MCANIRLINH's SparkPeople Blog MCANIRLINH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community change - I'm ready for you! “Are you ready for change?” <BR> <BR> That is my new mantra. Sometimes it changes to – “are your REALLY ready for a change?” <BR> <BR> How often have I said, or heard someone else say, “I’d give my right arm to look like her” or “I’d do anything to be like that”? And we all know as soon as we say it that we don’t really mean it. I mean – who’d really give up their right arm or do ‘anything’ (literally) for a better body? <BR> <BR> For me, I think that it’s about really wanting and... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 13:44:40 EST my new mantra "Are you ready for change!?" <BR> <BR> It's what I asked myself this morning at 4:40 a.m. knowing that was the only time I would have all day to get in a workout. And the answer was "yes!" <BR> <BR> It's also the question I asked myself when my work offered a course starting tomorrow on sea-kayaking. I wrote back and said "Yes". <BR> <BR> I'm ready for change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 13:09:03 EST taking the advice you give Sometimes listening to the advice that we give – is so hard – but should be easy. After all, the words are coming from our own mouths and our mouths and our ears really aren’t that far apart. But it’s sometimes so much easier to talk than it is to listen. <BR> <BR> This week our youngest daughter came home with an acceptable grade on a science project. When we talked about it, she said, “What’s the point I’ll never be Olivia? Stop expecting me to get the grades she gets.” Olivia is our olde... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 16:44:39 EST 1.5 down, hope is up So this morning I weighed in. <BR> <BR> I hate my scale. Not because of the number that it shows me (although that can be annoying) but because it is old and sort of gross and in my cellar. It's way too big to put in my tiny bathroom, and some "gunk" has materialized on the plastic so it can be a little hard to read. But I believe that the needle stopped somewhere between 160 & 161. Not in the 150s, as I had hoped but - oh well maybe next week. <BR> <BR> I am happy about my physical acti... Mon, 2 May 2011 13:06:35 EST A new life chapter Nearly 8 weeks after being called into an office and unceremoniously being asked to clean out my desk, as my job had been eliminated, today I start a new chapter. <BR> <BR> I know that I was fortunate to find a job in a relatively (in this economy) short time. <BR> <BR> I know that things in our lives happen for a reason, even if we don't always understand the timing. <BR> <BR> I know that this journey would have been a lot harder had it not been for the support of my friends. <BR> <BR> A... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 06:36:33 EST Hello, my name is Heather and I am a graze-aholic. So last week I posted that I had lost my job - but that after 7 weeks of unemployment I had found another one (which I start on Wednesday!). As part of my emergence from unemployment, I was making myself accountable for my behavior over those weeks. Think a lot of sitting and snacking (mostly totally mindless), as well as not sleeping very well. <BR> <BR> So my weight was 162, this morning the scale reflected the same weight. <BR> <BR> Also last week - I set out four action steps. <BR> ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 09:36:11 EST coming out of unemployment I haven't been an active member of SP for a while. Other than using it to track my running mileage, I've pretty much been ignoring the site. <BR> <BR> Things have been a bit of a rollercoaster for the past 7 weeks. My position was eliminated without much warning. I knew that changes were coming, but after nearly 10 years as a solid employee the last thing I expected was to be pulled into an office and asked to clean out my desk, immediately. It hurt. <BR> <BR> Looking back on it, I ca... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 07:54:27 EST Find the Balance Challenge - Rollercoaster Day 4 of 32 <BR> Rollercoaster Day <BR> <BR> So – yesterday was o.k. I started off really well. <BR> <BR> Got up at 5 and felt energized. I worked on prepping for that night’s class and then hit the showers, got the girls up and ready and everyone was running ahead of schedule somehow. I got in a bit of laundry and dusted the living room before leaving. <BR> <BR> Work was good – on Outlook emails get sorted into sections called things like “Today”, “Last week”, Two weeks ago” and then... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:16:57 EST Find the Balance challenge - First Hurdle Day 3 of 32 <BR> <BR> Remember how yesterday was all “rainbows and unicorns and focus and flexibility”? <BR> Well it was...that is… until reality set it. <BR> <BR> I started the day fired up. I was going to have two events in the building I manage. So that entailed setting up a luncheon for 75 – and when I say “set up” it means dragging out and dressing 8ft. tables and as many chairs as are needed. I was going to exercise! I even set the stack of chairs further away then they needed to be... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:51:48 EST Find the Balance Challenge - focus, focus, focus Day 2 of 32 – Find the Balance Challenge. <BR> So let’s review how Day 1 went: <BR> <BR> Professional – <BR> I got a few of those little “I can do those later” projects out of the way, which was great, because those are the types of projects that still nag at as I drive away on my way home. Does that mean that I’m 100% caught up – no. (confession: spent a bit too much time IMing perhaps) But it does mean that I’m making head way. On the teaching front – I put in a solid hour of prep time fo... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:55:42 EST Find the Balance Challenge - Day 1 of 32 Day 1 <BR> <BR> So I have decided that I need a challenge. <BR> <BR> I don’t know if it’s the Maine winter or what, but I can feel myself getting complacent about so many areas of my life. And is it just me, or do you find that when you start to let one area slip they all sort of start to slip? <BR> <BR> So before things get totally out of hand – I’ve decided to embark on a 32 day challenge to restore (or maybe find?) some sort of balance in my life. I can’t be the only one who struggle... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:05:44 EST Highs, Blahs, Questions and almost getting hit by a car. So…the Highs! <BR> Last week, I did my second week of the 10 week 5K series in the lovely community of Athens Maine (ie the cutest run on the planet). Last week’s theme was Christmas in July. Can I just say that Christmas cookies at the end of a 5K is a good thing . Also, the organizers rang sleigh bells as everyone crossed the line. The route changed due to construction and it hilly. I walked a LOT the first half, but made up time after the turn around. A mile and a half of downhills is... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 11:43:23 EST The Cutest 5K Or more officially known as the Farm to Farm 5K Series…. <BR> <BR> Last Tuesday, on a bit of a whim I talked my daughter into doing an evening 5K with me about half an hour from our town – that night. (Nothing like planning ahead, I guess). I had heard about this series before and I was curious about it. I read some articles and reviews about the race and it sounded like it would be a wonderful event – and I can say that it exceeded my expectations. <BR> <BR> This 5K is organized and run... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 15:16:09 EST a 5K tale So, the 5K that Liv and I did this weekend was at Lawrence High School, in Fairfield with proceeds benefiting the class of 2013. <BR> <BR> So – knowing that, I’m sure that you can get a good mental image in your head of what the 63 participants looked like. We had the track stars, the casual runners, the one random middle-aged guy who likes to run with his shirt off, and the “moms”. <BR> <BR> The course was sort of an out-and-back that started and finished at the track. It wasn’t a strict ... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 12:46:31 EST You know that phrase.... No time like the present? <BR> <BR> Weill today I’m switching it around to read – “There’s no present like time”. <BR> <BR> My fellow Sparkers, I know you know what I’m talking about. There is no greater gift we can give ourselves than time. What you do with that time is negotiable – but it’s so important to set time aside for yourself AND not feel guilty about it. <BR> <BR> Whether you use the time to exercise, read, take a deserved nap, enjoy a hobby…whatever it is. That time is a gift.... Fri, 28 May 2010 12:19:28 EST Feeling like a Superhero I shaved a whole minute off my 2.25 mile morning loop! <BR> <BR> So, yesterday I wrote about how I was just starting to put myself as a ‘runner girl’ back on my priority list. And can I just say that last night when I went out for a 2 mile run that I felt different. I felt taller and leaner and stronger. I ran my first mile in under 10, which is a big deal for me. The mile home wasn’t as sleek, as it was hot. It’s like summer all of the sudden landed in Maine. But I still felt good. <BR... Tue, 25 May 2010 10:24:57 EST when your daughter's your running partner.... Things can get sticky... <BR> <BR> So – where have I been? <BR> <BR> Well – honestly, I’ve been a bit lost. <BR> <BR> You know that place where you find yourself dropping further and further down the priority list? You remember fondly what it felt like to be confident, strong and in-shape and you promise yourself that you’ll get right back there after you finish “A..B..&C”? And then months go by and you begin to question if you can ever get back to that positive place, especially as it see... Mon, 24 May 2010 15:32:46 EST It's been a while... Problem - I like to look at running events, but I don’t train. <BR> <BR> I was just looking at the Aflac Iron-Girl series, I’m seriously considering doing a half in Ottawa in 2011, and that’s on top of all the local races that look like fun. But as we all know, registering for an event isn’t the same as completing an event. And work is key to completing an event. As I am nowhere near the shape that I would have to be in to say, “oh yeah, I’m going to register for that. Just cause I can.” <B... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 15:25:28 EST Using training for a Half as an excuse... Hello, my name is Heather and I think that I have a crutch problem. <BR> <BR> Lately, I have been using running as an excuse for my bad behavior. Thoughts that have recently come in to my head include: <BR> • I can have another slice, I just ran 10 miles <BR> • I deserve this dessert, tomorrow I’m going running <BR> • French fries…good thing I ran yesterday <BR> • I can’t strength-train; I have a run coming up. What if I injure something while lifting? <BR> • Cross-training will just take my... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:15:58 EST talking about daughters and labels Tomorrow is my girls first day of school. I have one that is starting high school and another that is starting middle school. A big year for all of us. <BR> <BR> One of our first day of school traditions is the “first-day-of-school present “. 99% of the time it is a book of some sort with an inscription that I write on the inside. This year I picked out a picture book for Emma (she’s 10) because I love picture books and firmly believe that you are never too old for them. It’s a Japanese i... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 14:55:58 EST Talking about....heat and exercise Man its hot – like really hot. In a state where it only gets above 90, like 5 days a year, this heat wave is totally messing with me. <BR> I did a short run on Monday. Two miles, that felt more like four. I even had to stop for a short walking break while going up a hill. Bluck! I haven’t taken a walking break while doing two-miles in months. I just seem to be having a hard time with the air-quality. <BR> This morning, it was biking. I was lying in bed having a conversation with myself ... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:04:18 EST talking about...exhausting double lives (blog 4 of the 4 I challenged myself to write) <BR> <BR> Today I am tired. I am crashing. I got up this morning to run. It was planned. Up early, 5 a.m. to be exact. The trouble started when my body somehow missed the memo that sleep is good. It was one of those nights where my brain just wouldn’t shut off, you know? And what was my brain going on and on about ? Ironically, I went to bed early to prepare to run and my body wouldn’t stop thinking about running. I dreamed about it, stra... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 14:27:52 EST talking about.....challenges The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead. <BR> Bette Davis <BR> <BR> Ms. Davis certainly had a way with words. <BR> <BR> For those keeping score – today is blog 3 out of the 4 I challenged myself to write this week. <BR> AND (drumroll please)……today I ran 2.5 miles - meaning that I met my goal of running 250 miles by the end of today. <BR> <BR> So where to go next? Bette Davis would probably suggest that I either come up with a new challenge or s... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 13:23:13 EST talking about....bicycles <BR> For those keeping score – this is blog 2 out of the 4 blogs I’ve challenged myself to write this week. And I still have 2 miles to run before hitting my 250 mark, which I challenged myself to do by the end of Wednesday (tomorrow). <BR> <BR> I did get up and exercise this morning, but I did not run. Instead I accepted my teen’s invitation/challenge to go on a bike ride with her. My bike & I have issues. I coveted having a bike for years. I bought my helmet, two years before I finall... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 13:34:22 EST talking about....goals So I’m trying to make good on one of my goals – blog 4 times this week. <BR> <BR> I totally blew the no-fried food goal. I swear, it wasn’t planned I just lost my mind and sort of fell into “old-habits” mode. It was 5:30, we hadn’t been home all day, no groceries in the house, I was off to pick up my youngest and thought, “it’s dinner time”. I know that some of you live near Chinese cuisine restaurants – I live in a small town in Central Maine, where the Pu-Pu platter is King. So what di... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:01:29 EST today's irony Talk about ironic…. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I posted a blog about being “flustered” and today someone congratulated me for being a Spark motivator. What a crazy, crazy journey this is. <BR> <BR> Today I feel better. As predicted, it just takes a bit of exercise to brighten the spirit. Exercise truly is a magic elixir. I still know that I’m lagging behind where I once was, physically and I question my motivation level but we’re meant to take this one day at a time, right? <BR> <BR> I am now... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 15:37:05 EST soul purging An honest to goodness blog…. <BR> It has been a while since I’ve done one of these and I know that publicly purging my soul (or at least part of it) is a good thing and part of the whole accountability facet of this journey. <BR> <BR> I’ve gotten lazy. I was doing so well with the running thing that I neglected other aspects such as core training, weight training and oh – the whole being mindful of “what I stick in my mouth” thing. Then the running thing fell apart. I either tore or really... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 13:54:51 EST I have a Favor to ask.... I've entered a photo contest to win vast amounts of gelato. <BR> <BR> Yes - I know that we're all trying to get healthy here, but it would be so much fun to win this contest and throw a huge gelato party with my girls. <BR> <BR> If you have a minute please check out: <BR><BR>tests/336 or google "Gelato Fiasco" - Delicious life Give-Away. <BR> <BR> <BR> and vote for the pic that looks like my current profile pic - three feet (mine, Olivia's and Emm... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 09:44:50 EST All Grit - No Glamour - My first 10K We got to the starting line and it was evident that this was going to be a great, small town, lo-tech race. By the looks of the bib numbers there were about 150 runners/walkers, including the kid’s fun run, the 5K participants and the 10K participants. They had a card table set up for registrations and it was pretty casual. The teen (who was also running) and I purchased shirts (only the first 30 registrants got a free one) stood in line for the port-a-pottie, stretched and sun-screened up.... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 14:36:13 EST SeaDogs Mother's Day 5K Just a quick report. <BR> <BR> What a weekend. I graduated with my Master’s on Saturday: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And ran a 5K on Sunday: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (yeah, that’s not me – but more on that later) <BR> <BR> The race was in Portland, which is about 2 hours away from my home. We were out of the house by 6. It was my husband, my 9 year old and my running buddy – the ... Wed, 13 May 2009 15:25:20 EST wowee-kaz-owee I'm graduating this Saturday with my Masters in Business. And running a 5K on Sunday. That's a lot of emotions for one little weekend. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 May 2009 13:10:41 EST 4th Annual Ma'naKwane 5K This is a memorial race put on by the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island. It is in memory of a young woman who was a teenager when she passed away. It was the first memorial race I’d ever done. They have a slightly different feel – very powerful. <BR> <BR> As some of you know – I was battling a cold last week. It started on Wednesday and was still going strong on Saturday. It was one of those days that if I wasn’t running I would have happily been ensconced in blankets, curled up on the co... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 12:58:41 EST Slammed - Pre 5K Tomorrow is my first 5K of ’09. <BR> I started this week thinking about meeting and exceeding time goals. I was pumped and ready to go. I was anxious to see how I perform after starting an actual training program. Granted I’m only 3 weeks in, but shouldn’t my legs be responding already? <BR> In short – I was ready to kick-butt. <BR> Then yesterday happened. SLAM – hit with a cold. <BR> One of those stuffy nose/head things. Bluck. <BR> I am still planning on participating in the 5K. I ... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 10:14:22 EST Weird Compliment So I saw a neighbor at church this morning. <BR> <BR> She said, "I saw Olivia (my 14 y. old) running down the street with someone yesterday and it took me a few minutes to realize who she was with. I didn't recognize you for a minute. You looked really good." <BR> <BR> The weird part.... <BR> <BR> The person who couldn't recognize me for a minute was --- my mom!!! Sun, 22 Mar 2009 21:27:04 EST A self-embrace If any of you subscribe to SELF – you may have seen this quote: <BR> “Life is far too rich, interesting and short to waste on hating your body” <BR> It’s important for me, personally, to not get too caught up in the numbers. I don’t want to be controlled by the number on the scale, the number of calories that I take in and sweat out, the inches that leave, fitness minutes and miles I’ve logged. Yes, I know that these are all important – I just don’t want to be controlled by them. If I beco... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 15:18:48 EST Imposter-itis Sometimes I have a major case of “imposter-itis”. It’s a disorder that causes sufferers to think things like “just who do you think you are?” <BR> Every now and then when I leave the gym after a particularly good run – I’ll get into my “mama mini-van” and think to myself, “who are you?” When did you become this woman who regularly runs at least 1.5 miles on the treadmill during her lunch break? When did you start to walk with a confident gait? <BR> Answer – I’m still trying to figure out wh... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:15:18 EST "182" and other thoughts 182 is my magic number. <BR> O.k. but it’s not really magical but it’s my latest starting point. Without going into great detail, I did the whole “measuring of various body parts” thing today and it all tallied up to 182. Perhaps it would be cleansing to tell you what the circumference of each part was …but…well…I’m just not going there. <BR> I know and my two get-healthy-buddies know and that’s good enough for me. <BR> Actually, the three of us all work together on a University campus in M... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:03:47 EST Just keep swimming into 2009.... I found this blurb yesterday - it was attibuted to the blog "perfect in our inperfections" and I thought I'd share it. <BR> <BR> "The thing that we both forgot, that most of us don't realize, is that we can't just grab onto the new set of circumstances and hold on for dear life. We have to keep moving forward, keep letting go, keep rolling with new circumstances. That's why weight maintenance is so hard, I think. It's easier to take risks to move toward a big exciting goal and an imagined be... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 12:31:51 EST How far can you stretch.....a dollar? A new challenge… <BR> Why is it that just when you feel like you’re starting to get a handle on things – life throws you a curve-ball? <BR> My husband has joined the ranks of the unemployed. Although we are doing alright financially (right now) it is a stressful situation. I am struggling with trying to find ways to save money in my grocery budget without giving up on my healthy eating habits. Any ideas anyone has would be helpful. <BR> I am trying to resist the urge to not be wooed by the ... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 14:12:25 EST Vacation - accoutability & sanity (?) - 19 days. Ahhh…the best laid plans… Isn’t there some sort of quote about plans and mice and men and going array? <BR> At any rate – last night and today I need to work on my mental health. DH called last night and reported that his part time job is not giving him any hours in November. So we need to redistribute our financial situation. Of course we’re still going on vacation – to Disney (did I mention that?) since it’s all paid for and we’ve been saving and looking forward to it for over a year. I... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:53:55 EST Vacation - Accountability & Sanity for 20 Days It’s been a while since I blogged-too long actually. Like exercise, I find it to be good for me, but sometimes it’s hard to get started. <BR> So part of my challenge is to blog for the next 20 days. My objective is to stay focused and not get overwhelmed with everything going on around me. (Lofty objective, but a girl can dream). In twenty days I am going on vacation. This isn’t one of those – just take a week off from work vacations. This is a plan, organize and strategize sorts of vac... Thu, 30 Oct 2008 13:59:24 EST Long 5K race report Danforth's to Dysarts This is the second 5K I’ve done. <BR> <BR> The first one was in May, comfortable temps, about 2,000 people of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels. <BR> <BR> This race was much different. <BR> <BR> First, it was hot, hazy and humid. We (Olivia & I) were dropped off at Hermon High around 8:00, and it was comfortable then, by 9 it was warm. I’ve never run in temps or humidity like that. <BR> <BR> Secondly, there were about 75 people running and most of these people looked like train... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 15:42:06 EST slump-be-gone So, I'm yet to be the runner I aspire to be BUT I'm a better runner than I've ever been. <BR> <BR> I don't have a flat tummy BUT I've discovered my collar bones. <BR> <BR> I don't always order the healthiest thing on the menu BUT I no longer make my choices blind. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to be on the cover of a magazine BUT I'm starting to think that maybe I look good in certain clothes. <BR> <BR> I don't always roll out of bed and throw on my sneakers BUT my sneakers are not collecting d... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 13:25:56 EST My post c25k slump. In this crazy season of graduations – I have become a C25K grad. It seems like a pretty blog-worthy type of event. But I don’t know what to say. I seem to have more questions than answers, more uncertainty then pride. <BR> Don’t get me wrong, Sunday when I finished that last 30 minute run of the program I was pretty psyched. But I’m also nervous about “being on my own” with no steady program to rely on. Can I do this (be disciplined) without structure? Will I really be a runner, or ha... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 13:09:33 EST C25K and other thoughts.. I did my first ever 25 minute run this past weekend. I seem to be doing better at the longer runs than I did with the run/walk/run intervals. Maybe because I can get into the "groove" and just stay there instead of having to slow to a walk and then get back into the groove. I don't know. All I know is that I am looking ahead to week 7, 8, and 9 with confidence. Not with a big ego by any means, but with the attitude that finishing the C25K program is in my grasp. <BR> <BR> In the warmer ... Tue, 27 May 2008 10:30:35 EST Day 3 - Week 5 Anxious So, I'm facing down the 20 minute run this weekend. Day 3 - week 5, of the C25K program. If anyone has any tips or advice, please feel free to deposit them below. <BR> <BR> I feel pretty good in the program thus far, but this is the first long interval of straight running. I'm actually finding this to be a bigger mental battle than I thought it would be. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Heather Mack Fri, 16 May 2008 13:20:37 EST My first 5K Nothing like running with 2,100 other was wild and incredibly memorable. <BR> <BR> I learned so much and came in under my goal time. Which I was pretty excited about. My pace was 12:40 a mile, and my official finish time was 39:22. Perhaps not the best time ever – but hey, I can say that I ran a 5K, and really feel like I can build on that time. <BR> <BR> As cheesy as it sounds, looking back at where I was even a year ago – I am pretty proud of myself. Standing there with my... Mon, 12 May 2008 10:29:32 EST I'm Normal!! I’m normal! <BR> Weight-wise anyway. <BR> Today was official weigh-in day and I finally met a goal I’ve been dreaming about for a long time. I entered into the “normal weight” range according to the bmi chart. <BR> While I haven’t weighted in at this amount for quite a while, I’m 100% certain that 155 now felt different than 155 did then. <BR> Then – I felt frumpy. <BR> Now – I feel empowered <BR> Then – I didn’t pay much attention to my body. <BR> Now – I try to be responsive t... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 13:27:38 EST Winter Blahs - advice?? I haven’t blogged for a while…no reason why. I blame it on January in Maine. <BR> Don’t get me wrong I love Maine; it’s a great place to live. But it’s too cold today to do much else but run between house to car and car to work and then back again later in the day. It is dark way too much of the day. And January represents post-holidays. Which most people look forward to but I always feel a bit like “o.k. now what?” <BR> So instead of wallowing I need to change my perspective. Instead... Mon, 21 Jan 2008 12:49:24 EST No Longer Living a Lie I’ve hit that wonderful place where the scales actually meet the fib I told the Maine Department of Motor Vehicles. My weight matches my driver’s license! <BR> <BR> Whew! Glad to have that off my conscious. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Dec 2007 12:33:12 EST