MENHALLS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MENHALLS MENHALLS'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/ You are Bored, Not Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223346 I am trying to remind myself that I am NOT actually hungry. I ate a really good, filling lunch. I am, however, irritated, grumpy a little PMS-y and don't know why. So, I can feel myself looking for a "snack". <BR> <BR> I got some water instead. I am drinking it. It is NOT food which is making my head say "feed me". My tummy is asking "why would you do that, I'm full". So, here's a moment I have identified emotional eating. I'm 4 pounds away from my BLC goal, and yet I'm trying to comp... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:33:45 EST Progress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199642 I got my first run of 2013 in yesterday! A total of 2 miles, but it was outdoors (-5 C) and it felt great! I wish I hadn't "quit" running in the fall but life gets in the way sometimes. <BR> <BR> Today I woke up a little sore and with a scratchy throat. I am hoping it doesn't turn into a full-blown cold, so I'm drinking water like crazy and going to bed early. More likely, this is just a bit of a set back getting into shape. I did 30 minutes of a new Pilates workout today which was medi... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:36:39 EST Still ouch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194020 It's been almost a week since the skiing and all of a sudden my shoulder is just killing me. We went snowmobiling today and after 25 miles, it was all I could do to hold on. Fortunately, we were pretty close to home so after a bit of ice and rest, I think it'll all be ok. <BR> <BR> I decided to take it really easy tonight, instead of Pilates, thinking it was best to rest everything, rather than risk more injury. But....I feel pretty lumpy and lazy. I did stick to my meal plan today so tha... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:45:59 EST Ouch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186210 We took the kids downhill skiing yesterday, which I haven't done since I was a teenager. Surprisingly, it came back pretty easily. I even learned to ski this time, instead of mostly going straight down! <BR> <BR> Today I am stiff just about everywhere & I didn't even fall down! My arms hurt, my shins hurt (from the boots!) and my core is tight. I definitely should have done some Pilates last night but was so tired! <BR> <BR> My tracker says it burns a ton of calories so I am hoping that ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:13:06 EST BLC Week 3 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181768 So - the task is goal setting, in priority, with short, realistic, attainable goals. What a perfect way to end 2012 - with a list of goals for the new year. <BR> <BR> What worked in 2012? I lost 18 (now 15) pounds, so I know that even occasional exercise keeps me out of the 160s. I know that more salad and less chocolate makes my skin clearer. I know that trying to accept my body for what it is mostly worked too. <BR> <BR> What didn't work in 2012? Occasional exercise. I'm thinner, bu... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:12:23 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180732 I have finished my first week of SparkPeople. A seven day streak! I love SP because no matter how long I've been away or neglected myself, this lovely place remains for me to try, try again. My challenge to myself this time is to spark every day until March 1, 2013. We're going on a sunny vacation where internet is $15 a day, so no SP for me that week! <BR> <BR> I've done 100 day spark streak, so this shouldn't be too hard. I only wish I had started sooner so I could try to break my reco... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:34:54 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178249 It's been a long while since I last blogged. I know it isn't 2013 yet, but I thought it was time to start again. Is that a New Year's Resolution? Perhaps. I looked at my tracker for the year & I started it at my all-time heaviest (not pregnant). I began 2012 weighing 167 pounds. I thought if I worked hard, I would be at 130 now. <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't work hard. <BR> <BR> But, I've still lost 18 pounds. (15 if you believe my after-christmas scale, and I'm ignoring that liar) <BR> ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 23:14:22 EST 100 Day Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018689 I have been actively sparking for 100 days straight. That seems like such an amazing feat to me! I have had lots of ups and downs, but finally, the scale is heading down again. I've lost 3 more pounds, making my total weight loss 17 pounds. I can't be anything but proud of myself. <BR> <BR> I've really struggled to get out and run this summer and it isn't all about the heat. It was a little bit of "I can do this without having to work for it" mentality. I know that. It's the same prob... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:02:51 EST Making changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005912 "Nothing changes unless something changes" <BR> <BR> I am so trying to take this to heart. 6 weeks of the same weight. Ugh. Have I been super-on program? No. So, I can't be completely "not at fault". But, I would have expected SOME kind of change. <BR> <BR> Yes, my clothes fit better. <BR> Yes, my attitude and energy is better. <BR> No, I don't feel better. <BR> <BR> It is my birthday on Friday. I set a goal for my birthday and I am now 5 pounds away from that goal. The thing is, t... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 23:05:20 EST Utterly Plateau'ed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987458 Is that even a word? Not sure. Either way, that's what I am. Completely stuck. I've now sat at 153 for 3 weeks. No change. But, I've not been working as hard as I could either, at least not on my running. I've been gardening, walking, building a pool, swimming...but not running. <BR> <BR> Coincidence? <BR> <BR> Hmmm. <BR> <BR> Perhaps I need to add a few miles (or at least start) to my week? Drives me crazy to be stuck here, I want to be down another 5 pounds in the next 2 weeks & I... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:28:58 EST Vacation & Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959000 We just got back from a week long vacation with the kids. I didn't get in nearly as much exercise as I wanted but did manage to eat pretty well. I was so looking forward to hiking in Banff but it was not to be - little buddy threw a tired fit & we had to go home. Sigh. Maybe next time. <BR> <BR> So, I wasn't expecting much, hoping for a slight gain, and I actually lost another pound. So that puts me down 14 pounds total. I can't believe it in a way - aren't you supposed to gain weight ... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:04:55 EST Overweight Co-workers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935793 Now that I'm feeling really proud of myself and starting to see results, I'm looking around me for people that sabotage that in my life. Or at least practice such unhealthy habits that are tempting for me. <BR> <BR> One is my coworker, lovely person but severely obese. She knows it, even says "I need to do something" and talks once in awhile about walking but in the 2 years I've known her, she's not smaller, probably bigger. She's a great woman, smart, funny and has a real zest for life b... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 07:53:19 EST I'm Gonna Brag a Little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934262 That's right, I'm bragging today. Today, I am down a total of 12 pounds!!! I am not sure if you can tell how thrilled I am, but here's a hint: <BR> <BR> TWELVE POUNDS ! TWELVE POUNDS ! TWELVE POUNDS ! <BR> <BR> Is this the thinnest I've ever been? Nope, I've been another 10 lighter than this. (Actually, I've been another 35 lighter, but we're not talking about that). IN my adult life, the smallest I've ever gotten was 145. I am now 10 pounds away from that. When we look at percentag... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 07:42:08 EST Progress People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925862 I'm finally seeing some actual, real results!! I know, I was moaning a bit in the last blog, but I'm down another pound, my waist is down a 1/2 inch and my size 10s are starting to look big. In fact, I put on size 8 pants yesterday & did them up without "hoping" they'd fit!! So, I got a NSV, a SV and a TV (measuring Tape Victory!) all in one day. <BR> <BR> Not too bad for a Wednesday! <BR> <BR> I ran another 3 miles yesterday, felt like I was really working but so slow! I hate slow runs... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 07:43:19 EST The Scale is NOT Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921283 Repeat after me: I am not my scale. It does not define who I am, what I am or where I am. <BR> <BR> I am beautiful. <BR> <BR> I am tough. <BR> <BR> I am strong. <BR> <BR> And, I am sad today. <BR> <BR> I've been working out steadily for a whole month & have really not made any progress. I know that isn't completely true and I know that I wasn't expecting to lose 10 pounds. But I thought I might lose 2 or 3. Today, I weigh in exactly the same as I did a month ago. Last week, I was... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:13:44 EST Cross-Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918419 I did a 7 mile bike ride tonight instead of a run. It was so calm today, no wind, that it seemed a like a good idea. We have about 2.5 miles of gravel road before a paved highway, so those 5 miles (round trip) are a lot tougher than the SP calculator gives me credit for! <BR> <BR> I'm struggling to get my calories burned number this week, I've got to burn about 500 tomorrow to make my goal. Last week sucked out, I was in travel status for work & didn't even try to get my workouts in. D... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 00:10:06 EST BLC Summer Challenge Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917068 Here are my BLC Goals: <BR> <BR> My weight today: 157 <BR> <BR> What I hope to weigh by Labor day: 145 <BR> <BR> Activities I plan on doing: lots of running, biking and hopefully swimming <BR> <BR> Something new I plan on trying: swimming in my pool at home (assuming hubby gets it built!) <BR> <BR> What is my long term goal for activity (what is your plan when the weather changes again); More running, but inside if it gets nasty out <BR> <BR> What is my Plan B for activity if incle... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 23:44:24 EST Easy Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912529 I coached soccer tonight and still came home with energy to burn. So, off I went for an easy run - 4 miles at 11:00 pace. That was easy, I promise. I'm not sure if I'm really going to make a 10:30 long run pace by the end of June, but I'm aiming for it anyhow. <BR> <BR> It was a really good run but it is nearly midnight, so g'night and sweet dreams all! Tue, 5 Jun 2012 00:52:24 EST June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910718 I guess I'm a little late to the goal-setting party, being that it is 3 days into the new month already. However, since we haven't had a Monday yet this month, I'm going with that as my excuse. <BR> <BR> So, I need to to set some goals, achievable but stretch goals. That's what I did in May & lost 2 pounds in 3 weeks, so let's go: <BR> <BR> 1. Run 11 miles per week with one long run of 4 miles, getting progressively faster to reach 10:30 as a comfortable "long run" pace. <BR> <BR> 2. R... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 23:05:15 EST 10K Training Run = Goal Met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908624 I ran my first 10K training run & I feel great! I had a terrible time "getting in" the mileage today, so in order to meet my 10 miles per week goal, I "had to" run 6 miles today. So, I laced up my shoes, grabbed a water and set off. <BR> <BR> It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be and though I did it long and slow (11.5-12 min miles) I feel amazing. I proved something to myself and I can't wait to do it again. <BR> <BR> The only downside is I think I will have to start increas... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 11:13:20 EST Now I'm a Runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902275 Yesterday, I ran 4.15 miles. Most of it was in the rain, not just a sprinkle, but RAIN. In my silly mind, that makes me a "real" runner now. Not just a fair-weather runner, but a "get off the couch & slog out 4 miles any time I darn well feel like it" Runner. <BR> <BR> I ran those miles as my "long run" for the week, usually I'm running more around 3 miles, but I really wanted to get in a little extra. We missed soccer due to the rain so I needed to get in a good workout to replace it. <... Tue, 29 May 2012 08:25:50 EST I Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900786 I do not believe the scale measures self-worth. <BR> <BR> I do not believe my measuring tape measures self-worth. <BR> <BR> I do not believe my measurements have remained unchanged since February. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I believe in myself. <BR> <BR> I believe in my ability to change my body. <BR> <BR> I believe I will see change when I do better, eat better and exercise better. <BR> <BR> I believe. Mon, 28 May 2012 07:38:44 EST 4000 Calories Torched in 2 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899422 I re-set my fitness goals about 6 times last week, trying to cover all the activities I was doing. I ended up setting the "goal" at 2000 calories per week. I'm thrilled to say I met those goals 2 weeks straight! I nearly didn't because I was tired, grouchy and all around sore in the ankle, but I just couldn't bring myself to go to bed without giving it one more try. <BR> <BR> I ended up doing some videos from Spark and they were great. Just what I needed - a little "cross-training" that ... Sat, 26 May 2012 23:18:20 EST One little pound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897189 I've lost one little pound. Just one in 10 days. Healthy, yes. Happy, yes. Wish it was 20...ok, yes. <BR> <BR> I'm celebrating that the scale is drifting down instead of up. I'm celebrating that my hard work is showing up in multiple places - my pants, my face, my scale. I'm toning up, I'm speeding up and I'm getting back some confidence in myself along the way. <BR> <BR> Yes, it is one little pound. But, I earned it. And today I'm happy! Fri, 25 May 2012 07:49:12 EST I'm Not Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893239 Wah. My ankle hurts again today. I took it easy & didn't run on it at all on Sunday. It still felt sore on Monday but I did 5K anyways because it didn't hurt one bit while I was running. In fact, it felt better than it had for 2 days. Was that stupid? <BR> <BR> This morning, I woke up with a sore knee and ankle but the knee has since improved. And, by sore, I mean a little twingy, nothing major. <BR> <BR> I'm trying not to be discouraged, even though I am getting faster, going longer ... Tue, 22 May 2012 16:11:19 EST I Beat My Weekly Mileage Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889146 After weeks and weeks and weeks of not even reaching my mileage goal (10), I am so thrilled to report that I logged 11.25 running miles this week! I don't count the cool down walking mileage ever, so probably moving miles total around 13-14! I am so proud of myself. <BR> <BR> I have done a great job this week, sticking to my ranges, having to increase them several times because I keep out exercising my calories. However, all that activity had me eating at the top of the range (was 1500,... Sat, 19 May 2012 23:15:43 EST Starting a streak? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883387 According to my SparkStreaks, I've been exercising at least 90 minutes a week for 3 weeks now. I didn't think that I had done all that much 2 weeks ago, but there are the numbers. What a good feeling it is, seeing that Streak start to add up. <BR> <BR> My "run 10 miles a week" streak has a all-time high of two weeks. Wow, way to overachieve there Michelle. So, my new goal is to get that streak moving. I mean really, it's 10 miles. Some people can do that in 1 day. I just bought new ... Tue, 15 May 2012 23:00:43 EST Now I'm tough all over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880477 And by "tough" I mean sore. And tired. And a little muscle-y shaky. Everything hurts and what didn't hurt this morning, I did my ST, so now all of those muscles feel a little "why me?" <BR> <BR> And the risk of sounding whiny, I'm not. Because I know I am tougher than a little bit of soreness. I know that in order to change my body, I need to do something different. This "toughness" is a different way for my body to feel. <BR> <BR> So, I'm committing to drinking all my water today. T... Mon, 14 May 2012 09:04:31 EST Tough is the new pretty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879848 I am tough. Well, not really, but I'm going for the "fake it till you make it" trick. Today I ran intervals and they were h-a-r-d. I got as fast as a 7:05 on my watch. I didn't even know my legs could move like that. It wasn't for any sustained amount of time - I ran the intervals between 8:05 and 10:05 but I still DID it. My "long run" pace is between 11:30 - 12:00, so even keeping most of my splits in the 9 ish range was a big deal today. <BR> <BR> I intended to run 3 miles. My son ... Sun, 13 May 2012 20:48:06 EST Training for Soccer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877745 My boys, 9 and 7, have just started playing soccer (or football for the rest of the world) and they have no coach. So, that means somebody's mother has to step up. And, even though I am the least athletic person on the planet, I said, "sure, I'll do it" <BR> <BR> Ok, so I had to YouTube what "dribbling" meant. (I know it as a basketball term!) I watched young girls do amazing things with a ball that I didn't know were possible!! I google'd coaching tips, rules and drills. Then, I pract... Fri, 11 May 2012 23:35:33 EST Running kills stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842115 Did you know that? Running kills stress. Better than sleep. Better than chocolate. Maybe better than sex. (And only cuz I have a hard time getting in the "mood" when I'm stressed) <BR> <BR> Picture this: Tuesday, light drizzle, me lying on the couch, feeling sorry for myself & depressed. Knowing I should go for a run but can't quite haul my tush out the door. Wednesday, stress, stress, grumpy, grumpy.....run 3.5 miles .........bliss. No more stress. No more grumpy. I woke up feelin... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:15:11 EST Me + Garmin = Long Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831501 I bought a Garmin 405 in November on an amazing Amazon deal - like 80% off!! - so I've been waiting through the winter to really try it out. Sure, there's been a few nice enough days, I've gotten some use - maybe a dozen runs, but now that I'm comfortable with the thing, I'm trying out different settings. <BR> <BR> I tried "Workout" setting yesterday - it defaulted to 1 mile run, 5 min rest, 3 repeats. Because my Garmin is so smart, it revealed that I ran pretty consistent, though negative... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:45:58 EST So, Yeah, about that re-start.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819267 Last blog entry was me "restarting" my challenge after an illness. I'm not going to lie. I didn't do it. I'm trying not to beat myself up about that, even though I totally wasted 2 weeks of healthy behaviours on laziness... <BR> <BR> Whatever. <BR> <BR> Today is Day 1. Of what, I'm not sure yet. But it's Day 1. I ate appropriately. I drank 1/2 the 8 glasses of water so far. I ran 2.65 miles. I did sit-ups this morning. Not tons, but some. <BR> <BR> Today is Day 1. I can't wait f... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:22:46 EST Day 38 (Ok, technically, 14, but I'm re-starting) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795823 I have had the worst month, exercise & diet-wise. It's taken me 3 weeks to feel human again & last week to get caught up. Soooo, instead of admitting defeat, I'm just going to restart from where I left off. <BR> <BR> Day 38 - started tracking my food & ran 2 miles. Hard, fast and hilly. My garmin says it's only 7 ft elevation gain but the route is up, down, up, down, up, down....not mountain, gentle rises. But, still hills to this prairie girl. <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of me, I could just... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:54:46 EST Day 39 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754563 We're back from Cuba - no internet there, so I'm still trying to get into my routines! Wanna know the truly best part - running in the heat. No snow coats, no boots, just tank top, shorts & ipod. I ran the resort and I ran on the beach. It was incredible. I think I managed to get in 9 miles, give or take, last week. It's hard to tell, because the GPS watch isn't allowed in Cuba either. Sigh. <BR> <BR> And then I got home to notice my scale indicated I gained 10!!! pounds. I thought -... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:14:33 EST Day 55 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4728410 Stupid sick. <BR> <BR> Kids sick. <BR> <BR> Hubby sick. <BR> <BR> me, too tired. Missed 2 workouts. Feel like a failure. But, feeling sick too so it's starting to cancel out the failure feeling. <BR> <BR> Blaaaaaaaaaaaah. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening to me whine. Wed, 8 Feb 2012 08:02:25 EST Day 60 - 30 Days of Working Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719446 I am 30 days in - and I think I can confidently say my "Challenge the Body By Vi Challenge" is a great success. Since I'm not actually comparing results to a BBV, it's not exactly scientific, the point is I, ME, am having success. <BR> <BR> I've lost 10 pounds. I feel incredible. I have ran 46 miles this year. I have a waist again. In fact, some of my clothes are too big and others fit much nicer. Truly, a month of taking care of myself has been a real blessing. <BR> <BR> I am afr... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 22:11:35 EST Day 61 - IT IS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715914 I weighed in this morning - 157.4 baby. That's right, I am down 10 pounds!! I am so proud of myself, for sticking with it, for saying no to unhealthy choices, for believing that I could. <BR> <BR> My measurements were even all a .5 inch smaller today. I hate to let a stupid scale dictate my mood, but today, I'm floating because I got hard, numbers proof, that SparkPeople WORKS. <BR> <BR> Stick with it & you too will have results! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 08:34:49 EST Day 62 - Could it be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715249 I really forced myself through a run this afternoon. I knew I needed it, super, nasty stressful day at work...so even though I didn't feel like it & it was h-a-r-d today, I managed 3 miles plus a half mile cool down. <BR> <BR> I wanted to put in 4 today, but there was no chance of that. The fact that I got up, ran the miles and ran most of it around 10.5 miles makes me very proud of myself. I'm trying to be dedicated to my own good health, even when I have to force it. <BR> <BR> I checke... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:44:22 EST Day 63 - 3 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4713045 I'm really doing it guys! I got up, really reluctantly, this morning for my scheduled run. I dragged butt to the gym, hopped on the treadmill and decided, at that moment, to do intervals. Yes, the thing I hate most about running. Ugh. Intervals. <BR> <BR> I ran 3 minutes at a 5.2 (about 11 min/mile), then 6.2 for a minute. Then back to 5.2. At the next interval, I dialed up to 6.4. Eventually, I was running the recovery at 5.5 and the interval at 6.8. I did 2.5 miles this way & the ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:18:30 EST Day 64 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711223 I am having a rough weekend. It's not that I don't want to be "on program", but I just can't seem to stay out of the snacking today. Yesterday, I ate a bag of Cheeto puffs....so good. But, 600 calories...sigh. I know that it is a two steps backward, 1 step forward process and life includes treats. I just found I didn't have the willpower to resist or even want to. <BR> <BR> So, I dutifully logged the truth of my days & tried to keep it to a reasonable limit. I know that is the best wa... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 22:43:44 EST Day 67 - I'm Winning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706173 I celebrated my triumph over quitting by running 3 miles today. It is so warm here in sunny Manitoba - only about minus 5 C - which is about 20 degrees warmer than normal. Three years ago, it was about minus 48 C and the schools were closed for 3 days. We do get a "January thaw" most years, but this has been a very mild winter overall. I've been running 3x this week, all outside. <BR> <BR> If you'll recall from my (whining) previous blogs this week, the last time I did the "Challenge th... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 22:52:14 EST Day 69 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4702228 Dum-dum-Dum.....(think big movie scary sound...) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Day 68. That is the last day that I blogged on my last challenge. I think I made it to Day 65, but since I have no records to prove it...I'm feeling the pressure of meeting & then exceeding my previous effort. <BR> <BR> I got in a 2 mile run yesterday and another 4 miles today. First one was in the dead of winter - minus 25 C - I had no idea it was so cold. I lost my gym key but really needed a work-out. We had a c... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:50:30 EST Day 71 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4697880 Lots of housework today, but no exercise. I was hoping to zip out for an outdoor run today but got very involved in painting a cupboard with my boys. Well, I guess family time is the most important way to spend your time. <BR> <BR> I got a new battery for my scale & decided it was better when it didn't work. Ha ha. I'm not even a bit discouraged because I'm not about to base my day on some stupid piece of plastic. <BR> <BR> I bought a new workout outfit, ok, I wasn't supposed to get it ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:53:16 EST Day 73 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4694396 Today is a rest day, trying to prevent injury. I can sure feel my shin bones today, so I didn't go for another run today. Figured it was better to take a day off and recover. <BR> <BR> Ate terrible choices for supper but still within my SP range. I already feel horrid, I must remember that I'm eating too much healthy foods to put my body through a round of junk food. <BR> <BR> I'm now 5 days away from where I started giving up on my challenge last time & determined to have a different ou... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 23:05:35 EST Day 74 - Long Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692222 Oh yeah baby, I just ran 4 miles. I am so psyched. That's right, I said it. They were 11 minute miles, since this was the "easy" run. I didn't know if I had it in me, but I pushed through a couple of tough spots and I FINISHED it. <BR> <BR> This running while the kids are at hockey thing is awesome. I'm down 8 pounds, about an inch on my waist and I feel pretty good. I wish my skin would get the memo, but what can you do. <BR> <BR> We're off to Cuba on Feb 13th and I am pretty sure ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:59:41 EST Day 75 - 2 weeks +1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4690073 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l804658195.jpg">I've been at my personal challenge for 15 days now. I used every excuse in the book to avoid my run today and recognized my silliness. I didn't have a lot of time, so I ran for 20 minutes, 2 miles. For me, that is super-fast. I'm feeling the lack of a good stretch after now though. <BR> <BR> According to the gym scale I'm now at 160 lbs. I started at 167, so I can't be anything but thrilled with my progress so far. I am... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:43:16 EST Day 76 - Better Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4687797 So, grumpily, I did 45 minutes of Pilates...and felt better. <BR> <BR> I pretty much wasted an entire work day and felt lousy. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym, ran a hard 2.5 miles....and felt better. I even did some strength training, still way harder than I'd like it to be. I'm lifting 15 lb weights, 8 reps and it is t-o-u-g-h. I actually thought I was going to toss my cookies part way through a rep! <BR> <BR> It was a wonderful day - I just forgot that I still love to run. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:12:37 EST Days 81-77 - Or, Excuses, Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686244 I considered just skipping over this time period & pretending like it didn't exist, but thought the truth was better. <BR> <BR> Day 81 - No exercise, I had meetings & training and no energy....good nutrition <BR> Day 80 - No exercise & I ate pizza, but stayed on target, just. It was Friday & I was having a "day" <BR> Day 79 - I watched my kids play hockey & went shopping. Doesn't count as exercise. We ate Chinese for supper. Killed my calorie counts. did you know there are over 300 calo... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:02:53 EST Day 82 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4675175 Quiet day today - no exercise but I did stay in my ranges. I have so much work to do - first my regular job, then my husband's bookkeeping, never mind all the housework. <BR> <BR> Whatever. <BR> <BR> Hopefully tomorrow is back to my regular fitness routine. Could be a long day but I'm determined to be good to myself. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 23:58:47 EST