <BR> The stats: <BR> 144 pounds <BR> a tight 8, a comfortable size 10 <BR> will update inches later <BR> <BR> The plan: <BR> cardio will mo... Tue, 28 May 2013 21:07:59 EST enough with the starting and stopping. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302364 I've been reading some of my friends' blogs today, and it sounds like so many of us are finding our way back. This makes me happy and nostalgic of the great AB days. I am in New England, but I think it is ALMOST safe to say that spring weather is creeping in. This is when historically, I feel re-energized. I do. And I need it. <BR> <BR> I am heavier than I've been in a long time. My skin has been a mess and I haven't been eating great at all this winter. I was lucky if I fit in three days... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:41:51 EST January 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234197 January <BR> <BR> New beginning, right? <BR> <BR> Tracked 24/31 days 77% <BR> Miles ran 40 <BR> Fitness minutes 1003 <BR> Strength trained 2-3 days a week <BR> Pounds lost 3 <BR> <BR> I had an added motivation this month, other than just wanting to look and feel better. Not only did I buy a new scale and saw that I was 7 whole pounds over what I thought I was, but I joined a weight loss challenge. The pot is close to 4000 dollars and there are over 100 people in the group. Lose 4% in 4 ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 08:51:28 EST OCD: week one complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153931 It is so true, that once you start moving it is harder to stop. Week one has been a success. <BR> <BR> I have tracked ever day and stayed in range (okay one calorie over today). <BR> <BR> Let me say that again, I tracked seven days and stayed in range the whole week. <BR> <BR> Who is this woman? <BR> <BR> A woman who has re-found her motivation and drive. <BR> <BR> A woman who had a total calorie deficit of 1500 over the past three days. <BR> <BR> A woman who is finding her runs muc... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 20:08:12 EST Operation Cocktail Dress: The pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151897 OK ladies, <BR> I understand it is "pictures, or it didn't happen" <BR> <BR> It happened. The dress arrived today and after a battle of who was going to take the pictures. We got them done. <BR> <BR> It fits. It zips up fine. I really like the feel and so happy I can wear a normal bra with the dress. It is stretchy around the waist, so I want more of a curve. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Smaller waist <BR> Defined arms <BR> <BR> and to buy cute, comfortable shoes <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:32:32 EST Operation Cocktail Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148699 I took a leap of faith and bought a dress for a wedding online. Bought the dress without trying it on or seeing it really up close in a size 8. Size 8 pants are tight right now. <BR> <BR> 6.5 weeks to look decent in this dress. <BR> <BR> Plan: <BR> Quit the slacking!!!!! <BR> Strength training 3x a week <BR> Cardio 5x a week <BR> Track, track, track my food <BR> Avoid binging <BR> Ask my friends to nag me to keep me honest and my old AB self. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! Tue, 27 Nov 2012 19:03:20 EST 37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126334 I turned 37 yesterday. How did that happen? <BR> <BR> I have a child in the elementary school I went to. I can quickly fall back into memories as soon as I step into the place. I remember pumping as hard as I could to get high on the swings. I remember chasing boys on the hardtop. I also remember scoring a goal playing hockey in gym class against a boy who actually played competitively. How long ago was that? It doesn't seem possible, but in the time passed I graduated from school, went ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 15:36:30 EST Confessions of a slacker. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089214 I am nearing my 3 year Sparkversary and in the past two years I've gained and lost the same 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> I still exercise more days than I do not, but the last few weeks I go longer stretches without exercising. <BR> <BR> For someone who took my streaks seriously, I let my weekly calorie burn and monthly minute one slip away last month. <BR> <BR> I haven't been great with tracking my food intake. I know it works. It is how I lost the original 25 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am a few week... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 17:57:28 EST BRING IT ON http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931898 It is back. Maybe it is the summer months or the upcoming 1/2 marathon, but I feel it. <BR> <BR> I am back in high gear. <BR> <BR> It has been a month since I started circuit training and I look forward to it on my scheduled nights. I switch between the ones like bootcamp and the ones with just lifting. <BR> <BR> I've upped my mileage. Today, I did my first 7 mile run in awhile. I made a conscious effort to run longer and farther last week. 5ks are now going to be a short run. I star... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:25:06 EST There is something about putting on my sportsbra.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824805 I already went to Target and to the grocery shopping today. I had been to get my hair cut. I cleaned a wee bit and my hair was clean. It looked a little windy. <BR> <BR> I admit it. I was losing steam. Ask Kristina (Karvyo9/RunningChunky). I messaged her and told her I was going to skip my long run outside. I was ready to phone it in at the gym. <BR> <BR> I mean, I had already ran 3x this week AND hiked with the kids. My brain was just saying, "its okay. Run tomorrow." <BR> <BR> So I loo... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 17:25:06 EST City boy joins his family in the woods. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782357 I've been with my husband for close to 14 years. In those years, I have spent many weekends exploring the outdoors. My husband has never accompanied me. Even when we camp, he stays at the fire and listens to the Red Sox game on the radio. He's born and raised in Boston and did not grow up with trees. <BR> <BR> Today, I had my three year old ask him. "Daddy, wanna go walk in the woods?" while he was napping on the couch. He surprisingly agreed. <BR> <BR> I've recently found a set of tr... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 17:34:41 EST My speed may count as http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4745134 I love looking on Pinterest in the fitness search for inspirational quotes and pictures. Today, was no different. I looked before and after I hit the pavement for an hour. <BR> <BR> Something struck me though this evening. There is a campaign for Pearl Izumi's titled, "We are not Joggers" Because we can't post ads, I will refrain but I did a google search and found some pretty condescending ads. I then wanted to know at what speed is running so I looked it up. The general consensus is ... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 18:22:45 EST February.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4714778 If you are like me, you set new goals up for each month. <BR> <BR> For January, mine were: <BR> <BR> January's goals were to push past 1000 fitness minutes - check! <BR> Do pilates 2x a week - check! <BR> Hit 50 miles -check, check, check <BR> <BR> Now, I have to say I started to get a little anxious regarding February's goals. My standards of 1000 minutes and 50 miles will be a little harder in just 28 days. <BR> <BR> But, I am not going to lessen the demand. I do well under pressure. So... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:07:24 EST Wintery Weekends.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693893 I love my weekends. I really do. I look forward to that me time that the unstructured days allow. When it is warmer, I can count on some form of exercise outside maybe in the pool, on the road or hiking with the kids. <BR> <BR> It is New England here, and we have a snow storm arriving sometime tomorrow. I will <BR> not use this as an excuse to skip a workout. I have not hit my targeted fitness minutes or my targeted mileage (I am less than a mile short). <BR> <BR> Do I use it to walk in t... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:39:04 EST There is NO blah in Anti-Blah..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685153 I tracked every meal except for one and exercised for eight days straight. Yet, no loss this week. <BR> It was week 3 of going hard, and my body may be revolting. It has been a few months since I was exercising at this intensity. I also started a pilates routine 2x a week, so it could be that my muscles are holding water. <BR> It wouldn't really bug me that I didn't lose, but I joined a challenge on my mom message board. That is a let down to my team. We were already in last place. The... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:57:34 EST Talking myself into going to the gym.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682234 I admit it. I am not feeling it today. <BR> I burned 1985 calories working out last week, and right now I can't get myself off the couch. I am like a little old lady, with my tea and blankie. I am sleepy. <BR> <BR> BUT..... <BR> I have a weigh in tomorrow. <BR> I had three beers last night. <BR> It would be a chance to get away from the children's holiday moviefest going on at my house <BR> I could add to my mileage for the challenge <BR> It would mean one less time-crunched workweek day I... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:44:51 EST Everytime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4657830 Everytime I work out I am closer to where I want to be. <BR> <BR> Exercising gives me strength. Exercising gives me calm. Exercising helps me work out issues. <BR> <BR> Last night, I tried pilates again. It burned only 68 calories but the benefit wasn't in the expenditure. I was relaxed, calm and ready for bed when I was done. I hope with consistency, it will increase my flexibility and help in the area of those lean muscles I want. <BR> <BR> I ran today. Granted on the treadmill, but i... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 19:34:27 EST Who is with me?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640128 Did you toy with the idea of taking off from exercise this week? <BR> <BR> Did you think that it because there are 7 days between two holidays that you can eat through them? <BR> <BR> Yeah, I did too. But the thing is, I've been pretty lazy and indulgent the past few months and I really need to get back on track. <BR> <BR> There was a time, just six months ago that I couldn't go far without hearing that I looked good and that people wanted to hear what I was doing to look so fit. There... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 12:58:07 EST Where is my hat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629923 It had been two years since I went over a week in between runs but like most everything me-related this fall, I broke another streak. Yesterday's temperatures were not supposed to get over 40 degrees, but I knew I needed to get out there. I figured it would be a tough run, but I needed to get out there. I couldn't go another day - I busted a button on my "fat" pants the day before. <BR> <BR> I did it - it wasn't until late afternoon but it was done. It wasn't that tough for a three mile ru... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 07:53:58 EST Feel my sunshine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4616782 I'm here. I'm okay. Days seem to blend together, but I am getting by. <BR> <BR> November wasn't so good to me. My father died after a short illness. At the same time, someone else in my immediate family went into rehab. <BR> <BR> That week, I didn't break. I took care of the mom. I took care of a lot of my father's arrangements. I took care of my kids. I held it together and even ran the Turkey Trot 2 days after the funeral. Top it all off, I decided it was time to potty train th... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 18:27:43 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4570672 Maybe because it is the day after my birthday. Maybe because it is the start of a new week. Maybe, it is the extra hour, but I am done wallowing.....I am no longer checked out. I woke up renewed. I woke up ready to face what the day brings without letting it defeat me. <BR> <BR> Those stressors are not going away soon. Why have I added the binges to the mix? I need to remain in control so I can stay strong. My family needs me. I need me. Those fleeting moments of junk food on my taste... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 07:40:36 EST Turning to exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497219 I am making the conscious choice to face stress and handle it, rather than go into flight. <BR> <BR> <em>23</em> This weight on my shoulders will only grow heavier if don't care for myself or family. <BR> <BR> I will continue to work out, even though I am tired. I will let the endorphins do their job. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Running always has been a release for me and I need it more than ever now. <BR> <BR> I will take the time to take to break, but process and make plans rather than ... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:13:17 EST By a hair.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459402 I squeaked in 1000 minutes. I got it in on 9 pm on 8/31. I did my strength exercises for the day, and added one for legs (which was yesterday). <BR> <BR> This isn't how I typically get in the time. I have long runs, hikes and Sunday hours at the gym. Not this August. I had a week away (without strength training) and busy weekends. Fitness is my priority, but too many times this month it had to be on the back burner. <BR> <BR> September. <BR> <BR> Long runs and a LONG weekend this weeken... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:21:32 EST Expectations and accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4449132 My fitness minutes stared me in the face on Monday morning. <em>40</em> To avoid the feeling of failure, I've kicked my butt in gear. I've done ALL my strength training 3 days straight and I've put in some cardio minutes every day since Monday. <BR> <BR> So now, I have 6 days to get in 237 minutes. This would be completely feasible for any other series of days, but..... <BR> <em>107</em> tomorrow is my son's birthday party. I've really done nothing for it. Bad Mama! <BR> <BR> <em... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 08:01:40 EST Stop and Go Pattern http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445353 I am writing this blog in an effort to acknowledge and change my behSavior. <BR> <BR> Looking back, I seem to stop tracking food every time I see some success on the scale. One would think that this would be motivation to keep tracking, but I can't seem to stay on track. Its been nearly two weeks since I've tracked. Last week was camp and there was no way I could track. No internet and no real control over meals. I am now back and still cannot stay within range for the day. <BR> <BR> One t... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 07:58:47 EST Save the drama for your mama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4376366 Or as I say to my 6 year old, the llama... Cuz I ain't hearing it. <BR> <BR> Sure, it is human nature to get caught up in controversy and theatrics. Heck, that is why soap operas and reality tv are so big. It is easy to be distracted by a big news story or the latest scandal. However, it does not serve one well to get caught up in it. <BR> <BR> When it comes to this "journey," we need all the positive energy we can get. It is not cool to call someone out for the sake of an attention g... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 07:27:35 EST The No-track weekend that hasn't left me saying NO, NO, NO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4369415 So, my plan for this week early on was to track everything Monday-Sunday. I had every intention on doing so and did so until Friday's dinner. I had done well staying within range and actually saw a loss this week. <BR> <BR> My in laws came up this weekend, and my FIL kidnapped my laptop to watch baseball games. After a few mean thoughts, I decided that I can try not to track this weekend. I am one of those if I eat if while I am in the house, I log immediately. <BR> <BR> Typically, when I... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 07:26:21 EST My Declaration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333789 I shout to the SP world that I am serious. This is the DIY challenge. <BR> <BR> Mine is Mission:Meltdown. <BR> <BR> I declare independence from <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> the embarassment of stretchmarks. <BR> They are now reminders of strength within a pregnant woman <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> self-consciousness about the scars on my leg <BR> I have runner's legs now <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> the immediacy of a empty, high calorie snack <BR> Because I made a decision to add... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:35:55 EST You be the hero. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4321831 “I think one day you’ll find that you’re the hero you’ve been looking for.” <BR> -James Stewart <BR> <BR> I had a conversation with a friend who is feeling pretty helpless lately. She is in a situation in which she is sitting around, waiting to get out of. She is hoping in six months that she'll be at a better spot and can make the moves then. Every time one of us gives her ideas on what she can do now she shoots them down with an excuse. <BR> <BR> Do you have any one around like this? ... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:49:59 EST Get into a little mischief this summer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311414 In celebration of the offical start of summer, I give you permission to let loose. <BR> <BR> Remember that scene in Dazed and Confused, when they all run out the school on the last day? <BR> <BR> Get out there. The sun is shining. <BR> <BR> You have lakes to swim. Mountains to climb. Roads to ride. Trails to run. <BR> <BR> It is time for healthy cookouts and camping outings. <BR> <BR> Spend time on the porch after dinner. Count the lightning bugs. <BR> <BR> Focus on activity, not on... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:38:23 EST Pssst... Gotta secret. We are all a little different. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296480 Picture me as Oprah, but instead of me shouting about cars, I am saying.... <BR> <BR> You got a life <BR> <BR> And you got a life <BR> <BR> You over there, you got a life. <BR> <BR> That one over there.... yup you, you also have a life. <BR> <BR> <BR> A life completely different from the person next to you or the one's blog you are reading. <BR> <BR> You may read an exciting post or blog, but then reply "But I can't do that because xyz." <BR> <BR> I say, So what. You've got the XYZ ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 19:07:33 EST It is all about me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4276350 A. J. Kitt <BR> "You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do." <BR> <BR> They say not to compare yourself to others because we are all so different, but I'll admit it. I just read that someone got some mileage in, and I felt the need to get out there. Given the nature of this site, we read what others are doing. People are running marathons, triathalons, bike treks or completing PX90. <BR> <BR> We can't compare. We can be motivated by actions ... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 08:48:54 EST Bum Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247579 I had looked forward to the sunshine all week that they promised for today. I wanted to get a long run in. It has been awhile since I pushed the mileage, and given my crap mood the past few days, I needed it. <BR> <BR> At 3:00, once the boy was asleep, I took off. I started slow because I wanted to go far. <BR> It was muggy <BR> It was buggy <BR> My socks felt tight <BR> I had an itch on my back that I couldn't reach <BR> My calf felt funny <BR> I got crampy <BR> it seemed to take forever ... Sat, 21 May 2011 18:07:24 EST Friday night is for dancing.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4231945 I was all excited for Bridesmaids last night. All week long, I counted the minutes and I am happy to report that it is the funniest movie I remember seeing. Not only is it funny, but it is also sweet. I was a tad distracted, though, one of the main characters looks like Karvy09's husband. So of course, I had to send her a late night text about it. <BR> <BR> I was with my girlfriends. We wanted to share in the afterglow of the laughter, so we went to a bar nearby. Service was slow, but we go... Sat, 14 May 2011 10:28:21 EST Back to the Track (ing) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4210599 I haven't lost weight since December and it is a safe assumption it is because I stopped tracking consistently. <BR> <BR> I have good intentions each week; however... <BR> I would track breakfast, lunch and then tra i l o f f. <BR> I'd track one day, do well with my eating and then the next day I'd eat something that I couldn't find anything similiar in the data base to log. <BR> I'd tell myself I don't need to track my food, my fitness minutes will compensate. <BR> or <BR> la... Wed, 4 May 2011 19:14:54 EST Just Do It (Mama Style) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4201718 Before kids, when I signed up for a race, there was a lot of preparation. I'd sign up weeks in advance. Plan my meals for the week and pick out my race wear a few days before. I would ensure that I get a good nights sleep the night before. The race would be the only thing on the agenda for the day. <BR> <BR> Now, I have two kids. I decided last minute (last night) to run a 5k at the local college. I signed up a 8pm for a 9 am start. <BR> <BR> This mama has a baby shower at 2:00 in Boston.... Sun, 1 May 2011 08:03:31 EST Proof: Day 2 of Blast off Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4172640 My belly hurts from giggling <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886049939.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Play Day with Dash and Karvy09! Sun, 17 Apr 2011 20:50:23 EST The mission: blast off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4169343 I just had a moment with my son, that provoked a thought that led to a blog. <BR> <BR> So he dumped his toys out of a bin, as he typically does... I asked him, "Are you going to clean that up?" He replies in his two-yr old voice, "No, I am going to blast off!" <BR> <BR> After I laughed, I decided to take that exact line as a mission for my vacation week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177729093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is fun time. I will leave the work demands ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 08:24:49 EST Hitting pause, then reset. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4163912 I've had a bad week. I had a wonderful Saturday, and everything turned to hell on Sunday with a family emergency. I've had zero motivation to do anything. Not logging in my food, not posting and certainly not exercising. <BR> <BR> I am sad. I am turning to food more than I have have. I am just filling my mouth, even though I am not hungry. I have no patience for my kids. I am not doing my paperwork. I am just being right now. <BR> <BR> Life really isn't fair. I sat in a meeting today for a ... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:21:31 EST Running against the wind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147484 Wait isn't that a song? <BR> <BR> So I had a crap run. I felt tired the whole time and couldn't get my groove. It was windy, and usually I don't notice that, but I felt like I was cutting through the wind the whole time. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l677349839.jpg"> <BR> (away-together.com) <BR> <BR> As much as I wanted to stop and walk, I thought about the yummy crock pot meal at home my husband surprised me with and how badly I want to stay on track this week. ... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 17:41:42 EST To the other mamas out there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4136094 The first thing I did this morning, before I fed my cat or made my coffee was to look outside. We had a storm yesterday but I wanted to check the road conditions. The snow is off the roads and the weatherman says it will be in the high 40s. <BR> <BR> Sweet! <BR> <BR> I can get a run in outside. This has become one of my absolute favorite things to do. The past year and a half, I feel like running has become part of my DNA. Its like my cup of joe or kissing my husband goodbye. Something I ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 08:00:30 EST To my 6 year old.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4119199 When I found out in 2004 that I was going to have a girl, I promised that I would do anything to keep her encouraged and positive about her self image. It took me till 2009 to realize that it meant that I needed to take care of myself. I made the necessary changes and now on her 6th birthday, I pledge to: <BR> <BR> Keep this family active, fit and together. <BR> <BR> We will get Dad to take a hike with us this spring. <BR> <BR> The family will protest at first but we will have no-tv ... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 09:06:23 EST Petite with a punch. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4097085 I just checked my calendar. All this month, except for Sundays, I've done my strength training. I've struggled with keeping up with it over the past few months. <BR> <BR> But summer's coming. <BR> <BR> That means <BR> <BR> shorts <BR> <BR> sundresses <BR> <BR> tanktops <BR> <BR> and bathing suits. <BR> <BR> Yup. Warm weather is knocking. <BR> <BR> So, this month I've made a conscious decision to do at least one strength exercise each day. Typically, once I start that first rep, I ... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 21:16:57 EST "I'm happy" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4070406 Today I am looking to take it easy. I am a little tired and sore from a 7 mile run yesterday and doing a video on Friday that used some new muscles. <BR> <BR> This morning, it is cloudy and around 50 degrees. We just got back from grocery shopping and my son had the look. Moms of 2.5 year olds know the look- "the mischievous look." Understandably, since he has been pretty cooped up in the house for the winter, he is raring to go. <BR> <BR> Once the food is put away, I say "let's go." We... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 12:44:56 EST Better get a move on.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4061483 Goodbye Excuses, it has gone on long enough.... <BR> <BR> <BR> It is March. This means it is almost spring. <BR> <BR> I have dreams of long runs, long walks and long talks outside in the sunshine. In the meantime, I need to prepare. Get consistent. <BR> <BR> I want to eat well, look healthy and feel good. I want toned legs in shorts, sculpted arms in tank tops - proof that I work hard. No more half a$$ing. I remember how good I felt last summer about the weight I lost - now I want to f... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 20:06:55 EST A Run Like I Had.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4028599 My friends know I've had a rough winter. Not to get into it all again, I will just say I've lost my mojo. <BR> <BR> This morning, I woke up and the sun was shining. <BR> <BR> I had a cup of coffee and got in my running gear. As soon as my husband woke up, I put my headphones in my ears, and I left out the front door. I had roughly 40 minutes to myself. To hit the pavement. <BR> <BR> It was still a little cold, but as any runner knows the body warms up pretty quick. It was nice enough o... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 18:16:40 EST My incognito fitness time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4004850 So this isn't the first time that I've been able to fit some exercise in between work and picking up my kids.... but today I felt guilty. Hence, the blog. <BR> <BR> My parents watch my kids. My son goes there at 1:30 as my husband goes to work, and then my daughter gets dropped off by bus at 3:40. I typically am able to get to my parents by 3:30-3:45 unless I have to do some home visits after school hours. <BR> <BR> I made the mistake of going to pick up my kids in my exercise clothes a f... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 18:32:49 EST Kicking the cold to the curb... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992340 I am choosing to skip the gym today. <BR> <BR> I will avoid infecting others with my cold. <BR> <BR> I am choosing to still workout. <BR> <BR> I will get my run in OUTSIDE. <BR> <BR> The nose will run, instead of clogging. <BR> <BR> I'll get fresh air in. <BR> <BR> I will feel energized rather than run-down. <BR> <BR> I will end the week off right. <em>43</em> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 11:17:57 EST Game On.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3983048 My goal date has come and gone twice. I am still 8 pounds away. There has been a stand still in my progress this winter and I just took further action. This stable trend irks me. I re-assessed and made some data-based decisions. <BR> <BR> I updated my goals. I first looked at my fitness I am not burning what I was, so I lowered my calorie burn. Ok, that didn't do much.. I still had the same calorie range. <BR> <BR> I then picked a new goal date. April 15. It is a deadline date all rea... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 08:07:27 EST Taking the Blah by the horns.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3973424 Enough with the whining, already. I am looking at my complacency in the eye. I am too close to what I chose as a goal weight, and I tricked myself into slacking. It has been two long months of inconsistency. I am done. I am not happy, and I want to be back "in check" with myself. When I am consistent with exercise and eating, I feel good. I have energy. I am happy. <BR> <BR> So, this weekend, I put action in my words. I got my long run in (76 minutes on the dreadmill) yesterday, came home... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 08:30:12 EST