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/ Scale shock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315179 I knew I shouldn't do it! I told myself not to. With it being "that time of the month," having cellulitis, and having eaten out (MSG's) I knew it wouldn't be good. Wow, that is all I can say, WOW! I haven't seen that number in almost six years. <BR> <BR> I'm still below where I started, but wow! I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm disappointed. I maintained a 30 lbs. loss for five years, but not anymore. So now what? <BR> <BR> This journey is ongoing and I'll keep at it. People say I look go... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:31:10 EST Getting better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312445 I took my fourth dose of meds at lunch with some ibuprofen. My foot still looks bad, but it feels better. I did use crutches starting around 10 AM, but I can stand on my foot without too much discomfort. Ah, the wonders of medicine. <BR> <BR> I have my last coffee run this weekend. I will go to pick up the mug I've won. If things continue progressing, I'll walk it, slowly. I won't run until my meds are finished in 9 more days. I think I'll be ok even though I have a 10k on March 4th. I won'... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 17:24:51 EST Started as a blister and it blew up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312022 Well, my little blister blew up into something more. I should say my foot blew up, aka. swelled up. It started yesterday. It was pretty infected last night. I soaked it in Epsom salts this morning and it felt a little better. I got my walk in this morning. My ankle was stiff, but not horrible. However, by 2:00 P.M. it was swelling to where it was quote uncomfortable. By the time I got to an emergent care, my entire foot was swollen. My toes were numb, my heal felt like I was walking on ... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 22:37:56 EST First strong and then being a baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311378 I have discovered, at least for me, that trail running is much more challenging than street running. I can run 10 miles on the street and finish thinking, "That was nice." Yesterday I ran 10.75 miles in mud, on some frozen ground, in the wind, and on hilly terrain. I loved it, but man was my muscles feeling it at the end. I really wanted to do 16, but I had worn a thin part in my left sock that was letting my shoe rub on my heel. Today I know that I made the right decision. <BR> <BR> Yester... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:25:52 EST Working at it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308893 I ran 6.75 miles last night. I met a friend for coffee and then ran home from the coffee shop. It took a little planning to run on sidewalks and not the busy street with only a shoulder. I am feeling it this morning. Road running is harder on my body than trail running, but that makes sense. <BR> <BR> I have a long way to go until I am up to 26 miles. I figure I just need to find a weekend day and just start running. It works best if I figure out a distance and run home. No excuses can be us... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 07:34:06 EST Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307386 Today I had coffee with a Spark friend, JAMARIEHICKEY. We meet every so often just to catch up on life and to support each other. We often meet with other local Sparkers for a reunion of sorts, every few months. <BR> <BR> I got to meet up with ONEKIDSMOM a few weeks ago when I picked up my swag for the BRIN Blackout Series. She was picking up her swag for this year and her medal from last season. To earn the medal one must run a series of three 10k races. Next year, both of us will be gett... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:21:21 EST I marched. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303581 This is not meant to be political, nor negative in any way. However, I am proud of the fact that I marched in the Women's March held in my city on Saturday night. <BR> <BR> I should mention that I am the mother of four, two girls and two boys. I am a special education teacher and I am called "Mom" by children of all races and colors that walk through my door. Unfortunately, I know too many women that have been victims of rape and assault. <BR> <BR> The march was all about unity, love, acce... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:37:59 EST Stuck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299160 We did get the predicted ice storm, but I don't think it's as bad as the weathermen/women thought it would be. No school or work for me or the kids due to Martin Luther King Day. Hubby is already at work and said the roads weren't horrible, but not great, either. So it looks like I'm stuck! <BR> <BR> I am stuck in the house. I am one of those people that need outdoors and nature to recharge. Yesterday I did 25 minutes of weight training and I'm feeling it today, so I know I did enough. I als... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:13:54 EST A Beautiful Run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298129 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e41fc00d-47b3-4a06-acc8-98a674fae45c.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5597bc1-118d-4091-8f2e-0f2d518927ee.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c18d920-3c76-465d-ab7d-2da114f9b30f.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab01a90c-6448-4648-ae68-2e33f167664e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a4da231-c39c-45d1-855a-a4ba5be37657.jpg"> I was able to hit the trail... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:50:37 EST Too little? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297459 I went to pick up my swag for the BRIN Blackout 10k series. It's three 10k's spread over the running season. I got to meet ONEKIDSMOM there and celebrate her earning her medal for running all three races. She also did very well in her age division. <BR> <BR> My oldest daughter rode with me and it always gives us plenty of time to chat. She is the one that has her B.S. in Exercise Science with minors in coaching and nutrition. She is also recovering from an E.D. that was diagnosed her senior ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:35:09 EST Ultras http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296544 I was as surprised as many of you when I signed up for a 50k trail run. Especially since I had no desire to run a full marathon. I guess I really didn't think, or consider, a 50k as an "ultra" run. <BR> <BR> 50k is 30 miles, so not much farther than a full. I guess I never thought that less than 4 more miles would be that much of a difference in classification. I guess Ultra sounds "harder" or more "elite," but I didn't think of that nor do I truly believe that. <BR> <BR> ONEKIDSMOM and M... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:27:24 EST Still at it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295620 I appreciate all the comments! They were very helpful and I am still at it. I guess the frustrating part is being at my goal weight for 5 years only to have some "issues" come up that derails my progress. <BR> <BR> So I have not disclosed some new laid plans to anyone, but a couple people. Many know of my "highlight" 2014 year where I ran 7 HM, 3 10k's, and 2 5k's. I have never run a full marathon, nor have I had the desire, the thought, but never the desire. They say HM runners are only 1/... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:41:28 EST When to accept the "new" numbers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293746 I am usually a pretty positive person and this blog is meant to be more questioning than complaining. With that said, when does one just accept the "new" number that is on the scale? <BR> <BR> I am eating right, exercising daily, getting in at least 12,000 steps and still that darn number on the scale is 5-10 lbs. higher than I want. I remember losing my weight and hitting plateaus. If this is the case, this is one LONG plateau. It seems like if I stay in my calorie range, but have eaten a s... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 10:00:43 EST Cold, but the Spark is keeping me warm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293496 Today was bitterly cold. I had a "coffee run" scheduled. The local running club puts together 6 runs that begin and end at small local coffee shops. Today's run was basically a 5k and it was fabulous! <BR> <BR> I bought myself a new running coat, on sale of course, right after Christmas. I also got a pair of running gloves, the kind that has the fingertips open, but has a flap that comes over to make them mittens, from Santa. Both are made by Champion and are really warm! I had one long sle... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:32:04 EST Walking the walk, while talking the talk. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292224 Many of us have heard, "You need to walk the walk not just talk the talk." I realized that I am doing just that! <BR> <BR> It's so easy to talk the talk. "I'm going to do this and I'm going to do that," but it's not so easy to actually do it. We often hear what others think we should do, as well. We've all experienced it. The hard part is the follow through, the "walking the walk" part. <BR> <BR> Those of us in maintenance don't have it all figured out. We still struggle with cravings, la... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:04:11 EST Living life to the fullest. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289994 My dog, Halo, and I are a therapy team. Halo goes to work with me and my special education students love him. He listens to the Kindergarteners and first graders read during library and visits several assisted living and dementia facilities. A lady that I have known for around 25 years, and is good friends with my mom, lives at one of the assisted living facilities. We visit this facility once a month and for quite a while twice a month. She was 97 years young. She died this morning. She... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:36:12 EST The first day of the rest of your life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288758 January 1st makes people reevaluate their lives, recommit to themselves, and reconnect to goals that were set. The old saying is, "This is the first day of the rest of your life." While a new beginning with the new year is a great way to look at the 1st, I need to remember everyday is the first day of the rest of our lives. Everyday is a time to eat better, move more, be a better me. I did one of those Facebook quizzes, you know the ones that tell you something about yourself? I did the on... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:02:14 EST Reflections for 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287921 We are almost to a new year and for many, they are relieved and ready. My 2016 wasn't horrible, but not a woo hoo year, either. <BR> <BR> I was able to do a few runs, which I love! I was also able to run with one of my inspirational sparkpeople, ONEKIDSMOM. That was a highlight of my year!! However, I found out that I am much slower than at my peak in 2014. Injuries, old and new, are catching up with me. I focus on the fact that I can still run and that running has brought me many new frie... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:27:15 EST Old, Good, Habits and Looking Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287698 I did an hour walking dogs and 30 minutes on my elliptical. I am motivated to continue being "back" to my old, but good, habits. My Fitbit is reinforcing what my oldest is telling me; I am not eating enough calories. And Spark is saying that I am am not eating enough protein and carbs. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, but I need to work on getting all of my macronutrients. I hope everyone is ready for the new year. I think most people are. Between self struggles, politics, the stat... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:57:52 EST Three dogs and extra walks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286887 I am pet sitting for a mini Schnauzer for the next five days. He's been here before, but it's a first since we got our little Cairn Terrier mix. The best thing is I get extra walks in keeping them a little on the tired side. A tired dog is a good dog! <BR> <BR> So heading out for the first walk of the day. I'm skipping the elliptical and I didn't go to the gym last night. Listening to the body and it says my shins are sore. (I think that's because of a weight lifting exercise.) <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:46:49 EST My Supportive Family! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286195 My kids all went in together and got me a Fitbit Charge 2. So far I am loving it. I'm still playing with all the features, but I love the step counter and how it keeps track of workouts, even when I forget to set it. I'm just going to let it "go" for a week and then start setting it when I workout. <BR> <BR> I also got a second pair of running pants, running gloves (the kind that has the fingers separated, but then the flap comes over it like mittens), and a reflective vest. I am so blessed ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 21:40:12 EST Double Workout Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285762 I ran 4.35 miles this morning and then, hit the gym with the girls. We did the stair stepper to warm-up and then hit the weight room. My Fitbit said over 18,000 steps today. Tomorrow will be a nice long walk with both dogs. I need to be careful or I will end up with an injury from over doing it. It's just how I am; a little to competitive with myself. I am a work in progress, but aren't we all? ;) Happy moving! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 23:41:35 EST Fitbit Charge 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285229 I got a Fitbit Charge 2 for Christmas. My oldest helped to set it up and now I'm wearing it. I wasn't going to wear it today, since I knew my day would be "off," but my kids told me that's not what it's about. My oldest showed a little concern about it "triggering" my inner competitive side. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to watch my eating and it will be tough to get in my exercise. It is raining and cool here. Weird for Nebraska in December, but kind of cool having a thunderstorm this morning. <BR... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:00:45 EST Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284958 This morning I did a little over 7.25 miles on a trail run. It was a beautiful, frosty morning and I took my dog, Halo, with me. Normally he's good for 3 miles sometimes 4, but he did just fine with the longer distance. I think he likes trail running better than beating the concrete! <BR> <BR> I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy Hanukkah! May the season bring you blessings of good health, healthy food, and time with loved ones. <BR> <BR> Thank you for being on this jour... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 17:41:35 EST Sore and double postings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284693 I bragged the day after the gym that I wasn't that sore. The delayed onset soreness hit me hard today! I was supposed to do a "Donut Run" this morning, but icy road conditions caused its cancellation. I did 40 minutes on the elliptical instead. Along with cleaning the house and my normal walking, I did well on the exercise. <BR> <BR> I also did well on the eating and the scale is showing my renewed commitment. My girls made almond bark covered pretzels, which I love. I only had two today. ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 23:40:40 EST My first trip to the gym. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283989 My girls took me to the gym to workout. Ten minutes on the stair stepper, 65% to 80%, as a warm up. Then 45 minutes of circuit weight training using free weights and steps. I'll admit I am feeling it already, especially in my legs. <BR> <BR> I am always amazed at how different exercises works different muscles. A person can be fit in one area and not in another. I understand how cross training can improve other areas and I hope I see results in my running. The scale would me nice, too. <e... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:54:58 EST My first trip to the gym. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283987 My girls took me to the gym to workout. Ten minutes on the stair stepper, 65% to 80%, as a warm up. Then 45 minutes of circuit weight training using free weights and steps. I'll admit I am feeling it already, especially in my legs. <BR> <BR> I am always amazed at how different exercises works different muscles. A person can be fit in one area and not in another. I understand how cross training can improve other areas and I hope I see results in my running. The scale would me nice, too. <e... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:52:08 EST Changing plans. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282812 Well my girls didn't go to the gym on Saturday, thus I didn't go. It was a day of cleaning and staying inside. However, I did use my elliptical on Sunday. Wow! I still get surprised how different exercise works different muscles and makes a body feel so different. In other words, it kicked my butt! <BR> <BR> It was obvious that I need to use it more often and I know "cross training" is a good thing. So hopefully, between running, my elliptical, weight training, and some yoga I'll feel the be... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 07:44:47 EST Cancelled! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282105 The weather report for today was ice, wind, blowing snow, wind chills, along with dropping temperatures. As a result, my coffee run was cancelled. I jokingly said on Facebook that if runners are crazy enough to run in the winter, you know runners would be crazy enough to run in any weather for a "race." <BR> <BR> So I took full advantage to sleeping in. I slept in until 6:30ish. As of now, I've cleaned the house, done the dishes, I am working on laundry, and just chilling with my dogs. Eve... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:58:45 EST Brrrrrrr! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281411 It is COLD! Not just cold, but bitter cold! I have a "coffee run" this Saturday when the high of the day will be 14. I'm not sure how far the distance is for this one, but it's at 9:00 AM so it will be super cold! Lots of layering should help, but this will definitely be a "mental run." <BR> <BR> I love this Local Ground Coffee Run series. We meet every other Saturday and run around a 5K. However, the last run was about 2 miles. It's held at small local coffee shops around the city. If one r... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:20:28 EST Feeling better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279059 There are a few things I need to clear the air about. First, I really have no problem with my age. I just have always been told I don't look as old as I am, so the comment kind of surprised me. I wasn't upset about it, it just made me think. For me 50 is the next trip around the sun. I don't feel like I should be 50, but I don't think most feel their age, at least mentally. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Today has been a great day, so far. I did 8.88 miles of trail running this morning. Not fast... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:21:58 EST Steps forward and steps backward. Is this dancing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278632 I've done very well with my nutrition and exercise this week. I'm trying to make my last meal of the night lighter and earlier so that I have at least 10 hours without eating, but preferably 12 hours. <BR> <BR> I've walked around an hour each day, got one run in with a long one scheduled for Saturday. I'll get a yoga workout in there, too. It's getting bitter cold here so the above will be "it." I also need/want to start some strength training. <BR> <BR> My girls joined a gym and my old... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:34:49 EST UGH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276199 I have been running every weekend and at least once during the week. I'm staying in my calorie range and eating clean. If we do go out, I try to get a salad with grilled chicken and no dressing. I figure that way my body doesn't rebel against the additives, sodium, and MSGs that are often in foods. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale yesterday and was 1 ounce below the top of my weight range. I can't tell you how frustrating it is when I used to have to adjust my range lower so I wasn't under. ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:21:06 EST Doing well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272527 I've been reading a lot of how to eat and when to eat. I've decided that I'm throwing it all to the wind and going back to what I used to do. I will log what I eat and stop eating at 8:00 P.M. I will spend less time on the computer and more time outside or moving in some way. I'm going to start doing yoga a few times a week and continue my running. <BR> <BR> Today I ran 7.78 miles on a trail. I loved trail running. A friend of mine invited me and although I've ran this area before, I reall... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:53:49 EST The ongoing journey. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271163 Sometimes I love this "health" journey and sometimes I despise it. I'm in the more despise mode right now. I'm not sure what else to do, but I keep plugging away. My body seems to have taken on a life of its own. I won't go into details, as it won't help anyway. <BR> <BR> However, I'm giving myself today and tomorrow before I hit it hard again. I'm not going to jump off the end of the pier, just not worry about every bite. Then, I'll recommit to me. I realize that I have to return to my very... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:47:34 EST Changing it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268529 I went for my last "nice weather" run last night. It was perfect running weather and I got down right around dusk. I wore my reflective ankle straps and stayed to the sidewalks once the sun started to set. <BR> <BR> I've decided that since I hate running in the dark, I'll run after school in the neighborhood. Tonight, I'm changing it up. I'm starting to do some yoga, too. I am getting stiff, so I thought that may help. I'm hoping it will help with my running, as well. <BR> <BR> I also want... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:46:42 EST Coffee runs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267362 There is are "Coffee Runs" going on around my city. You meet at various local coffee shops, go for a 5K run, and then order coffee (optional). All the runs are free, unless you want to buy a cup after you are finished with the run. <BR> <BR> If you participate in four of the six scheduled runs, you get a free coffee mug! I love coffee so free runs and a free coffee mug makes for a running Mako. I figured it's also a way to get me out and running through December. I hate the cold and any inc... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:50:22 EST Seeing the light. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264739 The world seems upside down for some people. They aren't happy with the outcome of the election. There are protests in the streets, people feel hurt, and some feel nonexistent. I, myself, had to console some young people that are truly afraid and saddened. <BR> <BR> Today the sun came up and I am alive. Today, I choose to see the light. I will live in gratitude for what I am blessed with. I will live in a way that will give hope to others. I will live with my door open wide, the leaf in the... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:32:27 EST The day after. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263178 I can feel that I pushed myself yesterday. I LOVE this feeling. My calves are really sore, but that is expected after my "ballerina pose." I was walking to get some Gatorade as I felt cramping coming on. As I was walking both my calves tightened and my toes pointed straight downward. I apologized as I grabbed a fellow runner that I did not know. I was starting to fall straight backwards. Two others helped sit me down and stretch me out. It took only about 90 seconds, but boy was it humerous. ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 08:02:55 EST Running with sparkfriends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262867 Today I ran my first half marathon in over a year. I had the pleasure, and honor, of running with ONEKIDSMOM. She has a been a huge support to me! She came to my city to support my son's ROTC as they fundraised to go to France to march in a parade. She showed me two HM starting points and she and, SPINNINGJW, come out to cheer me on on the second day of the Double Half Mary. (Two HM in two days.) <BR> <BR> I have wanted to run with her since I began running three years ago. Today was great! ... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 16:36:17 EST Sparkfriends rock. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261291 Once again, sparkfriends rock. I was thinking about a "Mommy makeover." A tummy tuck, lifting the girls, a little off here, and a little off there. <BR> <BR> I was surprised by the comments of support. Lots of people saying, "Why not?" and "Go for it." I'll admit, I can think of many other things to spend the money on and I probably won't do it, but I am still surprised by the reactions. <BR> <BR> I hadn't even thought of how my hypothyroidism may come into play. Thanks for that thought, J... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 08:11:53 EST Mommy makeover? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259988 I've never been one to look for a quick fix. I don't mind putting in some sweat equity to achieve my goals. However, the commercial for a "mommy makeover" caught my curiosity. I don't know if it's age, loss of muscle, my hypothyroidism, or that I am just noticing it more, but I have loose skin. It's on my arms, I think I can thank my grandma for that. I have the little spare tire around middle, also known as a muffin top, and a little on the outer and inner thighs. Oh, and I've always want... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:56:31 EST Long trail run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258991 Ok, the word long can be relative depending on the person saying it and those that run. <em>211</em> I am running the Good Life Halfsy with ONEKIDSMOM next weekend. I am so excited! <em>244</em> She has been an inspiration to me and a huge supporter. Now we are running together. <BR> <BR> I'll admit, I'm hoping that I don't hold her back. I know she is competitive, as I am, but I am about 3 minutes/mile slower than I was two years ago. Injuries and my hypothyroidism weight gain has p... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 19:54:33 EST Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254384 I had two realizations lately. 1) I ran another 10 mile run and felt great at the 11- 12 minute mile range. I have come to accept the slower time because my body doesn't complain and I just feel really good at the end of my runs. Maybe it's also age and the realization that my past activities are coming back to "haunt me." Thirty plus years of training horses have made those old injuries come back when I push my body too hard. I love to run and as my cousin told me, "No looking back..focus ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:55:57 EST I put me in the equation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250667 We all have good intentions. We plan on working out in the morning, but then we're too tired to get out of bed. We will work out after work, but it gets dark so early. It's too chilly; we have too much work to finish; the kids need help with their homework, on and on and on. <BR> <BR> I had a meeting until a little after 6:00 last night. I knew the weather was turning cold and rainy and I wanted to get out and run. I really don't like to run in the dark, but I thought about a route that woul... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:58:55 EST I'm moving and so is the scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248884 I ran almost 6 miles yesterday. My average was 10:50 minut miles with a couple closer to the 10 minute mile range. I was pretty happy with that. It felt good and my joints weren't complaining. <BR> <BR> I'm also seeing some results on the scale. I am finally seeing those numbers get smaller. It's four pounds and it's taken a while, but I am happy! I'd still like to see a few more "leave me." I had to really crack down and go back to eating like I used to before my hypothyroid diagnosis. I... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 15:32:17 EST I did it! Twice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245894 I am happy to say I did it, twice. I got two runs in tonight. <BR> <BR> I went out by myself and went 3.7 miles at a pretty good pace, for me, 11:22 minute miles. I can always feel it when I go faster now a days. <BR> <BR> Then, I went out with my daughter. We went 1.61 miles at a 12:30 minute mile pace. She hasn't run in a loonngg time, so she was happy just to get out. <BR> <BR> The only downer was a car. I was leading and was running as close to the edge of the road as I could get. Th... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 20:44:45 EST Finding time to run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245355 It's been a busy week and weekend. I was hoping to get a run in, but no such luck. I hate running in the dark anymore. Between the cars not paying attention and just feeling a bit vulnerable as I get older, I'd rather it be light out. <BR> <BR> That being said, it makes it difficult to find time to fit one in after work. Yesterday was a day of helping a friend move 100 bales of hay, yard work, and deep cleaning my car. Of course, Husker football, too. <BR> <BR> Today was a trail challenge ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 21:25:32 EST 700 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242874 Today is the 700th day that I did 30 minutes, or more, of exercise. As a teacher, it isn't difficult since I am up and down hallways and at recess everyday. Don't get me wrong I like my streak and intend to keep it going. However, I need to start my own streak of smart eating. I have gotten a little off track as of late. Eating after 8:00 pm, splurging on ice cream a little too often, and not sticking to my eating plan. I do pretty well, but always have that "one day." Here's to new stre... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:29:57 EST I rode. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241800 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5d3ed6f-26a0-4c27-b2a3-b52c2a0de56e.jpg"> <BR> This is my back piece. The brown horse was my heart horse and soul mate for over 30 years. The black horse was got for my daughter when she was 13. Today I rode my daughter's horse with my "horse friends." We boarded our first horses together for about 16 years. That was mmany moons ago, but we are all together again. Our horse club always called us the Three Amigas. Today the Three Amigas rode... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:54:24 EST