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/ Boot camp kicked my butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935164 I've been trying to get to boot camp for two weeks now and I finally made it last night. It's free and put on by the downtown YMCA. A friend of mine is the instructor so the oldest daughter, a friend of hers went with me. <BR> <BR> I thought I was "in shape" to some degree, but boot camp kicked my butt! My daughter said I was in shape, but a "different" shape. This used muscles that I normally don't use as much when running. <BR> <BR> It was sixty minutes long. Tricep dips, band rows, squa... Wed, 27 May 2015 12:58:07 EST A somber day for Omaha. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934585 Today is the funeral for Officer Kerrie Orozco. She was killed while serving a warrant last week. She died the day before her baby daughter was to be released from the NICU. She was born prematurely. <BR> <BR> I have been watching the funeral on and off all day. The news is now showing the streets lined with the public, officers from all over the country and other public officials. It is very sad, but hopefully good will come from it. <BR> <BR> Officer Orozco coached baseball at the Girl... Tue, 26 May 2015 14:00:32 EST Counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933903 Today I woke up a bit sore from running with my girls last night, but I woke up. My legs are stiff, but I have legs. My arms aren't super muscular, but I have both arms. I may not be the smartest person, but my brain is "whole." Life isn't always easy, but it's much easier than what many others have to to deal with. So I am counting my blessings. <BR> <BR> On this Memorial Day I am remembering those that gave "it all" for my freedoms. I am also remembering those still with us that have sa... Mon, 25 May 2015 10:20:24 EST Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933643 Tomorrow is Memorial Day where we honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country. I have many family members and friends that were in the armed services. Every branch is represented in those people. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those that have served and lost their lives for our freedoms. <BR> <BR> Please take a moment to think about the "real reason" for this three day weekend. It's not the BBQ's, yardwork, sleeping in, etc. It's to honor those fallen. <... Sun, 24 May 2015 20:38:41 EST A new running partner. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933037 I can finally "breathe." It's been a very busy week! Cleaning, running errands, getting ready and hosting a graduation party has kept me hopping. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the last day of the regular school year, for kids. I consider today the first day of "summer." So what did I do? I ran!!! <BR> <BR> Yes, I start the summer right by going for a run. The best part, I have a new running partner. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8914730-c2d2-4dbd-a380-7dcf51777b92.jpg"... Sat, 23 May 2015 13:32:35 EST Creeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932005 I'll admit I've been struggling. I'm eating decent and getting exercise despite my crazy busy schedule. It's not my "normal" exercise nor is it at the same intensity, aka. no running. The weight keeps creeping on. <BR> <BR> I know my body is changing. I'm starting to see the "spare tire" that so many women get around the time of menopause. I have nice solid abs, but they are hidden under that little extra skin. The jeans are a bit tighter and the scale numbers keep going up. So what is on... Thu, 21 May 2015 12:47:53 EST Below calories as we cook! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929242 Today was shopping and food prep. I am actually under calories for the day. We had pizza made with Naan bread for dinner and I'm still under. I need to do that again tomorrow! Maybe I'll get in a pattern and get back to the lower end of my weight range. <BR> <BR> Congrats to any that are celebrating graduations this week! <BR> Happy moving! Sat, 16 May 2015 18:53:42 EST Gearing up for a big weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928469 I like to say that my big weekend has something to do with running, but alas it is not. I have in-laws arriving today, cleaning and prep work on Saturday, a graduation blessing and party on Sunday, and a graduation ceremony on Monday. <BR> <BR> Lots to do, but it will be full of fun and celebration. I won't have time to run, but I'll be doing plenty of exercise. <em>211</em> I'll need to be very conscience of my eating, as cake is a trigger. I'll keep the water handy to go along with th... Fri, 15 May 2015 07:28:32 EST Mixed emotions on Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926430 I didn't mention it yesterday, but it was eight years ago, on Mother's Day, that my Dad was called to his eternal home. Mother's Day was on the 13th that year, but Mother's Day always reminds me of the last moment I was with my Dad. <BR> <BR> I was the only one in the room at the time. I was sitting in a chair about 3 feet from him, when something changed. As I looked over to him, I scanned the clock. It was a 9:06 PM. When I saw my Dad I knew he had moved on. <BR> <BR> My Dad is the only... Mon, 11 May 2015 15:09:18 EST Happy Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925783 I am a mom to four kids. I have been blessed by my kids. However, I respect those that have chosen not to have biological children and have chosen a different" parenthood." <BR> <BR> Happy Mother's Day to ALL mothers. Those with biological children, adopted children, foster children and children that have fur and four legs. ALL moms are special and the love that they give is unconditional! <BR> <BR> Have a great day to ALL MOMS. Sun, 10 May 2015 12:35:56 EST Just venting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924671 For the most part, I'm eating well and I always get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Many days it's closer to an hour. The numbers on the scale are going up and my clothes are getting smaller. For some reason I've retained a ton of water this week. (Various reasons could be the cause.) <BR> <BR> I know I'll get through this. I need to continue to eat clean and increase the intensity of my exercise. My metabolism keeps dropping as age increases. Again, I just need to eat smart. I'll a... Fri, 8 May 2015 07:30:24 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921813 I decided to go for a run today. Maybe it was the nice weather, maybe it was I was running in a relay a week ago, maybe it was the thought that my friend ONEKIDSMOM was running in the Lincoln Marathon. (Someday I will run a 1/2 with her!) <BR> <BR> Whatever the reason, I ran. I ran a total of 4.55 miles. It was hotter than I thought and I hadn't drank any water. I know, I know. I realized all this the first mile, but I had committed to this run and I was doing it. It was hot and I was feelin... Sun, 3 May 2015 12:58:02 EST Good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920630 I haven't been able to run this week. Graduation planning, kids sporting events, honors banquet, family, and tutoring have kept me busy. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I think I'm finally done with the chiropractor! I have been feeling great with no side effects of my run last week. <em>30</em> So I'm going to cancel my appointment and keep doing what I'm doing, with more running, of course. <BR> <BR> We also found out that my daughter received a scholarship that will pay for her cla... Fri, 1 May 2015 08:02:46 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919768 I did it! I mailed all of my daughters graduation announcements! Whew! I haven't been able to get to bed early, yet. Tonight we have an honors recognition to go to. I'm hoping it's not too late so that I can get to bed early. <BR> <BR> I hope to run this weekend, but we'll be busy for a couple of weeks with preparing for the daughter's graduation, going to other graduations, and baby showers. I'll have to figure out some time and just do it! <BR> <BR> Happy moving! Thanks for all the suppo... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:44:02 EST A good soreness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918940 It was such a great weekend. Lots of family time, the perfect running weather and nice drives there and back. I have the usual soreness associated with running a longer distance. However, it's a good soreness! My orthotics did well and I didn't have any blisters or sore spots. <BR> <BR> Monday my hamstrings were sore and today it's the quads. I know it's strange and I know many of you understand that "good soreness." That soreness that tells you that you did something that pushed your body... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:52:47 EST Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Relay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918160 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1321211686.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169355612.jpg"> The whole group before we ran our races. Today was the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in which I ran the third leg of the relay. My part was a 12 k, but I ended up running a 15 k. The plan was to run with my daughter, but I was cramping and so she ran on without me. I grabbed a 1/2 of a banana, a few cookies and a water bottle and started after her. ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:02:10 EST Heading south http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916805 My younger daughter and my mom are getting ready to head south with me. Sunday is the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon where my daughter and I will participate in the relay. I am running 7.6 miles and she's running 3.1. <BR> <BR> We will spend Saturday hanging out with first, second and third cousins along with in-laws. It's always a good time. I have a feeling this year will be a little different, though. <BR> <BR> It's the 20th anniversary of the bombing. It's always a bit emotional, but t... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:46:09 EST Running with my younger daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914189 My oldest daughter has two collegiate soccer games next weekend, so my daughter that is a high school senior will be running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Relay with me. She is not a runner so tonight we went for a run. <BR> <BR> She is running three miles in the relay. Tonight I took her on a 4.34 mile run. It was only 11 1/2 minute miles, but she did it! I was proud of her. She said that she doesn't have the lungs, yet. At least she knows she'll finish her part of the relay. <BR>... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:17:02 EST Contentment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913441 I am so sore this morning, but I've come to a place of contentment in my life. I've learned that there are things that happen that are beyond my control and instead of "stewing over it," I've learned to let it go. (Break into song here.) <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I've always been one to try to prove things to myself and others. However, recently I realized that I haven't been doing that lately. Wow, what a feeling of freedom. I am happy with who I am, what I've accomplished and where I'm a... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:23:46 EST A short run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913068 I went on a short run to try out my "modified" orthotics. I only went 2.63 miles at about 10 1/2 minute miles, but it felt good. The right one still feels a little off, but that is also my "bad leg" so it may just need some time. <BR> <BR> The feet felt pretty good, but only a longer run will tell if they fit properly. I only have eight days until my 7 miles run as a part of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon relay. My cousins make up the rest of the team and no one is out for a fast time,... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:38:51 EST After a sugar binge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911004 I totally agree with the article that I posted earlier. I've had a couple of "sugar binge" days. Yes, it's that time of the month, but that shouldn't be an excuse. I have caved to the sugar monster and now I have to "detox." <BR> <BR> My detox is simply to eat clean and get back on track. It does reinforce the article about how sugar affects the brain. After my sugar attacks, I am hungrier and I do crave it more. I need to get back on a healthy track by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:46:37 EST Sugar and our brain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909401 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/su<BR>gar-brain-mental-health_n_6904778.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a great article that explains how sugar affects our brains. This may explain why so many of us have a hard time eating just a little. I know, that in my case, one donut leads to two. One cookie leads to three, if it's chocolate chip and there is no such thing as a little piece of cake! <BR> <BR> I hope the link works. <BR> <BR> Happy moving!! <BR> Mako <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:06:21 EST Modified doesn't mean easier. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908946 My chiropractor is sending back my orthotics so they can be adjusted. My right leg has been complaining a lot. I think it may be the sciatic nerve. He says I was off when I was adjusted. <BR> <BR> This morning I did a modified plank and modified side planks for a total of ten minutes. I honestly thought it would be easier, but I was pleasantly surprised. I still felt it in my abs and arms. I still got a little shaky at the end of the time and I still felt as I had gotten a good workout. I... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:18:51 EST Rainbow Bridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907924 Tonight I took our little Mia to the vet and now she is at the Rainbow Bridge. It was time and there was nothing we could do to make her comfortable. She had put herself in a dog kennel and that told me that she was ready to go. <BR> <BR> She is now reunited with my heart dog, Jozee. Mia has never been the same since Jozee died three years ago. I can only imagine them chasing each other around and then Mia grabbing the closest ball. They are with my beloved mare, Tequila, and will wait p... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 20:26:31 EST An excuse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906896 I used the bad news of yesterday to do some emotional eating. Yes, too much of just crap. I am determined to do better today. <BR> <BR> Mia had a great night. Friends stopped by to see her, she ate ham and potatoes and got lots of loving. We have decided to wait until we help her to the bridge. She will be the fourth furkid in the past four years to make the trip and we understand when it is time. <BR> <BR> So today I will not use circumstances as an excuse to make my body feel as bad... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:46:16 EST Some sad news. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906641 My oldest daughter got a puppy for her tenth birthday. She is now 20 and her dog is now 10. We found out today that little Mia has cancer. It is throughout her entire urinary tract. <BR> <BR> We've had a couple of friends visit her to say their goodbyes. We aren't sure when we will help her to the Bridge. I originally thought it would be tomorrow morning, but she is eating and playing again. We'll wait and see, but I don't want to wait too long and have her in pain again. <BR> <BR> So ple... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:02:46 EST Counting blessings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905926 I am counting blessings on this Easter day! I am putting Sparkpeople and all of my sparkfriends on the list. I am very content with who I am, what I am doing and where my life is going. I am blessed beyond belief and I want to thank all of you for being a blessing to me. <BR> <BR> Have a joyous Easter or a happy Passover and happy moving. <BR> Mako Sun, 5 Apr 2015 16:31:42 EST Wow, super sore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905494 Maybe it wasn't such a great idea not to use my orthotics yesterday. I am super sore almost to the bones. My right hamstring is super tight and I get a pain in my leg, especially when driving. The pain goes down my leg and kind of wraps around my calf to my shin. <BR> <BR> I go back to the chiropractor on Wednesday and I'll address all these "issues" then. It's gotten better as the day has gone on and I'll do my stretching tonight. (I read an article that if you stretch when your muscles a... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 20:18:47 EST Going with the flow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905003 One of my fellow sparkfriends, Kaligirl, mentioned going with the flow. That is exactly how I feel. Between work, the kids activities and trying to get ready for the marathon relay I am going with the flow. It feels <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> It's strange that I feel content. I'm usually one of those people that is always on the go, always has a goal to achieve and is always pushing themselves, but I'm content. <BR> <BR> Tonight I went on a run of 7.65 miles to see if I could do it. I had ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 21:17:21 EST A new sore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904029 I went on a 6 1/2 mile run on Wednesday and man am I sore! I need to take my right orthotic back as it keeps giving me a blister when I run. My right leg is so sore and I think it may be because of the orthotic, too. <BR> <BR> Both of my hamstrings are tight the day after a run, but my right is much worse. I continue to do my stretching every morning and I do a lot of stretching after I run. I can feel that maybe the arch is just a tad high. <BR> <BR> It's a new sore, but I do like being s... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 07:41:17 EST Loving my sparkfriends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903017 I am loving my sparkfriends. Of course I always do, but recent comments have made me realize just how blessed I am. I am blessed not only to have found Spark, but to have met so many wonderful and supportive people on-line. <BR> <BR> I never would have believed that I could feel so close to people that I've never met face-to-face. (Although, I have been fortunate enough to meet Onekidsmom, Kaligirl and SpinningJW in person!) It's still catches me off guard. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:27:43 EST No more fast runs, no more long runs, just runs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901654 It's been a busy week and weekend. I was getting ready for my Mom's surprise 70th birthday party that we had yesterday. Lots of cleaning, shopping and cooking. It was a success!! She had no clue! We had around 50 people. It was a great turnout and everyone enjoyed the food and conversation. <BR> <BR> I went on a run this morning. Around 5.25 miles. I ran without my orthotics as the right one has been giving me blisters. I need to take it back in and have it adjusted. For what they cost, the... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:38:39 EST The longest run of the year, so far. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899011 I went out last night and ran 4.26 miles. It was a slow run with an average of 10.30 minute miles, but I was running! I still am surprised how nonchalant I am about the time. I am VERY competitive, especially with myself. However, I know if I want to run then I just have to go easy. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine said that I already "proved" myself last year. Twelve runs in twelve months was an accomplishment for me. I had only been running a year, but wanted to see what I could do. I'm so hap... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:28:50 EST Back in the saddle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897645 It will be four years on July 24th that I lost my soul mate in horse form. She was a once in a lifetime horse. I raised her from a weanling to the age of 31. <BR> <BR> I've ridden maybe twice since she died, but that all changed today. I was back in the saddle! I am trying my own physical therapy! My daughter lunged her horse while I rode bareback. I worked on my balance and disengaging my hips. I thought maybe this would help strengthen my hip muscles and relax my hamstrings. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:21:06 EST Four miles and five pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897073 I ran a little over four miles this morning. I walked a lot in the beginning and I'm walking every hill. It takes me quite a bit of time to "loosen" up now. It felt pretty good, but I'm still frustrated. My right hip is still complaining and my hamstrings are still tight. I'm doing my stretches everyday, but I'm not seeing the results I was hoping for. I'm just coming to the realization that I may never be 100% again. As long as I can still run, even if it's not as far or as fast, I'm ok.... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:49:55 EST Don't blink! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895985 Today is my oldest daughter's 20th birthday. As she said, "Twenty sounds so much older than nineteen. Probably because there isn't a teen at the end." I agreed! <BR> <BR> I can't believe how fast 20 years has flown bye! I was very fortunate to have never wished my life away. I never thought, "when the kids are older, when I lose 40 lbs., when I get a job, etc." I always enjoyed each stage of my life, as well as the stages my kids were in. I am so glad that I didn't put life on hold for the "... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:50:31 EST Back to "reality." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893435 Tomorrow I go back to work and reality. No more adding lots of exercise just because I have the time. No more staying up late. No more sleeping in past 5:00 AM. <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready for it by doing lots of moving today. Another run today of just over 3.8 miles. It was slow but good. It took me almost half the distance to get my hamstrings to relax. The next half of the run was nice until I got a blister from my orthotic in my right shoe. I may try taping it in place as I know I pr... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 16:24:50 EST A beautiful day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892412 I got two long walks in and lots of time with my girls. I finished up the monkey bread, but surprisingly I stayed in my calorie range yesterday and today. I am at my goal weight, right on the nose! <BR> <BR> I've learned that if I'm going to "splurge" I need to do it before 6:00 and then not eat until breakfast. It's good to know and it will help make better choices in the long run. <BR> <BR> Not much else going on. I don't want my spring break to be over, already! Back to work on Mond... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:03:33 EST Lots of exercise and monkey bread! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891832 I've gotten lots of exercise in today. I ran 2.65 miles in 28 minutes, did 17 minutes of stretching, 40 minutes on the elliptical and 40 minutes of walking the dogs. A good day, right? <BR> <BR> It is in the fitness minutes, however I made monkey bread this morning. <em>4</em> Not a good thing to have in the house for me. I've munched on it all day. I will be over in calories, but I'm not fretting. I'll finish up today with dinner and refocus tomorrow. <BR> <BR> At least, I did lots o... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:14:22 EST I'm sore, but it's a good sore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891190 I feel like I was hit by a car! (A small car.) It's great! I love being sore because it means that I worked my body. I love knowing that I challenged my body and my mind. I expected to be sore since I haven't run in three months. I have lots of muscles to "get back." <BR> <BR> I'm going to take it a bit easy today. I'm getting my strength training in, my stretching and a nice long walk. I have a chiropractor appointment and I'm hoping it will be my last. I'm really debating on taking... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:56:17 EST I ran!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890439 I forgot that with the time change it's still dark out in the morning. I did a few things around the house and then laced up. It was obvious to me that I hadn't run for a while. I forgot my gloves which I HATE. I wore shorts and a long sleeve. I knew that would be enough after I got going. <BR> <BR> I started at a walk and noticed that I was cold and that my hands were already turning red. This may not be much fun crossed my mind. I started a nice easy run and noticed that I could see m... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:26:54 EST I went, I tried and I bought! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890125 I went back to the running shoe store and talked to an older and more experienced runner/associate. I explained my injury and asked about neutral shoes with my orthotics. He agreed that they would be a better choice. <BR> <BR> I also texted my cousin that runs marathons and has way more experience than I. She recommended the shoe she wears which is the Asics Nimbus. It just happens to be a neutral shoe so I tried that one. <BR> <BR> I bought some new shoes! <em>104</em> I ended up ge... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 21:23:52 EST I went, I saw, I didn't buy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888867 Yes, two blogs in one day. I went to buy running shoes and my hubby went along. I shared my l experience with my last pair of shoes that were bought in September, worn through December and that I wound up injured and seeing a chiropractor. I explained that I don't know if some of it was caused by the shoes or if it all just happened at the same time. <BR> <BR> Anyway we discussed the Asics Kayano 21 vs. my normal 19. Then, he had me try on some Brooks and I really liked them. The hubby tho... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:34:08 EST "Fall" yard work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888617 I got home yesterday and the temps were in the low 60's. I decided to clean the yard since it really hasn't been done all winter. <BR> <BR> For some reason our trees were "late shedders" last fall. I decided to rake the yard and get all the dog waste and leaves up. Fifteen bags later, yes 15 bags, and 2 1/2 hours I was finished. It looks great, but now I see how little grass we have. <BR> <BR> We have three trees in our small backyard and once the leaves come in grass just doesn't have a... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:31:47 EST Nothing new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886863 Not much has happened this week. A couple more days to go until spring break and it sounds like the weather will be <em>345</em> ! I still haven't bought my new running shoes, but I may have to just charge a pair. I will run next week!!! <BR> <BR> The kids are gearing up for spring sports. I find it interesting how they can get themselves out of bed and out the door by 5:00 or 6:00 AM on the days they have practice, but I have to wake them up several times on a "normal" school day. I'm no... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:13:13 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885060 I went in Friday to make up a couple of hours. I left two hours early the first night of conferences since I didn't have any more scheduled that night. <BR> <BR> I made the most of my weekend and worked out each day. I used the "extra" time to put in additional fitness minutes since it's going to be a busy week. The lowest amount was 60 minutes and the highest was 135. <BR> <BR> I did eat out twice, but did well. I ate a little too much tonight, but not by much. I can tell when I do ove... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:23:41 EST An update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883670 I've had parent teacher conferences the past two nights. I am tired and haven't caught up on sleep from helping my friend during the birth of her daughter. <BR> <BR> However, I found myself on the elliptical at 5:00 this morning. Forty minutes later I was more awake! Crazy, but I love the sweat and feeling the cold in my core. I weighed myself this morning and I am below my "goal" weight. It proved to me that I can eat, and quite a bit, if I eat "right." <BR> <BR> Our parents always mak... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:24:00 EST A new life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882567 I spent 31 hours at a hospital waiting for a friend's baby to be born. Her heart rate kept going down after contractions. I really thought we were going to have a C-section, but after Mom's water broke, on it's own, she came within a matter of hours. <BR> <BR> At one point mom felt her drop and had lots of pressure. The next time she was checked the baby's head was right there. She had to wait for 30 minutes until her doctor got there. An episiotomy and some pushing later, here came her d... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:08:47 EST When numbers are important. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880974 After blogging about how numbers don't define us, and they shouldn't, I thought of a few number that are important to us. Some that may come to mind are blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar, heart rate, etc. <BR> <BR> The ones I think of on a daily basis is my calorie range, how many glasses of water I drink, how many fruits/vegetables I eat, and how many minutes of exercise I've done. <BR> <BR> I used to hate sweating because then I'd have to wash and flat iron my hair. Now I... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:07:09 EST More numbers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880631 I went prom dress shopping with my younger daughter. It will be my last time as my girls are all grown up and I'll have two in college next year. I only have boys left so it will be dress shirts, ties, dress pants and dress shoes. My boys are not the suit or tux types. (I guess it all depends on if a special girl comes along.) <BR> <BR> As my daughter tried on dresses, I noticed how different the sizes fit. She may be a seven in one dress, a nine in another and a large in yet a third. I expe... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:40:39 EST