MGRIFFITH32's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MGRIFFITH32 MGRIFFITH32'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/ Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681858 I have not been here in ages. I think I might have logged in last YEAR. I track my food on MyFitnessPal and while I have "friends" there, it is not like the relationships I had here. Spark is home. Spark is family. However, I do not have the time to sit a computer and think, write or click about food right now. At best, I point my phone at a bar code or tap my Iphone for a saved meal that I eat often. And yet, I have lost weight. 67 pounds in the last year. <BR> <BR> And none of it went down... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:44:35 EST Inching Toward Excellence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3947240 I'm learning my new job and talking to my old self. We did two quick miles the past few days, she and I, some indoors and some out. She has been overwhelmed, frazzled and afraid. She is full of words with no place to put them. <BR> <BR> On Monday, I let her write and since then, she's let me move. The two things are connected it seems. <BR> <BR> Life seems a tight space right now, like a tiny dressing room in a plus size clothing store. And yet, I know that if I go slow and find the streng... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:40:31 EST Keeping the Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3909037 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58, KJV) <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't meet my goals last week, but I did start a new job, another class and had a lot going on. It's a new week and I just had breakfast. I have a test tonight straight after work, so it maybe tomorrow for the workout but there'll be lots of running around at work. <BR> <BR> Have a great day every... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 07:39:55 EST New Year, New Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3903486 This was my first week at a new job. I'm really enjoying it but there's a lot to learn and K-12 is a lot more physical than higher education, so I'm excited but exhausted! I need to blog three times this week all this weekend so look to hear more and have a great Saturday! Sat, 8 Jan 2011 12:57:01 EST Balancing the Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3876169 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5, KJV) <BR> <BR> Coach Nancy wrote a great post today about balance. She talked about how she'd become obsessed with running this summer while training for a marathon and isolated from her friends. <BR> <BR> I get that. <BR> <BR> I tend to be an extreme person (eat too much, exercise too much, good or bad, it's usually too much). I've come to terms with that compulsive part of myself and try to keep her (the c... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 09:50:29 EST It's all good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3870838 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.--2 Corinthians 1:20 <BR> <BR> <BR> Wow. Here we are a few days from 2011. I'm still fat, but nowhere near as fat as I was. I'm not as slim as I could have been either, but you know what? IT'S ALL GOOD! The ups and downs, the steps forward and backward. It's all good because baby, we're still here! <BR> <BR> School and spark are a hard balance for me a... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 01:56:09 EST 100 in 100 workouts November 29-December 4, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3809499 SUNDAY <BR> run (3 miles) <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR> strength <BR> <BR> TUESDAY <BR> run (3 miles) <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY <BR> long run (7 miles) <BR> <BR> THURSDAY <BR> strength <BR> <BR> FRIDAY <BR> off <BR> <BR> SATURDAY <BR> Jingle Bell Run 3k Sun, 28 Nov 2010 08:23:54 EST 100 in 100 workouts November 21-28, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3809496 SUNDAY <BR> women's Half Marathon (DONE, 13.1 miles, 3:54, 3678 calories burned) <BR> <BR> TUESDAY <BR> off (how many calories does limping burn? LOL) <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY <BR> off <BR> <BR> THURSDAY <BR> Turkey Trot 5k (DONE, 3.2 miles, 52:14, 699) <BR> <BR> FRIDAY <BR> off <BR> <BR> SATURDAY <BR> run (DONE, 8 miles, 2:42, 1501 calories) Sun, 28 Nov 2010 08:20:24 EST Turkey Trot 5k 2010 (28.7 miles down, 71.3 miles to go!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805281 This was the same course as the Labor Day race (only I'm dragging some more pounds with me). Four of my kids did it with me. It was a good run, especially after the half on Sunday I just wanted to get it going again. There were a TON of people (5000 I think!) and lots to look at. Now it's time to get the gobbling in order since the hobbling is done! LOL <BR> <BR> (One of the twins finished in 25:04. I've got to get that kids some running shoes!) <BR> <BR> Time: 52:14 <BR> Calories burned: 6... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 10:40:04 EST My First Half Marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3799008 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l385159316.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wow. I don't know where to begin. Perhaps at the beginning? LOL <BR> <BR> In a stroke of madness (and pre-birthday glee) I signed up for the Women's Running Half Marathon (www.womenshalfmarathon.com). In the meantime: <BR> I gained back 20 pounds <BR> my husband ruptured his achilles tendon <BR> my kids had the stomach virus from beyond <BR> my classes were totally crazy <BR> <BR> but God... <BR> is a strong tow... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 08:37:37 EST 12.4 Down, 87.6 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3737219 Race Report: <BR> Not a race really, but fun! Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk <BR> 10/24/10 <BR> It was a nice day (my birthday actually!) and my youngest daughter and one of my sons came along. The faculty and students from my college were there and we had pink tye-dye shirts. A young lady from the college passed away this week, so we wore yellow ribbons for her. (I didn't really know her, but it shook me up). <BR> <BR> The volunteers and goodies were great and it was a lot of fun. I told... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 17:59:38 EST Thanks for the love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3719301 I appreciate everyone's love and support in my absence. A few days after my last post, my husband tore his achilles tendon and ending up having to have emergency surgery. He had been out of work two weeks and has four more weeks to go. That, plus class, kids and work has added a new dimension of crazy to my life. But, even crazy has to go sometime. <BR> <BR> I missed my last race because my husband had just had the surgery but (Lord willing) I'm doing one tomorrow afternoon. My only goal wil... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 15:20:29 EST Manic Mama Express Workout Plan September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3650764 SUNDAY <BR> Kick, Punch and Crunch (68 min) <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR> Kettlenetics (20 min) <BR> <BR> TUESDAY <BR> Turbo Jam (20 min) <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY <BR> HIIT Cardio (27 min) <BR> <BR> THURSDAY <BR> Turbo Jam (20 min) <BR> <BR> FRIDAY <BR> Kettlenetics (20 min) <BR> 5k run <BR> <BR> SATURDAY <BR> 4.2 mile run <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Sep 2010 22:46:52 EST 6.2 down, 93.8 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3649623 Goal: To run 100 miles within 100 miles of my home <BR> Race:Women's Distance Festival 5k <BR> Goal: under 50 minutes, run all the way <BR> Time: 48:31 <BR> Course: hilly, shaded <BR> <BR> Recap: Well, first of all, I DID NOT MISS THE START this time. LOL I left my kids home this week. There was no where near the people who ran the race on Labor Day, but still a good crowd. (No strollers allowed cut some of the mom-walkers). There was school cross country team there, which brought numbers u... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 13:25:57 EST I Survived... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3648300 Well, my first block class is over (we do one class a month). This one was a doozy. I can see now how I got so fat. Living at the margins is no fun. I'm about the same weight (praise God!) and I can get back in to my fitness routines (please God? LOL) I have a 5k in the morning and I haven't run a step since the last one on Labor Day. :X I guess it'll be more of a training run, but Lord willing, I'm going! Later! <BR> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 22:00:44 EST 3.1 Down, 96.9 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3611253 Well, it's done! My first race of the season is over. <BR> <BR> Highlights: <BR> <BR> Seeing some neighbors biking in the early AM on our way (they were smoking fast!) <BR> <BR> Seeing Sparker MGAYLE and her husband and Hannah, a young lady who has grown up to be beautiful. I think I saw Sparker DURRITHIA and her husband behind me at the start. <BR> <BR> Watching the twins finish the 1 mile. The came in 5th and 6th at just over 9 minutes. Now they agree that they need running shoes. LOL <... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 10:48:57 EST A Runner's Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3610685 A RUNNER'S PRAYER <BR> <BR> God, <BR> Give me courage to run the race. <BR> Help me to persevere as you taught us. <BR> Grant me the strength to finish strong. <BR> Honor me with your presence on my journey. <BR> Allow me to be a GraceRunner this day. <BR> <BR> Oh, Lord... <BR> One more breath... <BR> One more step... <BR> One more mile... <BR> FINISH LINE... <BR> This is my prayer. <BR> <BR> I can do all things through <BR> YOU who strengthens me! <BR> Amen. <BR> <BR> from Gracerunner ... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 06:01:33 EST I FOUND IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3609827 Woohoo! I found the watch to my HRM. Now I will know just how slow I'm going in the race tomorrow! LOL Thanks for your prayers. Look for the first 100 in 100 report tomorrow! Sun, 5 Sep 2010 20:29:38 EST Focusing on Fall Challenge Workout Schedule 9/5/10 - 9/11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3609371 <BR> Back to life...back to reality... <BR> <BR> SUNDAY <BR> off <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR> Red Cross 5k <BR> Turbo Sculpt/20 minute workout <BR> class <BR> <BR> TUESDAY <BR> Turbo Jam Cardio Party/Ab Jam <BR> class <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY <BR> Kick, Punch and Crunch <BR> All day practicum, grade K <BR> church <BR> <BR> THURSDAY <BR> Turbo Sculpt/20 minute workout <BR> Class/presentation <BR> <BR> FRIDAY <BR> 3.6 mile run <BR> <BR> SATURDAY <BR> Kettlenetics <BR> Class (makeup for Labor Day) <... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 16:24:05 EST Out of Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3609325 "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine" (1 Timothy 4:2, NKJV) <BR> <BR> Well, tomorrow is the first of my 100 in 100 races and I feel sort of excited but a little out of sorts. All summer I had my workout schedule all down, my eating more or less in control and now it seems like everything is just all over the place! I don't have my heart rate monitor watch and that has just messed up my mind. (Who knew how much I d... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 16:03:16 EST Home from Home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3593260 Wow. It's been a crazy few days but I just wanted to say that I had a nice visit with my mom. Here are a few of the highlights: <BR> <BR> 1. Clicking my seatbelt on the plan without an extender! YEAH! <BR> 2. Shopping for clothes with my mom and being able to fit the cute clothes. <BR> 3. Actually wanting to eat what she wanted me to eat. <BR> 4. Running along the river on an awesome trail. <BR> 5. Being so secure with myself that I forgot to by shy about my body. LOL <BR> <BR> The downer? ... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 14:34:16 EST Garments of Praise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3580499 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (ISAIAH 61:3, KJV) <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the love and support in my absence the past few days. This has been one of THOSE weeks. My class, my kids, my job, my LIFE...whew! And yet, God is not surprised or confused. He has a plan to... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:33:15 EST It's not looking good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3567881 for this week. For this month, really. I can't look at the month though or even today. There is just now. And now I can move, I can track what I can remember and try and salvage something of this day. <BR> <BR> There, I feel better already. Now to go and do...something. There is so much to do. This class is going to be a doozy. <BR> <BR> Lord, <BR> Give me the strength to change what I can, the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the wisdom to know the difference. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:36:42 EST 5 days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3560140 until I get on the scale. (Well, four more after today). School starts Monday and I'm actually relieved. I'll have some structure back in my day. It's back to the old school, fool (you are done overeating! LOL) Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. 15 minutes prayer and Bible study <BR> 2. Hug and kiss each member of my family every day. <BR> 3. Get to work on time every day <BR> 4. Pack my lunch every day <BR> 5. Batch cook chicken, fish and soup this weekend <BR> 6. Leave each kid a note in the... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 14:14:08 EST Back to Basics Workout Schedule August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3560091 SUNDAY <BR> Body Fusion (50 min, 477 cal, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> Stability Ball Abs (10 min, 60 cal, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> 4.2 miles (3 mi run, 1.2 mi walk, 91 min, 865 cal, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR> AM: 3 mi run <BR> PM: Legs & Glutes <BR> <BR> TUESDAY <BR> AM: Body Fusion, Ab Jam <BR> PM: Kick, Punch and Crunch <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY - WEIGH IN FOR BL FOCUSING ON FALL CHALLENGE! <BR> AM: 3 mi run <BR> PM: Legs & Glutes <BR> <BR> THURSDAY <BR> AM: Body Fusion, Ab Ja... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 13:56:30 EST Blocking the Boomerang http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3558563 I too much today. Again. (My kids rescued me again at the pizza buffet. "Mom, PUT IT DOWN!" Baby Girl finally snatched my plate and poured salt on it a la Jillian Michaels. I love those kids!) <BR> <BR> Last week, I ate very low calorier per my Back 2 Basics goals. I could see in my clothes that I was dropping quite a bit of weight. This week, as often happens after a very low calorie week for me, was a boomerang, with me wanting to eat everything in sight. <BR> <BR> My conclusion: very low... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 22:09:06 EST Sweet Potato Pie, Zumba and Boot Camp... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3556876 That's how yesterday went. In that order. LOLA friend invited me to be her guest at the Y and I took her up on it since I'll be in class most nights starting next week. <BR> <BR> Zumba was fun. It had been a while. The instructor was upbeat and paused between songs so you could get a breath. It was only 45 minutes though and I expected an hour. Burned 496 calories. <BR> <BR> Then my friend casually mentions the killer next class. I convince her to stay. In enters a woman so tight you could... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:33:35 EST Out of the Mouths of Babes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3551921 "And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?" (Matthew 21:16, KJV) <BR> <BR> I love my kids. Sometimes we drive each other crazy, but I love them. After having an encounter person with a crazy person last night and allowing it to have way too much effect on me and a fresh dose of hormones, I was as they say around here "lunchy" today. <BR> <BR> "Mom, why do you have a ... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 22:33:03 EST Kiss the King http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3545048 ***Tonight I was trying to figure out when exactly I started running again. I knew I started back working out on March 22 but it took a while for me to start running again. I found this blog and it made me cry so I wanted to repost it. Sometimes it's good to remember how far God has brought you.*** <BR> <BR> REPOSTED FROM APRIL 11, 2010 <BR> <BR> Tonight I ran again. When it was time to turn home though, I didn't. I ran on, doing an old route. The last time I ran that route I was 260-ish. T... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 01:31:31 EST Back to Basics Challenge Workout Schedule August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3542983 SUNDAY <BR> off <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR> 3.6 mi (2.4 run, 1.2 walk, 68 min, 860 cal, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> TUESDAY <BR> Low Impact Circuit, minus abs (68 minutes, 584 calories, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY <BR> OFF <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> THURSDAY <BR> Zumba (45 minutes, 496 calories, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> Boot Camp (45 minutes, 606 calories, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> FRIDAY <BR> OFF <BR> <BR> SATURDAY <BR> 7.2 mi (6 mi run, 1.2 mi walk, 158 min,... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:59:59 EST Back to the Basics, Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3542952 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 16:33, KJV) <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't blog for two days and I overate both those days, so... here I am! Getting back to basics has really been a blessing, both for me and for my family. Spending more time in God's Word and prayer and hugging each of my kids and making sure I kiss my husband (on the lips!) each day seems simple, but it's easy to let days go by. I'm still not we... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:52:41 EST In His Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3534999 "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end." Ecclesiastes 3:11, NLT <BR> <BR> School is a little more than a week away for all of us. I'll be seeing my Mom two weeks from now. I can feel things cranking up and I can feel me getting impatient with myself, hearing the Bionic Woman soundtrack ("We can rebuild her...", wanting to run faster, weigh less, eat more, be str... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 21:30:34 EST Thank God, A Sensible Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3530959 Three weeks ago, my oldest daughter turned 19. I didn't really want any of her cake, but it was her birthday, so I'd just have a little...TIhree days and five pieces later, I was still on the cake train which led to the drive thru train...which I just got off of last week. <BR> <BR> Well, this kid--Baby Girl--turned 16 today and has been reminding us about this chocolate ganache cake she wants for months. It's like diabetes in a box. Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:33:13 EST The Real Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3527213 "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." (1 Corinthians 9:24, NIV) <BR> <BR> Sometimes, when I'm running, people think I'm trying to catch them. <BR> <BR> I'm not--though it's fun to see the looks on people's faces. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to catch me. <BR> <BR> I am the prize, not the me I am now, but the me that I was, that I could have been. Sometimes, when I meet Jesus at the crest of a hill or the top of th... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:35:37 EST Mama Mania Remix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3523038 It is quite likely that I will be seeing my mother in two weeks. This is usually the point that I break down and try to do some kind of crazy diet or "buckle down and do SP". Well... <BR> <BR> I'm already here! <BR> <BR> I don't have to try and kill myself to lose 20 pounds in 10 days (which is impossible) because I already did it. <BR> <BR> Ahhh...now I can concentrate on seeing my mommy, being weighed by her eyes (she's accurate to the ounce) and living to tell about it. Not to mention t... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 18:49:53 EST It was worth the wait... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3519384 but not the weight. I had the pork chop I skipped last night for dinner tonight. It was yummy. I guess skinny people just intuitively do these things? Hmmm... LOL Mon, 9 Aug 2010 19:12:17 EST Destiny for Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3516357 "You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny." (Psalm 73:24, NLT) <BR> <BR> I'm skipping dinner tonight. For one, it's too late (only fruit and veggies after 7 for the b2b challenge). For two, I've eaten enough for the day. This is where I usually cave, look at my husband's good food and start rationalizing with myself. <BR> <BR> "Sure, I ate a lot after church but it was good stuff. Grapes--" <BR> <BR> "Three cups of grapes." <BR> <BR> "Yeah, but it's fruit, right? ... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 21:29:40 EST Stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3513602 I love numbers, almost as much as I love words. When I finish running and push that button on my heart rate monitor, everything I felt is either nullified or confirmed. When I step on the scale, the past week, no matter its victories or failures is "good" or "bad." <BR> <BR> Screw the numbers. I shouldn't have weighed myself this morning. I freaked out (which may have been a good thing considering I ate better today than I have in a while). I'm still going to get back to basics, back to my e... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 21:25:39 EST 100 in 100/Back to Basics Challenge Workout Schedule August 7, 2010 - August 14, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3512407 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l749560799.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm training for the Running for the Bay Half Marathon on October 23, 2010. I'm using Hal Higdon's 12-week novice training plan. It cuts my mileage in half at the beginning, which is good. I need to get BACK TO THE BASICS! My biggest workout this week: putting down the fork! <BR> <BR> SUNDAY <BR> stadium stairs, 10X w/ cd, 35 minutes, 378 calories, DONE <em>248</em> (This is for you, Todd!) <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 12:17:53 EST Back to the Basics Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3512350 "The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet." (Proverbs 27:7, KJV) <BR> <BR> Yep. I had to take it KJV. It's like THAT. I got on the scale the is morning and it said something crazy. CRAZY! 274. I was 267 on WEDNESDAY. Have I gained 7 pounds in a few days? No. Have I been eating tons of sodium and craziness? Yep. So, since the Biggest Loser Summer Sizzle Challenge is over (it went great in spite of my struggles the past few weeks. I lost almost 20... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 12:01:38 EST Just because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3511092 -Frozen yogurt is still on sale doesn't mean you have to buy it. (Good girl). <BR> -The kids are eating crap doesn't mean you have to eat it. (Work on it). <BR> -The day goes south into Emo Alley doesn't mean you have to binge. (Good girl). <BR> -The day goes south doesn't mean you ditch the day's goals. (Work on it). <BR> <BR> -The schedule says run means you have to wash the duds, go to sleep and smile in the mirror. (ABSOLUTELY) <BR> <BR> Lord, <BR> <BR> I love you. Just because. <BR> ... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 22:39:31 EST WAKE UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3508012 This morning as I was running, I heard this: <BR> <BR> "Joy comes in the morning, but the morning doesn't always mean the AM. The morning is when you WAKE UP. So look at somebody near you and tell 'em, WAKE UP!" <BR> <BR> Self, did you get it? Are you awake? Joy comes in the morning and the Son rises whenever you are ready for Him. You have lost 20 pounds this summer, taken a butt load of classes and ran a lot of miles. And no matter how far there is to go... <BR> <BR> Joy is here. <BR> <... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 23:08:58 EST 100 Miles in 100 Miles Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3506939 A few weeks ago, I decided against registering for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. God told me to WAIT and gave me a better plan--to create a base of running this year by racing 100 miles withing 100 miles of my home. Well, I took some time today to hook up a graphic and create a plan. My racing year starts soon and I'm excited! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1516978.jpg"> <BR> <BR> NOTE: I thought things would change and they did! The women's retreat at my... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 16:24:44 EST Biggest Loser Sizzling Summer Challenge Workout Schedule 8/1/10-8/7/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3493402 SUNDAY <BR> Circuit Max (63 min, 603 calories, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR> 5.4 miles (107 min, 1438 calories, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> TUESDAY <BR> OFF <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY <BR> 9 mile walk/jog (180 min, 2000 cal, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> THURSDAY <BR> 3 mi hill run w/wu and cd (100 min, 1043 cal, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> FRIDAY <BR> OFF <BR> <BR> SATURDAY <BR> 4 mi run, w/wu and cd (150 min, 1348 cal, DONE) <em>248</em> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 00:06:04 EST Six Things the Stadium Stairs Taught Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3475508 Sunday morning marked my second ascent of the stairs in FSU's Doak Campbell Stadium. The first time, I went at night and got spooked by some guys on the field (or somewhere, I couldn't see them). Sunday, I went early and the place was swarming with little college girls. Apparently, everyone but me has known this is the place to be. <BR> <BR> Well, I learned a lot during the time I spent in the stadium. Here are a few of the things that come to mind: <BR> <BR> 1) SPEED DOESN'T MATTER <BR> <... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:38:11 EST Biggest Loser Sizzling Summer Challenge Workout Schedule 7/25/10-7/31/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3465138 SUNDAY <BR> stadium stairs (93 minutes, 1076 cal, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR> OFF (still sore from the stadium!) <BR> <BR> TUESDAY <BR> UGH! Family and life got in the way. It happens! <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY <BR> 3 mi walk/jog (60 min, 724 cal, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> THURSDAY <BR> OFF <BR> <BR> FRIDAY <BR> OFF <BR> <BR> SATURDAY <BR> 7.8 mi outdoor run (173, 1707 cal, DONE) <em>248</em> Sat, 24 Jul 2010 14:36:48 EST Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3465051 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. 'There is no commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30,31) <BR> <BR> Loving people is easy when they meet all our expectations. It's harder when they don't act they way we want them to or think like us. Love--the for real kind--is much harder when it looks, especially when to really love others it means you have to love ... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 13:59:07 EST 50 Blooming Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3455707 The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and BLOSSOM. Like the crocus, it will burst into BLOOM; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. <BR> <BR> The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. <BR> <BR> Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; <BR> (isaiah 35:1-3) <BR> <BR> Every New Year's Eve, I have a tradition with my readers of sharing ... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 17:41:51 EST Biggest Loser Sizzling Summer Challenge Workout Schedule 7/18/10-7/24/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3444131 SUNDAY-church <BR> OFF <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR> 4 mile run (5.4 total w/warmup, cooldown, 114 minutes, 1211 calories, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> TUESDAY - Last Chance Workout!- <BR> Dad's volleyball game-Baby Girl band night/clarinet lessons-GK tutoring <BR> <BR> 5k run w/warmup and cooldown(4.2 mi total, 90 min, 949 calories, DONE) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY - weigh in-church <BR> 5k run w/warmup and cooldown(4.2 mi total, 90 min, 932 calories, DONE) <em>248</... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 15:16:28 EST Sizzzling Summer Sunday Dress #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3444106 Okay, here's the latest one. The sun was in my eyes, so I think I'm squinting. This was my daughter's dress a few years ago. I don't know what made me try it on, but hey, it fit! LOL It's a large but that's not the size I wear. (I have XLs I can't fit). Anyway, have a blessed Sunday! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l339256591.jpg"> <BR> <BR> NOTE: Fitting into that large bothered me for some reason (probably because I remember my daughter wearing it and it felt ... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 15:07:34 EST