MICKEYMAX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MICKEYMAX MICKEYMAX'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/ Celebrating Every Day Successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736111 In a short while from now, I will be celebrating a big milestone, when I hit 400 pounds. I have worked very hard to get to this point and I expect to realize this goal within the next month or so. <BR> <BR> The road to 400 has been paved with many small successes and I am reminded how amazing my life is becoming, in great part to the new me that is being unearthed daily. <BR> <BR> Yesterday for instance, I had a workout that exceeded my normal capabilities FROM MY STANDPOINT. It was one ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:03:23 EST Front and Center http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735160 It took me a bit to process that my trainer was leaving (even after she called herself my babysitter.) That comment has been forgiven as it was pointed out to me that she is likely under a lot of stress. Since then, we have been back to our normal selves, and we get along great. This is good, especially for the short term. She is leaving in 2 weeks from today. <BR> <BR> I had a little panic attack about what would be next, but those fears are gone. I have a bunch of different options with t... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:43:55 EST No Remorse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734594 Most folks who know me in a business sense, think I am pretty subdued, and I often am. At my last job though, I was much more a troublemaker, co-conspirator and prankster. It's been a while since I exercised my muscle in this particular way, and it felt good to let a little loose yesterday. <BR> <BR> It put me back in the mind frame of what other pranks and dares have I been subject to in the past. Most of them made me smile and have been pretty harmless in nature, with a lot of laughter gen... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:29:35 EST There is No Stopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731267 Right now, at this minute, I am on top of the world. Why? Because I kept myself on a timeline, doing what needed to be done -- laundry, packing (ok, I still have to pack but that should take 5 minutes), and most importantly getting to the gym to do a pre-excursion workout. <BR> <BR> There is no quit. There is no stopping. Yes, I am the same person who started close to 500 lbs, and is now closing in on 399, and how did that come about? No stopping. Well, there were some sidetracks, but now a... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:27:33 EST Moving on from the babysitter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731169 Went to the gym last night and huffed and puffed (a la The Three Little Pigs) through my workout. Not working out on consecutive days and then going back is always a little struggle. The plus side of it reminds me of why I work out and also of why I need to do it more often. The important thing is going back. I am going to squeeze in a little visit to the gym before I head off on my weekend excursion this afternoon. Going will make me feel better all day for a myriad of reasons. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:11:48 EST Finding a little faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728046 I've got to have a little faith in myself and in believing in others to help without rushing so quick to judgment. That's how I analyze things. I do a quick mental survey and then jump to conclusions how I think something is going to work out. <BR> <BR> Oftentimes, however, I am wrong. I let my lack of faith get in the way and generally think the worst. I need to work on that. <BR> <BR> That's one of the things I am working to improve upon in myself. I am certainly a work in progress! Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:27:29 EST Um, I didn't see this coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726702 Pardon my absence for a couple of days. While reveling in the fitting jackets, and climbing up the steps with greater ease, I've had something else kicking around. My trainer, who I have frequently dubbed "good cop" is leaving her post. I am very happy for her, but let's face it, not happy for me. I could be looking at it, like I get a fresh start too, but I have become accustomed to my trainer, and I love that feisty girl. What does it mean about bad cop, the one you have been following alon... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:29:31 EST Baby Steps & Corduroy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724918 Hubby says I've got shiny object syndrome, and he's right. I am frequently distracted when something sidetracks me. This morning while getting ready for work, I was thinking about things I had promised to get done, and a possible timeline, when I noticed my corduroy jackets. Certainly not in season, but I have them hanging on the side of my dresser. The more recent purchase is a brown jacket, that was way snug last fall. It is still not a perfect fit. I need more room in my lower arms for it ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:29:13 EST Overwhelming Urges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720943 While I was quite hungry today during certain phases, I stayed on track with my new current eating plan. Unless my coach chimes in otherwise, I will still plug away at this. When I was feeling like "I might chew off my arm" today, I went and got a salad with lettuce, beets, peas, mandarin oranges, grilled chicken and a bit of balsamic vinaigrette. A meeting ran late so I was gypped out of my yogurt that I hope to have before working out. I found a mini-can of unsweetened diced pears in my des... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:35:25 EST Heading Towards Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720595 My a-ha moment came to me last night while trying to fall asleep. The last time I had big success with my weight and fitness came while I was eating mini meals throughout the day, and had "a protein and a fibrous carb." I ate stuff like turkey, string cheese, yogurt, fruit and veggies. It was not that hard to follow as long as I did not fall prey to junk or sweets. So that's what I am going to go back to do at least for a while. I think it will help me to keep it simplified, and it has a prov... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:22:58 EST Fast Food vs. Retail Therapy and rants from the big boss man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720181 Lately, my hubby has been doing a lot of nice things for me. Little simple things, but very thoughtful. So when he asked me to stop at the golden arches to pick up dinner and a shake for him, I said sure. <BR> <BR> This is the kind of thing, though, that can introduce birds of a feather thinking. As I was cruising home, I was thinking about how fast food to me has become a lot like retail therapy to me. It's fun to think about, but not so good in practice. Once upon a time, I had a massive ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:50:43 EST I am on the right track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719664 While I was mindlessly chomping on something late last night, i put it down. I reminded myself that I am in the process of reinventing myself and I have TOTAL control over what I do with my body and how I treat it. <BR> <BR> I am having a field day at the gym because I have learned to use a variety of equipment there, and because now I am on track to show up consistently (and happily) and for the most part my body feels good when I am moving around. My head feels even happier when I am doing... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:34:30 EST Turning it Around and keep on going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719451 You know when you are really good at your job, it can be a little challenging to delegate because you cannot help but think that you yourself do the best job. I suffer from that, but I am learning to let go. Following yesterday's achievement but telling the client I could not come in early, today I put the latest event in the hands of two students. That is remarkable that I did that. I am making progress in sharing the workload, especially so that it interferes less with the gym. The gym is m... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:59:56 EST I Said No http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718729 Today had the possibility of being "one of those days." I had to work an event I really did not want to - not to mention on a beautiful sunshiny day, and who knows what kind of traffic I might encounter. It was not a possibility that I could escape working the event, so I just sucked it up. <BR> <BR> Before I went though, I did something awesome. I got myself to the gym. The client of the event actually asked me to come in early to meet with her....and I said, "no!" <BR> <BR> Shocker. <BR... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 22:24:22 EST Because my coach believes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718179 Last night I met my coach, Hadley, at the gym. I had not seen him in a while (each of us have had a crazy work schedule lately) so it was really great to see him and catch up. No matter what the workout entails with him, there is always some new twist he works into it. It makes things more challenging, interesting, and keeps the boredom at bay. He also has an exceptional knack for making me believe I can do whatever he assigns next, even when it may be eons away from what I think I can do. Hi... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:42:54 EST Day 2 --- It's a Streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716800 Just doing what I need to do --- and what I want to do. I wanted to continue with the good feelings I felt last night after working out. How can I keep those feelings rolling? Show up again and do the legwork. So I did. <BR> <BR> I said "hi" to my trainer, and then just proceeded. I did a sweaty mile on the elliptical (octane) and then pulled 500 feet of rope. I was not out to break any records tonight, I was simply working out a bit to keep the streak alive. Mission accomplished. <BR> <B... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:03:34 EST Just What I Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716089 You know what is good for what ails ya? <BR> <BR> A nice sweaty workout. It completely cleared my head. Of course it helped that my trainer, Kimmy, was there to push me, keep me in my form, encourage me, do the counting for me, and help me push through when I faltered, (as always) but tonight's workout was extra great. So the sore arms are already starting to kick in, but that makes me feel great. It proves me to me and my body that I am working out hard. <BR> <BR> WOO HOO! Go me! I am ela... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:06:42 EST Slack not Slacker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714574 I know when I am under pressure, the best thing for me to do is go to the gym and work it out. I did not do that tonight, because I had myself so worked up in such a tizzy about the state of things, my heart was racing and I felt queasy (not to mention shedding tears due to overwhelming frustration.) at least I had the ability to wait until I was in my car and solo for that last bit. I just wanted to retreat to my cave. <BR> <BR> I gave myself a bye tonight from the gym and went home. Been ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 22:48:03 EST Grab One Little Nugget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713948 There are days when momentum seems to suddenly stop or take a detour. It could be that you are overtired, stressed out a little, not wanting to go out in the rain,...any number of things. Stop looking for motivation in the big picture. It times like these, like this morning, I look for one little nugget. <BR> <BR> I did a lot of laundry last night - well mostly. A good chunk of it finished drying after I went to be, so instead of trucking out to the lanai to get it, I chose a pair of khakis... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 07:52:34 EST Riding the Wave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712586 Woke up this morning, still feeling joyous. Thinking about what I wrote last night and how my attitude has shifted, and continues to shift. Took this feeling with me to breakfast and ate slowly and mindfully and left the diner feeling composed and relaxed. This is part of my journey, where being calm is less of a surprise, and more of the norm. It is one of the things I have been working towards, and I am improving. woo hoo! <BR> <BR> Next stop - the grocery store. I decided that the best co... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 08:47:37 EST Hatchling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712404 No gym tonight but a very active day at work which concluded by two-three hours of very fussy people haranguing on my nerves, while I plastered a big smile on my face, echoing the refrain, "of course, I am happy to help you." I am subbing for my normal crew who have left for the summer and in the interim, I have some new folks which need to be trained from scratch (i.e. some with no work etiquette....we will work on that.) <BR> <BR> In that time though I was on my feet from about 5:30-9pmis... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:53:54 EST Inspiration Struck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711677 I had an epiphany tonight! <BR> <BR> It may have started when my coach called me to talk for a few minutes. That is not the usual way we connect, but I liked it. I can't pinpoint anything all that profound that he said, but he did reinforce some feelings I have been having lately, and I think he helped inspire me to not only get to the gym (which had been my intent anyway) but also to push myself to a higher level. <BR> <BR> As I moseyed into the gym, I saw a larger girl working out with ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:58:20 EST Powering Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710442 Today someone gave me a once over and asked about my power. My mind went right to the gym, and thought power what? power lifting? power yoga? protein powder? I was set to answer about beginning with kettlebells and how hard they are, and then realized in the second before I opened my mouth that she meant none of those. She meant had I lost my electrical power in the storm last night? <BR> (p.s. no, I had not). <BR> <BR> HA HA HA HA <BR> <BR> That was a good save. I thought it was funny and... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 10:38:42 EST Mission Impossible....NOT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709711 Earlier today I was thinking a bit about my number goals. When I surpass 50 lbs lost, I was thinking that it will be the second time I hit fifty this year (age)! and then maybe my next goal is 75 lbs lost, and then maybe 100 as my next milestone. It was not so long ago that I did not believe that I could possibly achieve something so great. <BR> <BR> I am not focused on the number on the scale, but it is still a measure of success. One hundred pounds lost will not even bring me to my midpoin... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:51:40 EST Active Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709330 Despite not being at the gym today, I had a very active day. Earlier I co-hosted a special catered breakfast for my graduating senior staff of 40 - and of those a half dozen kids I am super close to. It is a great event where I get to meet their families and brag about the work they have done. I was well-behaved (no tears, and I got to meet some families, I have waited a long time to meet. One of my close kids, also invited me to her graduation family dinner, which was at least a mile from wh... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 22:47:57 EST Own It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707809 I did not really have an intention of buying a car today, but I was happy to do it if we found a match. I recently inherited a low mileage Camry in very good shape, and the last time bought a car for hubby was 9 years ago when we were living in Boston - which feels like a lifetime ago. We did find a car for hubby (the first one we looked at) in fact. We got a good deal, and in part, because I am a sly name-dropper. (Our neighbor works for the dealership and I managed to weave that into the co... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:29:21 EST Feeling the Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707115 There are few things that make me as happy as re-connecting with old friends. I did it a couple of weeks ago with a great guy I used to share an office with at my very first "real world" job. He has an amazing sense of humor, and I laughed so hard when we talked. It was like stepping back in time. <BR> <BR> Today, I got to visit with some of my former students who are simply amazing. Such great people. We played catch-up and laughed about some hilarious times gone by. Many of them inspire m... Fri, 30 May 2014 22:05:28 EST Making Lemonade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706341 When life gives you lemons....as they say, make lemonade. I made it to the gym tonight despite my aching knees and general feeling of crap rolling through my body, and kind of swimming in my head. After every great feat and moment of bliss, I am susceptible to plummeting back down. I am determined not to let my poor performance get to me, but just keep showing up and doing what I can, even if it does not meet my standards, or ahem,...someone else's. <BR> <BR> My knees are acting up. I was t... Thu, 29 May 2014 21:28:00 EST Consistency beats Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705586 Determination without action is meaningless. You only need to read my last couple of blogs to see how far I have come and to understand how I got here. That aside, I have a lot of work to do. I'm seeing that I do have the determination and tenacity to keep going until I succeed. That's great. Where I need improvement is the ability to stay consistent and be resilient when something blows me off track. <BR> <BR> I left work tonight, aggravated and overwhelmed how much work this week and the o... Wed, 28 May 2014 22:32:20 EST Beautiful Face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703147 People watching is a pastime. I was doing a little of it yesterday when hubby and I stopped in a diner for breakfast. Unlike his usual ways, he wanted to stray off the beaten path, and we found ourselves at what looked like a little neighborhood joint which claimed to serve authentic Amish food. It probably was authentic, but I'll say up front, I was not a fan. <BR> <BR> While I was sitting there having my decaf tea, and playing with my food, I noticed a cute little old couple across the ro... Sun, 25 May 2014 23:06:56 EST Before, During and After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701079 I wish I could bottle the way I feel right now, still euphoric after coming out of the gym, fresh from a tough workout, where I dripped sweat and felt really pushed. I don't want to bottle the feeling to replace any gym time, but to be able to remind myself how awesome I feel when I leave, no matter how tired or cranky I might feel from work, because this feeling that I have right now is 100% vital to my continued success. <BR> <BR> It got me thinking how much progress I have made and h... Thu, 22 May 2014 22:12:24 EST Absolutely NOT....no http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700310 When my coach told me what I would be doing tonight in our last segment of the evening, I blurted out, "Absolutely not, no." One thing I love about both my coach and my trainer, is that they never really take no for an answer. I have to be super persuasive and convincing for that to fly. Tonight's terror was brought on by something I have never done before, and for some inexplicable reason, it scared the bejesus out of me. <BR> <BR> They made me walk sideways (sidestepping) on a slow moving... Wed, 21 May 2014 21:59:16 EST Birds of a Feather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699500 Okay, truth be told. How many people open their car windows and moo, baaa, or neigh when passing animals while driving in the countryside? I do it all the time. I've done it for years. My hubby reminded me I baaa-ed at a bunch of rocks on our first date. Ok, so maybe I needed new specs then. I love animals, and I freely admit - I do this. <BR> <BR> This morning, I noticed a beautiful mallard duck on my neighbor's lawn, and then his mate. We live nearby a lake, but not that close. I "asked t... Tue, 20 May 2014 20:25:08 EST Waiting Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693511 Started the day off with a spring in my step. I was ready for a new challenge - the last one (i.e. current one) is kind of boring and feels like it is dragging on forever. <BR> My coach hinted that I could start the new challenge today, but he's decided to push it back a week. I am a little bummed because I wanted to move on now, and I am not one for patience. <BR> <BR> But I am not going to let it get to me. I am putting it under the category of be careful what you wish for. Even though ... Mon, 12 May 2014 15:23:46 EST The Trifecta - great gym time, little sis and 2 snaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692883 What a great weekend. I'm including Friday after work where I met with my trainer & coach, and had an awesome workout --- though it left me sore, I felt buoyant and extremely happy when I left. Saturday morning, I drove to my sister's house (2 hours away) for the weekend. We had an awesome time! <BR> <BR> We ate healthy all weekend, we shared many laughs, looked at family photos, drove around country roads, went shopping, talked endlessly and just enjoyed ourselves to the max. I also got my... Sun, 11 May 2014 21:45:43 EST Mirror Image http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691299 I went to a reception yesterday that stole my breath for a second. I saw a woman there, who looked remarkably like me. Even her fashion choice was very similar to a sweater I used to own. If I had to guess, I would peg her for my junior by about 15-20 years. <BR> <BR> I think I was the only one from my dept who was invited. Many more people from my group interact with this particular crowd, but I am the friendliest. It was nice to be included. They also had a giant buffet, but I had such a ... Fri, 9 May 2014 12:18:35 EST How to Stay on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688465 There's no excitement to report other than I am moving along. My mood is so much more positive and I am feeling happier than last week. <BR> <BR> I made myself a short punch list on how to get beyond the crap going around my head when I need it. <BR> <BR> Don't skip workouts (and avoid missing more than 2 consecutive days whenever possible.) I am try not to miss any consecutive days, but sometimes things come up. <BR> <BR> Keep on training schedule. <BR> <BR> Identify your lifelines (fo... Mon, 5 May 2014 22:33:44 EST Back on the Horse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687539 Dedicated to the two who keep getting me back on the horse <BR> <BR> It's been a weird and wild week, but now I am looking ahead. Last week featured multiple meltdowns, tears at the gym, rolling around the floor, wondering if I could get up (I did), and a whole lot of introspection. What did today bring? A personal record for distance on the octane (elliptical) of 3 miles, followed by a stint at work, where I ran into a colleague I have not seen in 10 years (when I worked in another state!) ... Sun, 4 May 2014 22:03:51 EST Don't Go It Alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685342 I am veering into new territory. I did something so magnificently vital to my own peace of mind today. I talked to a counselor. It stemmed out of my meltdown I had on Monday where I start to treat myself as less than. I start sliding down the slope of not good enough, not deserving enough, not...you fill in the blank - I was having one of those days. <BR> <BR> I reached out to my coach, and he encouraged me. He is a good man who cares and wants to help. I realized though, that he cannot sol... Thu, 1 May 2014 23:03:16 EST Dear Mar, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683602 This is a blog I am dedicating to myself for I may need to re-read this in the future. If you find something noteworthy here for yourself, then by all means, read away. <BR> I wrote this in the locker room at my gym after working out after a short absence. <BR> <BR> Dear Mar, <BR> You've had a couple of dark days this week, and chances are you are probably going to have some again. That is okay. It would be unusual if you were the only one to experience days of doom and gloom. Nonetheless,... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:43:41 EST Fits & Starts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683302 Knee deep in the learning process about myself. When things are not going exactly according to wish, I have a tendency to turn on myself. Suddenly, I find myself in a moment of dislike, and I have hard time of flipping around my belief that seemed so solid moments before, and then shaky where I cannot put myself on stable ground. It's weird, and I think it's wrong, and I have realized that I am doing it to myself. <BR> <BR> If I am going to climb out of this mess, I have built around mysel... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:45:39 EST Knocked Out of My Comfort Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681262 Change is not so hard, but maintaining it takes a little more work. I have been very observational lately, looking at my life from the outside in. Professionally, I am doing quite well. Personally, though, I need some work. <BR> <BR> The other day while working out with my coach, I had a flash of annoyance (hatred is closer but not quite right), and it made me think about why I "hate" him sometimes. The instant thought in my head is because he pushes me out of my comfort zone. You can't hat... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:55:31 EST Quick bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679856 Tonight I did something that was not even in my sights yet. In my mind I have been pushing towards doing 0.75 without stopping on the octane (elliptical) yet tonight with a bunch of pushing, I made it the whole distance 1.50 without breaks for water or resting. Whoa, I did not see that coming. <BR> <BR> I have a lot to say and a lot to sort out, but feel like I am too tired to spit it out without sounding like an incoherent mess, so I will follow up tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Until then, know th... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:16:49 EST Saturday Night Rambles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675989 I had long considered myself a "glass half full" kind of person, and in many ways I was - when the focus was shifted outwards, but when it came to myself and what I could do, I was less likely to be quite as positive. <BR> <BR> I have taken a major leap in this area. I EXPECT more of myself, and I am often coaching myself through something where I would have been apt to give up prematurely, or not even attempt something and just assume I couldn't. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I went out to lunch t... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:23:16 EST Rounding out the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675394 I've done really well this week at the gym. Even tonight, with interruptions of problems from work (they did not know how to open up the safe), I managed to be able stopping and restarting and finishing strong. Working out with my trainer is awesome. She is so helpful and encouraging and talking to her while working out makes the time feel like it is flying. <BR> <BR> Adding in tomorrow's half hour meeting with my trainer, I will have satisfied the octane x 4, weights x 3, and 1 x up/down t... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:01:20 EST Happy is the Man Who Digs Ditches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674065 When I got up this morning, feeling sore all over, I thought of a saying of my grandmother's (Nanny) who is long since passed. She would say, "Happy is the man who digs ditches. He works hard all day and comes home and falls into bed. Then gets up in the morning to do it all over again." She meant that he would stay out of trouble because he was too tired to do anything else. ha ha. <BR> <BR> I felt like that I guy when I crawled into the shower. I am feeling yesterday's workout all over, b... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:39:18 EST Day 2 - Believe and Achieve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673928 No good challenge comes without a pinky swear, but I forgot about it this time around, so he will have to owe me one. I wish I could truly express how delighted I am right now --- with myself, my ability to do what has been set before me, and how great I physically feel. Ok, my feet do hurt in every position I put them, but for now, they are just going to have to take one for the team. I, myself - ME - told a woman in the gym tonight in the locker room, that sure she is sore today - but how i... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:36:03 EST And....We're Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673158 Started the new challenge tonight, and let me say this --- boy, do I ever feel good! Not my body really - that is aching all over, from chipmunk arms, and tired feet, and maybe sore knees, but none of that matters to me right now --- as right now I am celebrating how darn GOOD it feels to be back, in the gym and working out. <BR> <BR> I do not have an easy challenge in front of me, but that is fine - it is better this way - it gives me something to strive for, and I am going to do my very ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:43:33 EST Whoop-De-Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672339 I went back to the gym today. Because the weather was so darn nice, I knew we would be walking outside. The "we" is the three of us, me, my trainer, and my coach. It was also the start of a new challenge being born. I don't have all the info yet, and it is still coming together, but it will revolve around a chosen vacation spot and how long it will take to get there, charted in miles of exercise. <BR> <BR> The second part of the challenge will be substituting standing at my desk for sitting... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:52:54 EST All Shook Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670083 Today was full of surprises, including one especially funny one. I was due in a meeting at 11am with my boss and he moved the meeting to the theatre down the hall from us. It was an odd choice, but I didn't think anything unusual was up. Little did I know.... <BR> <BR> Seconds after I walk into the room, I am stunned to see "Elvis" walk out on stage and all of the other people in attendance, are enjoying deep belly laughs. I am trying to figure out who is "in costume" and why --- and then I ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:30:25 EST