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/ 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 On the run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812129 This week I've been on the run a lot! The good thing is yesterday I literally was on the run. I ran 3 miles! Still having a few complaints from the body, but I'm doing a lot of stretching. I'm determined that I'm not going to let it hold me back. I'll keep doing what I'm doing, as long as I don't feel pain. <BR> <BR> I've had meetings every night this week. So far, so good with the nutrition. All I can do is try and continue to stay focused. <em>521</em> ! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm off and ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 18:24:02 EST I need to refocus. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810498 This will be short as it's a similar story that many of us have experienced. I've had ups and downs with the eating and exercising. Some days are good and some not-so-good. My body is telling me that it's time to refocus and get back to cleaner eating. <BR> <BR> It's been a busy time and this week will be no different. I've made decent choices when eating out, but I need to still eat slower so I can take some of the meal home. I don't know if there is a lot of MSG or other additives in res... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:48:47 EST Blessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809573 I went to "coffee shop church" tonight. The topic of the sermon was being blessed. Our pastor and my mom went to Jamaica on a mission trip. While they were there, they visited an "Infirmary" as the locals called it. It was basically a retirement home where senior citizens and those with cognitive or physical disabilities lived. The pastor shared how the residents felt blessed. They sang a song about being blessed in the morning and all day long until they laid their heads down at night. <... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 20:45:21 EST I ran! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808814 I'll admit, yesterday's eating wasn't great. Today has been much better, even with the cupcake I just ate! <BR> <BR> I ran a little over four miles this morning. It was <em>345</em> to be out and running again. It was a slow run, 11 minute miles, but it felt pretty good. It was dark and cool morning, but I was able to just enjoy it. I'll continue my stretching and "easy" yoga. If I don't see improvement soon, I'll call a chiropractor and make an appointment. <BR> <BR> Happy moving... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 17:10:05 EST Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807812 Thank you all for nominating me to be a Featured Blogger and a Motivator. I can honestly say it's because of YOU! YOU all were the ones who helped me break the cycle of, "I ate one piece of candy so I might as suck all the food out of the cupboards." Another one was, "I'll start next Monday. Even though it's Tuesday, I'll start again next Monday." Once again I'd eat everything I could put in my mouth." I still have those moments, but they are few and very far in between! <BR> <BR> I was th... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:01:06 EST Remembering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806895 This week we have daily "themes" for Red Ribbon week. Yesterday was pajama day, or sweats day in my case. Today it's the 80's and I'm wearing a t-shirt that my husband wore when he was 16. No he can't wear it any longer, but I can! <BR> <BR> Today brought back memories of being able to eat anything I want in the quantity that I wanted. Age, time and circumstances, like having kids, has a funny way of changing all that. <BR> <BR> The journey is never ending. I've said that before, but so... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:46:00 EST More art. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805897 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l678405444.jpg"> I just have to post my "main art piece." This is why I didn't get a run in during the month of January. It took six sessions and about 26 hours to complete. <BR> <BR> Yes, I surprise many people in many ways. Most don't believe I'm the age I am, that I have four kids and they are barely five years apart in age and that I have more tattoos than most would imagine. SURPRISE! <BR> <BR> I am a walking example of don't judge... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:06:15 EST New ink. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805046 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843947196.jpg"> and <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2089549442.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are pictures of my new ink. Both are on my left foot/ankle. The small rose was the very first professional tattoo I got over 25 years ago. We didn't touch it up since it's so old and the new ink my "blow the lines." Hopefully, it will blend a bit more once it's healed. The four flowers are my kids birth month flowers. <BR> <BR> How i... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:07:11 EST The good and the bad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804392 I had yesterday off due to parent teacher conferences. One good was, I went with my younger daughter on a college visit. That went well. She is still undecided where to go, but she has always wanted to be a nurse and work with kids. <BR> <BR> Second good, I got some new ink. Three flowers added to the one on my left ankle and now I have all four of my kids birth flowers. I also added the word, "Blessed," on my left foot. <BR> <BR> The bad was I hit a light pole in the school parking lot... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:48:29 EST Readjusting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803921 First, conferences went well. However, PTA brought in Chinese food and though I ate "smart", one of the two days, I am retaining water like crazy. I have no ankles so I'm drinking lots of water. This happened the last time I ate Chinese, too. It's a good thing I don't eat it out often. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I'm noticing that even though my weight is staying within range, it's "readjusting" on my body. My thighs are getting bigger. The skin around my middle seems to be loosening up, too. <BR... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:22:44 EST I'll be absent a few days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801951 Starting tonight life gets busy. I'll be "absent" for a few days. <BR> <BR> Keep doing what you are doing. Let go of the past, the negativity, the "small" stuff. BE in the moment here and now. BE the best you can at this time. BE the person you want to be. Treat yourself as you would your best friend. <BR> <BR> Keep moving and have a great week. <BR> Hugs, <BR> Mako Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:22:37 EST Frustrated, but I have those exercises. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801730 I did some canvassing tonight and it is NOT fun. People that are supposedly supportive, came off as undecided or refused to answer. I will finish it, but I won't do it again. <BR> <BR> Even more frustrating to me was my elliptical broke this morning. It looks like one of the screws sheared off. I'm hoping the husband can look at it tomorrow when he's off. <BR> <BR> The third thing is, it will be very hard to try and get a run in this week. I have conferences Wednesday and Thursday n... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:18:37 EST Trying a few new things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800984 The nurse at church that takes blood pressures once a month gave me a couple of exercises that her daughter, who runs, does. She said I may hear a pop when I do them. So I tried it and I did hear a pop. I feel pretty darn good, so it would be <em>345</em> if that is all it took. <BR> <BR> I felt so good I went back to church and helped upload a semi load of pumpkins for the church pumpkin patch. We buy them from a Navajo community in New Mexico. This is the fifteenth year that we've d... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:57:39 EST Contemplating going to a chiropractor. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800474 My knee is better. However, I have other "pains." My back, the lower right, is still sore. It's going on two months now. I really think I need to see a chiropractor. My gut is telling me that when I sat on the floor in a dress, I through myself out of alignment. <BR> <BR> I usually am really flexible and can almost put my palms on the floor when I touch my toes. Now I can't even reach the top of my shoes. If I sit too long in a chair, my back gets stiff and I feel that lower back on t... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:04:56 EST I did the "one spoon" challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799908 Today was "Fat Friday" at school. This is ALWAYS a tough day for me. There is always great food and lots of variety. <BR> <BR> I did well for breakfast. Whew! Then, came lunch and much more of a challenge. I was mentally ready! <BR> <BR> First, I ate my spinach/kale salad and drank my sixth glass of water. As I went into the teacher's lounge, I surveyed the choices. As I knew there would be, there were many. SLENDERELLA went through my head. I took one, yes only ONE, spoon of the s... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:41:36 EST Frustrated, but the journey is worth it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798508 My knee is still complaining, even when I use the elliptical. It's not as bad as when I run, but I'm getting frustrated. This change in my exercise is showing up on the scale which is more frustrating. My eating the past couple of days hasn't helped. I could offset any "extra" eating with exercising until my knee started acting up. <BR> <BR> I did 40 minutes on my elliptical this morning and I'll do my normal 40 minute walk at work. When I lost my weight over three years ago, I did it b... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:10:59 EST I did great, until the sun went down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797513 I did great with the chocolate and the eating until the sun went down. I did eat over my calories, but only part of it was the chocolate. (I guess I'm not as strong as I thought.) <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I have a plan for the next time. You know there is always a next time! I'll get out of the house. I find that is the best thing for me...escape! So instead of reading, I'll take my walk or jump on the elliptical. <BR> <BR> Today is a new day. I'll do better! <em>104</em> Happy mov... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:18:50 EST A day of chocolate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796905 Today the National Council of Jewish Women were holding their major fundraiser. They have a chocolate tasting conference. YUM! I did well! I did sample, but I didn't go crazy! <BR> <BR> I brought a box home and the entire family taste tested it. It was all so good! Eight different kinds of cupcakes and cakes. I also tried fruit dipped in dark chocolate and some chocolate covered nuts. I was proud of myself! <BR> <BR> A few years back or even on a "bad day" I would have eaten the enti... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:13:59 EST Run day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796515 Today I ran for the first time since the Double Half Mary last weekend. I'm still a little surprised that I did it and each time I see the medals, I get a little happy feeling. <BR> <BR> My knee is not happy, though. I ran a little under four miles at a very slow pace, but it felt that my knee was swelling under the kneecap and my hamstrings on that same leg were tight. I'll baby that left leg for a bit and just use my elliptical. <BR> <BR> My daughters remind me that I put my body throug... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:24:24 EST Soup challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796016 I'm in a "soup challenge" at school. If you eat soup 20 times this month, your name goes into a drawing for a $25.00 gift card. So I'm trying it. (I use the cards for coffees.) <BR> <BR> Soup does fill one up, but it is SO full of sodium that I have a 2 lbs. water gain. I eat the light soups or the lower sodium, but it still seems high. I'm going to make some homemade chicken noodle soup sometime this weekend. That should help solve "the problem." <BR> <BR> Fall is definitely here and ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:12:11 EST All support here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795101 I need to clarify my blog from yesterday. I have ONLY received POSITIVE support from those on Spark! The conversation I referred to was with a colleague and she is just "that way." <BR> <BR> Spark must bring out the best in people! I really think it's the common goal that we all share. That goal is to get healthier and to be the best we can be. Some of us want to lose, some need to gain, some want to maintain, but we all want to be healthier. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to have found Spark. ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 08:04:01 EST One "upping" or one "downing." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794758 I've rewritten this blog today and really had to think hard on how to write it. Here is goes. <BR> <BR> We all know someone that has to "one up" you or "one down" you. If something good happens, they've had something better. If something bad happens, they've had something worse. An example. I was talking about my Double Half Mary runs and another lady stated that she had walked 10 miles on Saturday and was really tired. Ok, that isn't exactly "one upping," but it gives you a sense of how ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:57:41 EST Sore, but still in good spirits. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794185 Today I had to put shoes on as we had a field trip today. I was fine. However, my left knee decided to complain. It feels like someone kicked me in the kneecap. I'll survive and I'll just give it some rest. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I plan on doing an easy workout on the elliptical. I may have to stick to that until my knee feels better. I can handle it. <BR> <BR> November is a 10K called Feathers and Feast. It's on Thanksgiving Day and benefits the local food pantry. I also signed up for my... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:10:29 EST Tired, but good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793615 I'm a little tired today, but not as sore as I thought I'd be. The legs are a little stiff, but really not bad. I had to wear flip flops to work today as a toe on both feet are red and swollen. (I have one toe that is longer than the others. Kind of weird, I know. <em>41</em> ) <BR> <BR> One of the strangest things that did happen was with my back. I wore a dress to work one day and I sat on the floor during a lesson. Ever since then my back has been sore. During the DHM I had put my... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:02:16 EST