MISSY_MAGOO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSY%5FMAGOO MISSY_MAGOO'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/ 1/2 lb. = 5 inches? and the dinner hubby made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489509 Last week I did great! Ate well, exercised like crazy, only lost a half pound, but I measured and last month I lost five inches of my waist!!! How does that even happen with only a half pound lost in the last six weeks? Must be building muscle? Well- I am A-Okay with losing only a half pound if it means five inches off my waist! (plus 1" off hips, 1" off upper arms, 1" off thigh, and 1/2" off calves!) <BR> <BR> I was feeling good, super motivated... then Monday my motivation disappeared- I a... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:19:42 EST Body scans- 250 lbs. vs. 120 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485861 I saw this on the I *censored* Love Science Facebook page and thought it was super interesting. It's a body scan of a 250 pound woman vs. one of a 120 pound woman. Just looking at how the hip and ankle bones sit really blew my mind! Anyways- thought I'd share :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1196044204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 01:31:39 EST found a workout solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481622 The last couple of days my eating has been so-so... not great but not horrible either. The good news to report is I finally figured out how I can get some cardio in on days I don't want to run- yay! <BR> Okay, so since Owen was born I couldn't really do work out videos since every time I put one in and stated he would just scream. So I gave up on doing them awhile ago. When he was smaller I even tried renting some working out with baby videos where you hold your baby through the whole thing. ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:16:42 EST August report- 0 pounds lost, but down a size! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477002 In the month of August I lost exactly 0 pounds. I did mostly good with food, I'd say I had about 25 good days out of 31, not too bad for my first month getting serious here again. What I did better then expected with was getting back into running. At the beginning of the month was able to walk 4 miles, but could barely run 1. I ran 3-4 days a week and I'm back able to run 3 miles again! Okay- not nonstop, but I'm ready to start signing up for some 5ks this fall and winter! <BR> Despite no los... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 17:45:05 EST The Green Eyed Monster and The Net Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466235 Confession- I get jealous when people I know lose weight. Not here on Spark- but out in real life. It's not a good quality. I don't consider myself a jealous person. I don't ever feel it when it comes to possessions and such, seems I only feel it when it comes to weight loss. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I'm not alone here or I'll feel like a big ol' jerk... but you know how it is. You run into someone that you haven't seen in years that has always been... not thin... and now all of a sudden they lo... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:54:46 EST No photos but still a food blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462208 Okay- I quit early on the photo food blogging. I started out decent yesterday, then I was just kinda done. <BR> For breakfast I had eggs and corn tortillas, for lunch I had a turkey sandwich and fruit. I was dong good and on track- then it went south. I wish I had some reason for stopping my photo food challenge a day and a half early, I wish I had a reason for blowing my day yesterday, like I was tired or emotional or stressed or something. But the truth is I just had an I don't care afterno... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:48:07 EST Photo food blog #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461060 Getting towards the end of my week of food blogging! It is REALLY helping me eat well, but I'm officially sick of taking a photo everytime I eat! <BR> <BR> Yesterday started with Owen waking up at 5:30 with the most giant blowout of his life! Normally he sleeps till about 7:00 but after I got his diaper, clothes, and sheets changed he was wide awake so I decided to get him ready and take an early walk while it was till under 70 outside. It was nice to walk in the cooler weather, Owen was in ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:27:40 EST Photo food blog #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459446 Today was a great Sunday. <BR> After getting Owen and fed a dressed this morning I headed out for a walk/jog. I never know how far I'll get to go before Owen starts fussing n the stroller, sometimes it's 15 minutes, sometimes an hour. Today was pretty good, about 40 minutes, so I was able to go just over three miles. All I had planned for today besides that, a little housework, and washing my car was to get out to the fairgrounds to drop off Bryn's china entries. So today was a nice Sunday, g... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 02:31:58 EST Photo food blog #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458578 Today I'm really proud of how well I did, again despite being a really really hard day to stay on track. <BR> I'll get to today but I kinda feel like first I need to address something. I debated whether or not to say anything, but in the end it's my blog, and we blog to feel better and work stuff out, so that's what I'm gonna do. I deleted a comment on yesterday's blog which I've never had to do before. I've never had anything but helpful, caring, supportive comments on Spark before. The comm... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 02:18:12 EST Photo food blog #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457733 Today was a bit harder. I was just busy busy busy all day- which means no time for cooking. So today was a you gotta do what you gotta do, eat the best you can in the situation, not perfect but close enough day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l298068054.jpg"> <BR> I was up and out of the house too early to make breakfast but I always regret skipping it, soI grabbed a meal replacement drink for in the car... eh, it's better then noting. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:51:55 EST Photo food blog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456735 A few years ago I found myself struggling to track and to be honest with my tracking and here I am back in that same place again... what worked last time was doing a week of taking a photo and blogging everything I ate. <BR> why it worked- <BR> 1- if you have to take a picture of it it makes you stop and think first <BR> 2- it makes you SUPER aware of what you really eat in a day <BR> 3- no mindless eating <BR> I could go on... but anyways... I've decided to do it again for a week. In one we... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:20:25 EST Shouldn't have taken my hubby grocery shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453071 Here was my grocery list- <BR> <BR> Milk <BR> Sandwich meat <BR> Baby Food <BR> Yogurt <BR> Bananas <BR> Avocado <BR> <BR> I'm good at sticking to the list... my husband, not so much. Here's what we ended up with- <BR> <BR> Milk <BR> Sandwich meat <BR> Baby food <BR> Yogurt <BR> Bananas <BR> Avocado <BR> 2 bags of chips <BR> Cookie dough <BR> 2 cartons ice cream <BR> 8 pack of ice cream cones with the chocolate and nuts on top <BR> Red rope licorice <BR> Brownie mix <BR> <BR> This is gon... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:09:51 EST Photos- Onderland/ vacation/ kid's birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441204 I'm back after both my kid's birthdays and our family vacation! I didn't lose anything (actually gained a pound back) but I'm still in Onderland so I've chosen not to stress that pound, after two birthday cakes in one week and all the delicious food I ate on the Coast I'm actually kinda glad it was only one pound! And that one pound will be gone soon enough now that I'm back to real life :) <BR> Here was my fantastic and fun week! <BR> <BR> we went to Ocean Shores Washington for Bryn's 15th ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 14:47:41 EST WOOHOO!!! First goal met- back in Onderland!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426318 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1706176404.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yay!!! First goal- 199 by July 19 met (and passed)! This was a great reminder that even when I feel frustrated and stuck to keep on keepin' on cuz it will happen! <BR> <BR> Now I'm off to the ocean for my kid's birthdays- see you all when I get back! <em>244</em> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:41:23 EST Super frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422542 uuuuuuuuhg. Third weigh in- still no change. This week I did so well- five days I was spot on my nutrition, one day I was under, one day I was over. I walked three days, swam three days, and did a Coach Nicole pilates abs 12 minute video twice. <BR> I'm hoping I'm just bloated from all the sodium this weekend, I had my parents in town so we ate out a few times. I made decent choices while eating out, but even so, I'm sure it was full of sodium which is never good the day before weigh-in. <... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 01:14:24 EST Week 1 & 2. Ups, downs, and lessons re-learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417401 week one was FANTASTIC! 5 pounds lost and only a pound away from Onderland! I had hoped to have an awesome first week, but would've been happy to see even one pound gone, so a five pound loss had me thrilled. But I also knew that after that I probably wouldn't see much loss if any week two. Unfortunately I let that thought settle in too far, the thought that not losing anything week two was okay since week one was huge... and then I ate... and ate. I did well until the 4th of July, which sta... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 01:45:06 EST Day 4- oh so sore. Day 5- feelin alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404831 Yesterday (day 4 back on Spark) was another great day. I ate within ranges and burned calories like crazy. <BR> I started the day down at the animal shelter with Bryn walking dogs for about an hour and a half until it just got too stinkin hot. I love that Owen does so well in the stroller for these walks. Bryn is wanting to spend what time she's home this summer volunteering there and since she's still not old enough to do it on her own the only way for her to do it is for us to go along. Owe... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:53:36 EST Days 1, 2 and 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403099 Over the past few months I was on the diet rollercoaster that too many of us know too well. And of course, convinced myself that I was being healthy, that I didn't have time to track, that I was making it simple... you probably know all the things we tell ourselves. I don't know why when I know that the only thing that really works is eating healthy, and for me to lose weight I need to track, did I try three different diets the last few months then fail miserably at each of them within a wee... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 02:27:41 EST gonna change it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268670 So here's my deal- and yes, this does feel like I'm about to list excuses, but I'm allowing myself excuses right now. I've been half-a**ing my tracking, I've been eating half-healthy. My life is crazy baby busy. There are days I don't have time to shower, let alone get on the computer 6-8 times a day to track food and workouts. The only reason I have time to blog right now is because Owen is taking an especially long nap, but that could end a any second and I'll have to stop blogging suddenly... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 14:13:27 EST Free Kindle healthy cookbooks and workout book! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198071 I came across some Kindle freebies and thought I'd share them. I don't know how long they'll stay free so check the price before you buy :) <BR> <BR> Naturally Skinny: 100 Organic Recipes Under 350 Calories <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005KB9IB6 </link> <BR> <BR> Fast Fat Burning for Busy Women <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/Burning-Women-Expert-<BR>Series-ebook/dp/B0090264JK </link> <BR> <BR> Hungry Girl Guilt Free Three <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/The-Guilt-Free-3-eboo<BR>k/... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 01:14:28 EST Awesome food day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190996 Yesterday I went over calories by almost 400 (eek!) so today I woke up motivated to have a great day. Step one- threw out the last of the holiday sweets. Step two- hit up the grocery and totally stocked my kitchen with fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean meats. It's been so many months of eating junk I'd forgotten how good it feels to eat a whole day of healthy- it feel fantastic! <BR> <BR> What I ate today- <BR> Breakfast- plain oatmeal and a banana <BR> Lunch- baby carrots and a whole... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 01:30:30 EST 4 years with Sparkpeople and starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184043 I had a baby and it's hard. It's hard to not eat junk when I'm home all day. It's hard to find time or motivation to exercise. It's hard to come back to Spark having gained back more then half my weight I'd lost. <BR> After being so successful with my weight loss I had to build up my courage to come back and face my fellow Spark people. That motivator stamp on my page that I was once so proud to earn now kinda makes me feel like a fraud. I feel like I'm at step one again- I am at step one ag... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:09:18 EST BIG HUGE life changing news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4166034 We've been talking about it for years, and Mike and I have finally made the decision... we're going to try for another baby. <BR> <BR> A 13 year gap between kids might be a little unconventional, but we've never claimed to do things in the same order as most :) <BR> <BR> I'm so thrilled I can't contain my excitement! We haven't told anybody yet- so any of you that are Facebook friends with me please keep it on the down low. But I just had to talk about my excitement with somebody- and wher... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 17:07:39 EST self defense class, running, and Warrior Dash prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4159593 Things I've done that the old me would have never tried (either because of inability or lack of confidence) <BR> - running <BR> - coaching softball <BR> - roller skating <BR> - crossing river by balancing on a fallen log <BR> - hiking <BR> <BR> and adding a new one to the list - self dense class :) <BR> <BR> The class is so much fun. Last week was the first of a four week class- we practices wrist locks. Basically how to get out of an attacker grabbing your wrist by locking and twisting the... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:08:31 EST Pooch and Pal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4128204 Saturday was the Pooch and Pal walk and run for POPP (pet over population prevention). It was too much fun. Hundreds of dogs (with their owners) came out despite the cold. Even small dogs donned their little sweaters and braved the cold for a good cause. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l137194422.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I decided to take Chester Copperpot for the 5k run since Buster is so big, I just didn't know how he'd do. But now that we've done it I know that he'd b... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 01:47:05 EST little of this, little of that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4074349 Mike cooked dinner last night :) <BR> <BR> Those of you that have known me awhile have probably heard about his idea of healthy cooking... it's not THAT bad... but it took him some time to to get why spaghetti, meat balls, and garlic butter french bread aren't healthy. <BR> But I usually make a salad and fill my plate up half with it and just have a little of what he makes. <BR> But check this meal out! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452396567.jpg"> <BR> Chicken b... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 20:55:01 EST Can you get any more proud than this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3985689 Every night after my 12 year old Bryndalyn finishes her homework I give it a quick look-over. Tonight she had homework in her new Health class. It was 12 questions, sort of a getting to know you for the new teacher. The questions were "what does healthy mean to you?", how can being healthy or not affect your life?", "what healthy activities do you enjoy?", "how do you help others be or stay healthy?"- you get the gist. <BR> <BR> So- question 12- "who is your healthy role model?" Bryn's answ... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 23:12:25 EST Catching up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3980983 In January I was a bit upset with myself- I was dwelling on the 15 pounds I gained in 2010. You know how it is- you have a gain, get upset, feel all fat, beat yourself up... but the other day I was getting ready to run. It was like 20 degrees out so I pulled on this big ol' sweatshirt and realized that it was just over a year ago that sweatshirt was in a box on the top shelf of the closet cuz it was too small. <BR> Yes 15 pounds sucks- but I'm still down 80 pounds from my start weight. And ... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 14:46:13 EST Jingle Bell 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3826162 Short little video from Saturday's Jingle Bell 5k. <BR> <BR> So the little story for this clip- whenever I do any races my goal is to get behind someone a little faster then me and try to pass them by the end of the race. This particular race it was the guy in the yellow jacket, I was behind him for about 2.75 miles. This clip is about a quarter mile from the finish line, and Bryn just happened to take a video of the moment I passed him :) <BR> This was a super fun race- everyone was given... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 20:53:16 EST The weekend and Fall Fest 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3724968 This weekend was busy for me- first the Fall Fest 5k. I'd been sick all week and had a sore calf (plus Mike was super cranky that morning) so it was physically and mentally a tough run for me, once I warmed up my calf was not too bad- I didn't feel sick anymore but I was coughing the entire run! Uhg. And I had my first whoops with pace- I hit the one mile mark at 8 minutes! Then about 5 minutes later I lost steam and struggled the second half. Plus- I must have misunderstood before the race w... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 02:05:39 EST news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3716281 Its been a super up and down week- start with the ups or the downs? <BR> <BR> Okay downs- I was sick the beginning of the week but ran anyways to be sure I was ready for the 5k Saturday. I did take it slow and tried not to over-do it but managed to screw up my calf somehow... so that's pretty sore. I'm hoping with rest today and tomorrow it'll be fine Saturday. Add to that all the rain lately (I live in the desert- it's not supposed to rain) and the arthritis in the knees is acting up- espe... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 23:29:25 EST little non-scale victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3691646 Last week we went to a family wedding- and who's the DJ? My first boyfriend. <BR> Okay- not my very first boyfriend- but one of the first (the first kiss anyways) It was the 7th grade- I was 12. He was short and wore big coke bottle glasses- I thought he was so cute. He was very sweet and was nice to me- I was one of the lucky girls that always ended up with super nice boyfriends :) <BR> Anyways I didn't even recognize him at first- even talked to him when Bryn was making a music request. (n... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 13:54:03 EST started training for my first 10k! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3663817 So excited! <BR> Last December I ran my first 5k, the Cable Bridge Run. I decided this year I'd do the 10k! It's not until December, but I figure if I start training now all the better :) There is a few 5ks between now and then I'm planning on (as long as work doesn't interfere) so I'm excited for those too. LOVING the awesome running weather lately. As you all know, I got a bit lazy this summer- was still exercising, but didn't do much running. I'm not gonna try to blame the 90+ summers we ... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 02:20:38 EST 1 more pound down :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3633587 My first time around with this weight loss thing I would have been so disappointed with a 1 pound loss- I wanted to see 2 a week, and when I didn't I'd study my numbers trying to figure out where I went wrong... of course I was also tackling 100 pounds- little different this time tackling just over 20. So I'm thrilled that last week I lost 1 and this week I lost 1 more! 1 more this week and I'll be back in the 160's! <BR> My tracking is going awesome- had a few days over ranges- but just by l... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:58:54 EST Needing a little support and motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3607831 Not sure how to start this blog- but I'm feeling like I need to put out there, come clean so to speak. At my last blog I'd said that the pants were still fitting- and they were, a little tighter, but still fitting... not so much any more. <BR> It goes like this- the summer started and I was ridiculous busy- we were coaching Bryn's softball team and had all sorts of company and trips, birthdays, weddings, etc... I had almost no time to get online and track and the next thing you know all I'm ... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 23:20:13 EST Seriously- did I not blog in July? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3514181 Okay- it's super late... but I was doing a quick check in on spark and saw that I haven't blogged for like 6 WEEKS!!! <BR> So this isn't really a blog- just a drop in to let all my spark friends know how I'm doing. I'm super busy and staying healthy. I haven't been doing much tracking since I haven't been home much- but the pants are still fitting so I haven't felt the need to step on the scale :) I know- crazy for me. <BR> We had a wild month of company and travel and got a new puppy- so sup... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 02:34:17 EST donut poem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3348550 here's a cute little poem my daughter and I came up with :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Donuts, Donuts, the magical food <BR> the more you eat, the less you move <BR> the less you move, the faster you die <BR> gonna stop eating them... at least I'll try <BR> <BR> <em>473</em> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 19:33:31 EST and another one steals the blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3331628 I'm adding myself to the list of names that stole this blog from someone. It's fun, and I learned a ton about my friends that posted it, I thought I would post it too. Some of these were easy- others I had to really think on. Enjoy :) <BR> <BR> <BR> If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? <BR> Ireland, Australia, or Alaska <BR> <BR> If you could have your dream job, it would be...what? <BR> I already have it, but maybe some day in the future it would be fun to teach it,... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 03:07:47 EST I said I'd blog more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3318433 guess I lied. <BR> <BR> So much to tell you all! <BR> First and foremost- Thank you thank you thank you everyone who left me comments, photo comments, and friend adds the other day when I was MOTD! That was the first time I've ever been and OH MY GOSH! I have over 100 comments and friend adds to reply to! Slowly but surely I'm getting to them all- it would go faster but I get distracted checking out everybody's pages and progress. I mean to just stop by a page real quick to say thanks and t... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 18:09:44 EST take me out to the ball game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3241151 Saturday softball season for Bryn officially started with her jamboree. She and her team did so great! Last year you might remember me saying that her team was so quiet and timid, none of them really ever seemed to be having any fun. I was so hoping this year she'd end up on one of those teams that yells and cheers and laughs and jokes with eachother, and that's exactly what she got this year. YAY! You can tell this group really loves the game and is having fun, she has an awesome coach and e... Tue, 18 May 2010 01:02:23 EST bad bad bad bad day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3216783 My nutrition was out of control today. <BR> I don't have a lot of time to blog- but I wanted to put it out there to keep myself accountable. I'm so disappointed in myself. <BR> This is old behavior. Tonight after dinner I had to run to the store and pick a few things up, Mike and Bryn stayed home and I went alone. At this point I should have been done eating for the day- it wasn't the best day nutritionally, but it wasn't so bad either. <BR> so here I am at Albertsons for milk and dog foo... Tue, 11 May 2010 02:23:02 EST my veggie garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3211851 So I know that many of you knew that I had plans... okay maybe more like hopes that we'd go to Multnomah Falls for Mother's Day this year... but, due to budget, we stayed in town. Oh well, another time. <BR> <BR> What we did do today was plant the vegetable garden. We've lived in this house for seven years and every year we plant veggies. In the past we used grass clippings for weed control- but any of my local friends know that the weeds are ridiculous in the Tri-Cities, especially if you h... Sun, 9 May 2010 20:34:08 EST what a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3180293 So let me start by telling you about Tuesday night. <BR> So it's 1:00 am- I'm dead asleep when I'm woken by a huge crash and breaking glass noise then a thump on my bed! Now Mike was out of State working so there should be NO movement in my bed if it's not me doing the moving. I seriously thought the house was getting broke into and I thought the person doing the breaking in came through my bedroom window and was now in my bed! let me tell ya- I have never jumped out of bed so fast in my lif... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:09:53 EST runner's high and self acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3158595 So in the six or so months that I've been running I've experienced a runner's high only twice. If you never have had a runner's high it's hard to explain- almost like the euphoria of being really, really doped up- but I guess that doesn't help either if you've never experienced that. <BR> The best I could put it is it's way beyond the normal feel good that you have after most runs. It's like you feel completely at peace, like you understand what life is all about, gratitude and awe of life a... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 12:46:23 EST sore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3143354 oh ya- definitely feeling the core workout yesterday. But that is a good thing, I haven't been this sore in a long time, it's good to remember where the muscles are :) <BR> And since I'm trying to respark my ST habit and get back into a routine today was upper body. I almost talked myself out of it- but woohoo- I did it! At the gym I did seven of the machines and tonight Coach Nicole's seated upper body band video and some pushups on the ball. Thankfully I have the day off from work tomorrow,... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 01:27:59 EST Oh abs, when did you get so soft? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3136763 Man, have I been slipping in the strength department! <BR> I've been feeling a little soft and smooshy around the middle so I decided to do a little work on the core machines at the gym today after my regular Monday hour of cardio. I did fine on the machines, maybe was using a little less weight then normal... maybe. <BR> But then I moved to the Roman chair to do back extensions. For any non-gym goers here's what that is <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis<BR>es.asp?exercise=268 </... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 13:28:30 EST Done with negative self talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3119999 The last few days I've been noticing how often we, especially we women, talk down to ourselves. And I've been noticing it usually follows a compliment we've given someone, or one that's been given to us. Example- " you're haircut is so cute! I wish I had your hair, mine is horrible." or another example, Woman 1 "what great jeans" woman 2 "oh- they make my butt look big" <BR> <BR> Now why do we do this? First, and most important, it takes away from how truly awesome we as women are. No matt... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 18:58:16 EST how disappointing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3089339 Has anyone been watching Jaimie Oliver's food revolution? <BR> I have and it's so opened my eyes to what our kids are eating EVERY DAY at school. And I know I'm not the only mom out there that doesn't pack a lunch. Bryn has eaten school lunch five days a week for six years. Why did I never question "beef wonder bites"? Or even better- "cheese zombies"!?!? What is that?!?! <BR> Anyways- this started a conversation between Bryn and I about her choices at school. Today she told me to top it off ... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 23:26:16 EST today's nutrition pie chart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3024018 Awhile back a sparkfriend had shared "where your calories are coming from" pie chart in a blog and I'd never even known this was a tool the site has! So she taught me where to find it and I've been checking every day to see how close I'm getting. Click the "today's full report" at the bottom of your nutrition page if, like me, you've never seen yours. It's not in the daily feedback you click at the top. <BR> <BR> Anyways, on a good nutrition day I'm usually pretty close, just off by a few pe... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 23:15:55 EST St. Patty's Day 5k and Leprechaun Dash report (with photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3017661 Saturday was my second race, the St. Patrick's Day 5k. Before the 5&10k races started Bryndalyn participated in the Leprechaun Dash, a 1 mile race for elementary and middle school kids. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l405595184.jpg"> <BR> me and Bryn before the race <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l9583870.jpg"> <BR> the kids waiting to start- check the dude painted green by the finish gate, he sprinkled green glitter on the kids a... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 01:32:27 EST