MINNA72's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MINNA72 MINNA72'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/ Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279020 Wow. It is Friday. A few days ago I was thinking that Friday couldn't come soon enough for my comfort (and, shockingly, it had very little to do with needing a break from work) and how miserable I was about this week's LTGL theme, this bloody blogging. <BR> <BR> But along the way this experience has morphed into something else. It has reminded me of why I came to SparkPeople to begin with. <BR> <BR> I came here - not for information, advice or any of the more common reasons - but for the ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 14:48:39 EST Honesty and delete buttons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277746 This blogging thing is hard. I hate (hate, hate, hate) feeling vulnerable, and spread open for others to judge. Yet, I can't make myself write anything that isn't honest and (on some level) meaningful. <BR> <BR> Which makes me procrastinate doing this, then obsess over it, fret once it's done and hover over the delete or edit button. Stressful. <BR> <BR> I think the theme for today was advice. Yes? I am not great at asking for it, or asking for help. That means admitting I don't know somet... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 17:36:51 EST Perceptions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276228 In case some of my SparkFriends think I'm going through a crisis of sorts, what with the sudden increase in blogging - let me assure you everything is fine. This is part of a weekly assignment where we are blogging on the theme of habits . <BR> <BR> Or the lack of them. Or the forming of them. <BR> <BR> I picked rewarding myself as the habit I intended to work on. <BR> <BR> There's just one problem with this. I am the most self-critical human being in existence. I am merciless. I indulge... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:38:08 EST Thoughts on habits, rewards and obstacles. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274595 Habits. <BR> <BR> Seems so easy. Should be so easy. Just pick one and then do it. Right? <BR> <BR> Wrong. <BR> <BR> Some days it feels like the commitment needs to be renewed on a minute-to-minute basis. <BR> <BR> Who knew it could take so much energy? That it could be so very difficult to do something so very simple? <BR> <BR> Today has been one of those days. You know; THOSE days. I did okay food-wise at work. I got my walk in, I tried to keep my positive outlook. <BR> <BR> But I ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:20:03 EST Retail Therapy (with photo) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270971 This is for my <em>345</em> A Team gals, who have been asking for pics... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So, as you may remember from my ranting, I stepped on the scale a few days ago and was feeling pretty low. <BR> <BR> Retail therapy helps, we all know this, right? As luck would have it, I caught the tail-end of the winter sales and instead of one pair of shoes, I came home with these: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1345885605.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4 pairs of g... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:01:13 EST Goals for March 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269985 Another 5 % challenge has started and I am struggling to come up with attainable goals. <BR> <BR> I am slowly recovering from my back injury. My physical therapist is pleased with my progress. I wish I was, as well. <BR> <BR> Considering my limitations, the need to get stronger, to keep challenging myself and the need to find a way to curb this weight gain that's creeping up on me. <BR> <BR> * 60 minutes of walking at least 5 days a week. ( I already do this) <BR> <BR> * strength tra... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 16:19:32 EST Week 1 - done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062539 I thought I'd keep track of my progress (or lack thereof, but let's not think about that yet) in weekly updates. <BR> <BR> I am not sure I can see improvements in any aspects after this week. I have had a couple really bad days, pain-wise, mostly because I have felt bad about not helping out with a kitchen renovation at home and I've tried to lift something, carry something or just wield a paint brush. Live and learn. Moving on. <BR> <BR> Anyway, spent a considerable amount of time resti... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 02:38:59 EST On starting over (or fighting my way back to health) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051949 Starting over. <BR> <BR> Those two words are so loaded with all sorts of meanings. Some good, some less so. <BR> <BR> For me, I think I need some distance from the past. Doesn't mean I will leave behind the knowledge and experience I've gleaned from the journey thus far. Just that there is a whole lot of disappointment, guilt, negativity, crushed hopes and expectations that are weighing me down. <BR> <BR> Quite literally, as it were. And I need to not let it aymore. <BR> <BR> I need a c... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 04:42:42 EST Chalean extreme - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584069 I feel like it should say "Take 2" in the title. 'Cause that is essentially what this is. This will be my second attempt at Chalean Extreme and for a few different reasons I expect it to go better this time around. <BR> <BR> I tried the program in April 2010. This was a few weeks after I had finished my first round of Insanity. Now, everyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE Insanity. And Shaun T. <BR> <BR> And Chalean just didn't measure up. I was in really good shape after Insanity and... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:03:52 EST Ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4492187 Welcoming the FALL! <BR> <BR> The year so far has been full of ups and downs. Most recently a series of downs, but the only way is forward, so that is what I am going to do. <BR> <BR> Pick myself up, dust myself off and MOVE. <BR> <BR> I gained some of the weight back (okay, a lot of it) over the summer as I was letting my foot heal from a fracture. I lost all of my endurance and stamina. <BR> <BR> Basically I am on square one. Familiar spot, this one. <BR> <BR> The optimism I felt ... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 04:29:03 EST A Practice Ride Before Sunday's Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4222145 I can't believe that I am 5 days away from my very first bike race. I am NOT a cyclist! <BR> <BR> Well, not yet. <BR> <BR> Am I ready for the race? Not really. Will I go ahead with it? HELL YES! <BR> <BR> 60 kilometers. 37 miles. That is 25 kilometers longer than my longest ride. Until two days ago, that is. That is when I decided to give it a test run (ride?). I checked out the route online (and quickly realized this must be the crappiest map in existence - here, see for yourself: scal... Tue, 10 May 2011 02:30:24 EST INSANITY Fit Test #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4180788 I have just started week 6 of my third round of Insanity! I love the month two workouts and am really looking forward to digging deeper! <BR> <BR> Did the Fit Test yesterday and I'm really pleased with the results. I repeated the warmup sequence a few times before getting started and it paid off, I think. <BR> <BR> Switch kicks ~ 118/128/138 (+10) <BR> Power jacks ~ 52/61/65 (+4) <BR> Power knees ~ 100/106/110 (+4) <BR> Power jumps ~ 45/51/55 (+4) <BR> Globe jumps ~ 12/13/14 (+1) <BR> Sui... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 03:11:21 EST Taking on "The Swedish Classic" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4178410 I have been thinking a lot about what I want to achieve fitness-wise. I still want to run a marathon this year, just can't pick one, because the ones I want to do don't fit into my schedule. Darn life getting in the way... <em>211</em> I will figure it out, though. <BR> <BR> In the meantime I decided to make another dream a reality. Doing something called The Swedish Classic. It involves 4 races, all to be completed within a year after starting. Doesn't sound like much of a challenge, rig... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 04:23:00 EST Progress Photo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4092660 I realized today that I need to retire these jeans. I have been wearing them with a belt pulled tighter and tighter and now it just looks silly. <BR> <BR> I found a photo from August 2010 where I wear the same jeans, so I put on the same top and tried to take a similar photo. Didn't quite get the angle or distance right, but this is the best I can do. <BR> <BR> I had a setback in November/December, where I gained a few pounds, but those are now but a memory and I am back where I was in Au... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 07:53:09 EST Insanity Fit Test #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4091392 I haven't been as diligent with my Insanity workouts as I could have wished, but I am sticking with it and that's the main thing! I am running 4 times a week and that is still my priority. <BR> <BR> So, today was Fit Test #2 and I had some concerns about doing well, since my legs are tired from yesterday's 11-mile run. Shouldn't have worried! :) <BR> <BR> I did the warm up sequence 3 times because I think the 2-minute warm up is inadequate. Good decision! I felt strong and energetic going ... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:54:17 EST 5 % Challenge - BRING IT ON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4042251 The new 5 % challenge started this Saturday. The plan is to lose 5 % of my weght in 8 weeks. That means 4 kilos for me. Half a kilo a week. With the previous 5 % challenges I've participated in, I never managed to reach this goal, but whatever loss I've had, has been treasured! I am not really making any major changes to accomodate the goals of this challenge, but let's get my goals and plan properly outlined... <BR> <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> <BR> * lose 4 kilos. <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> *ac... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 18:17:16 EST INSANITY Strikes Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4036499 A part of me is seriously questioning my sanity here... Am I really going to do this? AGAIN? And not just a second time - oh no! - this will the THIRD round of Insanity. <BR> <BR> Craziness, right? Maybe. <BR> <BR> Lately I have caught myself reading and commenting on Insanity blogs, all the while feeling that surge of craving, of want and need growing stronger. I really want to do this. Again. It's been a long time since I did Insanity - finished round one last March and did round two in ... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:29:50 EST Like Bambi on ice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3865137 So, one of my Christmas gifts this year were ice skates. Holy cow. Haven't skated since I was 17 years old and I decided I was too frickin' cool to wear a helmet, something which was required at the rink I used back then. <BR> <BR> Fast forward twen..., umm, a FEW years and with kids of my own and still living up in the frozen north - well, what are you going to do, really? Just bite the bullet, get the kids skates, and teach them, that's what. <BR> <BR> So that's what I did. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 16:03:35 EST A Winter Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3838411 There are few things that make me feel better about myself than overcoming obstacles and difficulties, and doing it well. Lately I've been feeling rather introspective and gloomy and I really needed to shake these feelings and bring some joy and positivity into my life again. <BR> <BR> I totally managed to do so this morning. <BR> <BR> I woke up to -5 C (23F), windy, overcast, grey and dreary weather. You know the type of day when you'd rather stay indoors, playing board games with the ki... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 19:07:44 EST Self-flagellation - of sorts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3825643 Noun 1. self-flagellation - self-punishment inflicted by whipping <BR> self-punishment - punishment inflicted on yourself <BR> <BR> Well, isn't that an apt description... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I woke up a few days ago, and stepped up on the scale to weigh in for a new challenge I am taking part of. Horror of all horrors: 80.3 kg. I got off the scale, thinking that it must be some sick kind of joke. Tried again, nope, still 80.3. Feeling a little nauseous by now. A thousand thoughts racin... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 15:38:33 EST P90X, day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3783562 I have had this program sitting on a shelf for a few months now, the plan was to start right after Insanity. Well, that was in March and this is November. I obviously got derailed... ;) So the months went by and somehow I find myself 2 pounds heavier and on the verge of being one pant size larger. Oh, HELL NO. <BR> <BR> I am running 100 kilometers a month, strength training twice a week and THIS is what I get? My body has issued a challenge and I'll be damned if I back down. Nuh-uh, not goi... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 17:59:11 EST Never QUITE good enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3693117 Yesterday I replied to a blog post by one of my favourite SparkPeople members, Sandiegojohn. A simple task: say something good about yourself. Not a problem, I can do that. A whole list, in fact. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3691348#c<BR>omments </link> <BR> <BR> But this blog entry got me thinking. Am I sabotaging my own weight loss? Let me think this through... <BR> <BR> Without going into tedious childhood details, I grew up knowing that ... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 01:59:58 EST A Farewell to September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3681393 This is the last day of September. Oh my, it has flown by. <BR> <BR> Some stats: <BR> Same weight - 78 kilos <BR> Body fat percentage - 30% (yuck) <BR> ST sessions - 7 <BR> Running - 86.5 k <BR> Races - Stockholm Half Marathon, 2:22:45 <BR> <BR> Overall I feel pretty good about the month. I didn't have any specific goals, except to run 100 k, which didn't quite happen. Scale hasn't moved, no huge surprise there. I haven't been as good about food as I should have been. There has been some ... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 07:21:03 EST A new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3677148 I have seen quite a few people do this over the past few weeks. I don't know if it is because they fell off the wagon during the summer or just feel inclined to equate fall with a new start. For me it's the latter. <BR> <BR> There's just something about the clear, crisp air, the leaves starting to turn, temps dropping, more frequent rains that makes me feel energized, ready to tackle new challenges and new goals. <BR> <BR> So, I have re-set my ticker to start from today's weight, I have u... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:14:51 EST April in the rearview mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3192877 We're well into May already and I've had time to reflect on the successes and failures I had in April. <BR> <BR> 1. Chalean extreme - well, I started the program and kept at it for two weeks, but realized that I didn't like it. At all. I didn't like the wussy pace of the training, I didn't like the instructor and her too perky attitude and then it becomes hard to motivate myself to stay with the program. <BR> <BR> So. <BR> <BR> I switched to Insanity. Again. I figured I already knew I lo... Tue, 4 May 2010 10:01:03 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3081541 As I'm sitting here, in near food coma after three days straight of eating ourselves silly, the reasons why I'm on this site - why I'm trying to change my life - become all too apparent. <BR> <BR> I have no control over my eating. Someone places a plate of yummy food in front of me and I will eat until there is nothing left, or I am physically incapable of ingesting another bite; whichever comes first. <BR> <BR> My training is going well, sort of, but the eating... Oy vey. <BR> <BR> Coo... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 09:46:58 EST A new challenge - 100 pushups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3020296 So, I stumbled upon a blog today, written by Sandiegojohn <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3020137 </link> and I was instantly inspired to try this out. Right then and there I got down on the floor and did as many pushups as I could. The fact that it's 11:30 pm, that I am tired, that my shoulder hurts a bit - well, they were inconsequential. <BR> <BR> Maybe it shouldn't have surprised me that I only managed to do a measly 17 pushups, considerin... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 18:49:10 EST I did it! I did it! Finished with Insanity! Here's the last Fit Test. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2983722 Fit test #5 <BR> <BR> Oct 15/Nov 17/Jan 7/Feb 7/March 10 <BR> <BR> Switch kicks 80/100/120/124/120 ~ (+40) <BR> Power jacks 40/45/54/57/61 ~ (+21) <BR> Power knees 75/85/96/108/109 ~ (+34) <BR> Power jumps 26/30/38/42/45 ~ (+19) <BR> Globe jumps 9/10/12/12/13 ~ (+4) <BR> Suicide jumps 13/16/18/20/21 ~ (+8) <BR> Push-up jacks 18/22/24/24/29 ~ (+11) <BR> Low plank obliques 34/43/60/59/70 (+36) <BR> <BR> So that concludes this round of Insanity. It's taken me a long time, what with all the ru... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:14:00 EST Insanity Fit Test #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2852513 It's taken me a month to get through two weeks worth of workouts, but I have have finally reached week 7 of the Insanity program and that means doing the Fit Test for the fourth time. <BR> <BR> Not entirely pleased with the results. My hip is still bothering me a little and the tendonitis in the shoulder just won't go away, both of which could explain the lack-lustre numbers. I increased (slightly) on five moves, stayed the same on two and reduced on one. <BR> <BR> Oct 15/Nov 17/Jan 7/Fe... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 14:51:47 EST Light at the end of the tunnel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2841420 I've been whining about my hip for forever, haven't I? Well, since November at least, because that's when this misery started. I was doing so well with my running and then one fine day - WHAMMO! - I just couldn't run one single step further for the pain in my hip. Excruciating, blinding, breath-taking pain. <BR> <BR> So I rested. It got better, I tried again with the same results and ended up resting for two weeks. I figured it was an inflammation in the tendons in the hip and rest should c... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 16:57:40 EST February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2823775 A new month is upon us. Again. And yet again I need to confront the fact that the previous month came and went without any weight loss. It's difficult to acknowledge this. I worked out 5-6 days a week. I ate okay, but not great. And the scale didn't budge. Despite being disappointed, I do need to take comfort in knowing that this is the level of exercise I need to do to maintain a weight. I can do that, I really can. So I'm not too worried about gaining the weight back. <BR> <BR> But first ... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 06:44:11 EST Insanity Fit Test #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2709944 It's taken me a long time to get to this halfway point in the Insanity program. First because I was mainly running and using the workouts as a complement a few times a week, but then because I had injuries and had to wait for the pain to subside. <BR> <BR> The past two weeks I've been doing the Insanity workouts diligently and it seems to have paid off, because today's Fit Test went really well! <BR> <BR> Oct15/Nov17/Jan7 <BR> Switch kicks 80... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 13:55:47 EST Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2703140 Wow. That's all I really know to say right now. WOW. It's a new month, a new year and I have no idea how it slipped by me. <BR> <BR> The new year is almost a week old. In the past week I've had the opportunity to reflect on a few things. <BR> <BR> 1. I hate New Year's resolutions. I remember how I would solemnly swear to myself to do something, achieve something, be something - to make THIS year different from the last. And it would never last. I never lost those kilos just because a new ... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 10:20:33 EST Feeling down. Or something. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2634762 I'm not a person who likes surprises. I like plans, I like making lists and checking them off as I go. I like a certain amount of predictability. <BR> <BR> When things aren't going according to plan I am likely to feel stress, anxiety and sleeplessness. <BR> <BR> I know all this and work hard to eliminate stress factors in my life. For the most part I do really well. We have no financial worries, we have so far avoided serious illnesses, and we have a home we like (while planning for bigge... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 06:36:32 EST December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2622762 I know this is very late, but with the move and all, I haven't had time to think much about this. <BR> <BR> November was a bad month for me. I didn't reach any of my goals, except for one - to do 2 Insanity workouts a week. <BR> <BR> The whole family fell sick with the flu and I was out of commission for 6 days. This means that I didn't run the kilometres I had planned. <BR> <BR> I also didn't manage to reach my time goal of 58 minutes for 10 K, nor my weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> So, a... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 17:34:55 EST No longer an expatriate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2619911 Life has sure changed in the last week. Our two year stay in Italy came to an end and we moved back to Sweden. Of course we chose the darkest, dreariest time to do this, because just the move in itself (with two toddlers in tow) wasn't challenging enough. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> We have been super busy buying new furniture for the kids, organizing clothes, toys books and everything else that makes up the homey clutter around us... Things are shaping up. Still loads to do, but at least we ca... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 16:18:38 EST Arrivederci Italia! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2600277 Wow, what a ride it's been! <BR> <BR> Two years in one of the most beautiful places I've ever been in. And tomorrow this adventure is coming to an end. <BR> <BR> It's been awesome, awful, interesting, annoying, mind-blowing, mind-numbing. It is over too quickly and not quickly enough. It's home by now, yet will never be my home. <BR> <BR> Do I make any sense? <BR> <BR> Well, there's Italy for you. A country of many contradictions, shock-full of impressions, so many good qualities and ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 04:06:03 EST My TDEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2562573 I'm putting this here for my own reference. This is a calculation of my Total Daily Energy Expenditure. <BR> <BR> Since I don't know my Lean Body Mass, I will use the Harris-Benedict formula to calculate my BMR. <BR> <BR> Women: BMR = 655 + (9.6 X wt in kg) + (1.8 X ht in cm) - (4.7 X age in years) <BR> <BR> 655 + 729.6 + 306 - 173.9 = 1516.7 <BR> <BR> For the activity factor I'm choosing moderately activity (moderate exercise 3-5 days a week) so that's BMRx 1.55 <BR> <BR> = 2350 <BR... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 09:43:34 EST November goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2526723 I like this concept of outlining goals for the next month. I have also realized that the more concrete, detailed and realistic the goals, the better I feel about them and the harder I fight to achieve them. I have read some blogs where the goals stated are really lofty and general, this would never successfully keep me accountable to myself for my actions, or lack thereof. I know myself well enough to realize that. <BR> <BR> So. <BR> <BR> 1. I want to lose 3 kilos this month, which would p... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 08:14:30 EST October in the rear-view mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2525152 October is over and a new month has begun. I outlined some goals for the month that I wanted to reach and goodness knows I'e worked hard to do that. I haven't been entirely successful, though. <BR> <BR> I ran 120 kilometres during the month. One of my goals was to run the 10K distance in under 60 minutes. I almost made it. I ran in exactly 60 minutes. It is a bit of a disappointment that I couldn't make it just 10 seconds faster, but oh well. I still improved my time by 7 minutes during the... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 17:00:24 EST Mid-month assessment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2484175 I set some goals for myself at the beginning of the month. They were: to lose 3 kilos, to run up a hill that I had only been able to walk up and to run 10K under 60 minutes. <BR> <BR> So how am I doing now that half the month has gone by? <BR> <BR> I have lost 0.5 kilos so far in October, that 1 kilo weight gain I had in the beginning of the month threw me for a loop, that's for sure. But I'm on the right track again, I just feel it. <BR> <BR> I managed to run up that hill within a week ... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:45:29 EST Conquering the world one hill at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2457630 I'm a very competitive person. I regard it as a strength and as a weakness. My competitiveness makes me give that extra effort in almost everything I do, once I've committed to it. <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> The downside is that it can get ugly. My friends stopped wanting to play racket ball with me, knowing that I would fight to the last drop of sweat to beat them to pulp and that I didn't accept a loss very gracefully. Thankfully I rarely lost. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Competing against ... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 15:36:28 EST Great start - my first plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2452930 It must be karma; as soon as I outlined my October goals, and enthusiastically went about my exercise and diet regime, that's when I hit my first plateau. A one kilo weight gain in tis last week and I can't help but groan. And by that I obviously mean swear like a sailor for the next 5 minutes or so. <BR> <BR> Previously this kind of setback might have derailed me from my goals, but not this time. Nope, not going to happen. I will just have to shake things up a bit. Instead of running today... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 02:37:33 EST October goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2443326 One of the Spark Teams I belong to has a thread about setting goals for October and I have been thinking about this for a couple of days. There are so many things I would like to see happen this month, many of them are personal, some relate to the kids or us as a family. <BR> <BR> I think it would be good for me to get them down in writing, somewhere where I can go back and look at them easily, so that's why I decided to put it in a blog post. My first one here on SP! I already have two blo... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 07:39:45 EST