ME-N-MY-SHOES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ME%2DN%2DMY%2DSHOES ME-N-MY-SHOES'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/ Running for a Purpose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709070 I am so excited! I am about to start Marathon training again. If anyone had told me after my first marathon that I would be excited about that, I would have never believed them. But I am. I am beside myself with excitement and I can only hope that this excitement doesn't burn out mid-Fall! :) My Dopey challenge will be the 2nd week in January 2015. I'll be running a 5k, 10K, half- and full-marathon in the same weekend Thurs-Sunday. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Because of my brother. ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:07:26 EST Finish Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464642 So, we are in the last week of our challenge and I haven't checked in for a little while. <BR> <BR> My hubby has all but given up on our fitness challenge that started a couple months ago. However, I said I was going to kick it in high gear, and kick it I did! Right now I'm at 111.2 (Remember, I'm 4'11"... So this is very much within my healthy weight range). I've been lifting weights, running ever other day, incorporating circuits, and eating GREAT. I feel better than I have in three ye... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 07:12:53 EST 'Bout to kick it in high gear... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445081 Well, I am officially blowing the doors off my hubby in this competition and I couldn't feel more excited about it. I have maintained my weight from last week - 114.8. But I know I have visibly continued to lose fat. And my strength is kicking in like I couldn't have believed! Last night I ran 4 miles, did a little light swimming, and helped coach the Man through a yoga routine. We had a ton of fun. And actually, we've had fun this entire time. 6 weeks in, we both are so proud of ourse... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:13:33 EST 5 Down! And a PR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437160 Officially 5 while pounds down.... So I'm halfway to my goal of 10 pounds. And I'm already seeing major fruits of my labor. Last week I set a new 5k PR!!!! I ran 5k in 20:50!!!!! I can't even believe that even as I'm writing it.... <BR> <BR> I've been trying for for years to beat my record, which stood at 21:12 before. <BR> <BR> I've been trying for well over 2 years to finally lose these extra pounds. <BR> <BR> And all it took was a friendly competition with my man. To funny. <BR> ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:17:24 EST Can't wait to run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424177 I'm looking forward to my run tonight. <BR> <BR> Like, really, really, REALLY looking forward to my run tonight. I'm wanting it so bad I can already taste the sweat! I have been so consistent the last couple of weeks with my exercise and eating. I'm feeling so much more energized! Even though work is hard, life is tough, school makes me feel like pulling my hair out, and my family makes me even busier, I have that outlet - exercise, running, and ACTIVITY to blow that stress out the win... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:11:21 EST The Power of .2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421746 So, this morning, the day after the weekend... Weigh-in time again... And I'm down .2 pounds. Well done, Steele. Well done. <BR> <BR> I can't help but be proud. The fact of the matter is that I ate out from Friday through Sunday and I was feeling pretty wary of that scale this morning. Not just that, but I was forced to take not one, but TWO rest days on Thurs and Fri because of my insane crazy hectic schedule. I was SWAMPED. Like, didn't walk in the door until 10:00pm swamped. I tr... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:25:09 EST Ounce by Ounce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417670 Alrighty... Down another .4 pounds... to 116.4. We are getting there, folks. My hubby is making great progress as well, but I still think I'm going to win! ;) <BR> <BR> Best of all, I'm feeling GREAT. Ounce by ounce I am gonna do this thang. By the way, if I get into the 115 range, it will be the first time in 15 months. WOOT WOOT! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:56:33 EST Takin' Care of Bizniss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415291 Okie dokie! Things are looking good! <BR> <BR> This morning imagine my shock when I saw that I was down over 3 pounds from my 120 pound starting weight! I am now at 116.8. I can't believe that just a few days of eating right has made this big of a difference... Well, yes I can. When I think about where I was getting my calories from the last few weeks, it makes sense. And I had gone pretty sporadic with my workouts. Consistency really is the key. <BR> <BR> As I'm thinking about m... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 09:15:39 EST Kickin' it Up a Notch... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413662 So, last night I did quite a bit of research on fitness plans, body transformations,etc. I think I've settled on a routine from bodybuilding.com that really seems like it will work for me. It's Felicia Romero 's 360 w/o plan and it consists of 5 days of strength workouts and about as many 30 minute cardio days as I can muster. I'm thinking that if I continue to revamp my nutrition along with that, I should really start to see some results here soon. <BR> <BR> Tonight on my run,I felt so... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:42:55 EST Gluten Free Unapologetically, Birthday Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411919 So... I take a 6 month hiatus and post twice in one day. Such is life. <BR> <BR> Tonight was my dear sister in law's birthday. I love birthdays. You get to see family you don't see often, buy gifts and see someone open them, and if you don't have celiac, eat cake! <BR> <BR> No cake for me tonight. Or chicken strips. Or meatballs. Or cornbread. Yeah, I had to check and make sure on the last two. Sneaky meatballs and cornmeal!! Good thing I looked. To make it worse, my mother in law ha... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 22:26:33 EST Back in Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411348 Well, Well, Well... What do we have here? ;-) <BR> <BR> I'm back in action! <BR> <BR> My hubby and I decided to challenge one another to a friendly competition. We have given one another until Labor Day to see which of us can make the biggest/most drastic fitness change in our body. Yes, I realize this unfair and that by simply being a MAN, my husband has a clear advantage. Still, I've pretty much been at a plateau for a good 6 months and I reckon this is as good a time as any to ge... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 09:39:19 EST Interesting info... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222556 So, this morning I'm down another .6 pounds!! And this makes me happy because I'm eating enough that I don't feel like I'm starving, and I'm feeling good effects from picking up my strength workouts after months of being off and focusing on marathon training. <BR> <BR> This morning I looked up some info on weight gain during marathon training... And what do you know???? Most people do gain weight during this undertaking... AND, I did what I was supposed to do and let it happen without de... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 06:12:07 EST 2 Pounds Down and 2 New Goals in Mind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221153 Yeah!! Just from moving more... Ok, a WHOLE LOT MORE.... And not stuffing my little chipmunk face, I've lost 2 Pounds already. That was unexpected, and especially so since my time of the month should be visiting any time now... But I'll take it! <BR> <BR> Also, I've come up with a couple goals. one short term and one long term. <BR> <BR> 1. I am starting the couch to 5k group FOR SURE on February 5th. <BR> 2. I am going to try to get my Personal Trainer Certification before the end of t... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:03:09 EST Sorting out what happened and moving on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216659 I ran the Walt Disney World marathon a little over a week ago. I didn't run it for me. And when I finished, at the end of the day I hung a big half-hour medal around the neck of my brother who shouldn't even be alive... instead, he'll be celebrating his 30th birthday this coming Saturday. "Team Josh" and I raised money all year for www.atcp.org/team4josh for research for the disease he has. We quadrupled our fundraising goal of $600 And then made it so Josh could spend the week in Disney W... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:45:11 EST Busy, Busy, Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902448 That pretty much sums up the last few weeks. Let's see... details... Well, camping trip where our campsite got attacked by racoons (For real), the Man has been busy interviewing for a new job, birthdays for 2 family members, busting my butt at work, still training for my Jan. Marathon, and trying to keep up with life in general. <BR> <BR> Other than that... Well, things are just peachy! :) <BR> <BR> The marathon training has been going smashingly well. I am so excited already - and, y... Tue, 29 May 2012 10:18:40 EST Aw, Jillian... I Missed You Too, Girl. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880389 Last night marked another post-injury milestone for me. I pulled out my Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 DVD. I've sent 30 Day Shred away to a new home as I had a friend who wanted to try it out, so Ripped and I had a date. It went well. I think we'll do it again soon. <BR> <BR> Just hearing the music from the DVD start thumping out of my TV speakers made me excited... I felt like I was standing at the starting line of a race! It was THAT exciting! I started doing a little hop back and f... Mon, 14 May 2012 08:20:53 EST Monday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870022 Time to get rolling, folks! It's Monday morning and since I pretty much dive-bombed last week, I'm all giddy with the excitement that comes with getting hit the REDO button! <BR> <BR> I have a MOUNTAIN of work to plow through today. I'm talkin'... a MOUNTAIN. But plow I WILL. I feel like Spongebob... I'm READY, I'M READY, I'M READY!!! <BR> <BR> SO, here's the breakdown for the week - My Goals in Black and White: <BR> 1. COOK each night, with the Man's help of course. I have a stella... Mon, 7 May 2012 08:34:23 EST Day 1 of the New, New Me Went Pretty Well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868561 Yesterday went smashingly well. Yes, I had Carnation Instant Breakfast for lunch. But cut me some slack - I hadn't made it to the grocery store yet!! :) <BR> <BR> In other news, I made a very yummy taco salad style meal to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and then ran 5 miles. 5 was really pushing myself, because since my shoulder was injured, this is the farthest I have run. My legs are a little tired this morning. However, not as tired as my husband's, who attempted to run with me, but fell of... Sun, 6 May 2012 08:13:11 EST The Return of Megon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867437 Part of me wanted to title this blog The Triumphant Return of Megon. Or something really spectacular, you know? But I had to be real, folks. Ain't no shame in my game. I'm pretty much exuding all the positivity I can muster at this point, so we'll just stick with RETURN plain and simple. Ain't no adjectives gonna make this any prettier... :) <BR> <BR> SO. I have been AWOL for a good couple weeks at least. What a couple of weeks. The shoulder has made a MASSIVE IMPROVEMENT, Thank you... Sat, 5 May 2012 10:16:00 EST Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835728 Good Sunday Morning, Ladies! Hope everyone is doing EXACTLY what they want to be doing right now... <BR> <BR> I am. I'm still in my PJ's, contemplating breakfast... and thought I'd delay the decision a few moments longer while I let y'all know how my week went. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking that despite the fact that it may have been the wrap-up to my most insane month ever, it went ok. I had to spend the night out of town this week for a two-day training and it occurred to me that this was ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:03:13 EST Good Report and No Regrets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823757 Well, ladies, it's been a couple days since I last checked in. I have been TOTALLY soaking up the last 3 days of Spring Break. I have 2 left and I intend to just roll and wallow in them like the complete glutton for fun I have been the last 3 days... FABULOUS. <BR> <BR> Firstly, I had a couple of wonderful date days with my Man. He was in a great mood, Little Boy has been in a great mood, I have been in a great mood... Just great. And yesterday we all discovered a new recipe... OH MY G... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 20:13:20 EST POSITIVITY and a lot of rambling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816305 This morning, I can't really explain it, but I am in a GREAT mood. I feel the old me coming back... the one that went on vacation 3 weeks ago when I fell and busted up my body... The one that was doing so great, running, lifting, doing tons of cardio, abs, and toning... 3 weeks isn't a lot of time, but in that time I've kind of been overeating and undermoving! <BR> <BR> But I'm done with that. Got a good start this weekend with an hour and a half hike through the gardens with my pup, Muf... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 08:44:22 EST A Needed Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814526 Here I am in my last day of the weekend... And this one WILL actually be a day off. Yesterday I spent my Saturday accompanying my mom-in-law to pick up a new puppy, so today is MY day. <BR> <BR> I did ok the rest of the week after my bad Monday. I have had some shoulder pain from the injury, but nothing unbearable. I've just been hoping and praying for a good report on 4/10. Each night I've been going for walks/shuffles and building in other things as I feel like I can do them. Up to ... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 07:20:01 EST A NEW Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807075 MY LORD. What a BOMB yesterday was. A BOMB. <BR> <BR> I overate. <BR> What I ate was CRAP. <BR> I felt depressed. <BR> I wasn't productive. <BR> I wanted to run and couldn't. <BR> <BR> POOP. <BR> <BR> Well, anyway. That's my rant. Today is a new day. Had oatmeal for breakfast, feel a little better... and who says yesterday is going to govern today? The sun is shining and I feel another walk coming on this evening. Yesterday when I went walking, I finished it off with .15 mi of s... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:46:50 EST Another Stumble. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805375 Well, in looking back through my blog posts, I see that I had a fall on Jan 16th. Well, I haven't been a very good "Sparker" lately, but I can tell you now that I fell a good 3 times in Feb/Mar. And the last one got me, Folks. <BR> <BR> First off, I'd love to know why the sudden pattern... and Second, I'd love to understand HOW a fall can stop a person literally in their tracks for WEEKS. I am going on 3 weeks of immobility and pain. I fell while running with my sister on my favorite p... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:55:51 EST Still deciding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4761141 I'm still trying to decide what avenue I want to go down for my next exercise routine. Last night I just pretty much flailed around like a madwoman for 30 minutes until I had burned a good 170 cals. Not bad for a seat-of-your-pants style workout! <BR> <BR> Also ate ok yesterday... Not great, not terrible. I am SUPER excited that my sweet Man brought me an AWESOME surprise yesterday... A MINIFRIDGE for my office at work! YESSSSS!!!!!!!! This means that I can now bring all kinds of stuff... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:40:25 EST Doing my Best (?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759392 Well, Ladies, I am here for a check-in. <BR> <BR> Last week I took an "Easy Week." 3 good runs, 3 other good workouts. That's all because the week before that I completed Ripped in 30. I really, really, REALLY enjoyed that program! A lot of fun and the rapid changes really kept me on my toes. I can see myself going for that DVD again. <BR> <BR> Eating? Well, good and bad. I was RAVENOUS through the Ripped in 30. That has calmed down a little now, but I'm sure I'm still eating a ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:48:44 EST Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4725860 Well, it has hit. And as hard as I knew it would. Reality has sunk in. <BR> <BR> Grad School. Full-time job. Regular runs. Huge projects that feel over my head. Decision-making evaluations for people who need answers. Motherhood. Wifedom! GRAD SCHOOL. Laundry. Cooking. Cleaning. GRAD SCHOOL. DID I MENTION GRAD SCHOOL. <BR> <BR> Everything is all fun and games until GRAD SCHOOL is back in session. What the heck is the DEAL with that? Why do I putter along so well, make AW... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 19:30:08 EST Week 2 of Ripped in 30 + Takin' Care of Bizness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711779 Today is MONDAY! I have a LOT to do today! At work AND at home. I am still debating over what workout I'm going to do tonight... Do I want to dive back in to Ripped in 30 or take the softball yoga route? Oh, I already know I'm gonna be choking in front of the TV with Jillian tonight... Like I did last night. <BR> <BR> Last night was my first night of Week 2 of Ripped in 30. Jillian, I'm sorry I talked all that junk about Level 1 not really getting to me. I'm sorry I said the 30 Day Shr... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:16:32 EST My Muffin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709877 So, yesterday morning I got so much done around the house... Left it in good shape, put on my favorite spandex pants and packed up a change of clothes and my little doggie and drove here: <link>www.callawaygardens.com </link> Look it up. It's just beautiful and I just LOVE having it close by... I pretend it's just for me. And sometimes it feels that way... not enough people enjoy it! <BR> <BR> Anyway, this was the first time I ever took my dog Muffin with JUST ME to run. Someone el... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 09:00:45 EST A Day for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708260 Today I am going to do something that I don't do very often... Come to think of it, I haven't done it in months! <BR> <BR> I am going to take a Day for Me. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> This should be good. <BR> <BR> My Plan: <BR> 1. Go eat my favorite Greek yogurt and an orange. <BR> 2. Do my morning routine (I mean, we have to be realistic here. I don't want to come home to an unmade bed and a pile of laundry, so I'll make short work of the daily tasks and get them out of the way). <BR> 3. Pa... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 08:08:15 EST 3 Weeks Gluten Free and Counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706631 Today marks 3 whole weeks totally Gluten Free. I am so happy that my cravings are starting to diminish dramatically and I find myself not really just foaming at the mouth when I see bread and cookies now. Last night I stumbled across a website that I had forgotten about! = <link>www.glutenfreegirl.com </link> What a beautiful way of writing she has! And the pictures.... NOM NOM!!! I am definitely going to be picking up some baking ingredients this weekend! <BR> <BR> My husband told ... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:01:52 EST Does anyone know where my phone is??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4705986 ... 'cause I have surely lost it, Ladies. No "phonin' it in" going on in THIS house! Did my Day 4 of Level 1 of Ripped in 30 tonight... And definitely "GOT SOME" as the monster herself put it. I have thought that this workout was not quite as tough as what I was doing on 30 Day Shred... well, tonight I must have finally done it right, because I had sweat in places I didn't even know I had sweat glands. I think my eyeballs were sweating. <BR> <BR> And I burned over 180 calories in 34 m... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 21:07:54 EST Just plain tired... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704916 I am just tired today. Totally tired. My eyes are heavy, I feel like taking a nap, and I don't have too much gumption! <BR> <BR> No worries, though... I'm going to make a healthy supper tonight and my sweet sister is coming over to eat with us. We'll have fun working out together, I know. Hopefully by then I'll be in a better mood and at a better energy level! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone else has a great day! Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:02:45 EST Blah Blah Blah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704149 Well, I was SUPPOSED to take advantage of the last day I could run before rain moved in here this week... Instead, I guess I took the easy way out and just walked 2 miles. And it was with Little Boy in tow, so of course it was at a snail's pace. Actually, I think I saw a couple slugs pass us as he started complaining of side stitches, but oh well. At least I got to clear the sticks that have fallen all winter from my path as we were walking... I'm usually too busy running to stop and do th... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:26:37 EST Do you have a Best Friend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701857 For as long as I can remember, I wanted a best friend. As a girl and teenager I was really teased relentlessly at school. No best friends there... there were definitely a couple worst enemies... I was picked on for the way I walked, chewed my food, talked, looked, my height, my acne, my flat-chestedness, my brains, and the fact that teachers liked me. I hated it with a passion, but by the time I was about 17 I had developed what my sweet husband calls an "Eat-$h!7 Attitude." Heh Heh Heh...... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:41:31 EST Breaktime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4700713 Taking a little break time here at work and figured I might as well post for today. Last night I was SO sleepy by the time I got in bed by 10. I slept a FULL 8 hours until 6:00am this morning. WONDERFUL! I needed it, obviously. <BR> <BR> Today I've got my lunch and lots of healthy snacks packed. I have a fabulous workout planned for tonight - boot camp class - and if I feel like it when I get back I'll do my Ripped in 30 DVD as well. This Week 1 routine is truly not all THAT strenuous... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:45:45 EST An unreasonable amount of energy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698320 This morning my eyes popped open at 4:00am. FOUR FLIPPIN' A. M. <BR> <BR> Why, Lord? <BR> <BR> Anyways, I made a deal with myself that if I fell back asleep, beautiful. If I didn't, I was getting up at 5:00. <BR> <BR> Up and at'em at 5:00. Good morning, World. Good morning WAY too early, World. <BR> <BR> So, what did I do in the hour before I normally get going? <BR> <BR> 1. Made the fam a pan of baked oatmeal <BR> 2. Did my Ripped in 30 workout for the day <BR> 3. Put on a loa... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:32:26 EST Lazy Sunday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696411 This morning I am sitting in my bed just being lazy. In a few minutes I'll get dressed and ready for the day, but for now there's a thick fog outside my bedroom window, the Man is gone off to work already, and Little Boy is still snoozing in his room. I snuck out long enough to brew a cup of coffee and now I'm tucked back in, without a care in the world. <BR> <BR> **sigh** <BR> <BR> It took me a long time to get here. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I start my second semester of grad school and a... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 08:34:10 EST I've been shredded, might as well let'er RIP! :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695028 Okie dokie... Read some online reviews and made some decisions... I'm going for the Ripped in 30 next. Pretty dang excited that I went ahead and bought up a few DVDs over the last few weeks and was already prepared to move into something new. <BR> <BR> My goals for the next few weeks: Complete Ripped in 30, continue to eat Gluten-Free, keep up with my grad school work, and keep my house flowing like it needs to despite my hectic schedule. Easier said than done... <BR> <BR> Have a great... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 11:25:23 EST ACCOMPLISHED GOAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4694148 I feel like a dadgum Champ tonight. I just finished a whopping hour and 20 minute workout that totally KICKED MY BUTT and have never felt better physically. My first 30 Day Shred is DONE and I am whipped. :-) <BR> <BR> THANK YOU SO MUCH SparkFriends for urging me on and being such great encouragement to me. <BR> <BR> Take Care, Megon <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:37:01 EST 2 Weeks Gltuen Free - Weigh In - And sliding in to HOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692859 Today marks 2 whole weeks for me, totally Gluten-Free. I am so proud of myself. Honestly, a HUGE part of it has been just knowing that I had some Spark buddies who were wanting me to do better and make it. I am really excited. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my tummy did not feel too good. Not real sure why, but at lunch my coworkers wanted to go get fried chicken. In a compromise, I offered to drive and went to get myself a smoothie and fruit salad before heading to the chicken place for them. ... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 08:45:04 EST Good things come in 2s? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4690714 Last night I decided to crank it up for the 30 Day Shred... I did Level 1 AND Level 3. Just decided to be a little extra awesome with my workout, Ladies. And guess what? <BR> <BR> I was a little disappointed. <BR> <BR> Here I am 4 weeks in to this badboy, and Level 1 was a BREEZE now. That is a wonderful thing... but I was just hoping to have a real sweatfest last night, and Jillian just didn't deliver the way she did when I was a noob. Level 3 was still tiring, but my heart rate di... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 08:16:08 EST BAM! SPLAT! POW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686125 This morning, I'm feeling "especially PSYCHED out of my MIND" about this week. (for those of you who don't know me, this is one of my favorite Elf quotes! :-)) In fact, I'm almost giddy. <BR> <BR> Woke up a little stiff... I mean, all this hunk of person did go **Boom** yesterday... But I don't think I'm any worse for the wear, and my morning routine didn't suffer from it. Once I got moving around, I realized I don't quite feel like I was in a car wreck like I thought I might... Maybe a... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 07:42:26 EST Mama Took a Tumble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4684655 This morning started with motivation to spare... Started out great with the items on my to-do list getting checked off one by one... <BR> <BR> Clean up the house, dusty from days of construction in our basement being tracked through the whole house... CHECK! <BR> <BR> Put on a load of laundry... CHECK! <BR> <BR> 30 Day Shred... CHECK! <BR> <BR> Go for a run... Laced up my shoes and headed out the door!... <BR> <BR> Aaahhh... Nothing like winter in GA for running. Perfect cool weather, ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:47:30 EST Good Morning World! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683674 Y'all, I am just sitting here at my kitchen table enjoying an extra day off... Thinking. About how flipping GREAT I FELL inside and out, how much my body has changed in the 2 months I've used this little website, how much my MIND AND HEART have changed in the last 2 years, and how much my home has become so much more HOMEY in the last year. God is good and faithful, folks. My body is the last to change, I think, because I had to get everything else in order first to make any lasting change... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 08:28:10 EST Single Serving Splurge + Thinking about the week ahead... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682233 Today has truly been a relaxing day. Nice rest day. <BR> <BR> I got up super early - like 5:15am and made my Man some baked oatmeal before he had to head out for work. Just set the oven on autotimer and went back to bed once I got it in there. Slept in until past 8:00... Wonderful. Ate a healthy breakfast of Greek yogurt and granola and went to church with Little Boy. Great time there. So glad I went. <BR> <BR> Back home, I have pretty much just been a lazy lady all day. I did, h... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:43:49 EST The feeling's gonna getcha! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679676 Y'all I am up. On a Saturday morning. HOPPED out of bed at 5:20am and got everyone out the door by 6:30. Me and Little Boy are waiting to get the Car's oil changed as I type. Typically, this situation starts with good intentions and ends with me missing the early window of opportunity and having to wait behind about 10 other cars because I'm dragging so bad on Sat. morning that I can't beat the crowd. <BR> <BR> Not so this morning. <BR> <BR> No, this morning I leaped from bed. Bound... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 07:40:19 EST An "Off" Day... and boxing may truly be of the devil... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678895 Well, ladies... thought today might be an "Off" day. Was really feeling the need for some rest. HOWEVER, Ms. Instructor had offered a tempting 2 miler to me yesterday for today. She and some ladies were going to meet at a local park and take a leisurely jog around the town. <BR> <BR> Sounded fun. <BR> <BR> Sounded like something I needed. <BR> <BR> No, really. I can't WALK today, so it sounded like just the thing I needed. Maybe a jog would loosen up the soreness from the deadly b... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:18:58 EST 1 week of Gluten Free today... + What IS my fighting weight? + Somebody call the WAAAAAAMBULANCE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4677690 Ok, First things first. GO ME!!! Today marks one week of fabulously Gluten-Freedom. I am too excited, because I saw a big decrease in some cravings yesterday and my tummy is SO flippin' HAPPY. So, WOOT WOOT! <BR> <BR> Second, weighed myself this morning - after looking in the mirror, seeing some obvious results, and figuring the scale HAD to budge. Well, budge it did, Ladies. UP TWO POUNDS. SAY WHAT!?!? I totally bout fell out. HOW in the WORLD have I gained two pounds??? Can it be ... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:15:24 EST