MJREIMERS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MJREIMERS MJREIMERS'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/ Holistic vs. FDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866011 My oldest daughter is going to school for Health & Human Performance with an emphasis on Exercise Science and a minor in coaching and nutrition. She is also the one that is recovering from an eating disorder. (Kind of ironic, wouldn't you say?) <em>211</em> I should also add that she is a vegan. <BR> <BR> Anyway, she went to the second nutrition seminar with me. Obviously she had a lot to say about the vegan recommendations and the overall content of the lecture. She is a "typical" coll... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:26:38 EST Myths & Facts about Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864623 This is the second part of the nutrition seminar that I went to. This one covers popular diets and micronutrients. <BR> <BR> The dietitian went over several popular diets. She mentioned that some people HAD to go on them, but some just choose to thinking it was healthier or a way to maintain a weight loss. <BR> <BR> 1) Paleo- excludes grains, refined sugars, processed foods, and dairy. This is the "eating like a caveman diet." Some of the positives were that blood sugar levels are stable ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:00:49 EST Meeting with friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861909 I had a great time meeting some of my Sparkfriends today. There was six of us and it was pretty low key, but very nice. I had already met three at previous "reunions." It was great meeting two "new" friends face-to-face. <BR> <BR> I find it really interesting how we can feel like we know our Sparkfriends so well, even though we've never "really" met. I love that about Spark. Once I meet people from Spark, I feel even closer to them. I find myself checking on them more often. Relationships a... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:21:09 EST Macronutrition seminar notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860492 The dietician that was speaking is an ultra runner, so some of this info is geared more to those 50k and 100k runners. Some was common knowledge, carbs should be 45-70%, fats 20-30% and protein 10-25% of your diet. (I know the amounts don't add up to 100%, but that is the "differences" that you can eat. Three days prior to race days the nutrients should be at the upper ends of the ranges. Water should also be increased three days prior to race days. <BR> <BR> The day of race day all three ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:06:05 EST What I'll always be. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857269 I'm not sure why, but during church this morning I started thinking about "who we'll always be." The journey is a long one. We change in so many ways. We get stronger mentally and physically. We get smaller bodies and bigger self esteem. We get fit by moving. <BR> <BR> There are a few things that I will always be. I'll always be a mom of four and I'll always have the "badges of honor" that show that my body carried and gave birth to four incredible people. Stretch marks and a little extra... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:41:39 EST A realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855582 It has been a busy week! I've had a commitment every night this week. I have another one tonight. I have still been getting my exercise in, though! I'm very proud of that. <BR> <BR> I'm also coming to terms with my "new changes." I realize that the extra 5 lbs. that has claimed my body and is very reluctant to leave, may just be a part of life. I feel well and I look pretty darn good for a mom of four at my age. I may have a little more in the butt area, but I'm ok with that. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:47:50 EST Way too much info (beware gentlemen) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853641 Can I just say I am way over this perimenopause stage! Two "cycles" in less than 10 days stinks! Out of control is an understatement. <BR> <BR> No wonder my scale is up and down, up and down! My pants are tight, my cravings are crazy and I'm moody. Last night I took the dog for a walk because I knew I was crabby and I didn't want to be around me! My poor dog put up with me, though! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> This is just another bump in the road of maintenance that we have to deal with. ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:37:31 EST Support and information http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853036 <em>304</em> for the support. I did not cancel my orthotics order and as Irene said, the Lord will provide. He always has up to now, so I'll put my faith in Him once again. I really appreciate ALL of you! <BR> <BR> I went to a meeting on runner's nutrition tonight. It was very informative and now I know why some of my runs have been "more challenging" than others. She discussed what macronutrients that are needed. It's way too much to detail here, but she explained not only what we shou... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:37 EST The orthotics dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851797 I ordered my orthotics last week, but my husband is being a bit of a "butt head." He e-mailed me articles that explain how bad they are for you. The articles said that orthotics promote injuries and don't help. I told him that I could find articles that would contradict his. <BR> <BR> I've spoken to many people, including some here on Spark, about orthotics. I've heard nothing but positives about them. I spoke to friends that run/exercise and they all love their orthotics. <BR> I shared ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:45:30 EST A different day of exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851147 I spent seven hours at our school volunteering to help with the robotics competition. Our school had three teams and one won! (Weird play on words.) The other team that won was a "walk up" team. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I'd never been to one before and I'll admit it was fun! We had a great crowd and many teachers and staff were there helping out. The PTA had a concession stand that did very well, too. I didn't realize how much there was to do for such a competition. <BR> <BR> I'm not su... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:13:30 EST A better outlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850072 Hi all! I did better yesterday with my eating and that seems to really help me. That darn ole mental game that those numbers, and clothes, can do to us. I realized that I have the same difficulty every winter. <BR> <BR> It reminds me when I had kids. I gained 65 lbs, 45 lbs, 65 lbs and 60 lbs. with my kids. I would get so upset. I'd take my food diary into the my doctor and he would simply say that my body tended to gain a lot and as long as I lost it, I was fine. All my kids were hea... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 07:57:43 EST Getting frustrated. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849253 I was happy with my workout yesterday. I ended up going over my calorie range, but it wasn't junk. I was just so hungry last night. I have found that anytime I eat after 8:00 PM, I will gain weight. Even if I'm under calories for the day and I eat later in the evening, I will gain, Frustrating. <BR> <BR> All I can do is not eat after 8:00 PM. Of course, I need to continue to work out and eat within my calorie range. I heard that the key to losing weight is 80% what you eat and 20% exe... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 07:41:58 EST A cold day off of work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848964 They called school off due to extreme frigid temperatures. It was -35 windchill this morning. So what does one do on a day off? 75 minutes and almost 5 1/2 miles on an elliptical. It felt awesome! It was so cold and it felt so good to sweat! I loved it. <BR> <BR> I am NOT taking the dog outside for a walk. It's still frigid out and I want to make sure he doesn't "freeze" his little paws. We had a nice play session instead. <BR> <BR> I also did 20 minutes of stretching for my hip and ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:08:17 EST Another type of phone call. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847919 Today I had to make a very difficult phone call. I had to call child protective services on a lady that I've known since she was a little girl. She lives with her mom and pays nothing to help support her girls. She is verbally and physically aggressive towards her mom. (In front of her kids.) The grandma has had to call the police on her. <BR> <BR> It is also suspected that she is doing meth...again. She was arrested for it when her oldest was around three. Her mom and dad then were fos... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:40:05 EST I got a phone call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846566 Last night I got a phone call. It was my kids' previous piano teacher. She is my age and has been battling with her weight for some time. She is a smoker, has high blood pressure, high cholesterol and is now diabetic. <BR> <BR> She called to tell me that I had given her the inspiration to lose weight. She'd like to lose 35 lbs. I'm not sure how much she's already lost, but she is already seeing the positives. She feels better about her self...#1 reason to lose weight. A close #2 is her... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:15:44 EST Back to work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846069 Tomorrow I head back to work. I'm not sure how I'll rearrange my exercise schedule. I always walk for about 40 minutes at work, but since it's with a colleague, it's significantly slower than my normal pace. I'm still walking though, right? <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I figure I can do my elliptical at night, after we eat. That may be a better time anyway, since I get the munchies later at night. I know I'll keep my 30 minutes a day streak going, but I'd really like to keep up the "sweati... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 21:18:29 EST Persistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844796 I've been doing well on the exercise and eating. However, without my running my body is changing. My thighs are getting wider with those little saddlebags coming back. I've lost some muscle tone in my arms, too. <BR> <BR> I am using the cardio setting on my elliptical so that I'm, hopefully, keeping the lungs ready to resume running. I've been doing push-ups and today I used 11 lbs. free weights for a bicep and tricep workout. <BR> <BR> I've made a weight loss goal of 7 lbs. That woul... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 13:46:31 EST Sweating in the new year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842929 I have done 85 minutes of exercise so far today. I've taken the dog for a walk, did my stretches from the chiropractor and used my elliptical. I forgot how much I love to sweat! <BR> <BR> I've incorporated some of my own stretches in with the ones that the doctor gave me. I really hope to be back to running early February. For now, I'll just keep doing what I'm doing, but at a higher intensity to make sure that I continue sweating. <BR> <BR> Happy moving and happy running! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:18:37 EST Reblog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842145 I had typed out a big blog about being frustrated. I've deleted it and decided that tomorrow is a new year with new possibilities. I have given the husband some of the responsibilities that I have taken care of for the past 21 years. I'm "sharing" some of the "jobs" that are stressful. <BR> <BR> I hope to have my couch free of a brother-in-law who has been living with us for the past six months. Over my marriage he has probably lived with us a total of about 4 to 5 years. I think that I'v... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:30:58 EST Frigid! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841470 The only word that I can use to describe today is frigid! I took the pup to the local PetsMart to work on his obedience and to get some exercise in. It wasn't a "hard" workout, but we got lots of walking in. <BR> <BR> I plan on taking the pup for a quick walk. I hate the cold, but he loves it. Last night he even went and got his leash to encourage me to take him out. How can you say no to that and talk about motivation. <BR> <BR> Then, I may try to do 30 minutes on the elliptical. The we... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:29:01 EST I found it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840765 I found it! I found my little 13.1 charm and it's back on my Road ID. No, it hasn't changed my mind and I'm still going to scale back my running. Now it's a reminder of what I have accomplished and that I just love to run. <BR> <BR> I went to the chiropractor today. I continue to find "new muscles" that are helping me to heal. I was honest with my weekend recap and the doctor did agree that my body is just trying to figure out what to do. I did get the ok to use my elliptical, but only ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:46:50 EST Signs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839974 I like to think of myself as a "spiritual," rather than religious. I believe God, or what ever you call your supreme being, is always present. If we only open our eyes, ears and heart to Him we will learn from Him. I also believe that one way is not the only way. He speaks to us in many different ways. <BR> <BR> Saying all this, I am a firm believer in signs. I had two signs that are making me think today. One is worth mentioning on Spark. <BR> <BR> I wear a Road ID bracelet. I hate ca... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:53:46 EST The "C" word. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839430 I found out that when I had originally lost my weight, people were asking my paraeducator if I had cancer. I found this very sad. However, it did reinforce that I had lost too much weight and that the 5 lbs. that I gained back was a good thing. <BR> <BR> Now, I am 5 lbs. over my "center weight." It's really easy to gain 5 lbs., but quite difficult and a lot longer to lose that same 5 lbs. In the long run, I'd rather "battle" those 5 lbs. than the "c" word. <BR> <BR> I have friends, too m... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:56:23 EST Back on track, kind of. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838913 I didn't eat smart yesterday, but today is a new day. I'm back on track. I wish I could say the same about my running. <BR> <BR> I tried to go out for a run today. A very short run, under three miles, but it was tough. My darn left leg was doing some major complaining. I kept at it, with some walk breaks and stretching in there, too. I'll keep up the walking and add some miles for good measure, but I'll wait on the running. <BR> <BR> I'm really not frustrated. This will just take a litt... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:18:47 EST Good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837982 I went to the chiropractor yesterday and he gave me the all clear to run....with some limitations. I can run, but not far, about a 5k. I can run, but not "fast," just a nice easy pace. Even with limitations, I will take it. <BR> <BR> I still have some stiffness in my lower back, so I'll give myself a few days, yet. Besides, it's been raining and gloomy here. I'd rather not slip and fall the first time out. (I almost lost it yesterday just walking the dog.) <BR> <BR> So I received an ear... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:50:20 EST A year of running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837548 I finished up my year of running on December 14th at the Ugly Sweater 5k. I made my goal of twelve runs in twelve months. I did a total of seven half marathons, three 10k runs and two 5k runs. My best time this year was 2:01. My personal best is 1:55. <BR> <BR> I realize that I will probably never see a time of 1:55 again, but that's ok. I have learned that time really is irrelevant and that the pleasure of running is more important. I've discovered that I really enjoy running with oth... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:42:55 EST Success in failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836896 I'm out of the weight maintenance challenge by the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. I missed my weigh in by 3/10's of a pound. <BR> <BR> Most would call that a failure. However, I see a success in that failure. How you ask? My weight went up a bit more since I weighed in, but it's coming back down. <BR> <BR> The success is that I didn't fall off the wagon or jump off the wagon, for that matter. I didn't continue to gain all my weight back and in fact it's comin... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:35:13 EST On the mend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835837 I went to the chiropractor on Thursday and he said that I'm looking better. He said it's the best I've looked since we started. Yay!! <BR> <BR> I can tell I'm mending. My right hip has been sore, but not my left leg. I took that as the muscles and ligaments around that disk is tightening. The chiropractor confirmed this. <BR> <BR> So hopefully within a couple more months, I'll be completely mended, have a new pair of shoes with orthodics and I'll be out running again. I look forward ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:44:43 EST Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834288 Happy Hanukkah to those that celebrate. Soon it will be Christmas and then Kwanzaa. This time of the year always makes me smile, but also brings some anxiety. <BR> <BR> As a person in maintenance, this time of year can be a slippery slope. One dinner out, one party, on buffet at work can all lead to that gradual weight gain that we all fear. My weight has been up and down lately so I can relate to the anxiety. <BR> <BR> I really don't know anyone that doesn't have that fear in the back ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:49:20 EST Naughty and Nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833050 My daughters, a friend of mine and I participated in the Ugly Sweater 5k this morning. I was naughty and ran the entire "race," but it felt so nice! I had a little soreness in my left leg and later in my right hip, but it was worth it. I loved every minute of it. <BR> <BR> Instead of t-shirts, we got stocking hats. It was too warm to wear them as it was in the 50's when we were running. It was misting out, but with sweaters on it was pretty warm. It's going to be much colder tomorrow, s... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:46:56 EST Creeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830450 Frustration! More of it. I've been watching and logging my calories daily. I've also taken to weighing myself every morning. The calories are doing well, but that darn scale is still creeping up! <BR> <BR> I still walk everyday and usually take a second walk at night with the dog. After really thinking on this, I realize that when I lost my weight I was only walking 30 minutes a day. This reminds me that I lost the weight by really watching what I put in my mouth. Obviously, I'll need ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:47:44 EST No running in the new future. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829912 Back to the chiropractor today. I will be going three days a week for the next few weeks. He said it was good that I came in when I did and that most people aren't that proactive. Usually, they are hobbling in and that delays their recovery. <BR> <BR> I'm getting a tad frustrated, though. I'm following his "orders," but I hate not being able to run. I can't do the elliptical, either. I'm only allowed to walk. I am walking 80 minutes a day, on average, but it's still not the same. <BR... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:18:15 EST Second adjustment and lessons learned. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827974 I went back to the chiropractor yesterday for my second adjustment. I can touch my toes again and even the floor! I'm really still in the hamstrings and the back of my calves, but I can stretch out. Still no running or elliptical, but the crazy thing is I'm almost back to my center weight. <BR> <BR> This has taught me that I need to be a little more diligent on not only what I eat, but when. I'm back to not eating after 8 PM and I've seen the numbers dropping. (That is a good thing.) I... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 07:56:50 EST Chiropractor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827204 I went to the chiropractor. I had a couple of x-rays and an adjustment. I found out I have a slight case of scoliosis that bows to the left. Before I was adjusted my left leg was 1/4 of an inch longer than my right. I also found out that my discomfort was exactly where I pointed. <BR> <BR> I was very pleased with this man. His clients include Creighton University's basketball and soccer teams. He has a great reputation and asked many questions. He asked how long I've been running, how ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:59:40 EST An attitude adjustment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826601 A quick stop by! I was in a very ticked off mood after my meeting. I had typed out a long blog about the frustrations of being a teacher, the politics of teaching, the expectations or lack of them by teachers, etc. <BR> <BR> To make a long story short...I was mad and needed an attitude adjustment so I went for a four mile run! It felt great and my attitude is better. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening and for the support that I always feel from you all! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 20:21:19 EST A new challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826046 I'm starting a new challenge for December. It may be one of the most difficult ones, yet. It's not hard to replace an activity for exercise, in most cases. However, I've been challenged to replace 30 minutes of "computer time" with 30 minutes of exercise. <BR> <BR> That means I will not be on as much as I normally am. This will be very difficult for me. I will still log nutrition and exercise, but I'm not sure how much blogging and commenting I'll get done. I'll try my best and if I do... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 21:36:59 EST Does anyone really take time off? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824876 I was reading various articles on Spark and one mentioned taking time off from running. Not only taking the physical time off, but mentally, too. Don't run, but don't think about running. <BR> <BR> Is this possible? What does one do with all that time? Do you feel it in with another activity? I have heard many have had to do "such a thing" when recovering from an injury and they come back as good, and often better, than before. <BR> <BR> Has anyone taken an extended period of "time o... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 21:03:30 EST Running... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823876 I ran the Feast & Feathers 10k this morning. I ran/walked the first 5k with a friend. We had a nice time chatting as we went. She finished and I went on for the next 5k. <BR> <BR> I LOVED IT! I had a slower time than I normally would, but it didn't matter. I really enjoyed beginning the holiday this way. All the proceeds go to the local food bank. The runners were asked to bring additional canned donations to "pay for parking." It was great to see so many supporting a worthwhile cause.... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:58:18 EST Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823314 This time of the year is a joyous one. I love Thanksgiving! It's my favorite holiday! Many people get caught up in the buying part of the season, but Thanksgiving is all about being thankful. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for this journey and what brought me here. What? You are thankful that you HAD to lose weight? Yes and no. No, I didn't/shouldn't have treated myself so poorly that I had to lose weight. Life has a way of making us forget the ME in the big picture of the THEM. I had to take c... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:21:55 EST Countdown to my 10k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822984 Thursday is my 10k run. Of course, it's going to be the coldest day of the week. I'll be layering up, but not quite sure how many. I'll figure it out and I can always take some off. <BR> <BR> The other problem of the day is that we aren't eating until 6:00 PM. Two of the family have to work and we can't all get together until evening. I'll have to refuel after the run, drink lots of water to replenish and then have lots of fresh veggies around. I can do it! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful co... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:39:00 EST Using the dog.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822469 I've noticed many of us have dogs. Many, like me, use the dog as an excuse. We use our dogs as an excuse, aka motivator, to get our butts off the couch and out of the house. Our dogs don't care if it's dark out, cold, raining, snowing, etc. they just want to GO! <BR> <BR> If you are one of those fur parents that walk your dogs daily, you know that they have the timer set. You know they are expecting you to take them out in all weather because it's time to go for their walk. If you don'... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:37:40 EST Hair and shoes, wow what a difference. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821155 I'm not too sure about the hair. I had to have a lot of length taken off due to breakage from pulling it back into ponytails. I'm now researching headbands so I can grow it back out. It's a new color, as well as a new cut. I think it makes me look older, but I guess that's bound to happen as we get age. <em>211</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2010520709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Sparkfriend, Jeanknee, did a little research and discovered that there is about a 3mm dif... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:35:25 EST It sneaks up on you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820764 Today I went over my calorie range. (Good thing I already weighed in for my maintenance team challenge!) It started innocently enough, a colleague brought in mini blueberry muffins and homemade chocolate chip, banana and cranberry bread. I had one mini muffin and 1/2 slice of the bread. Wow, the calories were a surprise. <BR> <BR> I should know, by now, that anything that isn't "clean" or basically made by me, is going to be high in calories. It's a sad fact, but true. <BR> <BR> I'll eat... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:57:16 EST New hair and exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820261 Yesterday I got in a 60 minute walk before I went and had my hair done. New cut and color. It was much needed as I had so much breakage at the bottom. My younger daughter stated that the hair ties that I use when I pull my hair into a ponytail is the culprit. I'll have to invest in a wide headband. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I got a short walk in and I'll get a bit more at obedience class tonight, but not my "normal" exercise. I guess that's ok. I'm going to try and run on Saturday and then... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:43:40 EST Symbols of a runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818484 I started thinking about my running and what exactly makes one a runner? You have the visible symbols like a Road ID on your wrist. Maybe it even has an extra 13.1 on the side of the personal information. There are the norms; shoes, shorts, running shirts (usually proof of past races that you've ran), running socks, and for us women the every important running bra. (They are almost as important as those running shoes.) <BR> <BR> You can get into the high tech world of runners, but since I'... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:55:56 EST Stiff and sore this morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817394 I am NOT complaining as I do kind of like when I'm a little sore after a workout. It tells me that I "did something" and that I worked hard. <BR> <BR> After reading responses and talking to family and a fellow runner, I am going to look into a chiropractor. The shoes were purchased in early fall and the 21's have a bit more support so they should be ok. <BR> <BR> I really think that I caused this sitting on the floor in a dress and having my legs cocked to one side. I've felt this stiffn... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:01:23 EST I wish this would end! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816946 I've used my elliptical every day this week. I'm trying to figure out how to run in frigid temps. Tonight I decided to get a run in before the snow comes. It was a little over 4 miles, but right away my left leg started complaining. <BR> <BR> I've been doing a variety of stretches to strengthen the hip flexors. I've been doing planks to strengthen the abs and thus the lower back. I've stretched out the lower back/right hip area. I thought things were improving until I started running. <BR... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:12:24 EST Up early to elliptical! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814703 I got up at 4 AM to use my elliptical. My <em>345</em> husband found and ordered the part that broke. He is on vacation and used his time wisely <em>211</em> and fixed it yesterday. It felt great to be working out and I love how the sweat just pours out of me. I'll have to determine how much of a workout it really is as time goes on, but at least I'm getting a good cardio workout and I'm sweating. I'll also see if I fall asleep later today! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I've decide... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:01:24 EST Finding my happy medium! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813560 I went for my first "longer" run since the Double Half Mary at the beginning of the month. I went 7.65 miles, but it took me 90 minutes. I felt pretty good, but if it's not my lower right back complaining it's my left hamstring. Once the hamstrings start complaining it goes into my glutes and down behind my knee. I stopped often to stretch. <BR> <BR> Despite all that, it felt good to run. I thought of Mobycarp and his new focus on staying injury free. I thought of Onekidsmom and how s... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:41:00 EST Helping others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813203 I got to run last night. It was a little over 3 miles, but I actually felt like I was close to my old way of running. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I had plans to go hiking with Halo. (Halo is my dog.) I thought after hiking we could work on his <BR> "homework" from obedience class. However, plans quickly changed. <BR> <BR> A friend, and fellow runner, called to ask if I could help her move some stuff out of her house. Her husband and her are divorcing and it's better if she doesn't go over... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:48:37 EST