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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:06:03 EST Snapshot Goals Status Review-Where am i and where do i need more effort! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678449 Snapshot Review <BR> <BR> Ate continuously yesterday, I was so hungry. Lots of small meals and snacks. Healthy but so hungry. Not enough protein? Need to look at my tracker. <BR> Went for a walk/run with hubby but lightening interrupted so it was brief. Fun run to the car in the rain though! He looks sexy all soggy and smiling. <BR> Did my yoga stretches on the floor. It’s becoming a really nice routine and feels so good. <BR> <BR> Need to review my goals for this month and see whe... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:38:48 EST Weekend Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666577 THEY break me everytime. The splurges ruin my entire week. The week is soooo easy for me to eat healthy. Friday and Saturday night out with husband STINKS. <BR> <BR> Seriously, restaurant food choices still suck even when your careful. I mean how many chicken breasts and broccoli can a person eat?? or Chicken salad hold the stuff that makes it decent and i'm not talking creamy dressings because I don't like those. <BR> <BR> Restaurants other than very high end restaurants have ZERO cre... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:53:54 EST 5 year Anniversary Presents & SNEAKY runner pockets… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662389 On the verge of a heart attack this morning and it would have been my husband’s fault for buying me super nice gifts!! I couldn’t find the lovely Movado watch he gave me for our 5th Anniversary. It’s the nicest and most expensive gift I have ever received other than my engagement/wedding rings. He likes me to wear it and not save it for dressy special occasions. <BR> <BR> I have told him several times I don’t care to wear my jewelry to work because I then go to the gym and have to decide... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:07:50 EST GOALS --Write it, Read it, commit to it in APRIL! No restrictions, just new healthy habits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661788 APRIL SPRING Goals <BR> <BR> Finally starting to get back into my groove. Two 5k’s scheduled, One 10k scheduled and registered, running strong and consistent. The BIKE is out and rolling fast!! My butt is sore but not for long! FINALLY. I’m HUNGRY. Hungry for spring weather (obviously the east coast is), hungry for outside exercise and amazing FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE. Keeping it all fresh and new….let’s try anything once, maybe twice since we may not always like it the first time. Out ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:19:05 EST 2014 Late Start Goals - Did you set some goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607058 2014 Late Start Goals <BR> <BR> Starting to feeling more like myself but not focused enough. I’m thinking an updated, organized (love to be organized) refreshed goal list to get back to a healthy cadence. NO routine, I decided I don’t like this term because I hear “boredom and monotony” when thinking routine. Out with the routine, in with a more fun healthy cadence. I want fun so I stick with it. <BR> <BR> Here we go!!! 2014 <BR> <BR> Physical: <BR> * Morning “soft” MILE – Run/Cali... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:51:43 EST Remembering Dad.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585276 Ralph William Maurer <BR> <BR> The past year taught all of my siblings a lot about the Health Care field but it taught us even more about our Dad. <BR> <BR> He was a quiet man, unassuming but immensely dedicated. He served his country through Vietnam receiving two Purple Hearts, several service medals and letters of commendation. Several letters written to Senior Army Officers were found among his keepsakes acknowledging his dedication of which were never shown to us kids. <BR> <BR> Dad wa... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 07:43:46 EST Total Mess & Heart Felt Thanks!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515835 A month of absolute mess. <BR> <BR> Need to get back to healthy. <BR> <BR> Stress and family issues have thrown me off track. Not completely. Some of my good habits have stuck even through life’s most trying times BUT I feel the difference of not sticking to all my healthy habits. <BR> <BR> I want to give a shout out to my Spark friend Heidi, her reaching out to me made a difference. Just a small note noticing I was missing and asking if I was ok. It was needed and I didn’t realize ho... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:07:55 EST Restaurant Food, Sodium & Alcohol - DISASTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424163 Vacation for a week at the beach. Lots of walking, some swimming (water was cold). It's the vacation I always lose weight. <BR> <BR> NOT this year. Rainy days and cold water meant a lot less activity and more time spent eating and drinking. <BR> <BR> Weighed myself right before vacation - all good. <BR> Weighed myself morning after I returned from vacation YIKES - UP SIX POUNDS <BR> Weighed myself this morning after good eating and exercise for three days YEAH DOWN 7 pounds!!! <BR> <BR... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:58:57 EST Hubby is my best friend .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407508 My husband, we do alot together, some are surprised by how much time we spend together. We do things on our own but since we have chosen to get healthy together we really are having fun running, biking, playing tennis or trying new workouts TOGETHER. We tease each other and motivate one another and even make suggestions to one another. We cook together. I LOVE IT. He is truly my best friend. <BR> <BR> Crappy pictures...but it's us. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:46:19 EST GMO paranoia or ignorance is bliss.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376634 GMO paranoia! Is it everywhere? <BR> <BR> This berry is tooo perfect. Beautiful color and size (sorta gigantic) and tastes like perfection. <BR> <BR> Can’t check if GMO because hubby bought, rinsed, dried and put in the fridge for me. Ohh well. Just enjoy the perfection. Ignorance is bliss or it would drive me crazy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l407875537.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Look at that tiny dime! <BR> <BR> Even the healthiest “packaged” foods can ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:55:51 EST Summer Goals - Refreshed, renew and improve! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362506 Micro <BR> * Swim in my pool 5x/week: Gym on 2x weekdays <BR> * Use sun block everyday – don’t need a 2nd brush with cancer <BR> * Log all my exercise by the end of the week (Sundays work best) <BR> * Log my nutrition 5x/week - Especially through the week <BR> * Hike 2x per week up in the mountains w/hubby <BR> * Hike Appalacian trail 1x per month (lol..not the whole thing but we live so close, it should be part of our exercise options) <BR> * Ride in one major ride per month - <BR> * S... Mon, 20 May 2013 16:17:54 EST Hubby and I did it! Together! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361302 Ha ha dirty birds!!! We ran a 5k together and had a blast!! AND celebrated! He is already looking for our next race and mentioned a 10k! <BR> <BR> I sucked him into the gym and running and now Racing!! Yeah! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sweet Success!! Goals & Planning are everything to reach your dream! <BR> <BR> Don’t be a gingerbread woman, be a ROCKSTAR! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4670776 </link> <BR> <BR> I’m that person…Apologizing righ... Sun, 19 May 2013 16:50:50 EST Weekend Party ~ YIKES what am I going to do?!?! Damage Control! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351148 It's the Bonanza Extravaganza = bottomless beer cup and LOTS of fun. <BR> <BR> This one will be a challenge!! All day tomorrow and Saturday. <BR> <BR> Awesome charity event but could be a diet BOMB! <BR> <BR> <link>www.bonanzaextravaganza.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Any suggestions?!?!?!? I already know I am still putting in some heavy workouts and runs to try and mitigate damage. <BR> <BR> *&#9829;´¨) <BR> ¸ .• &#9829; ´¸.•*&#9829;´¨) <BR> (¸.•&#9829;´ (¸ ;.•&#9829; Kelly &#9829;•¸ .... Thu, 9 May 2013 15:41:01 EST Green Tuna! Coworkers think i'm whacked. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348572 My sister always told me to make tuna fish WITHOUT mayonaise just replace with avocado. I love avocado but always hesitated to mix it with Tuna. <BR> <BR> YUM!!! <BR> <BR> So much better tasting and healthy fat! <BR> <BR> DO IT! I highly recommend it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l332935124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> PLUS <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l440264271.jpg"> <BR> <BR> add a tiny hit of S&P, some dill, add some chopped vegi... Tue, 7 May 2013 11:57:47 EST Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding ~ delicious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339515 Daughter and I went to this great little cafe that serves organic mostly vegetarian items. We were there just for desert and girl talk. <BR> <BR> I ordered the Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding -- it was awesome!! <BR> <BR> Went home, looked up the recipe on the internet. Got the general concept and whipped up a batch. It was yummy, a little heavy on the vanilla and it didn't come out as thick as the restaurant version but still very good. I'm going to keep tweaking this one until it's perfect.... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:16:03 EST Looking for mint, found "Stevia" ~~ WTH I'm ticked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336039 My stomach and digestive tract is a little off today so I thought a nice green tea with a bit of mint would be a nice mellow morning start. I grab my “Natural Antioxidant Green Tea” hoping that maybether is a hint of mint in it. I didn’t think there was because I’m not a huge fan of mint but it does soothe my stomach. <BR> <BR> So I grab the tea box and look for mint in the ingredient’s and then I’m frustrated – STEVIA – WHAT, WHY, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? <BR> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 07:39:04 EST Quick list... Happy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328616 Ok. Quick List for this weekend. <BR> <BR> Gym today BEFORE date night – (Hubby and I TRY to do date night every Friday night – it’s awesome, nothing huge just me and him time to reconnect) <BR> Running and Abs at Gym <BR> Dinner – Watch that alcohol & calories (I blow this one 75% of the time) – REMINDER: you worked hard all week don’t totally blow it in one night. <BR> Saturday morning Biking the Towpath – 20 miles <BR> Groceries – Healthy stuff (make list before you go) REMINDER: Orde... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:08:52 EST Now THAT's worth being healthy!!! Love. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317218 You Are My Forever Love <BR> <BR> Your friendship and love, <BR> And all the wonderful things <BR> That they bring into my life, <BR> Are like nothing else <BR> I have ever known. <BR> <BR> My heart is complete <BR> With the love we share, <BR> And our love grows more <BR> Beautiful each day. <BR> <BR> I love you, <BR> And as long as we are together, <BR> I have everything I need. <BR> <BR> You are with me always... <BR> In a smile, a memory, a feeling <BR> Or a moment we share. <BR> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 13:33:30 EST March was a total BOMB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312291 Hurt my foot, hurt my wrist and then strep throat. I feel like I have to start all over from scratch. Of course I know that isn't completely true and even if I do look at it that way why not look at it as a complete "refresh". Like Spring! <BR> <BR> SO. My throat doesn't totally feel like I have razor blades in it and my foot is pretty healed. Before the strep hit I was already getting back to doing gentle 5k's three times a week and my foot was fine so that's where I will start at the ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:58:18 EST Rockin Brussel Sprouts, who knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246414 This weekend was an awesome healthy weekend. Lots of running, exercise and Sunday Morning Spin Class! Spin class I sweated my flipping tush off and pushed myself really really hard. I maxed out every bit of energy and kept my form. I wanted to make sure I sucked out every second I could of benefit for hitting that class. The instructor was great, pumped and making sure he encouraged and coached at exactly the right moments needed. He was even a bit funny! SO, sweat calorie burning ente... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:44:38 EST The sugar is SNEAKY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241438 The sugar is SNEAKY! <BR> <BR> February is “Nutrition Month” for me! Yeah and away we go. Love to read and this helps me educate myself about all my choices out there. Sugar can be my hot button. I tend to crave chocolate. I know. Stand in line or try to be a little original, why don’t I? NOPE &#61664; LOVE CHOCOLATE. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1902679435.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SUGAR IS IN EVERYTHING – I need to break my craving, it’s gotten a little sill... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 10:53:48 EST Dilemma – Who, where and WHAT to do!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229782 Dilemma – Who, where and WHAT to do!! <BR> <BR> My favorite purple reebox sport bra is LOST ~ How’s a girl to run without abusing the “girls” when her favorite sports bra is MIA!!! <BR> Where did it go? <BR> I thought it was in the wash… <BR> Clothes clean, no bra… <BR> LIKE SOCKS!! Just Abracadabra GONE! <BR> <BR> Retracing my steps… <BR> Checking my ahhh “bags”… <BR> When did I wear it last? <BR> Did it go on my last trip? <BR> Is it in the car, cuz it fell out of my overflowing bag (I w... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:17:16 EST I don't want to miss ANYTHING....ever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219655 Running with no pause… <BR> <BR> My sister always teases me that I don’t sit still and although I have never felt this is true but I have to admit to being a very busy person. I loving being active and busy as much as I enjoy a cozy corner with a good book and blanket. The difference I’m finding is that I tend to NEED the corner, book and blanket a little more often than I ever used to and I’m not sure I like it. I used to be able to run full throttle with work, kids, sports, travel with ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:40:23 EST Give me an AMAZING bag ~ PLEASE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198760 Ladies, I don’t know about you but I am frustrated. <BR> <BR> Our days are extremely busy and we have to plan and then PACK to be able to successfully complete all of the days goals! Yep, pack for the day. Whether you do it the evening before or in the morning we start pulling together the “stuff” we will need while away from our house for the day. <BR> <BR> STUFF LIST: <BR> • Lunch <BR> • Snacks <BR> • Phone/Electronics (ie: laptop/Ipad for work) <BR> • Gym Shoes <BR> • Workout Clot... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:27:56 EST I'm in a ROLL nightmare... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196904 LOVE supporting all those little cuties selling stuff for that AMAZING prize waved around at school. <BR> <BR> This fundraiser was "Cinnamon Rolls". YUP for about $4 you get ONE "three portion" cinnamon roll in ONE teeny tiny little box where your first ingrediant is "Enriched Flour" and IF you actually eat the entire teeny tiny little gooey ball of deliciousness you have now eaten MOST of your daily calories and fat grams. <BR> <BR> Hadley Farms Cinnamon Roll, 3 serving 780 123 27 12 <BR... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:11:58 EST Bored "fit"...or crazy. Whichever comes first... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194974 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1549014427.jpg"> <BR> Blonde.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1845984909.jpg"> <BR> Blonde "cat" according to my vet - (I say Orange) <BR> <BR> I’m freaking screaming out of my mind bat poop crazy *ss bored at work!! I have a ton of crap to do and of course all these reports and bills and all the other BS crossing my desk is just soooo flipping urgent to these managers and yet…If I wasn’t here today, it wo... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:32:26 EST 2013 Goals & Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182290 Thank you SP friends - you have been wonderful support through 2012! <BR> <BR> Here we go!!! 2013 <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>364</em> <em>363</em> <em>416</em> <em>402</em> <em>331</em> <em>320</em> <em>362</em> <BR> Physical: <BR> * Morning “soft” MILE – Run/Calisthenics M-F Minimum (This one is hard for me because I can’t get to bed early enough, I’ll continue to work on it.) <BR> * Run 10 miles/week (up from 8) 3x’s per week <BR> * Weight Training T & Thu 30Min o... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:35:17 EST Not one step? How about many steps....? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177447 Not one step… <BR> I was there in the room. I was there and I HEARD. 64 is too young to be willing to waste your life away in front of a TV waiting to die. Congestive heart failure. Suffering from this condition for as long as I can remember. Body warnings time and again, as I’m sure several of his doctors have warned him, even early on. I was there and I HEARD. Years later and several bi-passes and heart attacks survived the doctors have sent him home and told him there is nothing mor... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:39:49 EST Wishing you the BEST TWO WEEKS EVER & many blessings! (and goals) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164174 Missed my beginning of the month goal setting and I’m already running full throttle through December. The next two weeks are going to be madness, fun madness but madness so I need to keep this simple. Like kindergarten cutting 101 easy. <BR> <BR> Simple next 2 week GOALS: <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Give thanks daily for the my health through this amazing birth of Jesus season. Really appreciate all my blessings. <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Take care of my body, eat balanced, healthy and ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:45:11 EST Hurt, Anger and a 1/2 Marathon training plan ~ anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146881 It's hard to give a positive spin to something that hurts so much and yet isn't it better to find that positive, work it hard and live for the results. <BR> <BR> Wallowing or letting the hurt and/or anger carry on into a habit of living life would be awful. <BR> <BR> So here I am trying to work that positive spin and the hurt just keeps bubbling up. <BR> <BR> I'm working on it. <BR> <BR> btw - looking around at training plans for a half marathon. Let me know if you have a good one. Mean... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:33:02 EST Turkey Day- Actually Week is upon us... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142470 Plan for it!!! Big TIME! It's a great time to be thankful and to celebrate life and love ones. It's also a great time to slip up and pack on the pounds. I'm going to be very busy over the next 4 days and may not be around SP much but i'm going to put my plan in place today so I don't have any regrets or dificult decisions. <BR> <BR> So be very careful. Plan TODAY!!! Prepare. Find your healthy favorites and keep them around in abundance to munch. Set aside time for you to be healthy a... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:58:47 EST Spinning to nowhere can be AMAZING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140395 I rolled around bed Sunday morning, contemplating over and over why I should get my butt up and dressed and off to spin class. Then I did it!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1153177006.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Even as I was about out the door my WONDERFUL MIL and FIL called to invite my husband and I to brunch. They just offered me the perfect out from spinning!! I didn't take it. I asked DH to move the brunch time so I can fit my spin class in otherwise we would h... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:25:45 EST I'm that person... Apologizing right up front! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126935 I’m that person… I’m apologizing in advance to you wonderful runners that are annoyed by this. <BR> <BR> You know the person I’m talking about. The one on the treadmill next to you peaking at your monitor and working hard to keep up or blow past you. You end up in an informal race you didn’t ask for and I’m hoping your so into your running that you don’t even notice. I do my best to limit my peaking and work at my stealthiness. Am I sneaky enough? I doubt it BUT I’ll keep working at i... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 07:29:52 EST November & December Goals ~ NO COUCH POTATOS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124890 Micro <BR> * Schedule Laser eye surgery doctor apt, you friggin can’t see out of one eye, can’t put off corrective surgery any longer. Glasses aren’t cutting it. <BR> * Read more about GMO’s <BR> * Log all my exercise & nutrition by the end of the week. RUN THOSE REPORTS. The graphs and complete picture helps to see if over time you’re on track or not. <BR> * Work the SP Videos better, fall is coming so I’ll need indoor resources --- FIND MORNING YOGA!! found a great class on Thursdays! <... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 12:51:21 EST 5K Race Pics – Goals & Renewal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120225 These are the pictures from the 5k I didn’t plan to run (Previous Blog). <BR> <BR> This will always be a great memory because it was my 1st 5k but also it was my son’s first 5k. He is awesome. Very loving and was there just to support family and walk with mom. He took off running so I did. He crossed the finish a few minutes ahead of mom but not by much!! <BR> <BR> I’m hoping we will run future races together. <BR> <BR> On a second note time is getting away from me. I have to get my ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:48:20 EST Amazing to be HEALTHY & I FEEL GOOD...... (Love Nina) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113358 It’s good to feel good again. Makes me think about how I take for granted just being healthy. You know what I mean, right. You jump out of bed and go about your day and never think twice about the fact that you feel good, nothing hurts, nothing isn’t working right, arms, legs, feet, hands and BRAIN all working! All right, so the brain is a little foggy first thing in the morning, it’s a slow starter before my one unsweetened cup of coffee. ;) <BR> <BR> Check, check and check and THANK YO... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 08:22:05 EST Saving October... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100092 This ain't no country song or a Green Day opening either. <BR> <BR> It's ME trying to crunch in and save October from being a total wash. 3.5 Weeks of nasty germs and then last week I did jump start back to working out. <BR> <BR> This week i'm going to repeat last weeks exercise program BUT up the mileage on my runs. <BR> <BR> Monday - Run 3.5-4miles <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Zumba Class - <BR> 70 minutes of butt and thigh torture - same as last week! <BR> <BR> Wednesday - Run 4miles <BR> ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:06:46 EST The Race I didn’t plan to RUN ~ 1st 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094149 I went to the St Mary Mercy 5k to mainly support my cousin and her family and enjoy the day. I planned to walk since my cousin and son planned to walk. During my getting healthy and starting to run period my husband and I intended to run our first official race together, so there I was to walk. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, the signal to run went off and when several of my family took off running, my son included I just couldn’t stop myself. Off I ran! It was sooo much fun. <BR> <BR> I’m a worrier ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:35:05 EST Worried.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086132 I'm the turtle not the hare. I have progressed with my running slow and steady and WAS up to 4 miles at a fabulous pace. I like to run fast which is one reason i'm not sure I'll ever pull longer miles. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I have been sick for almost 2 weeks now and went back the the gym yesterday to finally try to run again. I COUGHED and coughed and coughed and couldn't run, so i walked. Amid the glances of other runnings probably wondering if I'm contagious (I'm not, skipped the gym unti... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 06:46:46 EST Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068252 Great Pledge! <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <B... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:29:25 EST What a couple weeks.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063197 This month hasn't turned out exactly as planned for the following reasons. <BR> <BR> My car accident - I'm fine, car wasn't so fine. Fixed and it seems it's good as new. <BR> Fathers heart attack (Man doesn't take care of himself, he has been in and out of hospitals for almost 20 years with heart issues) <BR> New boss at work - (has me buried up to my eyeballs) <BR> Mother in car accident (parents are divorced but ended up in the same hospital at the same time ~ freaky) <BR> Stomach virus t... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:35:56 EST September Challenge ...starting NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044047 Ok. I know I start blogs with "Ok." alot but it works form me so go with it, Ok? <BR> <BR> This is going to do me in and I know it. I need your help my Spark Peeps. <BR> <BR> I am giving up FRIES for the month of September. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l391436519.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is funny because believe it or not until I met my husband 15 years ago I never ate fries. I didn't really like them. LOL I also never ate fast food but now I do occasionally... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:42:20 EST Found something yummy, won't buy them again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037583 WHY must they LOAD them with sugar and salt...so unnecessary. One more thing I will NOT be buying again. They are dangerous for me!! The call my name!! NO MORE. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l962939804.jpg"> <BR> ** Love the marketing them as "THINS" ~ ya right!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l80691966.jpg"> <BR> Seriously it's a 1.5 x 1.5 inch square!! <BR> So not worth these Nutrition Facts ~ BANNED <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:13:06 EST Feeling Fabulous & some awesome goals! Bring on fall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034253 OMG What a difference sleep makes!!! I feel FABULOUS which is why I decided to take some time this morning and knock out my September goals and a loose flow of goals for fall. I know some of these tend to be very very simple and then they jump all the way to major goals. I’m a list person. If I put it in writing, I do it. Just works for me. I’m tooo busy to try to keep it all there up in my head so I spill it on paper. Even if I don’t get to it at least it isn’t forgotten just delayed ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 07:49:58 EST EVERYONE has stress & doesn't sleep.....RIGHT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033360 It’s been a crazy week. I’m a little exhausted. <BR> <BR> Last weekend was so much fun but ended on a severe stress (totaled my car, very sad) and then I missed the first two days at work so the rest of the work week was nuts catching up and wrapping up Month End. I went out Friday night and although I had a VERY fun cocktail hour I was home by 10ish and then hit the trail Saturday morning for 20 miles following my successful 5k Friday afternoon. Following me or am I just rambling. I can... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:51:04 EST Lesson Learned: Plan so you don't abuse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013670 Lesson Learned: Plan so you don't abuse <BR> <BR> The Gazelle and I have been biking more lately, a get off the couch activity that we are loving. <BR> <BR> We bike the tow path about ten minutes from our house, usually Saturday mornings. Great bike path, check it out on the internet. We start in Williamsport and then head either north or south depending upon mood. Beautiful, mostly shade, along the Potomac river with some sightseeing and history along the way plus a bit of a challenge... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:04:44 EST Great Mantras http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012586 I use, "Deep Breathing, Strong Legs"....keeps me running at a great pace... <BR> <BR> Here's a couple other ones I like. <BR> <BR> Don't give up <BR> I can do it <BR> This is my day <BR> I feel good <BR> I am strong <BR> I have control <BR> I'm getting it done <BR> I feel confident <BR> I'm running smooth <BR> I will prevail <BR> The spirit is strong  <BR> <BR> What is your Mantra? Sun, 12 Aug 2012 20:24:08 EST Let's Manage our STRESS people....or our people that cause stress, whatever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009341 LOVED this article so much I have to share. <BR> <BR> Four A's - Avoid, Alter, Accept or Adapt ~ I'm going to remember these! <BR> <BR> Expand your stress management tool kit by mastering these four strategies for coping with stress: avoid, alter, accept and adapt. <BR> When we feel the effects of stress weighing us down, it's like lugging a backpack that's becoming heavier by the minute. Too much stress can make life a difficult journey. When your stress level exceeds your ability to co... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:27:33 EST Re-Commitment & August Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996239 Here are my August goals: <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>364</em> <em>363</em> <em>416</em> <em>402</em> <em>331</em> <em>320</em> <em>362</em> <BR> Physical: <BR> * Morning 15 – Run/Calisthenics M-F Minimum (This one is hard for me because I can’t get to bed early enough, I’ll work on it.) <BR> * Run 8 miles/week (up from 5) M, W & F <BR> * Weight Training T & Thu 30Min or Class <BR> * Saturday morning bike ride - This was a beach vacation routine that I’m bringing home... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 11:19:51 EST